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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2041

                  Tuesday, 26 May 1998

Today's Topics:
                      Guest Vocalist
                 Perfect Female Voice...
                     Rush plays Rush
                     More tee anyone?
     Re: 05/20/98 - The National Midnight Star #2039
                        Aimee Mann
                      Jaco & chorus
                      Prince By-Tor
     Re: 05/19/98 - The National Midnight Star #2038
                Rush Laserdiscs vanishing
        Just fire & walk away...Superfluous Post.
                   Rush on Pop-up Video
                     Leonard Peikoff
                     In between songs
                      What the dilly
                       Issue #2112
                    No RUSH, just Gaia
               New guest vocalist-- What?!?
                  Ever wonder.........?
                        Radio Rush
                   Terry Bozzio clinic 
                       Rush dreams
                        HELP ME!!
  Re:  Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of RUSH 
                 My personal Top 20 list
                      RUSH reference
                      Older Concerts
         Female Vocalist, 2112, Joke, extras....
                       Rush Posters
                       Dream theme.
                       To Andrea M
                       Record fair
                  Re: Re Opening songs 

From: "matthew alexander majewski" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 06:54:40 -0700
Subject: Guest Vocalist

How about Sarah McLachlan for the next guest vocalist?
Anybody agree?  Sarah has an awesome voice and she is a fantastic musician.  
A better idea would be for Sarah and the boys to collaborate on a ballad 
together.  She's Canadian too by the way.
Am I on to something here or what?

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From: "Kevin L. Kitchens" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 10:21:03 -0500
Subject: Perfect Female Voice...

She's not Canadian, but the best voice I can think of would be Natalie Merchant.

Other non-Canadian contenders would be Chrissie Hynde and Delores ____ 
from the Cranberries.

What pipes!
Kevin L. Kitchens, PEI Programming, Stone Mountain, Georgia
PEI Programming:         
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From: "Ted D. Rossier" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 09:40:42 -0500
Subject: Rush plays Rush

For those of you interested in whether Rush Limbaugh is a fan of the band, I
have heard him use Bravado as bumper music on his radio show.

Also, just an aside:  Don and Mike, a couple of DJs in the DC area, used to
have Alex's "that's nice" (from the end of Chain Lightning) carted up just
by itself, and would play it whenever one of the call-in's made an inane
comment.  It was kinda funny.

Ted D. Rossier


From: Neil Bonfield 
Date: 21 May 1998 11:18:25 -0400
Subject: More tee anyone?

Hey rush-mgr, whatever happened to the NMS t-shirts? I paid my money and
made my choice, but no tee ever showed. This was several months ago, ie.
mid 1997. I know there were some problems with printing etc, but an
update would be good...

   [ Checks should have been cashed only for those people who got sent shirts.
     There is no update; I haven't had time to find a new t-shirt printing
     place, go down and have new ones made. I also don't have enough money
     to pay for it at the moment (usually you have to order 100 shirts in the
     first batch, with designing the new shirts it'll come out to like $10-12
     per shirt). I don't have a spare $1000 laying around to afford it...
                                                                : rush-mgr ]

That reminds me, I also sent off for Virtual Songs from Mike Bahr last
November. Again, no show! If you're out there Mike, what's happening???
Anyone else still waiting (im)patiently for their copy?

Sid Poole makes exceedingly good guitars. Yes, yes, YES!! I picked up my
hand-built, custom-spec guitar from Sid last week and it is a beauty. He
certainly puts his heart into his art. Go on, support your local
luthier. Totally unrelated to Rush, but I had to tell SOMEONE!

Went to see G3 last night. My ears are still ringing! Satch was
supported by Uli Jon Roth (weird guy, weird guitar, cool sound) and
Michael Schenker (cool guy, weird hair, mean sound). Satch obviously
stole the show. During the jam at the end they brought out Brian May.
Now, Brian has been and is a truely great guitarist, but he must have
been either out of practice or stone cold (ie not warmed up), cos he
really didn't do anything of note! (pun intended). I can't help thinking
that if Alex showed up on something like that he would really go ape and
have a ball. I hate the back-slapping, "aren't we kewl" kind of jams and
this one needed someone, or something, out of the ordinary...

I'll stop babbling now.

Neil Bonfield


From: sara olson 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 11:44:01 +0000

Hello all you Rush Fans across the planet Earth!
I remember about 7 or 8 years ago in an interview Neil mentioned
something about a book he was writing about his bike tours through
China, etc....Yeah, yeah, I know, THE MASKED RIDER, right....Does
another book exist other than THE MASKED RIDER, like poems and other
literary works by Neil, or is this it?  I have a hunch there is
something more than THE MASKED RIDER..I distinctly remember a collection
of his works somewhere in print. Thank You....

   [ There are a few other books by Neil out there (3 if my memory serves me)
     but they were produced only for friends and family. I have heard rumors
     that copies exist at the University of Toronto... but I have never seen
     a copy nor had anyone confirm the rumor.                   : rush-mgr ]

I'm not giving in 
To security under pressure
I'm not missing out
On the promise of adventure
I'm not giving up
On impausible dreams
Experience to  extremes-
Experience to extremes


Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 09:07:47 -0700
Subject: Re: 05/20/98 - The National Midnight Star #2039

>From: Slim Jim 
>Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:18:11 +0100
>Subject: Unwanted Taurus Augmentation
>The Taurus pedals were a real pain for the first few years they
>were used IMO.  Geddy couldn't leave them alone and used to ruin
>'Lakeside Park' and a few other classics by adding excessive 
>zoopity-zoo sound effects where none was required, usually over
>Alex's most tasteful and subtle rhythm parts.  A particular
>grave offence was his practice of drowning out the delicate
>acoustic guitar into to 'Closer to the Heart'.  In later years, 
>he learned to practice a little restraint and discretion.

	Who make up the members of the band called RUSH?  As far as I
remember, your name isn't in the list of three.  They're artists, and
were doing what they wanted to do.  What gives you the right to critique
Geddy's performance on what he did.  I think that the whole statement
should have been preceeded or concluded with the words 'in my own humble
opinion.', IMO.



From: StevieD2 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 12:30:04 EDT
Subject: Aimee Mann

A couple of things..first, several issues ago, someone noted that Aimee Mann
sings on another song other than Time Stand Still. Can you please e-mail me or
post again what song she is in. I think it was at the end of a song, somewhat
burried under the music.
Second, and I will probably get some flames for this, but whats up with those
of you who submit posts and then at the end feel a need to quote some Rush
lyrics?  We all know the words to the songs! No need to add them to the posts!
More info to come on the RUSH Marathon, a 16 hour (or more) radio program to
air in July ( I think).  Out.


From: "Katherine H. Moore" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 12:36:06 -0600
Subject: Kazoo?

> Okay... I need some info on this... I was working on "In The End" and
> During the guitar solo (at approx. 4:22 on the CD) It sounds like the
> guitar that is bending the A a full step to B is doubled by a Kazoo!!!
> REALLY!!! lsiten to it... like RIGHT NOW... and tell me... if that is
> the case, I need to program my digital processor (Digitech model 2112
> [*grins*]) to make that noise as well... any suggestions on how I can do
> that?

Yeah, the tab on the RTP web site has that same kazoo question. Maybe it
*is* a kazoo, but I did a double take when I saw it on the tab. It's
pretty, um...funny.

Anyway, why don't you try double-tracking the solo like Alex did, with
those same lazy bends, and see if you still think it's a kazoo. I think
it's just the result of the "chorus" effect produced by two
not-quite-the-same pitches. Rush have always been good for a bit of
humor/obscurity in their liner notes - I think a kazoo would have been
mentioned on an album where they went so far as to call themselves
"By-Tor" and "Snow Dog".

Sean Carroll


From: "Katherine H. Moore" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 12:58:24 -0600
Subject: Jaco & chorus

> Alex got into chorus effects because Jaco Pastorius was in le Studio
> with Joni and had one of Fender's first chorus amps.

No offense, but what's your source? I'll you why this sounds hokey, and
you can tell me why I'm wrong.

Rush first recorded at Le Studio in 1979. Were they "hanging out" there
prior to 1977?

I think Roland had chorus amps before Fender did.

I seem to recall Alex mentioning Steve Hackett's use of the Roland
Chorus as something that got him interested in the sound.

Just wonderin'.

Sean Carroll


From: "Katherine H. Moore" 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 13:13:06 -0600
Subject: Prince By-Tor

> sounds like distortion and a talk-box--you can hear the growling say
> "prince bytor" near the beginning of the bit.

I hate to pick on you again, but if you think you can hear a bass run
through "a kitchen sink" of effects and controlled by a volume pedal say
"Prince By-Tor"... either it's very expensive or not very good for you
or both. But let us have some anyway. 

There's an old old interview with Geddy that was in fact recently posted
where Ged lets the cat out of the bag on those monster sounds.

Sean Carroll


From: Lucas Harris 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 16:52:24 +0000
Subject: Re: 05/19/98 - The National Midnight Star #2038

>>any Metallica fans out there? I think I like them. I'm really loving 
>>that "fuel" song that's on the radio now. What's a good 'starter' >>album? 
>>Load? (heh heh heh she said load)

Load? Yeah, right. Maybe the first seven songs but not crap like "Mama Said".
The Black Album would be better.
Thank you for your time,
Lucas Harris
Webpage to "someday" exist at

"Men aren't lost--they just prefer the long way." 
						--Red Green


From: WilCollier 
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 22:08:15 EDT
Subject: Rush Laserdiscs vanishing

Hi, folks.  I know, long time, no posts (at least a year, I think).  Here's a
dispatch from the Rush collectable wars:

As the laserdisc video format begins to vanish, being quickly replaced by DVD,
I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and start collecting up all the
Rush lasers I'd been putting off buying for so long.  "After all," I figured,
"all but the very oldest Rush discs are still listed in on-line catalogs; the
newest ones like ASOH *must* still be available."

Yeah, right.

That was back in February.  It's taken nearly four months of searching, but
I've finally completed a collection of the Rush laserdisc releases.
Unfortunately for me (and anybody else who wants to do the same thing), it was
far from easy.  A quick run-down of what's been released, and how hard they
now are to find:

Exit... Stage Left:  Long out-of-print in North America, this disc is still
available as an expensive Japanese import, and that's the only way I could
find it.  Prices range from $50 to $90.  I've seen used copies of the VHS
version for $50 or more (who else can remember the days when it played for
free on USA Network's "Night Flight" every couple of months?).  At any rate,
at least the import version is still more-or-less available
( carries it for $50), and it's still probably the best
Rush video ever released.  There are Japanese subtitles when one of the band
members gives a voice-over commentary, but the rest of the disc is identical
to the old North American version.

Through The Camera Eye:  A P/G era release, and probably the hardest Rush disc
to find today.  I totally lucked into a copy from a Canadian video store by
mail order; it was the only one I ever even saw available.  If you see one,
grab it.

Grace Under Pressure Tour:  Once widely available, this disc has become quite
scarce  and took the longest for me to find.  Net surfers beware:  I found at
least half a dozen on-line stores listing "P/G Tour", but all these sources
wound up admitting they hadn't had a copy for years when I tried to place an
order.  I finally tracked it down last week (and that dealer only had one

A Show Of Hands:  This disc used to be ubiquitous, but it's now unfortunately
out-of-print.  Even legit sources like Ken Cranes' Discount Laserdisc still
list ASOH as available, most have to admit they're sold out when contacted.
Still, there are some copies out there--you just have to be persistent.  A
Japanese version with an extra track ("Lock And Key") is available for those
willing to pay the high price (about $75).  I have the domestic version.

Chronicles:  Also apparently out of print, this disc appears in numerous on-
line listings.  It's still available from some of these sources, but is
quickly becoming scarce.  Again, there's a Japanese version with an extra
track, "Red Sector A".  I've seen it listed for $60, but again, I didn't buy
the import.

The Big Money CD Video:  One of a few releases in a failed Polygram
experiment.  This disc was all over record store "dump bins" a decade ago, but
it's very hard to find today.  Even if you can locate a copy, many discs
suffer from severe "laser rot" on the video portion (mine, which I bought new
in 1987, is unfortunately one of these).  Since I already owned this one, I
made no effort to buy a copy this year, but I've heard that it's nearly
impossible to find this disc in new condition.

It should be noted that none of these discs have what you'd call outstanding
picture quality.  The concert sets in particular (with the exception of ESL,
which was shot on film instead of videotape) "reveal the limitations of the
source tape", as they say (and the crowd shots on P/G are downright
embarrasing).  It's painfully obvious that the transfers to laser were not
done with great care, again especially for the live discs.  On the other hand,
as you might expect, the sound quality is outstanding--the ESL laser isn't
top-quality visually, but the audio blows the VHS version away.

In closing, if you've just gotta have these discs (like I did), get out there
and get cracking.  It's highly unlikely that any of these will ever make it to
DVD, and they're not getting any easier to find.  I recommend checking the on-
line stores in's "Places to buy laserdiscs on the Web"

 -Will Collier

   [ Just an aside, I saw the LD of both Chronicles and the GUP video at Tower
     Records in La Jolla (San Diego CA) if anyone cares...      : rush-mgr ]


From: "Chad Werner" 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998  8:00 -0600
Subject: Just fire & walk away...Superfluous Post.

     1. Just watched the X-Files season capper (recorded from Sunday). That 
        "Lone Gunmen" guy really DOES look like the Gedster.
     2. I can play the intros of "Fly By Night", "Limelight" & "Natural 
        Science" on guitar. They're easy & fun.
     3. I wish I could play "Analog Kid".
     4. I think that Atari Teenage Riot could do really interesting 
        covers of Rush tunes. 
     5. "Second Nature", "Afterimage", "Available Light", "Lock & Key", 
        "Cinderella Man", "In The End" & "Dog Years" are REALLY great songs
     6. "Rivendell" is not.
     7. I think Alex, Geddy & Neil are cool...
     8. BUT, are not above criticism and/or scrutiny.
     9. Down By Law is a great band.
     10. Third Eye Blind is NOT a great band.
     11. I think Rush should put out a box set. It could cost $700 & we'd
         ALL still buy it.
     12. I've never met any of the Toronto Three.
     13. I'd like to meet them & write their post-Visions story.
     14. I bet playing golf with Alex would be a blast.
     15. I hate it when people put quotations on the bottom of their 
     "He kicked me in the back when I wasn't looking. So, I kicked him in 
     the face, twice, when he was." - Tabari from The Source 

From: (T.J. Higgins)
Date: Fri, 22 May 98 8:42:52 CDT
Subject: Rush on Pop-up Video

I really enjoyed the entire Canadian Invasion episode of Pop-up Video,
especially the Canadian Football League references in Rush's 
"Limelight".  As a big fan of the CFL I have to point out an error. 
The video stated that the balls used in the CFL are smaller than
those used in the U.S.  In fact, CFL balls are *larger* than the ones
used in American football.

There are numerous web sites dedicated to the CFL; one is 
The newsgroup is also an excellent source
for Canadian football information.
T.J. Higgins
Huntsville, AL
CFL fan for life
Birmingham Barracudas RIP


From: Ted Gudermuth 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 09:04:50 -0500
Subject: Leonard Peikoff

Philosophy: Who Needs It - Leonard Peikoff brings Ayn Rand's ideas to the radio.
Sun. May 24 - 1:00 PM


From: Zahid Hassan 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 15:58:58 +0000
Subject: In between songs

I wonder if any of you guys can muster up some lines of what Geddy
actually says in between songs.  I've always had the impression that he
isn't a talkative type - usually saying the same things when introducing
a song night after night.  For those of you interested here's a
transcript from the GUP video tour (of which I have the bootleg audio) -
this being taken just before he says "we'd like to continue with songs
>.........this is the Enemy Within"
The Body Electric finishes and Ged says
"......whooo - thank you. Well as you can see we're makin' a little
movie here tonight and you're all gonna be a big part of it.  Therefore
you can lose your minds if you so desire - say hi to mom at home an' all
that (two twangs of his Steinberger bass) - we'd like to continue with
"(as above)

In the Moving Pictures tour in Long Beach (and after just finishing The
Camera Eye) Geddy says 
"ok...that was the Camera Eye ... eye eye.  Well we'd like to do
something from Moving Pictures... this is instrumental this is where we
live this is Y  Y  Z "
By the way on the Show of Hands video (La Villa) Alex was just humming
at the beginning of the song.  It couldn't even be heard probably
because it was (the mike) switched off.  Obviously Rush found this funny
and put a warning triangle on - I thought it was absurd.  
Ps I was also at the show.  
Spice Girls forever!!!
I know this isn't the place for it but I reckon Iran are gonna hammer
the US in the World Cup!!!!
What a match!!! (I'm talking World Football ie soccer)


From: Joe Catlow 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 09:58:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: What the dilly

Yo I've been A Rush Fan for 5 years know and I love every song they
play but when are they going back on tour even if they don't have a
new album they could play there old stuff for 50 more years and I
would go 
to every concert possble.  PEACE 


From: Joe Catlow 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 10:00:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Pop-up&Muchmusic

Just wondering when the new pop-up video is going to
be on I missed it both times. 
Much Music did a Spotlight on them about 2 years ago now and I missed
it I was wondering if they will show it again.



From: "Andrew Jennings" 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 15:11:52 -0400
Subject: Issue #2112

Hey Mngr and All,

I like the idea of not re-issuing the 1st issue, but instead starting =
the count at #1 again,and calling it Vol. 2 Iss.#1 sits perfectly with =
me.  Is it time we took a vote on this?, Or what?

>...disappearing back into the abyss until=20
the next time Inuit writing appears on a Rush cover...
>...maybe not that long.

Andrew J


From: "Andrew Jennings" 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 16:26:40 -0400
Subject: No RUSH, just Gaia

A short, (Long) note for us all on,

(Please don't edit me.  I typed all this out without the aid of any =
scanning devices, and I've kept it as short as I could while trying to =
give the best info to our fellow TNMS'ers)

Gaia, as taken from the book "Earthmind" by Paul Devereux & John Steele, =
David Kubrin. Pub. 1989

and I quote...
"There is evidence in Minoan Crete, from about 1400 BC, of a powerful =
female Earth deity, known as the bare-breasted Serpent Goddess.  =
However, it is not until the period of the Homeric Hymns (850 BC) and =
the later poet Hesiod that we begin to have a formal mythological =
genealogy tracing the origins of Ge or Gaia, the Greek Earth Goddess."

and it goes on...

The main reason that you would find it in a Rush song, or in =
conversation now is because of our focus on being Green or Eco =
conscious.  In 1969 (the year that man for the first time saw the Whole =
Earth in photographs taken from space) James Lovelock brought the term =
Gaia to attention in his Gaian Theory where he referred to her as the =
Largest living creature in the solar system.

You can find many books in the libraries out there.  I just happen to =
own the one I mentioned above. =20

This was our history lesson for this issue of TNMS, brought to you by =
Andrew J.
trying to disappear again... until the next appearance of Inuit writing =
on a Rush cover... Or the mention of Gaia... or...


From: Lucas Harris 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 19:24:15 +0000
Subject: New guest vocalist-- What?!?

>>My nomination for new Guest Female Vocalist would have to be Shania Twain.

Here's a fun one. Meshing a country singer (who sings along to pretty fluffy
music) with a heavy metal band. Did anyone hear Pat Boone's attempt at metal?
I'm glad I didn't.

Personally, I'd go for Shirley Manson. She'd go well with Rush's music.
Thank you for your time,
Lucas Harris
Webpage to "someday" exist at

"Men aren't lost--they just prefer the long way." --Red Green


From: "matt melton" 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 17:42:47 PDT
Subject: Ever wonder.........?

   I was going through Poe's "Tamerlane" and ran across the line "Even 
love, with youth, must expire".  Sounds a lot like "Even love must be 
limited by time" from "The Weapon".   Kinda wierd....


From: "Chris Palo" 
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 20:55:53 PDT
Subject: Radio Rush

Dear fellow Rushians,

I'm curious.  How many Rush songs have gotten good radio play besides 
TSOR and Tom Sawyer?  I have only heard a few others besides these two 
and here they are and about the number of times I have heard them (not 
on any one particular station):

1.  TSOR and Tom  Sawyer:  Too many to count
2.  Fly By Night:  Twice
3.  Subdivisions:  Once
4.  YYZ:  Three or four times
5.  Half the World:  Once
6.  Working Man:  Twice
7.  2112 (Overture/Temples...only):  Once
8.  Freewill:  Once

These are it.  The station I listen to has slowly but surely sold out to 
alternativism.  If I have to hear that f*@$%ing Marcy Playground song 
again, that radio station is going to be in flames.  But these are the 
songs I have heard on my stations.  I live in Kansas City, so does it 
differ from region to region or what?  I would like to hear about what 
Rush other people's radio stations play. Take care everyone.


P.S.  Saw Pop-up video and loved it.  I was a little disappointed that 
there was not more "hidden" information that was available.  Just out of 
curiousity, what the hell was Ged wearing in the studio?  I hope his 
fashion sense has greatly improved since then.


From: "Jeff Brace" 
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 00:59:56 -0400
Subject: Terry Bozzio clinic 

Hi all--Terry Bozzio held a drum clinic in Richmond this past Tuesday night.
A short article appeared in the local newspaper about the clinic.  Thought
that this may be of some interest, since there was some discussion about
what he had said about Neil.
I checked the on-line edition for the whole article, but the article was not
included in the final on-line edition.

"As for the idea that Neil was unschooled, he (Bozzio) is quoted as trying
to encourage drummers to further their education and to escape the
horizontal time keeping rut.  You're seeing more and more happening...great
snippets and patterns...more drummers are using multiple instruments, sounds
and colors.   Drummers are also  trotting the glode in search of new stuff.
For example, heavy metal drummer Igor Calavera with Sepultura has studies
South American Indian and Japanese styles.  Perrenial favorite Neal Peart of
Rush has also ranged widely in search of new licks and "found" music-new
chops that materialize when drummers from different cultures play
simultaneously together."


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Sat, 23 May 98 00:36:26 PDT
Subject: Rush dreams

	I notice our favorite group has a bunch of
references to dreams in their music.  See if I have a legit
'thread' or not.
"A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission"--Mission
"Innocence gave me confidence to go up against reality"--Circumstances
"Courageous convictions will drag our dreams into existence"--The Camera Eye
"Cinderella man, hang on to your plan--try as they might they cannot
steal your dreams."--Cinderella Man
	Jacob's Ladder, Xanadu, Rivendell, and many other of
Rush's songs deal with dreams too.  Seeing the dreams behind
their songs is much like finding Waldo or one of those Mystic
Eye stereograms--you have to look for the allegories in their
			(Which I listened to all day),
Michael Denney


From: Caroline in the City 
Date: Sat, 23 May 98 08:55:02 -0500
Subject: HELP ME!!

Hello all...

I just got some bad news. I ordered Neil's "A Work in Progress" video box 
set for my hubby for his birthday, and just e-mailed me to let 
me know it "wasn't available at this time"! To borrow a phrase from 
Kyle's mom, "WHAT WHAT WHAT????" I'm sure I can get it somewhere else, 
but I'm asking all of you in my Rush family to help me out. Where else 
can I find the videos?

Thanks in advance,

Now playing: Primus, "John the Fisherman"

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, and it hits
 a mime, does anyone care?" --THE FAR SIDE, Gary Larson


From: Todd Garbarini 
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 15:46:26 -0400
Subject: Re:  Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of RUSH 

RUSH?  I read that the book was due out in November 1997, but now have
heard that it is out of print.

Does anyone have any information on this?

   [ What I've heard is the book had been "recalled" (if a book can do such
     a thing) and WILL NOT be printed.                         : rush-mgr ]

Thank you!



From: (Michael Hannaman)
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 17:37:24 -0400
Subject: My personal Top 20 list

        In case anyone's interested, here's my top 20 fav Rush songs of all
time.  Ok, so I was bored this afternoon.  I started with a list of 42,
picking my favs off each album, and torturously narrowed it down to 20.
Surprisingly, though, ranking them in this order was actually easier than
deciding which 20 to choose.  Anyhow, here 'tis, the fuits of my labor:

        1)  Limelight           11) Middletown Dreams
        2)  Vital Signs         12) Natural Science
        3)  Hemispheres         13) Force Ten
        4)  Subdivisions        14) Freewill
        5)  Dreamline           15) 2112
        6)  Analog Kid          16) Grand Designs
        7)  Cygnus X-1          17) Distant Early Warning
        8)  Mission             18) Jacob's Ladder
        9)  The Pass            19) Afterimage
        10) Bravado             20) Anthem

        I'm sure this differs from 99.9% of you all, but I thought you might
like to compare yourself just for shits and giggles.

                                Rush on, yall---

Michael Hannaman


Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 04:41:27 EDT
Subject: RUSH reference

Just a quick note about a stand-up show on HBO I saw Saturday night. It was a
stand-up routine starring David Spade (Saturday Night Live). The show was
titled "Round Midnight", during his bit, he made a reference about his
friend's pot smoking mother requesting her son to put in the RUSH tape and
starts singing along to Spirit of Radio, and then says put on Freewill, I know
that one better. It was a great show David Spade put on, very funny. It was
just an added bonus to hear him refer to RUSH in his routine. Thought my
fellow RUSH fans might be interested in hearing about it.
I watch their images flicker bringing light to a lifeless screen.  


From: lisa mason 
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 17:16:16 -0700
Subject: Older Concerts

Someone writes:
> I'd be curious to know if we have anybody on the list that has seen any
> of the "older" tours. The first one, or any before A Farewell to Kings.
> Let us know and tell us about it.

My first Rush concert experience (and I'd never even heard of the band)
was in early 1976 for the 2112 album. A group of my friends were going
to see a concert of which Styx was headlining. "Loreli" was the current
single by Styx. When we all got there they were announcing that someone
in Styx was ill but that you could go see the other bands ("Southerland
Brothers and Quiver" opened the show) or get your money back.
Personally, I had never heard of either group, but Rush was then moved
up to be the headlining act. My friends decided that we would rather be
at a concert that we didn't know what to expect than to go on home. When
we got inside of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium there were only
about 4 rows on the floor filled up. When Alex started swaying back and
forth during the intro to Bastille Day and Neil started twirling both
sticks high over head like two plane propellers, I had a little brain
orgasm right then and there! I hadn't yet heard a whole song, but I was
already mesmerized. There were probably a few hundred people there
through RUSH's performance at a venue that probably seats a couple
thousand, but everyone that I noticed were definitely into the band
already. They seemed to know every single drum riff by heart! I can
still remember how much smoke was in the air. And that Cannabis aroma...
wow. Geddy even said during the performance: "Sacramento...You sure
smell good!" By the end of the show the mighty Zeppelin finally had one
rival in my book. By the end of me purchasing every RUSH album that I
could find (I eventually found all within a couple months), I had a new
favorite band.
   Though I couldn't understand at the time why nobody in radio ever
played this so obviously talented trio, I eventually came to realize
that RUSH was not for everyone. I certainly didn't care! I had also
taken up guitar within a couple of months from the first 2112 show as
well as purchasing every album (and CD) the day released. Talk about
influential, eh? Any time RUSH tours anywhere near to where I happen to
be I go see them. The only tour I have ever missed since 1976 was the
SIGNALS tour. In 1982, RUSH decided not to tour in Northern California
for some reason. In 1978 (also at Sacto. Memorial Auditorium) I actually
got to meet Alex and Geddy in back of the concert hall at about 1 AM. I
remember their roadies walking around with tour jackets that read:
"Waltz of the Shrieves." One of the roadies gave my friend a broken
Pro-Mark 747 that had been broken during the Hemispheres Show that
night. Alex and Geddy were amazed to see that we were still hanging
around watching the road crew loading equipment. All I remember is how
incredibly nice and polite they both were and how appreciative of our

Anyhow this post is already way too long. Anyone else have a memorable
experience at a RUSH show?
Best Regards to all you RUSH fans out there.


From: "Stephanie Reigh" 
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 12:56:55 PDT
Subject: Female Vocalist, 2112, Joke, extras....

Okay, well, to start of, I want to begin by saying that Shania would be 
bad because she is the wrong genre and her hick accect would take away 
(no offense shania fans) Morisette would definitely be cool, but why 
when we have Geddy to cover high pitches?? :)   I say that Shirley 
Manson from Garbage would be great... Her deep, throaty Alto would be a 
great contrast with Mr. Super Tenor.... (i do like geddy's voice... 
Don't make mean comments because he's just fun to poke fun at) Now what 
if they ever collaborated with another band?? I think that they and 
dream theater would be a kicking combo.... Them, or Goldfinger. :)

Second, I have heard lots of god ideas about what to do with 2112, and 
my own personal opinion is just skip over 2112. Problem solved.

Third, I would like to tell you about the new album I picked up... I 
know that it's been mentioned before, but I think all of you would do 
well to pick up Victor's album. For those of you who may not know, 
Victor is Alex's side project. I bought it, expecting soft ballads... 
BOY was I surprised! It's kinda heavy and fast paced... I love it! It's 
almost my favorite album! (just under a handful of Rush things... Close, 
though... very close)

Fourth, (hmm, what was fourth??) Most of you know, but I'll say it 
anyways.... yyz= the code for the Toronto Airport (in airport lingo)

Fifth... Q: How many Drummers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
         A: Eleven. One to screw it in, ten more to say how Neil Peart          
could have done it better.
         A: Just one, but the roady has to set up the bench and place          
the light in the socket

FINALLY, whoever said that Bravado would be the SOTA track on RTB hit it 
on the head... I love that song. It's bewitching, almost....


"And if love remains, though everything is lost,
We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost"


From: "Rob Godwin" 
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 17:15:59 -0500
Subject: Rush Posters

Greetings all!
	A fellow Rush fan and friend of mine is looking to purchase some Rush
posters.  I've tried to find some for him with little success.  If you are
selling or know someone selling Rush posters drop me a line.  He doesn't
care if they are from new or older albums or tours.  Any Rush is good Rush

	Until Rush do the soundtrack to the new Star Wars prequel,

				Rob G.


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Sun, 24 May 98 23:34:56 PDT
Subject: Dream theme.

I just keep recalling Rush songs with the theme
of dreams or mention of dreams in them.  Tonight
it was 'Red Barchetta'.  Can anyone tell me where
dreams are mentioned in the song?  Bozo button
to first person who correctly answers.  (Flame,
feel free on this one.)

"Courageous convictions, will drag our dreams
into existence"--N.P. 1981
Michael Denney


Date: 25 May 1998 09:36:48 -0400
Subject: To Andrea M

     This is sort of a private message, although it has a link 
     with this posting: my friend Andrea will be 30 on May 27. He 
     is a Rush fan since he was 12 (one of the few in Italy at 
     the time, and the youngest, I guess). Last summer he 
     introduced me to the magic of Rush music and lyrics and made 
     me love them. I just want to thank him and wish him Happy 
     Birthday through the NMS site. Hope it will make his day. 
     "Buon Compleanno, Andrea".Sandra


From: "Grauw, de H." 
Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 10:08:00 +0200
Subject: Record fair

Hello all,

Last weekend I went to a record fair and wanted to let you know what is to
be found herer in Holland. Answer: Not too much. Probably due to bad weather
and music industry/law enforcement people walking around, the number of
'collectibles' as well as the quality wasn't as good. Saw Storm in St.
Petersburg, Mirrors and Over the Europe there. Went home with something
called A New Reality, a nicely packaged CD from Australia of all places,
with the ESL video soundtrack on it, from I think the radio show
Supergroups. There is some commentary by Neil and Geddy in between the
songs. It's 'Pookie' indeed. Also found 'Frontiers and beyond' , a video
from Journey out of print I believe. It's an interesting look behind the
scenes of a big tour. Very wholesome though, expect no Kiss Xposed...;-(




From: Slim Jim 
Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 09:41:59 -0700
Subject: Re: Re Opening songs 

>>  John Parks writes:
>> All I have to say is that "Anthem" IMHO would be the best 
>> opener for a Rush show.  It would certainly have that 'big bang'
>> effect to get things going.
>Yep, it was the opener on the Hemispheres tour, and you're right.

Hell, why not go back to the first album and make it Finding My Way,
that'll bring all the true Rush fans to their feet at shows.  Or maybe
the little Finding My Working Man like they did on ATWAS... now wouldn't
that be cool?


The guns replace the plow, facades are tarnished now
The principles have been betrayed
The dreams's gone stale, but still, let hope prevail
History's debt won't be repaid


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