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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2052

                   Monday, 15 Jun 1998

Today's Topics:
                 Stereos for playing Rush
                     Hidden rush crap
               My little red Barchetta....
                      Cinderella Man
                  Rush's New Album/Tour
                  remasters sleeve info
                      Rush in Norway
                  U2 AND RUSH THREAD...
        *if I kept pulling threads, I'd be naked*
         'Twilight Zone' continues 'dream' thread
         A little Rushian Help in Buffalo/Amherst
         Second Nature: Show at "The Blitz Room"
                        super 2112
             Errata (Rand, South Park, etc.)
                  Rush & Tribute Videos
                     Rush "sighting"
                   Bob Jones University
     Re: 06/03/98 - The National Midnight Star #2048
                        RUSH NEWS
               Another stupid rush sighting
                      Rush on radio
                      rush on radio
               RUSH Plays Yankee Stadium!!!
                     Re: DEAD THREAD!
                   Sticker  Requested.
                  Another Rush Enounter
                  Questions and answers
                    Tempest = Stupid?
                songs that paint a picture
             Tom Sawyer REMIX in Soundtrack?!
              blue songs and red barchettas
                       xanadu cover
             "pentagrams and naked people..."
               *** THE BENEFIT CONCERT ****
                      Page and Plant

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Mon Jun 15 15:34:17 PDT 1998
Subject: Administrivia

I'm very sorry that all the news is coming so late (about the benefit concert).
I'm also trying to sort through all the rumors flying about on the upcoming
live album. I've heard it's 3 cd's, I've heard 4 cd's, I've heard a tour
is in the works for November (yeah right). I would go on what Rob posts below,
hearing it from Andrew. That's about as close as we can get to the band for

 - rush-mgr


Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 00:56:23 EDT
Subject: Stereos for playing Rush

I don't remember who started the stereo thread, but I'll toss my system into
the ring:

Harman/Kardon 8340 5-disc CD changer
Theta Digital Cobalt 307 D/A converter
Audio Alchemy Digital Line Controller
Acurus A80 amplifier
NHT SuperOne loudspeakers
Grado Prestige SR125 headphones

It's a good budget system as far as audiophile gear goes. A little punchless
in the bottom octaves (the NHTs drop off HARD after 60 Hz), but it's about as
good a system as you'll find for $1500 (and you could do it for less if you
the stuff used). It images exceptionally well -- I can pick out the boys'
places in
the soundstage with ease -- and although I can't get the system above 105 dB,
within that limit, I rarely find myself suffering listening fatigue. The Grado
headphones are criminally good, although at $150, people who are used to
cheap Sony earbuds may cringe at the price. But when your neighbors are
complaining (that's life in a college dorm), they're absolutely the way to go
for kick-ass rock.

Justin Busch


From: The Fantabulous George Reimers 
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 23:29:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hidden rush crap

Some guy was talking about the guy juggling the ball in theback cover
of HYF. If you look at the back of Signals, you see some pretty
interesting stuff. You just have to look CLOSELY.

   [ Or try looking at the back of an LP, rather than the CD.    : rush-mgr ]

Ferndoc of the sleepy Echoes

"A-ha.  Sha-la"  -U2
Visit Pete's cats' home page at

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
 - Leonardo da Vinci


From: Dirk van Maanen 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 12:10:44 -0700
Subject: My little red Barchetta....

Hello !

My little red Barchetta....
is a 1959 TV-175 Series II LAMBRETTA ! ! !

I don't think there are any NMS'rs out there who
own a REAL Ferrari-Barchetta  /  Fiat-Barchetta........

Bye !

|Stop inbreeding : Ban country music|


From: Sean Carroll/Katherine Moore 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 02:53:15 -0600
Subject: Cinderella Man

> Back to the dream thread, here's yet another great dream line, where Neil 
> again feeds our inspirations:
> "Try as they might
> They cannot steal your dreams"- Cinderella Man
Minor point, but Geddy wrote those lyrics.

Sean Carroll


From: Sean Carroll/Katherine Moore 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 04:03:54 -0600
Subject: Rush's New Album/Tour

> A little late for April Fools, eh?

Hmmm. I'm not sure what to make of a *possibly* serious reply to an  
*obvious* joke. But I'll take it as an invitation to expand upon my
ludicrous premise, and for flame-prevention (thanks, Danny) I will hang
up the following billboard-sized sign:


Rush's decision to go with a "Victor"-type marketing strategy was a
clever one, devised by the band themselves but inspired by none other
than Bill "B-Man" Banasiewicz, who in a last-ditch effort to restore
himself to the good graces of Rush resorted to an ingenious hypnotic
technique (over the phone, no less) called "auto-suggestion". Details of
*how* this ruse will benefit B-Man are unclear at this point. 

Nevertheless, the most original feature of this marketing strategy was
the decision to go with no name or album title *whatsoever*, resulting
in mass confusion for record store stocking clerks everywhere. Where to
file it? How to order it, for that matter? (Well, in the case of Tower
and other large chains, it was "auto-shipped"). 

Since there is no identification outside, the product must be opened in
an attempt to determine it. Hugh Syme was enlisted to create a unique
3-D "swirling pentagram" on the back of the front sleeve that will
*instantly program the viewer's mind* to hum out loud the bass riff of
War's "Low Rider" at approximately 37-minute intervals. The significance
of this is currently indeterminate. However, the CD ends up being filed
at random in the bins.

Obviously, this will end up being a popular purchase choice because of
its very mystery. It will spread like wildfire by word-of-mouth that the
new Rush album is out. Zero marketing/promotion dollars spent, yet...
you get the picture.

On the touring side, the guys have simply tired of the grind of
rehearsals and lugging all that gear around. By touring separately, they
can cover more ground in less time. The stock disclaimer when people
discover only one member is playing at any particular gig will be that
"Geddy/Alex" etc. were indisposed for personal reasons, and we
apologize". Given a chance to see just one of them (accompanied by local
talent) at your neighborhood bar, would *you* complain?

The repertoire will be richer and more varied, of course, with a
hitherto unheard of (for Rush) looseness. Sets may contain covers of
non-Rush material and even Grateful Dead-like extended improv jams.
Bootleggers will cream their jeans, being guaranteed incomes for life.
Bottom line: Everybody wins.

Sources close to the band reveal that a special treat for select
audiences will be the (aforementioned; unclear if it relates to further
diabolical mind-control schemes) Low Rider/Vital Signs/Red Lenses/On
Broadway medley.

I hope this answers your questions.

Subjunctively yours,

Sean Carroll


From: "P & J" 
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 01:56:12 -0400
Subject: remasters sleeve info

>I am extremely upset at Mercury/ PolyGram for following
>the latest mindless trend of not including recording/ mixdown/
>mastering information on the sleeve.

I understand your recording query, but what do you mean by mixdown and
mastering?  Today, nearly all nationally released CDs are digitally mixed
and mastered, even if not digitally recorded.  The quality of analog
recording today probably beats 1980s digital efforts.  It's all in the
mixin' anyway.  At that point it's turned into 1s and 0s.

I agree, it would be cool if they still listed the ADD or DDD, to satisfy
curiosity.  But I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an ADD
and DDD on anything recorded since 1990, anyway.

 Digital Man


From: "Archangel" 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 98 10:42:04 PDT

	I'm back on after some brief trouble
with my email program.  Another 'dream thread':

"I wandered home through silent streets
and fell into a fitful sleep
awake to realms beyond the night
dream won't you show me the light.t.t.t.t.T.T.T.T"--

"Innocence gave me confidence
to go up against reality"--'Circum-
Michael Dean Denney


From: (mconsani)
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 12:14:26 -0400
Subject: Rush in Norway

     Hi fellow Rushians:
     I'd like to thank Greg for pointing out that Rush is played on the 
     house system at The Elm Street Rock Cafe in Oslo back in NMS #2049.
     My wife, Kristin, is a native born Oslonian.  We visit Oslo every 
     summer, and in a few weeks we plan on sippin' some Norsk Ol (Norwegian 
     Beer) and listen to some Rush.  
     If there are any of you that will be in Oslo in July, please email me! 
     Or, if there any Norsk Rush fans that read this, let's get together 
     for a cald Ringnes!
     Mark "the Librarian" Consani


From: mark irwin 
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 09:55:36 +0000
Subject: U2 AND RUSH THREAD...

U2, Rush and the Police once played together in the Isle of Wight, I
believe.Maybe '81,'82. Back when U2 was still good. As far as Rush
lacking in emotional content, have you listened to "Totem" or "Resist"
off of TFE? Or "Red Barchetta" or "Freewill" or "Marathon" or "Something
for Nothing" or "Bacchus Plateau", Point: Rush plays with
conviction, and a firm belief in the subjects they choose to sing about.
They don't rely on cheap histrionics to convey a point; they just
believe that their own convictions will sell the song to the listener.
Has U2 made an album with firm convictions, beliefs, and GREAT
musicianship since The Unforgettable Fire? I think that would be the
response of most NMSers regarding U2 today. Not to say that they weren't
once a good band. But even comparing them integrity-wise to Rush is
shameful. Try to listen to the songs above and see if you don't get
goosebumps or feel uplifted. I know I do.
Mark Irwin


From: "Todd Smith" 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 11:25:51 PDT
Subject: Opnions

In issue 2048, "Mikey" said:

One important thing to remember is that this is your opinion. I love 
Rush , but my all time favorite band is Led Zeppelin. But I don't come 
on here saying that they are better than rush or vice versa. Everybody 
likes something different. I'm definitely not against rush though. I'm 
listening to YYZ as I type this :)

Please don't everyone start typing in Zep-Rush comparisons now, that was 
not the point of this posting.

One last thing, Does any one know any thing about Rush's next release?
Thanks for your time


    "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice..."


From: "Stephanie Reigh" 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 16:00:28 PDT
Subject: *if I kept pulling threads, I'd be naked*

Well, anyways, on with the thread pulling...
FIRST OFF, I can't stand country, no yodels for me, please... I also 
can't stand celine dion. Don't even yell at me. I can express my 
opinnions just like you can.
>Now to my main point.  For all you Madrigal fans out there, does the 
>go "in vain to search for Order, or i v t s f Honor?  The lyrics say
>order, but listening to the song, it sounds more like honor.

Really? The lyrics sheet says order? I've sung it Honor since I was 
eight. In fact, I have the lyrics typed out in fancy font with a border 
around it on my door, (it being one of my FAV rush tunes) I've had it 
for a good five years up there! It was printed out on my old dot matrix 
tractor feed..... (it's still sitting here)
>>>And on that note, I'd like to say that IMHO, AFTK is the most 
underrated album, well along with RTB. Those are my two favorites and to 
me those seem like the ones nobody really cares for! It's sad. AFTK 
being the first Rush CD i got into heavily, RTB becoming more meaningful 
as the philisophic deep reveals...
YOU'RE WELCOME to those of you who liked my YYZ story. I have another 
one, also funny, I love high school.
>Our high school football team made it to finals this year, so in order 
to celebrate our school had a "Spirit Week" Kinda stupid, one day was 
blue and gold day (our school colors) spirit tatoo day (kids passed out 
blue and gold tatoos with our beloved mascot- the blue devil *lol*) PJ 
day (wear your pajamas to school) some other day I can't remember, and 
HAT DAY. I wore my Counterparts hat which I discovered at the local 
Value City for five bucks! I'd worn it and finally, during fourth period 
some one said, "Do you know you have a f@!#ing symbol on the back of 
your hat?" I turned around, slightly confused. "A f@!#ing symbol... on 
your hat." I took the hat off (stupid me) and looked at the counterparts 
symbol on the back. I had to agree, so I just smiled and nodded, not 
really wanting to explain that Rush doesn't exactly mean it in the f@!# 
sense....(at least that's not the way I take it to mean... New thread, 
>And there was at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones concert in Loretto. (i am 
a huge bosstones fan!) They had two openers, I didn't remeber what the 
first was, the second being "Clowns for Progress" then the bosstones. 
Well, after clowns for progress filed off stage, the sound guys played 
some filler music... suddenly what do I hear? The few electronic 
beginnings of Tom Sawyer. They didn't play a whole lot, but I picked out 
the few bars.... I went over to the sound guy and said, "Hey, in that 
mix you just played, did I hear Tom Sawyer bu Rush?" the guy I asked 
didn't know, but the other sound man in earshot  siad, yes, indeed it 
was. We started to talk about rush, we both agreed that Roll The Bones 
was our favorite album, and that we both liked the older stuff better, 
and T4E wasn't the greatest, (no flames... just opinnions, as previously 
stated) then I mentioned that my one goal in life was to go to a rush 
concert. he says to me, "Well, when you do look for me. I'll be standing 
right here." (meaning the sound console) "Yeah, I know rush. I'll take 
you back to meet the guys. You are the youngest rush fan I've ever met, 
so I bet I'll remember you." then he went on to say that they probably 
wouldn't tour again for about three years or so, and with luck, he'd 
remember me. My dad gave him one of his business cards.... (Phil Reigh 
Sound! YEAH!!!) and I stood there, by the sound console, watching the 
bosstones show, excited..... (about rush, more so, but excited none the 
less) Just thought I'd pass that along to you... Plus, I don't have a 
car, but thanx to all of you on the "Red Barchetta" thread, I think my 
first car will be a very powerful red Ford (exact type not yet 
determined... probably old and used)
>....allow me to knit.... (another thread joke... sorry)

 Steph Reigh
*Because he was human, because he had goodness, 
because he was moral they called him insane.*
*looking for love, or an angel to forgive my sins*


From: "archangel" 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 98 20:04:00 PDT
Subject: 'Twilight Zone' continues 'dream' thread

"Come explore your dream's creation
Enter this world of imagination..."--2112

This time I used the album liner as refer-
ence instead of using the fluke called
'Internal Incoherence'.

"Innocence gave me confidence to go up
against reality"--Neil Peart, 'Rush', "Circum-
Michael Dean Denney


From: Raj M 
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 21:12:27 -0400
Subject: A little Rushian Help in Buffalo/Amherst

Hi there,

I need a little help from someone in the Buffalo area.  This is the
situation, I will be in Amherst (which I believe is right outside Buffalo)
next week.  On friday I will be having dinner with a very beautiful young
lady.  Can anyone suggest a nice casual (no jacket/tie places) maybe
romantic place to dine.  At least someplace with some good food.  Anyway,
suggestions/directions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

"The World Weighs On My Shoulders..." - Neil Peart
My homepage -


Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 21:42:41 EDT
Subject: Second Nature: Show at "The Blitz Room"

                                          FINAL CUT RECORDS
                              S  E  C  O  N  D       N  A  T  U  R  E

                            An evening with the music of . . . . . RUSH
                                         THE    BLITZ    ROOM

                              FRIDAY,  JUNE 19th, 1998, 9 PM $4.00   
                         Aurora, Colorado, I-70 and Chambers road
                                     Call 321-8966 for more info.

E-Mail Second Nature at:    SndNature@AOL.COM

Visit our web site:

Also, pick up the June 5th edition of EUPHONY MUSIC NEWS, for more info. on
our band and other happenings in the Colorado Music scene. 

On the web:


From: "Alex Smith" 
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 23:19:32 -0700
Subject: super 2112

ok, y'all, i constructed a "super 2112" using 2112 and both Cygnuses. I
have, in essence, created one song that is a little more than 49 minutes
long.... to do this, you will need to find out how long the "fader" on your
CD player fades for, because the times I give are for the final pause at the
end of the fade. for example, if your CD player has a 5-second fade, and i
say to stop at 21.12, press fade at 21.07. you get the point.

ok, break out those 100 (110 for buffer) minute tapes and here we go:

instructions for 2112-Special Edition:

1. PLAY "2112"
FADE out ending at 15.53
2. PLAY "Cygnus Book II"
FADE out ending at 11.58
3. PLAY "Cygnus Book I"
STOP at end of song
4. PLAY "Cygnus Book II" fading in starting at 11.59 or so
FADE out at 16.45 (I don't think The Sphere fits in with the story somehow)
5. PLAY "2112" fading in starting at 15.54 or so

do y'all understand? if not i'll clarify it.

ok, so, ultimately, here's the song:

2112-The Special Edition
I. Overture
II. The Temples of Syrinx
III. Discovery
IV. Presentation
V. Oracle - The Dream
VI. Hemispheres Prelude
VII. Apollo (Bringer of Wisdom)
VIII. Dionysus (Bringer of Love)
IX. Armageddon (The Battle of Heart and Mind)
X. Cygnus Prologue
XI. Astral Door (my name for part one of Cygnus Book I)
XII. Siren Song (part two)
XIII. Sound and Fury (part three)
XIV. Cygnus (Bringer of Balance)
XV. Soliloquy
XVI. Grand Finale

there! now all I need to do is somehow tie in by-tor, necromancer, lamneth,
xanadu, la villa, the trees, natural science, and the camera eye... hmm what
a story that would be! of course, i think i would need to use VHS tape to
hold all that....

that reminds me, does anyone have any experience recording to VHS tape from
a stereo?

i have too much free time,
Alex Smith


From: "Paul W. Cashman" 
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 00:32:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Errata (Rand, South Park, etc.)

I think part of that message got munged.   What I meant to say was
that Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be at Dragon*Con here in Atlanta
this summer, and if I can fight my way past the crowds to get near
them, I'll try to ask them what their feelings about ATLAS SHRUGGED
are, and about the scene in South Park.    (I'm the webmaster :))

Sometimes a view from sinless eyes / Centers our perspective   Paul W. Cashman
And pacifies our cries / Sometimes the anguish we survive
And the mysteries we nurture / Are the fabrics of our lives    ICQ# 4151223
"Lines in the Sand," Dream Theater - FALLING INTO INFINITY


From: brogdene 
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 04:10:07 -0400
Subject: Sighting?

Hope I am not repeating sopmeone else, but in the new game Starcraft
from Blizzard, they thank Rush in the credits.

Guess that explains the cheat codes "Glittering prizes" and "Hatchet"
and "Axe and Saw" in Warcraft 2, huh?



From: "Linda Brown" 
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 10:28:35 -0000
Subject: Rush & Tribute Videos

	There's been alot of people asking lately if the Tribute band 'Power
Windows' is any good?  Well, I've seen them once and my husband (Jerry
'Broon Jr.' Brown) has video footage of one of their shows.  I can honestly
say 'Yes, Go, It's worth it!'  But, I can't say they were the Best Rush
Tribute Band.  We have gone to see, 'Power Windows,' 'Freewill,' '2112,'
'Moving Pictures,' 'Rush Hour' and a few others.  We both agree, the
Tribute Band 'Moving Pictures' was the best of the bunch, hands down!  If
anyone has any Videos of Rush or any of the Tribute Bands to trade, Jerry
has personally filmed alot of the Tribute Band shows and has over 100 Rush
concerts on video!  If intrested, send a copy of your trade list for a copy
of his, by postal mail to:

Jerry 'Broon Jr.' Brown
1618 Crabapple Cove Ct. N.
Jacksonville, FL.


From: (Stephen M M Gold)
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 14:57:25 -0400
Subject: Rush "sighting"

Hello all!
     I stopped into Media Play Sunday afternoon to buy the
"Trainspotting" soundtrack (the movie is fantastic too). While perusing
the racks, I hear 2112 Overture and Temples... over the CD sales' area
speakers! Going into music stores, you usually hear the latest bland,
soulless pop. It was quite nice to hear the lads blare out of the
speakers - and classics no less! 


Steve  :-P


From: Pete 
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 18:09:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Bob Jones University

As a longtime subscriber to the NMS, I'd be interested to know if there's
any other graduates of Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC) out there.  If
you know anything about Bob Jones U., you will understand my curiousity.
Bob Jones is probably the strictest, religious liberal arts college in the
world.  For starters, no rock music was allowed (hell, contemporary
Christian music wasn't even allowed).  As such, my friend and I had to sneak
off campus to listen to ESL, Signals and P/G.  After three years, I
graduated in '84 to get on with my life.

I even remember Rush playing just two miles away in Greenville in December
of 1991.  I, of course, was forbidden to go.  I'm still bitter thinking of
all the Rush shows I missed during college.  It was sweet revenge to go back
and be in the front row at the Presto tour opener in Greenville.

Anyway, just curious.  I'd be interested in hearing from any other BoJo's
out there.

Bob Jones University Survivor, '84


From: "Barbara Pike" 
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 20:31:34 -0700
Subject: Re: 06/03/98 - The National Midnight Star #2048

I agree. I didnt find out about T4E concert till the last minute.I scrambled
to obtain a ticket for 180. I didnt see alot of people at the concert, At
least as much as Roll the bones concert. That concert , their was alot of
people their.

See ya later


From: "Robert Miceli" 
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 09:06:14 -0400
Subject: RUSH NEWS

Hello People, Sorry I've been out of the loop, but you know how it is.  
Summer's here, and in Canada we take advantage of it.


Latest, the ifo was given to me by a good guy named ANdrew MacNaughtan.

Rush will realease a 3 cd LIVE album in Sept.  The first two albums will be 
from the Counterparts and Test For Echo tour. ANd the third CD will be a 
thankyou to the fans it will be the "Farewell To Kings Tour".  This cd will 
consist of pictures of collector items from Fans here in Toronto.

Rare stuff that we happen to collect through the years.  They will be placed 
all over the package, however the title and Album cover I do no know yet. 
This is going to be an amazing Live album.  The best!!!!

Tommorrow night, Tuesday June 9, Alex will be playing the Pheonix Concert 
Theatre for a benefit concert.  He will be joining other artists to jam and 
kiss ass on stage.
For all who knows me, and are attending the concert please come say hi..

AS for NEil, well....  It's going to be a while for a new studio album

Rob Miceli


From: "Bill Blanchard" 
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 08:22:24 PDT
Subject: Another stupid rush sighting

Just thought I'd like to mention another ballgame off to a great start.
At the Boston Red Sox game last night, 6/7/98, after the national 
anthem, they played almost the entire song of Tom Sawyer.  Anyone else 

"One likes to believ in the freedom of baseball"


From: "Foushee, Lane Russell" 
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 13:44:19 -0400 
Subject: Rush on radio

   On my way home from work my Rush mix tape ended so I ejected it and
was about to flip sides when the "Know It All Trivia Question" was about
to be answered on 106.1 from Raleigh. The question: 

   What band opens up their concerts with the Three Stooges them song.

 The 16th caller didn't know the answer, but the next caller did.
Congratulations Keith! Then they went on to play the intro to ASOH and
Big Money. There is a first for everything. 



From: (z z z)
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 13:24:58 -0500
Subject: rush on radio

well, there are only 3 stations here (just outside fargo, nd) that play
rush, solid rock Q98, 95.1 the Zone (oooh....), and 107.9 the Fox.  95.1
used to play only "alternative" music (as 95X), but then changed their
image to 95.1 the Zone.  that was all crap all the time (hanson, etc.). 
then they decided to go up against Q98 (30 year old veteran, still the
best) and play good music, strangely, 95.1 plays MORE rush than the Fox
(classic rock) and Q98 (solid rock).  i've heard subdivisions, tom
sawyer, spirit of radio, closer to the heart, freewill, and maybe one or
2  others.

i was quite disappointed in the people of fargo & moorhead when Q98 did
their top 500 artists on memorial day weekend.  people went to northwest
audio (stereo equipment) to fill out a little contest form and name a few
favorite songs.  i only remember hearing rush ABOVE 300, 325 i believe...
roll the bones.  of course i didn't listen to the 200's that much, but i
listened to a lot from 200 down, and guess what... no Rush!!

the #1 song... Alice in Chains, the man on the box!!  granted, it's their
only good song, but what happened to the best stuff?  foreigner, yes,
journey, rush, u2, aerosmith, r.e.m., foghat, grand funk?  JIMI HENDRIX?!
 the people of fargo really need to start listening to good music (there
are only about 10 fm music stations, and 4 are country!)

any opinions?

"If at first you don't succeed, it's probably someone else's fault."


Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 16:50:59 -0500
Subject: RUSH Plays Yankee Stadium!!!

   I went to my third Yankee game of 1998 on June 6th, and I noticed 
   something that is vewwy vewwy interesting:
   Every Yankee chooses a song that will be played from when they walk from 
   the on-deck circle (while their name is being announced) until they step 
   into the batter's box-. Chuch Knoblauch, second baseman and leadoff man 
   for Los Yankees, chose "BIg Money" for his first at-bat.  Baseball, beers 
   and Big Money- Rather cool way to start off my weekend!!
   ..."it's Chicken Lover for the children..."


From: "The Clayton's" 
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 18:59:35 -0500
Subject: Didacts

Hiya!  Although "didacts" may be an actual word (instuctor according to
Webster's), I think that is incorrect to say that it is not an anagram,
or rearrangement of "addicts", which it obviously is!  Lara


From: (StarScape International)
Date: Mon,  8 Jun 98 17:01:51 PST
Subject: Re: DEAD THREAD!

>And unless you have FACTS to the contrary, STOP RUMORMONGERING!

Okay, for the sensitive in the audience, I'll gladly rephrase...

"Although right now, 1998, might be a good year to start a definitive work,
seeing as the odds of Rush being through look pretty high...IMO."
Thomas Puckett Advertising, Inc. - 702.798.5300, Main - 702.798.7772, Fax


Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 21:37:15 EDT
Subject: Sticker  Requested.

     All this talk about our own Red Barchetta has reminded me of my little
Subaru GLS that I bought my senior year in high school back in ' 83.
     Blasting P/G with the windows open and the moon roof off really brings
back sweet memories.
     Now the point of this post,  In my subaru I had a Rush man/star
transparent sticker in the back window.  I must have picked it up at a show
somewhere.  The car and sticker is long gone now. 

     I've tried on many occasion to find some transparent Rush stickers for
the back of my car winshield.
     If anyone can lead me to any type of Rush car transparent stickers I
would appreciate it greatly.  Naturally I would pay for any cost incurred by
this favor.

     Thanks for all your help.  You can email me at the adress below.

Neil Poster


From: "Martin Gibbs" 
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 20:29:17 PDT
Subject: Another Rush Enounter

Well, here goes my lame Rush encounter (my fiance even claimed I was a 
moron, but it must be posted).

As we live together, my fiance and I split the electric bill, okay? 
Normal. I usually pay in full and she pays her half. In June, her half 
came out to exactly $21.12.

Yes, dumb, but I got a rise, and listened to nothing other than 2112 on 
the way to work.

Thanks, and humiliate me later.



Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 00:37:23 EDT
Subject: Questions and answers

Whenever you guys have questions about lyrics, you must ask me, as I know
everything, whch will save you all the time while you meander on the subject
in ignorance.

In "Kid Gloves" everybody wants to know about "Anger wear a crown of thorns,
Reverse the golden rule."  You see, Geddy has a friend named John Anger, who
happens to be a really rich civil engineer.  John is also a clumsy gardener,
and one day tripped and fell head first into his rose bush, hence the crown of
thorns.  He then decided to make a fence in front of the bush to prevent
himself from falling into it again, as he was measuring it with a yardstick,
he realized he was using the English side instead of the Metric side, so he
turned it around, hence "Reverse the golden rule." And all of John's tools
were very expensive, that's why they were golden.

See, I could have saved you all lots of trouble.

Anyway, not that anyone but I care, but I listen to:

"Force Ten" - whenever I go driving on the highway
"Analog Kid" - when I need motivation
"Limbo" - when I need to think about something
"In the End" - when something is ending

So there.--Armen


P.S. Waday daday.


Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 08:17:55 EDT
Subject: Tempest = Stupid?

Ketan Deoras said: "For whoever asked what the name of that game is in
Subdivisions, it's called Tempest.  Someone gave me a copy for my PC, and as
stupid it is..."

Ouch!  I must ask, how old are you?  Your comments lead me to think you missed
out on the early video game revolution.

As a 28 year old raised in the Borough of Schmeng, I must submit that Tempest
was once the King of video games.  During a time when all games were still
emulating Space Invaders (i.e. Galaga, Galaxian, Centipede), along came
Tempest with the first 3-D graphics available (albeit lines on xyz planes) and
those ooh-so-cool sounds.  Next came Battlezone, the 3D tank game, but Tempest
was once the undisputed king (at my local 7-11, anyway).

"MVP's - Intellivision Baseball" - Signals liner notes


From: greg cormier 
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 98 8:26:30 EDT
Subject: songs that paint a picture

   When you listen to a Rush song you have the benefit of both great music 
and great lyrical writing to help portray what the band is expressing to 
it's audience. With this in mind what would be the Rush song that best 
paints a mental picture based on both the music and the lyrics in 

For me it would be "Witch Hunt" because whenever I hear this song I can 
picture the mob gathering to lay judgement on those that don't conform to 
the laws of the day. I can picture the incensed mob carring out it's 
pre-ordained duty while justifying it's actions without any sense of 
remorse. This may come off sounding over dramatic but this is exactly the 
mental picture that I get when listening to "Witch Hunt".

Anyone else have a defining song which best paints a mental picture ?  


From: "John Becker" 
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 8:59:49 CDT
Subject: Tom Sawyer REMIX in Soundtrack?!

This was just forwarded to me by a friend. It is allegedly from the E-Zine SFK. 

"Another soundtrack that may prove interesting is the one for Small Soldiers
(which looks very cool BTW), which will contain: QUEEN's "Another One Bites
the Dust" (remixed by Wyclef Jean), PAT BENATAR's "Love Is A Battlefield"
(remixed by KayGee with new vocals by rapper Queen Latifah), CHEAP TRICK's
"Surrender" (remixed by Rich Costey), BILLY SQUIER's "The Stroke" (remixed
by Dallas Austin), GARY GLITTER's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" (remixed by
DUTCH), THE CULT's "Love Removal Machine" (remixed by Michey Petralia) and
RUSH's "Tom Sawyer" (remixed by DJ Z-TRIP)."

What is this shit? A RUSH song re-mixed by a (C)rapper for a soundtrack? 
Uggghhhh! I HOPE this report turns out to be FALSE!

For that matter, all of the songs mentioned are too good to be subjected to a 
remix, IMHO. If it ain't broke, don't 'fix' it!



From: Michael  Skurka 
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 10:23:52 -0400
Subject: Gaia

     For all of you who were pondering the meaning of
     "Gaia", I thought I would tell you that there's no
     longer a reason to PONDER it when you can actually
     DRIVE it.  Toyota unveiled its new minivan last week,
     and yes, it's called the Gaia.  It is similar to
     the Toyota Sienna.  The Gaia isn't expected to
     be sold in the United States, at least not



From: "Catherine Brissette" 
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 16:36:47 PDT
Subject: blue songs and red barchettas


I just bought a car...neither red nor sporty enough to be a 
barchetta...but it needs a name. It's blue (not my favorite color)
and I was trying to think of Rush songs with blue in them...the only one 
I could think of was 'Presto': "I had a dream of a winter garden, a 
midnight rendevouz, silver blue and frozen silence..."

Can anybody think of anything else?

"Flapping your arms can be flying." --Robert K. Hall

"Don't ask me, I'm just improvising"  --Neil Peart "Presto"



From: (Russell Tweed)
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:58:11 +0100 (BST)
Subject: xanadu cover

hey, anyone heard silver sun's cover of xanadu that came out this week?
it's great ;)



From: Big Jim 
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 01:00:09 -0600
Subject: "pentagrams and naked people..."

In NMS #2050, "Chris Palo"  told a story
where his co-worker made the remark that Rush was (were?) "F%$#ing
Satanists!" because their albums were "Pentagrams and naked people."

When I first joined the NMS, I looked through the FAQ lists to find out
about that idea/rumor/thought, because I had been told that myself.  So
what's the story behind those images?  Is it the character in 2112
trying to fight against the government oppression of the "red star"?  Or
is there something else to it?

Personally, I think if Rush were directly connected to Satan, their
music would be more of the "sex, drugs, & rock-and-roll" ilk that comes
from bands more strongly associated with the devil.  (Of course, if you
don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you've got an
indirect connection to that evil one...)

Hoping everything you say is politically incorrect, I am
Big Jim (
"We do not have the right to do what is wrong!"
                                  Ambassador Alan Keyes


From: "Robert Miceli" 
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:13:25 -0400
Subject: *** THE BENEFIT CONCERT ****

Tues June 9 was the White Ribbon Benefit Concert.  

The lineup were as follows, The dexters were the band..
Singer/guitarists from Wide Mouth Mason
Singer/guitarists from Tea Party
Colin James
ANd Alex Lifeson..

It was amazing, one of the best I have ever seen Alex perform.
I was against the stage, so listen to my story.

My buddies and I got to  the Pheonix Concert THeatre here in Toronto pretty 
early.  We were the first ones there.  ABout 6pm Alex and a friend walk up 
to us and said hi etc..
He looked really good, all dressed in black, all tanned... Ready to rock.

We got in and we went right to the stage.  As the show went on, one by one 
artists would be announced until ALex was.  The place went nuts, he played 
two songs with the dexters and he was just wailling on that guitar, it was so 
amazing, you had to see his expression on his face.  He was on fire.  Blew 
every guitarist that evening out of the building.   A guitar solo, awsome.  
Then at the end of the sets,  every artist came on stage and played two songs 
together.  You had at least 6 guitarist including ALex.  But you can see Alex 
was the man.

Then one of the singers, you have to remember that all the other quitarist/
singers were good looking, lots of woman that evening.
Trust me I  know...  SO one of the guys, I think it was the singer for Tea 
Party, grabs this girl from the croud and starts danicng with her.  Then Edwin 
goes over and jumps in. 
Then she runs away from them, embarases them and runs to Alex, we went nuts.  
She was all over ALex, his face turned red like an apple..

She takes out two Rush cover Cds out of her Bra.  And shows them to ALex, he 
couldn't stop laughing.  I was also dying of laughing.  The other "good 
looking guys" were just there doing shit.  Then she left and went back into 
the crowd.  The place started chanting ALex Alex Alex...

What an evening, I love this CITY.   I really wish you guys were here to see 
the amazing ALex do his stuff, from 2 feet away.  I have  never seen him so 
pumped in my life.

Get prepared for the next studio ALbum
It's going to smoke....................

Rob Miceli


From: (T)
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:48:06 -0500
Subject: Page and Plant

I just saw Page and Plant in Indianapolis last night.  Anyone who's into
Alex will love the show.  Page is still the man.  "The Hunter" solo was
bad-ass.  Five stars.  


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