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Rush at Montage Mountain Amphitheatrw

NOTE: This article was originally published on June 29, 2007 at, following a show during the Snakes & Arrows tour. It is being re-published as part of Modern Rock Review's 2011 profile on Rush.

Tonight I am with Veggie, my friend and fellow musical connoisseur, as we step out of the mundane valley of everyday life towards the mountain of artistic possibilities. We each bring two sons to witness the ceremony of the grand oracles of audio. Decades have rolled by and many of the mighty have fallen into the echo a chamber of the past, but Rush persists in grand competence and in original form.

For Veggie, this is the tenth time he has seen Rush live, while for me it is merely my fourth. The only other "repeat offender" in the group is my 16-year-old son, The Meister, who joined us during Rush's 30th anniversary tour in 2004. That show was so excellent that I caught another at Radio City Music Hall a few weeks later, the only time I've ever saw the same band twice on the same tour. The other three members of our party, Veggie's two teenaged sons ("the Green Veggies") and my own 9-year-old boy, Mr. Rooski, are all rookies to the experience.

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