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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2120

                  Tuesday, 20 Oct 1998

Today's Topics:
                    Canuck at heart ?
                        DS single
               No Rush on London ON radio!
                       DS on Nov.4
                      Rushing around
           Different Stages Premier in Chicago
                        Witch Hunt
              re: the great tinkertoy debate
                        T4E Video
     Different Stages version of The Spirit of Radio
             only immortal for a limited time
             trent reznor and other fun stuff
                      What a Concept
           Greatings from La Villa Strangiato!
               Rush midis from sheet music.
            Different Stages 3CD Test Pressing
               weirdos,geeks,and freaks...
           The Top 10 Poll and DS release date
            Permanent Waves Girl and Hugh Syme
                       TSOR - Live
                        Rush games
               Bay Area DS listening party?
                     Cover versions 
          "Hey kids, do you like the rock&roll?"
               DS versions of SOR & 2112...
                     NEIL IS DEAD!!!!
                    Re: Album Premiere
                       DS questions
              Different Stages on the radio
                Chef special RUSH sighting
                   Spirit of Radio MP3
                      SHAMELESS PLUG
                        My Top Ten
                       lousy radio

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest manager)
Date: Tue Oct 20 12:46:49 PDT 1998
Subject: Administrivia

Had a busy weekend and was out all day yesterday yelling at routers (which 
still wouldn't do what I wanted them too), so no NMS was sent yesterday.
The rest of this week will be crazy for me (my brother's getting married on
Saturday!) so the digests will be hit & miss.

I've updated the horizons song, the radio station list and the release
party. I've also added to the radio list if the station will be playing
the album premiere on November 4th. If they aren't playing the new stuff on
your radio station, start bugging 'em!

Oh yeah, if you're in San Diego get your rear to the Tragically Hip show
tonight down at 4th & B, tix only $15!!

 - rush-mgr


From: "M. Jacobs" 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 17:10:43 -0500
Subject: Rocktober

Max Dobberstein I salute you!  Thanks to your heads-up about Rush being =
the Rocktober artist of the day on KSHE, I heard Manhattan Project, =
Battlescar & Red Barchetta at work this afternoon (after my RealPlayer =
finally connected).  On the way home I heard The Trees & Limelight.  =
Every week should end like that.  Thanks man.



From: (Ken MacRae)
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 21:21:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Canuck at heart ?

As a canuck (sadly with no connections to "the powers that be")  I would
gladly nominate the Rush Mgr as an "honorary Canadian". Certainly Dual
citizenship should be bestowed.  After all, not only does she honour the
Great White North threesome (GWNT ... trade mark reg),  but the NMS web site
>... under the "Broaden your Horizons " section,  has also suggested such
other great Canadian bands as  Our Lady Peace, and the Tragically Hip.  I
have also seen mention of I Mother Earth.  Way to go Rush Mgr. 

   [ Don't worry, IME will be showing up there too! I was trying to spread
     the Canadian bands out a bit, and not have them all in one week :-)
                                                                : rush-mgr ]

May I also suggest great new Canadian Bands such as Big Wreck, and Econoline
Crush. Both are great. For you old timers there is Kim Mitchell and Max
Webster and Triumph.  There are many more too numerous to mention ... it
depends on your tastes. For example,  the band "Barenaked Ladies" are
extremely  talented ... just not my cup of tea.  Speaking of which, did I
mention The Tea Party ? 

Hey Rush Mgr ... I'd sign your immigration papers. 

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

>...The Tragically Hip


From: "Brian T. Peterson" 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 19:09:26 -0600
Subject: DS single

Hi everyone,

I've been reading the digests, but its been awhile since I've posted.
Does anyone know where I can find the Different Stages single that has
"The Pass" on it? I must have it! Please e-mail me privately. 

Also, our main rock radio station cannot play DS yet. DAMNIT!!!

"We travel in the dark of the new moon"


From: "van Damage" 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 18:54:26 PDT
Subject: No Rush on London ON radio!

To those in the SW-Ontario area, I called FM96 today (the only station 
around London that might play new Rush) and asked the program director 
about the new Rush single.  He told me it wasn't out yet.  (Ha!)  So I 
asked if they'd play it "when it did come out," to which he responded, 
"No, because it's live and we don't play live stuff."  Well that's just 
lame.  So repeat after me:  FM96 sucks canal water!



From: "James M." 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 21:57:24 -0400
Subject: DS on Nov.4

Different Stages will be world premiered on Canadian radio on Weds,
Nov.4 (not the 9th, like in the U.S) I heard this on 97.7 Htz-FM. It
should also be on Q107 in Toronto, so for anybody who has real audio,
you can pick up Q107 by going to, and clicking on "Listen
live..". Q107 is also playing SoR on HIGH rotation, and 2112 at least a
few times a day.

"All of us get lost in the darkness...
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars.."

Neil Peart, Rush, "The Pass"


From: (The Rinckster)
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 22:11:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rushing around

Central Pennsylvania Rushains:

93.5 WTPA The Rock Station
105.7 WQXA The X

Caught TSOR on 935 tonight from DS.  Man, that was just an excellent
kick in the ass!!  I could only feel one I was standing at
the E Center watching the band. was that intense.   I am so
excited about the new album coming out!!

Call these stations and tell them, .....n ORDER them to paly the hell
out of the new Rush album.  Tell them that you want them to make a VERY
big deal out of this tremendous new Rush release.  

Above all, tell them that you PATRONIZE THIER SPONSORS!!!....and, by
doing so, you want your music to be played.

Angels fear to tread where Rush fools in.

serenity  courage  wisdom  just for today


From: "Rich Malitz" 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 19:22:10 PDT
Subject: Different Stages Premier in Chicago

I have heard on 103.5 FM here in Chicago will be premiering most of 
Different Stages on Wednesday, November 4th, sometime in the evening.  I 
have been begging for the stations here to play something other than 
TSOR, but...
I will be listening tomorrow for 2112 and/or Limelight as it is Rush day 
on our other "Rush" station, 97.9.  Since I have to work 9-6, this 
shouldn't be hard!  I wish my roommate still worked at the radio 


Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 22:51:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Witch Hunt

Art Brown asked about an interpretation on the song "Witch Hunt" - from
whose viewpoint is it told?

Well, I see it from the on-lookers point of view. "The night is black,
without a moon.... The vigilantes gather on......Those who know what's
best for US, must rise and save us from ourselves....etc.etc...." I just
see it as a story that is told by someone who is very wise, but very
saddened by what is taking place (maybe Neil!) - not from someone who is
a direct victim to the atrocity described. I vision someone around a
campfire telling stories of old (thowing in some Hemispheres here). Or
maybe I'm having visions of Sesame Street & Romper Room in my head??!?

Hey, all you boneheads (including the rush-mgr) talking about
tinker-toys has made me feel nostalgic. I'm 33 yrs old and right now I
feel like playing with my Hot Wheels!! (which I still have............
don't ask!)

Scott Wedge -
Auburn MBA Graduate - Class of '94


Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 23:03:49 -0400
Subject: re: the great tinkertoy debate

>Sorry, rush-mgr, but I can't imagine that Hugh placed the pieces in that
>configuration on a whim!

I have a tough time believing it's not symbolic of SOMETHING also, but
probably Hugh had reasons for why he created it this way...and believe
me, I'd love to get into some projection about the cover!  When I first
saw it what occured to me was : what does it *mean*???  But good design
has a certain logic, so regardless of, if it means that Ged and Alex had
tinkertoys when they were growing up while Neil did not (????), or that
drummers are somehow more enlightened that guitar and bass players
(????), Hugh did not place the images on a whim.

Wahhhh, rush-mgr, let us go off on this!  It'll keep us from drooling
while WAITING.  Meow.

Oh, hey, I saw Mickey Hart & Planet Drum on Wednesday.  Pretty good

Peace from Cincinnati --- Elise
"Often criticised for lyrical pretension and musical grandstanding -
unkind critics have suggested that Rush is exactly what you get if you
let your drummer write your songs for you, they nevertheless still
remain Canada's leading rock attraction." --- From the CDNow Rush


Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 16:41:06 EDT
Subject: T4E Video

I just picked up a video copy of the Test For Echo concert. The show was
recorded in Toronto on June 30, 1997.  The video is 2 hrs. and 42 min. long on
standard play.  The view is from stage right, approx. 8-10 rows back.  The
quality of the video is very good. The quality of the sound is good, but not
I was first dissapointed in the beginning with the view, only Alex due to
obstructions, but by the third song, the view is improved and Geddy and Alex
are in good view. Neil is right behind Geddy so he is blocked out for most of
the video (bummer for us drummers).  
There are cameras at the concert for video taping for the official video.
Sometimes that camera boom is in the view.  Overall, the video is pretty good.
The song list is as follows:
2001 open/Dreamline, Limelight, Stick It Out, Driven(the view is much improved
at this point), Half the World, Red Barchetta, Animate, Limbo, The Trees,
Virtuality, Nobody's Hero, Closer to the Heart, 2112, Test for Echo, Freewill,
Red Sector A, Roll the Bones, Resist, Leave My Thing Alone, drum
solo(including Momo's Dance Party), Natural Science, Force 10,Spirit of Radio,
Tom Sawyer (complete with three dancing puppets on the amps!) , and YYZ for
the encore.
E-mail me for details if interested.


From: "Dennis Pupello II" 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:05:45 -0400
Subject: Different Stages version of The Spirit of Radio

Oh baby, chills!

Returning to work from lunch today, I happened to catch the last half of the
song.  Have to say: it rocks.

Couldn't help but air-drum.  Dunno what my co-workers might think seeing my
arms flailing around in a parked car, but who gives a shite.  There's
nothing like playing along with every thunderous tom-fill and ride-pattern.

And to be honest, before hearing the tune today, I was less excited by a
live album than a new studio release.  But my tune has changed!   So to

>.mp3's anyone?

Dennis Pupello II
Internet mail:
WWW personal: http:/
Work e-mail:
WWW govt:
ICQ# 308016  WWW:
IRC: #quake, #deathmatch, #florida: YyzSinned
352-544-5435 x126   Work Work Work -- Mel Brooks


From: Grand Designs 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:55:59 -0700
Subject: only immortal for a limited time

>  [ Hey I had tinker toys, lincoln logs, a lite brite, shrinky dinks,
>    a thingmaker 2, weeble wobbles, and LOTS of legos. Have I dated
>    myself yet? :-)                                             : rush-mgr ]

Hey. You forgot those (brightly colored) pickup sticks and that "neat-o"
etch-O-Sketch thingy.

   [ I never had an etch-a-sketch or pick-up stix. But I did have a thingmaker
     2!                                                            : rush-mgr ]

Excuse me while put my false in a glass by the bed.


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


From: Alex Smith 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 23:23:00 -0700
Subject: trent reznor and other fun stuff

> one name: Norman Greenbaum.  Another:  Trent Reznor.  Another: Tony
> Iommi.  Another:  Randy Rhoads.  Sorry, but rock is FILLED with
> distortion on studio albums.

Trent Reznor doesn't play the guitar or anything else except keys as far as
I know.... Adrian Belew is the one playing those crazy distorted guitars in
Nine Inch Nails (at least in _The Downward Spiral_). Sorry to rock the boat

Anyone else have or heard of the Metallica video "Cliff 'Em All?" I got it
today and it's really cool.

The girl I like comes back to school from the East next week.... AHHH....
gotta love that silly teenage romance.

Alex Smith


From: "The Lanums" 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:05:58 -0700
Subject: KISW

I found out my that my wife did email them earlier today.  They played =
the reunion of Black Sabbath as their "test drive" song tonight.  It was =
OK, but...  Don't understand the problem, they played a lot during and =
for a long time after the T4E tour.  =20

Kevin Lanum


From: "Jim+Sibel" 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 11:35:19 +0200
Subject: What a Concept

To all the RUSH fans,

I am still a fairly new member to the list.  In fact, I never knew =
anything like this was possible.  I have been a RUSH fanATIC for over 18 =
yrs (I'm 30) now.  I have all their recordings in record, cassette and =
CD.  To me RUSH is more than just a "favorite" group, it's like a =
parallel religion.  Although personal convictions associated with the =
traditional religions aside, RUSH has inspired me throughout my life.  I =
know there are people out there who feel the same (heck, I may be =
preaching to the choir).  I can't explain it, the mysticism is evident =
in every song.  My wife tends to think I go a little overboard with RUSH =
memorabilia, so know it's all confined into my computer room (sort of =
like a sanctuary).  There is something that I would love to share with =
the other members of the list but especially RUSH (that'll never happen) =
is an artwork that I painted in 1988.  It depicts a dream of sorts =
combining the album covers of (Hemispheres, Signals, Grace Under =
Pressure, Moving Pictures and of course Hold Your Fire (their latest =
masterpiece of the time).  It's approximately 2' x 3' and its in my =
hallway.  I wonder if it could be digitally reproduced?  A final note, =
RUSH as mentioned before, has been a part of me for approximately 18 =
yrs.  For instance, "After Image" meant sooooooo much to me when my =
father suddenly passed away in 1991.  I vividly remember playing the =
song continuously throughout the day to help me release some of the =
emotions and cry.  I found much comfort in that.  That is one of the =
hundreds of instances in my life which RUSH has been a key player.  If =
there are others like me that find similar comfort (not just liking or =
loving the group) you can contact me off line to share similar stories =
( . =20

For now, I am happy to have found an outlet to share similar thoughts =
regarding RUSH which I never thought existed. =20

Final note, my condolences to the Peart family.=20

If we need too much attention it gets hard to overrule
So often fragile power turns to scorn and ridicule
Sometimes our big splashes
Are just ripples in the pool...=20

(I hope the lyrics are right it was from my "Archives" in the head)

Jim    =20


From: Shane Cargill 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 17:17:56 +0800
Subject: Greatings from La Villa Strangiato!

G'Day Rush Fans!

This is my inaugural posting to TNMS. I have been a Rush fan for many years
now, but only recently found out about this fantastic digest. After getting
a feel for the postings for a while, I thought I'd add my 2c worth.

I say greatings from La Villa Strangiato, because thats exactly what this
"Weird City" is. Picture this -

Rush CD's in music stores - few and far between.
Rush T-shirts - non -existant
Rush Videos - good luck!
Rush posters - yeah nice try
Rush Misc. Merchandise - forget it!!!

Sorry if this sort of scenario would give you nightmares, but I live it!

But I think the worst thing is something that you guys complain a lot about
too. Most TNMS digests have had at least one "The local radio station only
plays TS, TSOR and a couple of other oldies". Wanna know what the local
radio stations say here when I ask them to play some Rush? "Rush? Who are
they?" Hrmmpph.

So if you think your city's radio stations are giving you a raw Rush
deal.....ha! Try living here! that I've had my little whinge, I'd better say that living here
in Perth, Australia isn't so bad (appart from that fact that the chances of
Rush  ever playing here is ZERO).

While I'm at it, this is also a Test For Echo for other Aussie Rush fans. I
have only noticed one other Aussie post of late (G'Day Billy Oz). 

For rest of you wanting to expand your HORIZONS down here, I thought I'd
recommend a couple of Aussie bands that you might like to check out.
Hoodoo Gurus - My fav Aussie band (and 2nd overall to Rush). Check out their
best of album "Electric Soup"
Spy vs Spy - A band that is very underrated here..great sound and lyrics.
Best of album is "The Spy File"

Enough babbling from this Aussie for one posting. Looking forward to DS in
November. I probably wont be able to get my hands on a copy until a little
while after the US release date, so if you wouldn't mind, please don't post
any reviews or analysis of DS until after I have a copy. (Oh look out the
window....a flying pig ;-) ) 

Cheers. BlueBro.

Shane Cargill

AFL Footy Tipping Page -


From: GianFranco Fiocco 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 19:00:51 -0500
Subject: Rush midis from sheet music.

Hi you all, I read people asking for good Rush midis written from real
sheet music. I wrote 80% of my midis note by note from that source so
the notes are right, (don't have too much complains). Check them out at
my site:

Email me for any comment, request or correction.
Thanks a lot.
GianFranco Fiocco
Telf: (51-1) 275-1273
Lima, Peru.


From: "Jim Wright" 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 13:14:24 +0100
Subject: Different Stages 3CD Test Pressing

Hi There,
Anyone interested in checking out what the Different Stages 3CD Atlantic
Test Pressing looks like along with detailed info and different track
listing please check out

Take Care.


From: Roberto Schiavon 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 13:11:00 -0300
Subject: weirdos,geeks,and freaks...

    You know, I kind of must say something about it. I'm a Rush fan and
I don't consider myself a weirdo like that guy stated one of these days
here. Maybe some of the readers out there would consider me a weirdo guy
just becouse I'm writing from Brazil but I really can't help them...
    Anyway, I live in a middletown here and I know some Rush fans, so I
can tell you: at least around here, the Rush fans are not as weird as
that guy said all Rush fans are.Of course, all the Rush fans care a
little more about how good the musicians are playing; all Rush fans have
a little more interest in lyrics that means something else than the "I
love you" stuff and I sure think that the Rush fans have a different
point of view about the world becouse the band that we love is different
and we get something from it.
    But I still don't think that, If I'm a weirdo in some aspect of my
life, It's becouse of my fave band.See you later. Bye!
PS: My other favourite bands:

   * Beatles
   * R.E.M
   * Yes
   * AC/DC
   * Deep Purple
   * Queen
   * Paul McCartney

PS2: If someone out there could really have any idea about it, please
tell me why Rush never toured in
South America, I would really like to know. I don't know If some of you
already know that but Brazil already is a place to tour for most of the
bands out there. Right here in Brazil I went to concerts from U2,
Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Yes,
AC/DC,etc... Eric Clapton played here , Jeff Beck is playing here this
month, Van Halen played here in 1983, Metallica plays here since 1989. I
know that our country is a little bit far and the cost of the production
is a little bit high, but they must know about the number of fans they
have here, so I keep asking myself why they don't came here to play at
least a couple of shows for us.Thank you all. Bye!
PS3: I know that listening "Different Stages" for the first time - in 24
days or something like that - will be one of the most awesome
experiences of my life. I'm trying to prepare myself for that although
it's helpless...


Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 11:46:29 -0500
Subject: The Top 10 Poll and DS release date

WARNING!!!!!  Rather lengthy post ahead!

Hey Rush Fans,
	I'm jumping on the bandwagon that was started by David Ayres, and
seconded by Chris Dodd.  IT IS interesting to hear what other Rush fans
are listening to.  Already I have heard a couple of names that have
raised my eyebrows, making think I have to go give them a listen.  Saga
and Talk Talk are the two I am talking about.  Remember those two from
the early MTV days.  I'm talking about the JJ Jackson/Martha Quinn days.
	Here is my Top 10.  Rush is not ranked, they are in a class of their
own, so to speak:

1.Yes - wonderful, beautiful music
2.Pink Floyd
3.Joe Satriani - one of the few rock guitarist better than Alex IMHO
4.King's X
5.Genesis - all of it, from early Gabriel to later Phil Collins
6.Dream Theatre
7.Sarah MacLachlan - wonderful voice, wonderful songwriter
8.Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
9.Nine Inch Nails - love Reznor's power of emotion
10.Duncan Sheik - Rupert Hine has produced both of his albums

Honorable Mention: Our Lady Peace, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Chantal
Kreviazuk, October Project, Soulhat, Queensryche, Extreme, Natalie
Imbruglia, Tragically Hip, Collective Soul, Dick Siegel, and the Dave
Matthews Band.

As for my other love Jazz:
The Rippingtons, Fourplay, Rick Braun (trumpet), Boney James (sax),
Peter White (guitar), Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nicholas Payton
(trumpet), 3rd Force (new age - jazz), Pat Metheny (guitar), Jeff Berlin
(bass), Victor Wooten (bass), Earthworks (Bill Bruford), Weather Report
(Jaco Pastorius), and Return to Forever (Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke).

I have one other question: Will the real release date please stand up?!

I know that release dates are subject to change, but this is
ridiculous.  It seems like all the press releases people post here agree
don't with each other.  I have asked my local record shops (still call
them that, old habits never die), but they don't have any info on DS
yet.  Are we to believe Atlantic Records (Nov. 10), or are we going to
have to go on call for two weeks?  Just wondering, because I remember
Presto showing up in stores two weeks early here in Detroit (if my
memory is correct).  If anybody can shed a little light on this, I, and
probably others, would appreciate it.

Take care.

Scott Fabirkiewicz

Three goals for Shanny on Banner Night!  Three Cups for Hockeytown?!


From: Erik DePoy 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 22:01:08 +0300
Subject: Permanent Waves Girl and Hugh Syme

Considering all this recent talk of the Different Stages tinker toy
art, it seems like a good time to bring up a subject related to Rush's
album designs. In particular, what was the significance of the girl on
the cover of Permanent Waves? I had the PeW cover art installed as
wallpaper on my computer (thanks Hanstones, visit his Syrinx
Award-winning page at http://www.2112/net/powerwindows) but
unfortunately my wife caught a glimpse of it. Of course I got an earful
and had to change to the Hold Your Fire art. This was a bit embarassing
of course, but it did get me wondering what Hugh was really up to when
he put together this (ahem) interesting cover.
	Hugh ought to put together a book of all his Rush-related art, sort of
like what Storm Thorgerson did with Mind Over Matter: The Images of Pink
Floyd. Such a book would contain all the designs that Hugh created,
along with preliminary sketches, alternate designs, tourbook graphics,
etc. Hugh could write up liner notes and present it as a coffee-table
book like Storm did. Perhaps it could be included as part of a future
Rush CD-ROM or DVD project. If anyone who knows Hugh is reading this,
ask him what he thinks. 

Erik DePoy
Lyubertsy, The Russian Federation


From: John Elliott 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 13:24:10 -0500
Subject: TSOR - Live

Ok Folks,

I want to offer a different opinion of the "Different Stages" version of
TSOR.  I AM DISAPPOINTED !!  The drums sound way too fast, Alex isn't
hitting all the notes on the appregio chorus and it just lacks the
overall power of the original.  Hell, even the Exit Stage Left version
of TSOR sounds better, and that one stinks too.  

I will be getting the CD just like everyone else out there, but I just
wanted to give you an honest opinion of that particular song.  I am a
bit peeved that Time and Motion didn't make it to the CD as well.  I was 
not fortunate enough to see it performed live. That is one of the best
Rush songs released in a long time.  It has that Hemispheres feel to it.

If anyone sincerely feels that alot of effort went into this Live CD, I
have to believe that you are sadly mistaken. I agree that mixing a live
album and putting it together can be a tedious process, but come on...I
could have picked a better version of TSOR to put on the CD.  

I hope the rest of the CD doesn't let me down.  I am not a big fan of
live albums. If Rush's live albums had anything to offer besides the way
they are presented in studio, then I would be happier.  I have some old
bootleg stuff that catches some unique changes and moments in the songs.
Those are priceless.

Alex's extended solo on Bravado is awesome.  I hope that is included on
this CD.  I know this post has been a bit harsh, but there are plenty of
you out there saying " Yeah ! He's right ...".  You know who you are.

I am definitely looking forward to Alex's new CD and Rush's new stuff
in....*Gulp* Y2K.

See ya


From: Ed Barnes 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 19:32:13 -0500
Subject: Rush games

> We used to play a game with Rush lyrics. I would "chat" 2,3 or 4 words =
> and a friend would name the song... this would be fun to do on a chat =
> window someplace on the TNMS web site...
> >...the melody

Several of my friends and I would play the same game on long drives.  "Willows 
in the breeze", "Let them eat cake", etc.  After firing one thier way I'd 
see them kinda drift off as their brain sort through hours of lyrics! :)  
Funny to see others playing the same game...  We'd often thow out an eay one, 
"Mean, mean pride" for those on the drive who weren't quite as dedicated fans.


Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 21:12:12 EDT
Subject: Bay Area DS listening party?

Fellow DS owners-in-waiting:
In spite of the tradition of Bay Area radio (i.e., no stations worth a damn
play any Rush at all, except for the occasional song on KSJO), I was wondering
if anyone has any plans to have a DS listening party anywhere in the Bay Area
on the 9th. (Don't get me started----the lack of Rush on the airwaves here is
pretty shameful).
Also, rush-mgr., do you (or anyone else, for that matter) know of any plans
for DS t-shirts, hats, etc. to be sold by the Backstage Club or any third



From: Eric Haswell 
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 23:17:07 -0600
Subject: Cover versions 

Hello all...

It is my pleasure to have been reading the NMS for several years on and
off, and I share your enthusiasm for the upcoming live album!! Oh, how I
CANNOT wait!! 

Cover versions of Rush: I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but
there is an absolutely hilarious cover of Fly By Night done by a group
called Sun City Girls. For those not familiar, SCG have been around close
to twenty years and have released innumerable tapes and vinyl. The style of
their latest releases is very much in an eastern vein, incorporating many
Indian and Asian influences. The FBN cover is on album that contains only
cover versions. Anyone else heard this?? It is quite obscure.
While perusing the latest issue of BW&BK here in Edmonton, I came across
this little tidbit:
"The forthcoming Greg Howe CD features Vitalij Kuprij on keyboards and
carries on in the neoclassical vein of Vitalij's debut solo effort which of
course was produced by and featured Howe. The record also features a
version of Rush's La Villa Strangiato".
I have never heard of either of these two fellows, anyone know what to
expect from this?

	Best wishes to all,

		Eric Haswell

In the CD player: Theatre of Tragedy's "Aegis"

"Who pours the chalice of blood for you?" -Dimmu Borgir


From: "Robert J. Murphy" 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 01:11:23 -0500
Subject: "Hey kids, do you like the rock&roll?"

Hey kids!

An active, observant mind caused David Ayers to write:

"As I sit here reading the TNMS with David Letterman in the background,
it occurs to me that in 15 years of watching the gap-toothed one on late
night TV, I have never heard Paul "I'm always happy to mention that I'm
a Canadian" Schaeffer and his band play Rush.  Not even once!!  Has
anyone ever heard them play or even MENTION Rush??  Was he kicked out of
Canada for refusing to play Rush??"

I've never wondered why Rolling Stone magazine doesn't feature Rush, BECAUSE
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE SUCKS!!!!!!!...ahem... but Letterman on the other
hand has been relatively open about trying out new bands or bands that
aren't household names. I don't know why Dave and Paul have never had Rush
on, but it's probably too late for that anyway. However, with Alex coming
out with a new album next year maybe there's a chance Alex might try to
promote a little harder next time and-... O'course it could be that Paul is
a jerk and Rush just won't work with him. Hmmm...

In other news... I don't usually engage in the wild speculation that
sometimes speckles the NMS, but about the alleged chances of another album
and Neil not writing lyrics and all; here's a thought: Pye Dubois. I'd buy
an album with him behind the pen! Why not?

Robert (feels red)


From: "Edward Guzik" 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 12:23:46 PDT
Subject: DS versions of SOR & 2112...

Greetings all:

Wow! Talk about breathing new life into the old classics. Hope TS and 
CTTH fare as well. Me thinks this will be one incredible record...



From: "Fred Kessler" 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 15:02:42 -0500
Subject: NEIL IS DEAD!!!!

I have a theory that neil is dead.  Actually, all three bandmembers may =
be dead for that matter.  My theory is confirmed by the fact that none =
of the tinkertoys on the cover of DS are wearing shoes!!  So there ya =
go!!  RIP Boys!!

Fred Kessler


From: "Anthony Melo" 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 18:54:17 +0000
Subject: Re: Album Premiere

I apoligize for the confusion sorrounding the radio station name I 
gave. I was writing the post very quickly, (I should proof read more 
often) and didn't realize it until afterwards! I'm in Toronto, and 
97.7 Hits FM is in St. Catherines, Ontario. They broadcast to 
Southern Ontario and have no website that I can find, and they claim 
to be playing the world premiere of "Different Stages" on the 4th of 
November at 10pm.

Mike "Mooseboy"


From: Peter Beshuk 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 19:05:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: DS questions

can anyone help with these questions?:

Does the Japanese version of DS have an additional song or does that song (I
forget which song it was) replace one of the ones on the US version.  I
suspect it's additional, so they didn't "fill" up the CD?

Is it possible to change the key of 2112, in the studio, to be "right"?

Is it just me, or will it be sort of funny if NASA blows up John Glenn?


(NASA statistician: "Let's see, a study of space travel's effect on the aging
process.  A sample size of 1 ought to be sufficient".)


From: "Rich Malitz" 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 18:27:57 PDT
Subject: Different Stages on the radio

I have been trying in vain for the last 5 days or so calling 2 radio 
stations here in Chicago, 97.9 and 103.5 to play 2112 instead of TSOR 
from the Different Stages single.  No such luck, even with a Rush day on 
Saturday Oct 17th, all we got was TSOR live(unless I was alseep when 
2112 came on).  I have tried Chicago area fans.  Oh well, I guess we 
wait until our premier on Nov 4th. 


Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 22:29:46 EDT
Subject: Chef special RUSH sighting

Did anyone else see this ? I'm watching it now, and it's some South Park
special "Behind the Menu" about Chef (south park) and one of the interviewed
people was a recording engineer named Rory Schuster. he was wearing a Rush
with- man shirt!!! anyhow, thought it was worth mentioning
"King Lerxst"


From: "Derek Watson" 
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 01:24:09 -0400
Subject: Spirit of Radio MP3

  Howdy folks.

  For those of you interested, I've got DS: Spirit of Radio up in MP3
format, with 2112 to follow.  The URL, if you choose to use it, is:


Derek Watson


From: (Keith Hoffman - Lord Sloth)
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 02:11:51 -0700

I have no shame, and I want to see all af you, (thats right, all 6000 of
you) hitting my band's webpage over the next few days, show the power of
the NMS!!!!

Trying to build a following and demand for new music is hard and I would
appreciate your help and openmindedness.

On the page we have sound clips, bios and pics, as well as other goodies,
such as email and snail mail (with form) lists that you can join. If you
like the sounds and want to make your voice heard, send us an email and
let us know! and spread the word...

Hopefully there are enough openminded people out there to check out
something new (that does not sound like rush)... most musicians seem to
like rush whether or not they try to sound like them.

I hope to see a bunch of NMS'rs hitting the webpage and sending emails!



Keith formerly known as "LORD SLOTH"  keith hoffman all sites  keith
"Insert RUSH/Peart lyrics here"  
RUSH page:
HOMEPAGE (with links to my other pages):
KontrolFreQ page:


From: (Keith Hoffman - Lord Sloth)
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 02:22:28 -0700

Maybe some of you who listen to alternative radio stations have heard the
new song by DIAL-7 called "All I want"... if not it is on an album called
NEVER ENOUGH TIME on Warner Bros. records, that album comes out THIS

Why am I telling you this?  If you pay attention to the music in the
chorus (ignore the vocals if you can) you may hear something out of
TEMPLES OF SYRINX. I noticed about 6 months or so ago when I was hanging
out in the studio when they were adding some tracks to an earlier version
of the song, and there were no vocals in the mix at the time, I started
singing temples of syrinx along with it, and the engineer (a drummer of
course) jumped in and started singing along. The guys in DIAL-7 dont
listen to rush, so it was a cooincidence (there are only so many ways you
can arrange chords in a progression). So dont take it as a copyright
infringement, as it is not even exactly the same, it just reminded me of

DIAL-7 is a kicken GROOVECORE band, with an intersting mix, I recomend
checking them out. (PIMP ROCK)

I also recomend Zebrahead, for those of you who like PIMP ROCK!

(yes this is a refresher of my OC CALI PIMPROCK IN THE HOUSE post a few
weeks ago!)

PIMP ROCK = bands who mix hip hop and rap and funk with some sort of
rock, ie. Rage Against The Machine, 311, KoRn, Limp Bizkit etc..., except
DIAL-7 is groovier, and Zebrahead is poppier, ala Offspring meets pimp

enjoy, and check out the Kontrol FreQ website also!

Keith formerly known as "LORD SLOTH"  keith hoffman all sites  keith
"Insert RUSH/Peart lyrics here"  
RUSH page:
HOMEPAGE (with links to my other pages):
KontrolFreQ page:


From: "Anderson, Chris " 
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 08:48:52 -0400
Subject: My Top Ten

I haven't put my top ten up in a while.....

1.  Rush AND U2  (what more can be said)
2.  Pearl Jam (Ed Vedder is cool)
3.  Dream Theater (progressive metal at its heaviest and coolest)
4.  REM (classic)
5.  The Lemonheads (another classic)
6.  Radiohead (a modern fav)
7.  Led Zeppelin (cool)
8.  The Cure (great college music)
9.  Mighty Mighty Bosstones (really cool)
10.  90's and mid-70's King Crimson


From: Jose Ramos 
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 10:22:07 -0400
Subject: lousy radio

Hey Rushheads,

This is in reply to Tracy Smith who says there is no rush on the radio in
Southern Cal.  It's the same in New York City.  The radio here stinks.  Most
of it is top forty.  And if you can believe this, the top radio station
overall here is a spanish station playing salsa and merengue.  I can count
on one hand the number of times i have heard Rush on the radio in NYC in the
last few years.  Maybe it's a big city thing, but I think that smaller,
local radio stations play Rush a whole lot more than big city stations.

We have three rock stations in NYC: 92.3 K-Rock, which, by the way, is
Howard Stern's flagship station.  They play alternative rock mostly.  Then
there is 102.7 WNEW, which has been in NY for over 20 years.  They are the
best station because they mix classic rock and new stuff.  They are also the
only ones who play Rush.  Finally there is 104.3 Classic Q.  This station is
only classic rock and they suck!  I swear they play Peter Frampton once
every two hours.  What's that song, "Show me the way?"  They play it over
and over.  

Sorry to bitch so much but in order to hear any Rush at all, I have to pop
in a tape or CD.



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