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Rush @ MSG 6/29/2015
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Toronto invaded Brooklyn last night (6/29) when Sloan played Rough Trade and the slightly more popular Rush played the slightly larger Madison Square Garden. The MSG show was the NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour, which they also say is "likely their last major tour of this magnitude." The set spanned their entire career, opening with "The Anarchist" and "Headlong Flight" off their most recent album, 2012's Clockwork Angels, and ending with two off their self-titled 1974 debut, "What You're Doing" and "Working Man." In between we got favorites like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and a run of parts I, II, IV and VII of "2112."

During the intermission, they played a comedy film they made that stars I Love You, Man's big Rush fans Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. Jason, Paul, and others (like Tom Morello) also appeared on screen behind Rush to rap along to "Roll the Bones." (Video of that happening in Austin, below.) They played another comedy bit on screen before the encore, which starred fellow Canadian Eugene Levy as his old "Mel's Rock Pile" bit from SCTV.

More pictures from the MSG show, and the setlist, below...

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Rush - "Roll The Bones" in Austin ft. Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, etc

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Rush @ MSG - 6/29/15 Setlist (via)
Set 1: The World Is...The World Is
The Anarchist
Headlong Flight (With mini 'Drumbastica' drum solo)
Far Cry
The Main Monkey Business
One Little Victory
Animate
Roll the Bones
Distant Early Warning
Losing It (with Jonathan Dinklage)
Subdivisions

Set 2: No Country for Old Hens
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
The Spirit of Radio
Jacob's Ladder
Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres Part I: Prelude
Cygnus X-1 (The Voyage Part 1 & 3 with drum solo)
Closer to the Heart
Xanadu
2112 Part I: Overture
2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
2112 Part IV: Presentation
2112 Part VII: Grand Finale

Encore: Mel's Rock Pile starring Eugene Levy
Lakeside Park
Anthem
What You're Doing
Working Man (with "Garden Road" outro)