Jimbo66 Posted January 13, 2020 Share Posted January 13, 2020 (edited) Hi fellow Rush fans As the topic says, I’ve been a fan since I was twelve or so in 1978 and until now, have never felt the need to reach out to you guys. It’s been the week from the worst kind of hell for me. Not only did Neil pass away but also on Wednesday 8th my brother Malcolm succumbed to a huge stroke and passed away very quickly. He was 59 and about three months away from reaching 60 and retiring. He’d been diagnosed with an aggressive terminal lung cancer last October and given a year or so to live, so I guess all things considered he’d have much rather gone last week than suffer the indignity, gradual deterioration and pain that goes with cancer. He was six years older than me and we shared a bedroom for about the first twenty years of our lives and being as he was so much older than me, and owned the one and only record deck in our room, he was one who bought the records home to listen to. He introduced me to many amazing bands - firstly it was The Beatles, then Status Quo, AC/DC, Queen, Led Zep, Judas Priest, BOC, Pink Floyd and of course our beloved Rush. The first Rush album he bought home was 2112, and that was it - we were hooked and have been ever since. He went to see them on their Hemispheres and Moving Pictures tours and we went along together for the Signals, Roll The Bones and R30 shows. Rush have been a huge part of our lives, we’ve listened to their LPs / CDs and watched their live videos pretty much constantly from that day to this. Obviously we got into other music along the way, but Rush were a band we always went back to. It isn’t just the outstanding musicianship, it’s also Neils lyrics - they are at times simply mind blowing and have resonated very deeply. So, it’s been one hell of a surreal week for me. Neil died the day before my bro, but of course I didn’t get to hear about it until the Friday. Although I’m in shock and grieving for my bro, the fact that there’s an outpouring of grief over Neil has added an additional layer for me, particularly as it was my bro who introduced me to Rush and we had so many wonderful hours hearing and watching them perform over the years. I’m not naive enough to even begin to compare their losses to me on a personal level though, that would be ridiculous. My bro meant the absolute world to me and I’ve never even met Neil, but it just all adds to the feelings I have right now of loss. Malcolm and I remained extremely close ever since we shared our bedroom way back, we always socialised regularly as we never lived more than about a mile from each other. We shared a special closeness, which I am extremely grateful for and had many many wonderful times together. I will miss him greatly. R.I.P. Malcolm and R.I.P. Neil Edited January 13, 2020 by Jimbo66 15 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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