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About Coltonz

  • Birthday 03/02/1993

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  • Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Listening to music, Playing guitar/keyboards/mandolin/bass, Composing/recording music, Biking, Swimming, Travelling, Eating, Watching movies, Skiing, Playing Video Games, Science, Being a dork, etc. etc. etc.

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  • Number of Rush Concerts Attended
  • Last Rush Concert Attended
    Montreal - October 18th, 2012
  • Favorite Rush Song
    Can't decide...
  • Favorite Rush Album
    Can't decide...
  • Best Rush Experience
    The Montreal show on the Clockwork Angels tour.
  • Other Favorite Bands
    Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Primus, Muse, Tool, The Mars Volta, Dream Theater, the Tragically Hip,
  • Musical Instruments You Play
    Guitar, dabble in bass, keys and mandolin
  1. Well it's certainly been a loooong time since I've last been online here, but I just felt I had to say this. I prefer the pre-remix Vapor Trails. I think a lot of the people who were disliking it may have been blinded by their own expectations of what Rush should sound like. Relatively it's the most different sounding album they've made. It's a little harsh sounding at times, but I love it. Alex's tone is pretty rough but I think it adds a certain emotional grit to the songs that work well with the themes of loss and pain. Listening with my nice wrap-around headphones now, I honestly think it sounds good, and that the songs are well crafted with some of the best rhythms and melodies Rush has written. When I listen to the remix it feels like a lot of the dynamics have been taken out. You used to be able to hear the energy of the songs shift as certain parts swelled, exploded, and soared between the changing parts, and now it just all feels flat to me. And I don't like changes to the vocals and lead parts. Anyone else feel this way?
  2. At the TO show, Steven told a rather amusing anecdote about how he was reading a review for his album on amazon, and that it talked about his "Tolkein-esque lyrics".... "Basically," he explained, "I tend to write about three things: How women f**k me up, trains, and serial killers. No hobbits, elves or wizards... ever" which gave everyone a good chuckle... Then before starting Raider II, Steven said something like "This next song has some silences in it.... But they are musical silences. Pretentious they may be (pauses for some audience giggles); please respect them" and typically, some guy just HAD to yell out "Hobbits!" during one of the silent bits at the beginning, to which some people couldn't help but laugh... It didnt seem to f**k them up though, which was good. At one point someone else just HAD to yell out "Freebird!" to which he said, "Oh Freebird, like I havent heard THAT one before... like every night since 2005.." I mean there's bound to be a couple people like that at any show.. He took it all in stride of course. Good vibes throughout the performance
  3. Wow. That was really an amazing show! I got to the venue (never been there before.. in fact I've only ever been to Toronto a couple of times) an hour and forty-five minutes in advance. I was 23rd in line, and when the doors finally opened, I made it straight past the merch tables and everything right to the front row, a few feet to the right of center. I couldn't have picked a better spot!! Good clear view of every performer, and Steven would often come over to where Guthrie was standing (right in front of me) because the other side had a keyboard in the way. The sound was amazing, the visuals were really cool, and the performances were just monstrous.... Everybody was on on fire, and Steven's vocals and Nick's backing vocals were both really good. Just a torrential downpour of music. Insane. The song introductions were pretty interesting, and every now and again Steven would tell a little story or joke in between songs. Infinitely memorable performance. I stayed there in the main room and watched the outro music video while most of the people were shuffling out, and then I went to the merch area after that, hoping that it'd still be open. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was it still open, but Adam, Marco, Theo, and Nick stayed there afterwards to sign stuff! I had no idea that would be happening. I didn't know much about any of the backing members (except for a little bit about Marco Minnemann) but they seemed like pretty cool guys for being so excellent at their craft. I said to Nick Beggs "Your bass playing really shook me. Like PHYSICALLY moved me" and he grinned and said "Then my work is done". I told Marco that their performaces make me want to be a better musician, which he seemed to appreciate. I got them to sign the back page of my tourbook! It was a perfect concert experience, and one that I won't ever forget. Being there and seeing them perform really made me want to elevate my own musicianship, just like with another band we all know and love on this forum!!! :ebert:
  4. I am going to the Toronto show on tuesday!!! Looking forward to it with high expectations
  5. I love My Favourite Headache. Every song on the album rocks, even when they are more personal, softer tunes. Some really nice composing and arranging in terms of strings, piano, backing vocals and everything else in there. Great album. It gives you some insight into their musical personalities, doesn't it? Geddy is more of a driving, melodic kind of guy while Alex is more of a spontaneous, kind of jazzy, moody modal player. At least thats how it seems to me. Geddy (along with Neil) provides a tight, driving bass section which creates the structure of the song, while Alex is effectively using his guitar to kind of paint over that structure and give it color and mood, as well as filling in the missing scenery. Its a really amazing style that I just love. Ahh but anyways yeah. MFH is great. Victor is great too. :rush:
  6. Too bad about your poster... But I agree, that WAS an amazing night. Ged's voice was better than I've ever heard from him, from any live DVD or anything (the chorus of Headlong Flight - WOW). I was in row C, seat 1, and saw lots of Alex and a fair bit of Geddy close up throughout the night... It was amazing. Alex was SUPER entertaining. During the opening of Force Ten he did some dance moves and mimicked the women's laugh sound effect hilariously. He mimicked smoking a joint during the "he gets high on you" parts of Tom Sawyer. His movements and facial expressions throughout the night were very funny. His guitar box was right in front of me, and I could clearly see him standing beside the stage before each set. It was awesome. When Al and Ged switched sides, Geddy came right up onto the corner of the stage. Making eye contact with him (and Alex as well) made me swell with some crazy energy. Geddy really leapt too, which was so amazing given the fact that he's around 60 and has that heavy-ass bass around him that he's playing so aggressively. The people around me were pretty cool. The guy next to me was at the opening in Manchester, and he was pretty energetic as well as the guy next to him (and the two HOT older ladies beside him too!). The guy in front of me had his young (maybe 12) son with him, which was cute. They were right up against the barrier and the dad would hold him up when Geddy or Alex got close. So sweet. There were two teens I noticed in the front row, one of which who had an anarchy shirt and one who had a shirt with the watchmaker honeybee symbol on it (such a great idea!). There was an older couple in the front with a poster that said "Alex: You gave our unborn daughter a guitar pick - thank you!" At some point in the night Alex read it and mouthed "Oh, thats so beautiful" and during the encore break, he gave the couple a drum stick. Such a sweet moment. After the show a security guard gave me a setlist sheet; a nice memento. All in all, one freakin' amazing night - like nothing I have EVER experienced. I jumped and played air instruments and flailed so hard that I got a stitch in my side! As a huge Rush fan, I am truly lucky for having such an amazing time. A night to remember, for sure!
  7. Okay! I printed my ticket. I really hope this is legit. Maybe I'm just paranoid
  8. Well my tickets are downloadable apparently, but it says they won't be available for download till tomorrow..
  9. Normally I would never use any kind of unofficial method for getting tickets but.. I went for it. It was just too good an offer to pass up. I actually already saw the first Toronto show the other night, which was AMAZING but I was surrounded by a bunch of casuals who sat for most of it.. I wanna be right in the zone with all the real fans with my spaz meter cranked up to 11!!! So hopefully this works out. If it doesn't I could probably go for some unsold cheap seats and be fine with it... All I know is that sometimes, you have to be wary...
  10. So I impulsively decided to look for some tickets to the Montreal show, and I was wondering if Stubhub is a reliable website? They seem legit but the sellers themselves are a different story.. Theres a guy on there selling 3rd row tickets apparently, and while I am afraid of being ripped off I just want to go so badly!! Anyone have any experience with stubhub?
  11. I had a blast! I just wish I hadn't been surrounded by middle-age casual fans... I was the only one in my little sector who stood for the whole thing. My spaz meter was on eleven!
  12. I know how you feel.... I was born in '93 and Sunday's show will be my 2nd Rush concert. But I still consider myself lucky that I'll have seen them at least twice in my life. Imagine if we were born even later! Now that would REALLY suck!
  13. I'm 5:05:47 into the audiobook and while I like Neils performance, I think the voices he gives to some of the characters area bit cheesy (mainly the Anarchist). I'd have preferred to read the actual book and imagine my own character voices, but no book copies were available and I got impatient. The writing style is a bit simplistic. The repitition is a bit annoying, and some of the lyric refences seem forced, but I'm still enjoying it pretty well.
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