At first this might seem like a standard concert DVD in honour of Rush's unlikely 30-year run, but R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour package - typical of the Canrock icons' knack for exceeding expectations - offers much more than anticipated. With a career-spanning selection of songs (including A Passage To Bangkok) performed with sweaty glee at various packed sports arenas during last year's global jaunt, the double-DVD package comes off more like a victory lap for the world's most popular indie cult band. Rush have managed to create and play their own crazy brand of prog rock for 30 years and sell millions of records doing it, with negligible mainstream media coverage or commercial radio play - they've never had a top 10 chart hit.
The second DVD collects some revealing, sometimes hilarious interview footage ("Bill Bruford?") along with vintage video clips laid out chronologically so fans can chart the year-by-year expansion of Neil Peart's drum kit - which intriguingly grows in inverse proportion to the length of his hair - and marvel at the Spinal Tap-esque excess of Xanadu. Warning: if you're not already a Rush fan, R30 just might convert you.