• May 2023 Update: Many apoligies for the extended period of inactivity, however many big changes for Rush Archives are now in progress. This should benefit everyone, and propel the site onward in the most realistic way possible. Thank you to those who have been supporting this project, and for being patient with the methods I've so far been operating. Further details will be coming soon.

16 December 1978 - International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois [Audio - Audience]

By-Tor X-1

Staff member

1978-12-16 - Chicago, Illinois *recommended*
Chicago, IL - Barkndog Remaster
Chicago, IL - Rick B *recommended*
Fallen Trees (original version)
Fallen Trees PE
Fallen Trees Version 2.0
High Occupancy Vehicle
Master Recording *recommended*

Track Listing:

01 - Anthem
02 - A Passage To Bangkok
03 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog
04 - Xanadu
05 - Something For Nothing
06 - The Trees (cut)
07 - Cygnus X-1 (cut)
08 - Hemispheres
09 - Closer To The Heart
10 - Circumstances
11 - A Farewell To Kings
12 - La Villa Strangiato
13 - 2112
14 - Working Man
15 - Bastille Day
16 - In The Mood
17 - Drum Solo

This is the third of three consecutive nights that Rush performed at Chicago's International Amphitheatre in 1978.
Geddy's voice cracks badly during A Passage To Bangkok, undoubtedly the worst vocal crack I've ever heard from him up to now, but the timing of it yields quite an amusing result.
Nearly all of The Trees is missing due to the tape stopping, and starts recording again about half way into Cygnus X-1, which was performed right after The Trees.
Despite the unfortunate cuts in the recording and a few performance oddities, this is an excellent audience recording, making it one among several of the best of the Hemispheres tour.

In the words of the original taper:
"I had a 90 minute tape and a 60 minute tape. Right before the show started I inserted the 60 minute tape by mistake because I was looking for security. I was watching my watch for 40 minutes to go by before the flip. When I looked down to the recorder the end eye was lit up. That's when I noticed I put in the 60 tape first. My stomach dropped when I realized I had missed about 10 minutes of the show hence the cut song of Trees. From there on out I used only 90 minute tapes."