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23 May 1979 - Gothenburg Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden [Audio - Audience]

By-Tor X-1

Staff member

1979-05-23 - Gothenburg, Sweden *recommended*
Admission Free
Forgotten Kings
Forgotten Kings Remastered
Lost Circumstances

Track Listing:

01 - Anthem
02 - A Passage To Bangkok
03 - By-Tor And The Snow Dog
04 - Xanadu
05 - The Trees
06 - Hemispheres
07 - Closer To The Heart
08 - A Farewell To Kings
09 - La Villa Strangiato
10 - 2112
11 - Working Man
12 - Bastille Day
13 - In The Mood
14 - Drum Solo

Alex's guitar must've malfunctioned right as the show started, leaving Geddy and Neil to start playing Anthem without any guitar. Alex joins in about 25 seconds into the song.
Alex has guitar trouble again later in the show, with a false start during the acoustic introduction to A Farewell To Kings.
According to an attendee, Alex had sound issues picking up his mounted nylon-string acoustic during the intro to AFTK, which also caused him to use electric on La Villa's intro.

This is another very good audience recording, which I'd place on the higher end of Hemispheres tour audience recordings.
There is a slight drop in quality during 2112 and onward, coinciding with the taper, or someone next to him, saying "Okay".
Even though 2112 is seamless and cut free, this could suggest that there were two different tape recorders, with the second tape starting when the first tape was close to running out.
If this theory is correct, then it would seem that at a later point the two tapes were carefully edited together for a seamless transition during 2112.

Circumstances was dropped from the setlist towards the end of the Hemispheres tour for all European dates, which would have been from April 23 and onward.
Something For Nothing and Cygnus X-1 were also dropped from the setlist towards the end of the tour for all continental European dates, which would have been from May 17 and onward.