My guess is that in '77, Peart was already thinking about retiring.
2112 - Passaic NJ 1976 - PRO-SHOT
Posted 27 January 2018 - 03:10 PM
So weird comparing this to their 77 Hammersith AFTK performance. The Passaic show just flows - no odd time keeping shifts in Bastille or Lakeside - they groove along perfectly.
Fast forward one year and the same songs are barely held together. Did Mr. Peart have a bit of a substance problem in 77? Or was he trying out new stuff? Or was it just an off night?
That Hammersmith recording is from February 1978.
I saw them on that tour (a few days before Hammersmith), and on the previous tour (which actually was in '77). I didn't really think they were on their game on the AFTK tour. The performance was a bit perfunctory, lacklustre, a job of work, though the second night was better. But they were absolutely on fire in June 1977. I suspect the pressure and quantity of touring had more to do with it than substance abuse.
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