RUSH at the Charter One Pavilion, Northerly Island, Chicago • July 5, 2010
In a venue that seats maybe 7,000 people, you’d think it’d be difficult to have a lousy seat. Especially if you buy your tickets during the oh-so-special exclusive Citibank Customer Presale. Since I’m a Citibank customer and my brother is a rabid fan of RUSH, it fell on me to pick up the maximum number of tickets (eight) that I could buy.
So yeah, I got online as soon as the presale opened up. In less than 10 minutes, I’d picked up the best seats I could get at the Citibank Customer Unique Opportunity Presale Event. It worked out Very Well and the experience has made me a confirmed Citibank Customer For Life.
I have a convenient visual aid here. This is a decent shot of my brother Jim and his lovely wife Tina, both happy to have a beautiful night for an outdoor concert. The show has yet to start, so while they may be a bit disappointed in being so far from the stage, they are cheerfully looking forward to what they know will be good video coverage of the band, to be presented on those huge screens to either side of the stage. But not just your standard concert coverage, no: RUSH has made great use of these screens for graphic effects and topical videos during their performances for a very long time.
Nope. No video for us. With rare exception, the video screens at the wings stayed dark. Oh, wait, there was a time when they played continually: during the 20 minute intermission in the middle of the show. That’s when the venue was quite happy to make a few bucks firing ads up there. Because we hadn’t, you know, paid for the tickets or anything, so they had to make their nut somewhere.
Again, I have a convenient visual aid below. You can see how well we could see the band from our Exclusive Citibank Customers Only Presale seats.