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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2081


                   Monday, 03 Aug 1998

Today's Topics:
                      Administrivia
                     eddie vh and mj
                      dream theater
                  aol instant messenger
                     palindrome power
                 Re: Hating Dream Theater
                    Re: Administrivia 
                      Kids and Rush
                Re: Hating Dream Theater 
                       Re: The Pass
                      Dream Theatre
        Re: 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time
               Rush playing live in Europe?
                          TITLE
Neil's Finest Work (IMHO) And A New Suggestion For Live Album Title
                The Many haircuts of Neil
                  off the wall, er, post
     rush covers the spice girls--with 6 feet of dirt
                      100 solos list
                     Live Album Title
                   Burning for Buddy 2
               Atlantis - A Tribute To Rush
          My thoughts on title for the new album
                   Guitar World Top 100
                Geddy Lee bass, Candlebox 
      Small Soldiers Soundtrack Article in BillBoard
                          Hello
                100 greatest guitar solos
             Rush sighting and other matters
 Give me a break...  The greatest 100 solos of all time?
                 The Pass - NOT Played!!
                    Commute from Hell
                   I need decorations!
                       My web page
         Rush Retrospectives in BMG music service
                   If anybody cares....
                        t100 solos
                          (none)
                  Re: Just a suggestion
           1976 RUSH/FOGHAT Circus Mag Article
                 re: Rush's worst moment
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From: rush-mgr@tnms.com (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Mon Aug  3 10:17:04 PDT 1998
Subject: Administrivia

More news on the live album...

  * Yes, the title appears to have been changed to "Different Stages"
    (in keeping with their "stage" theme -- hmmm, I wonder if they considered
    "A Show of Stages" :-)

  * Here's the track listing for the 2-cd set so far:

      2001 / Dreamline / Test For Echo / Bravado / Limelight / Resist /
      2112 / Leave That Thing Alone / Driven / Stick It Out / Animate /
      Nobodys Hero / Show Don't Tell / Drum Solo / Tom Sawyer / Cold Fire /
      Half The World / Roll The Bones / Analog Kid

  * Possible songs still to be included:
    
      The Pass / Vital Signs / Ghost of a Chance / Freewill / Red Barchetta
    
 - rush-mgr

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From: Scott McDow 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 17:00:58 -0400
Subject: eddie vh and mj

Hey!

beat it, beat it

Yes. I  couldn't believe it then and still
can't believe it now! Must've been the
cash.

later,
scoots

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From: Scott McDow 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 17:08:42 -0400
Subject: dream theater

Hey! (again)

Daniel Schmecker  wrote:
(regarding Dream Theater)

>"...While they are superb musicians, I absolutely
>detest their music. In my opinion, it's souless,
>unlistenable drivel..."

Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm not saying
they can't play, it's obvious they're very talented,
but they sound as if they all riff at the same time.
As I've said here before, too much for the senses.

later,
scoots

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From: Scott McDow 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 17:16:40 -0400
Subject: aol instant messenger

Hey! (third time)

My wife Amey uses the instant messenger
quite often. Her name is darmah3. Feel free
to chat anytime. She's not too hip on Rush,
although she might put a midi of Subdivisions
on her home page. :-)

Go see my kids at:
http://angelfire.com/mi/ameysattic

later,
scoots

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From: RAND ADAMS 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 15:51:32 -0700 (MST)
Subject: palindrome power

Excuse the legnth... I just wanted to demonstrate the possibility to create 
an interesting piece of lyrical work with the use of palindromes.  Here 
are a few palendromes LINES on a *vaguely* similiar topic...

Deliver no evil, live on reviled
Den made live Roman kayak? Na! More vile, damned!
Dennis, no misfit can act if Simon sinned
Devil Natasha, ah, Satan lived 
Did Hannah say as Hannah did
Did you say we are dead, Bob? Ahaha, Bob, dead, are you? Yes, we did
AN APOSTLE IN FLIGHT SHAKES HIS FIST FROM A SAFE DISTANCE

This whole "piece" is one long palindrome...

    Flee to me, remote elf --- Sal a dewan desired;
    Now is a Late-Petal era.
    We fade: lucid Iris, red Rose of Sharon;
    Goldenrod a silly ram ate.
    Wan olives teem (ah, Satan lives!);
    A star eyes pale Roses.

    Revel, big elf on a mayonnaise man ---
    A tinsel baton-dragging nice elf too.
    Lisp, oh sibyl, dragging Nola along;
    Niggardly bishops I loot.
    Fleecing niggard notables Nita names,
    I annoy a Man of Legible Verse.

    So relapse, ye rats,
    As evil Natasha meets Evil
    On a wet, amaryllis-adorned log.
    Norah's foes' orders (I ridiculed a few) are late, Pet.
    Alas, I wonder!  Is Edna wed?
    Alas --- flee to me, remote elf.
    ("THE FADED BLOOMERS' RHAPSODY", 2)

A good source of intesting palindromes...
http://www.cosy.sbg.ac.at/~leo/palindrom/english.htm

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From: John Heald/Darlene Heald 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 15:08:19 -0700
Subject: Re: Hating Dream Theater

Personally, I think it's a stretch to even compare the two bands. The
musicians in DT were obviously inspired by Rush, and their writing style
is quite technical. After you get to that point, IMO, any similarities
end. Rush has evolved into a totally different band, and have
incorporated a myriad of styles and textures. They are seasoned
musicians, who think as a unit and know how to play off each other. What
Dream Theater set out to become (style, tendancies etc.) is still under
construction. They are still figuring each other out, and writing some
decent material while their at it. Their approach to each of their CD's
has a sameness from release to release. However, I wouldn't go as far as
to say they are "souless". Rush can be different on a track to track
basis on almost any CD, and still retain the qualities that make them
what they are...extrordinary. DT, in fact, is only slightly ahead of
dozens of bands at the same skill and writing level (ie: Symphony X,
Stratovarious, Blind Guardian etc.). The thing that sets them apart from
those bands, for me, is James LaBrie and Mike Portnoy. Those two guys
are special musicians. IMO, it's an apples and oranges kind of thing...

Cheers,
John

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From: Slim Jim 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 23:17:28 +0100
Subject: Re: Administrivia 

>>>>>  The RUSH Fans Digest Manager writes:

> ps. Did Eddie Van Halen *really* do the solo in Michael
> Jackson's "Beat It"?  You learn something new every day *shrug*

Man, rush-mgr!!  I thought everyone knew that.. actually in 
those days, there weren't too many people who played like EVH, 
so it was very distinctive.  These days a lot of people have
copied his style.  Not Alex though.. *

BTW Steve Lukather (Toto) played the riff.

Slim

* weak attempt to stay on-topic

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From: XxxDIOxxXX@aol.com
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 18:26:05 EDT
Subject: Kids and Rush

I read the post from Dom and I couldn't resist commenting further on this
subject.

As a long time RUSH fan, my son has grown up listening to their music.
However, since he turned 7 years old he has really begun to appreciate and
enjoy their music.  I had always dreamed of taking my son to his first
concert, especially if it was to see RUSH.  The T4E tour gave me that
opportunity and I took him to the show in Devore, California.  He loved the
music and lasers, (especially Red Sector A).   I personally saw about 6-10
other kids at the show and was thrilled that they also were jamming along with
crowd.  As we were leaving the show the first thing my son said was, "Mom,
they rocked!  Will you take me to see them again?!"  Ahhhhh  from the mouths
of babes :) Life was definately good that night, in my heart and in the land
of RUSH!! 

DIONYSUS
I bring love to give you solace, In the darkness of the night, 
In the heart's eternal light.  You need only trust your feelings, 
Only love can steer you right.  

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From: Slim Jim 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 23:30:21 +0100
Subject: Re: Hating Dream Theater 

>>>>>  Daniel Schmecker writes:
> Hello out there.
> long time listener, first time caller.
> I've noticed a tendency that people who normally like Rush, like Dream
> Theater as well.
> While they are superb musicians, I absolutely detest their music.
> In my opinion, it's souless, unlistenable drivel.
> They might be better "technically" than Rush, but to me, Rush is a far
> superior band.
> Music is about songs and feelings, not about how fast your hands move,
> or how "trained" your voice is.
> Am I alone on this? Or does anybody agree?

I agree absolutely and have said so here before.  They may be 
talented at co-ordinating fingers and notes, but they aren't
musicians by a long way.  Well said.  There's no such thing as
technically better. 

Slim

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From: Djrant@aol.com
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 19:21:50 EDT
Subject: Re: The Pass

>>I must say that I'm 99 % sure that The Pass was indeed played at one of
>>the 2 shows that I saw for CP.I was at Worcester,Ma,and Prov,RI.I know
>>they played it one night ,but not the other.I believe it was the
>>Worcester show that it was played at.Was anyone else there? And do you
>>remember.
>>                Michael

I saw Rush on Friday March 11, 1994 at the Worcester Centrum, and they did not
play "The Pass" that night.  After the show, I wrote down all the songs they
played, and that was not one of them.

But I can't comment on thr RI show, I wasn't there.

David

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From: kgmacrae@auracom.com (Ken MacRae)
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 20:10:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Dream Theatre

 Daniel Schmecker wrote :
>They might be better "technically" than Rush, but to me, Rush is a far
>superior band.
>Music is about songs and feelings, not about how fast your hands move,
>or how "trained" your voice is.
>Am I alone on this? Or does anybody agree?

Well Daniel you weren't alone on this, but you might be now !
I felt exactly the same as you after buying "Awake". For some reason I then
bought "Falling Into Infinity" and now I can't get enough of DT.  My
suggestion ... stop comparing or holding them up to Rush. After all there is
only one Rush. 

>...Ken, the Rushosapien 
"Why push for perfection
when I'm making successful mistakes ?"

>...The Tragically Hip

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From: Brent North 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 18:49:26 -0600
Subject: Re: 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time

Well ... some of those selections are just plain laughable.  At least
Lifeson and Petrucci (my two favorite guitarists) got mentioned even
though they are almost dead last.  I, for one, completely despise these
kind of "TOP WHATEVER" articles that we see in media.  Who can honestly
pick out "Working Man" as Alex's best solo or "Under a Glass Moon" as
John's best solo??  And who has the balls to name the #1 greatest guitar
solo??? (Guitar's writers obviously)    Blah ... Crappy surveys.

Brent North
http://venus.aros.net/~geddy

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From: uwe 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 21:05:00 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Rush playing live in Europe?

Hello fellow Rushians,

saddenig, the fact that Rush is not coming to a tour to Europe;
no, it doesn't even HAVE to be Germany, just Europe would do;
I'd GO there, anywhere! 

Let's see, the last chance I got to see them was in April, 1992,
RTB tour in the Festhalle in Frankfurt.  Still good in memory,
but far too long ago.  I little frustrating, don't you think?

I know, I know that it would probably be too far-fetched for
Rush to be playing in Europe (Germany) again, with all the
trouble involved.  But it would be nice :)  I believe they
stopped after there weren't as many U.S. Armed Forces stationed
here anymore, the hall were filled but obnoxious sometimes ...

I have had the chance to go to 5 concerts I think (still
searching for my collected old concert cards).  I have been a
Rush-Lover since 1978, that's 20 years, and only 5 concerts?
Yuck.

So, along with all the other fellow Rushians in Germany (Europe) 
waiting and hoping for next year... 

Take care and thanks for TNMS!

        Uwe
 -
][ Uwe Hahn  http://www.robin.de/~uwe/  Linux? Yes! ][
][ Spiel, Spa▀, Spannung:      http://www.robin.de/ ][
][ R÷dermark, Germany     e-mail: uwe@hahn.RoBIN.de ][

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From: sberrett 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 20:13:33 -0400
Subject: TITLE

Yet another rumor, this one seems solid and certainly sounds more
RUSH-like....

live album title will be "Different Stages"

has a dual meaning, as Neil is prone to love.... no doubt the final set
will have come from various arenas, also the material covers the band
over time.

This is my bet, regardless of Doug Maher's sources.

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From: Shy Guy 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 19:53:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Neil's Finest Work (IMHO) And A New Suggestion For Live Album Title

Everyone in TNMSland,
	Just thought I would send in my first post for TNMS about a few
things that have been floating around:

(1)  A while back a guy asked which songs would best portray the
Professor's mastery of the drum kit because he was trying to convince
his friend that Neil is "the man" on the drum kit. Surprisingly enough
no one suggested "Red Barchetta"!!!!.  I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES!!! 
This songs has Neil's signature ride cymbal pattern and the fills
throughout the song are seamless.  The kit work after "suddenly ahead
of me across the mountainside" until the end of the song is better
than sex (especially if you're a percussionist-and we get a lot!!!). 
This song is certainly one of Rush's most powerful studio songs and it
blew my out of my seat on the TFE tour.  Therefore, IMHO I would have
to vote for "Red Barchetta".

and finally...

(2) Most people seem to hate the working title of "Dimlit Stages for
All Ages" for the new live album (is Dimlit even a real word?). 
Alright, I'm going to go out on a limb here (PLEASE don't send too
many flames for this one) and suggest the title of "Dimlit Stages
Through The Ages".  How does that sound?  It keeps with the spirit of
the original working title yet it expresses what the boys have seen
every night for years as they ran from behind the stage. Most
importantly, it expresses what we, the fans, see as the house lights
suddenly go out and the crowd begins screaming in wanting anticipation
for the boys to hit their marks and start kickin' ass!!! (I always get
that "my stomach just dropped out of my body" feeling when the house
lights go out JUST before the boys run onto stage!!!).

	So what do you think America?  Let me know and let everyone in
TNMSland know. 
	
	Well, that's it for my first TNMS experience (it wasn't as painful as
people say).  Peace everybody.

P.S.- Hey rushmgr, keep up the good work.  You ALMOST kick as much ass
as the boys!!!!

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From: "Green..Yellow.. REDDDDDDDDDD!!!!" 
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 19:59:54 PDT
Subject: The Many haircuts of Neil

Did anyone besides me LOVE the haircut Neil had during the HYF days? 
Yeah, you know the one Im talking about. Relatively normal looking on 
the sides and top with a long *ss ponytail in the back? It rocks!!

Seth

  /|/  \         |         Sensibility --
   |   |         |          Armed with Sense and Liberty,
   | _/          |_          With the Heart and Mind united
   / \ /|  | |\  | \          In a single, perfect Sphere
  /   \  \_/\/_\/   \_____             -Neil Peart
       \                                 Hemispheres
        \____                              
        
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From: rush-mgr@tnms.com (The RUSH Fans Digest Goddess) said:
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 23:11:50 -0700
Subject: off the wall, er, post

> ps. Did Eddie Van Halen *really* do the solo in Michael Jackson's "Beat
> It"?  You learn something new every day *shrug*

yes, and it's an hilarious story.  since it's off topic, anyone who
wnats the dirt can e-me
 - 
mike
http://www.2112.net/daggers   rush related stickers

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

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From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 23:25:30 -0700
Subject: rush covers the spice girls--with 6 feet of dirt

>"Costello, Bryan" 
> Rush would probably not be interested in doing this, ......but if they 
>ever did.......what songs would you want to hear?
>I have 2 choices I would like to start this list with:

1. "NSU" by Cream
2. "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath
 
I vote for the Hendrix version of "All Along the Watchtower," Ged
clobbering the bass, and Al with doubleneck and slide having at it, Neil
improving the original drum line and taking it into the damn
stratosphere.

 - 
mike
http://www.2112.net/daggers  rush-related stickers

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

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From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 23:32:44 -0700
Subject: 100 solos list

well, I can't see Jane's Affliction, Buns and Poses (abuse your
protrusion) or Neil Young (great songwriter, but his guitar makes me
cringe) being on the list at aLL.  I agree with a lot of the others, But
I'd put Alex a LOT higher.  obviously, it was compiled by radio
listeners not true rock fans.
just my 35 cents worth (that's how much it costs to call someone who
cares these days)
 - 
mike
http://www.2112.net/daggers  rush-related stickers
Hanson, Manson, as long as they play the county fair, what's a letter?

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From: BRAVADO69@aol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 04:05:13 EDT
Subject: Live Album Title

The title of the live album is

Different Stages

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From: "Dave Anderson" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 01:21:48 PDT
Subject: Burning for Buddy 2

Dear Fellow Rush Fans-

	Just the other day I bought Burning For Buddy, and LOVE it.  The only 
thing I am not to thrilled about is Neil only plays on two songs.  Well 
I might buy Burning 2, but want to know from REAL Rush fans, is it worth 
buying???  How many songs does Neil play on??

					Dave Anderson
				  FenderJazzBass@hotmail.com
                              http://members.tripod.com/~RushRTB

P.S.--  Last issue there was a question about AOL screen names, mine is 
BXR100, (A Fender BasseXtendedRange amp, 100 watt).

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From: "Enrico Salvini, the Muffin Man" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 10:53:27 +0200
Subject: Atlantis - A Tribute To Rush

Atlantis website is finally online at http://members.tripod.com/~atlantis_it

Atlantis is the Italian Rush tribute band. Formed in 1995, they played
several concerts in Italy (where Rush never played) and are now working on
their debut-CD.

Other tribute bands are kindly requested to get in touch with me privately
at ultimateart@planet.it to trade links on the respective websites.

Enrico

P.S. (for the webmasters): does anybody use Frontpage '98? I have a problem
I cannot figure out with shared borders...

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From: "Kurdian,  LT. Armen H" 
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 19:20:46 -0700 
Subject: My thoughts on title for the new album

I think the cover should have Alex in some oversize and poorly worn
clothing holding a giant barrel of Cheetos over his head, spilling them
into his mouth open as wide as it can get.  Alex's hair will be
completely mangled a la Ted Nugent, and a wild look in his eyes.  Neil
and Geddy will be standing next to him looking off into the distance
with big eyes and arms down by the side.  The title of course, will be,
"Goddamit, I want some more Cheesy Poofs!"

I have spoken.  Let it be so.

GO BABYLON 5!
GO JAYHAWKS!
GO STEELERS!

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From: Jaybird926@aol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 08:41:58 EDT
Subject: Guitar World Top 100

Hey, good to see Alex made the Guitar World Top 100.  Hard to argue with
Working Man but I think his greatest solo is found at the emotive end to
Soliloquy or maybe even Presentation.          

Jay Roberts
A fan since 2112

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From: "eddy Maxwell" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 09:17:37 -0500
Subject: Geddy Lee bass, Candlebox 

Hey!

Billy Knapp said:

> Do NOT buy the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass.  Fender has made the biggest mistake
> of all time.  I just got mine today.  One word, trash.  First of all it
> has a blemish on the the fret board for starts.  This is the part that
> makes it real trash.  Both the black binding around the neck and the
> block inlays are painted on the neck.  To make it even worse, the black
> paint runs on almost all the edges.  This thing really looks bad.
> please dont buy it.
>

Well, I picked one up yesterday for my husband (early anniversary gift)
and he loves it.  This one looks great to me.  Maybe I didn't scrutinize
it as much as Billy, but there were no obvious problems.  Besides, it
sounds great.  Max plugged it in and cranked it up.  It was beautiful.
:)

Maybe Billy just got a lemon, which is very unfortunate.  :(  Hey Billy,
maybe you can exchange it?

If Max or I notice any probs w/ the bass in the future, I'll be sure to
report it for those who want to know.

The person who recommended the new Candlebox CD was right on the $$$.
It's a great album.  Let me repeat:  The new CANDLEBOX CD is GREAT!  It
has the power and passion of their 1st album w/ well-written songs,
interesting music and great production.  BTW, it's called _Happy Pills_.

That's enough for now.

Hi Matt!!  :)

Valkyrie

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From: Ward Bond 
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 98 12:19:05 -0400
Subject: Small Soldiers Soundtrack Article in BillBoard

The following is from BILLBOARD Magazine, July 25, 1998:

Music From The Motion Picture Small Soldiers
PRODUCERS: various
DreamWorks 50051
By enlisting cutting-edge DJs, rappers, and producers to rework such 
tracks as Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust," the Pretenders' "My City 
Was Gone," Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield," and Rush's "Tom 
Sawyer," the producers of DreamWorks' partially animated summer action 
flick "Small Soldiers" have breathed new life into the most hackneyed of 
musical forms: the classic-rock radio staple. Among the highlights of a 
refreshing set are a remake of "War" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring 
Flesh-N-Bone, Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, and Flea; DJ Z-Trip's 
reinvention of "Tom Sawyer"; Wyclef Jean's "Another One Bites The Dust"; 
Queen Latifah's "Love Is A Battlefield"; and "My City Was Gone," 
featuring Kool Keith and the Butcher Bros. Amid a profusion of 
soundtracks that simply license older material, this one stands out as an 
entertaining alternative.

Ward Bond

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From: "DJ Benjamin" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 10:10:34 PDT
Subject: Hello

First: As long as some Rush music is coming out this year, the title of 
the work does'nt matter to me. :-)~

Second: My AOL instant messenger name is Cygnus71.

Third: I think that I need to look into a few of the bands mentioned on 
the postings because radio has become extremely lame.

Fourth: I live in the North Miami and South Broward area of Florida and 
I am itching to find some people to hang with in the area. Most of the 
people here are party-freaks, drunks or druggies. Any NMSer's in the 
area? :-)

Fifth: I don't consider this a personal flame, do you? HA HA......

CYGNUS-X1@bigfoot.com

" There is a fine line, between love and illusion.........."

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From: "colin burroughs" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 10:41:18 PDT
Subject: 100 greatest guitar solos

 I think that list is totaly bogus.GOD IF PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ONLY LISTEND 
TO LA VILLA STRANGIATO YYZ OR SOME THING ELSE WITH GREAT SOLO.With Joe 
Satriani, Eric Johnson, Steve Via, Ritchi Blackmore, Alex 
Lifeson(working man is not a very good solo :( and so on with 2 or 3 
more great guitar soloist there would be a list of way better solos.Oh 
yah it's also sad that JOE SATRANI and billy corgan are on the same 
list. Jimmy Page and that metalica dude who makes noise. :( 

PS: Remember Dim Lit Stages is only the working title. Bad Discussion 
topic.

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From: "Chris Palo" 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 10:42:22 PDT
Subject: Rush sighting and other matters

Dear fellow Rushians,

Have a few things to spout off so here they are in no particular order.  
First, saw Mafia! last night. It was O.K. and had its moments, but be 
sure you really, really want to see it.  Anyways, the previews were of 
interest.  Adam Sandler has a new movie coming out called "The 
Waterboy."  It looks pretty good.  He plays an idiot water boy for a 
football team, whose players push him over the edge and turns him into a 
killing machine and so he plays.  And guess what the song was that ran 
throughout the trailer?  If you said Tom Sawyer, you are correct. TS 
used for two movies in the same year in the same season.  Rush must 
really be making an impact on Hollywood.  ANd as the trailer ended with 
the credits, Geddy chimes in with "And his mind is not for rent; not to 
God or government."  Excellent!

Second, the title as is for the Live album has got to be only working. 
They already released a live album with the stage ideal attached to it 
and this one isn't as provoking as I thought it could be.  I can't 
recommend titles; it's not what I do, but if I *absolutely* had to, 
let's see, Virtual Songs for a Virtual REality.  OK, so it sounds bad. 
Flame me if you really want.  Send death threats and all the other good 
stuff to the email address above, but don't waste everyone else's 
reading time with your dislike of it.

Third, I have an aesthetics question.  I know Rush hasn't done a lot of 
full acoustic songs, but what is everyone's favorite acoustic part in 
songs or blend of acoustic and electric?  My favorites, the intro to the 
Trees, intro and finale to Fountain of Lamneth and Broon's Bane.

Fourth, someone posted about the shortcomings of the Geddy Lee Jazz.  
Has Rickenbacker done a Geddy Lee Ric. 4001 or anything like that?  Let 
me know.

Take care all. 

Chris Palo

"My fantasy:  To be locked away and still to preach you're free."
 -Ronnie James Dio

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From: "John A. Tyler" 
Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 16:16:30 -0500
Subject: Give me a break...  The greatest 100 solos of all time?

As a guitarist I know that the whole list of "greatist solos" is arbitrary.
 Still, I have to say that Alex, as usual got stiffed.  As a matter of fact
everyone after Neil Youngs "Cinnamon girl" (number 76) mention got stiffed.
 Come on he held the same note for four bars, twice.

But  I'm miffed that "La Villa" did not get on the list, or Red Sector A or
how about the live version of Mission.  There are so many possible solos
that Alex has cranked out that it would be impossible to list them all.  

I was glad to see David Gilmours name come up a few times as he deserves
it.  I think that the present members of Pink Floyd take too much heat in
this list from ignorant people who have no idea what transpired back in
1986.  The band did not retire, Roger Waters quit.  This does not make the
present membership a parody of themselfs in any way.  Besides David Played
most of the tricky bass parts on the records anyway.  

That's all I want to say here.  This is supposed to be about Rush.

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what
the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly dissapear and be
replaced be something even more bizzare and inexplicable.
 
There is another theory which states that this has already happened." 

 Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe 

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From: "Evan & Denise Sparages" 
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 22:20:40 -0400
Subject: The Pass - NOT Played!!

Michael,
I was at both Worcester shows and the Providence show (met Geddy that
night). The Pass was not played at any of those shows as I recall. I have a
song chart for all the Rush shows I've been to and I don't have it down
there. Show Don't Tell was the only Presto tune played.
They did however alternate The Pass during the RTB tour.

Evan

>From: slugs2@webtv.net (MICHAEL)
>Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 21:49:58 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: The Pass

>I must say that I'm 99 % sure that The Pass was indeed played at one of
>the 2 shows that I saw for CP.I was at Worcester,Ma,and Prov,RI.I know
>they played it one night ,but not the other.I believe it was the
>Worcester show that it was played at.Was anyone else there? And do you
>remember.
>                Michael

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From: "Douglas White" 
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 10:13:00 -0400
Subject: Commute from Hell

The Commute From Hell
     or
How to plagiarize classic rock during Rush hour

This was great. I haven't seen anything like it since the Bread Man gave us
his Bravado parody. Does anyone else have any? I love these.

Pooh Bear
"Beter beer" NP

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From: "Rodney J. Carpenter" 
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 23:06:59 -0500
Subject: I need decorations!

Hello fellow addicts.  I recently purchased what serves as my Red Barchetta,
a 95 Buick Riviera.  Only one problem with an otherwise beautiful car.
There is an empty license plate holder on the front that is just begging to
be filled with an appropriate Rush plate.  Does anyone know where I might
find such a wonder?  The people will all see (ah, you know the rest).  I
would appreciate any information yous guys might have.  Please respond via
personal e-mail.  Hate to clutter up the digest.
In the CD changer now:
T4E
DT-Images and Words
U2-The Joshua Tree
Peter Gabriel-So
Pink Floyd-The Division Bell
Crash Test Dummies-God Shuffled His Feet

Thanks a bunch.

Rodney Carpenter
Crawfordsville, IN
racarpen@tctc.com

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

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From: John Gerard Lupoli 
Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 21:52:28 -0400
Subject: My web page

Hi fellow Rushians,
	I finally made my web page and it's completely devoted to Rush. Check
it out at http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Amphitheatre/2740/.
Believe me, it's a cool site.

Matt Lupoli
Age: 14
North Haven, Ct

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From: George Zelenski 
Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 18:53:44 -0700
Subject: Rush Retrospectives in BMG music service

The featured selection in the latest bmg music service catalog is both
retrospectives as a double album selection.  I scanned in the cover,
it's at my site..

http://www.woodland.net/users/geoz/bzonline/bmgrush.html

 Bn

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From: Jessica Winkworth 
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 1998 23:44:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: If anybody cares....

Howdy

I found out something interesting about Dean Haglund (aka Langly on The 
X-files aka The Guy That Looks Like Geddy):

His birthday is July 29.

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo.........

Later
Jessica

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/7619

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From: cmoney2@juno.com (Chuck Flowers)
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 00:46:32 -0500
Subject: t100 solos

Well, that Top 100 solos thing was pretty interesting, and pretty
ridiculous.  Rush mentioned once, at # 94, behind 3 Pantera songs.  Gimme
a freakin' break.  Pantera?  There's 3 Pantera songs and only 1 from
Carlos Santana.  What is wrong with this picture?  And what is up with
putting Sublime on the list?  I will have to admit that I was pleasantly
surprised that Funkadelic's Maggot Brain was on the list.  It is truly an
incredible jam.  Pick up a live version and you will not be disappointed.
 Sometimes it goes for 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes 30.  

later
c money

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From: Guy Walker 
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 02:54:04 -0500

>DigitlMn@aol.com 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.

 In case you didn't hear it the first thousand times you listened to ESL...
the solo from TFE is far superior,and deserves a place on the new album.
    ....but what do I know?

                            End of line...

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From: "Erin Langley" 
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 11:36:22 -0500
Subject: Re: Just a suggestion

>From: "Liebermann" 
>Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 20:02:29 -0400
>Subject: Just a suggestion

>Hey all,
>    This is just your average selection from just your average guy.  =
>Lately, I've noticed two things.  First, AOL and it's Instant Messanger =
>have grown rapidly very recently, and it wouldn't surprise me to find =
>out that most of you out there reading this right now have it.  Second, =
>Rush fans love to discuss Rush (I'm no exception).  So here comes the =
>suggestion.  Since we all love to discuss Rush so much, why not share =
>each other's screen names so we can talk with one or two other people =
>when we're on?  

Good idea! My screen name is iangswang.

 Erin

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From: Jon Kriegel 
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 16:12:17 -0500
Subject: 1976 RUSH/FOGHAT Circus Mag Article

While surfing around the Foghat home page, I found an article that may
be of interest to TNMS subscribers.  It's located at
www.foghat.com/circus9.htm .  It appears Rush and Foghat toured together
for a few shows as described in here..some interesting comments from Ged
and Neil on equipment updates of that era.
Regards,
Jon Kriegel

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From: ID313@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 17:20:52 EDT
Subject: re: Rush's worst moment

>...Reading the various posts from various Brit readers of NMS has jogged my
memory too - and a nugget that I'd managed to bury way back in there has just
re-surfaced...

Ashley Davidson wrote about "Tom Sawyer" being on top of the pops. Do you
remember the end of the video, when they fade out/cut after Alex's solo, and
that smarmy twat Peter Powell says "Mmmmm - mean guitar!"   !!!!!

Later

Ian 

PS: - Any NMSers in the Manchester area - whats left of Thin Lizzy are playing
Oldham Queen Elizabeth Hall tuesday 4/8/98...(Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, John
Sykes)

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