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#1 LeaveMyThingAlone

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:30 AM

These 2 come to mind. Both were issues with Alex's guitar. Alex handles them like a pro and keeps the audience engaged.

The thing with Rush that anyone who has worked with them will tell you is that they are the coolest most down to Earth guys going, but if you're working with them, be prepared and don't screw up. Rush works their asses off to put on a great show and expects the same from their crew It looks like in both of these cases, someone dropped the ball big time by not being prepared and being slow to react. Alex seems light hearted in the videos, but I bet someone got it handed to them from Alex or Ged after the show...

https://www.youtube....h?v=5_mbYzM8axo

https://www.youtube....h?v=GjDjM7iJclg

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:04 AM

View PostJARG, on 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.
Keeping it real lol...

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:07 AM

They're perfectionists on top of being entertainers so it's no surprise they'd be fuming after all their meticulous prep work is nullified

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:07 AM

View PostNarps, on 08 September 2017 - 11:04 AM, said:

View PostJARG, on 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.
Keeping it real lol...

He was really pissed at his tech, who apparently wasn't paying when the guitar shorted out. Alex glared at him several times over the next few songs.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:16 AM

That "Still No Guitar" thing was surely infuriating to Alex, but damn, that was funny.


I remember seeing them in Tampa, Roll the Bones tour.  During RTB, Neil's snares broke. All of a sudden his snare sound went from crisp to a boom. It was kinda cool actually! Drum tech took care of it right away.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:18 AM

View PostMystic Slipperman, on 08 September 2017 - 11:16 AM, said:

That "Still No Guitar" thing was surely infuriating to Alex, but damn, that was funny.


I remember seeing them in Tampa, Roll the Bones tour.  During RTB, Neil's snares broke. All of a sudden his snare sound went from crisp to a boom. It was kinda cool actually! Drum tech took care of it right away.

That drum tech handled it because Neil castrated his previous drum tech who hadn't been on the...ball.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:24 AM

I have one.   It's a boot from the 80's.  I have to find it.  Geddy forgot the words to a song and Alex's guitar string broke.  First, Alex's guitar string broke, and then it so took Geddy off balance, that he messed up the verses to the song.

I'll be back...


EDIT:  It's Red Barchetta - https://youtu.be/gHYALx-oBd4?t=2863

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:40 AM

View PostLeaveMyThingAlone, on 08 September 2017 - 10:30 AM, said:

These 2 come to mind. Both were issues with Alex's guitar. Alex handles them like a pro and keeps the audience engaged.

The thing with Rush that anyone who has worked with them will tell you is that they are the coolest most down to Earth guys going, but if you're working with them, be prepared and don't screw up. Rush works their asses off to put on a great show and expects the same from their crew It looks like in both of these cases, someone dropped the ball big time by not being prepared and being slow to react. Alex seems light hearted in the videos, but I bet someone got it handed to them from Alex or Ged after the show...

https://www.youtube....h?v=5_mbYzM8axo

https://www.youtube....h?v=GjDjM7iJclg

Lack of organisation completely outa order on that second vid :) funny dance while waiting though :)

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:19 PM

View PostJARG, on 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.
I was at that show and I remember that guitar incident. It was actually funny to see his reaction.
Otherwise it was a great show. First time I saw the "Evening with..." format.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:25 PM

Power failure during Xanadu, Boston 1979.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:29 PM

View PostJARG, on 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.

:lol: Sounds funny but bad at the same time

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:48 PM

Well, not exactly a technical glitch but a great example of human error... Can't remember where or when it was but I think it was the Time Machine tour, when Geddy f***ed up The Spirit Of Radio, by starting the song with the second verse..."off on your way, hit the open road"... :)

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 02:46 PM

View Postgreyfriar, on 08 September 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

View PostJARG, on 08 September 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

At the San Antonio TFE show, Alex's guitar shorted out during Subdivisions. It took him half the set before he stopped fuming about it.
I was at that show and I remember that guitar incident. It was actually funny to see his reaction.
Otherwise it was a great show. First time I saw the "Evening with..." format.

He was in good spirits otherwise, goofing off for the camera and sidling up to Pamela.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:07 PM



Time Machine Tour, opening night glitches with Geddy's set up.  So Alex breaks the tension by telling a joke at 1:11.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

Don't think I ever recall Geddy having issues with his bass or bass rig, I could be wrong?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 04:10 PM

As I play in a band with only a squillionth of the gear Rush use we do have a bit to worry about.It really throws you off kilter when you stomp on box and it don't work.At least Alex doesn't do a Pete Townsend.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 04:27 PM

Perfection is the goal, but it takes a person with keen insight to realize shit happens and to just roll with it. No need to be a prick about it.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:22 PM

yeah I agree, no need to be a jerk..  just ask the florida police department what they think of alex?? ha ha

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

View PostLeaveMyThingAlone, on 08 September 2017 - 10:30 AM, said:

These 2 come to mind. Both were issues with Alex's guitar. Alex handles them like a pro and keeps the audience engaged.

The thing with Rush that anyone who has worked with them will tell you is that they are the coolest most down to Earth guys going, but if you're working with them, be prepared and don't screw up. Rush works their asses off to put on a great show and expects the same from their crew It looks like in both of these cases, someone dropped the ball big time by not being prepared and being slow to react. Alex seems light hearted in the videos, but I bet someone got it handed to them from Alex or Ged after the show...





The one where he dances when his guitar is out of his hands is funny as hell!




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