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Rush to judgment

Last week, Rush kicked off its world tour in support of "Snakes & Arrows," one of the finest albums in the band's 30-plus year career. The show is, to borrow one of the Canadian trio's song titles, a marathon, comprising two sets with a heavy emphasis on the rather brilliant "Snakes & Arrows" material, with rarely and never-before-played tunes as well as perennial favorites fleshing out the balance.

As legendary DJ and first-rate interviewer Jim Ladd once said, "Rush has never been the darlings of the popular press," and the begrudgingly positive reviews granted "Snakes & Arrows" -- which debuted, much to the chagrin of the powers that be, at No. 3 on the Billboard charts in this country -- bear Ladd's point out. The gist of the majority of these reviews? Something along the lines of: "If you don't like Rush, this album won't change your mind. If you do, you'll love it." Well, all right then. Those of us who love it will gather to celebrate our independent thinking on Independence Day at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday's show kicks off at 8 p.m. Naturally, the show is billed as "An Evening With Rush," so there will be no opening act. Some tickets remain, and they are going for $59.50 to $79.50 reserved, $37.50 lawn. More information is available at www.rush.com or www.livenation.com.

For a review of the band's performance this Saturday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, check my "Miers on Music" blog at www.buffalonews.com on Monday morning.

-- Jeff Miers

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