Grace Under Pressure Tour Video & Soundtrack

This is a video of Rush's major North American tour of 1984. The Canadian band's successful concert blazes with the energy of their music and the intensity of their staging trademarks that make Rush one of rock's major concert attractions. It features powerful live versions of their hits "The Spirit Of Radio", "New World Man", and "Red Sector A". Experience the Rush!

A Polygram MusicVideo Presentation

Geddy Lee - Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesisers, Bass
Alex Lifeson - Lead Guitars, Synthesisers
Neil Peart - Drums, Percussion

All songs written by Lee/Lifeson/Peart except "Closer to the Heart" by Lee/Lifeson/Peart/Talbot and "Tom Sawyer" by Lee/Lifeson/Peart/Dubois, "Finding My Way" by Lee/Lifeson and "In The Mood" by Lee. All songs published by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN)

Management: Ray Danniels for SRO Management
Representative: Val Azzoli
Director: David Mallet
Audio Director: Bill Barker

5.1 and stereo mix by Mike Fraser and Alex Lifeson, Warehouse Studios, Vancouver
Assistant Engineer Zach Blackstone/ATR Services Andrew Bigham
Universal Music Enterprises: Jeff Fura/Adam Abrams/Ramon Galbert
Filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, September 21, 1984

© 2006 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Notes

  • Recorded September 21, 1984 at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens; Running time: 1:03:05
  • The same tracklist included on both DVD and CD.
  • Originally released on VHS & Laserdisc in 1985, it is currently available in the Replay X 3 DVD Boxed Set released June 13, 2006, and as a standalone DVD released May 1, 2007. Both releases include a minature reproduction of the Grace Under Pressure tourbook. The soundtrack to the video is available on CD both as a bonus CD in Replay X 3, and was first released as a standalone CD August 11, 2009.
  • This release does not include the full concert, the following songs were edited from the final release (it is rumored that the full show's recording no longer exists as it was presumably edited for an approximate 1 hour running time for MTV and the removed footage was lost): "Subdivisions", "The Body Electric", "Between The Wheels", "Red Barchetta", "Afterimage", "Red Lenses/Drum Solo".
  • Prior to its release in the Replay X 3 boxed set, many of these songs found their way to various Rush singles released during the mid-80's. In fact, every live b-side released during this period was from this source recording!
  • An exclusive version of the CD release is found in the Replay X 3 boxed set purchased at Best Buy: it includes four hidden bonus tracks with no mention of them on the label or the packaging except for on the Best Buy sticker on the wrapper. The four bonus tracks are: "Limelight" and "Closer To The Heart" (both from the ESL video soundtrack), and "The Spirit Of Radio" and "Tom Sawyer" (both from the ASOH video soundtrack). Three of these tracks were previously unavailable on vinyl or CD; only "Limelight" was previously released, found on King Biscuit Flower Hour's Best of the Best: 25 Years of Rock (live). Note: the bonus version of "Closer To The Heart" was recorded during the Moving Pictures tour, the version found on the ESL album was recorded during the Permanent Waves tour (with the "Glaswegian Chorus"!).
  • The original VHS version included as a bonus "Never-before seen, full-length version of 'The Big Money' from Power Windows". That video was later released on "The Big Money" video CD single in 1985 (Mercury VCD 422-870-717-2), which includes: The Big Money (full video), The Big Money (audio only), Red Sector A (Grace Under Pressure Tour video version, audio only), Marathon (audio only). All other versions of The Big Money (monopoly video) are edited for length.
  • As seen in the tour video, 3D glasses were given to fans attending the Toronto shows of the p/g tour. During the Signals and p/g tours, a video played on the rear screen to introduce "The Weapon", where SCTV's "Count Floyd" (Joe Flaherty) warned it was "a scary song with real special effects" which could only be enjoyed with 3D glasses. Count Floyd was a recurring character on Second City Television (SCTV), a Saturday Night Live style skit-based comedy program which aired from 1976 to 1983. Count Floyd wore a cheap vampire costume, spoke in a bad Transylvanian accent, and pitched horror movies (which were never really scary) on the local station's "Monster Chiller Horror Theater"; often, he would pitch 3D films, and would try to sell 3D glasses which would vary in price from show to show.

In Their Own Words

"The program was shot over two nights in September '84 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The production, which included the use of 12 cameras, 40 vari-lites and 300 pars audience lights, was on par with our co-production of Bowie's Serious Moonlight show, and the same director, David Mallett, was used. We used a lot of Canadian talent (Magnetic North Corporation did the post-production and the audio producers were Terry Brown and Jon Erickson) and, in CPI's pitch to prospective clients, we emphasize the strength of Canadian production talent." - Steve Howard, Concert Productions International, Canadian Musician, May 1985

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