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#21 chemistry1973

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Posted 18 June 2020 - 10:19 PM

I’m thankful to my brother springing the obscene amount of money for tickets for that last show.

I was HAMMERED. But I still remember the feeling of those synth tones opening Losing It.

I’m not convinced Peart didn’t know he was sick that night.

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Posted 19 June 2020 - 07:02 AM

Losing it was sublime.

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 01:38 AM

I decided not to go and the reason was the same as it was for a number of years.....they just couldn't do the songs justice any more...listening to vids of Geddy yodelling and straining to reach notes, Alex flubbing some of his parts due to psoriatic arthritis and Neil simplifying his drumming due to age  made it unlistenable for me.
They were a great band who had their time and imo should have hung up their hats a good deal earlier so their legacy was untarnished.

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 02:17 AM

View PostFridge, on 22 June 2020 - 01:38 AM, said:

I decided not to go and the reason was the same as it was for a number of years.....they just couldn't do the songs justice any more...listening to vids of Geddy yodelling and straining to reach notes, Alex flubbing some of his parts due to psoriatic arthritis and Neil simplifying his drumming due to age  made it unlistenable for me.
They were a great band who had their time and imo should have hung up their hats a good deal earlier so their legacy was untarnished.
I wanna be the first to pre-emptively defend your contribution here. It will be more than tempting under the circumstances for many fans to find your comment offensive, unduly so, I believe. And while I come retroactively to a different conclusion, I felt the same way, albeit first as it relates to their creative output going back to the nineties. As with many who followed them from very early on, Counterparts became not just a respite from substandard music, but as well an oasis sent by the rock gods on which one would have to reside a good long time until the eventual destruction of vocal chords and other elements of ageing made even improved compositions less than what they might have been.

Yet in spite of the fact that I justified for many years not shelling out the way beyond inflationary price for stadium spectacles, I do not think they should have quit earlier. In spite of the fact that I couldn't help thinking that it was a shame that the audience in attendance at the R&RHoF ceremony who had not known the band very well up to that point were witnessing anything but the same band that led to the response at that ceremony. As an introduction to the band, it was not impressive for the very reasons you cite in your comment.

Nevertheless, the response that night was what I would say should put RUSH in the Hall of Fame of the Hall of Fame. Their influence alone justified their continuation and the only thing that was tarnished about their legacy was in the eyes of those who never knew them. In other words, for those of us who knew them who also happen to think that their career arc diminished significantly in quality at one or another point along the way, that itself shouldn't be relevant save for our projections onto the world of fans that never were.

I do know that I found Clockwork Angels to be an album I would have loved had it not been mired in ear-crushing mud, which is one more reason that I wish I had gone to that last show when I had the chance. I take solace in the fact that I probably would have been watching via the jumbo-tron and some guy's phone in front of my face and hearing it via the swirls in the atmosphere, themselves drowned out by the same guy screaming all the lyrics in my ear.

All this makes me wish there were more people posting here to tell us about how they went and wish they hadn't. I don't think that's gonna happen, though. Even had I gone, I don't think my reaction would be one of feeling anything had been tarnished. My memory of their unequalled greatness remains undiminished and I don't believe one more negative experience would have changed that.

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 09:32 PM

View PostLaurabw, on 19 June 2020 - 07:02 AM, said:

Losing it was sublime.
Garden Road was better :dweez:

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 09:12 AM

View Postbathory, on 03 March 2020 - 06:26 PM, said:

it was pretty cool. shame there couldn't have been a 2nd leg

Yeah, had I known that I would have tried to get to MORE shows. My friend and I went to Bristow, VA since it was on a weekend and easier to get to from a "work" standpoint.... we both figured that there would be a second leg, and that we'd probably get another shot or two, but sadly that didn't happen!   Kicking myself for not going to Philly

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:18 AM

It's funny the "How many shows I've been to" gets thrown around as if it means anything.  I've been to many more than one show ( see here I go).  All it takes is one memory of a great live performance.  If you've been great, if not there's plenty of shows captured for your enjoyment.  I decided to go to R40 hours before the show.  It was so spur of the moment that I went alone.  Big deal, I'm happy I went but I don't think I would kick myself if I missed it.  Especially if "real life" took a higher priority.

If I had the ability to help someone and didn't - I'd kick myself
If I had the ability to make a positive change in my or a loved one's life and I didn't - I'd kick myself

Holly, I will say from the shows you did mention you went to at least Ged's voice was much stronger for those performances.  Not a knock, just reality...

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 02:58 PM

View PostPressure/Hopenosis, on 27 June 2020 - 11:18 AM, said:

It's funny the "How many shows I've been to" gets thrown around as if it means anything.  I've been to many more than one show ( see here I go).  All it takes is one memory of a great live performance.  If you've been great, if not there's plenty of shows captured for your enjoyment.  I decided to go to R40 hours before the show.  It was so spur of the moment that I went alone.  Big deal, I'm happy I went but I don't think I would kick myself if I missed it.  Especially if "real life" took a higher priority.

If I had the ability to help someone and didn't - I'd kick myself
If I had the ability to make a positive change in my or a loved one's life and I didn't - I'd kick myself

Holly, I will say from the shows you did mention you went to at least Ged's voice was much stronger for those performances.  Not a knock, just reality...
I don't give a sh*t how strong Geddy's voice was on R40 ... i so wish i could have seen just 1 date on the R40 tour..... it certainly wouldn't have been
'no big deal' in my eyes

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 05:39 PM

I only saw them twice. Time Machine and R40. I was 11 when the Clockwork Angels Tour happened and my dad was only able to take my older brother. I was devastated. Fortunately R40 happened but I still wish I would have been able to see them during Clockwork Angels. It would have been awesome to hear more songs live from Power Windows and Clockwork Angels.

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 09:58 PM

For the Rush concerts seen live in person, be glad, grateful, and fortunate they were able to be seen in person.

Edited by Derek19, 09 August 2020 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 12:01 PM

Saw R40 from front row. Had whole family with me. The 4 of us. SO glad that happened. Not trying to rub it in for anybody, sorry.  I had tickets, pretty good ones really. Bought the premier seats thing. Then one day I was just nosing around TM for the same show, not even sure why I did it and 4 seats available in Row A.  Row A????!!!!!. Can't be real. Kept looking at it, yeah Row A. Kept telling myself you can't pay this much for seats. Can't do that, and what will I do with the other expensive seats?  So I did. But it would only let me buy 2. So now I'm panicking because I will have to log back in and buy the other two before someone else sees this miracle. And holy crap it worked!  Was fortunate to find a buyer for my now relatively crappy old premier seats after a few weeks for what I paid for them. Best money I ever wasted. Particularly now.

Anyone else's fanhood increased again after losing Neil?  I find mine has peaked again. Driven by nostalgia and generally losing quite a bit of loved things from my youth (seems like every month someone or something else is gone) my listening is up exponentially the last few months. Got the 2112, Hemisphere's and PW 40th anniversary discs, mostly for the new released live stuff. The PW live show, wow. Wish I could have seen that live. Hemispheres is the greatest 37 or so minutes of music ever recorded. PW not far behind.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 02:01 PM

As a 24 year-old-fan from the UK I did not, alas, get the opportunity to see them.
But I'm forever thankful for their recorded concerts.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 11:07 PM

it was hard to see them leave show 2 in toronto... but you bite your lip-knowing thats it after40 years of inspiration - hold back the tears and exit stage left with the 35000 other people

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 11:05 PM

Silver lining for me, I got to see them get their Hollywood star.  Traveled on train and subway to see Geddy and Alex and Billy Corgan give the speech.  So many people in the way yet him I could recognize.  That's a testament to how tall Billy is.

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Posted 04 September 2020 - 05:17 AM

View PostGed Lent, on 22 June 2020 - 02:17 AM, said:

View PostFridge, on 22 June 2020 - 01:38 AM, said:

I decided not to go and the reason was the same as it was for a number of years.....they just couldn't do the songs justice any more...listening to vids of Geddy yodelling and straining to reach notes, Alex flubbing some of his parts due to psoriatic arthritis and Neil simplifying his drumming due to age  made it unlistenable for me.
They were a great band who had their time and imo should have hung up their hats a good deal earlier so their legacy was untarnished.
I wanna be the first to pre-emptively defend your contribution here. It will be more than tempting under the circumstances for many fans to find your comment offensive, unduly so, I believe. And while I come retroactively to a different conclusion, I felt the same way, albeit first as it relates to their creative output going back to the nineties. As with many who followed them from very early on, Counterparts became not just a respite from substandard music, but as well an oasis sent by the rock gods on which one would have to reside a good long time until the eventual destruction of vocal chords and other elements of ageing made even improved compositions less than what they might have been.

Yet in spite of the fact that I justified for many years not shelling out the way beyond inflationary price for stadium spectacles, I do not think they should have quit earlier. In spite of the fact that I couldn't help thinking that it was a shame that the audience in attendance at the R&RHoF ceremony who had not known the band very well up to that point were witnessing anything but the same band that led to the response at that ceremony. As an introduction to the band, it was not impressive for the very reasons you cite in your comment.

Nevertheless, the response that night was what I would say should put RUSH in the Hall of Fame of the Hall of Fame. Their influence alone justified their continuation and the only thing that was tarnished about their legacy was in the eyes of those who never knew them. In other words, for those of us who knew them who also happen to think that their career arc diminished significantly in quality at one or another point along the way, that itself shouldn't be relevant save for our projections onto the world of fans that never were.

I do know that I found Clockwork Angels to be an album I would have loved had it not been mired in ear-crushing mud, which is one more reason that I wish I had gone to that last show when I had the chance. I take solace in the fact that I probably would have been watching via the jumbo-tron and some guy's phone in front of my face and hearing it via the swirls in the atmosphere, themselves drowned out by the same guy screaming all the lyrics in my ear.

All this makes me wish there were more people posting here to tell us about how they went and wish they hadn't. I don't think that's gonna happen, though. Even had I gone, I don't think my reaction would be one of feeling anything had been tarnished. My memory of their unequalled greatness remains undiminished and I don't believe one more negative experience would have changed that.

I don't get the bashing of how Ged's voice was lousy or Alex and/or Neil were sub par,  I wasn't a fan in their heyday so I don't know what they sounded like then except from live albums.  Frankly, I think Ged's voice mellowed when he stopped trying to shriek loud enough to break glass.  I was a late comer and the Rush I found at the R30 concert blew me away.  I only kick myself for missing Snakes and Arrows and Time Machine but I did get to hear Clockwork Angels and R40, the last one with my sister and we sat close on Geddy's side .   I really enjoyed the Time Stand Still movie and last year's Cinema Strangiato.  I knew they were on their last tour so there was no way I was going to miss it since they were coming to my city.  I don't want to diminish anyone's experiences or impressions.  I sympathize with the regrets because they had fantastic concerts and having been to some I understand why it would bother fans to miss them.  We each have our own reasons for loving this band and it's great to share the memories.

Edited by Rhyta, 04 September 2020 - 05:19 AM.




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