Given the trend, we should expect a Hemispheres 40th anniversary release next year.
All I personally care about is if they include a live show.
AFTK was an obvious excuse to release the entire Hammersmith Odeon show. So they did that, Broon remixed it, and we all say thank you. With the treble boosted a bit, it sounds great.
But are they going to have any interest in tracking down another live show from the Hemispheres tours?
I'm not so sure they are going to bother. I think they may say, ehh, most of the material is from 2112 and AFTK anyways.
I worry they will just include stuff we already have:
- the three promo videos ( 1, 2 , 3 ) they did in '78 for The Trees, Circumstances and La Villa
- the brief video footage (La Villa) from the Pinkpop Festival 1979 (which is already a bonus on the documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage)
- just the audio from Pinkpop.
That would be a disappointment.
Most bootleg connoisseurs know that Rush recorded a LOT of shows in late 1978 and into 1979. I honestly don't know how many (if any) were recorded multi-track.
I have a feeling they will not release a live show, unless some effort was put into recording it (i.e. multi-track recording). Maybe we will get lucky. I also think they may have lots of video footage from the studio.
On a side note --- there are some great soundboard boots from this time, and we're damn lucky to have these honestly.