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Audio 17 April 1977 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. [Audience]

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Track Listing:

01 - Intro​
02 - Bastille Day​
03 - Anthem​
04 - Lakeside Park​
05 - 2112​
06 - The Twilight Zone​
07 - Something For Nothing​
08 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog​
09 - The Necromancer​
10 - In The End​
11 - Working Man​
12 - Finding My Way​
13 - Working Man (Reprise)​
14 - Drum Solo​
15 - Fly By Night​
16 - In The Mood​
17 - What You're Doing​
18 - Best I Can​


  • This recording features one of only three known rare live recordings of The Twilight Zone, which was soon after swapped with an early Xanadu by April 24 of 1977.
  • This recording also features one of eight known rare live recordings of The Necromancer.
  • This is one of the best recordings of a headlining ATWAS tour setlist, and is also complete without any missing songs.
  • What a lot of people may not notice, as Neil does the drum fill that leads into the verses of Return of the Prince, Geddy seems to have either had a mic problem or not been paying attention because he does not start singing. This clearly causes the band to be confused for a few seconds before recovering and leading back up for Neil to perform the drum fill again, this time with Geddy following up with the verses.



Notes from Original Taper:

bpthree said:
Lisner Auditorium, on the campus of George Washington University, is a 1500 seat venue, rather shaped like a fan. At the very back you at least get the illusion that it might be wider than it is deep. There are only 35 rows of seating. It is still an active venue today.

This was my second effort ever at recording a show. The show was sold out, and I barely got in, sitting in the very last row off to the left in Row UU Seat 9. It was a very warm day for April, and the venue was hotter than hell. It was likely lucky that I sat in the last row, as if I'd been closer, the recording would have been total mush. The volume levels were unreal, to the point of stupidity. Combined with the heat, it didn't make for a pleasant concert memory. In the next life, check in with THIN LIZZY's sound crew on how to mix sound that kicks you in the balls without making your ears bleed!

This was the only time I saw RUSH, circa their first live album. I was a huge fan of their early albums, and gradually lost interest as they went more progressive. I know I'm certainly in the minority there. The "Fly By Night" album is still my favorite by them. The reviews of the show in the two Washington, DC newspapers were some of the most brutal I've ever seen. It shows what little critics know, as soon after this they had moved to arenas, and are still going strong today. Enjoy!