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Rush: A Show of Hands (1989)

Not Rated | | Music | Video 1989
A visual record of Rush's 1988 "Hold Your Fire" Tour, shot on film, over 2 nights in Birmingham, England.

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Lawrence Jordan
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Credited cast:
Geddy Lee ... Himself (bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals) (as Rush)
Alex Lifeson ... Himself (guitars, synthesizers, backing vocals) (as Rush)
Neil Peart ... Himself (acoustic and electronic percussion) (as Rush)
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A visual record of Rush's 1988 "Hold Your Fire" Tour, shot on film, over 2 nights in Birmingham, England.

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Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rush: Live See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the band starts playing "La Villa Strangiato", Alex says things into the microphone that are mockingly censored on the video. The band's explanation for this "joke" is that Alex simply jabbered into the microphone (as he does, uncensored, on later concert videos), and his voice was not recorded. The "censored" warnings on-screen were a manufactured aspect of the joke. The band laments that viewers often don't get the joke. See more »

Goofs

Though presented as a single concert, evidence of multiple shows spliced together can be seen at the beginning of the encore: During the opening to "2112", Alex Lifeson's guitar can be seen to change back and forth from a black one to a white one, between wide shots and close-ups. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Laserdisc version also contains "Lock and Key", an additional song not included on the VHS or DVD versions. See more »

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No goof
6 December 2011 | by aliennSee all my reviews

Interesting to see that the "goof" above mentions the change of guitar colour. While it is true that the live album and film were recorded over 2 nights I was actually there the first night. The reason for the change of guitar colour is actually more spectacular than you might think. Watching the film you will notice Geddy Lee point his thumb at Alex Lifeson, just before they go into The Temple Of Syrinx. The reason for this is one of the quickest guitar changes in rock history. Between the previous song and the start of Temples there is a natural pause of about 4 seconds (it's during this pause that you see Geddy point at Alex). It was at this point that Alex broke a string on his guitar, and within 4 seconds he threw (yes, threw) his guitar to a waiting technician off stage who then threw a replacement guitar back to Alex. The whole change, from unhooking the old guitar and plugging in and starting to play the replacement guitar was within that 4 second pause. During the video the only evidence that this happened is Geddy's gesture and the change in guitar colour. Musically that night was without doubt one of the best concerts of my life, with a selection of Rush tracks at their best.


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