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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2053

                  Tuesday, 16 Jun 1998

Today's Topics:
                    Long Time No Post
                   FYI:  Small Soldiers
              Power Windows in Long Island!
                        MP3 links
                   Alien shore rantings
                       B-Man Email?
              Lack of Promotion on T4E Tour
                  Track speed on Xanadu
                     Missing Rush Fan
           'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy...
                      Rush bitching
                  remasters sleeve info
                   my own Red Barchetta
                Grace Under Pressure Video
                    A Work In Progress
                     Merry XMAS to me
   "Freewill" heard on Stanley Cup Game 3, Pop-Up Video
         zzz OLGA has been killed (NNC)(NZC)(NRC)
                    Caps and a request
         New stuff at the Power Windows website!
                       Rush Siting!
                 Just so you know........
        Alex on radio..Limaugh/Limbo(zo) and Rush
               No static - give me Wireless
                     Re: Wakey Wakey
               Rush Money Stat Help Needed
                    Subdivisions voice
                    Bass Player Needed
                 Has Rush toured lately?
      drum solo rip-off & getting even in Nashville
            Alex's Plans: Rush or Victor Next?
                   T Shirts in Britain
                    Signals back cover
         "Rush, radio and the ridiculous"; reply
               first, second and third(ly)
                    Didact "confusion"
                      Thanks to TNMS

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Tue Jun 16 10:56:45 PDT 1998
Subject: Administrivia

Ooops! I think I screwed up the mail system here, I think any mail sent after
10pm Pacific time last night either bounced or got eaten. If you sent anything
after that time, please resend it!

I will be moving all of the NMS web site to its new home on
(which right now does not exist), although because of the machine I'm going
to be temporarily hosting it on I won't be able to put up the larger files
until it moves to its permanent machine. I'll probably leave off all the
digests, and maybe the realvideo files. 

What will actually show up on the new site depends a lot on the lawyers, I 
got their generic fax which basically states if we use copyrights & 
trademarks of Rush they can sue us, unless we get permission to use them, 
something along those lines. It was very vague, but it almost sounds like 
we'll be able to keep the site pretty much unchanged but we may have to 
pay for the "privilege"... again I'll keep you posted.

And those of you with Rush sites that have a lot of MP3's might want to 
take them down for now, or consider making them "less obvious"...

 - rush-mgr


Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 17:12:03 EDT
Subject: Long Time No Post

I'm glad to be back to the NMS.  I quit reading TNMS several months ago when
the postings became way too political, cynical, moral, Amoral or just
downright juvenile.  Unfortunately, I still haven't found what I'm looking
for.  Which is: Just when is Rush going release a live album (ER...CD) and
when is the next tour???

While I'm at it, and I hope not to take up too much space doing so, I do have
a few token comments about recent postings.  (Don't we all.....)

First of all, Greg wrote:

I have to agree, sort of.  Bastille Day IS a kicking song, and on some days, I
can turn off all the lights, close my eyes, a genuinely relax to the second
side of COS.  Other than that, I never really got into COS personally.  I got
into Rush about 17 years ago (circa MP/ESL) because of #1, the depth and
diversity of their music and, #2, I was a high school kid, playing drums in a
rock and roll band, and I wanted to be "just like Neil."  With an introduction
to such tunes as Red Barchetta, Limelight, and Camera Eye, I can't explain
why, but nothing on COS ever did anything for me.

But I totally agree with Adam, albums like COS were out of time.  If Rush re-
released a lot of their older songs, they would be a big hit today.  Look at
how Natural Science and Analog Kid went over on the T4E tour.  Those songs
went by the wayside and never got any play time.  Some other rocking songs
that I would like to hear live, or redone: A Farewell To Kings, Between the
Wheels, Superconductor, and Cold Fire for starters.  

One more idea, hate to say this, but they are playing Tom Sawyer to death.
Great tune, it's their signature song and all, but com'on.  What if they tried
an "Every Breath You Take" remake solution?  Speed it up, change or add a
lyric or two, redo the solo?  Heck, call it "Huckleberry Finn." 

For Nichoals, (or is that anagram for Nicholas?)  The other Signals EP you are
referring to is the "New World Man" EP.  It is actually a 12" single with NWM
on the front and live versions of Freewill and Vital Signs on the flipside.
(The ONLY live version of VS I do believe.)  The availability of the album, I
do not know.  But I do own a copy purely as a collector's item.  


PS Heard at the "Signals" New World Tour, Wichita, Kansas, 1983:
	"...One likes to believe in the freedom of Baseball....."


Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 15:54:39 -0700
Subject: FYI:  Small Soldiers
     Food for thought...something I found on the net...
     As for the rest of the Small Soldiers soundtrack -- which features 
     classic '80s rock songs given a '90s remix with some additional vocals 
     here is the track listing: 
     *Edwin Starr's "War" performed by Bone Thugs- N- Harmony, featuring 
     Flesh-N-Bone, Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, and Flea. E-A-Ski is 
     remixing the song 
     *Billy Squier's "The Stroke" remixed by Dallas Austin 
     *Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" by Dutch 
     *The Cult's "Love Removal Machine" by Mickey Petralia 
     *Rush's "Tom Sawyer" by DJ Z-Trip 
     *Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" featuring additional vocals by 
     Wyclef Jean with Pras and Free 
     *Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" featuring additional vocals by 
     Queen Latifah, and remixed by KayGee from Naughty by Nature 
     *The Pretenders' "My City Was Gone" featuring additional vocals by 
     Kool Keith (allstar, May 22) and remixed by the Butcher Brothers 
     *Cheap Trick's "Surrender" by Rich Costey 
     The last track will most likely be the original version of "War"; 
     however, it wasn't determined at press time. 
     The soundtrack is due July 7, while the movie (which stars Tommy Lee 
     Jones as the voice of Chip Hazard and Frank Langella as the voice of 
     Archer, along with Kirsten Dunst, the late Phil Hartman, Ann Magnuson, 
     Denis Leary, and others) is out July 10 via DreamWorks Pictures and 
     Universal Pictures. 


From: Nick Bruels 
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 16:32:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Power Windows in Long Island!

Oh, fate.

I was staying at the Sheraton hotel only a  couple of
miles from the Dugout "Sports Bar" in Commack, Long Island,
NY from Sunday until Saturday morning last week.  I even
had beers (and other assorted improvised live entertainment
from a young dancer girlfriend of the bartender) at the
Dugout, since it's the only place open after midnight around

So what?  Well, I just saw that the famous Power Windows
band wer to have played there *the*night*I*left*LI*!  Damn,
I would've liked to have seen that show...anyone here go to



From: greg cormier 
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 98 7:52:01 EDT
Subject: MP3 links

 Does anyone know a web site which has Rush audio files in an MP3 format ?
 I remember something called "Craigs virtual concert hall" but never had a 
chance to check it out. There are a few songs on the NMS page under audio 
files but I'm looking for a more comprehensive site with maybe some live 
material in an MP3 format. 

Any info would be greatly appreciated. 


From: greg cormier 
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 98 7:58:06 EDT
Subject: Alien shore rantings

  I read either here or on another Rush newsgroup that someone knew a 
member of the studio recording crew from the Counterparts CD. The claim was 
that the mystery words at the beginning of "Alien Shore" was actualy a crew 
member pinching his nostrils shut and saying "out of my nose" !!! 

Does anyone else remember hearing this mentioned before and can they either 
positively confirm or deny the claim ? This has been haunting me for quite 
some time. I hate to rehash any old threads but I have to know !!!  


From: "George Rogic" 
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 10:22:24 +0000
Subject: B-Man Email?

I was checking out's new CD store and followed the link to the
Visions page. On the page it had some reader reviews and a comment from the
B-Man himself... If anyone wants to ask him any questions, you can find his
email address there (I don't know if it would be kosher to post it here).



Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 13:02:08 EDT
Subject: Lack of Promotion on T4E Tour

I for one was happy with the lack of promotion for the T4E tour.
I called ticketmaster exactly when the tickets went on sale, and got seats no
more than 10 feet from the stage on Alex's side of the stage.  It was awesome
  I hope they continue to under promote their tours - I know I'll find out
about it in time at the TMS web site!


Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 13:11:42 EDT
Subject: Track speed on Xanadu

I assume everyone has noticed that Xanadu is not in tune with the rest of the
songs on the A Farewell To Kings album.  It appears that the boys recorded the
song at a little slower tempo than they wanted, and the track was slightly
sped up in the mixing.  

When I used to play along with the LP version of the album, I could slow the
turntable down by adjusting the tracking speed knob.  Unfortunately, I have
not seen such a device for CD players.  

By any chance (and I know this is highly unlikely) did they fix this problem
when they produced the remastered version of A Farewell To Kings?  You'd think
with all the digital technology available today, they could speed up the tempo
of the track without changing the pitch of the song.  

It's a bitch to have to re-tune a doubleneck every time I want to play along
with this tune!


From: David Andrade 
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 10:49:32 -0400
Subject: Missing Rush Fan

Suzy Lydall is a missing person.  She has been missing since March of
this year.  She was last seen in Albany, NY.  She is also a Rush Fan. 
As such, I think that we, the members of the NMS, can chip in and try
to help find her.  Please access the web site below for more




From: "Mars, Mark" 
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 18:47:00 -0700
Subject: 'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy...

     I thought I had insight into Geddy's personal grooming habits with the 
     line:  Maybe Roll-On's not so bad...
     No one to my knowledge (on the list about 6 months) has ever mentioned 
     the humorous line:
                Lying in the warm grass
                Feel the sun upon your *face*
     FBN being the album that hooked me on Rush, I found that line amusing. 
     In the End is still one of my favorite songs, up there with Vital 
     Signs and The Weapon.
     Hope Ged has tried stick deodorant a least once since '75.


Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 21:08:41 EDT
Subject: Rush bitching

>Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 15:32:39 EDT
>Subject: Rush bitching ,nms trader,radio,vh-1 again
>but folks remember what neil said:"what kind of
>difference can one person make?''

>Douglas Maher

Thank you for saying what should have been said a long time ago.
"Better beer"


Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 06:36:01 EDT
Subject: remasters sleeve info

>From: vlado 
>Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 03:11:35 -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.
>Think about it - if you were picking up a copy of an old album
>for the first time, wouldn't it drive you crazy to have basic
>facts missing ? At one point, I remember it being obligatory
>for labels to put the DDD ( or whatever ) on the disc AND on
>the sleeve. Now nobody cares, or they don't want you to know.
>And they (Mercury) are so self-satisfied, they didn't even answer my
>inquiry into this matter.
>Anyone know anything about this ?

I sent this to a friend of mine who worked on the remastered RUSH CDs. This is
what he said:

  PolyGram certainly does list engineering credits on MOST of their reissues. 
 The only time they don't is when it is a "Special Markets" label like Rebound
 or PSM.  These are the reissues you see in drug stores and truck stops.  No 
 credits there.  But all others should have them.  Especially for Mercury,  
 since we do most of that stuff. 
  I know.  My name is on several of those CDs. As for the DDD/ADD listings,  
 the RIAA was responsible for getting those codes put on CDs. They are no 
 longer obligatory,  as a given album might go through several stages before 
 the actual digital production master is created. It's not that simple
"Better beer" NP  


Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 17:12:44 -0400
Subject: my own Red Barchetta

My "Red Barchetta" is my 1993 Red Mitsubishi Eclipse, which bears a close
resemblance it's Ferrari counterpart (no pun intended).

As I ride like the wind with excitement shivering up and down my spine,
songs like Red Barchetta and Driven as well as Neurotica and Cut to the
Chase keep my tachometer and speedometer on the high side and my chance
of getting a ticket great.  

Rush , the Red Wings, and my Eclipse  rule!


From: "Chris Muller" 
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 22:08:41 -0400
Subject: Grace Under Pressure Video

Recently, I was in the process of cleaning out my room of old drum stuff
and I found an old video tape of the Grace Under Pressure Tour video that I
taped from MTV in 1985.  Tonight, I watched it.  Amazingly, the video has
aged quite well!  It was hilarious to see the old videos and commercials
and then finally JJ Jackson introducing the thing (along with the list of
radio stations that were simulcasting the event.)  The concert was (of
course) awesome - it brought back memories of the show that I saw at the
Glens Falls (NY) civic center on September 15, 1984 and many other memories
of high school......

Anyway, I noticed a couple of interesting names in the final credits. 
First off, there was a VTR Operator named Bruce Peart.  Any relation to
Neil??  And what the heck is a VTR?  Also, I noticed that the sound was
coproduced by Terry Brown.  I found this interesting because Terry was
essentially axed prior to the recording of P/G.  I didn't seem to recall
that he was ever brought back into the Rush fold (other than
the....ah...tribute....ah)  Very interesting indeed...

It's too bad that I never bought a store copy of this video - it captures
that era very nicely.  I wonder if Polygram (or somebody else) will ever
reissue it.........

Chris Muller

"we've got nothing to fear - but fear itself?
not pain of failure, not fatal tragedy?
not the faulty units in this mad machinery?
not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry?"                           


From: "Bill Banasiewicz" 
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 01:10:01 EDT
Subject: A Work In Progress

                 "Draft" for the 2112 edition.
                   MEMO FROM A HIGHER OFFICE

I'm sorry to report that at this point in time, there are NO plans for 
any new Rush books to be published. There are several tomes in progress, 
and a couple completely finished, "This Week In Rush History," 
"Re-Visions" and "All The World's Indeed A Stage," to name a few. 
Unfortunately, the band does NOT want any new books coming out on them 
at this time. I know that I don't need their permission to have these 
works published, but it is "their" band, and not "mine," so I "respect" 
their wishes. It's a shame, 
too, because fans would really enjoy the efforts, most fans that is. 
Some folks from the National Midnight Slander may have a hard time 
dealing with something that is totally factual and accurate. My 
friend's, wife's. sister's, 2nd cousin, knows someone, 
who moved to Toronto, and their neighbors, girlfriend's, mother-in-law, 
gets her hair cut by someone who grew up with John Rutsey, and she says: 
BS-BS-BS!!! Do yourself a favor, if you believe only "half" of what you 
read on the National Midnight 
Slander, then you'll only have to question the other "half" of the crap 
they print! The person who posts some of this fictional material should 
really be ashamed of herself! I subscribe to lists of many different 
bands, and it's really "sad" that the Rush list 
has the worst content of any of them, by far! It's nice to know that 
Black Sabbath fans are so much nicer. Their list (for the most part) 
concentrates on the positive elements of the band, while the NMS dwells 
on the negative, SAD! It's a wonder the band are 
still together, you people should be happy! But NO! That's not enough 
for you. If these are the fans of the band, I'd hate to see their 
enemies! (stepping off of the soapbox). There is so much slanderous crap 
being posted, and not just about me, but about the 
band, etc. One of the truly sad things, is that , if someone posts a 
slanderous, or fictional (so-called) fact, people take it as truth, but 
the FACT is, it’s FICTION! 
US WITH, because at this point in time, it's all icing!  Look to the 
POSITIVE, PEOPLE. Don't dwell on the negative! I know for some of you, 
this will be a hard concept to grasp, but give it a try! Who knows, you 
might even like it! Get Rush into the Hall of hold the key 
to the door......KNOCK IT DOWN!!!  Go listen to all of the songs you 
supossedly “hate” another 111 times, and re-analize them!!! In my 
“humble” opinion, there are NO bad Rush songs.....I love them 
ALL.....(honest)  so shoot me! The Disc’s have so much depth, that, the 
song you initially couldn’t get into, sounds, “all-of-a-sudden, GREAT 
years down the road. I’m really quite jealous! It sounds like a lot of 
you have a whole lot of NEW songs to experience!
      Now, as far as the rumors are concerned, YES, I did play a demo on 
the radio before it's release. And I've NEVER denied such a fact. It 
would be awfully hard to deny something which thousands of people heard! 
Not only that, but I did it again! The 
circumstances surrounding the 2nd time really sealed my fate with the 
band. Most of you probably wouldn't understand, and I won't go into 
detail, but I worked in radio, and would take part in album 
premier's,etc, starting with Perm Waves, Mov Pix, etc., 
etc. So it was really the circumstances surrounding what happened, which 
really pissed the band off. I made a mistake! I'm sorry! I wish it never 
happened, but it did! It's my bed, and I'm lying in it. If Ged doesn't 
ever want to speak to me again, that's his 
prerogative! I'm certainly NOT losing (anymore) sleep over it. I'm still 
their biggest fan, I see them live now, more than I ever did before. I 
know more about this band than "all" of you folks at the National 
Midnight Slander combined! So don't tell me I CAN'T  write another book 
on the band. I can write five books! You folks, just may never see them! 
And from some of the "garbage" many of you write, you don't deserve to 
see them! (that certainly is NOT ALL of you. If you don't post 
slanderous BS, then PLEASE DISREGARD!  (I certainly know, that’s the 
Majority of you!!!). The band members, and the people associated with 
them, are great people, and I have nothing but kind words for them. I 
National Midnight Slander!!! 
I thought they were absolutely "Brilliant" on the last leg of the TFE 
      I am currently working on a couple of non-Rush related book 
idea's. Believe it or not, my fascinating life goes far beyond "the 
greatest band in the world." There are so many good stories, that have 
nothing whatsoever to do with Rush. 

Bill Banasiewicz.   a.k.a.   B-Man 


Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 19:18:47 EDT
Subject: Merry XMAS to me

Okay, Rushians I know most of you will grasp the enormity of this.  Last night
I was totally bored so I started searching through my vast video library for
something interesting to watch.  I discovered an old homemade music video
taped when I was around 16 years old.  Duran Duran/Adam & the Ants was written
in pink highlighter on the label which was faded and yellowed with age.  I
figured, what the heck, a blast from the past will be cool, so I slipped the
video out of its battered case and noticed that on the top label Duran
Duran/Adam & the Ants had been written over with...Rush, 1984.  My heart
fluttered a bit with anticipation (also dread that I was in for a big
disappointment if now I watched the tape and it turned out to be Duran Duran).

I immediately ran downstairs, popped in the tape and practically cried as the
words Rush - Grace Under Pressure appeared on the screen.  As TSOR fired up, I
just started laughing my ass off because I have had this tape for 14 years and
never even watched it before (that I remember, I smoked a lot of pot back
then:-).  I don’t know where I taped it from, I didn’t know if it was the
whole concert in its entirety or if any second it would cut to Hungry Like the
Wolf or Ant Music.  But that didn’t happen, Rush just kept on playing.  The
smile on my face got a lot wider as they broke into the Enemy Within and I
realized that the other two fears were up next!  The Weapon, Witch Hunt; you
know ‘em, you love ‘em.

I felt like the luckiest person in the world, I was all alone, drinking a beer
and watching this treasure on our 52 inch big screen TV, blaring it and
singing at the top of my lungs.  At times I got misty, at times I rocked out
playing air drums, at times I danced with Alex—who by the way looked fabulous
with his Flock of Seagulls haircut.  I had a killer evening and can’t wait to
watch it again.

I have the other videos: Exit Stage Left, ASOH and Chronicles but this one was
all the more special because 'gup' was the first Rush album I bought the day
it came out and the first tour I went to (seen all tours since –26 shows to
date) so it brought back all the memories of why I got so passionate about
their music in the first place.  The quality of the footage is marvelous too,
it seemed very raw and unencumbered by special effects, ala ESL.  The boys
seemed like they were having fun, lots of smiling/dancing/funny faces from
Alex and Geddy, and grins/eye rolls/stick throwing from Neil.  I highly
recommend the video—two thumbs way way up. 
Thanks for reading!

P.S.  I was at the Counterparts show at the Pond in Anaheim, Calif. and I
could have sworn that Alex sang CTTH that night not Geddy.  Does anyone else
remember that?

   [ Alex sang the chorus, Geddy still sang the majority of the song.
                                                             : rush-mgr ]


From: (Jonathan A Gilsdorf)
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 23:21:33 EDT
Subject: "Freewill" heard on Stanley Cup Game 3, Pop-Up Video

	Hi there Rushians,
	Just thought I'd pass along that "Freewill" came in VERY loud and
clear late in the 3rd period of Saturday night's Caps-Wings game. 
Awesome. except now the Wings are up 3-0 in the series.  DAMNNN!!!
	Also, my comments about "Limelight" on Pop-Up Video (I FINALLY
saw it.)  I thought some of the comments were condescending about Rush. 
For example, they indicated that Rush was inducted into the Canadian Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame for being "influential".  Why did they put that in
quotes?  It is as if they don't believe it.  Also, at the end of the
video, they said that the McKenzie's song with Geddy was more successful
than any song by Rush.  I have nothing against Bob and Doug, in fact, I
love the "Great White North" album.  But just because Rush has only hit
the Top 40 pop charts once (New World Man in 1982), Rush isn't
successful?  I'd say making the great music they have the past 24 years
and ENDURING is more successful than any number of Top 10 hits by all
these flash-in-the-pan pop acts.  I swear, people just don't get it.
*shakes head in disgust*  OK, I'm pissed now.  Better close this up.
	Good Livin' to You All,
	Jon G.

"Everyday we're standing in a time capsule,
racing down a river from the past......
Every day we're standing in a wind tunnel,
facing down the future coming fast....."
       From Rush's "Turn the Page" off the 1987 CD "Hold Your Fire"


From: "Marianne M. Voogt" 
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 16:00:15 -0400
Subject: zzz OLGA has been killed (NNC)(NZC)(NRC)

Hey everyone!

I will right here and now apologise for the lack of Niel, Zeppelin, Floyd
and Rush content.  But despite this, I plead with you to read the rest of
this message.

I'm just sending this out to you all to inform you of some truly tragic
news.  OLGA - the online guitar archive - has been shut down.  Apparently
the bastards at EMI have finally gottent their way.  The OLGA was a free
meduim to allow guitarists (such as myself) access to other guitarists'
tabulature.  It was an archive of music notation that was free-well, the
cost of internet access - to anyone who asked for tab for a specific song.

I have been a long time user of OLGA, and i have also donated multiple
tabs.  This action totally offends me.

The problem originated with EMI.  The legal toads at EMI decided that it
infringed on their *right to charge for the use of the music* that was
copyrighten to them.  This is bulls#!t, as all tabs sent to OLGA were
simply the donator's rendition, and not necessarily accurate.  Nonetheless,
EMI pressed legal charges, but were ruled against.  However, it seems that
they have attempted a sort of geurrilla tactic, and acted once again
against OLGA, this time through a larger company whom i will not name.

Unfortunately, the managers of the OLGA lack the monetary resources to
contend with this.  They are simply waiting for the verdict.

I urge all guitarists out there to protest this.  Those who contend to the
right of freedom of information are also urged to do so.  Put protests on
your webpages, e-mail or snail mail you opinions to the bastards at EMI. 
Contact anyone who you think could aid the OLGA in keeping online.  Or, you
could aid me by tabbing out any and all songs you know in NOTEPAD, and
sending them to me.  It is my firm intention to set up my own mini archive
to continue providing service to the gutarists on the net.  I already have
a couple dozen songs, and all contributions will be more than welcome.  Any
who support this will be included in a special "thank you" section on the
end of my page.

Anyone interested in donating tab should contact me with "guitar tab" as
the subject line

I apologise for the waste of bandwidth, but this is a very personal thing
for me.  All help will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Later, eh?


"when they finally find a means to control information, society at large is


From: John Pullman 
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 17:47:42 -0400
Subject: Caps and a request

Good day eh,

  Well the Caps are doing very well- not.  Well at least they played a
few Rush tunes (Tom Sawyer and Freewill) during breaks.  I guess that's

  Anyway, I am still looking for a non CD-R version of 'Mystic Dreams.'
If any NMS'er would be so kind as to point me in the right direction I
would greatly appreciate it.

Take Care,


Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 01:45:00 EDT
Subject: New stuff at the Power Windows website!

New stuff at POWER WINDOWS!:

For those of you that have never checked out Power Windows, you are in for a
treat.  The site celebrates the album art of Rush, including high quality Rush
images for use as wallpaper (every single album cover, and most of the liner
images), and the largest collection of Windows cursors and Windows 95 Plus
Desktop Themes you will find.

New by request, the Roll the Bones Desktop Theme is now available.  Also, (PC
users only) if you don't have Plus and therefore can't use my Desktop Themes,
I have a new help page for just for you (see my Themes page).


"Always hopeful, yet discontent,
He knows changes aren't permanent,
But change is." 


From: (Paul J Ferrara)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 13:12:39 -0400
Subject: Rush Siting!

Hey.. i know we all get fed up with the Rush Sitings, but this was my

I was watching game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals (GO WINGS!!) and in the 3
period they played Rush! They played freewill, and it was totally
awesome! My favorite sport, favorite team, and favorite band!


Mr. Paul J. Ferrara -- Toms River, NJ
"Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes"


Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 08:32:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Posting

Hi all.
 I got this snippet from Zentertainment and the last line containsRush so
be ready....

   The lead song in the upcoming film SMALL SOLDIERS is a cover
         of the 1970 hit "War," redone by BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY,
         featuring FLESH-N-BONE, with Henry Rollins, Rom Morello,
         and Flea. The soundtrack, due out on DREAMWORKS Records
         July 14th, additionally features:
         - QUEEN's "Another One Bites the Dust" remixed by Wyclef Jean
           with additional vocals by Wyclef, Pras, and Free.
         - Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield," remixed by KayGee
           with new vocals by Queen Latifah.
         - The PRETENDERS' "My City Was Gone," remixed by The
           BUTCHER BROS., with additional vocals by Kool Keith.
         - 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.
         - RUSH's "Tom Sawyer," remixed by DJ Z-TRIP. 

Hmmm..Tom Sawyer needs even more bass than the double kick bass drum of
Neil? I doubt it, but I am scared yet curious about the results of such

Oh well...just info for all yoru Rushians.


"640K ought to be enough for anybody."  --Bill Gates, 1981


From: "James Maclachlan" 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 15:07:01 -0400
Subject: Alex on radio..Limaugh/Limbo(zo) and Rush

Hi y'all:

Hey..I was the guy posting the Alex comment regarding "Rush" Limbaugh...You
have to remeber..he also stated in a previous interview here in
Canada....VERY sarcastically....." as if HE's one of my favourite
people..". Also, when Alex stated that "Rush Would NEVER write a song that
had anything to do with Limbaugh.." have to understand the emphasis on
NEVER...also...Al and Ged were laughing quite consideribly at the
interviewer's comments about Limbaugh being a LARGE..(hehehe) American
figure. Get over it!

Oh ya, and also, I heard Edwin (from I Mother Earth and Victor) on 102.1 the
Edge here in Toronto, and guess who happened to be on with him?????
Well...Mr. Lerxst..indeed...I was on my vacation last week, so I didn't get
a chance to post this earlier. Both are currently working toghether on the
next Victor project, which they said should be out by the end of the year. I
just caught the tail end of the interview, but Alex said it was different
and much more easy then the first project, because he knew pretty much what
he wanted and how to go about it. Edwin and Alex also stated there will be a
few other "surprise" guests on the album, but of course..wouldn't
elaborate...heh. BTW, for all you Rush triviates (is there such a
word??..heh) out there, 102.1 IS CFNY, THE station Neil wote as the
inspiration for "The Spririt of Radio" (see PeW liner notes). Al didn't
really say much about Rush, just that they had a live album coming out in
the fall.

Anyway..thats it from this reporters camp..

Jimmy J.:-)
"If at first you don't succeed, it's probably someone else's fault.:-P"
A "stolen" quote.:))
Department of Sociology &
Labour Studies Program,
Brock University,
St. Catharines, ON L2S  3A1
(905) 688-5550  x. 3456
(905) 688-8337      (Fax)


From: (Chuck Flowers)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:48:17 -0500
Subject: cyndi

>Does anyone have the "Bitches Just Wanna Have Fun" bootleg of Cyndi
playing in concert with Miles Davis in >Schautenbach-Beethoven-Brahms
Germany in 1986?

Actually, that was a duet between Cyndi and Dr. Dre and appeared on his
album "Ta All Tha Fly Bitches."

c money


From: Andy 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 98 21:50:22 GMT
Subject: No static - give me Wireless

Hi all,

First, a quick thank you. Thanks to reading this digest I have purchased Falling
In To Infinity and Gretchen Goes to Nebraska. Both excellent. Is all DT/KX as

Does anybody remember a Canadian band called Wireless. As far as I know they
released three albums in the late 70s, the last of which (No Static I think it
was called) was produced by Geddy. The other two were called Wireless and
Positively Human, Relatively Sane. There is a 'special thanks to Rush and crew'
on the liner notes to No Static.

Any of you fellow NMSers know if any other albums were released, or anything
else about the band.

Appreciate any info.




From: (StarScape International)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 98 13:40:21 PST
Subject: Re: Wakey Wakey

For the last two weeks, I've been waking up to Digital Man.

Now that's one way to go flying through the window in the morning.


If you've never tried it, do. I guarantee a heart attack, if you're at proper
Thomas Puckett Advertising, Inc. - 702.798.5300, Main - 702.798.7772, Fax


From: (StarScape International)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 98 13:32:26 PST
Subject: Rush Money Stat Help Needed


Am looking for a little statistical help, or a pointer in a direction where
these Rush-specific stats can be found.

Am doing research on the financial/sales performance of Rush over the years.

Does anyone have records or stats on (1) The sales figures/awards (as in
Platinum/Gold) for *each* Rush album, US and global separately, preferred; and
(2) The dollar figures involved in their tours over the years, and sales figures
thereof (as in, how many people in seats, gross per tour, etc.).

If you have a web address or a phone number, I'd greatly appreciate it.


Thomas Puckett Advertising, Inc. - 702.798.5300, Main - 702.798.7772, Fax


From: Michael Brown 
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 08:20:36 -0700
Subject: Subdivisions voice

I case any of you haven't seen it, go to the following web site to find
out who really said "subdivisions" in the song. It really made me laugh
but its genuine!

I just finished reading the masked rider and I loved it!



From: "Lerxst-nj" 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 18:27:55 -0400
Subject: Bass Player Needed

Bass player needed for RUSH cover band. Philly/South Jersey area.
Email for more info. Thanks.


From: Pete 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 18:53:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Has Rush toured lately?

Let me respond to the shellacking I took from Timothy, who, but for National
Midnight Star, would have missed the TFE tour:

>From: "Timothy Sohacki" 
>Date: 05 Jun 1998 11:27 EDT
>Subject: re:Blind Rush fans?
>>  C'mon guys, are we supposed to believe that TRUE Rush fans (or
>>  NON-Rush fans, for that matter) didn't know about this tour?
>> Peter    GO SABRES!!!!!!!
>The tour was not advertised much in North Carolina (or at least
>around the Triangle) as far as I remember.  It would have been
>easy to miss the Charlotte date if you weren't on the look out.  
>I would have known a tour was in the works, but could have easily 
>missed the first day of ticket sales or conceivably, the whole
>By the way, what is a TRUE Rush fan? 
>Just enjoying the music apparently isn't enough ...

Tim, you defined "TRUE Rush fan" yourself in your text......."if you weren't
on the look out", then you're not a "TRUE Rush fan".  Seriously, if you
follow Rush and don't realize that they are going to be following an album
with a tour, then you certainly won't want to drag yourself away from the
wrestling Pay-per-view you're watching to go see Rush, even if someone tells
you the date.

I've only been on the Net for one year, yet somehow, though living in
Atlanta, I've had the motivation and ingenuity to find out the Charlotte
dates for the last four tours and drive my ass up there.  And I also somehow
(by sheer luck, I'm sure) wound up in Greenville SC, Memphis, Cincinnati,
Chapel Hill NC, Pensacola FL, Murfreesboro TN, Albany NY, Dallas, Houston,
Quebec City and Ottawa to see Rush during the 90's.  As you can imagine,
none of these shows were advertised in Atlanta.  And all w/o the aid of the

As for the non-Rush fans I referred to, I am not a Spice Girls fan, yet I
know they are playing here in Atlanta Thursday night.  I am not a Tori Amos
fan, yet I knew she was playing recently in a small venue here.  I am not a
Widespread Panic fan, yet I knew they were playing in Athens recently.  I am
not a [fill in the blank] fan,.......well, you get the point (I hope).  I've
lived here fourteen years and never once have I been told about a show that
just happened and responded, "Damn, I never knew they were coming."



From: Perry Keenan 
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 18:15:49 -0500
Subject: drum solo rip-off & getting even in Nashville

TIMOTHY.W.MURPHY and  Dom Kallas ...Thank-you for your 2-cents.  I am from
Nashville, Tn. and flew with my girlfriend to New York City to see Van
Halen at Madison Square Garden over Memorial Day weekend.  WOW!  What a
GREAT show!  But, when it came to the drum solo, I sat there in total
disbelief, as, what I heard was a complete and TOTAL rip-off of Neil Peart!
 The thing that pissed me off the most is there were "ump-teen thousand"
Van Halen fans that night screaming their heads off thinking that this was
a original drum solo from Alex Van-Halen.  And what makes it worse is
anytime one of the millions of Van Halen fans around the world goes to a
RUSH concert and see's a Neil solo, they will think "what I heard was a
complete and TOTAL rip-off of Alex Van Halen!"  So I have the opportunity
to get even if I so choose.  Guess who is coming to Nashville on August
2nd?  Van Halen!  And guess who has 2nd row center seats to this concert?
Yes Sir, I do!  So, if anyone has "good 1 liners" that I can write on a
poster board and hold up during the solo, feel free to post them or e-mail
me directly.  I will throw out the 1st one:  "Can we say-Neil Peart"!


From: Ward Bond 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 98 19:30:27 -0400
Subject: Alex's Plans: Rush or Victor Next?

I know that the Rush is doing a live album(s) next, but any word on 
whether the next studio album we'll see will be a Rush or Victor album?

Perhaps if Alex does another Victor album, he could get Geddy to play on 
at least a couple tracks.  He wouldn't even have to have Geddy sing.  
They could use this to stay in shape for the next Rush studio album. ;-)

Ward Bond


From: "Antony Gelberg" 
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 00:38:05 +0100
Subject: T Shirts in Britain

Hi all,

I have a big problem.  Here in England it seems to be impossible to get any
Rush T-Shirts.  This is very frustrating, as some of the cover art would
look great on a T, e.g. Permanent Waves, T4E.  Can anyone out there tell me
where I can get hold of some?  (Preferably near London)  I really would
appreciate some help here.

    [ You can get some of the TFE tour shirts from the Rush Backstage Club
      (                          : rush-mgr ]



From: "Antony Gelberg" 
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 00:41:36 +0100
Subject: Signals back cover

>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 ]

Ok, I don't have the LP or great eyes.  What's going on with that cover??



From: "Sweetwater" 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 20:39:45 -0400
Subject: "Rush, radio and the ridiculous"; reply

In issue #2051, GM&C, ( had a lot to say about a
previous post from, whose post seemed to say that we as
serious fans have a responsibility for RUSH's general lack of commercial
domination because we don't agitate enough for more airplay, among other

Rather than burn unneeded bandwidth on this, I'd like to just say one


And to anyone in need of background, refer back to his post in issue #2051
  it says it all.

We would all be worse off if RUSH were seeking little more than increased
radio airplay.  Think about it.  One doesn't go about breaking barriers by
sniffing everyone else's asshole.   

Sure, lots of us wish others would better appreciate RUSH's talents, but
let's not overestimate the intelligence of the general public.  

Don't be sorry you told it like it is, Wade.  We all need to be realistic. 
Besides, we are their best fans already and we spread the word as the
"spirit" moves us.



From: Scott McDow 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 20:42:35 -0400
Subject: first, second and third(ly)


First, like Lara, I'm in the didacts=addicts
camp. If you play anagrams for one you
should do it for the other. The addicts
appear to fight their parents for a free ride
while the the 'rents are saying "get a job"!
I'm aware of what Neil has said (Presto
and RTB backstage club newsletters)
but feel he may have changed his story
a little after all these years to be a little
more politically correct. Just my opinion.

Second, the possibility of losing the tour-
books page at the NMS is a bad deal!
Mainly because the last three tourbooks,
and the photo gallery from HYF were
never finished! If there is anybody out
there that has the ability/resources to put
up the tourbooks please contact me.

   [ As I said, I don't KNOW what the lawyers were talking about. They 
     mentioned "pictures" and other than the tourbooks I can't think of any
     pictures that they would say were copyrighted by Rush (I don't think
     pictures from magazines would count).                    : rush-mgr ]

Third(ly) I would like to echo the post
from GM&C 
regarding blaming the fans for the lack
of radio airplay. The boys have rarely
written anything worthy of the mindless
drivel overplayed by most radio stations
these days. Which is why we all love this
band. Right?

>I'll probably be sorrier that I typed all
>of this when I read it...too late now!

*Never* be sorry about your opinion my
friend! If we don't have opinions we don't
have a mailing list!



From: "Nathan Crowell" 
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 21:15:16 -0400
Subject: Didact "confusion"

>Therefore, even though "didacts" is, in fact, an anagram for "addicts," the
>song actually refers to teachers.  Think about it!  If it's supposed to
>illustrate contrary positions between "our hero and the Didacts and
>Narpets," it would stand to reason that our hero would disagree with a
>teacher, but not with an addict.
>Eric "Didacts=Teachers" Staley

The word "didactic" means (according to Webster's 9th New Collegiate):
Designed or intended to teach; intended to convey instruction and
information as well as pleasure and entertainment, or making moral

Therefore, a didact is one who instructs, i.e. a teacher.

Nathan C. Crowell
Metal Casting Technology, Inc.
Milford, NH


Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 21:02:04 EDT
Subject: Thanks to TNMS

Hello All,
     I just wanted to extend our thanks to TNMS, for us, being a Rush tribute
band exposure is hard to come by and the best form of communication for us
with fellow listeners of Rush has been here on The National Midnight Star. I
have shared more ideas and e-mail letters from people here than all other
places on the web combined. Some things should be never taken for granted and
we just wanted to say we appreicate your efforts for everyone, Meg & Jimmy.

                                  Clay, Dave & Jimbob (from Second Nature)

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