Principled Man, on 16 October 2015 - 04:27 AM, said:
fraroc, on 15 October 2015 - 06:01 PM, said:
Ancient Ways, on 15 October 2015 - 05:34 PM, said:
I don't blame Neil at all. I would love to see them again but if I was in his place I wouldn't want to do it either. He has to feel a great deal of guilt over all the things he missed when he was touring while his first daughter was growing up. He's already older and not guaranteed to see this daughter grow up completely. He has money and a great legacy and went out with a great album and tour.
But should screwing over his two best friends and millions of Rush fans be part of the deal?
In no way whatsoever is he "screwing over" anyone. Geddy has stated very clearly that there will be no "bad guy" when it comes to ending the band. All three of them recognize each other's right to unconditionally call it quits.
The only thing screwed is your interpretation of the band's current status.
Yep. And there's the nagging reality.... none of the members of the band owe the fans a thing. When you buy an album, you are purchasing the album and the ability to listen to those songs whenever you want. When you buy a concert ticket, you are purchasing a seat at an entertainment venue. When you buy a t-shirt, you are buying an article of clothing. When you buy a bobble head, bar stool, or pair of Starman panties, you probably have a problem (!), but you are also buying just those items. At no point has any of us ever purchased a relationship with these guys.
I would agree an argument can be made for the guys, or any celebrity, at least showing a level of appreciation for their fans, but the fact of the matter is Rush, Neil included, have done that. They constantly acknowledge their fans. They listened to fans for years when building set lists. And, yes, Neil even went on one last tour, even though it was pretty obvious he had reservations about doing it. He could have just as easily told the guys he wasn't going to do it and called it a career after the CA tour. But he didn't. Howzabout a little appreciation for the guy giving the fans one more tour.... and a wonderfully done tour at that. They went out magnificently.