[Perfectly-timed YouTube Screenshot]
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush‘s most commercially successful album. Moving Pictures was released on February 12, 1981, and since then, has garnered its share of accolades. It was one of the first albums to be certified platinum when the RIAA began such certification in 1984. It eventually went on to be certified quadruple platinum. As Professor Wikipedia points out, the album has received a number of other honours:
Moving Pictures is one of two Rush albums listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2112 is the other). Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #43 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”. In 2012, Moving Pictures was listed as the #10 ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time’ by Rolling Stone. In 2014, readers of Rhythm voted Moving Pictures the greatest drumming album in the history of progressive rock.
To celebrate, Adam Jones (who I’m assuming is the same Adam Jones who plays guitar in Tool (and directs most of their videos) and happens to be friends with Rush) edited together performances of Tom Sawyer from each of Rush’s concert films from 2003’s Rush In Rio to modern day.
The video is in the same style as Rush’s video for Closer To The Heart from the Different Stages live release – have a look:
Since Tom Sawyer is the first track on the album and I’m kind of a big fan of Rush, I thought, “why not include live performances of the rest of the songs?” You see, Rush has performed all of the songs on the album as recently as the 2010-2011 Time Machine Tour. I was lucky enough to see a show on that tour – I took a road trip to Syracuse, NY with a couple friends for the New York State Fair, and specifically, Rush’s performance at the fair. Sitting 19 rows back from the stage was freakin’ awesome, let me tell you.
These videos all come from that tour, and specifically, the concert film Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland.
The Camera Eye
While it’s not exactly the same as being right near the front of the stage to see these songs performed, it gives you an idea of how awesome that show was.
Happy 35th Birthday, Moving Pictures!