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  • Number of Rush Concerts Attended
  • Last Rush Concert Attended
    Hold Your Fire
  • Favorite Rush Song
  • Favorite Rush Album
    RUSH thru Moving Pictures
  • Other Favorite Bands
    Yes, Led Zeppelin, Transatlantic, Spock's Beard, Flower Kings
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  1. QUOTE (CygnusX-1Bk2 @ Jun 21 2012, 10:11 PM)Do you really think a Canadian is going to give 2 sh!ts about some American underground movement? You do realize that Rush is a progressive band in the true meaning of the word? And that they are Canadian, which to Republicans are categorized as Socialists. I don't know whether to laugh or be concerned. Just FYI, the Occupy Movement was conceived in Canada and initiated by Canadians. The staff of the Vancouver based magazine Adbusters came up with the original concept for "Occupy", and spread the idea with social media. Further, Occupy protests have been staged in at least 82 countries. It is hardly either "American" or "underground". http://www.adbusters.org/
  2. How is it that Freewill, recorded in 1980, sounds so much better - in terms of crispness, clarity, and distinctiveness of each instrument - than BU2B, which was recorded 30 years later? Shouldn't technology have moved us forward along those lines? Or is (what I perceive as) "muddiness" just the way things are supposed to sound in the 21st century?
  3. I LOVE the debut album. It's always been on of my favorites. I HATED the keyboard era in the 80's, and I didn't even buy HYF when it came out, but now it' my favorite keyboard era album. TFE is - by far - my favorite 90's era album. I am delighted to the point of giddiness by Neil's anti-religion lyrics.
  4. I will confess to the most blasphemous heresy a so-called RUSH fan can have: I don't really like any of the albums after Moving Pictures that much. There, I said it. Also I don't believe in god, and I deny the holy spirit. I'm going to hell for sure. As for the post-MP albums, it's not for lack of trying - repeated listens, trying to keep an open mind, trying to hear the music on it's own terms, etc. Granted, I have learned to appreciate most of the post-MP output, but here is the thing...I didn't have to "try" to appreciate the debut thru MP. That stuff just grabbed me and blew me away. So nowadays I can appreciate every post-MP album in some way (except GUP, which I can't stand to this day) - but my appreciation is always in the context of "this stuff is just not in the same league as the 74-81 stuff". I can't pin down what it is, but something changed after MP. Despite all the changes (toning down keyboards, turning up guitar, bringing on Nick), nothing grabs me the way the early stuff did. Possibly the missing factor is Terry Brown. Who knows? That's my big "unpopular opinion". I have some others too, but I'll leave them for another post (provided I'm not banned from here forever for "the unpardonable sin" of not liking the post-MP stuff).
  5. QUOTE (D3strukt @ Sep 8 2010, 12:56 PM) Alex Lifeson Dio Rudy Sarzo Randy Castillo Neil Peart Tony Iommi Geezer Butler Jorn Lande (Essentially, BS without Dio (rip) and Vinnie Appice, because he sucks.) Geddy Lee Glenn Hughes Angus Young (playing stuff other than rock.) Tommy Lee That last one is a f***ing mix up. I too had thought of pairing Geddy with Angus and Malcolm Young. (All of my supergroups had two guitarists, for lead and rythym parts). The idea was to counterbalance his tendency toward avant-garde by pairing him with some highly conventional, hard rocking, arena band guitarists. Plus those guys sound great!
  6. A Heritical Suggestion Ok, this is not a supergroup, it's just a substitution of vocalists. It would be done so that Hemispheres could be played live; and to give Geddy a break, sort of like Neil gets a break during acoustic versions of Resist. Warning: - I have been told I am an Apostate of Hell by Christians for being a vocal atheist; - I have been told I am a Silly Superstitious Nutjob by atheists for considering the possibility of things beyond current scientific dogma; - In this post I will propose equally Blasphemous notions about Saint Geddy [aka 'Ged the Father' of the Holy Trinity]. I'm already going to HELL anyway, so WTF, right? Here's my concept which will likely provoke ire, condemnation and ridicule from the faithful at TRF. Geddy has openly admitted to having difficulty with the vocals on Hemispheres back in 1978; nowadays the vocals on that fantastic song are completely out of the question. So how about a substitute vocalist...I know the absolute perfect person: Kate Bush. Listen carefully to her singing on Wuthering Heights (the original 1978 version from The Kick Inside, NOT the 'new vocal' from 1986's The Whole Story or 1990's This Womans Work). She would be PERFECT for Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. I can already hear the sweet sounds in my world of imagination. TRF: Let the stoning begin! NAO: Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah!
  7. I'm not the last oldster!!! Other posters here chose some of the same musicians I chose: losingit2k: Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Keith Emerson, Billy Sheehan ColdFireYYZ: Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson Ted Barchetta: Keith Moon, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, Pete Townshend DoubleAgent204: Toni Iommi thelocator: Neal Morse, Billy Sherwood, Bill Bruford apetersv: Mike Portnoy, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford SilverSurfer: Bill Bruford, Dr. Brian May (Astrophysics), Rick Wakeman, Keith Emmerson priest_of_syrinx: Chris Squire *** I wonder which musicians got picked the most? Seems like: Bill Bruford Chris Squire Rick Wakeman Steve Howe Chris Squire So I guess classic YES is pretty popular. When all is said and done, I wonder what musician(s) will have been picked the most?
  8. Supergroup Challenge A few notes: - I've not looked at other replies, so I apologize if mine has repetitions I apologize (not likely as I am considered to be hopelessly anachronistic in my musical tastes, as my selections will show). - I have followed the guidelines about not including deceased musicians, but I've considered retired musicians fair game. - Musicians are listed in a fairly typical order (roughly: vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards). This is mere convention and does not reflect personal preferences or relative importance. - All the musicians listed have also played in bands other than the ones mentioned. #1 Geddy's Group Vocals and Bass: Geddy Lee (Rush, Solo) Guitars: Brian May (Smile, Queen, Solo, Astrophysicist [PhD in 2007]) Guitars: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Solo) Drums: Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, ABWH, Solo) Keyboards: Rick Wakeman (Strawbs, Yes, ABWH, Solo) #2 Alex's Group Vocals and Bass: Chris Squire (Yes, Conspiracy, The Syn, Solo) Guitars: Alex Lifeson (Rush, Solo) Guitars: Vivian Campbell (Dio, Trinity, Whitesnake, Solo) Drums: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Solo) Keyboards: Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Nice, King Crimson, Solo) #3 Neil's Group Vocals, Keyboards: Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Solo) Guitars: Pete Townshend (The Who, Solo) Guitars: Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR, Solo) Bass: Billy Sheehan (Talas, Steve Vai, Mr. Big, Niacin, Solo) Drums: Neil Peart (Rush, Buddy Rich Tribute, Noted Author, aka "The Professor")
  9. Uh, good luck with that. My opinion is that >99% of people are 100% wrong about 99% of the issues. If I thought about it too much, well... http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100828054703/uncyclopedia/images/b/b5/Exploding-head.gif
  10. NAO

    Geddy's Hair

    QUOTE (The_Necromancer_77 @ Sep 4 2010, 01:10 AM)Geddy most definitely dyes his hair. But man, he'd look legit with gray hair ahaha. Like a wizard or something. oh wait... Ah, I can see it now...The Wizard...Geddy with long grey hair AND the return of the "absurdly prophetic robes". That would be so awesome. Just give him a wizards cap and he'd have the Albus Dumbledore look. Possibly for that long awaited live performance of "The Necromancer". We can dream. *** Oh, also Neil looks like Tom Hanks. I've said that for years.
  11. NAO

    Caravan & Far Cry

    QUOTE (rushgoober @ Jul 23 2010, 08:16 AM)QUOTE (Sussossus @ Jul 22 2010, 11:01 PM) QUOTE (rushgoober @ Jul 22 2010, 10:32 PM) Far Cry - yes, absolutely a classic Caravan - I feel just the opposite. I find the lyrics on Far Cry fantastic, and the chorus especially seems to be very universally relatable as part of the human condition. The song is inspiring and hopeful. It's also catchy, and it rocks hard - it pulls me in from the opening notes and doesn't let go. Ok, the guitar "solo" is barely a solo, but that's the only weakness. Caravan does have that GREAT instrumental breakdown section, and the opening is really cool, there's no denying that, but the lyrics, and especially the chorus, I find pretty weak. In between the cool beginning and the instrumental break it's just too heavy of a riff with nowhere near enough melody to balance it out. The whole "I can't stop thinking big," doesn't do much for me, even the "in a world where i feel so small, I can't stop thinking big." I just can't relate to those lyrics, and it's not a very melodic song - even the cool instrumental section doesn't have much melody. It's a decent song, and they've done far worse, but it's far cry from a classic IMHO. But those lyrics suggest so very many possibilities for satire: I can't stop eating pig, I can't stop eating pig, In a world of Kosher Rabbis, I can't stop eating pig. or I can't stop watching porn, I can't stop watchig porn, In a world of real live girls I can't stop watching porn. or I can't stop poking fun, I can't stop poking fun, In a song with corney lyrics I can't stop poking fun ... That being said, I LOVE Caravan and BU2B. They are, IMHO, absolutely the very FINEST offerings from Rush since MP in 1981. I've been literally waiting 30 years for those songs. I can't wait for CwA.
  12. NAO

    Did Rush Hump The Whale?

    QUOTE (Mystic Slipperman @ Sep 3 2010, 06:33 PM)Hey, isn't that Yes's new single? "Don't Hump The Whale"??? Right. "Don't Hump the Whale" sounds great live on the Yes Shows CD. It's my favorite after "Tales from Topographic Oceans". BTW, in the documentary, Ged makes it sound like they just tried the silk robes thing out of the blue, but many other art/prog bands from that era sported similar garb. I just got the deluxe CD/DVD of Chris Squire's "Fish Out of Water", and he's wearing a flowing white silk robe with gold trim on the videos. To the OP: Rush humped the whale in the early 80s, after MP, not the 90s. And they have been normalizing since 93 CP, but it really took hold with VT, SnA, and Caravan/BU2B.
  13. QUOTE (The Spirit of Radio @ Sep 1 2010, 07:57 PM)Okay, so I know that Neil is/was a big Ayn Rand fan (anthem, 2112, etc etc), but does anyone know if she ever listened to them? Did she ever reference that she knew about their music and their tributes to her? Seeing as she passed away in '82, it seems likely that she would have, but I was wondering if there was any definitive proof. Thanks so much! OP, If you're truly interested in the topic, there is a paper from "The Jounal of Ayn Rand Studies" by an Objectivist/musicologist on the Rand/Rush connection: RAND, RUSH, AND ROCK http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/essays/rush.htm The above article appeared in the Fall 2002 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Volume 4, Number 1): 161-85. A symposium on this article ("Ayn Rand and Progressive Rock") is featured in the Fall 2003 issue of JARS, which includes Sciabarra's rejoinder: "Rand, Rock, and Radicalism."
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