7 December 1978 - MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin [Audio - Audience]

By-Tor X-1

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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
07 - Cygnus X-1
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 (cut)

Overall this is a listenable show, but not among the better audience recordings of the tour. Definitely not a recording I recommend for someone just getting into the Hemispheres tour.
While the quality is listenable, it must be noted that there is significant sound issues with the tape at the end of Hemispheres, which sounds quite awful.
Whatever tape issues were going on at the end of Hemispheres does eventually balance back out, however the overall quality thereafter seems somewhat marginally poorer.
There is one short cut during A Passage To Bangkok, two or three short cuts during Hemispheres, one short cut at the end of La Villa Strangiato, and one short cut during 2112's Overture.
None of these short cuts last long enough to be too detracting, but they're still worth noting.
The most significant cut is that the ending of Neil's drum solo is missing, which would've finished out the concert.
Geddy's scream at the end of Cygnus X-1, "every nerve is torn apart", is one among several of the wildest recordings I've heard of him delivering those lyrics.
There's a partially recorded radio interview with Alex that took place on Milwaukee radio preceding this concert.