photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015
Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

The second set found the band loosening up and easing into longer, more exploratory jams as they dove deeper into their own history. It didn't hurt that they got things started with what is easily their best-known song, "Tom Sawyer", before "The Camera Eye" and a reggae-tinged "The Spirit Of Radio" that led to many a plume of smoke rising from the crowd. Neil Peart's drum solo during "Cygnus X-1" was deep and tribal as he sampled a mélange of different sounds to ensure a zero boredom factor from the crowd and making for one of the highlights of the night. Following the solo, the crowd joined in for a sing-a-long on the acoustic intro to "Closer To The Heart" before Alex Lifeson took off on his own exuberant guitar solo. The set closed out with a handful of songs off Rush's landmark conceptual album 2112 that found each member engaging in a full throttle instrumental throw down while simultaneously functioning as one tight unit. [The Horn]

The Canadian prog-rock trio Rush have spent more than 40 years together, and are currently on the road to mark their ruby anniversary. That tour brought them to Austin over the weekend (5/16) for a show at Austin 360 Amphitheater. As to be expected, the show included lasers, pyrotechnics, a giant disco ball, and a stunning light show. Their intros, intermissions, and outro featured video clips and animated sequences from the many tours over the past 4 decades.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart brought their vast catalog with them, kicking off with 'The Anarchist' and featuring tracks from each of their quad-decade run in two separate sets and an encore. They covered a lot.

They ended the show at the beginning, with 'Working Man' off their eponymous debut Rush. Full set list of the 26-song performance, and more pictures, below...

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

Rush - R40 Tour @ Austin 360 Amphitheater - 5/16/2015

No Country For Old Hens

Rush set list from the Austin 360 show:

Set 1

Video/Animation Vignette:The World Is...The World Is
The Anarchist
The Wreckers
Headlong Flight
Far Cry
The Main Monkey Business
How It Is
Animate
Roll the Bones
Between the Wheels
Subdivisions

Set 2

Video/Animation Vignette:No Country for Old Hens
Tom Sawyer
The Camera Eye
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 Neil Peart 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:

Lakeside Park
Anthem
What You're Doing
Working Man (with "Garden Road" outro)