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  1. It has been a few days, so technically not today, but I've been busy. I'm working toward my private pilot license and I flew my first solo in Monday! The ceiling was a little low but the winds were calm. :dweez:
  2. I was at that show! :haz: Geddy's side toward the back. It is one of my greatest Rush memories. I remember the sky as the sun went down and they played Resist, back when they did it as a three piece. The lighting with the Columbia River in the background is an indelible memory. I lost my mind when they played 2112 and later too, just after I'd found it, for Natural Science What a night!
  3. For me, the lyrics don't need to evoke thoughts of passing or change. Today, his lyrics seem more ... crisp?. Just Rush lyrics before - now their observations from Neil. The one lyric sticking with me, and I have no idea why because I can't see how it relates to his passing: "Green and grey washes in the wispy white veil" - I don't know why The Camera Eye is really connecting with me over the past few days. I think it is his drumming (some of my favorite) And for some reason, Signals has never sounded so good.
  4. I thought this was a nice article written by someone who sounds like a true fan. Yes, it is Rolling Stone magazine. I for one appreciate the irony. How Neil Peart’s Perfectionism Set Him Free The late drummer idolized Sixties wildmen like Keith Moon. But his path to the drumming pantheon came through obsessive order. https://https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/neil-peart-rush-drumming-tribute-936430/
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  6. That is a great tribute. There is some very click baity stuff out there and some really good stuff. This made me cry. Thanks Reb
  7. The lyric that keeps sticking with me No one get to their heaven without a fight
  8. I've been away from TRF for a few years but, like many others, I find myself drawn here seeking solace in the company of other TRF family members. I let my past grow too fast (as it were). The reality of his passing comes to me in waves and I hope and pray that his family can find some peace. The outpouring of respect for him has brought me to tears a few time as the world expresses what we have known all along.
  9. I agree about Rising and Stargazer. :haz: Second for me though is Kill The King.
  10. :o I don't know how I missed this post, a few days ago. Out-shuffling Bernard Purdie? I don't know...it is a GREAT performance, to be sure. Excellent choice. But I think I'd still take Home at Last over Fool in the Rain. Especially during the outro/fade-out, when Purdie is swinging on the snare, the ride, the hi-hat and the kick drum, all together...it just blows me away, every time I hear it. My favourite Bonham performance, though, is Achilles Last Stand, no question. That was my thought too. I mean, it's a great shuffle, but out shuffling Bernie??? Let's not get carried away. Jeff Porcarro did a great one for Rosanna too (better than Bonzo's, imo), and he put a hand jive over it. But, Bernie's groove is sublime I agree about Achilles Last Stand, Blue J. Bonzo at his best. :ebert: I've started more than one heated argument with my claim that Jimmy Page never played an original riff in his life. But, he is a great Blues interpreter and one of the finest studio guitarists of his era and a true icon. A great player. Kind of a funny thread title ... there's an underrated side to Led Zeppelin???
  11. I have been cleaning vinyl lately. A Hard Days Night, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Eight Days a Week, Strawberry Fields Forever, Day Tripper (to name a few) sound great on 45s. There is something really special about hearing The Beatles' I Feel Fine on a 45 playing on an old record player. Both media and material really stand the test of time. Some of these 45s are 50 years old! 50! That used to be ancient! :o Now, not so much. :)
  12. I caught the NY show in March of 2014 and Ozzy was awesome. On days, off days. Yeah, Ozzy has never been the most consistent when it comes to vocals live. I think fans should be used to his good day/bad day singing by now. That's been his usual for years. I think most fans are still shocked he makes it up on stage still and probably thought he wouldn't make it this far. I give him a pass anytime he has an off night. He's Ozzy Osbourne and has earned the right to have off nights. I don't know about "earning" that right, since he's being paid to perform. However, fans paying to see Ozzy today should realize you're paying for the experience of seeing Sabbath with Ozzy. If you expect to hear him at the peak of his ability live you'll have to listen to a bootleg from the 70s. :goodone: Absolutely true, Rick. I would have love to have seen them on Masters of Reality, but alas I was eight years old and, not being Sabbath fans themselves, my parents weren't keen on sending their eight year old daughter to a Black Sabbath concert. I did see them in the 80's with Ian Gillan and it was a pretty underwhelming show, iirc. Muddy sound and the songs just didn't sound right with Gillan out front. I'd love to see them now, but I'm a bigger fan of the Butler/Ward rhythm section fan (one of my top in rock) and Bill can't play anymore (sadly ... treat yourselves well young ones :codger: ). For me, without both of them, there isn't much point going. I was surprised they sounded as great as they did on 13 (Ozzy can still sing! :o ), but, for me, no Butler/Ward equals no Black Sabbath.
  13. :bump: I bought Drones the week it came out in June. I'd seen the video for Dead Inside, Psycho, Mercy and Reapers. It was in the truck CD player for a couple of months and got played occasionally. Not bad. Last week, I put it in again and it kicked my ass! Holy cow! Reapers was the song that caught me. Matt is an absolute monster. EVH, John Frusciante, Tom Morello ... you can hear them all in there Holy crap! :o I think end to end this may be the strongest album that Muse has done since The Resistance (my favourite). I didn't get it at first but the more I listen ... wow! I can't wait for the U.S. tour in 2016! http://youtu.be/gcNEC9NaJuE http://youtu.be/n6f4-EgKiDA
  14. Well, how did the sales pitch to your wife go? Did you see him? He's wonderful! :ebert: Love the palmas!
  15. Shelly Berman was great, too. He had a series of phone conversation routines that were great. Like "The morning after the night before...". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nagzOGCc8N4 :goodone: I had forgotten about Shelly Berman and that routine. That's a great one and he was way ahead of his time. Great phone calls (have you seen the phone skit from the Judy Garland show? - hilarious - I don't care how low your sister's voice is, my name's not Dorothy ) He sounds like an influence on Larry David. http://youtu.be/nOyDkwF8AGc For me, Bob Newhart is the king of the deadpan phone call delivery. The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart actually knocked Elvis out of the #1 album spot and won a Grammy in 1961! :o And, he had virtually no experience in front of an audience at that time. He was an accountant who wanted to be a comedian and so they hired a club in Texas where he could have an audience while Bob recorded his album with the help of some friends. The album was a huge hit and launched his career.
  16. I saw Craig Ferguson live earlier this year and he was hilarious! His Keith Richards/Mick Jagger story is great! I've enjoyed his DVDs too. We saw Lily Tomlin live a month or so later and she was stellar. A true icon. If you're going 70's and 80's old school, Richard Pryor is a must and probably the gold standard, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollack, Michael Keaton, and earlier than that Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Burns and Allen, Jack Benny (he was more variety show but absolutely hilarious)
  17. Well, that was a long read. I don't think I could have listened. But then again, it is Geddy's voice I think the interviewer was quite condescending. To keep calling Geddy, Geddy Lee every time Nardwuar addressed him, sometimes multiple times in one question... That's just rude. It comes across as mocking Geddy. :tsk: I disagree with the OP's assertion. Geddy, the ever graceful gentleman, handled himself very well. I would expect no less since he's the coolest person on the planet. Seriously, it's a fact. Let's all just think about Geddy for a moment shall we ... :sigh: That is all.
  18. Why would you consider Sabbath a Christian rock band? Just curious, never heard this view before! it's right there in the lyrics. they're not a "christian rock" band, but they preached the wrath of god more sensibly than the people who were busy burning their albums and ignoring their lyrics. :goodone: It is ironic. Not "Christian Rock", per se, but much more than any other band I listen to. Definitely more than Neil...
  19. Why would you consider Sabbath a Christian rock band? Just curious, never heard this view before! Sabbath didn't sing about worshiping Satan (even in NIB, Geezer says it was about even Lucifer can become a better man through the love of a woman). They dressed in black, wore crosses, had long hair, used freaky photographic effects and mentioned God and Lucifer in their songs, so the religious folks went nuts. As an example, I'll quote the lyrics to After Forever. There are other examples. This is not "devil music". Geezer Butler was raised Irish Catholic, played around with the devil stuff for a while and as he has stated "... I gave up all that stuff. It scared me sh*tless." Sabbath's music isn't a call to Satan. This song is the exact opposite. It is calling out all of the non-believers. Lyrics by Terry "Geezer" Butler
  20. I have that Pinkpop bootleg on my YouTube channel (no Police - I saw them in 1983 in Arizona - fabulous show). 4 June 1979 was a fantastic show! That's awesome that you were there! :ebert: And post #1 on TRF - welcome! :cheers: :hi:
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