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  1. Sometime after Roll the Bones. I had been a fan since Moving Pictures, but a diehard since Signals. And I was in love with Rush the most between 1982 and 1989. I really liked Presto and Roll the Bones, but my enthusiasm had dwindled slightly between those albums. Roll the Bones I wasn't too sure of after the first couple of listens but it grew on me rather quickly. Around 1991, my musical interests were changing I think. I was simply ready to hear different bands, different sounds. During the summer of 1991 I started watching "120 Minutes" on MTV and was quickly enjoying bands that would be called alternative rock bands. Two musical movements came about then - "grunge", which was Seattle based and "shoe gaze", which was the newest wave out of the UK. I leaned more toward shoe gaze and similarly styled bands. I didn't quite warm up to grunge though. Because of my new music interests, I couldn't get into Counterparts (which I liked more over the years) nor Test for Echo (which still ranks at the bottom for me). Both musical movements lasted until around 1995 after which, we started seeing boy bands and other similar kinds of acts which I couldn't get into. And dear god, remember the macarena in 1996? I bought "Different Stages" sometime after it was released and thought, for a live album, it was pretty damn good. In the late 1990s I was getting into ambient, new age style music and still think that most of it is not half bad, but it can be too moody at times. There was a jazz radio station out of Plymouth, MA that aired ambient style music on Sunday nights which introduced me to different performers. My interest was renewed in Rush when Geddy's "My Favorite headache" came out and I heard about the first RushCon in 2001 which I attended. Finally, I was able to meet other big time Rush fans and my interest increased significantly as a result and word that Rush was working on their first new album at the time which would be "Vapor Trails". And I loved it! Something that was missing in T4E and Counterparts (not sure what it was) had reappeared on Vapor Trails. I went to opening night in Hartford, CT in May 2002. One of my most memorable Rush shows. And it was the first Rush concert I attended since Roll the Bones in March 1992 in Chapel Hill, NC. When they released "Snakes and Arrows", I liked the album for a period but then got bored with it. Some great songs on it, but I never was in the mood to play it. I thought "Clockwork Angels" was much better but I'm never in the mood to play it. Vapor Trails is my "go to" album regarding the most recent releases.
  2. My first new topic on TRF in quite some time. Anybody else looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman 1984? I absolutely loved the first movie in 2017. I had my doubts at first back then since Lynda Carter owned that role in the late 1970s. But Gal Gadot has proved she can take the role in the movie industry. Because I was so impressed with the first movie, I now look forward to the new film once it ever opens. Originally, it was going to open a year ago in December, but director Patty Jenkins decided to move the opening date to June 2020, unaware, just as we all were, that the pandemic would rear its ugly head. Opening date has been moved several times since with a new release date, as of now, on Christmas Day. My fantasy would be that if there is an 80s music soundtrack, Rush would somehow be on it. Since the movie takes place in 1984 I even fantasized that song from Grace Under Pressure would appear in it somewhere, or maybe even something from Signals. Given some of the plot points, it would seem "The Big Money" would be ideal, but that didn't come out until 1985. In this movie, Diana deals with two foes - Maxwell Lord (who I think is patterned after Donald Trump of the 1980s era) as well as Barbara Minerva once she transforms into Cheetah, a major foe for Diana in the comics, but was never seen in the 1970s series. Cheetah, I think, is Wonder Woman's biggest enemy in the comics in the same way Joker is Batman's most important foe. The character of Steve Trevor, who died in the first film, reappears in this new film causing people to wonder how that could be possible. Although I've seen and heard leaks about the plot in the second film, I can see how it is possible whether fans would may or may not like that. I plan on seeing the movie as soon as it opens in theaters.
  3. pick anything from Test for Echo and those will be my 5.
  4. You mad cuz you weren't in this one? ;) I do prefer BTLS (regardless of whether I'm in it or not) because it was more about the band, their progress, and their approach to music and album concepts. Plus it was chronological. TSS is more about the tour and touring in general and I don't find that as interesting. I liked the fan interviews and I have met several of the people in them at RushCon. I think the Obama segment could have been left out because it has nothing to do with Rush or their final tour.
  5. "Time Stand Still"' is okay. It's got good moments. Other moments could have been edited out.
  6. I like the album. I know I shouldn't but I do like it. Peter Banks had wanted to be part of the tour but Steve Howe, according to Banks, manipulated the situation to make sure he was not on it. Steve Howe also wasn't too thrilled with Trevor Rabin and said the guitars often clashed on stage. Many of the songs were supposed to be part of a new ABWH album they'd been working on. Somebody convinced Yes East (ABWH) and Yes West (Squire, White, etc...) to come together for the album. Rick Wakeman hates it with an utter passion, much more than he ever did with Tales from Topopgraphic Oceans. My fave songs include "Silent Talking", "Angkor Wat", "Take the Water to the Mountain". I can tell these were ABWH tunes because they have Anderson written all over them.
  7. I wasn't listening to radio then. I mean, there was MTV, so radio was past tense. Distant Early Warning video came out maybe a month later. Body Electric came out July 1984 on MTV. And Red Sector A live video came out around November 1984.
  8. It came into our record stores on Tuesday, April 17th 1984. I bought it the following Saturday, April 21st. Overcast, very raw day and was Easter weekend too I think. The weather of that day certainly went well with the cold, drafty sound of the album.
  9. Hey, I knew I still had my southern accent but the accent you hear in the documentary is nowhere near as strong as the one I used to have.
  10. To me it's about suicide and dealing with life instead of ending it. I always interpret "Between the Wheels" as suicide because I was thinking about it at the time of that song. On "The Pass", and I really like the song by the way, I find the lyric "dreamers turn to look at the cars" to be awkward.
  11. This is awesome ..... The original Friday The 13th is completely underrated and overshadowed by all the bad sequels I was lucky enough to meet Betsy Palmer ( RIP ) at a convention here in NJ a while ago, and she was the most gracious and kind person ... I have seen just about every horror film ever, but Fri The 13th stands alone as the one that traumatized me when I saw it in the theater as a kid ( Probably a New Jersey thing as it was filmed a few minutes from where I live :) Yep. Adrienne spoke of Betsy Palmer as being a very kind person. I had seen her in a movie with Joan Crawford called "Queen Bee". But she was a star in the 1950s for sure. So "Mrs. Voorhees" was probably a sexy looking woman when she killed those "two counselors who weren't paying any attention while that young boy drowned". LOL. Adrienne said that Betsy unfortunately was overlooked by the Academy Awards this year in the memoriam section of those that died this year. Friday the 13th was filmed in Hope, NJ and Blairstown, NJ. I only like this film and the following sequel. Not as interested in part 3 or afterward. Harry Manfredini and Tom Savini (Friday the 13th music composer and makeup guy respectively) were also in attendance. Linda Blair was supposed to be there but she didn't make it I guess. Instead they got Eileen Deetz who was a standin for Linda in the movie as well as the face of the demon. Malcolm McDowell, Tony Moran (one of the Michael Myers of Halloween), George Romero the film director for Dawn of the Dead, the guy who played Jason in the remake (don't know his name), Dee Wallace (Cujo, Howling) were there as well. It was great meeting the ones I did. Would have liked to have met the others but didn't want to spend too much money. The three above were all great to talk to and had no problem carrying on a conversation.
  12. And William Katt who played "Tommy Ross" in "Carrie" (1976).
  13. With PJ Soles who played "Norma Watson" in Carrie (1976) and "Linda" in Halloween (1978).
  14. At the Mad Monster party in Charlotte over the weekend. Here I am with Adrienne King ("Alice") from Friday the 13th (1980).
  15. wow, that really is too bad. We used to have a dog that was German Shepherd/Collie mix. He was always good with me and my sister, but as german shepherds go, they can be territorial and my dog was like that to people. We'd have to tether him if we had company come over. If your sheltie started acting like he was king, I can almost see how the German shepherd proved him otherwise. Dogs are strange that way. John's mother had a sheltie and she could be quite the prima donna. I doubt my bassett hound would be open to us having another dog.
  16. Signals, Christmas Day 1982 Moving Pictures, Christmas Day 1983 Grace Under Pressure, April 21, 1984 Fly By Night, September 28, 1984 Caress of Steel, September 29, 1984 A Farewell to Kings, Thanksgiving Eve, 1984 Hemispheres, Christmas Eve, 1984 2112, Christmas Day 1984 Permanent Waves, Christmas Day 1984 Exit...Stage Left, Christmas Day 1984 Rush, April 1985 Power Windows, October 1985 All the World's A Stage, September 1986 Hold Your Fire, September 8, 1987 A Show Of Hands, January 9, 1989 Presto, November 23, 1989 Roll the Bones, September 3, 1991 Counterparts, October 23, 1993 Test for Echo, September 1996 Different Stages, late 1998 or early 1999 Vapor Trails, May 14, 2002 Snakes and Arrows, May 1, 2007 Clockwork Angels, June 12, 2012
  17. Someone told me that they had done Losing It during this soundcheck and previous venues. They just saved it for Toronto I guess.
  18. I say the exact same thing about Jacob's Ladder and especially Lakeside Park. Just listening to the (abbreviated) version of Jacob's Ladder for the fourth time, and it's fing brilliant. Raw, thundering sound. I keep replaying Lakeside Park.
  19. I say the exact same thing about Jacob's Ladder and especially Lakeside Park.
  20. Sounds crystal clear and wonderful. Songs include The Anarchist, The Wreckers, Subdivisions, Jacob's Ladder, Lakeside Park (guitar). Cool to know that this was the show I attended later that evening.
  21. I figure the new wave clothes they are wearing by that time would say "1980s". And the early 80s included the skinny ties.
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