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  1. There was a time when the members of Rush were like gods in my eyes. They were powerhouses on their respective instruments, writing amazingly involved pieces of music and expressing atypical concepts in a thought-provoking and poetic way. Clear that idle idol worship was all just me projecting onto them what I wanted to be true. The veneer really began to slip away as I developed enough facility on guitar to play in a Rush cover band. The more I knew about how Alex played his parts, and, by extension, the ins and outs of music composition and arrangement, the more human he, and they, became. And once I was OK with them just being "regular" guys, the less I was affected by rumors of drug use. Many of my musician friends did inordinate amounts of drugs, but that didn't lessen them as friends in my eyes.
  2. JARG

    The Garden cover

    A lovely cover. I really liked the drum fill that brought in the drums in initially -- very tasty. I really disliked the drum fill that brought in the guitar solo. The bass playing was nice -- some interesting runs and implied chords.
  3. Agreed that the movie, in retrospect, seems to have whitewashed certain "seedier" elements of Rush's backstory. It's possible, I suppose, that that was a management call given that the band was still an active business pursuit at the time -- perhaps Ray and company were not willing for the "warts and all" version of Rush to be made public.
  4. Maybe Geddy needs to write another book: My Effin Job where he can go into greater detail about recording sessions and whatnot.
  5. I've seen them enough that I probably wouldn't go again unless the new material was truly groundbreaking. And I had no intention of seeing Geddy talk about his book, but my daughter (who was too young to see Rush before they retired) really wanted to go see Geddy, so we went. So if she really wanted to see whatever permutation of Rush was touring, then I'd probably go. I mean, I'm the guy who left the S&A and CA shows early so that I could beat traffic.
  6. I'm truly envious of you and others like you.
  7. I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but using CA as a guide for the most recent musical output, I'm thinking maybe they shouldn't work on new material.
  8. Right, my comment was in response to someone saying Vai isn't in the same league as Lifeson. They each have their respective strengths and weaknesses.
  9. While it's disappointing to me that you're done, I do envy you the feeling that you've accomplished what you set out to do.
  10. So what does the future hold for you, musically?
  11. I'm one of the guilty ones. My attention span is miserably low these days, so my consumption of new music is limited to the equivalent of "dropping the needle in different places" in each song. I tried composing some new material a few weeks ago and found even my own stuff isn't holding my attention. My theory is that I'm suffering from pre separation anxiety. This is the last year we have Emma at home with us and it's really hitting me hard. I'm very sorry if that has spilled into my relationships with you guys.
  12. I've been to the Moore a handful of times and is roughly the same size venue in which I first saw Rush. Of all the times I've been to the Moore, I've never seen the line snake around the block as it did last night. Yeah, Novaselic wasn't a particularly good interviewer, but I did enjoy him telling stories about himself. My only awareness of him is as "the bassist in Nirvana", so it was nice to get to "know" him on a deeper level.
  13. The Seattle show was fun. Krist Novoselic was the guest interviewer.
  14. Second row seats at The Moore were $525 when I checked. Yeah, no thanks.
  15. I was completely prepared to pass on this, but my daughter said she really wants to go, so we got a couple of nosebleed tickets for the Seattle show.
  16. This, plus just a bit of nostalgia for "simpler times", is pretty much my take as well. Kids grow up in the suburbs thinking "anywhere but here" is where they want to be, so they climb on that bus and go and paint big cities from a lonely attic room. After a while, they begin to feel the tug of "home" creeping up in memories of lighted streets on quiet nights.
  17. Octave pedal? I'm trying to imagine playing that as we hear it....that's a lot of frets to jump...I sure as shit couldn't do it, not that smooth anyway.
  18. The initial count on the video is 6/8, 7/8, 6/8, 6/8, and then drops into the regular pattern of 6 & 7.
  19. I count it the way it's played on the studio, alternating measures of 6/8 and 7/8. Oh yeah, I hear what you're hearing, there's a spot where he plays two measures of 6/8.
  20. My top 5 faves are: Lifeson Gilmour Van Halen Gibbons SRV I don't know that I can do the kind of ranking you're asking for, but for three 10s in technique, I'd go with Vai, Gilbert, and Petrucci. Which one is better than the other is too hard for me to work out. For three 10s in feel, I'd go with Gilmour, SRV, and Chris Duarte. Three who are in the sweet spot would be Lifeson, Eric Johnson, and Elliot Easton.
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