A Show of Hands (video)

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A Show of Hands
Video by Rush
Released 1989 (VHS, Laserdisc)
May, 2007 (DVD)
Recorded April 21–24, 1988 at The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom (VHS, LD and DVD), Various audiences (CD)
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 90 min.
Label Anthem / PolyGram
Director Larry Jordan
Producer Len Epand, John Diaz
Rush chronology
Grace Under Pressure Tour
A Show of Hands
Rush in Rio
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A Show of Hands is a concert film released on videocassette, laserdisc, and DVD by the Canadian rock band Rush. It documents a live concert performance by the band on their 1988 Hold Your Fire Tour. In 1989, the band released an audio album of the same name on vinyl LP, audiocassette, and compact disc. The video comprises an entirely different recording, and features a different track list.

Dates of release & formats[edit]

The videocassette and laserdisc versions were the original formats of release, both in 1989. They are both currently out-of-print.

In 2006, a DVD version of the original production, with its audio re-mastered in 5.1-channel Dolby Surround by Rush guitarist and co-producer Alex Lifeson, was released as part of the DVD box set, titled Rush Replay X 3. In 2007, the DVD version of A Show of Hands, as it was included in Replay X 3, was released as a single, stand-alone DVD.

Filming locations[edit]

The concert footage documented in A Show of Hands was filmed in Birmingham, UK.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Intro
  2. "The Big Money"
  3. "Marathon"
  4. "Turn the Page"
  5. "Prime Mover"
  6. "Manhattan Project"
  7. "Closer to the Heart"
  8. "Red Sector A"
  9. "Force Ten"
  10. "Lock and Key" (laserdisc only)
  11. "Mission"
  12. "Territories"
  13. "YYZ"
  14. "The Rhythm Method" (drum solo)
  15. "The Spirit of Radio"
  16. "Tom Sawyer"
  17. "2112 Overture"/"The Temples of Syrinx"/"La Villa Strangiato"/"In The Mood"
  18. (Credits)

"YYZ" is not listed on the DVD track list.

The DVD version of A Show of Hands contains the full program of the VHS version; "Lock And Key" appeared on the laserdisc version of A Show of Hands, but does not appear on the DVD or VHS versions.

During the "La Villa Strangiato" section of the closing medley, Lifeson approaches his microphone and yells for several seconds. His words are silenced and a message appears onscreen telling viewers that his offensive speech has been censored. Some claim that Lifeson was actually yelling gibberish while others maintain that no sound was amplified to the audience. Although the band has never confirmed what (if anything) Lifeson said, they have admitted that the censorship was a joke.[citation needed]

The songs "Subdivisions," "Limelight," "Time Stand Still," "Lock and Key," "Distant Early Warning," and "Red Lenses" were performed on the Hold Your Fire tour, but omitted from the video.