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          The National Midnight Star, Number 117

                 Monday, 3 December 1990
Today's Topics:
            Not just another sampling article
                      Some new stuff
    In The Studio, RUSH HOUR, A thank you to rush-mgr
              Sampling (No more! I promise!)
        11/30/90 - The National Midnight Star #115
      RE: 11/30/90 - The National Midnight Star #115
                 Breaking things on stage
broken strings, Max Webster, pedals, bunnies, & chameleon things..
     Rush sheet music; tablature, 'fake books', etc.
                       Yes mixes...
                        Laser Rush
                       Terry Brown

Subject: Administrivia
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 15:12:09 EST
From: RUSH Fans Digest Manager 

Hi there,

    Just a quick request:

    Now that it's getting to the end of the semester and accounts have a
    way of changing or going away.  If you know your address will change,
    *please* send me mail at the 'rush-request' address in advance.  It
    makes my life much easier, and I don't have to worry about mail from
    sysadmins informing me that the account I've been bombarding with mail
    is disabled/deleted.

    If you're going away for an extended break, and you run the risk of
    having your mailbox fill up (and start bouncing mail), please consider
    dropping off and re-joining when you get back.  I'd much rather take
    the extra 5 minutes twice than deal with a month's worth of 'mailbox
    full' messages.  Everyone gets a few gratis, then I get tired of it
    and end up removing them anyway.

    Lastly, remember that all important addresses are at the end of *every*

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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 14:20 EDT
From: Ken Renard 
Subject: Not just another sampling article

	With all the advances in electronics in the past years,
music has joined the computer age too with sampling.  It's a real
neat idea to have control over any sound you wish to record with
electronics.  Imagine the studio during the recording of YYZ on
Moving Pictures after the 6th take.  There would be broken glass
all over the place without sampling.

[ Unfortunately, a line or two was lost here due to the "From" bug.
  Sorry!  For everyone's future reference, don't start a line with
  the word "From".                                       :rush-mgr ]

P.S.  Everyone in the Pittsburgh area, call Buhl Science Center and
request a Rush laser show.  (412) 231-2319


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 14:36:04 EST
Subject: Some new stuff

First of all, I'm actually NOT Mr. Peart.  But I thought I'd do this just to
shock some people!  This whole debate on sampling is one indication that we
Rush fans are starting to get restless and bored.  Face it, I CAN'T WAIT

Also, can you guess who I REALLY am?  (Jim Armbruster, don't give it away!)
Actually, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 15:40:20 EST
From: Troy Karhoff 
Subject: In The Studio, RUSH HOUR, A thank you to rush-mgr

--------- (Ron Zasadzinski) writes:

>Thanks for transcribing the "In The Studio"
>interview about Moving Pictures and early Rush history. Really
>good material there. Could you post the date of the interview
>to The NMS?

I recorded IN THE STUDIO from the radio, I believe, around the time
'A Show Of Hands' came out. Check the copyright date on that CD.
But I'm not sure when the interview took place; unfortunately,
no mention was made during the interview. Sorry. (I've often
wondered when it was recorded also!)

About two years ago, Much Music (the MTV of Canada) aired what was
called the Rush Hour. For some reason I didn't get a chance to videotape
it. Did someone out there make a videotaped copy of the special? If so,
please email me information about it. I would like a copy of it. Thanks!

From: Editor, The National Midnight Star 

>I just wanted to interject quickly here to make one request:  would it
>be possible to cut back on the sampling debate, unless it directly
>pertains to RUSH?

T H A N K     Y O U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A M E N !!!!!!!!!!!!
I think most of us could care less about people's opinions towards
rap and sampling and pentagrams or whatever else. Most of us, I'm
sure, would rather read stories that are insightful and different.
And most of all-- articles that deal with Rush and their music.
It makes reading the National Midnight Star a learning experience.
Enough said....

|                            Troy Karhoff                               |
|                  email:                      |
|                       :                      |


Date:    Fri, 30 Nov 90 16:17 EST
From: "Michael Leonard Sensor" 
Subject: Sampling (No more! I promise!)

Ok, folks:

I promise this is the *last* I'll ever say about sampling.

I was glad to see the article in NMS #115 about the *true* "Sampled Sawyer".
Figures, the rumors about it got all out of proportion.  I think I'll try to
get the local pop (read "garbage")/top 40 station to play it tonight.  Faint
as "Hip Hop Creature"'s connection with Rush may be, it still may have a place
in my Rush archives, along with "Take Off" and other such things.

I agree that these sampling discussions are getting a bit out of topic for
this list.  Anyone want to start rec.rock-n-roll.sampling.guys.who.cant.sing. ?

Rushically yours,

Michael L. Sensor       | "So... you mean that our universe could be... one
  | atom in some being's fingernail?  Wow..."
PSU Altoona Campus      |      --Pinto in "Animal House"
Altoona PA 16601-3760   |


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 16:27:24 est
From: "Dylan Kaufman" 
Subject: 11/30/90 - The National Midnight Star #115

Is "The Source" a program on the Westwood One network or something?

Dylan Kaufman 			Major in Computer Science	Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
And on the seventh day, even He rested.  We don't.
				-Emergency Medical Services


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 14:18:10 EST
Subject: Obscurities

>From: "HINDS" 
>Subject: Rush Oddities Revealed!

>What are your most obscure Rush Facts? (Not rumors, but actually concrete-
>style articles)

>For example, to get the ball rolling, here are a few of my favorites:

>(2) As far as Rush covers go, I have heard tapes of Rush playing Bad Boy
>    (That Beatles Song), I Walk The Line (yes, Johnny Cash), and Rawhide
>    (Rollin', Rollin' Rollin,).  (Do those count as covers?)

I would say. Might I add that in Greenville SC they played "Louie Louie" according to
Mr. Big's vocalist. And of course Wipeout, but that goes without saying :)

>(3) Neil Used to play with a band called "The Mumblin' Sumpthin'" (sp?) --
>    was that in Visions?

I don't remember it....maybe....but he did carry drums around in a trash can or
something when he went to the audition. I think Alex made a remark about
it in some interview. Geddy was in a band called "Hush" (pretty sure it was
Geddy) before they formed Rush.

Also, RUSH had a keyboardist at one time during their bar days, but it didn't
work out.

>"Your Credit Rating's Good For A Madonna Or Bardot"  --Fish


Work:                    |And you'll recognize by the reflection in our eyes |That deep down inside we're all one and the same
School:                  |We're clutching at straws, still drowning....    |                                         -Marillion


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 90 20:43 GMT
Subject: RE: 11/30/90 - The National Midnight Star #115

Dave Kehrer asked what Broon's been up to lately.  Well, he did produce IQ's
last (in more than one sense of the word) album in 1988:  "Are You Sitting
Comfortably?"  Genesis/Marillion fans might like older IQ (not produced by
Broon), while Rush fans might like the later stuff...

Ron Chrisley


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 90 12:07:36 est
From: "Dylan Kaufman" 
Subject: Breaking things on stage

Last night I went to the Smithereens concert here at Brandeis (as the
medical standby, so I got in free ;).  I don't claim to know a lot
about music, but I thought I'd mention a couple of things I noticed
about the opening band, Carry Nation.

	One of the backup singers played a violin through most of the
opening act...  she seemed to be pretty much destroying it.  If you
think Alex Lifeson breaks a lot of strings, you should have seen the
bow hairs hanging off the violinist's bow!  It was very funny.

	The other thing I wanted to mention was about the drummer.  He
seemed to be hitting the drums extremely, perhaps even EXCESSIVELY
hard...  to the point that one of his drum sticks broke into three
pieces and flew all over the place.  Anyone ever seen something like
that happen to Neil?  BTW, the drummer wasn't very interesting to hear
or watch...

Dylan Kaufman 			Major in Computer Science	Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
And on the seventh day, even He rested.  We don't.
				-Emergency Medical Services


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 90 16:01 EST
From: Broonsey 

Greetings RUSHans--

I noticed something odd recently while looking at the FAQL.  It said that Ged's
real name was (and I quote), "Gary Lee Leibovitz".  I have heard from variouys
others that his name is Gary Weinrib.  I'm not bashing Dan (good job on the
List, Dan!), I'm just curious as to the source of that information.  I'm going
to check my main source tonight at Rocky, but I'd appreciate it if someone
could let me know where Leibovitz comes from (if someone says Poland, I'll

"Peace and save the planet!"
		- Ged
Adam Dickson				|     "Arrrrrrggghhhhhh!!
Wright State University			|	  Uuuunnnnngghghggghhh!
Dayton, Ohio				|		Grrrrrrrrr!"
orion@wsu.bitnet			|		    -Rocky, RHPS


Date: 1 Dec 90 16:35:00 EST
From: "Mike Andrews" 
Subject: broken strings, Max Webster, pedals, bunnies, & chameleon things..

Hi all, a few replies here, slightly delayed by our computing center's taking
3 days to install VMS 5.4...:

> From: Robyn Landers 
>     As for all this theorizing that Alex intentionally breaks guitar
> strings so he can show off his prowess at throwing guitars off stage
> and catching new ones quickly...  I highly doubt it.  Who needs
> all that hassle just to look cool?  I think the other performing
> guitarists would agree with me that one simply does NOT need the
> hassle of breaking a string or switching instruments while
> performing.

Right..  I managed to break a string on my BASS last year during a gig...
That's something you definitely don't need.  Alex went through the entire
Cincinatti show I saw without breaking a string or switching axes.

> also From: Robyn Landers 
> - On Wednesday December 5 at the Toronto Music Awards, there will be
>   a special one time only reunion performance of the original
>   Max Webster!!!!   I've got my tickets...

Is that going to be telecast?  Time?  Network?  I'd LOVE to see that!

> From: "C. Alex Harden" 
> >From: (Slarty Bartfast)
> >Subject: Triggered vocals and _The Body Electric_
> >
> >[....] video, you will see that in some of the songs recorded live,
> >Alex uses the pedals. You will also notice that when he does, no vocals are
> >triggered. In fact, what is triggered, is background bass chords and various
> >effects. I think this should settle the argument completely.
> It doesn't.  Granted, he and Geddy use the pedals a lot for synth samples, but
>  Alex DOES use them for background vocals quite frequently.  In the Toronto
>  Presto concert, I was sitting relatively close to the back monitors, where
>  most of the sampled stuff is broadcast.  Take, for example, "Subdivisions";
>  he triggered Neil's voice saying 'Subdivisions'.  And I'm pretty sure he
>  triggered 'show me, don't tell me' for "Show Don't Tell".  I'm sure sometimes

Right, it's both.  They've got two sets of pedals (I THINK, someone correct
me if I'm wrong here), one for bass/synth lines and one for MIDI effects,
samples, triggering sequences, etc etc..  At least that would make sense...
I too heard the 'show me don't tell me' sample, mainly because Alex
triggered it just slightly late (oops! :-)

> From: "HINDS" 
> Re: A few observations on live performances c/o Mike
>     I noticed the amazing chameleon guitars, and originally just thought it
>     was a new Jack Secret c/o The Omega Concern invention, though later I
>     just attributed the change in guitars to the different shows.  Bonus
>     question:  Does Alex change clothes, too?

I was watching for that.  They all seem to have the same outfit for both
shows...  so I guess not..

> From: manymanymany people :-)
> Subject: bunnies & guitar duels on the Presto tour

My 2 cents: at Cincinatti: bunnies inflated from the two hats on the stage.
Sat there for a few songs, then danced a bit during Tom Sawyer.. (pretty cool,
I thought!)  No guitar duels with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), and most depressing,
no scantily clad bunnies appearing on stage :-(  I think it was the last two
weeks of the tour, so maybe they were winding down the act a bit..  I dunno.

Okay, and now a question: does anyone have a good rundown of what MIDI
stuff the boyz are using, in particular what keyboards/tone modules Ged
is using?  I know they started with a Minimoog and Mood Taurus bass pedals,
then he got an Oberheim, then around p/g time he went out and got a lot of
new stuff when Neil got his Simmons kit..  I think I saw a Roland D-50 on
the ASoH video, and I know Neil's Simmons are hooked to an Akai S900 sampler,
but does anyone have a full rundown of what they're using nowadays?

Mike Andrews    Springfield, OH  |  A (by)product of the heart of the Bluegrass
Internet:  |  "Tough times demand tough talk demand tough
Bitnet:  kramer@wittenbg.bitnet  |  hearts demand tough songs demand..." - Rush


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 90 14:54:20 EST
From: "Patrick M. Ryan" 
Subject: Rush sheet music; tablature, 'fake books', etc.

I'd like to get some recommendations from the guitarists out there
on Rush sheet music.  My sight reading is pretty lousy so I'm more
interested in tablature formatted music and 'fake' books, i.e. the
ones which just have the generic chords.  I've seen a few Rush
music books at record stores and was wondering how good they

I've picked up a few songs from back when I subscribed to the
magazine 'Guitar for the Practicing Musician'.  They always seemed
to have pretty good transcriptions in tablature.  My subscription
ran out a while ago so I don't know what's been in there recently
by Rush, if anything.

I've only been on the NMS list for a few weeks so if this topic
has already been thrashed about and summarized, someone please
just send me a note saying so.


"And when I leave I don't know what I'm hoping to find.
 And when I leave I don't know what I leaving behind"

                                                                 patrick m. ryan


Date: Sun,  2 Dec 90 17:31:43 -0500 (EST)
From: "Mark R. Stemm" 
Subject: Yes mixes...

I know that this has nothing to do with Rush, but it does have
something to do with the current sampling discussion.

I believe someone brought up some "samples" of Owner of A Lonely
Heart by Yes. Are you referring to the "dance mixes" of several
of their songs? If so, they were done in conjunction with at
least one member of the band(Trevor Rabin, i believe)--I believed
he co-produced and engineered the "mixes". They aren't very
good, and in no way reflect Yes, but they were legitimate.

Sorry for the digression...

                     -Mark Stemm
"I don't like to brag, and I don't
like to boast, but I do like butter
on my breakfast toast."   -RHCP

Q: So..what type of music do you play?
Perry Farell(Jane's Addiction)--Well, umm, it's like a cross
between Duke Ellington and uhh... Bad Brains.
Q:Bad Brains...oh.


Subject: Laser Rush
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 90 19:09:50 PST
From: Bob Joslin 

I am writing to say that I just saw the Laser Rush show at the Morison
Planetarium in SF.  The show was great!  However, there weren't
enough people there!  Not even half of the seats were taken...  So to
all you Bay Area Rushians, get some groups together and GO!

Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:00, Sunday at 5:00.  Tickets
are $6.00.  No need to go with advance ticket sales through Ticketron,
since it's not selling out.

Bob Joslin


Subject: Terry Brown
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 90 13:45:50 +0000
From: David Elkan 

In the last digest, (Dave Kehrer) asked...

"I was wondering if any of you out there knows what Terry (Broon) Brown's
been up to lately."

Last year (1989) he produced an album by the British progressive-rock-type-
band iQ (sadly now disbanded, I think :(

iQ were on the Squawk record label, which if my memory is correct was run
by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, both of whom have been mentioned in the
'thank you's on various Rush albums.  I heard that Rush wanted iQ to open for
them on the HYF tour in London, which would have been great, but they
couldn't book them as they weren't on the promoter's lists.  Rush had no
opening act that time.

I think Squawk records has gone bust, too.



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