Geddyleegenes Posted November 4, 2016 Share Posted November 4, 2016 Just saw the "Rush - Time Stand Still" movie. I've got to say, this is one of the truly saddest movies I have ever seen. I had tears in my eyes at the end, and I'm not the kind of guy who tears-up at movies. While I thought I knew what Neil "must have" been going through during his performances on the R40 tour, in actuality, there really was no way whatsoever for me to truly know. Learning during this movie, of the pain and suffering Neil was really experiencing is enough for me to regrettably say, "Neil, go ahead and retire. You deserve it, man." Of course, the movie wasn't all sadness. There was plenty of opportunities for howls of laughter, and to even learn some new things about the band, such as their youngster dreams of acquiring a station wagon to tour in, and then - glory of glory - a mini-camper! That was all new to me. Ray Daniels once fired Geddy from the band?! That information seemed new even to Ray himself. But Geddy's memory couldn't be wrong about something like that, could it? Really surprising to me was learning that Neil had picked up a fungus while riding his motorcycle through hopeless rains between gigs. An awful, painful fungus on the bottoms of his feet. And the man still performed! Incredible as well as horrible. And something which simply had not occurred to me prior to seeing this movie: The entire Rush crew - the roadies, drivers, sound guys, lighting guys. All the backstage and forward-stage workers who Geddy, Alex and Neil consider family. The movie clearly shows that they all knew that the end was upon them. They knew that that last show at the Los Angeles Forum was going to be THEE last show. I myself have been easily able to dismiss any "End of Rush" severities. I've held hope that Neil would simply one day soon change his mind and say, "Guys, I've just got to tour, it's in my soul!" But the Rush crew knew otherwise long ago. They accepted it long ago. The movie shows Geddy and Alex accepting it. They may both have a slight hope otherwise, but from the sadness present in their eyes when having to discuss the subject, it seems they know deep down in their hearts, that Rush is done. A great movie accompanied by a really good short documentary, "A Salute to Kings" as well as a very funny Rush animated short. I hope they are both on the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release. 15 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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