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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2064

                 Wednesday, 01 Jul 1998

Today's Topics:
                   favorite album cover
     This is a song about a car (but which one, eh?)
                  "Neil" MST3K Reference
                      Alex vs. Neil
                    Rush on soundtrack
              Rush on MST3K, Small Soldiers
                    Little Differences
                       Dream cover
                   Silver Sun - Xanadu
                      NEW LIVE ALBUM
                       Issue #2112
                     pagan Rush fans
                     Summer Concerts
                Rush sighting at Metallica
                    I need Rush Lyrics
                      VH-1 Address?
              Peart on Politically Incorrect
                Best Prices on Rush Stuff?
                    Virtuality lyrics
                     Beer and Rush..
               FLame away but we shall see
                    Set List for DSFAA
                   Rush+Speed= Thrash?
                       Healthy Song
                  Favorite Alex solos...
                     drinking to Rush
                   rush license plates!
     Re: 06/30/98 - The National Midnight Star #2062
     Re: 06/30/98 - The National Midnight Star #2062
                      Alex Van Halen
                Small Soldiers Soundtrack
                     I'm with ya Guy
  Presto Remastered?  TfE LP?  2112 Alternate Beginning?
                About those Van Halen guys
        Rush sighting, sadly, not at a concert....
                    Test for Echo font
                Lights during Red Sector A

Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 04:38:59 EDT
Subject: favorite album cover

I like 2112 as well, but I'd say that my favorite is Grace Under Pressure.  I
love the art work.  Depends on my mood I guess.  I love the inside of the Exit
Stage Left ( live) album.  
"a boy pulls down his baseball cap and covers up his eyes..."
cya  ,  Matt


From: (Crystal Shea)
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 02:27:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Armegeddon

Everytime I hear The Learning Channel advertise their theme of the week:
"Armegeddon" all I can hear in my mind is: " The Universe divided as the
heart and mind collided..."

And I think that they should ask Rush to write a new theme tune for
their Addrenalin "Rush" Hour:)

"I can save the universe in a grain of sand
I can hold the future in my virtual hand."


Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 15:29:38 EDT
Subject: This is a song about a car (but which one, eh?)


Can anyone tell me what the Ferrari model number is of the original Barchetta?
Is the Ferrari pictured on the Red Barchetta single an actual Barchetta?  Is
there anything more interesting to talk about these days than die-cast

You have reached the list's resident racing fan/Ferrari specialist. 
To answer your question, the Ferrari in question is the 1949-1952 Ferrari
166MM, and the photo in the video is of one of those.
To get a model of that particular Barchetta, contact two great sources of
model cars: EWA Cars at or Photorific in Portland, OR (their
homepage is on Compuserve, if I remember correctly---do a search on the 'Net
and you should find it with no problem). Both should have several models of
the 166MM in stock (they were primarily racers, but a few were made for road
WIth 2-liter V12's no less, in a car a little bit bigger than a Miata.   :)



From: "Marianne M. Voogt" 
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 11:37:14 -0400
Subject: leaving

hey everybody

due to circumstances here at home, it seems that i will be lacking in
internet access due to the fact that i will shortly be moving out.

To bear, and everyone on the echoes mailing list:

thank you for the 6 month's of interesting and challenging conversations,
opinions, jokes and various other occurences.  the loss of echoes will be
the biggest loss i feel.

To REACTOR, and the rest of the rust mailing list:

i'm sorry that i wasn't around very long, and, again, thank you for the
time on your list.  my love of NY will hopefully carry me through many
tough days.

and that is echoed to the National Midnight Star, and For Badgeholders only

To you, loaf, thanks for the many (occasionally mind boggling)
conversations we enjoyed together, and hopefully i will again have internet
access soon, so i can carry on our friendship.

and finally, to aaron.  The offer from you to host my new olga was
gracious, and i thank you for it.  i have begun to work on the setup
already, and will e-mail you the various files that i have.  hopefully this
dream will be kept alive for the many guitarists out there.

again, it was nice knowing all of you, and i shall deeply miss you

later, eh?


"How can i explain?  when i do (s)he turns away again
and it's always been the same, the same old story
from the moment i could talk, i was ordered to listen
now there's a way, and i know, i have to go
i know, i have to go."
 cat stevens


From: TommyZCat 
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 13:08:58 +0000
Subject: "Neil" MST3K Reference

Last night's episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 contained a
reference to Neil Peart.  The movie the guys watched was a real winner
entitled "Hobgoblins".  About two or three minutes into the show, Crow
made the comment "The life of Neil Peart!" as a teenaged kid played "air
drums" to his walkman.  I had read a post a few weeks ago that talked
about MST3K references and thought I would mention this one.
Also, in response to the favorite TV shows.....
MST3K (duh!)
Take care all.....
"If you can stay in the lead of men without their knowing, you are at
the core of life." -Lao Tzu


From: (Bob Taunton)
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 15:23:00 GMT
Subject: Alex vs. Neil

Hello to all,
First time posting here, as I am new to the NMS.
I have been reading all the posts concerning the debate of Alex Van Halen
vs. Neil Peart, and I do not wish to say anything to stir up any further
craziness here (Probably due to the fact that Rush is, and has been my all
time favorite band now for some 20+ years, so you can figure on who my fav
of the two would be.), but to get to what I wanted to say. I haven't seen
in all the posts I've read so far, someone who has noticed that it has only
been recently that Alex has had similar drum solos, and even tried to look
like Neil (Yes, I mean visually also). I have seen Rush on every tour since
MP at least once (Although listening to Rush intently since 2112), and Van
Halen on every tour since WACF. I missed the last tour (Balance), but did
happen to catch the live package shot from the tour in (connections start
here) Toronto. Immediately upon seeing backstage footage of the band I
noticed Alex looking alot like Neil (Haircut, goatee / mustache). Then the
show starts and I can't get over how the light show is very similar to the
Rush light show. The video screen behind the drums...hummm...something funny
here, and then came the drum solo, and I almost fell off the couch. Like
most of you who say they saw the show, I couldn't get over how much the solo
sounded like Neil's. The credits came up at the end and there was my answer..
Ray Daniells, SRO Management!! Effective the Balance album and Tour SRO
Management took over as Van HAlen's management company. Also I had heard
(I don't remember where, or how accurate this is) that Alex Van Halen's wife
is a sister in law? to Ray Daniells. Now, wouldn't Van Halen have access to
a few common resources with Rush? Coincidence? I don't think so, and as much
as I've always thought that Alex had improved greatly as a drummer over the
years, I was terribly dissapointed in him when all of this seemed to fall in

Thanks for listening, and long live the original, Neil Peart!

Bob Taunton
Renfrew, Ontario

Bob Taunton
Phone: 613-432-5562
E-mail: (Home) (Work)

>... "You and I, we are strangers by one chromosome"- Neil Peart


From: "Richard Coppel" 
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 20:33:24 -0400
Subject: Rush on soundtrack

If you happen to catch the Small Soldiers( I think that is what it is called)
preview on TV you can hear Rush on the first part of it. It was pretty cool to 
actually hear rush on TV. Just thought I would share that.


From: Ann M Sutton 
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 20:41:44 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Rush on MST3K, Small Soldiers

Hey. I know a couple of episodes on which they mention Rush are on the
Rush/NMS page, but I have seen a couple more. One I don't know the name
of, when Mike refers to some friend/relative of his travelling back in
time to the year 2112.
The Sci-Fi Channel just showed "Hobgoblins" over this past weekend. At the
beginning of the movie is a kid air-drumming to his Walkman. One of the
guys (Crow?) says something like, "Look, it's a young Neil Peart." He
pronounced his last name wrong, of course :-). has anyone got
in touch w/the guys at MST3K to see who's the big fan?
On another note...I DO NOT appreciate them using clips of Tom Sawyer
(out-of-context senseless clips, too) to advertise Small Soliders.
Thanks fer letting me ramble.

"Just close your mind, you can find all you need in your eyes..." Dream


Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 23:51:30 EDT
Subject: Little Differences

Dear Fellow Rushians, 
	I recently spent a week at the college I plan to attend in the fall (for
those of you who want to know, The University of Maine at Farmington).  When I
was there, petty differences didn't matter, and that is what I have been
trying to get through peoples heads for years.  It was like the population of
college freshmen realized that they were their own idividual, and they were
not going to change to fit in with the (non-existant) "Cool people."  I really
liked it, for once it was a harmonious gathering of students.  There were no
conflicts, or no hatred or biased oppinion upon someone for their certain love
of music.  I only wish everyone in society could be represented by the petty
number of 67 students.  If any TNMSer out there has had this inspiring
experience, please don't hesitate to E-mail me or post with there feelings and
						Thanks TMNS,
You Rule And Don't Let Anyone Tell You Other Words

						Joe Latuscha
"The Most endangered species/The honest man/Will still survive
anilation/forming a world/state of integrety/sensative, open, and strong"


From: "Jan Estling" 
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 02:20:03 +0200
Subject: Dream cover

Rush´n Roll To You All !!

Dreaming of Rush... before  MP was released
i had a dream of Pictures in a gallery with 
Alex Geddy Neil hanging on the wall... i said to my fellow rushians that
the next cover would have to to with pictures....before TFE was released i
dreamed of  some snowy blue thing and something black at the front to the
left (wrong side) but cloose!

The other night i was dreaming of some goldpaintings so..the live or next
studio release would have some goldish maybe..anyone out there with stupid

I also dreamed that Rush was on Hawaii...but Neil was not there..Ged stood
in the front with palms around him  just singing( no bass) with his hair
shorted and Alex long way in the back doing the playback to some soulish looked like the MTV Grind..urgh!!!.....well enough is enough!!!
Best solo......Big Money....Working Man etc..etc...zzzzz

"....I sometimes  have a second-sight"

swederusher "Lex Rushon"


From: "D.C.B.Brenchley" 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:10:11 +0100
Subject: Silver Sun - Xanadu

Glad to see someone finally pointed out this single. It's got to the 
point where even I've delurked to give it a mention! Imagine Xanadu 
compressed into a 4 minute indie guitar tune and then imagine that 
against all the odds it is the coolest thing you have heard for months.
Even then you won't come close to the smile that crossed my face 
when I heard it. Everyone should buy it! And check out those 
harmonies on the big Xanadu chant............  fantastic!

Buy, people buy............................



From: Marco 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:16:17 -0400 (EDT)

	Will a VHS live concert video be released to accompany the CDs
like "A Show of Hands"?


From: Marco 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:40:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Issue #2112

	Two Quick Comments:

	1) Did you know there's an outside chance of issue #2112 of NMS
	   falling on the proposed release date of the live album?

	2) Best Lerxst guitar solo: Freewill...greatest team work for a
	   rock solo EVER!!

Later all.


Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:30:39 +0000
Subject: pagan Rush fans

Hey folks, this is my first post, and I had such a cool Rush experience 
over the past weekend I thought I'd share it with you.  

I went to a pagan festival in MD and out of a total of 40 people there I 
found that *eight* were hardcore Rush fans.  So we could speak to each 
other in Rush lyrics and we'd understand the references perfectly!  At the 
Bardic Circle, where we share songs, stories, and jokes, I got up and sang 
The Enemy Within a capella, which was well-received.  Then sitting around the 
fire in the wee hours, all us Rush fans were doing songs as prose pieces, 
which I found rather difficult to do without singing them.  We did all 
kinds of stuff like Cygnus/Hemispheres, 2112, The Trees, Afterimage, AFTK, 
CTTH of course!, and BBB.  During the rendition of 2112, there were breaks 
to explain the story to those who didn't know it.  (Now that I think about 
it, too bad we didn't do Totem.)

I was surprised that such a high percentage of these people were hardcore 
Rush fans.  I found that their attraction to the band seems to be based 
on the depth of the lyrics and the intricacy of the music.  

Peace from Cincinnati USA,


Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:21:47 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Summer Concerts

While waiting for releases from Rush (Live CD) and Kings-X (New CD) I took 
in a Pearl Jam concert at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Awesome show and 
awesome venue. I have seen Rush there many times. This place is beautiful.    

Eddie Vedder and Co. prove to be a great live band with high intensity. All 
and all a great night, great crowd and cold beer.

As for Rush content, I saw a band at the Milwaukee Summer Fest. The bass 
palyer was playing a Wal bass. Weak Geddy sighting!

Looking forward to the new live Rush, especially good sound quality from a 
20 year old show!

Take in a summer concert!
                      Steve Lucier -


From: "Costello, Bryan" 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:28:12 -0400
Subject: Rush sighting at Metallica

Just back from a pair of 'Tallica shows this weekend.... Atlanta &
Charlotte. Both were incredibly good, more on that later, I just had to
get this in. This Rush sighting may be a tad bit removed, but my buddy,
Peter Coblentz, fellow NMS subscriber will verify this for us. 

Friday night here in Atlanta, I sat right next to a guy wearing a Rush
"Starman" T-shirt. The next night in Charlotte, the guy right directly
behind me was wearing a bootleg "Roll the Bones" T-shirt. Who knew?

No, I am not 15 years old & I don't smoke pot. 
Bring on the Flames! The Undertaker's Brother has nothing on me!

Bryan C

"....handle with Kid Gloves, handle with Kid Gloves."


Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:32:43 EDT
Subject: I need Rush Lyrics

Hallo alll....
Okay, I know this is really pathetic, but I need a full copy/download of all
the rush lyrics (for a good friend who is just getting into Rush), not a go to
a web page and download them bit by bit thing.  I need the whole shabang, that
is if any one has it, if you do I would very much appreciate it 
Thank you 
Joe Latuscha


From: Flame 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:48:13 -0500
Subject: VH-1 Address?

"Thanks to fellow reader Steve G., he has supplied me with an email address
to comment on VH-1 programming.  It is:  If you want to
comment on the pop-up video, there is the address."

Too bad that address was not any good.  My e-mail bounced back to me.
Anyone have the real address?


From: (Darrell Royter)
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 00:19:02 GMT
Subject: rush

i like rush and i like Victor, the Alex Lifeson solo project. I would
like to go to lakeside park on the 24th of may, but that's a long ways


From: The Reed Family 
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 01:15:11 -0500
Subject: Various

Greetings fellow fans

Things are heating up, now that the 'live' album is coming together.  I
am ready.

Areas of interest:

I know that rush-mgr. has requested we stop, but my opinion is coming
out.  Alex is a very good drummer..seen him and thought so.  But...he
does not contribute on the same plane as Neil.  Neil's drum pieces sound
as though they control the tempo of the song.  Alex just drums through,
as though he'd better not upstage Mr. VanHalen (Eddie).

The B-man is an angry loser.  Boo yada yada hoo.  I cry for him daily.
How low and stupid are we?  I'm sure not stupid enough to play a demo on
the radio, knowing the band didn't approve.  Gee, Mrs.
more question....Other than the glitch in the parade, how was your visit
to Dallas??  DUMBASS!!!!!!!

The Masked Rider...Makes me homesick, in a way.  Having lived in
Mozambique for a year, I often long to return, and hope that soon I will
be able to move my family back for an extended period of time.  All of
the things that make life difficult, as we normally view it, are what
drives my desire to return.  All I have to say is..Mystic Rhythms.

Enjoy independence, and freedom.  Not everybody gets the chance to.


The Reed Family
Jim, Åsa & Mats


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 10:24:18 -0700
Subject: Peart on Politically Incorrect

Just wanted to know if anyone has the transcription of Neil's appearance on
"Politically Incorrect".  I'd like to read it, but it seems it's not
currently available from the server.  It appeared in digest #1033; if
anyone has it in electronic form, please send it along to me.




From: David Holladay 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:40:06 -0500
Subject: Best Prices on Rush Stuff?

I'm looking to purchase the Masked Rider and A Work In Progress.  I would
appreciate it if someone would send me e-mail regarding who has the best




From: Al Willig 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:51:25 -0500
Subject: Virtuality lyrics


Does anyone else out there wish Virtuality 
had better lyrics - the tune deserves better surely?


Al Responds:  
Yup,  I thought Dog Years could have been better lyrically too.  I know,
I know, give Neil a break.  He’s 15 albums old, for chrissakes but I
could have written those lyrics and I wouldn’t say that about any of his
other songs.  

Al Willig			   "Overwhelmed by everything
Financial Officer		     but wanting oh so much."
Minnesota Institute of		     
Acupuncture & Herbal Studies		
Phone:  612 603 0994
Fax:  612 603 0995


From: "Daniel Ware" 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:09:05 -0600
Subject: Beer and Rush..

Hey gang...
I know this kind of sounds "how pedestrian", but when we used to have our
little "Rush parties" back in Albuquerque, we'd always go out and get
Moosehead. It seemed appropriate, and we could get it for about 7 bucks a 12
pack at the Price Club. It always went down well.. Makin' me thirsty.....
Cheers from New Mexico..

I've got a pocket, full of holes. Head in the clouds, a king of fools..


From: (Timmy and Debbie)
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:23:07 -0400
Subject: FLame away but we shall see

HEllo all
   In regard to the new live album..
Few are aware that on the Counterparts tour RUSH did indeed play a longer
version of Hemispheres at a few shows..One was Dallas I'm fairly sure, and
one I'm posotive of was the second of two shows at Madison Square garden in
NYC..I WAS've been flamed saying this before as few
actually belive that this event occurred..But I'm betting dollars to donuts
that a long version of Hemispheres appears on the new album..and NOT from
the London Hammersmith Odeon show either..If it's the 78 Oden show then
Hemispheres wasn't even on the setlist as this was still the AFTK tour!

Only time will tell

Thanks for listening
yours in RUSH
"Faith Is Cold As Ice" I'm not on crack so please..keep your flames friendly..we are all
adults (well, most of us)


From: (Christopher W Lindsay)
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:19:07 -0400
Subject: Set List for DSFAA

You guys coming up with set lists are making one Major Mistake!!  There
is no way that Bravado can come after any other song but Dreamline.  I
mean, they fit perfectly.  Who doesn't think of the beginning of Bravado
after Dreamline is done.  

I know that Bravado was barely on the CP tour, but I read somewhere, that
they added it because of them taping the shows.  It seems to me they want
it on the album.  Did they do the same jam at the end like during RTB

I'm currently working on set list right now.  Does anyone else ever get
bored and design their own personal set list?  I know it sounds corny,
but the only times I've seen them live was T4E shows, and their videos.


From: "Remis Ramos" 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:08:04 CLT
Subject: Rush+Speed= Thrash?

    I have been searching some clues to find the "Lost Link" between the 
old 70's Rush and the Thrash of bands like Watchtower, Cynic, Atheist or 
Dream Theater. In the Working Man tribute l.p plays Sean Reinert and 
James Murphy, ex members of Death. In what ways the Rush music is 
conected to the Thrash and Death-metal? In the last Arch-enemy elpee, 
several songs reminds me the ultra-recognized Lifeson style... Who can 
tell more about that? My list of favorite bands can be so weird to 

 Rush (of course)
 Primus (Les = Geddy in penguin disguise...)
 Pestilence (with Tony Choy)
 Dream Theater
 Yes (#$%&\ª+*@?????)
 Watchtower (Like Rush but at double speed)
 Morbid Angel
 Alice in Chains

             If you thing that I'm a psychotic bass player... BINGO!

                                  Adios, amigos!
                                                Remis Ramos C.

p.s: Chile is a bad place for a Rush fan, you can bet it!


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:23:41 EDT
Subject: Healthy Song

      I was just listening to an old Milwaukee show last pm when I began to
wonder about song introductions.  What are some of your favorites quoted by
     By the way,  what makes  marathon such a  healthy song anyhow ??

Neil Poster


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 17:21:07 EDT
Subject: Favorite Alex solos...

Well...with there being so MANY Alex solos, as usual it's very hard for anyone
to pick a single favorite...even harder for so many fans to here
are some of mine...
1)La Villa Strangiato...essentially this whole song is a show-off tune for
Alex, out to prove he's just as talented as his two other
counterparts...what's great about this song is the range of emotions that go
on througout the song...and when it's done Live!--forget it!
2)Free Will...this was the first song that made me realize just how good a
guitar player Alex is...and this is one of his solo that don't have too many
arpeggiated runs on it, too.
3)Analog Kid...this one on the other hand DOES have a lot of arpeggio runs!
I'd never really thought much of this song until many years later, when I
actually stopped to listen through the solo, and my jaw dropped.   This is
probably Alex's fastest solo to date (even faster than "Cut to the Chase").

But there are also more obscure ones, that maybe don't posses the technical
flair of the above, or maybe because we don't automatically think of them,
because they're not Rush songs...(they still are, however, classic pieces of
For example:  Many have mentioned "Mission" and I must heartily agree.  As
well as the solo at the end of "Presto".  There is also the "Guitar wanker,
and proud of it..." work in "Shut Up Shuttin' Up" off the Victor album.  And,
lastly, one of my personal favorites would be the solo on the fade-out ending
to "You Bet Your Life" at the end of RTB (it's definitely a signature fade-out
piece, that leaves you thinking of the album as a whole while the CD comes to
a halt).

BTW--anyone with a bootleg of the RTB tour would also have to throw in the
additional guitar solo at the end of "Bravado" as a very moving piece, as


From: Lane Andress 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:37:32 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: drinking to Rush

My favourite thing to drink while listening to Rush sometimes is a nice
singlemalt Scotch, neat (no ice, no water).  With a nice rich beer to

say, The Royal Lochnagar, with a McEwans (Sp?)
     Laphroiag, with an India pale ale
     Macallans 25 year old, with a good porter

Once the buzz kicks in, I get all philosophical and the lyrics just seem
so deep, and the music carries them so well....Just lie back and fly
through the music.....Ah heaven!

Lane :)


From: Cygnus X-1 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 18:17:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: rush license plates!

hi, rushians!

Rob Pagano  said:

> In Northern New Jersey, on DeGraw Ave in Teaneck heading towards
> Bogota....  I think it was a red or maroon truck-type thing (like a
> Blazer or Bronco or something maybe?), plate was 1001001.

a friend of mine here in pennsylvania has the same exact plate! (but
different vehicle.)

my plate says: YYZ CX1
subtle, but effective.

anyone else?

 mel (another female rush fan)

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From: "Michael S. Cooley" 
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 04:51:33 -0500
Subject: Re: 06/30/98 - The National Midnight Star #2062

hey guys, 

dont gripe about AFTK being the bonus this may be my only chance to hear
cygnus x-1 live. i keep getting teased with a few notes each concert but
havent gotten to hear it live all the way through.keeping my fingers
crossed.of course i havent heard circumstances live either



Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 19:55:13 EDT
Subject: 2112

In recent post's I have noticed that a few of you have heard an orchestrated
guitar intro to 2112. I have this on CD, it's from the Permanent Waves tour,
it's cool.
As for Rush records, I have Rush (The original Red cover) through Presto, I
also have the Hemispheres picture record, and the Ghost of A Chance single on
' 73 Single, Rush, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, All the World's A
Stage, A Farewell to Kings, Archives, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving
Pictures, Exit...Stage Left, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows,
Hold Your Fire, A Show of Hands, Presto, Chronicles, Roll the Bones,
Counterparts, Test For Echo, Retrospective Volume 1: 1974-1980, Retrospective
Volume 2: 1981-1987, Dimlit Stages For All Ages....I was the first to post all
of the albums using the new live one. I used to be able to say all of these in
8 seconds...Guess I have to speed it up to get the new live one in there.
                       Rob "The Snowdog"
  "There is no safe seat at the feast, Take your best stab at the beast. The
night is turning thin, the saint is turning to sin"  Anagram ( For Mongo )


From: MTC 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 18:59:10 -0500
Subject: Re: 06/30/98 - The National Midnight Star #2062

Regarding the post about Rush not pressing any vinyl LP's
of their albums is refuted by what I have in my collection.

A local record store in Houston has ordered import copies
of everything through Test for Echo.  Some have liner notes,
some don't.  I just have a nostalgia for holding the old
full size album covers while listening to the music for the
first time on a new release.  I do have a number of them
on CD format, as well as cassette, but I just like to have
the LP's around -- the full size cover,  the readable (without
straining) lyrics.

One question -- I don't have Roll the Bones on anything
but vinyl, the inside photography on which the lyrics are
printed is a large close-up of an elephant's rear-end -- is
this picture also in the CD liner notes?

M.T. Claymore

Perspective...put it all in.


From: "Martin A. Czupka" 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 20:04:45 -0400
Subject: Alex Van Halen

Alex, if anything is a pupil of Neil's.  His imitation is just flatery. 
He can't even get a decent snare sound.  No drummers I know even
consider them on the same level.  Alex keeps time, Neil creates time. 
Enough said.

When is this live CD due out?  I have not heard any recent news. 
Someone please Email me to let me know.


From: pc 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 20:43:52 -0400
Subject: Small Soldiers Soundtrack

Hey all,

I don't know if this has been addressed yet.  Has anybody realized when
they are releasing the soundtrack to Small Soldiers (with the Tom Sawyer
re-mix)..........July 14th......BASTILLE DAY.  It's



From: (Ken MacRae)
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 21:55:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: I'm with ya Guy


Early 80's - Where did I spend more hours ... playing defender, or listening
to Rush ? You make the call !

My fondest memories of that time involve the same group of friends.  We went
out nightly to play defender (and other evil adventures), and we  usually
preceded it or ended it by cranking Rush. 

Guy,  I  second that.   

>...Ken, the Rushosapien

 >From: Guy Walker 
>Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 23:44:20 -0500
>Subject: Re: 'Classic' arcade games... 
> One word...DEFENDER...thankyou.


From: "Jason B." 
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 00:55:44 -0400
Subject: Presto Remastered?  TfE LP?  2112 Alternate Beginning?

>> When Presto was released, the mastering was
>> done with CDs in mind, so no remaster was/is necessary. Confirm/deny?

>It wasn't remastered and I don't even know if Hold Your Fire was
>because they were recorded digitally to begin with.

The message comes full circle.... yes, HYF was remastered: I have it.

Joseph Ornelas

"How can anybody be enlightened?
 Truth is, after all, so poorly lit."


From: Kurt Smith 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 22:52:01 -0700
Subject: About those Van Halen guys

Fellow Rush-heads-

Alex Van Halen isn't in Neil's league, and Lerxst kicks Eddie Van Halen's 
drunken ass. Michael Anthony can sort of hang with Geddy when Geddy's asleep. 
Sammy Hagar, by his own admission, is not much of a singer, and he's a kiss 
ass. David Lee Roth thought he was going to be the Phil Collins of heavy 
metal, and he achieved that dream, somewhat.
	Van Halen's like a tootsie pop with jello in the center-it's fun for 
a while, but don't waste your time trying to sink your teeth in. When they 
try to be serious, they're even funnier. 
	I'll leave it at that.


From: "Joseph Ornelas" 
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 20:08:35 -0700
Subject: Rush sighting, sadly, not at a concert....

>        2) More harmony amongst us on the NMS, just like the kind we feel
>    when we are at a Rush concert... remember that feeling ??!!!

[Sigh] no.  I don't.  And the TfE Tour was here, in San Diego, a mere stone's
throw away, but nooo, my mom wouldn't let me go.  Guh.  But I tell you, it must
be great.  I got chills the first time I listened to E...SL and heard CttH.
First I thought that Geddy was using some neat filter on his voice, but then it
dawned on me that the crowd was singing, in more perfect unison then could have
ever been planned.  I can't wait for another studio album, if only to be able to
go to the concert.

>        3) Rush sightings - very amusing at times.

Not terribly amusing, but worth noting: on Mystery Science Theater 3000 this
last week, on the episode "Hobgoblins," one of the first jokes out of their
mouths was at a scene where a scruffy looking 80s guy was air drumming and Crow
says "The *true* story of Neil Peart."  But they kid Neil.  At least they'd
better be.  Related question: Neil's name?  "Purt," "Peer," or "Peert"? (Crow
said "Purt.")

Rush fun fact: Outlook Express tries to spell check "Geddy" to "geode."  Well,
they both do *rock*!

Joseph Ornelas

"How can anybody be enlightened?
 Truth is, after all, so poorly lit."

PS - I apologize for the rock pun.


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 23:06:36 EDT
Subject: Test for Echo font

PC junkies!  I came across the font used on the Test for Echo cover.  It's
called "Monotype Corsiva".  Just thought you'd like to know.



From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 23:25:52 -0700
Subject: similarities

Just wanted to compare two of my favorite bands:  Rush and Dire Straits

both like long compositions that don't make the radio
both have guitarists with eastern European roots (Mark Knopfler,
Hungary.  Alex, Yugoslavia)
both have Jewish singers
both have bassists who started on guitar but were forced by pressure to
switch to bass
both have underrated guitarists who don't wail nearly long enough for
their fans
both have excellent lyricists (MK, NP)
both guitarists like a rack of instruments for every possible sound

rush related stickers
Be wary of strong drink.  It can make you shoot at tax collectors....
and miss.   Robert A. Heinlein


Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 00:39:15 EDT
Subject: Lights during Red Sector A

With all this talk about the lights and effects, was anyone else blown away by
the performance of Red Sector A during the 2nd leg of the tour?  From a
distance, it was absolutely incredible.  The red lights flashing throughout
with the lasers...unbelievable!!  I thought that was the highlight of the

Groups like Pink Floyd may have more lasers, but one thing Rush knows how to
do with lights and lasers is to perfectly choreograph them with the show.
They really flow with the music.  Calm for a song like Resist, crazy for a
heavier song like Red Sector A...thoughts?


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