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Rush in Rio is a three-disc live album by Canadian band Rush, released on October 21, 2003. The album is also available as a two DVD set. With the exception of the last two tracks on the third disc, the album was recorded at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the final night of the Vapor Trails Tour. The other two tracks were taken from previous shows on the same tour. "Between Sun & Moon" was recorded at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona, on September 27, 2002, and "Vital Signs" was recorded at the Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, on October 19, 2002.

Rush in Rio
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Live album by Rush
Released October 21, 2003
Recorded November 23, 2002
Venue Maracanã Stadium
September 27, 2002 ("Between Sun & Moon")
October 19, 2002 ("Vital Signs")
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 173:25
Label Anthem (Canada)
Producer Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton
Rush chronology
Vapor Trails
(2002)Vapor Trails2002
Rush in Rio
Singles from Rush in Rio
  1. "Resist (Live Acoustic)"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultB[2]
Mojo3/5 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]

The DVD has been certified 7× Platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the US with over 700,000 copies sold as of September 2010.[7] The track "O Baterista" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 2005, but lost to Brian Wilson's "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow".

Rush in Rio was the first live album released by the band to not follow the pattern of releasing a live album after every four studio releases, and was also the first to feature a complete setlist without any changes in song order, including Neil Peart's drum solo. It is also the band's first live album that presents a single night's performance in its entirety (not counting the two bonus tracks). In an interview about the album and DVD, Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton noted that it took an extended amount of time to mix the sound. This was due to technical difficulties of recording the audio on primitive equipment.

At this concert, Rush played to 40,000, their second largest crowd on the Vapor Trails Tour (the largest crowd was 60,000 at the show the previous night in São Paulo). In a rare departure from the band's practice of re-creating the sound of their studio work when playing live, the song "Resist" (on disc 2) was rearranged into a stripped-down acoustic version between Lifeson and Lee, with Peart sitting out after his drum solo.


Track listingEdit

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

Disc 1Edit

  1. "Tom Sawyer" – 5:04 (Pye Dubois, Lee, Lifeson, Peart)
  2. "Distant Early Warning" – 4:50
  3. "New World Man" – 4:04
  4. "Roll the Bones" – 6:15
  5. "Earthshine" – 5:44
  6. "YYZ" (instrumental) – 4:56 (Lee, Peart)
  7. "The Pass" – 4:52
  8. "Bravado" – 6:19
  9. "The Big Money" – 6:03
  10. "The Trees" – 5:12
  11. "Freewill" – 5:48
  12. "Closer to the Heart" – 3:04 (Peter Talbot, Lee, Lifeson, Peart)
  13. "Natural Science" – 8:34

Disc 2Edit

  1. "One Little Victory" – 5:32
  2. "Driven" – 5:22
  3. "Ghost Rider" – 5:36
  4. "Secret Touch" – 7:00
  5. "Dreamline" – 5:10
  6. "Red Sector A" – 5:16
  7. "Leave That Thing Alone" (Instrumental) – 4:59
  8. "O Baterista" (instrumental) – 8:54 (Peart)
  9. "Resist" – 4:23
  10. "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx" – 6:52

Disc 3Edit

  1. "Limelight" – 4:29
  2. "La Villa Strangiato" (Instrumental) – 10:05
  3. "The Spirit of Radio" – 5:28
  4. "By-Tor & the Snow Dog" – 4:35
  5. "Cygnus X-1" (Instrumental) – 3:12
  6. "Working Man" – 5:34
  7. "Between Sun & Moon" – 4:51 (Bonus Track) (Lee, Lifeson, Peart, Dubois)
  8. "Vital Signs" – 4:58 (Bonus Track)


  • Geddy Lee – vocals, bass and acoustic guitars, synthesizers
  • Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
  • Neil Peart – drums, percussion
  • Produced and mixed By Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton
  • Recorded and engineered By Brad Madix
  • Mastered By Adam Ayan
  • Directed and produced by Daniel Catullo

Additional Recording Studios – Icon Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. Icon Recording Studios owner and Chief Engineer – Andrew Troy, Assistant Engineer – Aaron Kaplay, 2nd Assistant Engineer – Pablo Solorzano.


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  2. ^ Thelen, Christopher (28 October 2003). "Rush In Rio". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  3. ^ Patrizio, Andy (22 October 2003). "Rush in Rio". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  4. ^ a b "Rush in Rio CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (20 January 2004). "Rush: Rush in Rio (DVD)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  6. ^ "Rush: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
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