Rush in Rio

Rush in Rio
Rush in Rio
Live album by Rush
Released October 21, 2003
Recorded November 23, 2002 at Maracanã Stadium
September 27, 2002 ("Between Sun & Moon")
October 19, 2002 ("Vital Signs")
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 173:25
Label Anthem (Canada)
Producer Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton
Rush chronology
Vapor Trails
Rush in Rio
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo 3/5 stars[2]
PopMatters (favorable)[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
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Rush in Rio is a live album by Canadian band Rush, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). The album is also available as a two DVD set. The album was recorded at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and was the final concert on the Vapor Trails Tour. However, the third CD contains two bonus tracks played previously on the Vapor Trails Tour but not at the Maracanã Stadium concert. "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, PQ, on October 19, 2002.

The album was certified Gold in the US by the R.I.A.A. in February, 2004. 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 only live album to date 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 listing

  • All Songs Written By Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart, except where noted.

Disc 1

  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" – 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 2

  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" – 4:59
  8. "O Baterista" – 8:54 (Peart)
  9. "Resist" – 4:23
  10. "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx" – 6:52

Disc 3

  1. "Limelight" – 4:29
  2. "La Villa Strangiato" – 10:05 (Including a stream of consciousness rant by Alex Lifeson and interpolating "The Girl from Ipanema")
  3. "The Spirit of Radio" – 5:28
  4. "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" – 4:34 (Shortened excerpt of the studio track)
  5. "Cygnus X-1" – 3:12 (Shortened excerpt of the studio track)
  6. "Working Man" (Lifeson, Lee) – 5:48 (Lee, Lifeson)
  7. "Between Sun & Moon" – 4:51 (Bonus Track) (Lee, Lifeson, Peart, Dubois)
  8. "Vital Signs" – 4:58 (Bonus Track)



  • Produced & Mixed By Alex Lifeson & James "Jimbo" Barton
  • Recorded & Engineered By Brad Madix
  • Mastered By Adam Ayan
  • Directed & Produced by Daniel Catullo


"Resist (Live Acoustic Version)"
  • Released: 2003
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton
  • Chart positions:


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