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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2079

                  Thursday, 30 Jul 1998

Today's Topics:
                    Happy 45th Geddy!
                 RE: The Pass on CP tour?
                      Guitar Effects
                   re: Dimlight Stages
RE: 07/29/98 - The National Midnight Star #2078 - "Working Man" tribute
                      Rush sighting
                       vital signs
                      Re:  Drumming.
                      Rush Sighting
                        FBN Album
                         the pass
                     NEW ALBUM TITLE
                        Totem Tab
                        drum solos
            Re: A *RUSH* at the record store!
         Re: Rush & Victor sighting in a magazine
                     vital signs live
             MP3 files redefine PC work!!  :)
                     CP tour setlist
                     Tom Sawyer Remix
                     re: Rush MIDI's
               Second Nature Concert dates
                     phish for trade
                       RE: Drumming
                      Hard Rock Live
                     GUP is very cool
                       RE: drummer
                    Meaningfull lyrics
               re: Geddy changing his name.
                    Rand on Southpark
                     Listening Party
                   Rush-Mgr's Mistake!
                 Vital Signs Live in '92?
                       Worst moment
                      Spiral review
                       Rush Lyrics
                       Working Man
                         Re: Rush

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Thu Jul 30 09:34:11 PDT 1998
Subject: Administrivia

Whoa, still takes a bit getting used to, not using the "syrinx" email addy
any more (I still find myself typing it out :-)

Anyways, I sat down last night and spent some quality time on the web site.
Redid the front page (sorta), adding new information, some real and some
fun. And until you have to use a cable modem that is SLOWER than a 2400 baud
modem, I don't want ANYONE complaining that I don't update the page enough!
(what you see on the front page took me nearly *3* hours to do, thanks to my
crap connection!!)

Oh yes while I'm thinking of it, if you are planning on having a Rush
live album release party (either in the store you work in and/or own, or
in your own house), I will be putting up a section on the web page. So
send me your details (date, time, location, goodie info) and I'll have
something up in a few weeks, maybe around the first of September just in
time for the single :-)

But in other news, I grabbed the MP3 of the TS remix thanks to Brent, and
stuck it on there. I also checked out the "Whatever" web site, and the
soundtrack listed TS courtesy of Mercury, so I guess we know who approved

And ok ok enough with The Pass. My brain was on overload yesterday and I
couldn't get it out of my head that The Pass was on RTB! (I knew TP was 
played on its album tour, and one tour beyond, and in my warped thinking
that was putting it as being played on the CP tour). But Doug has said
that they might go back to the RTB tour to get a few songs for the live
album... (that'll teach me to check facts before I open my big mouth)

 - rush-mgr


From: Ann M Sutton 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 13:07:41 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Happy 45th Geddy!

I just wanted to wish Geddy a happy 45th birthday! Only 5 years left until
he's eligible (at least in the USA) for the AARP! Keep rocking, my man,
even until they're wheeling you on stage w/tubes hooked up to you! :-)

"Out of the ashes of my youth I rise a man,
And through the eyes of truth I finally understand
The way" - Symphony X


From: Jason Dolinger 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 11:13:04 -0700 (PDT)

>.   [ The Pass was played during the CP tour. Not >sure why Vital Signs got
>     mentioned >though...                                         >:rush-mgr ]

I'm sorry rush-mgr, maybe I am hallucinating, but I am almost positive
that The Pass was not played on the CP tour.  I know that they added
Bravado to the set list near the end to get a version of this on tape.
 Am I wrong?  Did they add the Pass into one or two shows at the end
of the tour?  I have not heard or seen this mentioned anywhere before.

Jason Dolinger
OAS, AAS, LLS!               GO CATS!!!!!

"I had given all that I could take,
And now I've only habits left to break,
Tonight I'll still be lying here surrounded,
In all the light..."  Mike Portnoy, Images and Words


From: "Flynn, Jason R" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 13:37:00 -0500
Subject: RE: The Pass on CP tour?

>   [ The Pass was played during the CP tour. Not sure why Vital Signs got
>     mentioned though...                                          : rush-mgr ]

I must humbly disagree here.  The Pass was not played at any of the CP
shows I saw, nor is it on any of the CP boots I have.  So unless it was
introduced at only a few select cities (which could have happened, I
concede), The Pass was not played on the CP tour.  Do you know of a
specific show that it was played at?



From: "ryan cassidy" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 12:03:54 PDT
Subject: Guitar Effects

Hi everyone, 

I'm new to the list and I have a question that I didn't see on the FAQ.  
Can anyone recommend a pedal/effects combination to get an awesome Alex 
sound out of their guitars.  I have a Zoom 505 processor but was 
thinking of buying some new toys in the future.




From: "Timothy Sohacki" 
Date: 29 Jul 1998 15:07 EDT
Subject: re: Dimlight Stages

> |   * "Dimlit Stages For All Ages" is still the working title
> Let's hope it is ONLY the working title!  Yeccchh!
> I don't know why, but I really hate it.

Agreed.  Everytime I see that title I think "Dimwit Stooges ..."


From: "David M. Stowell" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:13:34 -0500
Subject: RE: 07/29/98 - The National Midnight Star #2078 - "Working Man" tribute

> From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:49:45 -0700
> Subject: tribute album

Mike, this is Raven.

A couple of "Working Man" comments.

"...Stuart Hamm, who doesn't try to outdo Ged on YYZ, he just plays it his
way.  AS enjoyable as the original--Stu is good."

First, I tend to think that Stu Hamm overplays "YYZ" just a little bit, but
not much. Then again, anyone who can pull off "Linus and Lucy" on bass SOLO,
isn't doing too badly...

"Mike Portnoy does a decent job on drums, but he sounds as if he's
intimidated by the daunting task of keeping up with Neil.  He'd do better to
relax.  He's good."

Agreed, though he ends up something like that in Dream Theatre, too.

"Steve Morse handles most of LVS guitar, and could have done it all.  His
playing is tasteful and original."

Frankly, Morse can play rings around Lifeson - he makes Lifeson just sound

"Fates Warning does a really good rendition of CTTH, as a straight cover."

And makes it shine as such. Nothing fancy - just the straight song.

"...listening to him makes one realize that Ged is actually a VERY
underrated keyboardist,
considering he plays bass and sings simultaneously."

Remember - (1) Geddy's been getting studio and sequencer help for a long
time, and (2) *I've* been doing the bass/synth bit longer than Geddy has,
without any automation. (just don't ask me to sing)

"Robert Berry does all the instruments on Mission, save the drums, and a
REALLY good interpretation.  I don't know who he is, but I want his other

No, you don't.

Robert Berry is primarily a producer, working for Magna Carta records and
co-ordinating their tribute projects (Jethro Tull, Rush, Yes, Genesis, and
Pink Floyd). It seems his "house band" is a group named Magellan, which
comes off ok. As for his own work, the first time I heard him was in a band
with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (but no Greg Lake - Berry sang and played
bass) called 3. The idea was that he would do all the writing, and they
would do the arrangements. I saw them at the Vic in Chicago - great show,
but then again, Keith could play rings around anything. Berry is boring by
comparison - the only think I like about him at this point is that he
produces the Celtic rock band Tempest (who's on tour, again, incidentally).


From: Dan McConnell 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:26:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rush sighting

Had a good laugh last night with a minor Rush sighting.
I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, Viva Variety on
Comedy Central.  It was their Vegas special

Anyway, Mr and the former Mrs Laupin were discussing
various gambling games from around the world (fictonional 
and hilarious, of course), when she said that in Switzerland, 
they play a game called goldrush, where you "answer questions 
about the rock band Rush and win Nazi gold!"

great pairing of references though...(sarcasm)
mostly, I guess it was a slam at the Swiss banks
that have reportedly been hiding all kinds of Nazi loot.
(or so I think I've read somewhere)


From: William Garrett Holbert 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:45:07 +0000

I just recently moved here from arizona.... I am looking for some
hardcore fans in the raleigh area that  like RUSH!!

Time to start making friends for the roadtrips if they ever should tour
again.. I made 7 concerts on the TFE tour including San Diego.... and
have been to a total of about 38 RUSH concerts.



From: (Richard Dovale)
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:16:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: vital signs

if i,m not mistaken.i saw the boys on both legs of there tour for c.p.on
the 2nd leg when they came back to n.y. they played jones beach and
switch 2 songs from the 1st leg,and yes they were analog kid and vital


From: "" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:11:38 -0400
Subject: Re:  Drumming.

In responce to the question of which song to prove that Neil is the best
drummer, I would have to say that in my opinion there is not one "best
drummer". There are alot of drummers out there, that in the type of
music that they play, that have achieved a level of artistic greatness
that really pushes thoes that follow them to new levels. I have played
the drums for over 20 years. Neil has always been my favorite drummer. I
enjoy his style very much, as much as I enjoy the style of music of
RUSH. Some other drummers I enjoy listening to are Terry Bozzio, Simon
Philips, Jonathian Mover and Jeff Campitelli. And as to the question I
would have to recomend Rush XSL, the whole album is percussionist master
piece. Expecially :
Jacob's Ladder and of course
La Villa Strangiato
If you listen to these three very carefull it shows Neil's playing
ability very well and also his style. His more recent work is his
expanding on his repertoire.Hope you convert at least another fan to



From: (Paul J Ferrara)
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:29:51 -0400
Subject: Rush Sighting

hey, this one is pretty cool

I was watching the Viva Variety Season Premiere on comedy central on
Tuesday, and they were talking about gambling (cuz the show was in
vegas). Well then they said:
"In Switzerland they play GoldRush. A game where you awnser questions
about the rock group rush for nazi gold". I thought it was pretty cool...
wooo prime time!

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


From: (Paul J Ferrara)
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:32:02 -0400
Subject: FBN Album

I discovered the coolest thing today! Im 16 (you know, the CD age) well i
was in my basement and i found my dad old albums. And there were Rush in
there! I pulled out FBN and on the album liner there were the lyrics
written out by geddy (or alex or neil not sure) and come cool drawings.
Anyone else have the FBN vinyl? I think i might scan them and put them up
on my rushsite.

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


From: Fred Pinto 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 98 13:35:34 -0700
Subject: the pass

> [ The Pass was played during the CP tour. Not sure why Vital Signs got
>    mentioned though...                                          : rush-mgr ]

really?  i must of missed that.  you sure it wasn't the RTB tour?  or 
maybe the pass was dropped from the setlist early?  it's just not on any 
CP boots and i don't remember them playing it at the arrowhead pond in 

   [ Hey I was at that show, buried on the floor waaaaaay back by the
     soundboard ;-)                                               : rush-mgr ]


From: William Garrett Holbert 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 20:41:36 +0000


Dimlit Stages for all ages.

WILL NOT be the next title of the album

Here is my thinking:

The following albums reflect something to do with being on stage.:

Moving Pictures  -  The Backdrop of thier setup.. it has moving pictures
Exit Stage Left - Where you leave the Stage at.
Signals - What you get from the audience when you get on stage
Grace Under Pressure - How the perfomers act in front of a croud.
Presto - When the show opens.. Presto, we are here
Roll the Bones - every time you get on stage, you roll the bones and see
how the performace is
A Show of Hands - what you see from the stage
Counterparts - the people in the audience....

I think, it might be something like




From: "Dave Anderson" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 13:48:58 PDT
Subject: Totem Tab

Dear Fellow Rush Fans--

	I am in a band, and LOVE to play Rush.  I really like the song Totem, 
but cant find the bass or guitar tab to it anywhere.  If anyone has it, 
or knows where I can get it email me.  Thanks!!!

				Dave Anderson - Red Barchetta Rush Page


From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 15:23:18 -0700
Subject: drum solos

> said: 
>When Neil switches to the electronic drum kit, and samples the recorded 
>music, I lose interest.  I vote for the old YYZ drum solo.

or we COULD ask Neil to go back to REAL percussion--none of that
adjustable head, tuneable garbage they came out with in the 1830's.  It
just destroys the whole natural tone of the drums....
think about how many instruments the man has.  As he said in the Presto
Tourbook, "Sure, it would look good.  But where would the other guys
I fail to see how playing digital percussion requires any less skill. 
He still has to hit things, repeatedly, hard, and even more precisely.
And the music is not played back from a recording, it is MIDI-triggered,
which replaced vocoding in the early '80's.  Vocoding has been around
since the 50's...

Vote for anarchy!  It's better than no government at all. --Walter


Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:55:23 EDT
Subject: Re: A *RUSH* at the record store!

In a message dated 98-07-29 16:07:05 EDT, you write:

<< From: "Martin Gibbs" 
 Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 14:10:23 PDT
 Subject: A *RUSH* at the record store! >>
This was fun...thank you. It was kind of hard, but I'm fairly sure I got them
all...One question though...Why didn't you use the first album, Why does
everyone give this album so much grief? Without it, would Rush be here today?
Think about it.


From: Craig Branham 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:24:12 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Rush & Victor sighting in a magazine

Eric MaB}in  writes,

> The very next article was about Gerald Casale, one of the co-founders of
> Devo (who I am a fan of) and the director of all their videos and shorts
> -remember, they were doing videos before practically anyone.  Among the
> artists he was listed as working with was Rush.  Again, does anyone know
> which one?  I have seen many of Devo's shorts and videos and his visual
> style is not what I would think of when watching a Rush video.

	It's hard to believe that Devo actually went out of fashion before
1983, but they had such a huge impact on popular music that it seems like
they lasted much longer, and I guess they're still in the business but
more behind the scenes than behind their axes.

	The Rush video that had Casale involved for sure was "Mystic

Craig B.


From: "Michelle Nagy" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:39:23 PDT
Subject: drumming

I had a problem just like this and so I whipped out the video tape (I 
believe it was Chronicles) and played subdivisions where they did a few 
closeups of Neil doing some fills where he alternates his hands in some 
nifty ways while making it sound fluid and easy.  
The other song I suggest is Jacobs Ladder or Cygnus X-1 where his 
playing is not only excellent but the timing is so irregular that it 
would screw up most 4/4 lovin players today!

Good Luck and happy listening,



Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:44:11 -0700
Subject: vital signs live

>upcoming live release, but i'm under the impression the album is 
>comprised of the T4E and CP tours only.  am i mistakenly not remembering 
>those two songs being played on the CP tour?  it's quite possible.  could 


>   [ The Pass was played during the CP tour. Not sure why Vital Signs got
>     mentioned though...                                      : rush-mgr ]

I'm not one to put much stock in the pre-release track listing-type stuff
until it's official, mostly because I don't want to get my hopes up.  But,
here's a vote for at least the plausibility of the inclusion of Vital
Signs.  I seem to remember an interview where one of the members of Rush
said that they wanted to include Vital Signs on ESL (that in fact they had
a great version of it from the shows recorded for ESL), but it just didn't
make the cut because there wasn't room.  I would guess that is how the live
version of Vital Signs came to be on a single--I believe New World Man or
something else from Signals.  I'm sure some of you out there own the single
I'm talking about.

Anyway, perhaps they are going to use this old version of Vital Signs.  It
would seem a bit out of place with the CP/TFE stuff (13-15 years' maturity
for the band).  There are many other things to consider as well, but my
hope is that Vital Signs is included, whether it's old or not.  To be
completely honest, I'll be happy to get whatever they release.




From: "Glen M. Young" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:13:19 -0400
Subject: MP3 files redefine PC work!!  :)

  Hello everyone. The last couple of weeks sparked my interest in
MP3 audio files. TNMS' www page had to discontinue for legal reasons -
but that made me have a crusade.
  After getting CD ripper software and a damned good encoder, I have
my own jukebox...chock full of Rush songs(I'm up to 70 songs, well
Rush/other groups that is..) 
  Man, Hemispheres sounds sooooo good, as I work on my PC!!!!
  Later all...



From: Fred Pinto 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 98 15:15:38 -0700
Subject: CP tour setlist

Hi rush mgr.  
just wanted to let you, and the rest of the list know that "the pass" was 
not played on the counterparts tour (as was previously posted).  it was 
most definitely played on the roll the bones tour, but not on 
counterparts.  i'm fairly certain of this because i checked the rush 
setlist project at this url:
and it mentioned nothing of the pass being played on counterparts at any 
point during the tour.  this makes me wonder how "the pass" (and vital 
signs) might be on the forthcoming live cd.


From: "Chris Farley" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:43:22 -0400
Subject: Tom Sawyer Remix

I got an MP3 of it yesterday and it rules.  I've been a Rush fan for some
17+ years.  Like most people on the list my musical tastes diversify widely.
The remix give the song a new funk.  Not necessarily better, but definitely
My wife is a big fan of figure skating.  I always thought Tom Sawyer would
be an excellent song to do a skating routine to.

Chris Farley


From: Scott Aiken 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 16:09:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: re: Rush MIDI's

Actually, I haven't found any Rush MIDI tunes that sound even remotely 
good.  In fact, the only MIDI's that I have heard that are acceptable are 
Hakuna Matata, Hotel California (after removing the vocal line), Dead Man's 
Party, and several selections from the Star Wars soundtrack.  Anyone else 
have a similar experience?

| Scott Aiken                                   |
|              |


Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:40:38 EDT
Subject: Second Nature Concert dates

                   S E C O N D          N  A T U R E
                        An evening with the music of          R U S H

Things are moving along well for us and we have a few shows lined up.
We will be continuing with the Rush show and we will be adding in some
of our own songs to the shows in preparation for our April 1st, 1999 release
date for our CD, if all goes well. At least the ball is rolling and we have our
sites set. We will also be returning to the Aztlan Theatre in a couple of
months to film another concert video for demo purposes for our original
material. We wish the best for you all and hope to meet up with you at one
of our upcoming shows.
                                              Clay, Dave & Jimbob

We will be playing with Lionell Young and we will be showing our new


1129 13th Street


At Hermans we will have free tickets that will be availiable at all ANGELOS 
CD's & TAPES to find the location of those stores go to the links section 
on our web page. We will play a 45 minute set at 7:30, it si a showcase night 
and there will a bunch of bands playing.

    These dates are subject to change and we will sent out an e-mailer
confirming those dates as we approach each show.




From: Jared M Rodecker 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:48:22 CDT
Subject: phish for trade

I have a copy of Phish's "Junta" for trade.  I know there are a few Phish 
fans out there in Rush land.  This particular CD is just not my cup of 
tea.  Interested in Rush/DT boots, any old prog (Tull, Yes, KC, Genesis, 



From: "Bradley Haarer" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 20:38:32 -0400
Subject: RE: Drumming

Try Presto.  Expalin to them that Neil played all the parts at the same
time.  That should impress them.

Brad Haarer.


From: "Jeff" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:57:21 -0500
Subject: Hard Rock Live

I was passing through VH-1.  My fav since eMpTy-V stopped playing videos
(what was the start of that anyway?  It was too long ago to remember : )
and The Moody Blues were on.  When I flipped back Yes was on.  I noticed two
distinct things during the Yes showing.

 The first was the music.  It seemed they were playing there 2 or 3 most
"popular" songs.  For some reason, it seemed like a band trying to relive
there glory days.  I don't know what it was, but it seemed empty of the
spark of old, or there heart was not in it, or something.  It just kinda
annoyed me.  Not that I probably would have watch a new Yes track, less it
really floored me.  I hope that people who see Rush (like that could happen)
don't think that.  (I don't see how, but I'm some sort of Rush Nut) .

The second thing was the triangle thingamabob from the counterparts CD in
the lights that were swirling and shining on the floor.  Anyone else notice
that and think of Rush?  I know I'm not the only nut left in the barrel.


" 42 "


From: rmortensen 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:05:06 -0500
Subject: GUP is very cool

Hello all I have just been watching for sometime and had to give my two
cents on Grace Under Pressure. It rocks of cource I think anything Rush
dose Rocks. I will admit that when I play a new rush cd I always find
myself having to be reintroduced to the band each cd. But, I love it,
Afterimage is one of my fav too. I think that if you dont like Rush just
keep playing it it'll grow on you. I love the enemy within too. I love the
begaining in kid golves. Face it I just Love Rush. I got to see them for
the first time last year. I am still jazzed about it.

Neal my wishies are for you Peace

Rod Mortensen


From: Steve Grigsby 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:22:23 -0500
Subject: RE: drummer

Hi All,

> Fri, 24 Jul 1998 22:30:00 EDT wrote:

>I'm currently faced with the challenge of proving to a friend that Neil
>is the greatest drummer alive (maybe ever).  If you were to play one song
>(not counting his solos), to show off Neil's ability, which would it be?

First of all I don't subscribe to Neil being the greatest drummer alive.  I 
saw a guy by the name of Billy Cobham put on a clinic here in Dallas that 
was mind numbing....there are so many great ones out there.  I haven't 
played a set in many years, but I still keep my rudiments in check every so 
often with my trusty practice pad!  If I had to choose though, these would 
be my top 5 (for the day ending of July 29, 1998 that is):

1. Grand Finale
2. Red Lenses
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Test For Echo  (never even tried this one!)
5. Natural Science

Neil's work on 2112 is great, those little snare fills through Presentation 
are tricky.  Then there's of my all time favs.  Anyway, I 
don't think you can influence your friend's taste, let him choose his on 
mentor, you certainly chose a good one!



From: "Matt Thurman" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:51:47 PDT
Subject: Meaningfull lyrics

  actualy you could take Fountain of Lamneth and interperet it to be the 
story of life.  Your born, your unaware of the world around you.  All 
that exists is what you are given.  Then you realise something is 
missing, your life is incomplete, you need to figure out what everything 
is all about. So you try to leave, you rebel against your family and go 
out on your own to do what you think is right (Addicts vs, parents 
perhaps)  Then, after you get addicted to drugs (metaphoricly speaking 
as screwing up), you pull your life together and everything seems to 
work out, you find out what life is all about, and all the lesons you've 
learned have shapped you.  you have found the fountain of lamneth 


From: Brian Robinson 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 00:11:24 -0400
Subject: re: Geddy changing his name.

Geddy changed his name from Gary to Geddy because his mother had a thick
accent, and when she used to call him, Gary! would sound like Geddy!, so
everyone started calling him Geddy.


From: "Keith Carnevale" 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 00:31:57 -0400
Subject: Rand on Southpark

I was watching Southpark last over the weekend. Officer Barbrady was =
given a copy of Atlas Shrugged by the book mobile guy. He gave it to him =
for learning how to read. Barbrady also caught the chicken lover who =
happened to be the bookmobile guy. For some reason I look for Rush =
references when I watch that show. I think that is about as close as we =
are going to get. Good enough.

Keith C.


Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 00:37:55 EDT
Subject: Listening Party

Okay, so someone has mentioned a live album listening party in New Mexico.
Anyone know of any in Pittsburgh, PA?



Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 01:12:54 EDT
Subject: Rush-Mgr's Mistake!

>>   [ The Pass was played during the CP tour. Not sure why Vital Signs got
     mentioned though...            >>

Sorry Rush-Mgr, but you goofed on this one!!  The Pass was NOT played during
the CP tour at all.  In fact, it was eliminated midway through the RTB tour.


From: Erik DePoy 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 11:46:06 +0100
Subject: Vital Signs Live in '92?

I too am a bit puzzled by the possible inclusion of Vital Signs on the
upcoming live album. Was Vital Signs played during the RTB tour? I
recently traded for a tape which has filler material including Vital
Signs, and was surprised to see it labeled as coming from 1992. My guess
is that it might have been played on the second leg of the tour, but it
definitely wasn't played the first leg (at least they didn't play it at
the show I saw in Philly in Dec. '91). Either they did play Vital Signs
(maybe as a one-off) or my tape is mislabelled. Can anyone help us with
this one?

   [ Yes, VS was played on the second leg of the RTB tour.   : rush-mgr ]

	Erik DePoy
	Moscow, Russia


From: Nei Wyatt 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 09:05:19 +0100
Subject: Worst moment

Do any of the UK TNMS readers remember Rush's worst moment ...
Legs & Co. dancing to The Spirit of Radio on 'Top Of The Pops'?
A black, black day. Am I showing my age?
(I think Max Webster were on the same show doing 'Paradise Skies').

I'm really looking forward to the Hammersmith Odeon AFTK live CD because

(yes you've guessed it) ... I was there!


From: Neil Bonfield 
Date: 30 Jul 1998 05:10:09 -0400
Subject: Spiral review

I have just received Spiral from Scarred Records. It is another MP3
compilation of some of the better Rush bootlegs. I thought you might
appreciate a short review. Remember, this is a review of the compilation
and packaging, rather than the actual boots. Reviews of those can be
found in numerous places on the web.

First off, I have to say that once again the level of service from
Scarred Records has been superb. I ordered their first Rush MP3
compilation (watchful.eye) and received it within a week. This time I
pre-ordered Spiral and was kept informed on its progress by both their
web-site  and by personal e-mail from Ryan

The boots on the disc are: Rush Hour, Signals From London, Experience To
Extremes, First Time In Tucson, and Virtual Songs. Each boot has its own
directory on the disc containing the individual tracks. Also included on
the disc are the better MP3 players ready for you to install. The disc
is a CDR and is of good quality and the MP3s play perfectly well. The
disc is also painted, which is a nice touch.

The packaging is just about the best I have seen for a bootleg to date.
The jewel case has a back/spine insert with track listings and credits.
The front insert is a 3 fold, beautifully printed semi-glossy collage.
Printed on both sides, each fold is dedicated to one of the bootlegs and
contains a Rush logo, boot title and info, and track listings/timings,
along with some great photos of the band (live and promo).

All in all, an exceptionally-produced package, and a must-have for
anyone into Rush and MP3s.

On another note, does anyone else feel that 'Dimlit Stages for All Ages'
is naff? Hopefuly it's just a working title, and the REAL title will be
something a little more...inspirational. Even just 'Dimlit Stages' would
be better.

Looking down from Olympus,

Neil Bonfield


From: Grand Designs 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 09:39:58 -0700
Subject: Rush Lyrics

Came across something some of you may find interesting:

   [ Hm, I thought all the lyrics servers got shut down? *shrug*
                                                               : rush-mgr ]

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

Visit the Grand Designs Rush Site


Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 10:32:50, -0500
Subject: Palindromes

The longest palindrome I know is:

A man, a plan, a canal, Panama.

Read it backwards, for those who don't know what one is...


From: "Clements, Joe" 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 10:44:10 -0500
Subject: Working Man

I recently picked up "Working Man." As a whole, I don't think it's as
bad as some have let on, although there are some real stinker
First the good points- Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan are great, as are
Steve Morse, Stu Hamm, James LaBrie, Fates Warning, Eric Martin,
Sebastian Bach (in an 80's kinda way), and even Mark Slaughter, whose
mere presence at first was embarrassing, does alright.
But what's the deal with Jake E. Lee? He's just plain bad. And the guy
who sings "The Trees" is my candidate for "worst performance." He's a
bad Geoff Tate impersonator with timing problems at best. 
The ridiculous overplaying award would most likely go to the guy who
does "The Analog Kid" solo. Simply ridiculous. Obviously never heard of
the expression "less is more."
Overall, the album is enjoyable and it's nice to know that these guys
have such a high regard for Rush. It's just too bad that 80's guitar-god
producer Mike Varney had anything to do with it. He should've spent a
little more time looking for musicians to participate rather than using
his whole stable of "Magna Carta" (probably former "Shrapnel") players
to fill spots.


From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:57:23 -0700
Subject: Re: Rush

After a little encouragement, a Yes fan friend of mine got into Rush
this way: wrote:
>> Monday was J.S. Bach's 313th birthday, and it seemed the only 
>appropriate way to celebrate was to pick up a couple of Rush remasters 
>from the local entertainment emporium.  Got AFTK and Hemispheres -- at 
>this writing have listened only to AFTK. (NOTE: The more children you 
>have, the lower your place on the entertainment center pecking order.)
> Geddy does sound alternately like a brash eight-year-old or a 
>Ringwraith in a power dive, but he does wield that Rick like an assault 
>weapon.  Biggest negative about AFTK: that "live" picture of Neil in the 
>booklet -- makes him look brain-damaged.
> My first impression is pretty much what I get with my premiere listen 
>to any good prog album: there's meat here, to be appreciated more upon 
>repeated listening.  Looking forward to getting into them -- thanks 
>again for your recommendations.
> Jim


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