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I'm assuming that there can't be too many TRFers who are into Electric Six, but I just read this post on the bands facebook from a couple of days ago and thought that y'all would find it pretty neat. https://www.facebook...-6/154062438761 Hamilton, Ontario has birthed some giants in the arts and entertainment sphere. Comedy legends Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas of Second City and SCTV are Hamiltonians. Famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman also hails from Hamilton, as does contemporary dance/pop act Junior Boys. The focus of Electric Six's discussion today is not on any of these figures, giant as they are. Instead, we choose to discuss Neil Peart, drummer for Canada's most successful rock band ever, Rush. Peart didn't have an easy climb to the top of Rock Drummer Mountain, Crazies. Before joining Rush, he lived in London where work was so scarce for him that he was reduced to selling souvenirs to tourists just to survive. Despite his awesome skin work, Neil wasn't finding things easy, but he didn't pity himself. While in London, he discovered the works of Objectivist writer and libertarian pin up girl Ayn Rand. Rand's boostrap ethos inspired Peart to not give up and to not look to the government for any drumming related handouts. He returned to Canada to work for his father and played in an Ontario band called Hush (rhymes with "Rush," doesn't it, Crazies?). After he toiled that way for awhile, he got tipped to an opportunity to audition for Rush (not Hush) and after making a strange impression, got the gig. The rest was history, as his manic drumming style and lyrical content proved inspirational to millions of nerds worldwide. Neil Peart is a classic example of what happens when you refuse to quit and apply hard money principles to one's life. On Wednesday, July 16, Electric Six will purposefully stride upon a stage at The Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario and will do so with zero assistance from the government. Like Neil Peart, Electric Six is a firm believer in the gold standard and the primacy of the individual above all else. Electric Six worries about rampant inflation and the eroding value of its money. Yet, it doesn't worry nearly as much about having to roll in a wheelbarrow full of dollars to buy a loaf of bread as it does giving the Crazies a good time each and every night. For approximately 70 minutes, inclusive of encore, Electric Six is gonna bust a musical cap in the ass of Hamiltonian Crazies. Percussion World is not Neil Peart and he doesn't have anywhere close to the same sized kit that man uses, but he's gonna lay down a non-stop beat a Crazy won't be able to resist. Percussion World is going to apply Austrian Economics principles to the drums on Wednesday night and you'll see where that gets you, Crazy. It gets you where you want to go. 2 days ago
Anyone looking to get out of the deal they got for their Hamilton VIP floor ticket? I don't even want all the swag, you can keep that, just the ticket. Will pay you face value ($300) for it or whatever it is. Any takers? I think this can be done if we work with Ticketmaster to do the transfer over to me. By the way, did anyone else think that Alex's part of the acceptance speech was somewhat retarded? I did find myself laughing quite a bit, but I sorta thought he was thumbing his nose at the whole thing, which it sorta deserves. I mean, I was really hoping he would just stop the BS at some point and start saying something a little more intelligent or whatever. Still, it was a fairly ballsy thing to do. Neil's speech was great - I loved the Bob Dylan reference. And Geddy was cool too, humble yet appreciative as always. But hey the whole thing IS actually kind of a hollow honor at this point, especially when you have RAP groups getting inducted on the very same evening (Flavor Flav in the same class as these guys? Kinda sad actually. Rolling Stone is a garbage magazine). Saw Yes play recently in Toronto, and it was great because we got sick of our shitty, super uncomfortable balcony seats and snuck down to the floor area during the intermission and got unclaimed 3rd row floor seats right near Steve Howe. Yes should certainly be next up as shoo ins to the hall of fame. Enough with the retardedness of putting these fools like Public Enemy and Madonna who have NOTHING to do with Rock and Roll into said hall of fame! It's like putting Elvis into the Hip Hop hall of fame - doesn't make sense. You gotta really respect the Sex Pistols for boycotting the induction ceremony and calling the whole thing a "piss stain" in a scrawled written letter and yet still having them induct you! Brilliant. To me, that's sorta what Alex was indirectly saying, which is cool. Is his bald spot gone now? LOL!