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Audio 28 November 1976 - Selland Arena, Fresno, California [Audience]

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Syrinx Computers

Downloads:

Track Listing:

01 - Bastille Day​
02 - Anthem​
03 - 2112​
04 - Lakeside Park​
05 - Working Man​
06 - Finding My Way​
07 - Working Man (Reprise)​
08 - Drum Solo​
09 - Fly By Night​
10 - In The Mood​

Notes:

  • This is an interesting performance, particularly due to Lakeside Park being played after 2112 rather than preceding 2112 as it usually would.
  • This is the second earliest recording to feature Geddy using the Moog Taurus synth pedals, which he would add to Lakeside Park and By-Tor for the remainder of the tour.
  • The setlist here is fairly short due to Rush being an opening act during this performance.
  • This is an incredible audience recording, making it one of the best from this tour.

Preview:

 
This seems to be the earliest recording in which Geddy uses the Moog Taurus Pedals on Lakeside Park. The Capitol Theater video from two weeks later clearly shows the Taurus unit and you can see Geddy using it to generate the synth sounds during the quiet parts of the song. Adding the Taurus rig was an important evolutionary step for Rush, and this great recording captures that moment nicely.
 
This is no longer the earliest recording with Moog Taurus Pedals. The newly discovered 13 November 1976 - Rockford Armory, Rockford, Illinois [Audience] features them. It is however the first recording where Neil does 16th notes on the hi hats during the Bastille day and lakeside park solos, which he would continue to do so until their retirements from the set on later tours. When rush brought back lakeside park on r40 he would no longer play it like that, reverting back to the original style. That's for all the drum nerds out there lol
 
Yeah I need to update the main post's notes here about the Taurus pedals, I guess I'll just say "second earliest" instead of removing it completely, it's still something important to note.

If the theory is correct that November 13 was the first performance of The Twilight Zone, and seeing that concert came after a nine day break from the tour, then I'd bet that could also be the first time Geddy used the Taurus pedals. It's really hard to be sure though with so little recordings from the era, and even if the September 17 show has Lakeside Park cut, that was probably way too early anyway. I'm pretty sure it's a given that November 13 will feature the Taurus pedals used the exact same way on Lakeside Park and By-Tor as we hear on later shows, but it'll be interesting once we're finally able to listen to the full concert.
 
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