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Do Rush have many bandwagon fans?

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#1 Texas King

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

What do you think? And what's your opinion about Rush bandwagon fans and bandwagon music fans in general?

And what Neil Peart thinks of them? Does he have something against them?

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#2 Fordgalaxy


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 03:23 PM

I'd guess every band has those type of fans and the bands probably don't care as long as they buy stuff.

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 04:05 PM

The bandwagon rolled through town upon the release of exit stage left it seems.

Edit- i am not sure how well bandwagon applies to music especially long lived groups like rush.

Rush had been on most folks radar for a while on radio.

Simultaneous mass musical enlightenment vs gradual wearing them down that indeed Rush was a greatband?

Edited by tangy, 05 March 2018 - 05:28 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 06:23 PM

I'm not against the concept. To me, music is different than sports, where people that don't have a background jump in for the playoffs.

I think nearly everyone gets interested in a band from a certain song or album. With many of them their interest then grows and spreads to other recordings, other Prog (or metal or whatever genre) and it's a win win situation. I don't know why a band would object!  Everyone likes to feel like a special fan,though, and indeed each of us is unique, but as far as the band wagon label, there are probably fans that saw Rush in Toronto bars that say, " Those Caress of Steel fans just wanna jump on the bandwagon!" :lol: It's all relative, and all good if it gets more people listening. :)

I'm not sure what Neil thinks of them, but his opinion of fans in general is not high, I don't think. As my daughter would say, "It's complicated!"

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 09:52 PM

While not exactly on the topic of "bandwagon" fans, I can remember waaaaaaay back when acts like Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, Genesis, King Crimson, etc were in one group and Rush fans were in a completely different group ..

My recollection and experience was that fans of prog and other styles that attracted snob musicians hated Rush - they were heavy metal kid's stuff with a dreadful singer ..

Nowadays, you would probably be hard pressed to find a Yes fan who at least didn't appreciate Rush - but time has definitely bridged a lot of musical tastes ..

Perhaps it was the 80s when a lot of the bands got sucked into the same black hole

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 04:28 PM

View PostTexas King, on 05 March 2018 - 03:02 PM, said:

What do you think? And what's your opinion about Rush bandwagon fans and bandwagon music fans in general?

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

Signals drove them away.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:24 PM

View Postedhunter, on 12 March 2018 - 04:45 PM, said:

Signals drove them away.

I think GuP drove them away - the MP bandwagon jumpers were still around for the Signals tour no? :)

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:06 AM

View Postedhunter, on 12 March 2018 - 04:45 PM, said:

Signals drove them away.

Signals drove me away. :(

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:22 PM

There is no such thing as a "bandwagon" fan.  There are people who like some portions of a band's work more than others.

There are, however, sycophants who claim that every single thing a band releases is of exactly equal quality.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 03:59 PM

One of the cool things about being a Rush fan is that since they never had real mainstream success or were considered "cool," you don't see kids wearing Rush t-shirts to be cool even if they only know a few songs like you do other bands from the 70s like Floyd or Zeppelin. If you see someone wearing a Rush t-shirt in public, there's a pretty good chance they're about that life.

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