Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a pretty hardcore Rush fan. The first concert I went to——probably for any band——was during their Roll the Bones tour in 1991/92, back when I had to ask my parents for permission to go along with my brother and his friend. It felt like an adventure in itself (for goodness sake, it was only a drive to New Jersey!), but more importantly a wonderful and terrible discovery: there were other Rush fans in existence. I returned to West Point and vicinity, and wouldn't learn until I went to college a few years later that, in fact, the concert hadn't been an illusion. There really were other people who even knew who Rush was. I think I'm starting to get used to it, at last.
In any case, I've just purchased tickets for Rush at Jones Beach, a very cool rooflless stadium backlit by the Atlantic Ocean, for July 2nd their Snakes and Arrows tour. I can't wait. Section 1, Row A, seats 1-5. Was I the very first person to purchase tickets when they became available? Hah!
I've been to many more concerts over the years——U2, Yes, Queensryche, Jars of Clay, The Creatures, Brendan Perry——but I'll always look forward to Rush the most. For the uninitiated, they're the best band this side of the constellation Cygnus X-1.