RUSH - OFFENBACH 1979 [NEIL PEART R.I.P. 1952 - 2020]

September 22, 2017 – 3:46 am


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NEIL PEART R.I.P. 1952 - 2020

Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, died Tuesday, January 7, in Santa Monica, California at age 67, according to Elliot Mintz, a family spokesperson. The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three-and-a-half years. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

Peart was one of rock’s greatest drummers, with a flamboyant yet utterly precise style that paid homage to his hero, the Who’s Keith Moon, while expanding the technical and imaginative possibilities of his instrument. He joined singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush in 1974, and his virtuosic playing and literate, wildly imaginative lyrics - which drew on Ayn Rand and science fiction, among other influences - helped make the trio one of the classic-rock era’s essential bands. His drum fills on songs like “Tom Sawyer” were pop hooks in their own right, each one an indelible mini-composition; his lengthy drum solos, carefully constructed and full of drama, were highlights of every Rush concert.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Lee and Lifeson called Peart their “friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years,” and said he had been “incredibly brave” in his battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. “We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time,” Lee and Lifeson said. “Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name. Rest in peace, brother.” -

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Black Forest [Digital Reproductions DR 52879-3, 2CD]

Live at the Stadhalle, Offenbach, Germany; May 28, 1979. Excellent soundboard.

Thanks to Digital Reproductions; and to archangel for sharing the show at Dime.

archangel noted:

This is from known generation sources and, to my knowledge, the originally traded shn files. It is superior (in my opinion) and different from all other versions…

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Ron’s Rush RoIO Guide (A):

This recently-unearthed gem has been the subject of a lot of controversy. First of all, it wasn’t even widely know that Rush played this date. But there’s no doubt that he’s greeting Frankfurt during the intro. Next, the setlist itself raises some questions. It’s common knowledge that Rush dropped “Something For Nothing” and “Cygnus X-1″ for most of the German shows on this tour. Yet, they appear here. When this show was first circulated, it was without these two songs. On recent releases, they have been added to the mix. A splice is clearly audible where the addition occurs, yet it sounds like these songs belong in the mix, as they blend well with the rest of the show. Legend has it that this show was leaked by Skip Gildersleeve himself. Originally, SFN and CX1 were cut so that the show would fit on a 90-minute tape. Later, upon request, Skip sent out the two missing songs. Hence the splice. Decide for yourself whether you believe all of this. Personally, based on the sound alone, I think the songs belong. (If they don’t, it raises the question of where they came from. Clearly, they are from a board, but they are definitely NOT from the two other know boards from this tour – 11/20/78 and 12/2/78. So if they aren’t from this show, that suggests the existence of yet another soundboard show from this tour. Perhaps time will tell). Soundwise, the show is incredible. It’s right up there with the Tucson and Detroit shows, and you all know how good THAT is. The performance is also outstanding, especially since we are treated to an uncut version of “Hemispheres.” A definite must-have!

The Digital Dan (EX):

Taken from a newly obtained source and remastered for the best sound possible for this source. A long hoarded recording that has taken many years to get out into the common trading circles. It had been long rumored that the show existed, but no one would trade it unless you complete an obstacle course to get it. Well the friends of Digital Reproductions came through again and acquired this magnificent source for every Rush fan to savor. This show is the soundboard and not a broadcast performance as there are no DJ interruptions whatsoever. And unlike the Tucson show, we finally have both a full show and an uncut version of Cygnus! Well this sounds better than any currently produced commercial version of the Tucson ‘78 show save (A Desert Passage) and a bit better than Buenos Nochas! Motor City. The source is extremely low gen, 1st gen for the majority of the show and 2nd gen for the Drum Solo. Everything is crystal clear with very little tape hiss to be heard anywhere in the recording. It is great to hear a fully uncut version of Cygnus X-1 and Hemispheres. The boys sound great on this night, Geddy is hitting the high notes with Neil putting down a firm foundation for Alex’s searing solo’s. The bass is really pronounced as is the high end, if not a bit bright. If you are a die hard Rush fan, you cannot be without this show.

There is of course controversy with the setlist as some believe that it is incorrect. I have about 99 per cent confidence now that the show never had SfN and CX1 even though sources very close to the band said that those songs were played that night. If you prefer the SfN and CX1 not being part of the setlist, simply extract all the audio tracks to your hard drive, delete the two tracks in question and re-burn the cdr. The tracks will line up correctly and sound just like a continuous concert… If someone tries to sell it to you, you are being ripped off as any one of many Rush traders will gladly do it for free.

Posted at

From Ian Grandy (Rush’s sound engineer who recorded the show): (via personal email, June 2007) “I was the engineer for Rush in those days. The added two songs were recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London earlier on that tour. When we went to Europe those two songs were dropped because the band was playing a shorter set. I edited them in when I got home. The tape was originally called two different things, Alex’s copy was called ‘Blitzkrieg’ and Geddy’s was called ‘Road to Germany’ after the old Bing Crosby & Bob hope ‘road’ movies. I always loved that tape and I only recorded that day because the sound in the hall was excellent. There was a lot of low end naturally and that’s why the tape w/b a little high endish. I think half the crowd was American servicemen stationed in Germany. You say Skip released that tape but I don’t know that he ever had a copy, I sent a copy to a guy in Hartford CT who used to call me in 1994 so that might be where it started. I doubt that Alex or Geddy gave their copies away…”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Anthem 4:19
Track 102. A Passage To Bangkok 3:58
Track 103. By-Tor And The Snow Dog 5:42
Track 104. Xanadu 11:56
Track 105. Something For Nothing 4:32
Track 106. The Trees 4:59
Track 107. Cygnus X-1 9:31
Track 108. Hemispheres 19:56
Track 109. Closer To The Heart 3:21
69 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. A Farewell To Kings 5:42
Track 202. La Villa Strangiato 10:40
Track 203. 2112 Suite 19:08
Track 204. Working Man 3:39
Track 205. Bastille Day 1:39
Track 206. In The Mood 2:44
Track 207. Drum Solo 5:14
49 mins

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  1. 20 Responses to “RUSH - OFFENBACH 1979 [NEIL PEART R.I.P. 1952 - 2020]”

  2. any big cocks in this band ?

    By Tony C on Sep 22, 2017

  3. This is a killer show by a great rock band and the only comment is by that Tony C A Hole . I guess there arnt many Rush fans here , go figure

    By Harold on Sep 23, 2017

  4. Awesome, I already had this recording titled “Universe Divided”, but this is an upgrade (not on a huge scale, but still an upgrade).
    Hard to find a more enjoyable RUSH show from Europe in 1979, Pink Pop Festival in Netherlands is another good soundboard, but it’s only part of the show (or maybe they played a shortened set because it was a festival).

    By OneToGo on Sep 23, 2017

  5. Excellent Show, thanks so much. Just a little bit more information: I was at this show but can´t remember the exact setlist. To say, half of the audience was american soldiers is an understatement, I would say about 80 percent were Americans. That was not uncommon in this days at shows in Offenbach or Frankfurt (another fact: the two cities are like Minneapolis and St. Paul, like Twin Cities just across the river Main, you can cross City borders with the Tram). For example: most of the Queen Live Killers Album is recorded at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, I was at this Show too, and there was about 60 % Americans. This is the reason, why you hear such a big chorus at “Love of my Life”… We had such huge military bases back then in the Frankfurt Area.
    One strange thing is, that you call this Show “Black Forest”, because the Black Forest is about 80 miles south of Frankfurt and Offenbach…but I guess, a lot of Americans think, that the black Forest covers all of Germany… :-)

    By Michael Hess on Sep 25, 2017

  6. Thanks big o, great show! “Harold”-nobody wants to leave any comments anymore thanks to all the work you’ve done over the past year, isnt that what you wanted?

    By McAlpine on Sep 26, 2017

  7. Love this show, Love the upgrade! Really closes out this period of Rush before the more concise songs from Permanent Waves forward.

    By jdallenx on Sep 27, 2017

  8. A friend and I drove from Bitburg to this concert, and yes we were GI’s. Johnny Cougar was the backup band at this one. We got there early and started talking to the roadies setting up and both of us being techies, we ended up helping the guys with the laser equipment. Good grief that stuff was heavy! Anyway we sat next to the laser backstage for the whole show! Fond memories.

    By Steve on Sep 25, 2019

  9. Heartbreaking loss from not only the beating heart but lyrical mind of Rush. RIP.

    By Tony Pizza on Jan 11, 2020

  10. RIP Neil

    I saw Rush open up for REO Speed Wagon in Kalamazoo, MI, I think it was 1976 or 77, my first real rock concert. I was super impressed by the skill and style of Neil Peart. I was sorry to hear about his passing.

    I was a big fan of Rush in their early days as were most of my friends, I think I had their first four albums. Great musicians, my musical tastes moved away from this type of music later in life but I think I will give this a listen in remembrance of Neil and my youth.

    Rock on brother!

    By Jack on Jan 11, 2020

  11. Thank you.

    By Steven on Jan 11, 2020

  12. Very sad . Another legendary artist gone . We’ve lost so many in the last few years and more with sadly go RIP Neil

    By Bill on Jan 11, 2020

  13. Rumor has it Neil had a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 11, 2020

  14. Very sad news. Definitive end of Rush. R.I.P. Neil.

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jan 11, 2020

  15. “Chords that build high like a mountain…notes that fall gently like rain…”

    By 5 Man Floyd on Jan 11, 2020

  16. In January of that year, I saw Rush on their Hemispheres tour play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The crazy part was the opening act was Blondie. Strangest pairing…2 different groups of people at that show!

    By Jeff Knutson on Jan 11, 2020

  17. More please. Helps with the mourning!

    By ishness on Jan 12, 2020

  18. The master tape was Skip Gildersleeves reel to reel copy recorded to DAT.

    By Dr.Plas on Jan 12, 2020

  19. This guy is an ok drummer I guess but to put him in the class of Moon , Bonham , Mitchell , Peter Criss , Ringo and Charlie Watts is ridiculous. He’s not close to those guys .

    By Pat Grooms on Jan 13, 2020

  20. @OneToGo
    “Pink Pop Festival in Netherlands is another good soundboard, but it’s only part of the show (or maybe they played a shortened set because it was a festival).”

    They played a full set, but the radio station in Holland only broadcast highlights of the set.

    By Leddy Gee on Jan 17, 2020

  21. Peter Cris’s????? Really mate ?

    By George on Jan 22, 2020

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