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18 May 1981 - Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York [Audio - Audience]

By-Tor X-1

Staff member

1981-05-18 - New York City, New York *recommended*
Picture This

Track Listing:

01 - 2112: Overture / Temples Of Syrinx
02 - Freewill
03 - Limelight
04 - Hemispheres: Prelude
05 - Beneath, Between And Behind
06 - The Camera Eye
07 - YYZ
08 - Drum Solo
09 - YYZ (Reprise)
10 - Broon's Bane
11 - The Trees
12 - Xanadu
13 - The Spirit Of Radio
14 - Red Barchetta
15 - Closer To The Heart
16 - Tom Sawyer
17 - Vital Signs
18 - Natural Science
19 - Working Man
20 - Hemispheres: Armageddon
21 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog
22 - In The End
23 - In The Mood
24 - 2112: Grand Finale
25 - La Villa Strangiato (cut)

This recording is mostly complete, however it cuts off towards the end of La Villa Strangiato about 8 minutes in, the final song of the setlist.
This was Rush's very first time performing at Madison Square Garden, to which they returned many times in succeeding years.
This recording captures a very rare occurrence of the band playing a brief teaser of The Surfaris' song Wipeout, during the introduction to Limelight.
As far as I know, I do not think this Wipeout teaser was played during any other concert on the Moving Pictures tour.
Wipeout later became part of the closing outro for every concert during the Presto tour of 1990.