Moving Pictures, Crazy Train

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Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. 2016
Rock Hard PDX Powellhurst-Gilbert (Portland)
$15
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Nothing rings in a new year like Canadian progressive rock, which is why going to see local Rush tribute band Moving Pictures is your only sensible option this evening, or indeed any evening. Watch!—as someone else plays Alex Lifeson’s demanding guitar solos. Witness!—as a guy you’ve never heard of hit those Geddy Lee high notes and hold down those busy bass lines. Behold!—as a drummer that’s not Neil Peart reproduces his incredibly technical drum patterns. This is not only going to be a showcase of fierce instrumental prowess by some incredible local musicians, but judging by Rush’s largely male fanbase, it’s probably going to be the surest way to avoid all of that pesky New Year’s Eve kissing. The only real question that remains is: What song does a Rush tribute band play at midnight? “Tom Sawyer”? “The Spirit of Radio”? “Closer to the Heart”? My vote’s for the “2112” suite, but with the lyrics altered so that it’s “2017.” (Editor’s note: Rush does not actually sing the words “2112” at anytime during “2112.”) Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Crazy Train also plays tonight to help you go off the rails. NED LANNAMANN

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