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Two years ago a long-time dream of mine finally came true. I had wanted to go to a concert in the NYC area for several years and as I was putting together my summer 2007 NYC trip, Rush announced their "Snakes and Arrows" tour dates, including this stop at Jones Beach. I was on the phone with TicketMaster the morning tickets for the show went on sale and then "337" and I waited, quite impatiently, for our trip to the city to begin and for the day of the Rush show to arrive.
On the afternoon of July 2, we boarded the LIRR, got off in Wantagh, stopped in at the local McDonalds for an early afternoon lunch and then headed over to wait for the bus that would take us out to Jones Beach. When we arrived there were still several hours left until showtime so we decided to check out the beach a bit. It was a beautiful day, in the high 80's, so it was perfect for stepping into the waters of the Atlantic to cool down a bit.
As we lounged around the beach admiring the view, we could hear music coming from the amphitheatre behind us. So we decided we should head over there and it was a good decision on our part. We were soon just outside the amphitheatre viewing area, and as we sat waiting, talking to some guy and his girlfriend who had come all the way from Argentina for the show (and we thought WE had come a long way!) the band started doing a run-through of several songs they were going to be playing later in the evening. We couldn't see them of course, but it was very loud so we could hear everything just perfect. They played about five or six songs in their entirety...we were thrilled to be hearing this mini-concert/soundcheck and sat ther smiling, knowing how awesome the show was gonna be. This would be my second time seeing the band, the first time for "337".
A few hours later we were in our seats, sitting next to some cool, friendly people and the show finally got under way. As the band played the first few songs I MIGHT have gotten a bit misty-eyed. It was powerful stuff - my dream of seeing a show in NY was finally coming true - and outdoors - at the ocean at that! And it was Rush - one of the best ever. The combination of these factors, along with the beautiful sunset were almost too much for me to believe. It was an experience I will never be able to duplicate and one I will never forget - easily the best concert experience I have ever had.
You can read a review of the show from PopMatters.com HERE.
Click the titles below to see a few videos from the show:
Witch Hunt/Subdivisions/Malignant Narcissism