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          The National Midnight Star, Number 466

                 Thursday, 16 April 1992
                     (Number 1 of 2)
Today's Topics:
                 North Carolina dates?!?
      Re: 04/10/92 - The National Midnight Star #463
                Re: Peart and women; GOAC
                More Tour Dates for Summer
               CoS cover and Yes/ELP on TV
                        word list
                  server returned email
                    Danforth and Pape
                 Suggestion on tour dates
                    Re: Lakeside Park
                    Re:  Lakeside Park
                      no popularity
                   Dayton, Ohio June 23
        Kemper Arena, Kansas City, What and Where?
                  Rockline stations list
               Best instrumental & May 24th
                  rumors and tour dates
                Soundblaster, PC, and Rush
                 The Fountain of Lamneth
  Interview with Neil on April 23rd; Questions Requested
                  Old Concerts and Stuff
        Why they don't write 'em like that anymore
           songlist generator / Neil is U2 fan
         Several things, incl. Bay Area tour date
A Piece of Rush Trivia, Laser Show Update, A Confession, and Politics
                    Summer Tour Dates
                       time machine
                     Jones Beach Date

From: Editor, The National Midnight Star 
Subject: Administrivia

Well, since it's been forever since I put together an issue of the NMS
(since what, Monday?), a lot of mail has piled up here.  There will be
two issues today, and probably two tomorrow to beat down the queue.  After
that I should be caught up, but will probably be behind Monday due to the
weekend traffic.

The big news off the top of my head:  A Rush Newsgroup is now out there.
After the vote for got shot down, someone out there created
the group ''.  It's been online since about Wed. morning,
and has seen a bit of traffic already (many from me, too).  It's as I
expected, even less S/N ratio than here, but hey, check it out if you have
readnews.  The NMS FAQL was already posted by some member whose name escapes
me now - that was probably a good idea.  It may keep down the stupid posts,
but we'll see.  Already Neil is dying of cancer and lukemia over there... :-)

I'm still catching up on the administriva mail, but I've processed all the
unsubscriptions and address changes I saw.  I still have about 80 subscriptions
to wade through!!!



From: "Daniel L. McDonald" 
Subject: North Carolina dates?!?
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 92 15:38:11 MST

I noticed that Rush is playing Charlotte in June!  I'm going to be working
for IBM at Research Triangle park this summer.  Does anyone know if they are
coming to either Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill?

Dan McDonald    |Internet:, UUCP: ..!uunet!arizona!danmcd
U. of Arizona   |BITNET:
Computer Science|     "I was lined up for glory
1st year Grad.  |      But the tickets sold out in advance." - Rush (N. Peart)


Subject: stuff
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 92 0:41:44 EST
From: (Wayne Buttles)

Well, Ive read about 10 NMS now and am ready to reply to a couple of things.  
First about the bandana... Who started that???  Second  The Fly Boot, Who can 
tell me more??  Third What is the address of the ludwig poster and how much 
does it cost?  Forth Doe
s anyone actually have a copy of the extended Fly By Night song?  Fifth Does 
anyone have a copy of Primus dooing YYZ?  I just got Miscellaneous Debris by 
them and its real good stuff, but no YYZ :(  Last but not least I just wanted
 to say that im intereste
d in facts about the musical life of RUSH and how, where to get more music, 
but the box set argument is slightyly confused.  I dont want a best of RUSH 
box set.  I want hard to find live/old/unreleased songs/versions and maybe 
some background info on the m
aking of the albums.  I already bought ALL the CD's and the LP's at my local 
music shop that were available!

Wayne!  Making Memorys. (does anyone have this live? I want it!)


Subject: Mozart
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 92 22:34:18 CDT
From: sialis!! (David Sandberg)

On the subject of W. A. Mozart, Randall Stark writes:
> Far from being dated or boring, his best music offers the type of intricacy,
> emotional sensitivity, and extraordinary rhythm changes that I think
> would appeal to many Rush fans.  Or am I the only one?

No, you're not the only one.  Mozart is my favorite classical
composer.  Actually, I think anyone with the intelligence to
listen to Rush should really give some classical music a try
as a worthy supplement to their already excellent musical diet.

A related question - are there any other Rush fans out there
who also happen to be into Todd Rundgren?  His music is quite
different from that of Rush, but he is just as extraordinary of
a composer in his element as Rush is in theirs, and much of his
music also has challenging chords and changing time signatures.

And finally, concerning suggestions of ways to bring Rush to
the attention of the mainstream... Why?!?  What positive effect
would it have?  The band is successful enough so they can do
exactly what they want without worrying about the mass market.
Becoming massively popular would almost certainly bring more
pressure on Rush from record company executives to do commercial
rock, since they would be seen as a possible route to a record
company goldmine.  I'd much rather see the band stay just as
they are.

                 _ david sandberg _ _
          "The bloody revolution; All the warheads in it's wake
             All the fear and suffering - All a big mistake"


Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 03:34:02 -0400
From: nam2@po.CWRU.Edu (Nicholas A. Mascari)
Subject: Re: 04/10/92 - The National Midnight Star #463

>>  Yes, Rush is not getting enough attention from the American music
>>listeners.  So let's put out minds together and come up with a solution to
>>make others listen to the band and be blessed by their visions.  To bring
>>Rush into the media and re-introduce them to the non-Rush-fanatic public.
>>This should make a better enviornment for us to satisfy our passion to listen
>>to Rush and learn their ways.
>Unfortunately, it has little to do with the listeners.  It has to do
>with radio stations and the music media.

Well, I don't know where all of you have been living the past few years,
but here in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, (insert sarcasm), our boys get
more than enough of their fair share of radio airtime! The best by far
is WMMS 100.7 who happens to be the first American radio station to
play Rush, look inside your RUSH debut album!!). Other stations where
I have heard significant Rush play are 98.5 WNCX and 97.5 WONE. Will you
people quit whining??? I don't think Cleveland is much different than
any other big American city in this country. I mean, just because you
don't hear "Tom Sawyer" or "Limelight" the instant you flip on the radio
doesn't mean you just turn it off, assume they never play Rush, and
cry to this mailing list about the American listening public. Give me
a break!! 99% of their concerts sell out!!! There is a huge Rush following
in this country. It just seems that it's more "underground" than say some
cheesy sleazy glamour band like GNR.

Now I hear this crap about "making people listen to them" or "re-intro-
ducing them." To me, it sounds like you want "to make them popular."
F**k that!!! Who the hell cares if they're popular or not!?!? Who the
hell cares whether they win a grammy?!?!? Obviously, Ged, Alex, and Neil
don't, so WHY SHOULD YOU?!?!? Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to see them
win a grammy, but I honestly don't take it personally. It's apparent that
they get get satisfaction not from a gold phonograph sitting on their
mantle, but from the personal enjoyment they get from producing MUSIC.

My God!! Can't you just pop in 2112, Moving Pictures, or whatever and
play some air guitar or pretend you are Neil with the old air drums and
enjoy it for yourself with your fellow Rush fans!?!?! Why do you think
it's your duty to make other people like the same music you do????

Believe me, I could go on forever, but in a nutshell, I am saying what Neil
would say, "GET A LIFE!!!" I have better things to spend my time on
than trying to make Suzy Fluffchick like Rush instead of Boyz 2 Men. Like
getting good grades and drinking beer.

I think I've said enough for one issue. I realize this and my previous
post are serious flames and I invite any rebuttal (or support) posted
to the list. It's certainly a better thing to argue about than whether
Neil has cancer or is a gypsy!!!!

|~~~\  |    |  /~~~\  |    |   Nick Mascari - Case Western Reserve University
|___/  |    |  \      |____|   "While their invaders dream of lands they've
|  \   |    |    \    |    |    left behind, better people-better food-and
|   \   \__/  \___/   |    |    BETTER BEER!!!" - Neil Peart, Territories.


Date:    Sat, 11 Apr 92 01:24:08 PDT
From: gdavis@Juliet.Caltech.Edu
Subject: Re: Peart and women; GOAC

I don't agree with Brian Colby as far as Peart writing songs about the
advancement of women.  While it is certainly a worthwhile thing to be aware of,
I think Rush has more class than ot bow down to the "politically correct"
movement as bands like REM and Jane's Addiction have.  Rush's lyrics may
not center around women, but if that's what someone wants to hear, he or she
can listen to Warrant.  Their lyrics are not offensive to women, so they
shouldn't change them unless the band has a sudden change of heart.

On another note, what do you all think about Rush releasing Ghost of a Chance
as their latest single?  Its a decent song, but I think others (e.g. Face Up)
are better.  It also bothers me that the song is so obviously meant for the Top
40.  Well, at least Rush released three songs from RTB before this one.  Its
better than the typical glam routine of releasing one hard-core song to
get all the old fans to buy the album before they sell out and release a
cheesy lovesong for the pre-teen audience.  Anyone else feel this way?

(I welcome your opinions..)

-Greg Davis

"Getting the sign right is a matter of making an even number of mistakes." -DG


Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 10:48:11 EDT
From: jalhart@skidmore.EDU (Lerxst)
Subject: More Tour Dates for Summer

First off let's squelch all rumours about Rush/Spinal Tap! (NOT).  The tour
is Rush and Mr. Big.  However, Spinal Tap will be touring this May playing
mostly Theatres around the country.

On to the dates, so far we have the following:

May 21 Memphis, Tnn

May 23 Kansas City, MO
May 24 Wichita, KS
May 25 Oklahoma City, OK
May 27 Denver, CO
June 3 Irvine Meadows
June 7 Phoenix, AZ
Juen 12 St. Louis, MO
June 13 Nashville, TN
June 14 Charlotte, NC
June 16 Columbia, MO
June 19 E. Rutherford, NJ
June 23 Dayton, OH
June 24 NOblesville, IN

Well here are a few more,
May 29 Salt Lake CIty, UT (not sure of venue)
May 31 Mountain View, CA  Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 1 Reno, NV
June 4 Possible second night at Irvine Meadows
June 9 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
June 10 Lubbock, TX (not sure of venue)

More to come soon, keep listening to radio for announcements.


P.S. Let's get those European reviews going, the tour is underway now...

Ken F.


Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 10:21:32 -0500
From: (Kevin Kiel)
Subject: CoS cover and Yes/ELP on TV

    Hello, it has been a while since I goes nothing.

     About the concern about the picture on the cover of Cos; I have no doubt
in my mind that it is indeed the Necromancer that is depicted. For those of
you CD owners out there it might be a little bit difficult to see exactly what
is on the cover, but upon gazing at my LP record I can see the Necromancer
standing atop the crest of a mountain with a snake at his feet and a prism
floating in front of the Necromancer at about waist high. This must be the
"Magic Prism Eye(s)" that are discussed in the song. --Probably my favorite
album cover(I have it on my door; It keeps hooligans away).

     Oh yeah, before I forget, (I know that this list has many ELP and Yes 
fans)Yes and ELP are scheduled to appear on IN CONCERT next Friday night 
(april 17).
If I`m not mistaken theses are #2 and #3 favorite bands of the NMS reader!

Hope everybody has fun at Deer Creek....I wish I was going!
s p a t e r  -------  Kevin Kiel ------ -------
                                High Brian?


From: (Keith Ford)
Subject: word list
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 10:49:55 CDT

> Subject: Rushwords, y muchas gracias

Would the person who did this list please send a copy to the
email server.  I created a similar list back around 11/90 and
would like to update what I did.  Thanks.

Keith Ford        __
Intergraph Corp  /  \ Micro Magic BBS 1:373/12  Rush/Opus Archive  \__/
+1 205 730-8614  [__] 830-2362 HST/V32bis 9600  "Subject: HELP"


From: (Keith Ford)
Subject: server returned email
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 10:55:16 CDT

I am getting server request information bounced back to me

Please include a valid Reply-To: line.  If you have troubles,
send email to the server keeper with a subject of NOTE.
Keith Ford
Rush/Opus Archive
"Subject: HELP"


Date: 11 Apr 92 15:52:55 EDT
From: Bruce Holtgren <70724.1622@CompuServe.COM>
Subject: Danforth and Pape

Ah, Danforth and Pape. Yes, this is indeed an intersection in
Toronto - it's in a middle-class ethnic Greek area, oddly enough, in the
east-central part of the city. A friend also noticed the
intersection on the map, and when we did our Rush Pilgrimage to
Toronto, I discovered that there's a subway stop right at the
intersection (I forget the name of the station). So of course I
immediately hopped the turbine freight and rode right out there.

There didn't appear to be anything extraordinary about the place,
excepting of course that all the signs were in Greek. For you
true trivia freaks out there, The Intersection Itself was
occupied (as of May 1989, anyway) by three banks and a Baskin-
Robbins that posted flavors in Greek as well as English.

As for how all this fits into the "La Villa Strangiato" scheme of
things - or what Danforth and Pape signified to Torontoids in
1978, when the song was composed - I know not. I leave such
weighty matters to our Canadian froinds and/or other experts to
cogitate upon.



Date: 11 Apr 92 15:55:40 EDT
From: Bruce Holtgren <70724.1622@CompuServe.COM>
Subject: Suggestion on tour dates

Just a suggestion (and forgive me if this has been brought up and
rejected in the past): Why not post the latest tour dates at the
top of every edition of TNMS? Three strong arguments in favor:
Even though they're available at the ftp site, it would be a lot
easier for everyone to see 'em this way. Second, judging from the
tremendous and constant demand for tour info, it would be a
greatly appreciated public service. Third, and perhaps most
importantly, it would surely cut down on, or eliminate entirely,
the dozens (hundreds?) of "When-are-they-gonna-play-in-xxxxx?"
posts that seem to be filed repeatedly.

Of course, such an every-issue List of Dates would have to be
accompanied by the standard disclaimers: These are not official;
TNMS has no connection with Rush; dates can change or disappear
at any time without notice; if your city isn't listed here, we
don't have any information on it; and if you have any info for
us, please post it. Even including the disclaimers, I daresay
we'd end up saving bandwidth in the long run by eliminating all
or most of the posted tour-date questions in return.

I know that with this tour perhaps past halfway, now may not be
the best time to suggest this. But it's just a suggestion.



From: bkekesi@uceng.UC.EDU (Jealous Knight)
Subject: Re: Lakeside Park
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 16:04:28 EDT

My XSO (current LO) is a big RUSH fan and she once told me that the 24th of
May was the Canadian "Independence Day" -- sort of like a combination 'tween
our 4th of July and Memorial Day.

                                             - Alex


Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1992 17:26 EST
Subject: Re:  Lakeside Park

Hello out there,
        I don't know about Lakeside Park, actually, but I do know that
"Willowdale" (from "The Necromancer") is a real suburb area of Toronto.
At least I'm fairly certain.  So put that in your pipe and smoke it (grin).

"There is no safe seat at the feast"



Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 17:28:26 EST
From: RUSH 
Subject: no popularity

For all of you who seem to want to make RUSH the most popular band in the
free world, I can sympathize, they being the best.  However, consider this:
 if RUSH comes out with a #1 album and a few #1 songs, esp. ballads, and
every 15 girl develops a crush on Geddy's nose, then all us real RUSH
fans well never be able to get good seats at the conserts, they'll be
taken by a bunch of made-up dolls with big hair and their smooth-dancing
boyfriends. Comrades, that is NOT a RUSH crowd, and we shouldn't want it
to be. RUSH needs no more recognition than they already get, they'll still
make the best music regardless.

PS- Neil wears a bandanna cuz he's really a pirate. He doesn't wera
wear (sorry) his large golden earring because it gets caught on his
drumstick during Tom Sawyer.  He changed his family name from Blackbeard
to Peart for fear of persecution from the British government.

ALso, to the guy who was curious about the significance of the 24th of may,
I believe its some sort of Canadian Independence Day, or maybe it's
Bastille Day, borrowed from the French.

so long and thanks for all the fish
Dan M.


Date: Sat, 11 Apr 92 19:04:31 -0500
From: (Brian Baldwin)
Subject: Dayton, Ohio June 23

Hello All,
I was just reading in the last issue of TNMS that a concert for Dayton on
June 23 has been announced.  Does anyone know of any ticket info on this
show or where it is to be held?  Please e-mail me directly or post to the
list immediately!!
Thanks for your continued help!

Brian BAldwin


Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1992 11:12:37 -0500
From: Michael Silverman 
Subject: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, What and Where?

	I am excited! I just bought four tickets from to the Rush show in
Kansas City on May 23rd! I'm not writing this to make you jealous.
I just need some information from some kind soul. First of all, the show
is at Kemper Arena - is this an indoor or ourdoor venue? Also, my seats
are in the Lower Level, no row specified - are these good seats, or at
least decent? Please repond via e-mail


Date: Sun, 12 Apr 92 13:41:43 -0400
From: "Dylan Kaufman" 
Subject: Rockline stations list

Here is the current list of stations carrying Rockline.  The first
list is by city name, the second by station call letters.  If you can
fill in any blanks or add anything that isn't listed, please email me.

,MA				WHJY   94.1 FM
Atlanta, GA			WKLS   96.1 FM
Austin, TX			WLBJ   93.7 FM
Blacksburg, VA			WVVV  104.9 FM
Buffalo, NY			WGR    96.9 FM
Champaign-Urbana, IL		WPGU  107.1 FM
Chicago, IL			WLUP   97.9 FM
Chico, CA			KFMF   93.9 FM
Cincinnati, OH			WEBN  102.7 FM
Cleveland, OH			WMMS  100.7 FM
Columbus, OH			WLVQ   96.3 FM
Dallas, TX			KTXQ  102.1 FM
Dayton, OH			WTUE  104.7 FM
Denver, CO			KAZY  106.7 FM
El Paso, TX			KLAQ   95.5 FM
Houston, TX			KLOL  101.1 FM
Indianapolis, IN		WFBQ   94.7 FM
Lexington, KY			WKQQ   98.1 FM
London, Ontario, Canada		       95.9 FM
Lubbock, TX			KFMX   94.5 FM
New York, NY			       92.3 FM
New York, NY			WNEW  102.7 FM
Omaha, NB			KEZO   92.3 FM
Orlando, FL			WDIZ  100.3 FM
Pittsburgh, PA			WRRK   96.9 FM
Rochester, NY			WCMF   96.5 FM
San Francisco, CA		KRQR   97.3 FM
Seattle, WA			KISW   99.9 FM
Spokane, WA			KEZE  105.7 FM
St. Louis, MO			KSHE   94.7 FM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada	CILQ  107.1 FM
Worcester, MA			WAAF  107.3 FM
Youngstown, OH			WNCD  106.1 FM

       92.3 FM	New York, NY
       95.9 FM	London, Ontario, Canada
CILQ  107.1 FM	Toronto, Ontario, Canada
KAZY  106.7 FM	Denver, CO
KEZE  105.7 FM	Spokane, WA
KEZO   92.3 FM	Omaha, NB
KFMF   93.9 FM	Chico, CA
KFMX   94.5 FM	Lubbock, TX
KISW   99.9 FM	Seattle, WA
KLAQ   95.5 FM	El Paso, TX
KLBJ   93.7 FM	Austin, TX
KLOL  101.1 FM	Houston, TX
KRQR   97.3 FM	San Francisco, CA
KSHE   94.7 FM  St. Louis, MO
KTXQ  102.1 FM	Dallas, TX
WAAF  107.3 FM	Worcester, MA
WCMF   96.5 FM	Rochester, NY
WDIZ  100.3 FM  Orlando, FL
WEBN  102.7 FM	Cincinnati, OH
WFBQ   94.7 FM	Indianapolis, IN
WGR    96.9 FM	Buffalo, NY
WHJY   94.1 FM	,MA
WKLS   96.1 FM	Atlanta, GA
WKQQ   98.1 FM	Lexington, KY
WLUP   97.9 FM	Chicago, IL
WLVQ   96.3 FM	Columbus, OH
WMMS  100.7 FM	Cleveland, OH
WNCD  106.1 FM	Youngstown, OH
WNEW  102.7 FM	New York, NY (107.1 Eastern LI)
WPGU  107.1 FM	Champaign-Urbana, IL
WRRK   96.9 FM 	Pittsburgh, PA
WTUE  104.7 FM	Dayton, OH
WVVV  104.9 FM	Blacksburg, VA

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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 92 16:44:39 -0700
From: Ryan Curtis 
Subject: Best instrumental & May 24th

A couple of thoughts I thought I would share in my first TNMS post:

1) In respose to Glen Reed's post asking which instrumental people like best,
my vote goes to La Villa Strangiato.  I tend to like the longer songs, and I
think that La Villa is filled with beautiful melodies, complex structures, and
everything else that I could want.

2) In response to the post asking what significance the 24th of May has, it is
Canadian independance day, which accounts for the fireworks display.  And, yes,
Lakeside Park is a real place, not to far from Toronto, I believe.


Date: Sun, 12 Apr 92 19:10:41 -0500
Subject: rumors and tour dates

i heard on sunday april 12th that neil peart died.   i hope he didn't.   if 
any of you know any thing about this write.   neil is the god of all drum 
   does any body know if rush is coming to iowa or wisconsin this summer??


Date:    Sun, 12 Apr 1992 20:55:14 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Soundblaster, PC, and Rush

   I have a Soundblaster for my compatible and I was wondering if anyone had
any Rush songs available for the SB.  If so, I am interested in getting them.
I am looking for something other than a .VOC that was just digitized input
though.  If there are enough available, it would be nice if there could be
an IBM sound area at the ftp site.  Thanks.



Date: Sun, 12 Apr 92 22:15:24 -0700
From: (Mikael Sheikh)
Subject: The Fountain of Lamneth

Tell me, why so people refer to the individual compositions of The Fountain
of Lamneth as songs?  That's like referring solely to Return of the Prince,
a peice of music that depsite being excellent, would be very lacking if it
were to stand by itself.  And, as far as I can tell, the same holds for
No One at the Bridge.

				Mikael Sheikh

P.S.  I'm still searching for San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento concert dates.
	Anyone know anything?

	{ Look ma, no .sig!}


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 14:49:16 +0200
From: (Frank Lancaster)
Subject: Interview with Neil on April 23rd; Questions Requested


a month ago I posted a request for questions for an interview with
Alex. Thanks to all who sent me questions, but you may remember that
I was asked with whom I wanted to do an interview, and asked for Neil,
but got Alex. Well, now I've been told it's going to be Neil!

So if anyone has questions or even just a message for Neil, mail it
to me before April 23rd! If anyone has a good idea of how to present the
NMS to Neil, tell me! Perhaps we could make a special edition.

The interview is going to be face to face and about 30 minutes long.
It'll be in Koeln, Germany at noon before the concert on the 23rd.

-- Frank Lancaster, an already very nervous interviewer

My internet address is:
UUnet: ...!uunet!unido!tools!fl


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 10:16:31 EDT
From: (Keivan Khalichi)
Subject: Old Concerts and Stuff


  I received your message Nicholas and would like to thank you for your
oppinion.  That's all it is, your oppinion.  I still think that I'm not the
only one that thinks Rush should be recognized more.

  In regards to a different note.  When do the tickets go on sale for the
Merriweather Post Pavillion show on June 16th.  I might wanna go to see them
again.  If anyone knows, please post it here so everyone can see.

  And finally, has anyone here been to the old Rush concerts.  Such as 2112.
A guy on my local BBS was supposed to tell me how the 2112 concert was, but
he hasn't returned a reply yet.  Just curious as to how fascinating that
concert was.  I think out of all the legal live albums (I have none of the
bootlegs) All the World's a Stage, is my favorite.  But they are all good.
In fact there isn't a Rush album that I don't like.  What the heck am I
talking about. :)

That's it for now.

>From the Land of the Over-World, Keivan Khalichi.

P.S.  -  Keep your flames out of here.  Send them to EMail address only.


Date:    Mon, 13 Apr 92  11:08:38 EDT
From: "Hg" 
Subject: Why they don't write 'em like that anymore

  A while back, several people remarked that the subject matter
of many of Rush's songs have changed over the years.  (big
surprise there!)  Think about it: when you're young, doing
what you love to do (ie make music), wildly successful, it's
easy--even invigorating--to embrace such a "me-first" mentality
such as objectivism.  As you grow older, despite past successes,
it seems to me that it would be more clear that while a self-
serving attitude does after all serve oneself, society on the
whole tends to suffer.
  Certainly we can argue the merits and faults of objectivism
(yes, it has both) until we are blue in the face.  (In other
words, flames/responses via private email, please.)  But simply
thinking about the mentality of:
"Begging hands and bleeding hearts"
"I feel my heart resist/But I open up my fist..."
should make it clear that Neil's views have matured to a
  Or maybe I'm just confused.  I doubt it.


PS I read that Extreme's Gary Cherone will be filling in for
Freddie Mercury with Queen at that memorial concert/fund-
raiser in England on the 20th.  I'm sure he'll be just as
good as Freddie........NOT!



Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 12:05:07 EDT
From: Doug White 
Subject: songlist generator / Neil is U2 fan

I saw in the last NMS where someone was trying to calculate the average
length of a Rush tune. I expect I should say "Get a Life!", but instead,
I'll offer anyone who wants it a piece of code I've been thrashing out
for the past few months. It's supposed to read a list of songs from a
text file and figure out a good fit on to a minimum number of tapes.
(I dumped every Rush tune I own onto tapes for the car - 13 tapes)

You can specify different tape lengths, from 15 min to 6 hours (VHS),
ask for efficiency displays, and choose a maximum load for a tape -
i.e. instead of cramming it 100% full leaving no lead-in/lead-out time,
 only use 98% of the capacity. The output shows how to split the list
of songs up to reasonably fill tape sides, plus gives a few statistics,
such as the running time of the top 10% longest songs, a course breakdown
of all running lengths, and a rough median time.

There are two versions of this: a fully automatic version, and a
"hand iterated" version. The "hand" version will not perturb the original
order of the songlist while distributing the songs across tapes.
(like if you want Fear I, Fear II and Fear III together...)

If anyone's interested, I'll wing you an example of input & output, and the
C source. Maybe this can get posted to syrinx, if there's enough interest.

Via con Lerxst!

P.S. Notice that Edge has a skull bandana in "Actung Baby" liner pix? :-) :-P


Date: 	Mon, 13 Apr 1992 09:13:10 PDT
Subject: Several things, incl. Bay Area tour date


Just a few things that occurred to me while reading the last couple of

1. Heard on KOME last night about 11:30 that Rush is coming to the Bay Area on
May 31.  Tickets go on sale next week (they didn't say which day).  Probably
the Shoreline Amphitheatre, but they weren't sure.

2. For the guy whose wife was looking for Rush tunes for aerobics, I thought
"Force Ten" sounded pretty fast and kicky... :-)

3. For Aaron Silverman, who gave us more info on the movie "Xanadu": Ol' Blue
Eyes was  nowhere near that movie.  That was Gene Kelly, and he put in a rather
nice performance, I thought.  But yes, the movie was pretty cheesy nonetheless.

If anyone finds out the exact date when tickets go on sale for the Bay Area,
let me know, eh?

"Attack the day like birds of prey..."


Date: Sun, 12 Apr 92 00:44:56 EDT
From: (John Q. Public)
Subject: A Piece of Rush Trivia, Laser Show Update, A Confession, and Politics

    Well, this is probably too ridiculus to mention but here goes...

    I recorded the soundtrack to the upcoming Rush Laser Show at a
local radio station back in January.  They of course had one of those
CD players that will advance frame by frame (1/47 sec, I think).
I recorded Didacts and Narpets as an intro to Tom Sawyer (try it, it's
great!).  Anyway, I advanced to the first frame of TS and played just
that frame.  What I heard was a big BOOM!  Just the bass drum!  I guess
Neil was so anxious to record Tom Sawyer that he started a fraction of
a second early.  Show some control next time Neil :)

    BTW, I finished the first two songs to the laser show (Broon's Bane/
Trees live, and The Spirit of Radio).  I played it for an audience after
one of our traditional planetarium shows and they loved it (Whew!).
Right now I'm closing with Working Man and Roll the Bones, but I'm
considering dropping those two in favor of Cygnus X-1.  Any opinions on
which way to go?  E-mail any opinions, please.

    Oh, yeah.  Can you believe I have never been to a Rush concert?
I don't expect to make it to one this tour either.  Makes me feel like
a virgin at the Rocky Horror Picture Show ("Virgin.  Virgin.  Peel his
bandana, Roll his Bones...").

Lerxst for President in '92!



Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 11:42:45 -0500
From: (Brian Baldwin)
Subject: Summer Tour Dates

Hello All,
   I just got off the phone with SRO Mgmt. in Toronto and here are a couple of
new tour dates:  June 23 - Dayton, Nutter Center   June 26 - Detroit.
The lady said that the tickets for the Dayton show have already gone on sale,
but they certinaly have NOT gone on sale through Ticketmaster!  However, she
told me to call Sunshine Promotions to find out for sure.  Hope this info helps

Brian Baldwin


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 12:50:30 -0400
From: (Gregg Jaeger)
Subject: time machine

Hello Everyone,

I just got a program for my time machine so that I can go to Long Island
in March. If anyone is interested in my program then drop my a line!

Gregg (

Gregg Jaeger    (     | Tristero?               Treestero?
Dept(s). of Physics (and Philosophy)      |            ______/|/|
590 Commonwealth Ave.                     |              (_) \|\|
Boston University, Boston MA 02215        |  WASTE: Box 49 Boston.   Trystero?


Subject: Jones Beach Date
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 92 13:28:16 EDT
From: Psycho Dave 

   Someone mentioned that the boyz would rather cancel the Jones Beach date
than risk a rainout.  Personally, I would take the risk for a chance to see
that show outside!  Rush by starlight would be GREAT!
(It also doesn't hurt that i live 5 min from Jones Beach! ;) )

If anyone knows for sure whats goin on.....pleaz let me know!

     Psycho Dave
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