The First Show of the Last (?) Rush Tour: A Review (And Video)

Rush at BOK in Tulsa May 2015

Dammit. I was supposed to be in Tulsa for this gig on Friday night but a kidney stone attack whilst still at the airport gave me pause. Since I didn’t want to be a potential guest of the American medical establishment, I elected to head to a Canadian doctor rather than make the trip. (Do you have any idea how hard it is to get out of a Canadian airport after you’ve cleared US Customs? It’s nightmare–especially if you’re doubled over in pain.)

Fortunately, my traveling companion, Ivar Hamilton of Universal Music, had no such health issues and went on without me. Here’s his report.

Doing a musical road trip is fun to begin with when you have a a sense of purpose. But things adds up when it comes to airfare, tickets, hotel and merch.

For Rush fans, news that this would be the last major tour of this magnitude made it a must for thousands converging on Tulsa.

The crew have been here for the past two weeks prepping staging and production. The band were here for a week prior, rehearsing and prepping the newest production. Why Tulsa?

Unlike most other cities on the tour, there area no other major sports teams that play in the 19,000 capacity BOK centre. It afforded them the time time to set up and rehearse uninterrupted for the better part of 10 days.

Continue reading at The Musicvaultz. There are more pictures, too. Meanwhile, check out this video from the night. More at Classic Rock including the night’s two-part set list.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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