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#41 RushFanForever

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 06:55 PM

From the San Francisco Chronicle - Sept 2002

Geddy Lee / Rush front man wants to put time on hold

Q: What about your voice -- do you have to do anything weird before you go on tour?

A: I just try to maintain a fairly strict diet. I have to avoid certain foods, certain spices that negatively impact my ability to stay clear-throated on the road.

Q: What kinds of foods?

A: Dairy products. Spices. I also try to avoid highly acidic foods like vinegars and white wines. I won't give up red wines. I can give up white wine, although it's painful for me, but I can justify it by knowing when the tour is over I can go back to my bad habits.

Q: So during the rest of the year you don't sound anything like Geddy Lee?

A: No. I sound like a guy who doesn't take care of his voice. I go to France every year, and you can't go there without eating cheese and drinking white wine. You just can't do it. It's not possible.

Q: You need to make a record like that. Do you think that would sound like Shakira?

A: Somehow or another I'm sure my voice will cut through all that mucous.  

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE (thing2jordan @ Sep 15 2010, 06:04 PM)
QUOTE (Pound of Obscure @ Sep 15 2010, 01:04 PM)
QUOTE (Rushchick10 @ Sep 13 2010, 03:17 AM)
he's pretty damn sexy to boot!  drool1.gif  laugh.gif

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It's a Ged-Gal thing. You wouldn't understand.  wink.gif

Oh.   Well then, that must make me freakin HAWT!!! biggrin.gif  

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:59 AM

Why do so many people have to rip geddy's voice to shreds? It's not his fault he's getting older! There have been countless other artists who've screamed their way across many a stage & no-one has a go @ them. His voice is unique, & for whatever song he's performing, is it not better to adapt? Don't write geddy off just because he may or may not have had a bad time.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 07:49 PM

I think it peaked around 2002 during the VT tour, and has been going steadily downhill ever since.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 09:48 AM

Shaun3701, please don't get me wrong as I mean no offence, I appreciate all comments & also understand everyone has differences of opinions; yes, Geddy had a very high voice around 35 years ago, but don't forget he was about 20-21 @ the time, & as he's got older, his voice has changed over time. Geoff barton from classic rock magazine praised Geddy from 1976 to 1981 & fired off massive cheap shots @ him. I might have over-reacted but it does upset me when Ged's voice gets called into question. Other than that, I'll continue to support Ged in the same way we always do.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 01:42 PM

QUOTE (Babycat @ Sep 17 2010, 09:48 AM)
Shaun3701, please don't get me wrong as I mean no offence, I appreciate all comments & also understand everyone has differences of opinions; yes, Geddy had a very high voice around 35 years ago, but don't forget he was about 20-21 @ the time, & as he's got older, his voice has changed over time. Geoff barton from classic rock magazine praised Geddy from 1976 to 1981 & fired off massive cheap shots @ him. I might have over-reacted but it does upset me when Ged's voice gets called into question. Other than that, I'll continue to support Ged in the same way we always do.

I was talking about 8 years ago, Geddy was 49. He still had incredible range and vocal strength, but it seems as he entered his 50s it began to steadily decline. Not criticizing him for it, it's just an inevitable consequence of aging.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 01:56 PM

Shaun3701, okay, i do understand where you're going with this - fair enough point - while you're young enough to achieve those kind of notes, it is incredibly hard to maintain them once you hit the other end of the scale as it were. I hope you didn't think I was being obnoxious, I was just putting what I thought was a valid point across. Thanx for helping me understand it. smile.gif  

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 02:57 PM

It's nice to hear (in one of the earlier posts) that he's taking voice lessons. That'll allow him to sing far longer than if he didn't.  If they're not already (like they are for 2112/Temples) they should play detuned. That'd help for longevity as well.

Personally, I don't care what he sounds like. As long as they keep touring, I'll keep going.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:08 PM

Nothing wrong with his voice in Bay Area show.  Whatever anyone may say about him vocally -- there is absolutely nothing wrong with his hands!!!  The best bass player on the planet! applaudit.gif  

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:08 PM

QUOTE (MainMonkey @ Sep 12 2010, 09:17 AM)
Sorry if this has been discussed. I searched and didn't see anything. I might take some lumps for saying this but it sounds to me like Ged's voice is tremendously weakened this tour. I've noticed in listening to some shows on this tour his voice cracks alot. Believe me, i'm not bashing the man. He's out there giving all he has as all three are. I just think all of these years of singing live and trying to hit high notes is finally catching up. It really saddens me to say this because I believe they'd tour into there 70's if they could put on a Rush caliber show. IMO Geddy Lee's voice just won't allow it to go on much longer. Again I'm not trying to trash the man. We all get old.

Its just age mostly. His voice has been going for literally decades. The first time I noticed a serious drop off in quality was HYF. Listen to those opening notes of Mission, even on a studio recording it sounds pretty awful.

To me for a long time now its been the worst part of this band. Could be a mix of smoking in the 70s and 80s, and serious abuse to his vocal chords in the 70s. A lot of fans are such rabid rush fans that they either dont care, or cant even hear how bad it is, but his voice is pretty damn bad.

On the new songs he is singing so low, that even the highs, such as when he says the word "stars" in the first verse of caravan, is actually a very low pitch. Its deceptive though because he's singing even lower around that, to sort of mask the low pitch, to make the higher parts sound higher than they are, even though they arent high at all. I think it was a smart move.

And Ive always been a fan of them tuning songs down live for him. When they did Circumstances last tour, when he hits those highs, they actually arent that high, not like the original recording.



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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:50 PM

Its just age.  Its hard to sing these songs.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 11:11 PM

I like his voice now more than the screaming era

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 12:20 AM

Listen to Natural Science on Different Stages (1997) and on S&A Live (2007). His voice changed quite a bit in only 10 years.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 12:38 AM

And even then he didn't sound like no spring chicken.
It seems like to me, Natty Sci on Different Stages, and the one on S&A L, they have a different sound (vocally speaking), Geddy uses less Vibrato on the DS version, which takes away from it, IMO. I like his return to 80's vibrato better.

Unfortunately a con to that is control, which he doesn't have much of. :/

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 01:36 AM

I'm being honest here, but I'm scared that the band will have to give up writing new songs, rehearsing & touring, & eventually split up. Is that going to happen? I'm literally scared stiff about them splitting up, having heard rumors like that since Neil's unfortunate twin tragedies. Such rumors have persisted as far back as the 1980's. I realize Geddy's voice literally can't go on forever. Whose can? I saw on another posting somewhere that one of their records could be the last one - is that true? Are Rush on the verge of splitting up?

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 03:54 AM

No. They have a few albums left in them.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:08 AM

QUOTE (Babycat @ Sep 19 2010, 06:36 AM)
I'm being honest here, but I'm scared that the band will have to give up writing new songs, rehearsing & touring, & eventually split up. Is that going to happen? I'm literally scared stiff about them splitting up, having heard rumors like that since Neil's unfortunate twin tragedies. Such rumors have persisted as far back as the 1980's. I realize Geddy's voice literally can't go on forever. Whose can? I saw on another posting somewhere that one of their records could be the last one - is that true? Are Rush on the verge of splitting up?

If they split ( and it wont be any time soon) it won't be because of Ged's voice. I think it sounds fantastic WITH some age on it now.  

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:27 AM

I'm just relieved by that - I couldn't bear it if that happened. That made me cry. I love this band very much & I love you guys too. lips.gif  

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

Thanx FoxxiStarr for making me feel better. smile.gif  

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 04:18 PM



I don't think its Geddy's voice we should worry about... Fat chunk of Lerxst vocals there.... and yes, this is a time machine bootleg, so this link does contain a spoiler.

Edited by Sir Lerxst, 19 September 2010 - 04:20 PM.





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