Rush has always been a large target for critics and consumers who like their rock to roll, and to have at least a little passion.
Opening a two-night stand Thursday at the Forum, the Canadian trio turned in a set that showed why it attracts those salvos: The show was unquestionably high-tech--and high-technique--but emotionally parched.
When singer-bassist Geddy Lee is concentrating on dispensing those thick, busy bass lines, the band is on fairly firm, focused ground. But when he presided over his array of synthesizers, Rush produced some high-falutin' orchestral maneuvers--symphonic rock that, especially on the longer pieces, involved too many movements and too little movement.
Rush's music tends to be precisely constructed and, even live, precisely executed. So you're more likely to admire the end product than be swept up by it.