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#121 JBsDWdrums

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 07:34 AM

Probably because Neils capacity as a drummer works better in a band enviorment?

He's not the type of player to walk in and sight read material he's never played...heck even by CA he was telling Drum magazine he rarely counts when he plays....BOTH skills sets are needed to be a studio player.....

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:53 PM

View Posthimey, on 15 August 2015 - 02:01 PM, said:

why join a band if you hate touring. should have been a studio musician instead
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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:46 AM

View PostLeaveMyThingAlone, on 03 August 2015 - 05:03 PM, said:

I was lucky enough to be up front for both shows. Rush has meant more to me then can be put into words on a forum, so the fact that their last 2 shows of their brilliant/unprecedented/incredible career came in my backyard meant it was time to see them out in style, despite the setbacks to the bank accounts.

Irvine, CA
This has always been one of my favorite places to see a show. I've never seen one here where the sound was not crisp, and this show was no exception. I was front row Alex's side. I wanted a chance to watch the true unsung hero of Rush work his magic up close. Having watched some of the Youtube videos of the earlier shows, I expected a couple small mistakes, but Alex was absolutely brilliant that night. In fact, all 3 were on their "A" game in Irvine. They were incredibly tight and I did not hear any flubs. Sadly, it was evident to me that Alex was playing in pain, at least for most of the first set. He looked uncomfortable and like he was really straining to stay on top of it. I felt for him, but like the warrior and professional he is, he fought through it. I am not sure if he took a few bong hits during intermission, but he seemed like a totally different guy the second half. He was more like the goofy Alex we all know, He was having more fun and seemed to be playing with much more ease. Jacob's Ladder is perhaps my favorite performance from Alex, and I just watched in awe. He plays it with so much feel and so much soul. This setlist was epic with Natural Science in there. It's always such a crowd favorite that they seem to love playing.

Geddy's vocals were amazing. He was on it. Of course, it wasn't perfection, but it was as close to it as you can get at this stage of his career and after a zillion shows singing the way he has...

Neil played perfectly all night. However, he did drop his drumstick twice on his throw in the airs.....very disappointing ;)  He started showing his goofy side by kind of playfully running behind his drum set and hiding between Working Man and Garden Road.

There was a full moon that night. From where we were sitting, there was an incredible view of that full moon as Rush was coming on stage with a very crisp clear full moon right behind Neil's kit. Based on some of the other shows I've seen online, I'd say this may have been Rush's best show of the tour.  


Los Angeles, CA
So much already said on this one. I will say that the boys did not sound nearly as good as they did in Irvine, but no one cared. We all knew the magnitude of the night. There was a different feel to this show that  any I've ever been to. I have never ever been part of a concert experience like this, It was just an epic night. It almost had a red carpet feel to it. There was a buzz in the air and it was a coming together of the Rush geeks in a way like I've never seen. For one, I have never seen so many girls that knew every word to every song. And I have never been with a crowd as intense as this was. The emotion and passion was everywhere. As the show was about to start, we saw the 3 guys wearing kimonos dressed as the boys circa 2112 sit in the row next to us. On the other side, was a young lady wearing her kimono. A couple rows behind us were Taylor Hawkins and Chad Smith. Jack Black was roaming around the floor by himself just rocking out (odd but cool), I also heard sightings of Michael Moore, Jason Siegel, and passed Bubbles on my way back to my seat for the 2nd half.

Going into this show, I felt pretty sure it would be their last. Sadly, I'm more sure of that than ever after watching the end. Neil was really getting out of his box by the end of the night. He was posing for some shots for some people in the front row by making some really goofy faces--- as early as 2112. I don't know if he knew them or not, but, regardless, it was very out of character. Then we all know about the camera, pictures, and spontaneous bow with the boys. Without a doubt, this was his way of saying goodbye to the fans and his way of telling Alex and Geddy that this is it. It was a very strange and awkward final bow, just because no one knew what was happening. Neil's look on his face was just priceless.  I would bet that this was one of the most difficult things Neil has ever done. Harder than playing those drums like a monster every show. This was completely out of his comfort zone and the social anxiety kind of showed just by the way he was grinning.The way he snuck up behind them like a little kid was a memory I'll always have.  He mouthed goodbye and that was it. Geddy gave us the usual "maybe someday down the road perhaps our paths will cross again possibly you never know", but he and Alex know Neil better than anyone, and they had to know there was a purpose to what Neil did.

As we walked out, we passed so many fans crying. We passed many many fans still sitting in their chars not wanting it to be over. People were screaming for a 2nd encore. (I was sure there would be one) But nothing ceremoniously. No tributes. No official goodbyes. No acknowledgment that this was the end, other than the subtleties already mentioned. It's just not in Rush's nature.

I discovered this band in 1987. I can't believe how lucky I got to have them another 28 years. What we have witnessed with this band is incredible and will never ever come close to being duplicated again. Those 3 guys gave us 40 years of music that is untouchable. At 60+, to play shows like that is just ridiculous. I think as time goes on, their legacy will only grow stronger. The "mainstream" finally started getting how amazing these guys are 10 years ago, and I am so happy that they got such deserved recognition outside of the cult band stuff, because they need to be recognized as truly iconic. Unparalleled. The best rock musicians to ever come together as band. Selfishly, I feel very sad that I won't see them do this again, even though retiring is the right thing for them to do now. They are still on top and still brilliant performers, and that's the way to go out.

Thank you Alex, Geddy, and Neil for putting your heart and soul into every show and every song on record and never settling for less than the best you can give us!
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Posted 08 November 2015 - 09:56 PM

Someone probably said it before, but Alex said in an interview (I think it was on August 7th, a few days after the end of the tour) that the tour definitely wasn't the end of the band. weather that means smaller tours or just records, I don't care. As long as they aren't done for good, I'm satisfied.

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 11:15 AM

View PostLorraine, on 04 August 2015 - 06:36 PM, said:

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I think most people are agreed Geddy is still got some fire in his belly...

Does he ever!   That man is alive.  I shook my head in wonder watching him during the Tulsa show video wondering how he does it.  He must keep himself in very good shape.  His enthusiasm is so evident.
I guess being a wine lover + his fav pastrami on rye sandwiches w/ pickles on the side( kosher of course)+yoga sessions keep him on top shape.....his love for music and bass playing and collecting must help too!! :geddy:

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 04:02 PM

View PostTFEman, on 08 November 2015 - 09:56 PM, said:

Someone probably said it before, but Alex said in an interview (I think it was on August 7th, a few days after the end of the tour) that the tour definitely wasn't the end of the band. weather that means smaller tours or just records, I don't care. As long as they aren't done for good, I'm satisfied.

Meanwhile, everything Neil says or writes is in past-tense.

I'm sure Alex and Geddy really want the band to go on in some form, but every signal being transmitted by Neil confirms what he allegedly told Jack Black "I'm done."

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 06:25 PM

View Posttoadbrother, on 10 November 2015 - 04:02 PM, said:

View PostTFEman, on 08 November 2015 - 09:56 PM, said:

Someone probably said it before, but Alex said in an interview (I think it was on August 7th, a few days after the end of the tour) that the tour definitely wasn't the end of the band. weather that means smaller tours or just records, I don't care. As long as they aren't done for good, I'm satisfied.

Meanwhile, everything Neil says or writes is in past-tense.

I'm sure Alex and Geddy really want the band to go on in some form, but every signal being transmitted by Neil confirms what he allegedly told Jack Black "I'm done."

This. And a couple people who are semi-regular posters that are either in the inner circle or who have first-hand knowledge confirm same. Plus they haven't been inaccurate yet about any band info, as far as I know.

Edited by upstateNYfan, 10 November 2015 - 06:26 PM.




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