Heather and I went out to the American Airlines Center to see Rush’s Clockwork Angels show. It was a great show, with a huge setlist of new stuff as well as older songs, some of which haven’t been performed live in decades. We had pretty good seats, higher up, towards the back of the arena, that gave us a great view of the stage and the video screen. The sound guys did a great job, loud enough to be enjoyable, but without being obnoxious. What was interesting was that they brought a string section along with them, to accompany some of the Clockwork Angels songs. They kept them on the stage for some of the other songs, including YYZ, where it really added to the piece. We had a little bit of a surprise when Geddy announced that they were filming the show for a DVD they’re going to be putting out. The cameras were visible, but not obnoxious or overly intrusive. I’m really looking forward to seeing the footage when it comes out.
Thanks to a scheduling bobble, the concert turned out to be today instead of this past Wednesday, so we booked it over to The Live Oak over in Fort Worth to catch Gaelic Storm. This is the third time we’ve seen them, though the previous two were at the House of Blues. We got there a little early and had time to get some food from the kitchen. Unfortunately, our first choices were sold out, so we had to pick some other stuff. Heather got a BLT, which she wasn’t too impressed with, and I got a water buffalo burger, which was excellent. They also had a number of great beers on tap, including locals and imports.
After we finished the food we went around back to the music hall part of the venue. It’s small, but not uncomfortably so. We struck up a conversation with the couple behind us in line and ended up sharing a table with them, instead of standing. The show was great, with some of our old favorites, as well as a bunch of stuff from the new album, Chicken Boxer. I picked it up and after the show got it signed by the entire band. It was a great show at a pretty good venue.