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#1 Jag2112

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 11:02 AM

The March 2016 issue Guitar World magazine includes an article/interview with Geddy and Alex. In it, the two discuss some of the songs they selected for the R40 tour.

You can read the article via the following link:

http://cygnus-x1.net...rld-03.2016.php

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 11:18 AM

What You're Doug? hahahaha!

thanks for posting

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 12:11 PM

View PostJaminbenb, on 10 February 2016 - 11:18 AM, said:

What You're Doug? hahahaha!

thanks for posting

Ack! Spell check strikes again!  Thanks for pointing that one out -- though I kinda like "What You're Doug" :)

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 01:36 PM

View PostJag2112, on 10 February 2016 - 12:11 PM, said:

View PostJaminbenb, on 10 February 2016 - 11:18 AM, said:

What You're Doug? hahahaha!

thanks for posting

Ack! Spell check strikes again!  Thanks for pointing that one out -- though I kinda like "What You're Doug" :)

I thought maybe the person that transcribed it was named Doug, and is used to typing it....  ;-)

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 03:09 PM

It's very hard on my eyes to read the article against that color background.

But I did find this amusing:

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"Xanadu"
(from A Farewell to Kings, 1977)

GEDDY LEE: It's much harder on our backs these days because of the doublenecks. It's a lot of fun to play, though there are moments that feel a bit dated - lyrically, more than anything. It can be strange at first going back to being "that guy" you were so many years ago, but you just give yourself up to it.

ALEX LIFESON: There was a time when the only pictures I always saw of us were with the doubleneck guitars. Before we started doing it, I think the only other guitarist I ever saw with a doubleneck was Jimmy Page.

LEE: That shot of us with the doublenecks is, for a lot of people, the classic Rush moment. I saw so many of our fans tweeting their own pictures, trying to reproduce a shot that they've seen. They're like, "Yes! I got it!" I think they love when our backs are breaking.

Geddy, Xanadu is timeless.  Feelings aren't facts.  Get with it man!  ;)

Edited by Lorraine, 10 February 2016 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:08 PM

I'm glad Lakeside Park made the cut. Poor Ged, I don't blame him for not wanting to sing it, specially after singing for the last 3 hours. That's a true professional. I would've liked them to touch on Between The Wheels, or more specifically, why it featured on R40. I love it, it's a great song, but is it the best representation of GUP? I'd have rather had Kid Gloves, The Enemy Within or Red Sector A.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:21 PM

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"Jacob's Ladder"
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LIFESON: We played it when the album came out and brought it back. You make room for certain songs, and it felt right to feature it. We talked about doing it before, but we never felt excited about it. Once we started rehearsing it for this tour and refreshed it a bit, it became a favorite to play.

LEE: Alex's playing is spectacular. For me personally, I didn't want to play it at first because I thought some of the keyboard sounds were a little dated. I just wasn't sure I could get behind it live in an authentic sense. Once I freshened up the sounds, it kind of came together for me. I think it helped the melody and made everything sound more interesting. Our programmer, Jim Burgess, really did a great job with the new textures and sounds. I credit him with saving the song.

Would anyone here know how the keyboard sounds were a "little dated"?

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:22 PM

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"Working Man"
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LEE: It's got a great bluesy vibe. That's always been one of my faves to play. It's such a jam song, and we just let it all out. We turned back into that band that was just starting out, when we were trying to play as fast as we could. Nothing is held back. It's just fiery playing.

LIFESON: And that's coming from all of us at the same time. It's a funny thing doing certain older songs. You've learned more, but you don't have the same physicality as when you were younger. Compositionally, things do improve over time. The structure of the solo is better now than it was in the past. A lot of that is because of Geddy, because I'm playing off of what he's doing, and vice versa. Every night it was a bit improvisational, and we don't always have that kind of freedom.

Edited by Lorraine, 10 February 2016 - 04:24 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:25 PM

I don't know. Those keyboards sound amazing to me! As for Working Man, they couldn't NOT include it. And why not? It's a jam

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 06:58 PM

View PostLorraine, on 10 February 2016 - 04:21 PM, said:

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"Jacob's Ladder"
(from Permanent Waves, 1980)

LIFESON: We played it when the album came out and brought it back. You make room for certain songs, and it felt right to feature it. We talked about doing it before, but we never felt excited about it. Once we started rehearsing it for this tour and refreshed it a bit, it became a favorite to play.

LEE: Alex's playing is spectacular. For me personally, I didn't want to play it at first because I thought some of the keyboard sounds were a little dated. I just wasn't sure I could get behind it live in an authentic sense. Once I freshened up the sounds, it kind of came together for me. I think it helped the melody and made everything sound more interesting. Our programmer, Jim Burgess, really did a great job with the new textures and sounds. I credit him with saving the song.

Would anyone here know how the keyboard sounds were a "little dated"?
I didn't notice the difference in the keyboards on the r40 DVD at first listen. But as I listened to it again, it sounds like there's a little less edge to them, i.e. more subtle. It's pretty easy to date keyboard sounds to certain periods. In the late seventies, the keyboard technology and sounds were pretty cheesy compared to just a few years later. JL was an improvement over the studio version.

Edited by 2112FirstStreet, 10 February 2016 - 06:59 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:19 PM

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 10 February 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 10 February 2016 - 04:21 PM, said:

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"Jacob's Ladder"
(from Permanent Waves, 1980)

LIFESON: We played it when the album came out and brought it back. You make room for certain songs, and it felt right to feature it. We talked about doing it before, but we never felt excited about it. Once we started rehearsing it for this tour and refreshed it a bit, it became a favorite to play.

LEE: Alex's playing is spectacular. For me personally, I didn't want to play it at first because I thought some of the keyboard sounds were a little dated. I just wasn't sure I could get behind it live in an authentic sense. Once I freshened up the sounds, it kind of came together for me. I think it helped the melody and made everything sound more interesting. Our programmer, Jim Burgess, really did a great job with the new textures and sounds. I credit him with saving the song.

Would anyone here know how the keyboard sounds were a "little dated"?
I didn't notice the difference in the keyboards on the r40 DVD at first listen. But as I listened to it again, it sounds like there's a little less edge to them, i.e. more subtle. It's pretty easy to date keyboard sounds to certain periods. In the late seventies, the keyboard technology and sounds were pretty cheesy compared to just a few years later. JL was an improvement over the studio version.

I'll listen again to both versions.  Now that it has been pointed out, I will see if I can hear any difference.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:39 PM

What a great read.  Thanks for posting.  This fan definitely appreciates the fact they put some thought into what they would play for likely their last run.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:40 PM

View PostLorraine, on 10 February 2016 - 07:19 PM, said:

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 10 February 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 10 February 2016 - 04:21 PM, said:

Quote

"Jacob's Ladder"
(from Permanent Waves, 1980)

LIFESON: We played it when the album came out and brought it back. You make room for certain songs, and it felt right to feature it. We talked about doing it before, but we never felt excited about it. Once we started rehearsing it for this tour and refreshed it a bit, it became a favorite to play.

LEE: Alex's playing is spectacular. For me personally, I didn't want to play it at first because I thought some of the keyboard sounds were a little dated. I just wasn't sure I could get behind it live in an authentic sense. Once I freshened up the sounds, it kind of came together for me. I think it helped the melody and made everything sound more interesting. Our programmer, Jim Burgess, really did a great job with the new textures and sounds. I credit him with saving the song.

Would anyone here know how the keyboard sounds were a "little dated"?
I didn't notice the difference in the keyboards on the r40 DVD at first listen. But as I listened to it again, it sounds like there's a little less edge to them, i.e. more subtle. It's pretty easy to date keyboard sounds to certain periods. In the late seventies, the keyboard technology and sounds were pretty cheesy compared to just a few years later. JL was an improvement over the studio version.

I'll listen again to both versions.  Now that it has been pointed out, I will see if I can hear any difference.

They sound bigger on R40 to me.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:25 PM

View Postfarewell to things, on 10 February 2016 - 04:08 PM, said:

I'm glad Lakeside Park made the cut. Poor Ged, I don't blame him for not wanting to sing it, specially after singing for the last 3 hours. That's a true professional. I would've liked them to touch on Between The Wheels, or more specifically, why it featured on R40. I love it, it's a great song, but is it the best representation of GUP? I'd have rather had Kid Gloves, The Enemy Within or Red Sector A.

Kid Gloves and The Enemy Within are both great songs, but Between the Wheels is the best song on p/g as far as I'm concerned, and I'm very grateful they included it. The (unfortunately) timeless lyrics and three Lerxst solos make it one of my all time faves. As for "representing" p/g, Distant Early Warning has really always been the face of the album, so while I would much rather have seen a change-up like The Enemy Within or Kid Gloves, it's certainly understandable why they chose DEW.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:27 PM

View PostWorkingAllTheTime, on 10 February 2016 - 08:39 PM, said:

What a great read.  Thanks for posting.  This fan definitely appreciates the fact they put some thought into what they would play for likely their last run.

Well said, and agreed.

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 09:35 AM

Between The Wheels is a classic. I love the crowd pop as the first chords play out!



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