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Rush built its phenomenally loyal following on its legendary performances. Even after more than 30 years on stage, Rush live on homevideo remains a hit. The DVD companion to the band's most recent album, 2003's Rush In Rio, is five times platinum. 2005's R30, a DVD-only live-and-more package, is triple platinum. Now the band's first three concert homevideos, each of which is out of print in the U.S. in any format, will be issued for the first time together and on DVD. The four-disc box set Rush Replay x 3 (Mercury/UMe), released June 13, 2006, combines the three DVDs--Exit...Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure and A Show Of Hands--with a never-before-released CD soundtrack version of Grace Under Pressure.
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Each DVD features new 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes created by guitarist Alex Lifeson from the original concert multi-tracks as well as digitally transferred and remastered visuals. The package also includes reprints of the original tour booklets for the three concerts.
Singer-bassist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and Lifeson broke through in the U.S. with 1976's 2112 and double live All The World's A Stage. A Farewell To Kings (1977) and Hemispheres (1978) led to 1980's Permanent Waves and superstar status. 1981's Moving Pictures became the band's best-selling album and one of heavy rock's greatest.
Later that year, the band issued the double LP Exit...Stage Left. The 60-minute gold-certified homevideo of the same name, filmed March 27, 1981 at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, includes such Rush classics as "Limelight," "Tom Sawyer," "The Trees," "Xanadu," "Red Barchetta," "Freewill," "Closer To The Heart" and "YYZ."
The 70-minute-plus Grace Under Pressure, released 1985, was shot at Maple Leaf Gardens in Rush's hometown of Toronto. Along with Rush standards such as "The Spirit Of Radio" and "New World Man" are "The Enemy Within," "Distant Early Warning," "Red Sector A," anti-censorship anthem "Witch Hunt" and a finale of "Vital Signs"/"Finding My Way"/"In the Mood."
A Show Of Hands arrived in 1991 and also went gold. The 90-minute video of a 1988 concert in Birmingham, England nearly duplicates the songs on the same-named live album. Perennial favorites were joined by newer songs such as "Marathon," "Turn The Page," "Manhattan Project" and "Force Ten," plus an encore medley of "2112"/"La Villa Strangiato"/"In The Mood."
By replaying the band's first concert homevideos, Rush Replay x 3 completes the picture of an extraordinary band.