A Show of Hands (video)

A Show of Hands is a concert film released on VHS, 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.

A Show of Hands
Video by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 1989 (VHS, Laserdisc)
May 1, 2007 (DVD)
RecordedApril 21–24, 1988 at The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom (VHS, LD and DVD), Various audiences (CD)
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock
Length90 min.
LabelAnthem / PolyGram
DirectorLarry Jordan
ProducerLen Epand, John Diaz
Rush chronology
Grace Under Pressure Tour
A Show of Hands
Rush in Rio
Professional ratings
Review scores

Dates of release & formats

The VHS and Laserdisc versions were the original formats of release, both in 1989.[2] 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

The concert footage documented in A Show of Hands was filmed in Birmingham, UK.[3]

Track listing

  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. It was later included on a bonus disc in the R40 Box Set.

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. Lifeson actually said, "Singing is easy" and proceeded to make a series of strange random noises. Although the band has never confirmed what (if anything) Lifeson said, they have admitted that the censorship was a joke.

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.



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