- 1975-11-15 - Rockford, Illinois *recommended*
- Stainless Steel
- Stainless Steel (speed corrected)
- Steel Breeze
- The Pretentious Necromancer
01 - Bastille Day
02 - Anthem
03 - Lakeside Park
04 - The Necromancer
05 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog
06 - Working Man
07 - Drum Solo
- This is one of only two recordings from the "Down The Tubes" tour that are known to exist in circulation.
- This features the only known live recording of The Necromancer in its entirety, as all performances of the song from the ATWAS tour omit Part I and half of Part II.
- This recording isn't as bad as you may initially think. It's actually pretty good. All the instruments are loud and present, though the drums occasionally get buried. The main issue, Geddy's voice is quite distant and inaudible during the first couple songs. Luckily, the vocals are much more clear and audible by the time The Necromancer starts.
- Rush was the opening act during this concert, while Kiss was the headlining act. The same person who recorded Rush's performance also recorded Kiss.
- This recording publicly surfaced in December of 1999. Until 2022, no other recordings from the Caress Of Steel tour had yet been reported to exist with any credibility. In 2022, the surfacing of the 5 March 1976 Randhurst Arena recording brought new facts to the surface about the cloudy history of the COS tour, and features I Think I'm Going Bald. Confirmed by Rush's original sound engineer Ian Grandy, I Think I'm Going Bald was played during a small handful of COS tour dates, allegedly usually resulting in a poor reception. While no one knows for sure if parts of The Fountain Of Lamneth were ever played, there have been fan reports claiming that some iteration was played during some COS tour performances.
- You may be familiar with the alleged COS tour footage, however it has been confirmed to actually be from the All The World's A Stage tour at the Dome Arena in Henrietta, New York. According to the original filmer, that footage was captured during two 1976 visits to the Dome Arena, September 22 and December 20. I had my doubts about the COS tour claim regarding the footage for years, as there were clear visual hints it was from '76 or '77, and not from the Caress Of Steel tour. Of course, the footage was originally silent 8mm film, with this Rockford audio added to it creating a really poor out of sync result.
- If you or anyone you know recorded Rush at any point between 1968 and mid-1977, these are very valuable documents of Rush history, and would be very important to be preserved online.