Rush DVD Release – “Working Men” 11/17

Rush-band-1978Geeks unite! The Rush website has announced that the band will be releaseing a new dvd entitled “Working Men”; this dvd will feature the best of their live performances over the past few years.  I was hoping that part of it would include footage from Exit Stage Left, Signals, or Grace Under Pressure, sadly it will not. Working Men will only feature live performances from their recent tours (Rush in Rio, R30, and Snakes and Arrows) which is kind of lame in my humble opinion.  Rush fans appreciate their newer material don’t get me wrong, but most fans (like me!) attend their concerts to hear vintage songs off of albums like Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, and 2112.  Would it not make more sense to release vintage Rush performances?  Why can’t we get a live version of Cygnus X-1 in its entirety? As a band, Rush has been incredibly protective with rare footage or songs that never made it to album; in addition bootlegs or rare concert material has always been difficult to find, yet this is the stuff that fans want!!!!

Luckily, if you want some classic Rush concerts or videos your only resource is to go to YouTube.  YouTube has become a repository of classic Rush featuring TV appearances and videos of them playing songs off of Moving Pictures.  Sadly, Working Men is not a retrospective dvd collection but rather another Rush dvd that fails to hit the mark and satisfy our thirst for rare Rush material.

4 Responses to “Rush DVD Release – “Working Men” 11/17”

  1. 1 ericstraus
    October 27, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    This is surprising, since they already released the Rush in Rio and R30 tours on DVD. So this new one will have footage from their last two DVD releases? Very weird. I saw the Snakes & Arrows tour twice, and there were some great performances of more obscure tunes like Digital Man and Entre Nous (yes, Entre Nous!), but it doesn’t seem like they needed to release another DVD already. I guess this is to placate Rush fans until a new album comes out, if one is in the works.

  2. 2 jacobull
    October 27, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Personally, I think it’s lame to re-release stuff that recent but it does keep in step with the rhythm of their videos and albums (what is it, 3 albums then a live one right?). I’m not sure if they ever released Exit Stage Left as a dvd, it is by far the best live concert footage I have seen, although it was on video when I last viewed it. I would imagine a remastering of the video to dvd would be superb! They have tons of rare stuff to release, I guess they are just waiting until the right time…which is when?

    • 3 ericstraus
      October 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM

      It was three albums then a live one, then they stretched it to four albums then a live one. But they abandoned that pattern after their 6 year hiatus. They released Vapor Trails, then Rush in Rio, then R30, then Snakes and Arrows, and now this…but this isn’t a cd too, right, just a dvd? Whatever.
      As far as I know, the Exit Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure and Show of Hands videos are still only on video.

      • 4 jacobull
        October 27, 2009 at 7:46 PM

        Yeah, exactly! Why keep these on a video format??????????? Sometimes I just don’t get it, perhaps they are going after the younger generation of listeners and capitalizing off of what younger listeners want to capture (like a recent concert tour!). Us old farts just want to relive the glory days…is that too much to ask.

        God how I wish Rush would start to play at the RPI Fieldhouse again, last concert there was Signals…oh, the glory days.

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