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  1. I actually read all of the first two posts... I could read his stuff all day long. Some of his answers are pretty funny. I like his direct approach too.


    As Kim Mitchell would say... "That's Neil."

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  2. I saw the TM Tour at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto... sold out, packed and the boys played SO well. I was in the back with a couple buddies, but my brother was in the fifth row, centre. He said they "didn't miss a beat."


    When they played caravan I knew it would be a wicked album.... and it was!

  3. I played the original version of Tears for my wife. I asked her if she knew who it was (she is a very casual Rush fan, only because of me)... she didn't know, but she LOVED the song. When I told her it was Rush, she couldn't believe it. "Are you sure that's not a woman singing that?"


    I told her that when Geddy was 23, he sounded like a woman... on occasion.

  4. We've been making them in Scotland since the 11th century


    True... the Scottish brought bannock to North America and soon after the aboriginals started making it. Now they consider it as one of their traditional foods. Hard to beat "Kookam's" bannock. Kookam is grandma in Ojibwe.

  5. If you're from Canada, (or, as I've heard them say in Arkansas, "Canadia")... you've probably at least heard of bannock. But, has anyone ever tried it? Great at the campfire, or with eggs in the morning.


    Try this - (enough for four people.)


    1 cup of flour, 2 tsp baking power, pinch of salt and enough water to make a sticky dough.


    Mix it all up, then use your hands and flatten it out so it's about 3/4 of an inch thick. Should be about 8 or 9 inches in diameter if you use the amounts above.


    Then fry it in canola (or veg) oil at medium high heat. It'll rise up and be cooked fast... 2 minutes per side, maybe less. Turn once. For crise-sake, Don't use olive oil...


    Eat it right away with butter... or, jam. You can add raisins, blueberries, dried cranberries, nuts... whatever the hell you want.


    It's not exactly a low fat thing, but who gives a shit sometimes, eh?

  6. Yes, I have seen kRush on the Youtubes... they are also excellent.


    I am amazed at just how good some of these guys are... and the money they must spend to be able to properly play Rush material... what's the cost of a Ricky bass / guitar double? Or, the Gibson, six and twelve string double-neck that Lifeson plays? I don't know but these guitars must be in the $5,000 - $7,000 range?


    Then, the synths... pedals, effects... oh... and the drums. The FRIGGIN' DRUMS! Just having enough mics to cover all those goddam drums and cymbals would be pricey enough!

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  7. I remember once back in the late 70s, I listening to a radio interview with Steve Hackett, who had just left Genesis. They got on the topic of other great musicians and Steve mentioned Geddy... his comment went something like:


    "There's this new guy from Canada, in a band called Rush. I'm not a fan of his voice, but he plays a great bass, synthesizers, Taurus pedals... plus, sings all at the same time. I don't know how he does it, really."


    This, coming from Steve Hackett... huge.

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  8. I wonder what would the Rush road would have looked like had Terry stayed on and produced all the albums. I think it would have been even more prolific. I always liked those earlier albums, the way they sounded, the way they were engineered, produced...


    Would Terry have swayed the boys away from the so-called, "synth period" and kept them as a kick-ass power trio, minus the one million guitar and keys tracks per song?

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  9. Here's one of my rants that I recently wrote for my website - http://ruggeddude.co...valentines-day/


    Not afraid to speak my mind, eh?


    did you post this before, it seems familiar


    No... not that I remember. You may have read it somewhere else because people do take things from my site and repost it elsewhere.



    No... not that I remember. You may have read it somewhere else because people do take things from my site and repost it elsewhere.


  10. It is not even in question. Neil is a great rock drummer and one of the biggest influences ever, but he cannot even compare to some of the others. Thomas Lang is a freak. His double bass playing is f'ing out of this world. But as has been hinted at, he is most well known amongst drummers, while Neil and other popular drummers have achieved mass success and are considered the best even with less talent. This happens with all instruments by the way. Some of the best players in the world toil away in obscurity. Thomas Lang could never display his virtuosity in a band setting.

    This comment sums it up exactly. Thomas Lang is a MONSTER drummer, but in a band, he'd have a hard time showing us HOW good he is. Tony Royster Jr., same thing. He did a tour with Kanye West... poor man must have been bored out of his skull. Must have been good pay...
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  11. Neil is and will always be my favourite drummer... has been since 1976. But, (and this is coming from me, a drummer,) he really is over-rated. Not by miles, but he is. He is a great rock drummer, one of the best, for sure and perfect for Rush. But, if you put him up against people like Mike Mangini, Mike Portnoy, Tony Royster Jr., Dave Weckl and especially, Thomas Lang... look out. No comparison. Google "Thomas Lang drum solo" on the Youtubes... you will be in shock. He is WAY better than even Buddy Rich was at his peak. Try this one -
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  12. I hope I don't sound like a peckerhead, but The Camera Eye is easy to play on the drums... and, it's one of my favourite Rush songs of all time. I'm glad they made it the length they did... it would not work as a 4 minute song.
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