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  1. I was going to see Jon Hopkins at the Royal Albert Hall. A concert which morphs from his gentle, textural ambient work - replete with Jon on the grmad piano - into a techno fest. It had great reviews. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to see it sometime. I'm also missing some contemporary dance, theatre, and most sadly, a couple of lectures at the Natural History Museum by very preeminent speakers (and only £10 per lecture!)
  2. Reading your post I knew I want to express heartfelt sympathy for your position, but the words looked so feeble and weak on the page compared to the cargo their intended to carry. So, thinking of you
  3. There are two sides to Neil in my life. There's what he meant to me and the influence he's in my life, and then there's the more objective element of his achievements. Rush, and Neil's drumming, we're a source of personal joy. Making music that transported me to other worlds and took me out of the bounds of my suburban life. His work was something that friends could bond round. Whether it was playing (badly) along to Rush songs, going to the concerts or, most importantly, having a shared passion with pals. More objectively, he was an amazing drummer who remained restless in his pursuit of understanding of the drums. He also hit them very hard. As a life's work, the thing that impresses me the most is that he had a vision of what the drums we're and stayed true to that vision with, seemingly, unwavering integrity.
  4. I listened to a track off each album. The freshness and freedom was back for Clockwork Angels! Headlong Flight had the exuberance of youth coupled with blow-your-socks-off technique.
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    John Mayall

    At this link is more info re the Mayall album. Nothing more on Lifeson's input. https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/5073-john-mayall
  6. I'm glad Megaduff were connecting with other folk there - and, hey, at least three Rush Forumers there, how about that? For me Megaduff played very well. It's a very high level buuuuuut to me it just sounded dated. I also couldn't really understand what it was meant to be about or the atmosphere they were trying create. The backscreens were showing images of war and destruction, but they seemed cartoony rather than apocolyptic. I think the underlying issue (which is a problem with me not them) is I only have enough space in my head for one or two metal bands at a time. At the moment it's only Gojira with a dash of Metallica. Scorpions are very much a swim in the melodic shallow end of rock full of **Everyday Sexism Alert** chick-bait melody. But, hey, I like it! PS Willow, you may not recall but we were both at a Porcupine Tree gig some years ago. I posted here that the support band sucked (Amplifier?) and you were able to correct me then too!
  7. On a whim I went to see the Scorpions last night. They were unexpectedly fabulous. Their songs are bulletproof, based around melody and harmony. It's a big production and they really turn up to work. Older rockers living a teetotal lifestyle to keep delivering the goods. They were supported by Megadeth. Oh dear. They are comprehensively outgunned by modern metal which is much more visceral and rhythmic. They play incredibly well, but it's an older style of shredding thrash. The trouble is metal has moved on, what once sounded intense and vibrant has lost its punch, and so Megadeth's star is waning. Also the lead singer complained we weren't loud enough. Well, we're not your crowd. You're a support act. Never imply the crowd aren't worthy of you. The crowd no longer go wild as you have made yourself a heritage act. In short, Megaduff = Mehtal. Disco
  8. I have question for the rock-heads out there. In the early/mid 80s there seemed to be a sudden trend towards slick glossy rock which more than nodded its head to pop structures. A key example being Scorpions Savage Amusement. I kinda thought this was from Genesis amd Yes doing it, but I recently heard Hysteria amd it sounded like a classic of that type of rock...and was a massive seller. Was it Hysteria that swung rock to tje glossy side, and if not what was it? Thanks rockers. Disco
  9. Hello The US Metallica show line up is just FAN-TAS-TIC!! It sounds like you're already hyped for the double-joy that is Metallica and Avenged, but could I put in a good word for the other two bands on the bill (in case you're not already familiar with them)? Gojira are, at the moment, my absolute favourite band. You're in for a real treat. There's no doubt that they are at they're at the heavy end of the spectrum buuuuuuuuuut it's beautiful, intense, committed music. At the first listen it might be a bit much to take in (it's very dense), so you might want to check their current setlist on Spotify. How good are they? Well, I saw them in London (where I live) earlier this year and loved it so much I hopped on a plane to Dublin in Ireland to go to another of their gigs a few weeks ago the first time I've done such a thing). And both gigs were soul-drenchingly good. The music is brutal, but it's not mindless war music. It's purifying. It's infused with emotional truth, openness, and a engagement with issues such as the environment which goes deeper than commercial virtue waving. Volbeat. Well, I don't know them so much. But 20 odd years ago I went out with an awesome Dutch girl with, what I now know to be, incredible taste. I was too much of a young fool to recognise this at the time of course. But this trust-her-taste-as-it's-much-better-than-mine woman really rates Volbeat. It should be a great gig. Hope you enjoy. If you feel like writing a report afterwards, I'd love to read it. Love to all Disco
  10. Hello all Roger Waters was on the BBC's radio show 'Desert Island Discs'. The idea is that the interviewee selects the 8 pieces of music he would be choose if he were stranded on a desert island, together with one book and one luxury item. The song selections are interwoven throughout a very insightful interview. Here's the link to an audio of the show. Even if it doesn't work in your jurisdiction, you can see Roger's song selection. Link to audio Love to all Disc
  11. Woo-hoo!! Great news. The blu-rays going on pre-order asap and I'll be buying my wife a ticket to the ballet on release day so I can get to watch it! Not the most inspirational of press releases. First full length film they've done on US soil you say? Well, that'll certainly pull in the waiverers!! And they chose Cleveland in tribute to the city's links to the band's heritages you say? Sounds more like scrabbling around for something to say to me. Disco
  12. Disco

    No tears from this rugged chunk of masculinity either...but I did find, particularly the first half, more emotionally moving than I'd expected: Faithless, BU2B, Time Stand Still all moved me and seemed emotionally connected to my life. In the second half, it was only Vital Signs that spoke to me on any deeper level (as opposed to the 'It's YYZ - let's rock with this tune woo-hoo' level). Although I love the old stuff, lyrically, at least for me, it tends not to have the emotional richness of the later stuff. Disco
  13. Love the show and the set-list!! The big surprise for me of the night was Faithless, which was one of the few skippers on the album for me. Live I loved the chorus, I found very moving and powerful. And how good's BU2B? Huge!!! Full of great grinding grooves and an emotional anger. Sometimes i can find Mr P's lyrics a little cold, but these are intelligent with real emotional bite. The whole athiest anthem section I found wonderful. I'd seen Roger Waters show the week before - wow, it was impressive - but, but, but, it was a lot of grand political posturing without much depth. The athiest anthem section of Rush's show had much more depth to it than Roger's circus. Cracking versions of Leave That Thing Alone, and the solo of marathon k-i-l-l-e-r!!!! Love Disco
  14. Hello Rushkateers!!!!!!! I too was at the O2 the other night and and a great time. I MUCH prefer it over Wembley Arena. I'm suprised to hear that some were finding the sound at the O2 worse than Wembley Arena. When I saw Rush at Wembley for the last 2 tours the sound was sh-ock-ing. It was so bad that despite knowing Rush's music better than any other I could barely work out what song they were playing. I know quite a few fans walked out of that show and the Rush Newbie I was with on the night was bedazzled by how bad the sound was. At the O2 this time round, I was in a few places over the course of the evening. We were up front in the lower tier on Geddy's side for the first half. It was fabulous, a great crowd, and a few empty seats which gave us enough space to boogie and good sound. For the beginning of the second hald we were directly opposte the stage in the upper tier. There's no doubt it was a much different experience there. When I saw the show in Birmingham I wondered if Rush's show was big enough for the O2, and, frankly, it wasn't. From close up, it was a cracker. In the upper tier near the back the show felt small and I felt disconnected. I've was even further back for Prince and didn't have that sensation... We moved round to a great place in the upper tier where there were quite a few empty seats so we could rock out without annoying anyone The sound was good in the places I was, but not super good. As others have mentioned, Roger Waters the week before had impecable sound. Love to all Disco
  15. Just put a small donation in the pot - it came up as anonymous.. Disco
  16. I was a big fan of Tangerine Dream in my teenage years (some time ago). What they were fantastic at was making very organic sounding ambient/soundscape albums. What they were a bit rubbish at was being musical. Their early 70s albums are ambient classics, great washes of organic sound creating mystic, haunting, sometimes frightening, atmospheres. if you like your ambient then you need to hear it. It shows how much can be done in that genre away from the computer. The earnestness of it is really quite appealing. There's a feeling that they felt they were on a genuine voyage to see what music might be. After the mid-70s they start using a much cleaner synthesiser sound which showed that once you blow away the spacey fog from their music, er, it just isn't that good. Now, Rush fans might argue over whether Rush had a dip in quality after, say 1987. It's kinda similar with Tangerine Dream but no-one (and I think that is literally true) thinks the later stuff is a patch on the early classics. The exact year of decline is up for debate, but don't go any later than 1982ish. The aforementioned Zeit (being the German for 'Time') is quite hard-core. My personal favourite is Rubycon - it's cover is even up in a frame on my living room wall. The breakthrough hit was Phaedra. Disco
  17. Hey prog-rockers, hip-hoppers, and everyone around the world! This week has been all abut the mix in the link below for me! I HEART HEART HEART it!! It's an exquisite 30 minutes of the beautiful glitchy electronica which is coming out of Denmark at the moment, what are they putting in the water there? A moving emotional journey. if you're wondering what to listen to next, or perhaps are thinking of treating yourself to something different sonically, why not give this a whirl. Press play on the link on this page Disco
  18. Well, it wasn't a cracking year for albums by the faves of my teenage years: Iron Maiden - drivel (I know some of you like it - good for you!) Scorpions - disappointing Peter Gabriel - Loved the concert but *sorry* found the album a bit dull Jeff Beck - I love Jeff Beck, but the orchestra thing just didn't work. The music couldn't handle the arrangement. So, luckily there was some cracking new stuff: Here's Jon Hopkins smashing his 2009 'hit' Insides at London's ICA earlier this year. OMG!!!!!! Youtube link! Thanks all for your recommendations (especially HA&S), I'll have an explore. Love to all Disco
  19. Greeting Rushkateers!! I was browsing my mother-in-law's bookshelf on Christmas day when I came across a book called 'A World Lit Only By Fire'. I wish I could say that I read it to give you all a synopsis of what this book (quoted in Caravan) was all about, but I was a couple of stiff breezes past the yardarm and so didn't really have my reading head on. Fortunately our friends at Wikipedia have a summary: Wiki Summary So, add this to the list of the titles of books Neil's read which he asks Geddy to sing. Still, if I'd waded through Absalom Absalom I'd want folks to know about it too. Love to you all Disco
  20. BBC Webpage Based on recent comments by Nick Mason, reports are that Pink Floyd could reunite for charity events. Disco
  21. They're playing the High Voltage Festival this weekend, in a park literally 15 minutes walk from my flat along with a stars' parade of vintage progtastic bands.....and I'm going to a wedding!!!!! High Voltage
  22. I go along with very much the standard view with Miles, he's genius lies in his constant innovation. In my head he's the Picasso of music. He creates and defines genres and moves swiftly on. I admire that of courage so much. I think Brian Eno has it as well in a way. Never settling down, always developing. Kind of Blue. Well, naturally, it is a classic. it's a wonderful aesthetic. Buuuuuuut, it sounds like a head massage. It's the aural equvilant of a hug. I prefer stuff with a little more grit. On my personal tastes, I love 'In a Silent Way'. Early textural ambient. Bitches Brew reminds me of a long, hot, slightly acidy, summer in my youth. I oscillate between thinking it's fantastic and utter nonsense. Love Disco
  23. QUOTE (lerxt1990 @ Jan 16 2010, 02:54 PM)QUOTE (Slime @ Jan 16 2010, 04:26 AM) 70 minute review? I'd say that's about 69 minutes 30 seconds more thought than Lucas gave to the actual movie! Its 7 ten minute segments. Only watched first two, they were hilarious. I urge you to carry on to the other parts when you have the time. The comparision of the light sabre duels in the early films to the later ones is spot on.
  24. Here's a link to a 70 minute video review of the Phantom Menace, it's a remarkable analysis of both the film and storytelling. Why the Phantom Menace Sucked Disco
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