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Relayer2112

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  1. As much as I loved the Beatles' documentary...boy would I love something like that from Rush. I can't get enough of the "behind the scenes" stuff with them.
  2. Should Putin be regarded as Nostradamus' "unknown" antichrist? He certainly appears to be headed in that direction.
  3. I figured "The Rush Forum" would be high on his list, I just didn't expect him to wreak havoc with it before the invasion started. No problem access this post, by the way, from the notifications link. And, obviously, I was able to post to the site.
  4. I'm located in Northeast USA and haven't been able to access posts in about two weeks. Site takes a little longer to load once I login and I can view new content listing with no problem. When I click any post in the new content listing; however, I get a "404 not found" message after a minute or so. This happens on all my devices and has been going on for several weeks.
  5. Thank you! I had 5 or 6 more questions, but he elaborated A LOT in his replies. One of the things I didn't ask is what was his recollection of the late 70's when apparently the rise of punk meant the death of prog. I was only 4 at the time, but recently I've been reading that prog was a victim of its own excesses. I wanted to hear his thoughts on that, but it would have been another 15-minute reply! :D Yes...he seems very cerebral when he answers questions, bordering on philosophical.
  6. Top-notch interview Rod, great work. In particular, I loved your question relating to the term "album" and how that has much less meaning now than it used to in terms of the listening experience.
  7. I just watched the latest episode of Hard Knocks on HBO and Rush is mentioned. See if you can spot it.
  8. I've always heard that a boat is really "just a hole in the water that you pour money into". I'm assuming that pinball machines are not great investments either.
  9. Just wave your hand and say "this is the pinball machine you're looking for". Works for me every time.
  10. To me, a band that no longer regularly releases albums and is also missing members of the band who were integral to the success of that band is covering themselves. Basically, when the band is the band pretty much in name only, they're a cover band.
  11. It's a great album in the fact that Yes has single-handedly come up with a cure for insomnia, hysteria, anxiety attacks and the dreaded 4 hour erection.
  12. Mike Oldfield - Amarok (to me, this album is just about perfect) Supertramp - Brother Where You Bound (No Hodgson on this one and the result is a, dare I say, ballsy album. Unfortunately that era was over as soon as it began) Yes - Drama - The band were between heydays and were without Jon Anderson, so they had a chance to write an album without his new age influence Blue Oyster Cult - Club Ninja - I think many fans as well as the band themselves don't give it the time of day, but I think it's got some really good stuff on it.
  13. Relayer2112

    Rush and Rand

    The lyrics are probably some, if not all, of the reason that Neil referred to revisiting Rush's older songs as "looking at his old elementary school drawings".
  14. I lost interest in the Scorpions way back in the mid 80's after they released "Love at First Sting". I'm a big fan of the Roth era and Jabs up to that point in time. Just yesterday, I gave both "Blackout" and "LaFS" a listen to see if my opinion has changed at all on the latter album. It hasn't. Once they realized they could be a mainstream act in America (and I'm guessing this was because of the success of "No One Like You"), they were never the same.
  15. Unfortunately, I don't believe his matrimonial choices over the years will allow him to. He probably needs just one more influx of cash before he packs it in.
  16. Has anyone seen Alex's instructional videos from around 2006/2007? I believe he has videos for TSOR, Limelight and Tom Sawyer. I love how he admits he doesn't know the names of a lot of the chords he is using.
  17. If it existed, it would be buried on Oak Island, Nova Scotia (I'm hoping some of you get the joke or all was for naught).
  18. I was supposed to see Hackett in April of 2020 (now rescheduled to April 2022). I have seen him once before and appreciate what he's doing. As long as he's still drawing a crowd that wants to hear that music, then why not? As far as what the other members of Genesis think...I can't imagine they care very much. They've made much more money throughout the years than Hackett has given that he left not long before the band became a mainstream act. Also, it's something they could all do if they had the ambition. I'm sure it's a pain in the ass to keep a band together that is interested in going around playing old Genesis songs. It's probably not something the other guys would want to deal with along with the constant travel. As far as Genesis turning "poppy", it most likely was a reaction to the success that Phil was having with his solo career. Also, a band can't create epic prog rock forever (think of Rush after the Hemispheres sessions). It becomes a little formulaic after a while and the musical ideas need to be reeled in a bit. I just watched a documentary from the 2007 or so timeframe where Banks says that he was typically the one who was willing to make songs more complicated in their later years.
  19. It may be better this time around. The further out in time we get the more the guys might find it worth doing the prog stuff justice as both that and the 80s stuff are well past their heyday now. As much as I hate to say it, I don't think it's possible to have a "better this time around". Phil sounds like I imagine my 85 year old father would sound if he tried to sing Genesis tunes in the shower. The bottom line is that the backbone of the 3-piece Genesis is Phil's singing and drumming and he can no longer do either.
  20. I don't think it's the "sitting down" that's a problem. Phil's singing voice is, for all intents and purposes, gone.
  21. I love Roine's guitar tone. He doesn't overplay or shred for the sake of shredding. Combine that with the great vocals, nice lyrics and other outstanding musicians and this band is a keeper. For the first time in a long time, I had to put some effort into listening to really appreciate what the band is trying to do. I feel this band is worth the effort.
  22. Anyone else out there like this band? I stumbled upon them on Spotify and am really impressed with their last two albums (Waiting for Miracles and Islands). I think they manage to maintain a highly original sound while still capturing that classic progressive sound which I though had been lost forever.
  23. The drum solo was the idea of a singer who had a sore throat.
  24. Boy, I really put my VCR through the wringer when I first got the ESL video. I received a classical guitar for Christmas one year and made my fingers raw by trying to learn the chords that Alex was playing in the beginning of "The Trees". That classical guitar is still sitting next to me as I type this. Ah, the memories. If I would have had YouTube back then, I would have been unstoppable.
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