Rush In Rio

by Rush

Rush In Rio

Rush in Rio is a three-disc live album by Canadian band Rush, released on October 21, 2003. The album is also available as a two DVD set. With the exception of the last two tracks on the third disc, the album was recorded at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the final night of the Vapor Trails Tour. The other two tracks were taken from previous shows on the same tour. “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, Quebec, on October 19, 2002. The DVD has been certified 7× Platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the US with over 700,000 copies sold as of September 2010. 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 first live album 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 Geddy Lee, with Peart sitting out after his drum solo.


  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Distant Early Warning
  3. New World Man
  4. Roll The Bones
  5. Earthshine
  6. YYZ
  7. The Pass
  8. Bravado
  9. The Big Money
  10. The Trees
  11. Free Will
  12. Closer To The Heart
  13. Natural Science
  14. One Little Victory
  15. Driven
  16. Ghost Rider
  17. Secret Touch
  18. Dreamline
  19. Red Sector A
  20. Leave That Thing Alone
  21. O Baterista
  22. Resist
  23. 2112
  24. Limelight
  25. La Villa Strangiato
  26. The Spirit Of Radio
  27. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
  28. Cygnus X-1
  29. Working Man
  30. Between Sun & Moon
  31. Vital Signs

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Format Vinyl 4× LP Album (180g)
Label Atlantic
Catalog Number R1 83672
Notes ℗ & © 2019, 2003 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States, ole Media Management L.P. for Canada, WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. Packaged in a four-panel gatefold. Sticker on shrink foil: “Rush in Rio 180g Never-Before-Released on Vinyl 4LP + Download Card”
Discogs URL Rush - Rush In Rio