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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:00 AM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:14 AM

Was just coming here to post this! Pretty much says what we all know. As much as we hate it as fans, I get it. I just have a problem with the WAY he did it.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:20 AM

Neil quit Rush?! Holy shit, when did that happen?!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:31 AM

gotta love donna. always a straight shooter.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:24 AM

I miss Rush already, I will never see my hero's ever :(

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:42 AM

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

So the dichotomy is play music or sit at home and stare out the window, eh? I suspect there are more options available to Neil than just those two.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:08 PM

View PostWil1972, on 14 September 2017 - 09:14 AM, said:

Was just coming here to post this! Pretty much says what we all know. As much as we hate it as fans, I get it. I just have a problem with the WAY he did it.

How exactly did he do it that was a problem?  Genuinely curious, not meaning to be antagonistic.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:09 PM

View PostJARG, on 14 September 2017 - 11:42 AM, said:


So the dichotomy is play music or sit at home and stare out the window, eh?

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.

How about... you do you, and Neil does Neil, and you don't judge him one way or the other?

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:43 PM

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.

You've been playing in bands for 35 years now so let me ask you this. Have you been touring as extensively that entire time as Neil did during his years with Rush?

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:46 PM

Interesting!  Glad to hear that Neil and Alex and Geddy still "keep in touch", although that could mean almost anything I guess, I'll take it as a positive.  Thanks for posting this!  :)

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:00 PM

This is just a rehash of old information.  Nothing new in that blog. I guess the timing was due to his birthday?  One thing they keep leaving out is the obvious regret at not spending the time with Selena before losing her.  That has to be huge in his decision.  I'm surprised he toured as long as he did.  I wish there was a way they could record some new music and find a way to release that would make sense and cents.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:23 PM

View Postzappafrank, on 14 September 2017 - 12:08 PM, said:

View PostWil1972, on 14 September 2017 - 09:14 AM, said:

Was just coming here to post this! Pretty much says what we all know. As much as we hate it as fans, I get it. I just have a problem with the WAY he did it.

How exactly did he do it that was a problem?  Genuinely curious, not meaning to be antagonistic.

Hem-hawing about it and then making a sort of off-hand "announcement" via his blog, in the form of a quote from his daughter telling someone he was a "retired drummer." And then leaving Ged and Al to explain that to everyone, without any formal announcement.

Edited by Wil1972, 14 September 2017 - 01:24 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.
if that's your passion and you want to die with 'your boots on', then great. But for many people, the last thing they want to be doing while they're retired is doing the same thing they did while working. As much as Neil has traveled I could totally see him not wanting to travel and to be a bit of a home-body. As uncomfortable as it is to say, some musicians are just too old to perform (charlie watts) and need to hang it up.

After 40 years...seriously...what musical challenges are left for any of the guys in Rush?

just because you're a good soldier doesn't mean you have to die a soldier.

Edited by HemiBeers, 14 September 2017 - 02:34 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:55 PM

View PostPermanent-Rush, on 14 September 2017 - 11:24 AM, said:

I miss Rush already, I will never see my hero's ever :(
They were literally awesome live! Nothing better than about every two years getting together with the BFF and current bae to see :rush: live, it was totes da bomb!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:56 PM

View PostHemiBeers, on 14 September 2017 - 02:33 PM, said:

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.
if that's your passion and you want to die with 'your boots on', then great. But for many people, the last thing they want to be doing while they're retired is doing the same thing they did while working. As much as Neil has traveled I could totally see him not wanting to travel and to be a bit of a home-body. As uncomfortable as it is to say, some musicians are just too old to perform (charlie watts) and need to hang it up.

After 40 years...seriously...what musical challenges are left for any of the guys in Rush?

just because you're a good soldier doesn't mean you have to die a soldier.

True, but there's another side of it for musicians that involves passion for music and loving what you do. Let's face it, Neil hasn't enjoyed the process of touring for quite a while and his love for drumming has probably lost out to how much pain he's in while doing it and how incredibly difficult it must be for him to perform at such a high level now.

Like others, I am shocked he continued as long as he did. I think it was partly doing it for Alex and Geddy and partly the financial part of it. I think Neil would have retired from touring much sooner if not for the fact that Rush's popularity really took off in the last decade. Prices have gone up more and more and they were selling out more and more arenas. It was probably tough for Neil to walk away from the million dollar + incomes that came with doing a tour.

Edited by LeaveMyThingAlone, 14 September 2017 - 02:57 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:09 PM

View PostRon2112, on 14 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Meh.  Written like a non-musician describing a colleague retiring from an accounting firm.

You don't just quit playing music if you love it that much.  You learn how to live within whatever limitations nature is imposing on you.  We are allocated only so many days to create music.  Sitting at home and staring out the window seems like such a waste.

Been playing in bands for 35 years now, and I imagine I'll do it for 35 more.  Until they find me dead and someone has to pry my guitar out of my slowly rotting hands.

This is why Neil bagging on Charlie Watts in the R40 movie rubbed me the wrong way.  Say what you want about the Stones....Charlie is out there doing what he loves.  Not sitting on his front porch, carping about his arthritis.
This is such a shite post.  Why does how YOU feel about what YOU would do matter to anyone else?  Do your own thing and stop criticizing those who do otherwise.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:15 PM

View PostJohnRogers, on 14 September 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

View PostPermanent-Rush, on 14 September 2017 - 11:24 AM, said:

I miss Rush already, I will never see my hero's ever :(
They were literally awesome live! Nothing better than about every two years getting together with the BFF and current bae to see :rush: live, it was totes da bomb!

Don't make me more upset plz thanks, but that's cool u saw em

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:54 PM

Blah blah blah.... old boring news.  I am surprised Donna wasted her time with this blog............


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