R40 Live is the name for both the last live audio album release, and the live video release, of Canadian rock band Rush's R40 Live Tour. Both formats were released November 20, 2015. The performances were filmed on June 17 and 19, 2015, at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada.[2] The performance of "The Camera Eye" featured on Disc 3 was recorded in Kansas City, Missouri on July 9, 2015. “Clockwork Angels” was recorded in Denver, Colorado on July 11, 2015, and "The Wreckers" was recorded in Buffalo, New York on June 10, 2015. Additionally, "Losing It" was recorded in Los Angeles on August 1.

R40 Live
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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 20, 2015
RecordedJune 17 and 19, 2015
VenueAir Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock
Length195:57 (CD version)
LabelAnthem
ProducerAllan Weinrib Recorded & Mixed by David Bottrill
Rush chronology
Clockwork Angels Tour
(2013)
R40 Live
(2015)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

The audio CD album consists of three discs. Disc 1 contains the entire first set, disc 2 contains the second set, and disc 3 contains the encore, and seven bonus tracks.

The video DVD/Blu-ray versions only contains the first three of the seven bonus tracks. It was also the last official live album to feature drummer Neil Peart before his retirement from touring due to health issues in 2018 and his death in 2020.

Track listingEdit

This is the track list for the three audio CDs. Track variations for the video DVD/Blu-ray discs are detailed below.

All tracks are written by Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson except where noted.

Set one (CD 1)
No.TitleLength
1."The World Is...The World Is..."2:11
2."The Anarchist"7:07
3."Headlong Flight/Drumbastica (drum solo)"8:45
4."Far Cry"5:31
5."The Main Monkey Business"6:07
6."How It Is"4:45
7."Animate"6:15
8."Roll the Bones"6:05
9."Between the Wheels"5:58
10."Losing It" (with Ben Mink)5:55
11."Subdivisions"5:48
Set two (CD 2)
No.TitleLength
1."Tom Sawyer" (Peart, Lee, Lifeson, Pye Dubois)4:59
2."YYZ" (Lee, Peart)4:41
3."The Spirit of Radio"5:03
4."Natural Science"8:31
5."Jacob's Ladder"7:34
6."Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres: Prelude"4:19
7."Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage: Part I/The Story So Far (drum solo)/Part III"9:21
8."Closer to the Heart" (Peart, Lee, Lifeson, Peter Talbot)3:07
9."Xanadu"10:39
10."2112: Part I ("Overture")/Part II ("The Temples of Syrinx")/Part IV ("Presentation")/Part VII ("Grand Finale")"12:15
Encore (CD 3, part 1)
No.TitleLength
1."Lakeside Park/Anthem"5:29
2."What You're Doing/Working Man" (Lee, Lifeson)9:35
Bonus (CD 3, part 2)
No.TitleLength
1."One Little Victory"5:47
2."Distant Early Warning"5:24
3."Red Barchetta"7:08
4."Clockwork Angels"7:46
5."The Wreckers"5:39
6."The Camera Eye"10:21
7."Losing It" (with Jonathan Dinklage)6:13

Jonathan Dinklage performed with the band during their earlier Clockwork Angels Tour, as part of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble.

DVD/Blu-ray notesEdit

The DVD/Blu-ray discs contain four videos that were used to start/end the show:

  • "The World Is...The World Is..." - Played before Set 1; an animated presentation of the band's advance through changing fashion/music styles over their entire career
  • "No Country for Old Hens" - Played before Set 2; a montage of jokes and outtakes (mostly chicken-based) from the videos used in the band's four previous tours
  • "Mel's Rock Pile" - Played before the encore; features Eugene Levy as a 1970s-era DJ who introduces the band as an up-and-coming act
  • "Exit Stage Left" - Post-show video and closing credits, in which the band's dressing room is commandeered for a party by the characters from their album covers

These discs contain only the first three of the seven bonus tracks.

Band personnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[3] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[4] 30
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 54
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6]
[7]
49
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 47
US Billboard 200[9] 24


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ James Christopher Monger. "R40 Live". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Rush is a Band".
  3. ^ "Rush". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Rush Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rush – R40 Live" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts – Offizielle Deutsche Charts".
  8. ^ 11, 2015/7502/ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Rush Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2015.