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          The National Midnight Star, Number 514

                Tuesday, 15 September 1992
Today's Topics:
   	            Rush FAQ List [1/2]	

Date: Sun, 13 Sep 92 00:33:10 -0700
From: (Dan Delany)
Subject: Rush FAQ List [1/2]

Rush Fans Frequently Asked Questions List
Part 1 of 2
Generated: Sun Sep 13 00:30:40 PDT 1992

   This file contains questions that seem to crop up frequently in The
National Midnight Star and  If you received a copy of
this file in email, other than as an issue of TNMS, it is probably
because you asked one of these questions.

   This file has been expanded into 2 files because some mailers have
problems with files that are longer than 60K.  Part 1 contains general
questions about the band.  Part 2 contains questions inspired by
specific albums and songs.

   If you want a copy of the current version of this file, email me and
I'll send you the most recent version.  This set of files is posted on
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month to,, and

   If you have any suggestions for additions to the list or corrections,
please send them to me at and I'll add them in
if you have documentation supporting your theory.  Also, don't send
your suggestions to rush-mgr@syrinx.  I'll repeat that because it's
important.  Don't send faq suggestions to the moderator of the Rush
fans mailing list.  He doesn't have anything to do with keeping the
faq up to date.  Faq suggestions should be sent to me at and not to the mailing list moderator.
If mail sent to dan@rat bounces, try or - they should work.

I'd appreciate it if people who submit questions submit anything they know
about possible answers, since I don't have all of the answers myself!

Please consider this before sending me a suggestion for an addition.

I'll repeat that because it's important and people don't get it.
Please consider this before sending me a suggestion for an addition.

I know that it's fun to come up with pet theories for how things
are related to each other.  But please don't send them to me saying that
"It *can't* be a coincidence!"  I routinely ignore such email.  Send me
a reference to an interview or a quote or something from a band member
that supports what you say, and I'll be happy to add it to this file.
If you have a pet theory that you want feedback on, post it to TNMS

For example:  Don't point out to me that 1001001 in binary is equivalent to
73 decimal, and 73 decimal is ASCII for the letter "I", and the letter "I"
was significant to the plot of Ayn Rand's _Anthem_, and Neil Peart read
lots of Ayn Rand, therefore "The Body Electric" is a reference to _Anthem_.
Believe me, you won't be the first to point that out.  But Neil Peart has
never said anything on that particular subject as far as I know, so I'm
not going to put that into the FAQ.  (Especially since I think it's
a coincidence!)  Remember, coincidences happen, even in Rush songs!

DISCLAIMER: The information in this file is accurate to the best of my
knowledge, but I'm not perfect.  If you have an answer to one of these
questions that doesn't match the one given here that you can verify, let me
know, and I'll put it in.  But if you make a bet based on this
information and you lose, don't blame me.

One more thing: If you send me mail and I don't answer right away, please
be patient.  I eventually read all of my mail.  However, Rush FAQ related
stuff has a lower priority than my job.

Here are the questions I get asked the most, so I'll put them here at the

What is The National Midnight Star?

   It's a Rush fans newsletter that is distributed via email.
   Submissions are all sent to one address, and the moderator goes through
   the submissions periodically and sends out a digest containing lots
   of submissions.

   (If you don't know where the name "The National Midnight Star"
   comes from, that means you don't watch enough Canadian TV.)

How can I subscribe to The National Midnight Star?

   Send email to asking to have your name added
   to the list.  Don't send email to me - I can't add you!

   I'll repeat that.  I ( have absolutely nothing
   to do with the management of TNMS.  I can't add your name to the
   subscription list.

*********** The following questions are contained in this file: **************

What albums has the band released?

What are the catalog numbers for LP/Cassette?

When was  released?

Are any videotapes of the band available?

Are these tapes available on laserdisc?

What songs has the band made videos for?

How many copies did  sell?

Can anyone list everything else that the members of Rush have ever appeared on?

What was the first single released by the band?

I just bought the CD of  and
it's missing a track! Is a complete version of this CD available?

Has  ever been performed live?

What is Battlescar/Max Webster, who plays on it, what is the label/catalogue
number for the Universal Juveniles CD? Where can I write to get it?

Have any books been written about the band?

I heard that Neil Peart was going to publish some of his writings. Has
this been done? Can I buy this book?

I heard something about a Rush comic book. What comic book was it?

Somebody posted  in TNMS. I missed it - could somebody
please send me a copy? Does anybody have the lyrics to ?

What issue of TNMS is  in?

I've been seeing  used in TNMS. What does it mean?

I've heard about the "Rush Backstage Club." What is it, and how do I join?

What other Rush newsletters are there?

What is the marital status of the band members?

I've heard  about . Does anybody know anything about
the truth of it?

What are the birthdays of the band members?

But in "Thrice Told Tales", it says that Geddy's birthday is June 29!

What are the real names of the band members?

How is "Peart" pronounced?

I heard that Neil Peart has a PhD in . Is this true?

Does anybody have an address I can use to write to the band?

Who says  in ?

What is a Lerxt?

Do the other band members have nicknames?

What's the story behind Alex's "Hentor Sportscaster" guitar?

Where did the name "Rush" come from?

Whatever happened to John Rutsey?

=========== Questions and answers follow: ==========

What albums has the band released?

   A more complete version of this discography is available for FTP at (
   {according to, at least.  I haven't looked.}

   These catalog numbers are the ones I read from my CDs & videotapes.

   Mercury  822-541-2 (1974) [AAD] Rush
   Mercury  822-542-2 (1975) [AAD] Fly By Night
   Mercury  822-543-2 (1975) [AAD] Caress Of Steel
   Mercury  822-545-2 (1976) [AAD] 2112
   Mercury  822-552-2 (1976) [AAD] All The World's A Stage
   Mercury  822-546-2 (1977) [AAD] A Farewell To Kings
   Mercury  822-547-2 (1978) [AAD] Hemispheres
   Mercury  822-548-2 (1980) [AAD] Permanent Waves
   Mercury  800-048-2 (1981) [ADD] Moving Pictures
   Mercury  822-551-2 (1981) [AAD] Exit...Stage Left*
   Mercury  810-002-2 (1982) [ADD] Signals
   Mercury  818-476-2 (1984) [AAD] Grace Under Pressure
   Mercury  826-098-2 (1985) [DDD] Power Windows
   Mercury  832-464-2 (1987) [DDD] Hold Your Fire
   Mercury  836-346-2 (1989) [ADD] A Show Of Hands
   Atlantic 7 82040-2 (1989) [DDD] Presto
   Mercury  838 936-2 (1990)       Chronicles
   Atlantic 7 82293-2 (1991) [DDD] Roll The Bones

   Additionally, several collections are available: {sorry - no catalog 
                                        numbers, as I don't have these.}

   Archives (includes _Rush_,_Fly By Night_, and _Caress Of Steel_)
   _RUSH_ Through Time
   _Everything Your Listeners Ever Wanted To Hear By Rush But You Were 
   Afraid To Play_ - this collection was targeted at radio stations.
   It was never officially released, and is extremely rare. It's a
   selection taken from FBN, CoS and 2112.

   _Rush - Profiled!_ - This CD was released to radio stations and
                        is rather rare.  It contains recordings of quotes
                        like "Hi, this is Alex Lifeson of Rush, and
                        you're listening to the magic of radio."  that a
                        DJ can put on as a promo between songs.  It also
                        contains quite a few tracks of band members
                        answering questions.  The questions are printed
                        in the liner notes, so a DJ can ask a
                        question and play the CD of the appropriate
                        person answering that question.  The questions
                        are mostly about _Presto_, since this CD was
                        released shortly after _Presto_.

  * The Anthem release of ESL, available in Canada is [ADD], but
    the US CD is [AAD].  Some people have told me that their CD says
    [ADD] on the disc and [AAD] on the label.

What are the catalog numbers for LP/Cassette?

          LP             CD             Cassette       8-track
   R      SRM-1-1011     822 541-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-1011   MC-8-1-1011
   FBN    SRM-1-1023     822 542-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-1023   MC-8-1-1023
   COS    SRM-1-1046     822 543-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-1046   MC-8-1-1046
   2112   SRM-1-1079     822 545-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-1079   MC-8-1-1079
   ATWAS  SRM-2-7508     822 552-2 M-1  MCT-4-2-7508   MCT8-2-7508
   AFTK   SRM-1-1184     822 546-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-1184   MC-8-1-1184
   H      SRM-1-3743     822 547-2 M-1  MCR-4-1-3743   MC-8-1-3743
   PeW    SRM 1-4001     822 548-2 M-1  MCR4 1-4001    MC8 1-4001
   MP     SRM-1-4013     800 048-2      MCR41 4013
   ESL    SRM-2-7001     822 551-2 M-1  MCR-4-2-7001   MC-8-2-7001
   S      SRM-1-4063     810 002-2      MCR-4-1-4063   MC-8-1-4063
   GUP    818 476-1 M-1  818 476-2      818 476-4 M-1
   PoW    826 098-1 M-1  826 098-2 M-1  826 098-4 M-1
   HYF    832 464-1 Q-1  832 464-2 Q-1  ?
   ASOH   836 346-1      836 346-2      836 346-4
   P      82040-1        7 82040-2      7 82040-4
   Chr                   838 937-2      838 936-4
                         838 938-2
   RTB                   7 82293-2

When was  released?

   Rush - Aug 1974
   FBN - Feb 1975
   COS - Sept 1975
   2112 - April 1976
   ATWAS - Sept 1976
   AFTK - Sept 1977
   Archives - April 1978
   Hemi - Oct 1978
   PeW - Jan 1980
   MP - Feb 1981
   ESL - Nov 1981
   Signals - Sept 1982
   p/g - April 1984
   PoW - Oct 1985
   HYF - Sep 1987
   ASoH - January 1989
   Presto - November 1989
   Chronicles - Sep 1990
   Roll The Bones - September 1991

Are any videotapes of the band available?

   Polygram Music Video 60285 (1981) Exit...Stage Left
   includes: Limelight
             Tom Sawyer
             The Trees
             Red Barchetta
             Free Will
             Closer To The Heart
             YYZ (with voice over)
             By-Tor and the Snow Dog/In The End/In The Mood/2112 Finale

   PMV 60607 (1986) Grace Under Pressure Tour 
   includes: The Spirit Of Radio
             The Enemy Within
             The Weapon
             Witch Hunt
             New World Man
             Distant Early Warning
             Red Sector A
             Closer To The Heart
             YYZ/2112: Temples of Syrinx/Tom Sawyer
             Vital Signs/Finding My Way/In The Mood
             The Big Money {video}

   PMV 0741 760-3 (1989) A Show Of Hands 
   includes: The Big Money
             Turn The Page
             Prime Mover
             Manhattan Project
             Closer To The Heart
             Red Sector A
             Force Ten
             Lock And Key (laserdisc only)
             The Rhythm Method (drum solo)
             The Spirit Of Radio
             Tom Sawyer
             2112/La Villa Strangiato/In The Mood

   PMV 60466 (1985) Through The Camera Eye (video compilation)
   includes: Vital Signs
             Tom Sawyer [live, from Exit...Stage Left]
             Distant Early Warning
             The Enemy Within
             The Body Electric

   PMV 082 765-3 (1990) Chronicles (video compilation)
   includes: Closer To The Heart [live]
             The Trees [live]
             Limelight [studio]
             Tom Sawyer [live, from ESL with some minor changes]
             Red Barchetta [live, from ESL]
             Subdivisions [from _Through The Camera Eye_]
             Distant Early Warning [from _Through The Camera Eye_]
             Red Sector A [live, from the p/g tour video]
             The Big Money [the shortened MTV version, not the complete one
                            from the p/g tour video]
             Mystic Rhythms
             Time Stand Still
             Lock And Key

Are these tapes available on laserdisc?

   According to the Barr Digital (a Seattle based mail order dealer in
   laser discs) database, available for ftp from in the
   pub/ directory, there are laserdiscs for
   _Through The Camera Eye_, _Exit Stage Left_, _Grace Under Pressure
   Tour_, _A Show of Hands_, and the video single for _The Big Money_.
   The database also says that _Exit Stage Left_ was "discontinued 8/91."
   This does not imply that Barr has them in stock; this database is
   not Barr's inventory.  It is only a list of laserdiscs that have been
   made.  The file that I ftp'ed from had a Feb 26 1992
   time/date stamp, so I assume that this information is accurate as of
   that date.

   According to, Chronicles is available
   on laserdisc in Japan, but it's not in NTSC format.

What songs has the band made videos for?

   Fly By Night
   A Farewell To Kings
   Closer To The Heart %
   The Trees %
   La Villa Strangiato
   Tom Sawyer
   Tom Sawyer [live, from ESL] %#
   Red Barchetta [live, from ESL] %
   Limelight %
   Limelight [live, from ESL]
   Vital Signs #
   Subdivisions %#
   Countdown #
   Distant Early Warning %#
   Afterimage #
   The Enemy Within #
   The Body Electric #
   The Big Money %&
   Mystic Rhythms %
   Marathon [live, from ASoH]
   Time Stand Still %
   Lock And Key %
   Show Don't Tell
   The Pass
   Roll The Bones

    % These videos appear on the _Chronicles_ videotape.
    # These videos appear on the _Through The Camera Eye_ videotape.
    & This video appears in it's complete form on the end of the
      _Grace Under Pressure Tour_ videotape.  The shortened MTV version
      appears on the _Chronicles_ videotape.

   Videos with no punctuation symbol next to them are not available on
   any home video compilation.  If you want to see these videos, you
   have to find somebody who taped them from TV or copied them from
   somebody else's tape.

   Videos with the 'live' comment are concert videos; all others have
   studio soundtracks.  Some of these have minor edits to the soundtrack.

How many copies did  sell?

   >From Billboard's Book of Gold and Platinum Records (1990):
   Release Date  Cert.  Date of Cert.  Chart Peak  Title
   3/76          G      11/16/77       61          2112
                 P      2/25/81
   10/76         G      11/16/77       40          All The World's A Stage
                 P      3/4/81
   8/77          G      11/16/77       33          A Farewell To Kings
   10/78         G      12/14/78       47          Hemispheres
   1/80          G      3/17/80        4           Permanent Waves
                 P      11/9/87
   1/81          G      4/13/81        3           Moving Pictures
                 P      4/27/81
                 2P     10/12/84
   10/81         G      1/5/82         10          Exit...Stage Left
                 P      11/9/87
   9/82          G      11/10/82       10          Signals
                 P      11/10/82
   4/84          G      6/26/84        10          Grace Under Pressure
                 P      6/26/84
   10/85         G      12/18/85       10          Power Windows
                 P      1/27/86
   9/87          G      11/9/87        13          Hold Your Fire
   1/89          G      3/9/89         21          A Show Of Hands
   As of May 1992, _Chronicles_ has been certified platinum, while RTB
   is still just at gold.

   >From Billboard's Book of Top 40 Albums (1991):
   Date      Peak  Weeks  Cert.  Title
   11/20/76  40    2      P      All The World's A Stage
   10/8/77   33    5      G      A Farewell To Kings
   2/9/80    4     15     P      Permanent Waves
   3/7/81    3     29     2P     Moving Pictures
   11/14/81  10    14     P      Exit...Stage Left
   10/2/82   10    11     P      Signals
   5/5/84    10    12     P      Grace Under Pressure
   11/2/85   10    14     P      Power Windows
   10/3/87   13    14     G      Hold Your Fire
   2/4/89    21    5      G      A Show Of Hands
   12/9/89   16    11     G      Presto

   Apparently, _Roll The Bones_ reached number 10 in the uk album charts.
   This was in the first week it was released.  It then dropped to number
   18 the following week and then out of the chart altogether.

Can anyone list everything else that the members of Rush have ever appeared on?

   This is not a complete list.  Please send me your additions!

   "Universal Juveniles" by Max Webster (Rush in "Battlescar")
   1980 (ANR-1-1027 Anthem)
   "Great White North" by Bob and Doug McKenzie (Geddy singing "Take Off")
   1981 (ANR-1-1036 Anthem)
   "Vignettes" by Marie Lynn Hammond (Lee on 2 tracks)
   1983 (BTR 1002 Black Tie Records)
   "Boys Brigade" by Boys Brigade (Lee produced)
   1983 (ST 12278 Capitol)
   "We Are the World" by USA for Africa with Lee in Northern Lights singing
   "Tears are Not Enough"
   1985 (40043 Columbia)
   "Alien Shores" by Platinum Blonde (Alex on 2 tracks)
   1985 (PCC-80105 Columbia)
   "Champion" by Jeff Berlin (Peart on 2 tracks)
   1985 (Passport Jazz PJ 88004 A)
   "Beyond Borders" by Canadian Guitar Summit (with Alex)
   July 1987 Guitar Player Magazine (flexidisc)
   "Pieces of Eight" (Peart percussion compilation)
   May 1987 Modern Drummer Magazine (flexidisc)
   "Serious Business" by Greenway (Alex doing solo in "In the Danger Zone")
   1988 (81827-1 Atlantic)
   "Clean Slate" by Clean Slate  (Alex produced)
   1988 (ANM-1 5002 Anthem) (5 song EP)
   "Dream on the Horizon: A Tribute to the Olympic Spirit" by The Big Picture
   1988 (WSC-331 Chartwell Records)  (Alex on 2 tracks)
   "Smoke on the Water" (Mega-Rock Re-Mix)/Paranoid, by Rock Aid Armenia and
   Black Sabbath, (Alex on guitar)
   1989 UK ARMENT 001, ARMENTR 002, ARMENT 002
   "Lost Brotherhood" by Larry Gowan (Alex on all tracks)
   1990 (80160 Anthem)

   "Star Jam Series: Neil Peart Style"
   "Starlicks Guitar Lesson: Alex Lifeson Style"

   In the January 1986 issue of _Modern Drummer_ magazine, while discussing
    his appearance on the Jeff Berlin album, Neil says that he "...did a
    similar thing with a musician named Ken Ramm in Toronto.  That record
    was released in Canada."


   "1991 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert"  (Neil on a few songs)
   DCI Music Video

What was the first single released by the band?

   The A side was a cover of a Buddy Holly song called "Not Fade Away."
   The B side was a Lee/Rutsey song called "You Can't Fight It."
   These songs are not on any Rush albums.  If you want to hear them,
   you have to track down a copy of the single, which is very rare, or
   find somebody who has the songs on tape.  There is no collection
   for sale that contains these tracks.

I just bought the CD of  and
it's missing a track!  Is a complete version of this CD available?

   No.  But if you absolutely have to have everything on CD, the 2 missing
   tracks are on _Chronicles_.

Has  ever been performed live?

   The 1st anniversary issue of TNMS contains song lists for each tour
   Rush has done up to _Presto_.  This is issue 99, available for ftp at

What is Battlescar/Max Webster, who plays on it, what is the label/catalogue 
number for the Universal Juveniles CD?  Where can I write to get it?

   Max Webster is a Canadian band that used to open for Rush.  Battlescar
   is a song from their _Universal Juveniles_ CD that was done as a duet
   of the 2 bands.  

    Max Webster - Universal Juveniles  1980
                  Mercury SRM-1-3855 [6337 144]
                  Distributed by Polygram Distribution, Inc.
                    810 Seventh Avenue
                    New York, NY 10019

                  Write:  Anthem Records
                          Oak Manor  P.O. 1000
                          Oak Ridges, Ontario
                          Canada  L0G 1P0

   One more note:  "Battlescar" has a subscript:  "recorded live July 28th,
   1980 Phase One Studios -Toronto-".

Have any books been written about the band?

   Rush - Visions: The Official Biography (c) 1988
   By Bill Banasiewicz (The B-Man)
   ISBN: 0-7119-1162-2    94 pages
   From: Omnibus Press
   Distributor: Music Sales Corporation
   Order number: 44387 (that's what my copy says, anyway)

   Some copies of _Visions_ have this address for Music Sales Corporation:
                24 East 22nd Street
                New York, NY 10010

   Other copies have this one:
                225 Park Avenue South
                New York, NY 10003

   I don't know which address is correct.  If you find out, tell me.
   Success Under Pressure (c) 1984
   By Steve Gett
   ISBN: 0-89524-230-3    48 pages
   From: Cherry Lane Books
         110 Midland Avenue
         Port Chester, NY 10573
   Rush  (c)1982
   By Brian Harrigan
   ISBN: 0-86001-934-9    80 pages
        The Putnam Publishing Group
        200 Madison Avenue
        New York, NY 10016

   People have sent me the names of books of Rush sheet music, but
   I'm not going to include those because there are too many of them
   and this file is getting far too large.  Besides, they really aren't
   about the band.

I heard that Neil Peart was going to publish some of his writings.  Has
this been done?  Can I buy this book?

   No, not yet.  Neil hasn't published yet.

I heard something about a Rush comic book.  What comic book was it?

   That was Defenders #45. It was dedicated to Geddy, Alex, and Neil of
   Rush on the first page. The story has an anti-collectivist theme to it.
   Since it was printed Mar 77 it makes sense that it would draw from
   2112 (however vaguely).

   The villian (Red Rajah) says, at one point, "Truth is false and logic
   lost, seek the Rajah at all cost".

Somebody posted  in TNMS.  I missed it - could somebody
please send me a copy?  Does anybody have the lyrics to ?

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Some of the lists are restricted. [/LIST] /LIMIT -------------- Specify the maximum number of bytes which may be sent in a single mail message. Transfers exceeding this amount will be split into several messages before sending. A value of 0 means that there is no limit. The archive server has a default size limit of 100000 bytes. You may change this if you know that you have different limits. Most (but not all) uucp sites have a limit of 100000 bytes. CompuServe accounts have a 60000 byte limit on mail. Internet and Bitnet sites should set this to 300000 bytes. [/SIZE] /QUIT ----- The remainder of the message is ignored. This can be useful if a long signature is appended to the message. [/END,/EXIT] /SEND ------------ The specified is looked up in the file list. If found, it will be sent to you by email. Binary (8-bit) items are uuencoded before sending. The /PACK and other commands affect this command. You must specify the item as directory/filename. NOTE: use forward slashes '/' only /RESEND [...] -------------------------------- Resend the indicated s of this . This is useful if not all parts of a multi-part transmission arrived correctly. When resending, the /PACK and /LIMIT used must be identical to those of the original transmission. This information should be on the 'BEGIN' line of one of the received parts. NOTE: use forward slashes '/' only /UUSEND -------------- This command is identical to the command /SEND except that the is guaranteed to be uuencoded. This is useful if you know that the return message will go through EBCDIC based computers. NOTE: use forward slashes '/' only /UURESEND [...] ----------------------------------- This command is identical to the command /RESEND except that the is guaranteed to be uuencoded. This is useful if you know that the return message will go through EBCDIC based computers. NOTE: use forward slashes '/' only /PACK ------------ Change items compression to this which will affect all SENDs and RESENDs (and UU versions) from this point on until another PACK line is encountered. Choices are NONE, Z, COMPRESS, and ZIP. [/ARCHIVER] /INDEX ------ Sends a list of the items with sizes, dates, and descriptions. This list is sorted by directory and then by filename. It has the same effect as the command /SEND INDEX. [/FILES] /MESSAGE -------- Send a message to the administrator of the server. The remainder of the message will be sent, without parsing for additional commands. [/NOTE] === APPENDICES ==================================================== 1. Requests are queued and processed once per day during the early morning hours of the US. 2. The current list of available lists. (* restricted) dragon ----- available services pc --------- MSDOS pc related gui -------- Dazix Magellan GUI * lib -------- Dazix Libraries * framework -- Dazix Framework * gbt -------- Game Bytes magazine (text version) gbg -------- Game Bytes magazine (graphics version) 3. There is no /TEST command. All email sent to the Dragon Server will have a log report sent in response after processing. { End of mail-server help file } Additionally, an FTP site has been established. There are several read-only directories containing informational files, plus a directory for uploading files into. The address to ftp to is: or for those of you who don't have name resolution. Once here, you will be prompted for a name (userid) and password. Use "anonymous" for the userid and your userid for the password. Once you're logged in, 'cd' into the "rush" subdirectory. Once there, you can list the files in the directory. There is actually only one file (README) currently, the others being subdirectories. The directories available now are: "digest" - Contains back issues of the current incarnation of the digest from issue # 1 to the current issue; "lyrics" - Contains the lyrics for all the albums up through _Roll The Bones_. "names" - Contains a recent (thought not always the latest-and-greatest) version of the subscription list; and "images" - Contains GIF and Rast format pictures of album covers and photos of the band members. "sounds" - A directory containing sound files in NeXT .snd or Sun .au format. "MacSounds" - A directory containing Macintosh-format sounds. "c64-sounds" - A directory containing Commodore-64-format sounds. "tab" - A directory containing guitar and bass tabs for various songs. "incoming" - A directory that's world-writable for uploading files to Syrinx to be moved (by the digest manager) to one of the other directories. (If you upload something, PLEASE send mail to the Syrinx administrative address to let the list manager know!) "special" - Contains the longer items - interviews, articles, tour lists, etc. Any item warranting it's own file but doesn't fall into any of the other categories. To transfer a file to your machine, type get where is the name of the file you want. If you're on a Unix machine, do a 'man ftp' for more information. If you have questions about how to decode/view/use these files, ask your local system administrators. Any files in the subdirectories with a suffix of ".Z" are compressed; you'll have to uncompress them on your end. There is a Unix Shell Archive (shar) format file in the main directory named "compress.shar" which contains the source for the compress/uncompress commands. If you wish to submit something for a special edition posting, send it to the 'rush-request' address; if it's of general interest, it'll be a special edition, and then placed in the "special" dir. The same effect is created by uploading something to the "incoming" directory and sending mail to the 'rush-request' address and informing the rush-mgr it's there. Remember, if you don't have ftp capabilities at your site, there is still the mail server at "". What issue of TNMS is in? This list isn't complete, and it probably contains errors. Let me know, so I can fix them! Item Issue ---- ----- Neil's reaction to TNMS 5 Analysis of "The Pass" 21 Neil's editorial on Satanism 22 Explanation of the map in "Signals" 26 A Nice Morning Drive 34 Grace Under Pressure tour book 42 2112 tour book 47 Permanent Waves tour book 48 1978 Article/Story on Rush 59 Alex interview: Music Express #132, 1989 62 "Kubla Khan" 64 Modern Drummer interview with Neil (Dec 89) 68 HYF tour book 69 Rockline interview 4/30/90 72 Peart Q & A 74 Definition of "peart" 80 Chronicles essay 81 "Kubla Khan" 88 Rush special from "The Source" 91 _Success Under Pressure_ (Part 1 of 4) 93 _Success Under Pressure_ (Part 2 of 4) 94 _Success Under Pressure_ (Part 3 of 4) 96 Anniversary issue (Part 1 of 2) 98 Anniversary issue (Part 2 of 2) 99 _Success Under Pressure_ (Part 4 of 4) 101 Interview with Alex 11/20/90 107 Updated Rush tour dates listing 108 "In The Studio" interviews/MP era 110 _Rolling Stone_ interviews: 5/15,80,6/26/80,5/28/81 114 Guitar World, March 1990 118 1978 _Sounds_ article 121 Rolling Stone album reviews (Hemispheres,PeW,ESL,Signals,p/g,PoW,ASoH,Presto) 123 Dec 18, 1983 _Sounds_ article 125 "The Source" interview: 2/27/83 131 Modern Drummer interview with Neil (April 84) 134 Moving Pictures tour book 136 Neil Peart drumset giveaway from _Modern Drummer_ 3/87 142 Neil Peart: "The Quest For New Drums" (5/87 MD) 145 Neil Peart: drumset giveaway results (10/87 MD) 145 Neil Peart: "Getting The Drum Part" (8/88 MD) 145 Neil Peart: "A Real Job" (2/87 MD) 151 Interview: SOUNDS, April 5, 1980 206 Rush discography 209 Discussion of scissors/paper/stone symbols 212 Geddy Lee interview: _Keyboard_ magazine, Sept '84 217 Geddy Lee interview: _Keyboard_ magazine, March 89 220 Alex Lifeson interview: _Guitar for the Practicing Musician_: July '84 220 Neil Peart interview: _Metal Hammer_, April 25 1988 227 _Presto_ tour press release 229 _Only Music_ article 229 Presto concert review: _Kerrang_ #282: March 24,1990 234,262 Picture Disc interview with Alex: HYF era 238 PoW tourbook transcription 250 Hemispheres tourbook transcription 257 Signals tourbook transcription 260 Geddy Lee interview: _Bass Player_ mag - Nov/Dec 1988 264 _Creem_ interview with Neil 274 Alex interview: 4/86 _Guitar Player_ 277 Geddy Lee interview: 4/86 _Guitar Player_ 285 Neil Peart interview: 1/27/88 Houston Post 287 Rush crossword puzzle 292 Neil Peart interview: April '86 _Canadian Composer_ 294 March 1990 _Guitar World_ article 297 _Signals_ tourbook crossword puzzle 302 Neil Peart interview: Jan '86 _Modern Drummer_ 305 Neil Peart release: Roll The Bones 311 Neil Peart interview: _Guitar_: Oct '86 312 Geddy Lee interview: Aug 19, 1991: Frank Lancaster 320 Neil interview:Oct '86 Guitar for Practicing Musician 325 Geddy interview: In The Listening Room - from GFPM 6/87 325 Neil/Alex interview: Feb 1990 Music Express 342 TNMS 2nd anniversary issue 378 "Row the boats" article by Neil Peart 390 10/91 "Canadian Musician" interview: Geddy, Neil 392 Nov 1 1991 Chicago Tribune article 406 Gold Rush: Canadian Composer article 408 Aug 19 1991 Geddy Lee interview 408 Neil Peart Rochester Times Union article: 10/24/91 408 RTB CD launch transcription 450 Nov 1991 _Guitar Player_ interview: Geddy & Alex 452 ABC In Concert Artist Profile of RUSH (RTB tour) 453 Results of "Favorite Rush Songs" poll 458 Lots of parodies of Rush lyrics 479 Bunch of assorted interviews 481 "Adventures in Paradise" -- Neil Peart (HYF era) "Living in a big Rush" - Rochester Times Oct 24 91 (Coincidentally this is also in #408) Orlando Sentinel Neil article Music Express article: Neil/Alex (Feb 1990) (Same as in #342) TNMS Neil Peart interview 486 I've been seeing used in TNMS. What does it mean? FBN Fly By Night COS Caress Of Steel ATWAS All The World's A Stage AFTK A Farewell To Kings PeW Permanent Waves {PLEASE! NOT just PW!} MP Moving Pictures ESL Exit... Stage Left GUP Grace Under Pressure p/g Grace Under Pressure PoW Power Windows {PLEASE! NOT just PW!} HYF Hold Your Fire ASoH A Show Of Hands TTCE Through The Camera Eye {rare, but it shows up} RTB Roll The Bones IMHO In My Humble/Honest Opinion WRT With Respect To ORQ Obligatory Rush Quote AHO: Anyone Heard Of... ALTP: Avoid It Like The Plague BBB: Blah, Blah, Blah BFD: Big F*ckin Deal BMA: Blew Me Away BTW: By The Way CIU: Crank It Up! DAU: Donning Asbestos Underwear EMOMC: Even More Obligatory Musical Content FIOTNC: Frisbee It Off The Nearest Cliff GAALMAYS: Go Away And Leave Me Alone You Slimeball GMAW: Gave Me A Woody GSM: Good Sex Music ICF: I Can't Find... IGAGBAYCDTI: It's Got A Good Beat And You Can Dance To It IHRI: I Highly Recommend It IMHO: In My Humble Opinion IMHTTO: In My Holier Than Thou Opinion IMO: In My Opinion ISTBO: It Sucked The Big One LTIS: Listen To It Stoned MMG: Makes Me Gag MMW: Made Me Wet (female version of GMAW) MOMC: More Obligatory Musical Content NAFW: Not Another Flame War!! NFP: No Flames Please NIDPA: No! I Don't Play Accordion NKOTB: No Kissing Or Tongue Badminton OMC: Obligatory Musical Content ONNATT: Oh, No! Not Another Top Ten PMO: Piss Me Off POS: Piece Of Sh*t RCS: Real Cool Shit SJA: woj ;-) TAV: Take A Valium TBE: Their Best Ever TOS: Totally Orgasmic Shit WOM: Waste Of Money WFM: Works For Me I've heard about the "Rush Backstage Club." What is it, and how do I join? It's an outfit that sells Rush souvenirs (t-shirts, posters, etc) and occasionally releases a newsletter. (I'm not a member, so I don't really know. Could a member send me some details?) To join the backstage club, just send $12.95 ($10 to join plus $2.95 shipping and handling) to: Rush Backstage Club 2250 E. Tropicana Ave. #228 Las Vegas, NV 89119 (I got that address from Membership obligation is to purchase 1 item of merchandise each year to stay on the mailing list. Also, they will answer any inquiries if you include a self addressed stamped envelope. For those international people, pay in U.S. money (NO CASH!!!) and include postage coupons with information requests. What other Rush newsletters are there? "The Spirit Of Rush" Published 4 times a year. Subscription for the next 4 issues: U.K.: #6.80, Europe: #10.00, Australia/N.Z.: #12.00 U.S.A/Canada: $20.00 (# = Pounds Sterling. All prices include postage.) Back issues: U.K.: #1.50 each, Europe: #2.00, Australia/N.Z.: #3.00 U.S.A./Canada: $4.00 (all prices include postage) Address for back issues, and U.K./Europe/Australia/N.Z. subscriptions: 23, Garden Close, Chinbrook Road, Grove Park, London, SE12 9TG England Address for U.S.A/Canada subscriptions: A Show of Fans c/o Steve Streeter PO Box 292 Canton, CT. 06019 U.K. readers should pay by crossed cheque or postal order, NOT CASH. Overseas readers should pay by bank draft or International Money Order, in STERLING ONLY please. If these are unavailable, cash sterling or cash dollars only. Personal cheques in foreign currency cannot be accepted. Cheques/postal orders/I.M.O/B.D. payable to 'The Spirit Of Rush' U.S.A. readers should pay by personal cheque payable to Ray Wawryzniak. _A Show of Fans_ "A Rush Fanzine For and By Rush Fans" Steve Streeter: Publisher/Editor Send $3 for the most current issue. P.O. Box 292 Canton, Connecticut 06019 (203) 693-0506 What is the marital status of the band members? In _Visions_, there is a group picture of all 3 band members and their wives. I've heard about . Does anybody know anything about the truth of it? These rumors have been popping up for quite some time now. Here are some of the ones that have been shown to be wrong over the years by the activities of the band: - Alex is dying of cancer - Neil is dying of cancer - Geddy is dying of cancer - Geddy has throat cancer; he's not dying, but can never sing again - Geddy is going blind from stage lights. What are the birthdays of the band members? Geddy Lee July 29,1953 {according to _Visions_} {No, Geddy Lee's birthday is NOT June 29!} Neil Peart September 12, 1952 Alex Lifeson August 27, 1953 But in "Thrice Told Tales", it says that Geddy's birthday is June 29! Well, every article written on the subject agrees that Neil Peart joined Rush on Geddy's birthday. In _Visions_, Alex Lifeson says that Neil came down "on the second day of auditions." It has also been documented in several places (_Visions_and "Thrice Told Tales", to name a few) that when Neil joined the band, he had about 2 weeks to learn the show before his first gig with Rush, which took place in Pittsburgh, opening for Uriah Heep. On June 28, 1974, Rush opened for ZZ Top in Cleveland. On July 1, 1974, Rush opened for Nazareth in Toronto, Ontario. On July 20, 1974, Rush played an "MZ Bennett summer dance." On August 14, Rush opened for Uriah Heep in Pittsburgh. This was Neil's first show with Rush. Based on this information, I believe that the day that Neil joined the band, and therefore Geddy's birthday, is July 29, not June 29, and that the June 29 date is a typo. Geddy Lee said that July 29th was his birthday in an interview taped before the May 31, 1992 show in Mountain View, California. What are the real names of the band members? Geddy Lee Gary Lee Weinrib { The book "Heart of Gold", a history of Canadian rock, provides this as Geddy Lee's real name. In 1971, Gary Lee Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich, and John Rutsey all joined CAPAC, the Canadian writers/publishers/composers guild. } Neil Peart Neil Peart Alex Lifeson Alex Zivojinovic How is "Peart" pronounced? It rhymes with "near", according to Neil on the "Rush - Profiled!" CD, so I assume that's the correct pronunciation. I don't remember the exact wording off the top of my head, but the "Profiled!" CD contains a recording of Neil saying "Hi, this is Neil Peart of Rush." That also agrees with the way Geddy pronounced "Peart" when introducing Neil's solo during RTB shows. I heard that Neil Peart has a PhD in . Is this true? In _Visions_, Neil is quoted (on page 65) as saying that he is a high school dropout. I don't see how he would have had time to go to school and get a degree, what with being in Rush and all. Does anybody have an address I can use to write to the band? This address was posted to TNMS, but I can't vouch for the correctness of it. RUSH 41 Britan St. (#200) Toronto, ON M5C 1R7, CANADA The Backstage Club will probably forward mail as well. _Modern Drummer_ magazine will forward mail to Neil. (or other drummers, for that matter!) Modern Drummer 870 Pompton Avenue Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 Who says in ? Geddy says "One...Two...Buckle my shoe" in "In The End" on ATWAS. Neil does the narrative during "The Necromancer". I've never seen anything definitive saying who whispers in "The Twilight Zone." Neil does the "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation - We have assumed control" bit at the end of "2112". The deep voice at the beginning of "Cygnus X-1" is none other than Terry Brown. Neil says "Subdivisions" in the song of the same name, even though Alex is shown in the video and does it live. Alex says "That's nice" at the end of "Chain Lightning". We don't know who says "I will be the judge" and "Give the jury direction." I did receive the following email on April 11, 1991 on just this very subject: { Begin quoted text } >Good day. I am a Rush fan who has access to an Amiga and a good quality >digitizer. I noticed that in the "Who says what" section of the FAQL you >wrote that you don't know who says "I will be the judge" and "Give the >jury direction." > >Out of curiousity, I digitized that section of Show Don't Tell, and then >played it back at the 'proper' speed. Although the main vocal track >(Geddy's voice) was obviously too high, I could now hear the background >vocals that were intentionally slowed. > >The task was fairly difficult because of two reasons: >1. The background vocals are very weakly mixed in comparison to the main > vocals, which makes it hard to distinguish the voice. >2. The phrases are actually whispered, sampled, and then slowed down by > some factor. > >All above statements coming to a conclusion with my submission to the >FAQL issue: Neil whispers "I will be the judge" and "Give the jury >direction" during Show Don't Tell. > >Yoav Gershon > (or >UC Davis. { end quoted text } According to Neil on the Dec 2 1991 Rockline, Geddy does the RTB "chat" section. What is a Lerxt? A Lerxt is an Alex Lifeson. Do the other band members have nicknames? Ged and Neil also have nicknames, Dirk and Pratt. Hence "Lerxtwood Mall", "Old Dirk Road" and "Pratt & Co." on the map on the back cover of Signals. -- from What's the story behind Alex's "Hentor Sportscaster" guitar? "'Hentor' was the name that we had for Peter Henderson, the producer of Grace Under Pressure. When he wrote his name out to leave us his number, it looked like Peter Hentor instead of Peter Henderson, so we nicknamed him Hentor The Barbarian. I got some Letraset and put it on this white Strat that I had. It has a Shark neck--these are unlabeled replacement necks--so I threw 'Hentor Sportscaster' on there. Amazing all the mail we used to get over that [laughs]: 'Where can I buy a Hentor? How much does a Hentor cost?'" -- Alex Lifeson, in the April 1986 _Guitar Player_ magazine Where did the name "Rush" come from? Paraphrased Background: In August of 1968 the band's formal lineup was Alex on guitar, John Rutsey on drums, and Jeff Jones on bass and vocals. They got a job to play at the "Coff-In", a coffee house in the basement of an Anglican Church [Great name, eh?] for $25/night. "The band was excited, but they had a big problem. While they had been dreaming of playing, they had neglected to come up with a name for their group. So a few days before the gig they sat around in John's basement trying to come up with an appropriate monicker. They weren't having much luck when John's older brother Bill piped up, 'Why don't you call the band Rush' and Rush it was." -- from _Visions_ Whatever happened to John Rutsey? "John's still around. I see John quite often. He gave up playing shortly after he left the band and went into bodybuilding. He competed on an amateur level for a while, doing that for a few years, and has sort of been in and out of that, but he still works out, and I work out with him a few times a week at a local gym - at a Gold's, here in Toronto." -- Alex Lifeson, in the 2/6/89 Rockline interview ############################################################################## Please send me your suggestions for additions or corrections. But please read the beginning of this faq file for advice on whether or not your suggestion is appropriate for the faq before sending me mail. You might be better off posting your idea to The National Midnight Star or for feedback. "All the world's a stage | And all the men and women merely players: | Daniel Alan Delany They have their exits and their entrances; -- Wm. Shakespeare (1564-1616) And one man in his time plays many parts." _As You Like It_ II,vii,39 ---------------------------------------------------------- To submit material to The National Midnight Star, send mail to: For administrative matters (subscription, unsubscription, changes, and questions), send mail to: or There is now anonymous ftp access available on Syrinx. The network address to ftp to is: or When you've connected, userid is "anonymous", password is . Once you've successfully logged on, change directory (cd) to 'rush'. There is also a mail server available (for those unable or unwilling to ftp). For more info, send email with the subject line of HELP to: These requests are processed nightly. Use a subject line of MESSAGE to send a note to the server keeper or to deposit a file into the archive. The contents of The National Midnight Star are solely the opinions and comments of the individual authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the authors' management, or the mailing list management. Copyright The Rush Fans Mailing List, 1992. Editor, The National Midnight Star (Rush Fans Mailing List) ******************************************** End of The National Midnight Star Number 514 ********************************************

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