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  1. Sadly, It appears Scott Weiland has passed away. He was found dead on his tour bus. While people will focus on his drug addiction, I choose to focus on his music. What a loss... ...rest in peace Scott.
  2. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday micgtr71! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
  3. :) :) :) :) :) :) Happy Eleventh Anniversary Troutman! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  4. And congratulations on reaching 7500 posts as well! :cheers:
  5. :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Librarian! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  6. :) :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Turbine Freight! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  7. :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Totem! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  8. :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Tangy! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  9. :) :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Wdd2000 Welcome To TRF! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  10. :) :) :) :) :) Happy Birthday Catherine! :) :) :) :) :) :)
  11. I'm sure many of you have seen this already. But for those who haven't, enjoy...
  12. http://therockrevival.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Foo-Fighters-Banner.jpg I started a Foo Fighters Marathon today. I just love this band...I was a casual fan at first, but my love for them was sealed when "One By One" was released. In my opinion, with the decline of the music industry proper, the Foo Fighters might just be the last great "big" rock and roll band...and deservedly so. Great music, great songs...just consistent rock and roll! I love their love and appreciation for music as well. I once said that if Dave Grohl wasn't a big time rock and roller, he'd probably be here posting with us about his love for music. I had the opportunity to meet the band (when "Wasting Light" came out) and spend a little time with them...super nice guys as well. So, what are your thoughts and opinions?
  13. So, another band that has meant the world to me over the years is The Doors. Another one of those bands that has been with me from my childhood, into my teens, into my young adulthood and still as important in my 50s as ever. As I work through their catalogue, I am struck by just how good musically they were. Duh!, right? I mentioned earlier today that Jim Morrison was such a larger than life figure that sometimes the brilliance of Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger and John Densmore gets overlooked. (Not to mention the amazing production of Paul Rothchild). So, where do you stand? What are your thoughts and memories of this great band that shone bright like a shooting star and whose illumination stills shines bright today?
  14. Did you ever hear one of those songs "out of the blue" that just "hits" you and speaks to something deep inside? A song that brings peace, healing and wakes you out of your slumber of sorts. Without being written with you in mind it somehow, if by magic, rings biographical and speaks to where you are on your journey through life. For so long I was out in the cold, And I taught myself to believe every story I told. It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun; But it's been too long, Now I want to come home. Came so close to the edge of defeat, But I made my way in the shade keeping out of the heat. It was fun shooting out at the stars, looking into the sun; But it's been too long, Now I want to come home. Home, where there's nothing but sweet surrender, To the memories from afar. Home, to the place where the truth lies waiting, We remember who we are. For too long I was out on my own, Everyday I spent trying to prove I could make it alone. It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun; But it's been too long, Now I want to come home, Home. For so long I was out in the cold, But I taught myself to believe every story I told. It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun; But it's been too long, Now I want to come home. Yeah, it's been too long, And now I want to come home. Been too long, Now I want to come home.
  15. http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/metal/beatles.jpg OK, so here's the near impossible task of picking your favourite album by The Beatles. (Well, near impossible for me anyway). So, what is your favourite and why?
  16. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain't over now!
  17. You need to check out Hollywood Vampires! It is a group fronted by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp. Was a little skeptical, as I always am of the "supergroup" and of "covers" albums, but this album is amazing. Here's a link to their site... http://www.hollywoodvampires.com/ Here's a review of the album... http://ultimateclass...ampires-review/
  18.     If you were to write a history of the recording studio and, specifically, its usefulness as a laboratory for musicians’ most ambitious creations, then an entire chapter might well be devoted to "Bohemian Rhapsody." The members of Queen began recording the song on Aug. 24, 1975, redefining the known limits of popular music in the process. Suffice to say that, whatever Chuck Berry had in mind when he asked Beethoven to roll over, "Bohemian Rhapsody"‘s jaw-dropping pastiche of rock and opera sure wasn’t it. But then, Queen’s flamboyant and unpredictable brand of art rock had been simultaneously stumping and amazing all those who’d heard it well before "Bohemian Rhapsody" came along. It continually morphed over the first three albums of the group’s career, until 1974′s Sheer Heart Attack started connecting all the dots. The first months of 1975 saw Queen touring America as headliners for the first time (alternately supported by Styx and Kansas), making their virgin trip to Japan (where they received a hysterical reception worthy of Beatlemania), and, in singer Freddie Mercury‘s case, receiving the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his work on "Killer Queen." All of these accomplishments no doubt boosted the band’s confidence (and courage) as they started working on new material, both in unison and individually, for the album they would soon name A Night at the Opera. This was to be produced by their engineer Roy Thomas Baker, and it’s safe to say neither band nor producer could have guessed what Mercury had up his sleeve as he started cobbling together both new ideas and spare song parts he’d been lugging around for years in the privacy of his Kensington apartment. According to Baker, in an interview with Sound on Sound, his first inkling of what was in store only came when he visited Queen’s singer at his home, and Mercury first played him "Bohemian Rhapsody"‘s initial ballad section, concluding it by casually quipping, "And this is where the opera section comes in!" Mercury, Taylor and the other members of Queen — guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor – then entered the studio following three weeks of rehearsal to help bring Freddie’s madcap magnum opus to life. Together, the foursome and their studio hands spent as much time arranging, re-arranging, adding, subtracting, and adding some more to "Bohemian Rhapsody"‘s bulk as most bands of the time spent on entire albums. In the end, Mercury’s central ballad wound up preceded by one of Queen’s patented, multi-tracked a capella choirs and was followed by a tasteful solo from May, a minute-long opera section, then a heavy metal instrumental passage and finally a reprise of the core melody, fading gently back into wherever it came from. All these years later, it’s the song’s operatic climax that remains its most stunning, almost superhuman, accomplishment, as it required them to clock as 10-to-12 hour days over a three-week period. They reportedly needed nearly 200 vocal overdubs in order to flesh out an entire choir. And then, when they were finally done, their label EMI was, to put it mildly, quite unimpressed. Although, to be fair, the suits’ reasons were typically business-oriented, as "Bohemian Rhapsody’s" edged close to the six-minute mark, well beyond the limit favored by commercial radio. Instead, the label suggested they release Deacon’s excellent "You’re My Best Friend" as first single from A Night at the Opera, but Queen wouldn’t hear of it, and it only took a moment for the immediate support of DJs across Britain to prove EMI wrong. Officially released in the U.K. on Oct. 31, 1975, "Bohemian Rhapsody" would be No. 1 by Christmas and then hold the spot for an astonishing nine weeks. Its commercial fortunes were undoubtedly helped by the pioneering music video shot by Queen to stand in for them on Top of the Pops while they were already back on tour by the time they were invited to appear. Meanwhile, their single was also on its way to No. 1 in Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Belgium, earning Top 10 honors in multiple other countries and peaking at No. 9 in America, where it eventually became a million-seller. "Bohemian Rhapsody" stands as one of the best-selling songs in rock history, prone to repeat visits to global charts anytime it is revived for a movie, commercial or other event, and frankly unique as nothing since has come close to matching its sheer heights of excess, bravura, and, oh yeah, inspiration.
  19. You know her, you love her, you can't live without her. She's new, she's now, she's hip, she's happening. The lovely, the talented, the intelligent, the comical, the intelligent... ...ladies and gentlemen, join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to the one and only, often imitated, never duplicated... Ya Big Tree Happy birthday to you YBT, hope your day is as special as you are. We're already celebrating you in UK time, so start your party early my Rush sister!
  20. Greetings my Rush brothers and sisters, I am walking in a charity event called, Rock the Skyline along the New Jersey side of Manhattan for the The Love Hope Strength Foundation (which raises money for cancer research) in memory of my sister, Patty, who we lost a few years ago. https://secure.donationpay.org/lovehopestrength/rocktheskyline_template.php?f=Stephen My love for music was a hand me down from her...she was one of the coolest people you could ever hope to meet and I'm happy to honour her this way. Mike Peters of The Alarm placed a prayer flag for her on Mt Everest above Katmandu during the Everest Rocks event...that is pretty close to heaven, don't you think. My last knee treatment is tomorrow and I've set this 13 September walk as goal to push for in my recovery efforts and to raise some money for a good cause as well. Please think about supporting me any way you can...I can't tell you just how much I appreciate it. -Love, Hope, Strength, Stephen (ReGorLaTroy)
  21. "Magic" is the correct word for these two shows.   They were just amazing...perhaps two of the best Rush shows that I've ever seen.   Here's why... *The Setlist(s) - See below if you don't what they played already. I gone on record in the past as saying that I don't particulary care what the band plays as I am equally at home with all of their music. This might not be the case for all people and there truly was something for everyone.   *The Crowd(s) - Although I think Newark was slightly more animated (pun intended), the audiences at both gigs were so into it. As some of you know New York Area crowds can be pretty tough to please and might I say, everyone seemed pleased.   *The Stage Show - How clever and brilliant was it to watch the stage transform as the songs worked their way backwards in time from the "Clockwork Angels Tour" to playing in the Rod Serling High School Gynasium?!   *The Band Itself - Alex, Geddy and Neil just seemed especially tight and inspired at these two shows.   These were "Magic Shows" as Neil wrote in his book, "Roadshow",   "It is a harsh fact of a musician’s life on the road that out of a tour of fifty or sixty shows, only a handful will be "magic." A sublime performance is as rare and mysterious as an astrologer’s planetary confluence, and far less predictable. A set of separate elements in motion must coincide at exactly the same time and place, and like the magic which is supposed to result from planetary confluence and sublime performance, it cannot be summoned on demand."   If, in fact, these were the last two times I am to see this band live, I can honestly say that I am quite content.   Here's a review of the New Jersey show...   http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/06/rush_performs_40-year_music_chronology_in_reverse.html Newark Setlist... Set 1: The Anarchist Headlong Flight (with Drumbastica mini drum solo) Far Cry The Main Monkey Business How It Is Animate Roll The Bones Between the Wheels Losing It (with Jonathan Dinklage) Subdivisions Set 2: Tom Sawyer The Camera Eye The Spirit of Radio Jacob's Ladder Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres - Prelude Cygnus X-1 Book One - The Voyage: Prologue Drum Solo Cygnus X-1 Book One - The Voyage: Part 3 Closer To The Heart Xanadu (double neck guitars) 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx/Presentation/Grand Finale Encore: Lakeside Park Anthem What You're Doing Working Man (Garden Road riff at the end) -----------------------------------------------------------------------   Here's a review of the New York City Show...   http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/06/rush_brought_th.html New York City Setlist... Set 1: The Anarchist Headlong Flight (with Drumbastica mini drum solo) Far Cry The Main Monkey Business One Little Victory Animate Roll The Bones Distant Early Warning Losing It (with Jonathan Dinklage) Subdivisions Set 2: Tom Sawyer Red Barchetta The Spirit of Radio Jacob's Ladder Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres - Prelude Cygnus X-1 Book One - The Voyage: Prologue Drum Solo Cygnus X-1 Book One - The Voyage: Part 3 Closer To The Heart Xanadu (double neck guitars) 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx/Presentation/Grand Finale Encore: Lakeside Park Anthem What You're Doing Working Man (Garden Road riff at the end)
  22. :dweez: Happy :dweez: :dweez: Birthday :dweez: :dweez: Custom55 :dweez: http://www.kcsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/the-who.jpg
  23. In the fall of 1977 a 14 year rock and roll lad skipped school and hitch hiked to the mall. I wanted to check out the music store and meet girls and I was pretty sure me Mum wouldn't fancy writing a note to the principal explaining that one! Me mate, John, and I arrived at the mall only to discover that the rich kids had a half day for a teacher's workshop. This was a good thing, because it meant the possibility of meeting some rock and roll girls. (The girls from the rich part of town were into rock and roll and the boys were into disco and the opposite was true about the inner city where we lived...reason enough to go pick a fight!) So, we're at the record store and I see these two girls browsing the record bins and I walk up and say something to the effect of, "what are you girls checking out?". Lo and behold, one of the two girls was holding "A Farewell to Kings". Just then, John walks up and says, "Rush, Geddy Lee sings like a girl!" I said, "No man, this band is great!", doing my best to impress one of the girls who had captured my interest. I bought the album right then and there. We hung out with the girls all day, made out with my new love interest, sadly her name escapes me, behind the mall (I wonder does she still remember me?) and went to John's to get high and listen to music. We put on "A Farewell to Kings" and are both, immediately so blown away, we headed out and buy "2112" the same day. That same year, in November three of my friends and I each told our Mum's the same lie that we were sleeping over one another's house and took a bus downtown and saw Rush live for the very first time. That was it...I was hooked. Ever since then I have eagerly awaited each new album and corresponding tour. Leading straight up until last night's gig at Madison Square Garden...I have, quite literally, grown up and now old with them. It is amazing to me just how much joy they have brought my life over the years and all of the people, places and memories attached along the way. That, of course, also includes all of my Rush brothers and sisters here on The Rush Forum. I want to thank each and every one of you for being part of the story and part of the reason for the love I have for this band's music and for what it has meant to me over the years. God bless each and every one of you.
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