.. a mid-afternoon stroll to Rogers Arena and BC Place saw the One Direction fans outnumbering Rush fans about 20:1…although I suspect that their average age was around 13, oneDand I am guessing the Rush fans were having to work for a living…This didn’t stop the One D team getting their merchandising machine up and running 7 hours before their show started. – I didn’t spot a Harry Styles t-shirt that I liked 🙂oneD2

5 hours later, and situation had changed a bit. Rush fans were outnumbered about 200:1..  But it was certainly starting to look more like a Rush concert.rush2

Meanwhile outside the One-D show – I am sure that Harry was happy for this guys support 🙂

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Usually Rogers gets smoky after the lights go down. It was pretty hazy before the show even started.

As has become a tradition over the last few tour the show kicked off with a playful video poke at themselves through the years..before the real deal started in on a set that went backwards in time, starting with tracks from Clockwork Angels  – The Anarchist and Headlong Flight, followed by the first drum solo of the night.

Next it was back to 2007 for Far Cry and The Main Monkey Business from Snakes and Arrows. By the end of the first set we had been transported back to the 1982 with Subdivisions playing into the beer break.  Two highlights of the first part of the set included Roll the Bones, with it’s celebrity rap video, featuring Canada’s own Trailer Park Boys, Peter Dinklage, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd.  This was followed later in the set by Losing It from Signals where the band was joined onstage by local Vancouver violinist Ben Mink.

After a short break to drink overpriced beer it was straight back at it.  The band got stronger throughout the evening, getting more energetic the further back in time they went ( maybe they were getting younger ).  After crowd pleasers Tom Sawyer, YYZ, and The Spirit of Radio, as well as Natural Science we got an awesome rendition of Jacobs Ladder. It was a very bassy version, and reminded me of early Black Sabbath oddly.

Cygnuss X-1 was followed by a truncated 2112 to round out the end of the 2nd set.

Eugene Levy appeared on screen to introduced the boys as newcomers who had supported Kiss ( twice !!), and the band came back with the stage now looking like a school gym, and the single amps with mic’s draped over them.. The encore comprised Lakeside Park, Anthem, What You’re Doing, and rounded out with Working Man, arguably the song that launched the band ( at least on the US radio market ).

After leaving the stage we had a final video of the band getting lost, and locked out of their dressing room, where a party was being held with all the figures from the various album covers..closing with the hopeful  R40″+”…perhaps there is more to come after all.

If, as the band has indicated, this is the last major tour they will do, then this may well have been their last ever Canadian concert, although they were so energetic, and seemed to be having fun for 3 hours, so it seems hard to believe…but if it is to be then the closing lines from Lakeside Park, one of the encores tonight seem quiet prophetic.

“Though it’s just a memory, some memories last forever.”

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