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#1 New_World_Man

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:38 PM

I've seen concert footage plus have seen this myself when I've seen the band live where Alex will walk backwards while playing his guitar. It seems as though maybe he's trying to repositon himself or something or maybe it's just a nervous habit. Anyway, how long has he been doing this and does anyone know what the origin of it is or the reason for it?

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:46 PM

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:51 PM

Wow, we've really got nothing Rush related to talk about anymore now, lol.

It's just a guitar player moving around on stage pretty much.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 07:56 PM

Tbh does it even really matter?? Not tryin to be rude here but really it does not.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

If you’ve ever walked forward on a stage that has a drop off you’re going to have to walk backwards at some point or you’ll end up in the crowd. Possibly injured.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 10:04 PM

Wow, it's just an innocent question for crying out loud. No need to be snarky. One reason I asked is because I never saw any other guitarist do that before and was just curious if anyone noticed. No big deal.

Edited by New_World_Man, 30 September 2017 - 10:05 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 10:12 PM

He walks forward because that's what musicians do. It's unavoidable. He walks backward because he's looked at the front row and gotten scared by all the creepy fat, middle-aged dweebs there.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 11:02 PM

I would imagine that it's to not make it seem like he's just standing there like a robot.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 01:38 AM

Guitarists and bassists do this all the time.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:21 AM

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:25 AM

 EagleMoon, on 01 October 2017 - 01:38 AM, said:

Guitarists and bassists do this all the time.
Exactly.  This isn’t unusual.  There are two choices; show your backside to the crowd or walk backwards.  Snarky?  Quit asking questions if you’re going to tell us how to answer.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 01:12 AM

It's Neil's fault of course.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:56 PM

View PostAncient Ways, on 01 October 2017 - 08:25 AM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 October 2017 - 01:38 AM, said:

Guitarists and bassists do this all the time.
Exactly.  This isn’t unusual.  There are two choices; show your backside to the crowd or walk backwards.  Snarky?  Quit asking questions if you’re going to tell us how to answer.

There's no need to be rude(or snarky). That's all I'm saying. If you felt I was being rude you would have absolutely every right to tell me so just like you would to someone in every day life. It's called standing up for yourself.

Edited by New_World_Man, 02 October 2017 - 09:14 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

View PostPermanent-Rush, on 30 September 2017 - 07:56 PM, said:

Tbh does it even really matter?? Not tryin to be rude here but really it does not.

No but half the stuff on this forum doesn't matter now does it? It's called being curious.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:09 PM

View Postedhunter, on 30 September 2017 - 10:12 PM, said:

He walks forward because that's what musicians do. It's unavoidable. He walks backward because he's looked at the front row and gotten scared by all the creepy fat, middle-aged dweebs there.

This is the best answer so far. :D End of the thread. You can pick up your stuffed puppy in half an hour.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:25 PM

View PostNew_World_Man, on 02 October 2017 - 09:07 PM, said:

View PostPermanent-Rush, on 30 September 2017 - 07:56 PM, said:

Tbh does it even really matter?? Not tryin to be rude here but really it does not.

No but half the stuff on this forum doesn't matter now does it? It's called being curious.
Half is being very generous.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 02:58 PM

IT all goes back to the pre-wireless world:  when you reached the end of your tether (your instrument cable), there was nowhere else to go but backwards.  Can't turn around, cause the cable would wrap around your legs.  In the wireless world, the "phantom cable" is still there....

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:05 PM

I love Alex's backward walking on stage.  My favorite was when he did a backward crouching walk once all while playing his guitar.  I saw it on a Youtube video but have never been able to find it again.  I believe it was during Red Barchetta.




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