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  1. Tough to top this classic from the 60s. I got this album + a pair of bell bottoms for Christmas in 1969. I was 14 yo and was orbiting the earth that day.
    10 points
  2. Shortly after his book tour ended, something Ged said in an interview struck me: one of the reasons he did the tour was for closure - for himself, yes, but also for us. That the way Rush had ended was so murky and dissatisfying, and ultimately tragic, he felt we needed to see him and Al on a stage together again to give the band a proper goodbye, even if they weren't up there playing music. At the time, it seemed like the kind of thing that people say in situations like this, just another cliche. What is "closure", anyways? But now that a few months have gone by, I'm starting to realize that I actually did need some kind of closure, and that Neil's unexpected death had left me in a sort of limbo that I couldn't get out of. From January 2020 until last December, when I saw Ged's show at Massey Hall, I probably listened to more Rush than I did in the whole decade before it. Their music was constantly playing in my car, I listened to the entire Something for Nothing podcast from first episode to last, and I spent countless hours talking about the band online. But all the sudden, since that evening, it's like I found something I didn't even realize I was looking for, and I've been able to let go. I've gone from listening to the band compulsively, to hardly listening to them at all. I've left a bunch of Facebook Rush groups, stopped looking for news and videos, and they've generally been less present in my life. It doesn't feel like neglect so much as acceptance, though. It feels okay. Turns out Ged was right, and he gave me exactly what I needed. I'm curious if anyone else went through something similar...
    7 points
  3. "If you don't have your 3D glasses, you'll only see this song in one-half D!" RIP Joe.
    7 points
  4. I fully went into my R40 show expecting this to be the very final show I'll ever see from them. I was seeing my favorite band go out on top. I even bought Neil's R40 travel book, Far and Wide and went to see Geddy & Alex do an interview/signing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, but that more just felt like an epilogue. Following Neil's death, that stung quite a bit especially with the 1-2 punch of COVID and a crisis in my personal life almost immediately after. His death caused me to return to their music after a bit of a hiatus and made me appreciate his words and his talent behind the kit even more. Geddy's book just feels like an additional epilogue to a book i closed long ago. It's a great read and I'm grateful that he released such a detailed retelling of his life and time in the band, even if he could have given us another 200 pages. It gave me a better understanding of how much he and the others truly busted their asses to make it and the sacrifices that came with his level of fame. And again, after not listening to Rush for a long while, I burned through the entire discography (studio and live) as I read through the book. This band remains my absolute favorite even if my listening wanes every now and then. It just hits harder when I return to it after a long time away.
    7 points
  5. I spent many hours with my buddy Rich (RIP) listening to Relayer. We saw YES that tour at Roosevelt Stadium, NJ.
    7 points
  6. Metal, metal, metal, metal, metal, metal and metal. Then a little bit of metal, a little bit more metal and then finish with some metal. And maybe a metal track slotted in there too.
    6 points
  7. Stones prepping. Not their best there are a few gems. Sharing my beer with Keith. 434471130_396980009795795_7221216122155107618_n 2 by Jim Chambers, on Flickr
    6 points
  8. I think he replicated so many of the sounds of the keyboard era perfectly.
    6 points
  9. He didn't get what he deserved.
    6 points
  10. His intro to the live version of "The Weapon" was a classic. https://youtu.be/iTBx0P0zOqA?si=Vxb2f22ZKfvTSCOe
    6 points
  11. van Halen 5150 (9/10) 0U812 (8/10) For unlawful Carnal Knowledge (9/10) Balance (8/10) I actually really love the Sammy Era of VH Mick
    6 points
  12. To be perfectly honest, I wish they'd quit with these 40th anniversary boxsets. I don't need a remastered Grace Under Pressure. I have half a dozen different masters of it already across various formats and nothing else they could do is going to make it sound better than it already does, short of a very tastefully done remix. What I DO want, and what I would actually shell out good money for, is a standalone video release of the complete p/g live show, ditto ESL and ASOH. Beyond that, give us the complete Toronto '97 show, or the shows from the Presto and RTB tours that were filmed. Release more soundboards as official live albums. I really don't care about studio albums with re-imagined artwork and little toy cars. I want new things to watch and listen to, that's all.
    6 points
  13. There is a difference between closure of Rush as a touring/material creating entity and my journey/love of the material that they created for over 40 years. The former may have occurred but the latter will live on indefinitely for me.
    6 points
  14. Thank you so much everybody!! I meant to log in yesterday and completely forgot. I had a great birthday. I'm so glad to be a part of this community
    6 points
  15. RIP Pegi. A huge part of Rush's history, and a name we heard a lot when we first opened this board almost 20 years ago.
    6 points
  16. I think I'm in agreement with you. When Rush just up and stopped after the short R40 tour in 2015, I kind of just tried to forget about the band itself. Listened to little of the music and didn't think much of for a few years. Once Neil died, I started remembering a bit more, listening to a little more of the music again. When Geddy's book was announced, I really started thinking about the band and how long they were a big part of my life. Reading the book nearly instantly upon release felt like reliving parts of my younger life, and like you, it felt like the closure I didn't know I needed, but ended up happy to have. Thanks for 400 pages of word salad, Geddy!
    6 points
  17. Gary Clark Jr - JPEG RAW Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation Handsome Jack - A Good Thing The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup Wilderun - Epigone Paradise Lost - Obsidian Buckethead - Monsters and Robots Burning Witches - The Dark Tower Mastodon - Cold Dark Place
    6 points
  18. Stones - It's Only Rock N Roll I always thought the sound on this album was muddy. Side 1 is great while side 2, meh. Fingerprint File is the winner of side 2.
    5 points
  19. Get Your Wings My intro to Aerosmith. Back in 1974 I walked into a dorm room at college and this album was blasting. I sat down and listened to the rest of the album. Aerosmith was now on my radar. I saw them in Central Park the summer of 1975 and they blew me away. Got tickets for the band Feb 2025 at MSG. Love this song with the headphones on.
    5 points
  20. There was a time I would have said Closer to the Heart or another over played song. But after a recent hiatus from the band, my appreciation for those songs returned. If an annoying song is overplayed, time and distance can warm it back up to me. That said, I'd be fine if I never hear "In the Mood" ever again. Why it was a concert staple for so long is a mystery to me. It's a blight on all those early live albums.
    5 points
  21. My daughter said she felt it (here in central PA) but I didn't notice anything. We had a small one here about 10 years ago, the earth science guy at my husband's school had a seismograph from somewhere and it was cool to see him post the photo of it. So I ask my husband today- did the seismograph show anything? He goes, "I don't know, I think Mark stuck it in a closet somewhere??" Science! Glad everyone is ok! (A part of me was glad it didn't happen on Monday during the eclipse??!! Like witches at black masses! )
    5 points
  22. David Bowie - Scary Monsters
    5 points
  23. Soundgarden-Badmotorfinger (10/10) Mick
    5 points
  24. Temple Of The Dog- Temple Of The Dog
    5 points
  25. The first show I saw was on the VT tour, and they were absolutely killing it. It's probably the most memorable concert of my life.
    5 points
  26. Digital sales? That's nice. How many 8-tracks did they sell?
    5 points
  27. To be honest, I had my closure when I first heard that Neil had retired. I knew then that the band was all done. No reunion tours. No more albums. I felt really good about it, and I was happy for Neil.
    5 points
  28. 5 points
  29. Aerosmith - Pump boy I needed this East Coast Offense - Everything Is Nothing EP Local DC area band and friends of mine from the music scene, this is their debut EP, released today. If you dig 90s, effects laden guitar rock at all (think early Muse, Radiohead, Zombie by The Cranberries, etc.) give this a listen! I think my favorite track is either Shell or Oblivion.
    5 points
  30. 5 points
  31. Happy 50th to this album. I remember walking in to a a dorm room at college 1974 and Get Your Wings was playing. I was sold.
    5 points
  32. Rush - Grace Under Pressure Wilderun - Epigone Caligula's Horse - Charcoal Grace Primus - The Desaturating Seven Unleash the Archers - Apex Deep Purple - Machine Head Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are Slomosa - Slomosa Alice in Chains - Facelift Mastodon - Once More Round the Sun
    4 points
  33. I think I could survive on the nourishment these box sets provide without food!
    4 points
  34. I literally just heard two guys walking by wondering why they can’t see the moon yet.
    4 points
  35. I love SCTV. More than SNL. Damn. Miss ya, Joe.
    4 points
  36. Paradise Lost - Obsidian Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud Testament - The New Order Judas Priest - Invincible Shield Wilderun - Epigone Death - The Sound of Perseverance
    4 points
  37. I think it was the Ged audio book that did it for me RD. It was so well done - and I found myself deeply reflective after I finished - thinking of the band and the tremendous positive influence it had on my young, loner-kid life. I had an opportunity to see Geddy with Jack Black in Los Angeles, but I was weirdly ok about missing it. I didn’t feel the need to go, and felt like it was covered so well in Geddy’s reading of his tome. And I know I’m one of them, but I don’t think I was ready to hang with a bunch of teary eyed, aging white dudes. God bless each and every one of them. Geddy’s book offered perfect closure, and was much better than what a farewell tour would’ve attempted to do.
    4 points
  38. Alice In Chains. Black Gives Way to Blue (9/10) God Put Dinosaurs Here (6/10) Ranier Fog- (9/10) I haven't played the post Layne albums a ton but i will say they're really good. they sound like AiC. BGWTB and Ranier Fog are my 2 favs. GPDH.....not so much. Yea they won't beat the original line up. but on their own. pretty damn good. and it's scary how much you realize jerry and Layne have always sounded like each other, lol. Mick
    4 points
  39. Alice in Chains-Facelift (10/10) My fav band of this era. I LOVE everything about it. Lyrically dark but who gives a shit, lol Layne is my fav "grunge" singer too easy. Mick
    4 points
  40. Rush Didact, I really appreciate your post, have been thinking about it for a couple of days. Perhaps my reply is more to offer support for you than summarising my own experience, but obviously I am keen to share. I never felt a need for closure. I needed closure when a former member of these forums passed away - because it was a bit unknown, they were a complete stranger to me and yet I was drawn in to their world. But the band? I feel it was pretty clear. I believed the talk around the R40 tour that it could be their last. I got two tickets, told my brother down in Toronto that he was going with me on the Friday night and it would be special. The years of silence that followed didn't actually strike me as odd. I have been a fan my entire life, older brothers listening to them, my friends' older brothers also, all Willowdale people. I remember walking home from Cub Scouts and Scouts with my chums and we would speculate that "They live in Casa Loma and you can only see private shows if you are really close to them!". We explored the grounds of the CNE deciding where exactly they filmed a video with Max Webster. We collected golf balls from the Don River, literally walking through muck with bags in our hands, slowly filling them with over-shot balls to sell for a nickel so we could buy Lolas and bottles of Coke. Caress Of Steel and the Necromancer was our sound track. I listened to 2112 endlessly on my Sony Walkman delivering the Globe and Mail every morning before school. To this day I listen to any CD I randomly pull from a shelf and listen on the way to a camping trip, a bike ride, on a road trip. I don't absolutely love every album, but that isn't a thing for me. I focus on the stories they tell about the difficulties of one album or another, the final mixes and perhaps disappointments that follow. They were the hardest working, most experimental, most willing to try musicians I have read about. Closure? After R40 and the relative silence that followed, Geddy and Alex doing projects, nothing from Neil, I didn't suspect anything. But now we know a lot more about that time. And there was a forum member who was near spastic in his commitment to not reveal anything Neil. Poor fellow, I often wanted to PM him with comfort but never did. When it was announced on Friday Jan. 10, 2020 that Neil passed away, I was in my kitchen getting ready to shake up cocktails and I was quite mildly shocked. That precise moment which answered the silence, ended any speculation whatsoever, was my closure. It was a surprise and it hurt but over the next few days I accepted the absolute end of Rush. Because Alex and Geddy continue to accomplish new projects and are willing to give so many interviews, so many, I feel we are all in the same sphere together, in one way or another. To me, "they" are not done. And so I can accept that the band is finished but I love that new shares and more projects continue to keep the "band" alive. May I offer, that you have nothing to forgive yourself for. You saw them live. You are still part of one group that loves the band. I only saw them twice. Am I less of a fan than those who paid for a hundred shows? (OK, yeah, I am) but I don't feel any less of a fan. And neither should you! I am sure many of us spent years listening and other years not listening. But always, they were there. I think you should think of them as still there. Cheers, and let's celebrate what continues.
    4 points
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