So I just spoiled myself, in the expectation that they won't tour the UK anyway, and watched a phone video from Saint Paul, Minnesota on YouTube. And I was amazed to see performances of Lakeside Park and What You're Doing, two tunes I haven't seen them play since 1978 - and even a tiny snippet of Garden Road, one they stopped playing before I first saw them in 1977. I actually felt a sense of disbelief, like what I was seeing wasn't real. I could never have imagined that they'd do that.
Like a lot of people I was disappointed that the last tour ignored all of their '70s material save a brief section from 2112. Received wisdom has it that Geddy just can't sing the old tunes any more, and on this evidence I'm afraid that's correct. Nor did these performances seem to have any of the tight, adrenalised power of old - they really did seem more than a little subdued and perfunctory; sluggish even.
Nonetheless I actually feel really touched that they've done this - without them even having come to the UK I feel they've done something for me; reached out to the ATWAS generation.
Just watched What You're Doing again. Can't believe it. Shame about the guitar solo though.