toymaker, on 14 September 2017 - 07:40 PM, said:
I just don't get why some people are taking Peart's choices so personally . . . or it seems that way.
In spite of the wealth and adoration and perks of being a superstar, it must really suck sometimes. Dude makes a decision and suddenly every fan is on the spectrum between "he's a f***ing idiot" and "he's earned his retirement."
Maybe it really wasn't an easy decision to make?
Isn't this a "damned if you do, damned if you don't situation"? If he retires, people get pissed because he "didn't do it correctly." If he tries to keep going the best he can, he gets shit for leaving out drum fills and for exercising his rights to privacy like he has for the last thirty or so years.
There must be some perfect way he could have retired. Unfortunately, he's a fallible human being and could only come up with lame excuses like I'm in pain and I have a family I'd like to spend time with.
The old genius just can't be left alone! I honestly feel sorry for the younger Analog Kids on here who never saw RUSH but hey that's the way it goes in life! I've been very blessed with my 60 shows but I still am ticked that I missed the first decade of RUSH live! I never saw Neil play with long hair and his mustache! Kills me! But hey, that's life!!
That being said, I am glad he retired. Perhaps if he didn't smoke those fuckingg cancer sticks and watched his weight and biked again instead of just motorcycling he would have still been healthy enough to tour.
You can't change the past, you have to forward and move on.
I hope he has his peace of mind and is happy. HE DESERVES IT!!!!!
I certainly hope the few of you who happened to read my homage to Neil on his birthday thread, "New Medicare Man," didn't take it serious! You know I love this f***ing guy. Even though he blew me off at his bus door. My feelings weren't hurt. It's NEIL baby! It was expected. Alas, I love that memory. Bittersweet.
Anyway I truly think and I highly doubt it, the only way that RUSH EVER plays again will be for a serious benefit show is say Toronto. Neil MIGHT come out of retirement and play some songs with the boys. Of course you boys and girls better start saving now for a ticket. It's going to cost you some "BIG MONEY!"