The Story of "2112"

Live at Massey Hall Offical Program, June 11-12-13, 1976, transcribed by John Patuto

In the year 2062, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The world is controlled by computers, called Temples, which determine all reading matter, songs, pictures . . . everything connected with life during the year 2112 ("The Temples of Syrinx").

In the midst of this assembly line living, a man discovers what was once known years before as a guitar ("Discovery"). The man begins to pluck the strings and turn the knobs, discovering that he can make his own music - a music much different than that of the Temples. He rushes to tell the priests of his discovery, ("Presentation") but to the man's dismay, the priests dismiss the instrument, saying it doesn't fit the plan of the Solar Federation.

The man returns to the cave in which he found the guitar and, during a dream, is led by an oracle to a land of incredible beauty and serenity ("Oracle: A Dream"). Upon awakening, he can not believe it was a dream - the beauty was so real.

He remains in the cave for several days, becoming more and more depressed with each passing hour ("Soliloquy"). The man decides he can not go on as part of the Federation and takes his life to move on to a better one. As he dies, another planetary battle begins ("Grand Finale") with the outcome to be determined in the mind of the listener.



Howard "Herns" Ungerleider - Road Master, Lighting Director
"Major" lan Grandy - Sound Engineer
Liam (L.B.L.B.) Birt - Stage Right Technician
Skip Gildersleeve - Stage Left Technician


Sound: National Sound Inc. - Washington, D.C.
Technicians - Tom Linthicum, Julian Wilkes, Jim Swartz and Mike Hirsch
Lighting: Atlantis Systems - Washington, D.C.
Technical Designers - Tim Pace, Tom D'Ambrosio and Mark Cherry
Livery Service: J. T. Cunningham - Toronto

MANAGEMENT - Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson - S.R.O. Prod. - Toronto


Canada - Music Shoppe International - Toronto
U.S.A. - American Talent International - New York

PUBLISHING - Core Music - CAPAC - Toronto


CORRESPONDENCE - c/o No. 201-55 Glencameron Road, Thornhill

Special thanks to - Kalua Music, Power Supply, Long & McQuade Music, CHUM FM, Martin Onrot and Max Webster.

Of greatest importance, is our thanks to each and every one of you for making this dream a reality. Tonight will be captured forever on our next album, which is being recorded live here at Massey Hall. The album will not only feature us, but also you, the people of Toronto.

Thank you.

Alex Lifeson Neil Peart Geddy Lee