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#1 vital signz

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:00 AM

I love coming to the TRF every day.  It is a place where hopeful fans share a connection--one where we, like children months before Christmas, anticipate "surprises" of what is to come in hopefully what will not seem like too long of a waiting period in the near future.

However, the writing is on the wall, already eluded to by the band and Ray Danniels, that "getting three 65 year olds on the road ever again seems unlikely.

I don't know about you guys, but I feel very sad inside.  This tour is certain to make us all feel better for a while.  The deep cuts and the effort by this band to give us the best of what they have to give is an incredible gesture.  

These guys sure do care about us all to do such amazing things year after year, and that is why we all love them like like we do.  I have never felt anything like I feel for Rush for any other band.  An kind of weird analogy is it is beginning to feel like a dear friend is now expected to be dying......and the hollowness you know that will be coming in the not too distant future is beginning to settle in.  I am beginning to feel sick about it.

We love you Geddy, Alex, and Neil.  You guys are the best of the best.  Thanks for the big effort this tour.  We all appreciate it and all of the work that you and all of your tour team has put forth every time in the past, but especially this time.  It is easy to see how much thought you all put into making this "last hurrah" so unbelievably special.  Can't wait to catch you all in Columbus.  

I will love coming here to visit with all of you after the tour, but I suspect we all might feel a bit differently afterwards....maybe like discovering that Santa isn't real after all, and the magic may be gone from the holiday forever.  Our love we have for this band in our hearts I am sure will continue to stoke the fire that keeps this place alive with happiness and great posts...for a while.  But we will, I believe, just feel somehow emptier, more hollow, sad not knowing what is to come;  after all a 40 year relationship suddenly changing, will have to impact us all in some way.  The ever changing soundtrack to my life, and many of all all here, is perhaps about to lose its primary writers---I don't think any other authors will ever be able to take their places. :Neil: :Alex: :geddy:

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:01 AM

Thanks Captain Buzzkill

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:04 AM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 14 May 2015 - 07:01 AM, said:

Thanks Captain Buzzkill

sorry dude (i'm the guy with da funky eye) :smash:

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:41 AM

Great post. The discussion will evolve and we will carry on

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:47 AM

I'm cool with some reality... :)

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:52 AM

Well put, vital signz.  I'm resigned to the fact that I will soon be going to my last Rush show (and probably the last rock concert of my life) and I feel a little sadness about it.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:52 AM

Well, we all feel the imminent change that is only seventy nine freaking days away.We all deal with it in different ways, some like me, have hope they will record some tidbits, release some more docs and rare footage, and even hit a one venue "run" that they hinted about.

Even if miracles like that do happen, this is it for them as a touring band, which is very sad. I am grateful for the 37 years I have been a fan, for which they toured most of those years. And those 27 shows (and counting!)I was lucky to attend. Thank you!

I so dreaded opening nite in Tulsa. Seemed the months between announcing the dates and opening nite flew by. No amount of road trips to see R40 more will change reality Aug 2. Please, freeze this moment a little bit longer!

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:52 AM

It's life. Rush is a rock band. We will all move on. I'm grateful for what Rush has provided me, including this forum.

I have well over 200 Rush songs in my collection. I'll always look forward to re-discovering their music and hopefully, in some way, share the experience with my fellow Rush fans.

Edited by ReRushed, 14 May 2015 - 08:20 AM.


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 08:05 AM

Very nice post, although I have to admit, it makes me very sad and annoyed that I didn't get into them sooner. I had a chance to see them on Snakes & Arrows and The Time Machine tours, but couldn't for one reason or another. I've only been a fan for about nine years, although I at least saw them in London on the Clockwork Angels tour. What a show :)

I still think these guys have a lot of time left in them; Yes are still going and they're in far worse shape and have about 8/9 years on Ged, Alex and Neil in terms of age. Still, I guess it comes down to two things: Neil is in a lot of pain with that condition he has (sorry, I can't remember the exact terminology) and wants to put his family first, which is obviously a no-brainer.

You guys who are lucky enough to see them on R40 sure have an amazing time---what a setlist!

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 08:19 AM

View PostCountFloyd84, on 14 May 2015 - 08:05 AM, said:

Very nice post, although I have to admit, it makes me very sad and annoyed that I didn't get into them sooner. I had a chance to see them on Snakes & Arrows and The Time Machine tours, but couldn't for one reason or another. I've only been a fan for about nine years, although I at least saw them in London on the Clockwork Angels tour. What a show :)

I still think these guys have a lot of time left in them; Yes are still going and they're in far worse shape and have about 8/9 years on Ged, Alex and Neil in terms of age. Still, I guess it comes down to two things: Neil is in a lot of pain with that condition he has (sorry, I can't remember the exact terminology) and wants to put his family first, which is obviously a no-brainer.

You guys who are lucky enough to see them on R40 sure have an amazing time---what a setlist!

I love that Rush has kept gaining new fans. Sure, some of the old ones have hung in there but its the new ones that have had the most recent joy of discovery that all of us had a decade or two, or three....ago.

That night I heard Overture/Temples on the radio and though "I've got to find out who this is" started me on a journey where a rock band's lyrics gave me solace through the loneliness of adolescence and inspriation to find a career (as an English professor).

And then soulful, frantic, brilliant playing kept me on my feet for hours playing air guitar in my bedroom and at arenas throughout the southeast. There will be lump in my throat in a couple weeks but what a ride...what a great ride with good people and great music.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 08:30 AM

New to the forum. Long time Rush fan. Attending tonight's show in St. Louis, got Silver VIP seats, obviously I'm pumped! I am hoping there might be another surprise or two in store for the setlist tonight. If the boys were to slip in "A Farewell To Kings", I wouldn't ask Santa anything for Christmas! Realize I might be on wrong thread to make my first post, if I am please excuse the newbie. Cheers everyone!

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 08:35 AM

As I've said countless other times in these "doom and gloom" threads... I'm just glad we got Vapor Trails to the present time!   This could have all ended prior to Grace Under Pressure with some of the things that were spoken about in the "Visions" book...then after Neils tragedies, this could have definitely ended.

Take what you got, enjoy it, and move on with life....we may get more official releases (i.e. the comment when box sets were gaining popularity that "why release one now, we're still a work in progress)  or worst case...learn to download some of the bootleg concerts, radio shows, etc....

Zappa (who is someone I've followed almost as extensively as Rush, although I've never seen him in concert) has been dead since 1993, and there's been a decent amount of output from his  camp..not as much as there CAN be, but there's more stuff than I'll ever be able to honestly listen to with any conviction even from a bootleg perspective...

Life will go on, you will find your next favorite band...  Someone may put out another solo album...they may put out another studio album...Other bands will be in concert...expand your horizons a little....

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 08:58 AM

For anyone feeling bad about this, just be happy that you were able to appreciate them for so long. Being a young fan, I only discovered Rush maybe 10 years ago and just attended my first concert of theirs in St. Paul. Hell, my Dad has been a fan since the late 70s and this was his first concert too. I'm really glad we got to enjoy this together if it is, in fact, their last hurrah.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:34 AM

I don't about you all.  but the rush sections i post LEAST in......i just like the people some who i'm pretty sure will stick around.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:47 AM

One thing you can guarantee is that time is not on their side and their playing skills will decline. I don't think anyone wants to see a 'trainwreck tour' just because we don't want them to go away.

Like the wiseman Neil mentioned in his lyrics...it is what it is and whatever.

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my god what a useless lyric.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:54 AM

Lorraine will provide us polls of the best RUSH tribute bands to argue over. Life will go on.
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Posted 14 May 2015 - 12:31 PM

Reality, as it sinks in...does in fact suck.
Memories, as they are relived...do in fact last forever.
I have followed Rush since 1977. I have seen them live a bunch of times...but I get my best memories from buying that newly released vinyl/cassette/cd and racing home to get that first listen of the new Rush. That is what I'll miss the most when/if they stop making music.
As far as the touring goes....I hope this is the final tour. After this tour and at least a 2-3 year break, the boys will be in their mid 60's...and while some studio work is hopeful, I think the touring should end now, while they can still physically and mentally pull it off. My analogy would be...I am 51 and have stopped playing hockey...for the obvious reasons. I, for one, do not want to go through all this forum crap about...can they pull off an R-45 Tour?
If they retire touring after the R-40 Tour. I believe their legacy is intact as one of the highest musicianship based touring bands ever. If they make another run at a tour in a few years their legacy may be tarnished a bit.
Sadder still, to watch it die...Then never to have known it.
We have known it, for so long. I don't want to watch it die.
Better to just fade away...


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 12:38 PM

All things must come to pass. Such is life. "_

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 12:49 PM

I'm not convinced for a second this is the last we are gonna hear from them.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 01:00 PM

I am. Neil's done.

Best case scenario....a few one-offs in NYC, LA, or Toronto.



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