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RUSH


#1

Any other RUSH fans out there?
Just got the new "Rush in Rio" Live CD. Wow!
These guys are amazing! And NO ONE plays an ax like Big Al!


#2

I was (and still am) a huge fan of Rush's "middle period", which I define as "after they settled down a bit from all the wigging out that they did on their first few albums" to "before they got stale". So, roughly, from about half of "Permanent Waves" to the first few songs of "Roll The Bones". Everything in between was simply amazing, not a bad record considering that we're talking about seven or eight full albums with only one or two weak songs in the entire bunch.

If I had to pick one rock album that would stand as the absolute best of all time, Moving Pictures would probably be it ... and Hold Your Fire would make my Top Ten.

If their latest album is good, it'll be a nice change of pace for them from the last decade or so though. I couldn't even listen to "Test For Echo" all the way through... :frowning:


#3

Oh, man, I'm listening to Signals right now! Great stuff. Counterparts wasn't too bad either. But I agree, their "middle" period was best.


#4

Char-dawg...you might want to check out "Vapor Trails"..their lastest studio album. It rocks!...much like Moving Pictures...
And I agree with your assessment!

Brider..check out Vapor Trails..I bet you would like it. "One Little Vicory" and "Earthshine"...wow...


#5

rush?lmao i always thought it was a chick singing.lol


#6

umm werent they not even cool when they were supposed to be cool, in the 80's?


#7

I thought this was about BUSH


#8

Quite possibly the worst music I've ever heard.

And I do mean THE WORST.


#9

the worst music huh? matter of opinion for sure..but ask any hardcore rock musician about RUSH's music. RUSH has inspired MANY people to learn to play a musical instrument. And..they never cared about being cool..the bands who were "cool" back then are non existent now...either because of death...drugs...burnout...etc...Whereas RUSH is still going strong after 30 years and MANY albums!


#10

Quite possibly the worst music I've ever heard.

And I do mean THE WORST.


#11

"RUSH has inspired MANY people to learn to play a musical instrument."

Of course. Who hasn't heard Rush on the radio and thought, "Shit, if they can make money with that crap, me and any three random people could make a killing."

"And..they never cared about being cool."

Too easy.


#12

I thought this was gonna be about Rush Limbaugh. Ah well...proceed...


#13

Big fan, always have been. Own Hemispheres and Signals on vinal. Celebrate the entire catalog on CD. I really dig Neil's lyrical prowess. The Professor on the drum kit! Ofcourse, I am a drummer, it only makes sense that I like them.
Anybody own Neil's Jazz albums? His tribute to Buddy Rich? I want to know how they sound....oh yea, and the name of the album too. Guess I could check amazon.
If you are interested in a chilling read, pick up the book "Ghost Rider". It's about him (Neil) and his motorcycle working through the death of his wife and daughter....Sad stuff, but enlightening.


#14

Regardless of how you feel about the end product, the musicians in Rush are extremely top notch. A few quotes from the "All Music Guide" :

"Ask just about any rock drummer who their influences are and chances are Rush's Neil Peart will be high on the list. With his technically demanding and precise rhythmic style, few rock drummers have scaled the heights that Peart has over the years on both record and on stage..."

"Few hard rock bassists have been as influential as Rush's Geddy Lee."

"...it's widely agreed that all three members of Rush are incredibly talented at their respective instruments..."

"Not only is 1981's Moving Pictures Rush's best album, it is undeniably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. "


#15

Funny you brought this up, you might be freaked out to hear that I used to train Geddy Lee. He lives in a suburb of Toronto and I used to train him in his house and on weekends we'd go cycling. He's hugely into bicycle racing and is in awesome shape. One of the gyms I train out of is located directly across the street from a jazz/blues club called the Orbit Room that is owned by Alex Lifeson. I run into him all the time.


#16

Isn't the fat drummer dude the founder of Pearl drums or something or am I wrong. I'll give Rush a 7 from 1 to 10


#17

I've said this before, but it bears repeating: Neil Peart is the closest thing that rock music has to a Shakespeare. The lyrics during the middle period are really astonishing in their depth.

And for anyone who doesn't like Rush, I'll confess that I didn't like them either when I first heard their stuff. Okay, I liked Tom Sawyer (everyone liked Tom Sawyer; it went to Number One), but aside from that one song I couldn't stand them. You have to listen to them for a while to develop a taste for their kind of music. But once you do...


#18

I always thought that Geddy Lee and Steve Perry were twins separated at birth. Just so similar looking. Cool that Geddy is into bike racing -- had no idea about that one.


#19

Geddy Lee = Rocks ugliest practitioner

Limelight = Anthem of my youth

Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage.

Cast in this unlikely role
Ill-equipped to act
With insufficient tact
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact.

Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation,
Get on with the fascination,
The real relation,
The underlying theme.

Living in a fisheye lens,
Caught in the camera eye.
I have no heart to lie
I can't pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend.

All the world's indeed a stage
And we are merely players:
Performers and portrayers,
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage.

Char-Dawg's comparison of Neil Peart to Shakspeare is not only elegant but posesses a raw truth that only a musician could understand.

Cup "Danny McVick would say that I worshipped on the alter of Neil Peart too much when I was a kid" Cake (apologies to Danny McV)

"Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way"

~ Charles Bukowski


#20

I used to love them a few years back. Now, the voice just wears on me. I can't take it for too long.

I can definitely appreciate the musicianship though. Neil Peart is a bad, bad man.. I heard about him doing this thing where he busts out the drum sticks, puts a dime on the wall and bangs away.. the dime doesn't fall. Pretty fucking sick.