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A Show of Hands
Live album by Rush
Released January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)
Recorded 1986, 1988
Genre Progressive rock
Hard rock
Length 74:22
Label Anthem (Canada)
Mercury (US)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Rush
Professional reviews
Rush chronology
Hold Your Fire
A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands is a live album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1989. The band released a video of the same name, originally on VHS and laserdisc in 1989. A DVD version was released as part of a box set in 2006, and as an individual DVD in 2007. The title of this release is taken from a line on the Hold Your Fire track Prime Mover: "alternating currents force a show of hands".


Recording locations

The album was recorded in Birmingham (UK), New Orleans, Phoenix, and San Diego during the 1988 Hold Your Fire tour as well as in the Meadowlands (East Rutherford, NJ) during the 1986 Power Windows tour. The opening track "Intro" features the Three Stooges theme song playing in the background; the band used this jingle to open many of their concerts during the 1980s.

Track listing

All songs written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, except where noted.

  1. "Intro" – 0:53
  2. "The Big Money" – 5:59
  3. "Subdivisions" – 5:22
  4. "Marathon" – 6:39
  5. "Turn the Page" – 4:41
  6. "Manhattan Project" – 5:18
  7. "Mission" – 5:46
  8. "Distant Early Warning" – 5:15
  9. "Mystic Rhythms" – 5:32
  10. "Witch Hunt (Pt. III of Fear)" – 4:00
  11. "The Rhythm Method" (Peart) – 4:37
  12. "Force Ten" (Lifeson, Lee, Peart, Pye Dubois) – 4:55
  13. "Time Stand Still" – 5:13
  14. "Red Sector A" – 5:18
  15. "Closer to the Heart" (Lifeson, Lee, Peart, Peter Talbot) – 4:54



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 21


  • Released:
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Rush
  • Chart positions: #33 US Mainstream Rock

Remaster details

A remaster was issued in 1997.

  • The tray has a picture of three fingerprints, light blue, pink, and lime green (left to right, mirroring the cover art of Retrospective II) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left. All remasters from Moving Pictures to A Show of Hands are like this.
  • Includes all of the artwork that came with the original album.


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