|Live album by|
|Released||January 9, 1998|
|Producer||Geddy Lee and Paul Northfield|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Different Stages is a live album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1998. The bulk of the first and second discs were recorded at the World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois during the 1997 Test for Echo tour. Five other songs from various stops along the tour were included and three songs from the 1994 Counterparts tour. The third disc is taken from a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London during the A Farewell to Kings tour in 1978.
The album was compiled and released by lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee and producer Paul Northfield in the wake of the deaths of drummer Neil Peart's daughter and first wife in 1997 and 1998, respectively. Production of the album occurred during Peart's recovery from his loss as chronicled in his book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, and he was consequently not involved in the production of the album. At the time, Peart had declared to his bandmates that they should "consider [him] retired", leaving guitarist Alex Lifeson and Lee facing the possibility of the album being Rush's last. The album is dedicated to the memory of Peart's daughter Selena, who died in a car accident in 1997, and his wife Jacqueline, who died of cancer 10 months later. The text "Suddenly ... You were gone ... from all the lives you left your mark upon. In loving memory of Jackie and Selena", is included in the album's packaging. The lyrics featured are from the song "Afterimage", from Rush's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure.
The Japanese release of Different Stages includes "Force Ten" as a bonus track, and the lyrics for all songs on the album. The initial first pressings contained miniature replica tour booklets from the A Farewell to Kings and Test for Echo tours.
The concert featured on the third disc was released in 2017 in its complete form on the 40th anniversary ion of A Farewell to Kings.
"2112" was recorded on June 23, 1997 at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Different Stages is the only Rush live album that contains a full performance of the entire "2112" suite.
All songs recorded on June 14, 1997 at the World Music Theatre except where noted.
Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon.
Track 2 segues directly into track 3, and tracks 8 through 10 are performed as a medley.
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||12|
|US Billboard 200||35|