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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2025

                  Tuesday, 05 May 1998

Today's Topics:
     Re: 05/01/98 - The National Midnight Star #2023
                    Re: Set List Stuff
             Support your local tribute band!
                     Deing Driven...
                  Pooh Bear's Tow Cents
      RUSH = 6666 (?)  What th.........   I'm lost!
                     neil look-alike
             Van Halen knows a good thing...
                   World Cup in France
             Re: Actor to Portray Neil Peart
          OK, I'll stop listening to them then.
                 observations & a thought
                   Driving to Dreamline
               The crew of the "Rocinante"
              Constructive Criticism Thread
                      A question...
             "Available Light" addicts UNITE!
     Re: 05/04/98 - The National Midnight Star #2024
              Alex's son on Life Network...
                Now that SecSoc is gone...
                   Rush fanz and quake
                     Available Light
                   Really Lame Sighting
                 Speaking of "Losing It"
                Neil - Back in the Saddle?
               Subject: Actor to play Alex
                   Rush movie director
                    content for #2112
                    Rush Stuff Wanted
                        last song
                      last song (2)
                  Rush at a Brewers game
                 Rush Movie - The Sequel
                 Re: The Rush FAQ: Part 2
                       Rupert Hine
                    r-u-s-h theme park
                     missing Rush fan
                 Live album... and video
             Oh, thank you, whoever you are!
                       Terry Brown

From: (Mark Danley)
Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 02:11:48 GMT
Subject: Re: 05/01/98 - The National Midnight Star #2023

On Fri, 1 May 1998 12:19:33 -0700, you wrote:

>From: Suze Jackson-Lequire 
>Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 06:20:29 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Using Rush-themed passwords (a bit long)
>And here I thought I was the ONLY one in the world who *used* to use
>the 4-digit requirement-matching "2112" for my ATM PIN and voicemail

Actually being a bass player and a Rush Fan since 1976 I used to use 4001 as my
ATM pin. That, of course, being the model number of the Rickenbacker bass Geddy
played in the early days ( I think he switched to 4003 when they started making
them though). But my bank doesn't let me pick my PIN anymore so...

Mark Danley


From: Little Drummer Boy 
Date: Sat, 02 May 1998 22:37:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Set List Stuff

	I would have to disagree with you saying that they only
played 2112 complete once.  I have ten shows on tape from different
parts of the test for echo tour, and all of them have the whole thing.
Just lettin ya know.

From: Hanstones 
Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 01:49:36 EDT
Subject: Support your local tribute band!

After sending out a post last week about how cool it would be to see a Rush
tribute band with some fellow NMS'ers, I caught the post by Rob Tanaka
regarding the band Afterimage playing in Denver tonight (Saturday).  I ditched
the wife and kid for the evening and checked them out.  Too bad I wasn't able
to catch them with some fans I knew.

They were awesome though, much better that I expected.  Unfortunately, they
only played for little over an hour. It was cool seeing a band with dueling
double necked guitar & bass!  Also, Rob the bassist had a Toronto Blue Jays
jersey featuring player number 2112.  


"The boy pulls down his [Rockies] cap
And covers up his eyes" - Analog Kid, as done be Afterimage


From: "Mikey" 
Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 01:46:49 -0700
Subject: Deing Driven...

>Subject: Cars and Rush-Driving to Rush
>Does anyone else have this problem?
>I'm driving down the freeway, listening to Dreamline....goind 75 
>M.P.H. one minute....and going 80-85 the next.  I'm a law-abiding 
>driver...never speed anyother time.  It's just that song.....

Well... Lets see, let's start with a list here...:)
Dreamline (Has to be #1!!!)... Driven... Countdown... Red Sector A...
Afterimage... Shall I go on?



From: Poomoble 
Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 19:10:24 EDT
Subject: Pooh Bear's Tow Cents

Erik DePoy asked the following:

>        Why couldn't Rush devote a little time each night to improv?

Neil has said before that he thinks improvization during a show is weak
sauce. He was asked if he ever improvizes. As best I can remember the quote
was something like "Those who improvize (during a show) have never
practiced a day in their lives." So, I wouldn't count on it ever happening.
Neil says that his drum solo is the one place that each night he like to take
a chance and try new things.
Another thought: a Rush concert featuring a full symphony orchestra
instead of synthesizers. Wouldn't that be fun?

I'm not sure if I've suggested this before, but I think Kieffer 
Sutherland would make a great Alex.  There's a pic of big Al in 
Visions(Page 91, for those who have the book) that just reminds me of 
Sutherland...anyone agree?
I agree. I kept telling my self that I have seen that look somewhere else b 4.
Now I know!

> From: Stuart Hodgetts 
> Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 06:29:28
> Subject: We are NOT alone...Echo heard down under.
> G'day all,
> Remember the feeling that you get when someone comments to you about the
> Rush T shirt you are wearing???  Bear in mind that I know of only 3 or 4
> Rush fans in Perth, Western Australia.....

Did anyone realize that both Van Halen and RUSH share the same management
complaany? I heard Eddie talking about it on the radio.

"Better beer"


From: (Randy Campbell)
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 20:26:29 -0700
Subject: RUSH = 6666 (?)  What th.........   I'm lost!

Katherine H. Moore Wrote:

Rush = 6666                      Satanic
Fly By Night = 66128             Zip Code
Caress of Steel = 66147          City population figure
2112 = 666                       Satanic

ETC... ETC........ETC......ETC.......

I've been away for a while, Did I miss something or is every one
Katherine, Where did you get the numbers and what the hell does it mean
and how do the numbers correlate with your... "MESSAGE" ? Hmmmmmm?
Enlighten my naive mind! Please Katherine respond. 
    Randy Campbell 
>..." My angels and my demons at war
Which one will lose depends on what I choose
or maybe which voice I ignore"
                                              Neil Peart RUSH 1993


From: (Chuck Flowers)
Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 23:04:48 EDT
Subject: neil look-alike

Over the past weekend, I saw "Sliding Doors," the movie with the Neil
look-alike in it and my thoughts on the subject are:  Gwyneth Paltrow is

   [ I saw a preview for the movie, and damn that guy DOES look like Neil!
     I have no opinion of Gwyneth though... ;-)              : rush-mgr ]

c money


From: HerrWitt 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 00:37:07 EDT
Subject: Van Halen knows a good thing...

>...when it sees one.

1st, they change their management to SRO and Ray Danniels.

Next, they have Howard design and run the lighting on tour.  Matt Druzbik is
also on board.  Saw the Mtv deal on Fri, but couldn't really tell the extent
of the lighting production.  I'll get to say hello to Howard in Chi when VH is
here on the 16th (8th row pulled from TM) and I'll see if he has any Rush info
(I would doubt it).

Next, AVH drum solo sounds somewhat similar to a certain Prof.

Next, they play YYZ.  Just seeing if you're awake.



From: HerrWitt 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 00:43:51 EDT
Subject: World Cup in France

If anyone is going to France 98 and would like to hook up, send me an e-mail.
I'll be there from 6/14 - 6/26 based in Paris.

Sorry for the lack of Rush content.



From: MazScape 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 02:11:22 EDT
Subject: Re: Actor to Portray Neil Peart

As for a Rush movie...unless someone's willing to lose their shirt, you'll
never see one.

As much as I love Rush and all they are/were, a movie about the band would go
nowhere...the global interest, like it or not, is pretty low to risk the
*minimum* $12-million investment (and that's probably with only mid-range
"above-the-line" talent...imagine if "A-List" people were involved...somehow,
I don't think they'd be working for scale, ala COPLAND).

Besides, what would the story be *about*? Their story isn't over. And it's
just not all that interesting to anyone but us; the odds they've overcome are
intangible obstacles that matter only to those who understand and care (in
other words, those who've seen and know!).

Beginning + Middle + End = Story. Tell me where the Rush story fits into this?
In a way that means something to someone other than us. What mountains have
they overcome (besides the artistic stuff that only we fans care about)? What
major triumphs have they had, besides their obvious success, which again, only
we care about? What stirring episodes in their lives would thrill a non-Rush
kind of person? The day Neil decided to use Tama drums? When Geddy got his
first kiss?

If (and this is a might big "if") some Rush fan who had deep pockets and a lot
of love were to feel like it didn't matter if he lost money...a Rush film
will/would get made. Also, if someone who makes pictures decides to do a Rush
opus for the sheer love of it all, I'm sure, with adequate distribution and
promotion (say $3-million worth) the fan-base would make such a venture at
least a "break-even" proposition. Regardless of the film's quality.

Hey, maybe Bill Gates might decide to clean his couch cushions and finance a
Rush film, win, lose, or draw. It would be nice to see him do something of
note before he retires, seeing as how he's basically made the perpetration of
colourlessness and mediocrity his life's work. Don't remind me about how rich
he doesn't mean a thing. Never has one man made so much from so little
and for such a low-level of quality and sophistication. If people were truly
rewarded for talent and vision in this world, Rush would have the $20-billion
in the bank and Bill Gates would be running the fryer at Wendy's (while
daydreaming about Farrah Fawcett).

Now: What *might* be a very fascinating, compelling film would be the focused,
finite study of Neil Peart's recent loss. To make it tangible, you'd need his
cooperation, and I doubt he'd give it right now. Depending on the execution,
the global arena would probably have room for a picture like that, whether it
was a "made-for-cable" thing, or whatever. The story is tragic, reveals
character, and works on many levels...most of them not related to Rush, per
se, but to the human being that Neil most certainly is.

So Rush would be a mere backdrop in this scenario...

The big hole in this concept is that we don't yet know the end of his story!
As Neil himself probably does not...

Again, from the "microcosm" standpoint, maybe an event picked from the life of
one member that's not exactly Rush-related: Neil's trip to China and what it
revealed to him about the world and about himself; his visit to the Serengeti
with emphasis on the same.

You get the idea...Rush as a backdrop, not the main course.

Okay, I'll be brutal: Minus TOP-NOTCH execution, I still think it would very
probably be a "here-and-gone" thing that would see low ratings and little
return. If that's okay for the guy writing the cheques...well, it's certainly
fine by me! I totally loved BRING ON THE NIGHT (the Sting movie about his
DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES band), so yes, I'll buy your Rush movie, too (BOTN
was superb, by the way).

Anyway, a Rush-related film will never happen in our lifetime, so it's little
use to talk about it. In time, Rush may likely go the way of other great
creators...only truly appreciated by a broad audience after they're but dust.
At that point we may *indeed* see THE GEDDY, NEIL AND ALEX STORY (with guest
appearance by the virtual Leonardo DiCaprio as Rutsey).

Until then, the limited videos will have to do...

If someone proves me wrong on these points, I'll buy them a coffee.


From: "Chad Werner" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998  7:13 -0600
Subject: OK, I'll stop listening to them then.

     Dear Fred Pinto (& everyone else):
     Thanks for taking the time to respond to my defense of C Money. For 
     the benefit of everyone else, this is a portion of what you said:
     "chad, for the true fans, please, next time, don't go!  i mean, since
     you're the type of guy who can't be satisfied with those "uninspiring,
     embarrassing, robotic, just plain stupid" stage antics, you really 
     ought to think about spending your time and money more wisely. and 
     then you follow up your rush bashing by saying "i love rush & i
     always will".  don't be such a hypocrite.  loving rush involves
     supporting them"
     First, I stand by what I orginally said. 
     Second, it IS possible to really, truly, in "true fan" fashion love 
     Rush AND STILL be critical of some of the things they do. IT REALLY 
     IS! It isn't hypocritical at all. You bring up how important it is to 
     support Rush, and I wholeheartedly agree. To me, that is why it is 
     just so disappointing when the band puts on their robotic shows. It 
     would do their hearts good to loosen up a bit (if the stage show has 
     to suffer, that would be alright BY ME).
     Third, knee-jerk, "how dare you criticize THE perfect band?!" 
     reactions like Fred Pinto's make me chuckle. There are things I don't 
     like about Rush's live show. But, this doesn't out me as a Spice Girls 
     fan at heart. Thank you for your input, but I believe I'll continue to 
     SUPPORT Rush by purchasing their records & (gasp!) even by seeing them 
     on tour. Have a day.
     Chad "the blasphemous Rush fan" Werner


From: Eric Gumtow 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 10:07:18 -0500
Subject: observations & a thought

In elevator #1 in Jester Center West (my dorm, the biggest dorm
in the US), there is a Roll The Bones sticker stuck to the roof.
It looks like it's been there since RTB, too.

I was in Houston this weekend.  A DJ on a radio station there, KLOL,
said Rush would be coming out with a new album in "a couple months."
She didn't say if it would be in-concert or studio or what.

As far as a new in-concert album goes, I am very excited.  Some
people out there said they couldn't get excited about a live album
which is corrected until it's no longer truly a live album.  I
disagree with that, though.  If you listen to some bootlegs (which
have had no corrections done to them), there are songs which are
nearly flawless.  Bravado on Mirrors and The Weapon on Signals From
London are two examples.  I think that a a live album is supposed
to piece those songs together into one album and create a concert
which isn't humanly possible.  In addition, I might add that Rush
live albums need far less fixing than most other bands'.  The TFE
San Antonio concert was nearly entirely flawless.  Minimal corrections
would need to be done to the concert to make it album material.
Based on my comparisons between my boots and live albums, the drums
are not changed one bit.

Eric Gumtow


From: "Martin Gibbs" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 08:52:55 PDT
Subject: Driving to Dreamline wrote:

>I'm driving down the freeway, listening to Dreamline...going
>75 one minute..and 80-85 the next.

Hey! That song's how I got into Rush in the first place. I speed as well 
to it. You feel as if your flying down some desert highway, don't you? 

Another thrill in listening to Rush. 

BTW, I liked the driving experience thread. Any more?


From: Max MacPherson 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 13:04:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The crew of the "Rocinante"

Hello everyone,

Just a few interesting observations:

 Why is there a picture of Geddy on the drums in the Counterparts insert?

 In the remasterd ATWAS, there is a picture of Neil talking to or
explaining something to a guy who looks 18-22? years old.  Does anyone
know who this is?

 lastly, in Cx1 book 1, The lyrics give me the impression, that the
Rocinante only had one passenger.  ex:

I set a course just east of Lyra..
On MY ship, the 'Rocinante'..
MY ship cannot resist her long
Nearer to MY deadly goal..
Sound and fury
Drowns MY heart

Well, you get the idea, I and My oriented.

However, in book 2-Hemispheres:

"To the Heart of Cygnus' fearsome force WE set OUR course"

Who exactly is "we"?  Does anyone have any insight into who the other
crew members of this ship were?

Maybe their were 2 other crew members who took the only two escape pods,
passed to Olympus and became the Apollo and Dionysius gods, and The hero,
Cygnus was the captain and stayed with his ship until the end.  Who

What do you think?

"Living in their pools, they soon forget about the sea"-NP "NS"
					-Max The Meek


From: "Patrick Lyon" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 15:39:17 EDT
Subject: Constructive Criticism Thread

Hello Fellow Rush Freaks....

For those who think that this list is only for gushing about how great 
Rush is, IMHO you're wrong.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with 
posting your opinions/constructive criticisms of Rush-related topics, 
from the lack of spontaneousness on stage to your least favorite Rush 
tune(lyrically or musically).  If "The Boys" were reading the contents 
of this list, I think they would enjoy reading about the things we 
weren't terribly fond of, as opposed to "our favorite Rush tunes and 
why".  There isn't anything wrong with the latter thread, but I kinda 
enjoy the diversity of the threads being put out here.  On the 
Marillion/Fish Freaks mailing list, a thread just finished up on 
people's opinions on their Least Favorite Marillion or Fish tune and 
why.  Fish is a recipient of the list and posted to it stating that he 
rather enjoyed the thread.  It gives musicians, lyricists, and fans a 
different way of looking at things.  I don't think, as a whole, we are 
close-minded enough to think that threads such as these that border on 
the derogatory are going to hurt anyone's feelings.  And on that note, I 
must say that off the top of my head, my least favorite Rush tune has to 
be from one of my favorite albums HYF ---  Tai Shan. I've tried and 
tried to like this song, but I just can't get into it. Since I am a huge 
early-Rush fan, the reason must be that I enjoy more progressive/complex 
tunes.  Ones that you can just crank up the volume and feel your 
adrenalin build.  Tai Shan doesn't do it for me... Sorry...  I would be 
interested in starting a 'Least Favorite' thread, but advise that we all 
must go into it with an open mind and no flames.  Everyone has their own 
opinions, and flames won't do any good whatsoever!!!  Take care all...



From: "Stephanie Reigh" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 13:07:01 PDT
Subject: A question...

The book in the niner notes of moving picture....
"A Nice Sunday Drive by Richard S. Foster" (or something)

Where can I get a copy? I've looked everywhere and I'm not sure it 
exists... can you help??

   [ It's on the nms web site under Rush-Related transcriptions   : rush-mgr ]



From: Suze Jackson-Lequire 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 13:14:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: "Available Light" addicts UNITE!

>But there's more.  (Pause while I light a candle,
>and look helpless).  I need help.  I . . . I 
>can't stop listening to one of my all-time closet 
>classic loves: Available Light.

Brother, you are NOT ALONE!  I can't promise to help, but I can
sympathize, and we can whimper to each other.  For the last two weeks
I've had the CD player next to my bed set to just play the last song
on "Presto" over... and over... and over.  So as I doze off, guess
what I hear... over... and over... and over.  I did go a day or two
doing the same thing with "The Body Electric", come to think of it,
but that didn't last. (I'm a computer tech so hearing that "one zero
one" really does it for me! )

So it should not surprise you that I've been dreaming recently that
Ged is singing this song to me.  Not in any mushy romantic way, but as
if to tell me that things will get better and to have hope. 
Altho I will admit... don't you guys start laughing at me, either,
like a friend did when I told him this... I've had a crush on Geddy
for *years*, since high school in fact (I'm only a few years younger
than The Boyz and have followed the band since '76).  Everybody else
drooled over Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, and Peter Frampton, but
not me... I set my sights higher! :-)

OK, think I've managed to embarrass myself quite enough for one day... 

Hang in there, John, and don't let ANY other song get to you... we

Suze Jackson-Lequire

"Insanity runs in my family.  Practically gallops in it."
 -Cary Grant to Priscilla Lane, 'Arsenic & Old Lace', 1944


From: "Limbo _" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 13:14:33 PDT

Dan-O Wrote:

>Since the song 2112 tells a sort of sci-fi story, how's about for 
>that issue of the NMS that we have people create original poetry 
>and/or short stories with a RUSH theme?

i was going to write a story on 2112. i was to be about the solar 
ferderation, and interpret different songs along the theme of the story.  
it was very sci-fi, but it's on the back burner cause there's just not 
enough time to make it worth posting 'til the summer.

but on your idea, i think it would be cool. a lot of experiences i've 
had i relate directly to rush songs. i just haven't written anything 
down but i'm sure a lot of others have.

Rush on!!



From: Paul Hightower 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 14:19:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: 05/04/98 - The National Midnight Star #2024

Michael Mejido  wondered...

>Anyways, I've heard alot about the bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant.
>Can anyone tell me which should be the first albums I get to sample each of
>these two bands?

First off I'd like to say that Michael is a very brave soul, willing to
take a chance on something unknown to him, especially something musically
risky. This is how more obscure progressive bands (beyond KC and GG) will
ever receive wider exposure.

Now, as far as KC goes, you have to decide which of the three main phases
of the group you prefer. That said, however, most Rush fans will probably
most enjoy the mid period KC (72-74) with "Red" typically seen as the
signature release of that era (though "Larks Tongues in Aspic" and
"Starless and Bible Black" should not be overlooked). Though I personally
like all of KC, that's the safest place to start for a Rush fan.

Gentle Giant is usually more of an acquired taste since it is more keyboard
oriented and often more unorthadox than even KC (though GG often sounds
like early KC and vice versa). I would recommend "Power and the Glory" or
"In a Glass House" though most GG from the mid-70s can appeal to Rush fans
on various levels. Be warned that late 70s GG became more poppy (more

I'm sure others will chime in but the bottom line is to keep exploring new


Paul Hightower
Studio H
Art Direction and Graphic Design
6953 Chantel Court
San Jose, CA 95129


From: King Lerxst 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 17:24:04 -0400
Subject: Alex's son on Life Network...

Here in Canada we have this specialty cable program called "The Life
Network". Anyways, this afternoon, I was watching a program on it in
which ex MuchMusic vj Erica Ehm was interviewing children of popular
Canadians. Daniel Richeler was on there (son of Mordeci(sp?)) Richeler,
and, Justin Zdvonivich(sp?) (sorry about the spellings..heh) 

Anyways, Justin was telling this cool story about when he was younger,
and when he was present at Rush gigs, before the show he would go around
and de-tune all of the bands instruments!! So, now we no why Rush
sounded crutty on some nights(heheheha!!) I am sure it will be on
repeat, so anybody with cable or satellite, keep an eye out for it.



From: Grand Designs 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 17:25:30 -0700
Subject: Now that SecSoc is gone...

New Thread Alert!

What Rush CD do you listen to the least and why?

Against the run of the mill
Static as it seems
We break the surface tension
With our wild, kinetic dreams

Visit the Grand Designs Rush Site


From: (William B Blanchard)
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 17:36:11 -0500
Subject: Rush fanz and quake

Hi everyone,
	I'm a loyal rush fan as well as online quake player.  I play a
mod called TeamFortress often and was wondering if there were any fellow
quakers and rush fans out there? There is a clan called DoS, which stands
for Disciples of Syrinx.  All the orgionals are rush fans and I was
denied entry cause they are full =(.  But I've seen several Rush related
names out there such as, The Analog Kid, Bytor, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, etc.  My
online nick is Bong King.  Look me up or email me sometime.

   [ And here I always thought that DoS was Denial of Service. Guess I've
     been working too long! *heh*                                : rush-mgr ]

"Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town"


From: Chad Mitchell 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 17:18:08 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Available Light

>But there's more.  (Pause while I light a candle, and look helpless).  I 
>need help.  I . . . I can't stop listening to one of my all-time closet 
>classic loves: Available Light.  That song is so, so awesome.  It's not a 
>love that I'm proud of, it's just, (pause, sniffle), when "that" chorus 
>riff kicks in, lines like "Chase the light around the world," Alex's guitar 
>raging,  I mean how can you not beat your head rhythmically, crank up the 
>air guitar, and screech "Dah - Dah - Dah, Dah - Dah De Dah!" to the 
>heavens?  Huh?  Tell me HOW?

Count me as one that definitely *LOVES* this song!  For some reason the
guitar reminds me of parts of "The Fountain of Lamneth", kind of a nice touch.

Chad Mitchell

"Doctors get to bury their mistakes, Architects can only advise their client
to plant vines."
						-Frank Lloyd Wright
NOW PLAYING:  Fish - Vigil In a Wilderness of Mirrors


From: "Aaron Calder" 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 16:57:39 MDT7MST
Subject: 2112

Hello fellow Rush-addicts,

Recently the discussion of the symbolism of the starman has made me
look back at the whole 2112 story and look for deeper meanings.  I
have a few questions about the story that I was wondering if you
could help me First does the main character have any affect on the
eventual take over of the temples by the elder race? Or is he an
insignificant player created to help us understand the forces of
oppression in a futuristic totalitarian society?  Why did he take his
newly found guitar to show to the Priests of Syrinx, instead of to
someone else?  How long would it really take someone with little
musical expirience to teach themselves to play the guitar?  Was this
story supposed to take place over several years or several days? How
long after our hero (martyr) kills himself does the elder race take
over? Did our hero start or inspire any resistance movements or was
he just an isolated incident?

Many of these questions do not have definite answers but leave 
themselves open to personal interpretation.  I would really enjoy 
hearing some of your opinions and thoughts about this epic suite.

Aaron Calder


From: Borekas 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 19:58:09 EDT
Subject: Really Lame Sighting

For all you ATM fans, have you noticed that the "Star" network (look at the
back of your ATM card) is being changed to the "Red Star" network?

I said it was really lame.



From: John Breckow 
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 10:39:47 -0700
Subject: Speaking of "Losing It"

But there's more.  (Pause while I light a candle, and look helpless).  I 
need help.  I . . . I can't stop listening to one of my all-time closet 
classic loves: Available Light.  That song is so, so awesome.  It's not a 
love that I'm proud of, it's just, (pause, sniffle), when "that" chorus 
riff kicks in, lines like "Chase the light around the world," Alex's guitar 
raging,  I mean how can you not beat your head rhythmically, crank up the 
air guitar, and screech "Dah - Dah - Dah, Dah - Dah De Dah!" to the 
heavens?  Huh?  Tell me HOW?

And on the third go-round of the chorus, when Neil alternates between 
smashing his symbols and thumping some floor-tom thingy (correction is 
pending, I'm certain) . . . chills, freezing hot needles, dogs and cats, 
living together . . . yes, it's bliss.  (Sob, chest-thumping, angst) Bliss 
I say!

I am a self admitted RUSH GEEK(and I am proud of it)
I too listen to RUSH songs like I was looking for a needle in a haystack.
I am going to go back and listen to Presto againa nd see if I can hear those
things too.
On the same subject-
I have noticed the difference in Elex's sound when he changes his equiptment,
but everything that Ged has done after the RIC, sounds the same to me.
Any bass players out there who can shed some avaliable light on this.

"Better beer" NP


Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 23:17:14 -0400
Subject: Neil - Back in the Saddle?

Personally, I am hoping for a Hold Your Fire-part II
For me that was their least guitar album, but most emotional one to date.
This time I want more guitar.
After all, it was Ged and Neil who reminded Alex that this is a guitar driven
rock n roll band.

"Better Beer" NP


Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 21:07:12 +0000
Subject: Subject: Actor to play Alex

As a huge(enthusiastic - Not fat) Lerxst fan(as you can tell by my 
email address), I have to agree with Chris Dodd. Jeff Daniels would 
make a great Alex. 

As far a director for the film.... IMHO if it is going to be about my 
favorite band then why not my favorite director. 
Stanley Kubrick! 
They do have alot in common. Lately, the only thing that is 
longer than the time off  between Rush projects is a Stanley Kubrick 


Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 19:20:52 +0000
Subject: Rush movie director

Steven Speilburg...Of course....

Or, if you have a lot of money to spend, James Camron....


"But that's just us....."


Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 17:46:55 -0400
Subject: content for #2112

>>  post a cool article not previously on NMS. I have an interview with
about the 20th anniversary of 2112 that might be cool reading for that
issue. Or Neil's letter to the editor grilling the guy about his article

OK, maybe wishful thinking here, but I would love to read a little
something written by Ged/Alex/ and/or Neil. Written to "commemorate" the
issue. What would they write? Who knows. Alex has written a funny story
or two, on occasion.



From: "oro" 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 20:07:31 -0600
Subject: Rush Stuff Wanted

   HELP I'm lookinging to buy one of Alex's Guitar picks OR one of Neils
sticks.If any can help me out drop me a line. Gary


From: Scott McDow 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 22:10:55 -0400
Subject: last song

Hey Ya'll

on the last song thread:

good call john

>chills, freezing hot needles, dogs and cats,
>living together . . . yes, it's bliss.
>John Breckow 
            (available light)

that tune will hit me hard in the gut also!
like many (i'm sure) i'm partial to Natch Sci.
don't forget 'bout Vital Signs!!!!!!!!(top five)
Carve Away the Stone ?!!? (ummm...)



From: Scott McDow 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 22:14:59 -0400
Subject: last song (2)

Hey again!

brain flash i just had to share.

what better way to end a great album that with
a tune like Fountain of Lamneth!!! :-)



From: "Gary and Rhonda" 
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 22:46:24 -0500
Subject: Rush at a Brewers game

Just a weird Rush sighting..

I was watching the Milwaukee Brewers get spanked by the San Diego
Padres(bummer), but 
if you ever see the Brewers play you'll notice that every time a Brewer
comes up to bat
over the loud speaker they play the beginning of a song.
When Jeromy Burnitz came up to bat they would play either the beginning
part of
"The Spirit Of Radio", or "Anagram"
Oh Well....I thought it was kinda cool.....       (he must be a Rush
fan.....go Brewers)
Gary Garceau


From: Stuart Hodgetts 
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 23:50:59
Subject: Rush Movie - The Sequel

G'day all,

This actors who could play Rush thing has come round again so quick, it's
beginning to feel like the sequel has already been planned before the first
movie has got off the ground....

>..still, taking the bait - I have reappraised my selection ;

Alex - Keifer Sutherland
Geddy - Robert Carlysle  (The Full Monty)
Neil - Christopher Lloyd  (or Tom Hanks??)

John Rutsey - The drummer from Queen (forgot his name - doh!)

Billy Oz...out.


From: Rvndl 
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 00:11:35 EDT
Subject: Re: The Rush FAQ: Part 2

Anyone know about the Muppet show with Rush guest starring?  Is it real?
Would love to get my hands (eyes) on it!

   [ It's a parody. You can read it on the NMS web site (under the By The 
     Fans section)                                              : rush-mgr ]


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Mon, 04 May 98 23:29:46 PDT
Subject: Superconductor?

Does anyone know who the song 'Superconductor' is about?  The theme lends 
itself to someone like Bill Gates...or, I have a college instructor who 
comes to mind--anyone who could control peoples' perceptions.


From: (Derek Tetlow)
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 22:36:46 -0600
Subject: Rupert Hine

Hey all!!!

I was watching the movie "Better Off Dead" and in the credits was Rupert
Hine for the film's musical score.  Is this the same producer of RTB?

Derek Tetlow
Streamline Sports Video
"Simplification through Modernization"


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Tue, 05 May 98 00:26:24 PDT
Subject: r-u-s-h theme park

I have this friend (not me) who wants to know what the Rush themepark does, if
anything?  Is it a proprietary thingy?  I, he means--can you download
gifs of the band there?  What else?


Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 06:42:48 -0400
Subject: missing Rush fan

I wanted to write and thank all the members of the NMS mailing list who
wrote and offered support in the search for my missing sister Suzanne,
who has been missing since 3-2-98.

Many of you wrote and asked if you could help.  The only thing I can ask
of you is that you forward the following URL to all members of your 
email list and ask that they look over the web site.

my family and I greatly appreciate your help.


Steve Lyall

"a spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission"


From: (Lyle A James)
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 06:56:21 -0400
Subject: Live album... and video

I, too, was just wondering about that.  My only complaint is that the
second disc of the set is from 1979.  Is Limelight going to get screwed
again, and be left off?  That would suck.


From: "Chad Werner" 
Date: Tue, 05 May 1998  9:07 -0600
Subject: Oh, thank you, whoever you are!

     I don't remember who suggested hitting the site: 
     "", but THANK YOU! 
     This site is mostly in Spanish, but find your way (it's not hard) to 
     the Rutsey "interview". It is simply hilarious! I mean, it's fake. 
     But, man oh man, it is great (at least I THINK it's fake). I suggest 
     that you all do yourselves a favor & check it out. It reminds me of 
     the Saturday Night Live sketch in which Eddie Murphy is on Joe 
     Piscipoe's rock & roll TV show arguing about how he taught the Beatles 
     everything they knew; that he was the proverbial "5th Beatle", and 
     they emulated everything he did ("I even taught those boys how to pick 
     their Afros out in the early days!"). Check out the Rutsey thing! 


From: "Wilson, Daniel" 
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 10:56:06 -0400 
Subject: Terry Brown

What ever happened to Terry Brown, did he fall off the face of the
earth, does he still produce? If so, who has he worked with?

Danny Wilson


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