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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.

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  2. 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. 50 minutes ago, Timbale said:

    I am not quite finished Geddy's book - about 3/4 of the way through, and loving it.


    Like many people, I was pretty shocked to read about the drug use...and that Geddy in general had a more "rock and roll" lifestyle than I had imagined.  Or maybe even been led to believe.


    It has made me think about the story he tells both in the book and in Beyond The Lighted Stage about that first gig opening for Uriah Heep.  Without the context of everything that went before that we didn't know about when BTLS came out...that story could easily be read as if it was his first ever drink of hard liquor.  The way he tells it - they've never had a rider before, they didn't really know what to order - it all had such an air of innocence about it.  It doesn't sound like a story that a guy who's been wasted a whole bunch and tripped on LSD would tell.  I don't think anything in the book contradicts that story...it just seems very....cherry picked for the film to underscore the image of them as not very "rock and roll".  Similarly, the stories that Kim Mitchell and Gene Simmons tell about them don't seem like the same band having drinking contests with Thin Lizzy and snorting coke with fans.


    Did anyone else feel a sort of disconnect with those things?


    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.

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  4. 1 hour ago, JohnRogers said:

    I would go see them under whatever banner they decide to fly. I'm sure there would be some form of tribute to Neil especially if they continue as RUSH.


    To beat the traffic I'd stay late, hanging around the arena for a while.


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  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.

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  6. 37 minutes ago, chemistry1973 said:

    Sure as far as chops but Alex is more interesting nonetheless.


    No way Lerxst could play Shyboy but Vai would never come up with the solo to Limelight. Or the intro to SOR.


    When challenged to be simple, Vai fails I think. Lerxst will take a simple riff and make it his.


    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.

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  7. 3 minutes ago, stoopid said:

    No plans.  I was semi-motivated back in August but finding (and sustaining) that motivation and coming up with anything meaningful to start working on since led me to a more introspective place, realizing I've accomplished most anything I felt the need to do musically.


    I may reinstall Cakewalk on the new computer and just have that kicking around to help people with mixes, little things here and there.  As a player/songwriter, I'm formally retired.  My electric guitar sold last week, sound card sold the week before, and still waiting on a buyer for the small electronic drum pad I had.

    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.

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  8. 13 minutes ago, stoopid said:

    Our intended audience was even smaller than that, really just focusing on the material between myself and Scott.  Brian O'Connell (which some of you might know) was getting fed mixes of the songs as they neared completion, and a few times he was (very) valuable in hearing something we didn't or missed, but generally what ended up on the album was 95+% just mine and Scott's vision.  Sometimes just knowing a song is working well for someone else is just as value, so Brian's input in that respect can't be overstated either.


    It's been fine releasing music over the years with only a nominal impact outside of friends and family.  My main underlying issue has been with the time expense, and with Scott he's super busy at his job and finding the time for us to work on things becomes its own chore.  At some point, and this started after Missing Pieces in 2017, the cost/benefit didn't make a lot of sense even when calculating it as "for me" or "for us". 


    If not for the pandemic, this album may never have come into existence.  I had largely retreated into helping you guys with your music and then eventually the new move to Vegas.  Covid suddenly created a lot of time in my day and Scott ended up also feeling like he needed the escape music provided him, so we reconnected on new material.  There's actually more music than what ended up on the album (as well as some extra stuff from the Missing Pieces sessions), so a "B Sides" EP is in the works someday.


    Ultimately I almost stepped away in 2017 and decided to give this one more go, mostly because I wanted to take a couple of lessons learned from making Missing Pieces and apply them, as well as getting Scott more involved in the songwriting.  There's few people I would have rather worked with off and on for 30 something years.  Sometimes a synergy is found with another artist, and I've worked with few people in my lifetime where that ease of ideas and lack of ego (always doing what was best for the song/concept) who were anywhere near as easy to work on ideas with as Scott.



    So what does the future hold for you, musically?


  9. On 11/17/2023 at 9:20 AM, stoopid said:

    We had more Youtube views but only a handful of complete song listens (based on the youtube analytics).

    I'm one of the guilty ones. :sad:


    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.

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  10. 2 hours ago, BastillePark said:

    It was pretty clear he isn't a professional interviewer but he did a passable job. I thought he talked too much about himself and his life. He also had some tangential comparisons and off the wall references. 


    That's the first time I've been in that theater and it's beautiful. We were in the first balcony and the view was great. 

    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.

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  11. 8 minutes ago, edhunter said:

    I could’ve probably gotten closer, but did I really want to spend an extra $120 or so just to be 20 feet closer? Or 250 more to be in the first four rows or so? 

    Second row seats at The Moore were $525 when I checked. Yeah, no thanks.

  12. 1 hour ago, TheHonestMan said:

    I never interpreted the ending lyrics to be a judgment of those returning to the suburbs. It seems to be, in my opinion, simply a commentary on the ever-changing and often conflicting desires between our youth and adulthood.

    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.

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  13. 3 hours ago, Maverick said:

    Since we are picking apart these performances, what the heck is is Alex doing to the main lick at the end of The Spirit of Radio at 4:55?



    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.

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  14. On 9/4/2023 at 1:20 PM, Alex’s Amazing Arpeggios said:

     Crikey Jarg your marks out of 10 are a little bit harsh 🙃🤣😉

    🤔 Who are your Top 3 guitarist for 

    technic ? ..  Top 3 for feel ? 
    Top 3 overall for combined feel And Technic ?

    .. and regardless of feel and technic who are your top 5 Fav guitarists please ?

    ( I’ve already noted that you have Lerxst 

    as your No.1 Fav 👍😎



    My top 5 faves are:



    Van Halen




    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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