Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26th, 2020 - Different Stages In 75 Minutes... Or Thereabouts

Hello and happy Sunday!  The Meister here today pairing the amazing triple live album, "Different Stages - Live" by rock legends Rush and a 75 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery!  This pairing is of course dedicated to the memory of the amazing Neil Peart... rest in power Professor!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "Different Stages - Live"
  • Recorded: various dates and locations, including: February 20th, 1978 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London England; February 27th, 1994 at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida; March 22nd, 1994 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan; April 30th, 1994 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; May 24th, 1997 at the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas, Texas; June 4th, 1997 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; June 14th, 1997 at the World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois; June 23rd, 1997 at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts; July 2nd, 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Canada
  • Release date: November 10, 1998 (4th live album by Rush)
  • Record company: Anthem / Atlantic
  • Production: Geddy Lee and Paul Northfield
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass guitar, synthesizers, and bass pedal synthesizers), Alex Lifeson (electric and acoustic guitars, and pedal synthesizers), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock/metal, hard rock, power pop
  • Sound: With recording from 3 seperate tours, "Different Stages - Live" blends the superb musicianship, exceptional songwriting, and artistic integrity of Rush.  
  • Major themes: , themes on "Different Stages - Live" include the pursuit of knowledge, self-realization, corruption, hope, compassion, threats to freedom, artistry, creativity, journeys into the unknown, life, passion, love, etc.
  • Notes: Sadly, the album is dedicated to the memory of Neil Peart's daughter Selena, who died in a car accident in 1997, and his first wife Jacqueline, who died of cancer 10 months later.
  • Tracks:   
Set 1:
  1. "Dreamline"
  2. "Limelight"
  3. "Driven"
  4. "Bravado"
  5. "Animate"
  6. "Show Don't Tell"
  7. "The Trees"
  8. "Nobody's Hero"
  9. "Closer To The Heart"
  10. "2112"
    • "Overture"
    • "The Temples Of Syrinx"
    • "Discovery"
    • "Presentation"
    • "Oracle: The Dream"
    • "Soliloquoy"
    • "Grand Finale"
Set 2:
  1. "Test For Echo"
  2. "The Analog Kid"
  3. "Freewill"
  4. "Roll The Bones"
  5. "Stick It Out"
  6. "Resist"
  7. "Leave That Thing Alone"
  8. "The Rhythm Method"
  9. "Natural Science"
  10. "Force Ten"
  11. "The Spirit Of Radio"
  12. "Tom Sawyer"
  13. "YYZ"
Set 3:
  1. "Bastille Day"
  2. "By-Tor & The Snow Dog"
  3. "Xanadu"
  4. "A Farwell To Kings"
  5. "Something For Nothing"
  6. "Cygnus X-1"
  7. "Anthem"
  8. "Working Man"
  9. "Fly By Night"
  10. "In The Mood"
  11. "Cinderalla Man"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: 75 Minute IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 75
  • Pour: The 75 Minute IPA pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange hue with a frothy, 1-finger, bright white head with good sustain and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, earthy, herbal, and sweet.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, tangerine, light pine resin, herbal tea, doughy bread, sweet biscuit, toffee, and maple syrup.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste is characterized by citrusy, malty, and sweet flavors. There are notes of orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit juice, black tea, light pine, toasted bread, and maple syrup.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the 75 Minute IPA is crisp, yet chewy with a slightly dry finish with lingering bitterness.

Overall pairing:
Those bold, sweet, bitter, and complex flavors of the 75 Minute IPA compliment the brilliance and depth of Rush live perfectly!  And those light maple syrup notes are perfect for any pairing with our friends from the Great White North eh!


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