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#1 oghond2112

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:03 PM

To the RUSH fans out there who have seen any of the recent RUSH performances: What do you think of Geddy Lee's voice nowadays? I know he can't hit the same notes that he used to thanks to age, but do you think his voice has aged well?

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:15 PM

I know you're new here but this has been discussed to death in many different topics. You may not like some of the responses you will get but no, his voice did not age well. To his credit, on the last couple tours he did some things to help keep his voice as good as it could be. It doesn't bother me that his voice did go downhill like it did. There's not much he could have done given he was getting older and had toured non stop for so many years singing in a higher range. Geddy gave his all for the fans and always put in the best effort possible vocally even when it was obvious he was struggling on the last few tours.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:16 PM

 oghond2112, on 20 October 2017 - 10:03 PM, said:

do you think his voice has aged well?

No.  But the shows have still been great.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:38 AM

His voice unquestionably went downhill.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:46 AM

On the next tour he will focus only on bass, and Cher will be handling the vocal duties.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:28 AM

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

Poor Geddy... :( :cry:

I really don't want anyone to run into him on the street and say: "Your voice sounds terrible now and you can't sing." I'm pretty sure that would break his heart.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:54 AM

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

I will agree there, but THIS recording blew my mind. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=yE2WjSmUcRA (Wait for "Each of us, a CELL of awareness...")

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:59 AM

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

I saw them near the beginning of the first leg of the Time Machine tour and I thought he sounded okay, although the dvd of that tour has vocal issues.
Damn good show though - excellent set-list, beautiful weather, great sound system - a perfect night out. Marathon was a highlight!

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:26 AM

 vaportrailer, on 21 October 2017 - 09:59 AM, said:

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

I saw them near the beginning of the first leg of the Time Machine tour and I thought he sounded okay, although the dvd of that tour has vocal issues.
Damn good show though - excellent set-list, beautiful weather, great sound system - a perfect night out. Marathon was a highlight!

He got a virus that went into his ear. I remember an interview where he said he had to have his ear drained. Second half of the Time Machine tour was pretty iffy.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:29 AM

 oghond2112, on 21 October 2017 - 09:28 AM, said:

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

Poor Geddy... :( :cry:

I really don't want anyone to run into him on the street and say: "Your voice sounds terrible now and you can't sing." I'm pretty sure that would break his heart.

I’m sure he’s very aware of his vocal limitations now. He’s mentioned he started having problems even before Snakes. You can hear it on the album here and there where his voice breaks but it’s been covered up pretty well.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:43 AM

 oghond2112, on 21 October 2017 - 09:28 AM, said:

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

Poor Geddy... :( :cry:

I really don't want anyone to run into him on the street and say: "Your voice sounds terrible now and you can't sing." I'm pretty sure that would break his heart.


Well, sure.  Don't get me wrong, Geddy is one of my favorite musicians ever, and is one of true good guys of rock. Nothing but love and respect for him. I am just saying, his voice hit the wall. Considering the way he used to sing, it's amazing that his voice up as well as it did for as long as it did, to be honest.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 11:31 AM

 oghond2112, on 21 October 2017 - 09:28 AM, said:

 The K Man, on 21 October 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

This.  S&A was the last tour where he sounded good. I still enjoyed the hell out of every show I saw until the end, but the last three live releases are nearly unwatchable because his voice is too brutal to endure.  The way he ruined the chorus to Marathon makes me sad.

Poor Geddy... :( :cry:

I really don't want anyone to run into him on the street and say: "Your voice sounds terrible now and you can't sing." I'm pretty sure that would break his heart.

Don't wonder about things like that and just enjoy the music he gave us. Geddy was more than likely the first person to notice that his voice was starting to decline. It's been about ten years now so he's aware.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 02:35 PM

Geddy's voice is gone,Alex got arthritis,Neil's body is beat,the bands in mess.Arghh,but they gave us plenty of good years service.That's all right by me.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 02:45 PM

 oghond2112, on 21 October 2017 - 09:54 AM, said:

 EagleMoon, on 21 October 2017 - 08:54 AM, said:

No. His voice really declined between 2008 and 2010. He still could sing pretty well on the Snakes and Arrows tour but once Time Machine came around he had a lot of trouble hitting notes.

I will agree there, but THIS recording blew my mind. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=yE2WjSmUcRA (Wait for "Each of us, a CELL of awareness...")

Yeah, not bad - I particularly love "aaaaand incomplete"

I like what one of the commenters says:  "How the f**k is it humanly possible to hit those notes at that age?? what a legend" - certainly a different perspective from what you get on TRF often...

Edited by toymaker, 21 October 2017 - 02:48 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:02 PM

i thought geddy's voice sounded fine at all the shows i went to in the 2000s.  he was always a little all over the place live even in his prime vocal years and as far as i'm concerned in the later years he only got slightly worse about that.  and anyway those shows were so fun and rocking and shredding musically that it really didn't matter much that the vocals weren't the best.  i never heard anyone at an actual gig complain about the vocals.

one thing is that he was very inconsistent in the later 2000s, at each show he'd sound amazing on some songs, kind of murder others, and range from acceptable to good on all the rest, and which songs these were would change at each show.  but i'll bet that if you had a pro recording of every song from every show on those tours, by choosing the best performance of the tour of each song you could make an album that would sound like he had very little vocal decline.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:05 PM

I think Geddy's voice has aged well. Sometimes he can sound rough and "yodel-y", particularly on older songs like "The Spirit Of Radio", or "Closer To The Heart" but for the most part I like his deeper tone.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:29 PM

The sound live is so much different than what you end up hearing on the live recordings. I think Geddy sounds great but then I hear a recording with all these odd vocal things he did that I didn't pick up at the actual show.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:36 PM

I personally found it hard to listen to Hemispheres Prelude from R40 with Geddy's deteriorated voice but I think if Geddy was able to get a voice coach, that could bring back his voice.




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