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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2141


                  Tuesday, 17 Nov 1998

Today's Topics:
                         Fancast
                     Fan Cast Live !
                        FINGER...
   Thoughts on DS...what happened on the chat/fancast?
     re: funny overdub in Cinderella Man????????????
               The Turtle from Counterparts
            Rush, Wal Mart, George Washington
                  The three tortoises...
Bibblings & Scribblings revisited or The state of "little rock" in Arkansas
                  UK release - IMPORTANT
                       post to TNMS
                         DS.....
                          shtuff
                       My Thoughts
                   Fountain of Lamneth
                        packaging
                 UK Release Date Changed
           Geddy had a Cold at Hammersmith '78!
     Censorship, Inalienable Rights, etc., [yawn...]
    11/13/98 - The National Midnight Star #2138 (fwd)
                Re: Geddy's Taste in Beer
                    Tinker Toy Tid-Bit
                   DS delayed in europe
                       Enhanced CD
                   Re: setlist bitches
                     Hugh Syme book?
                    DS - Great Price!
                      Showbiz Today
                         rush-mgr
                          (none)
                 Chat Session Highlights
                          Videos
            Guitar Sounds on Different Stages
    Geddy's albums, a bargain and the Rush ManagerESS
          re: Problem with Clusterworks Program
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From: WHO6489@aol.com
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 20:39:15 EST
Subject: Fancast

Hi Everybody (Hi Dr. Nick),
     Well, I just got done watching the Fancast. Did anybody else have sound
problems? The only person I could understand was Alex. Geddy & Jo Robinson
(sic) were VERY muffled. There was also no replay! They kept saying 7:30 when
in fact it started at 7:00! So I missed the first 15 minutes or so! It would
have been pretty good if it was better sounding!
     I'm done,
        Keith

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From: Martin Urionaguena 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 22:42:21 -0300
Subject: Fan Cast Live !

I loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved Alex jumping over Geddy and kissing him on
Real Video !!!
Of course: I wanted more questions!!!!
But... It was better than nothing !!

See ya'

 ---------
"Rush. They must have been one hell of a band."
(2112 Tourbook)
                    
Martin Urionaguena
Buenos Aires
Argentina

urionaguena@sminter.com.ar  

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From: Roberto Schiavon 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:55:24 -0200
Subject: FINGER...

    That comment I wrote about giving a finger to see a Rush concert was
a little bit strong. When I wrote it I was just a little bit drunk...i
would not give a finger for it, becouse I love to play my drums and I
don't have all that paraphernalia that Def Leppard bought to their
drummer. But I'll try to travel to Canada or U.S.A. to see a Rush
concert, if my worst nightmare doesn't come true: the end of the band or
the end of tours.
                                  Bye!

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From: "Terry Hoffer" 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 18:14:38 PST
Subject: Thoughts on DS...what happened on the chat/fancast?

Hello there!

I havent posted for months but with a new live album the time is right. 
I must say the majority of the recordings are outstanding...they really 
put the listener right there! 
The guitar and bass are right on. Drums a little soft with Neil's new 
grip but as noted they seem to blend into each song really well. 
My favs are:
Natural Science: nice fast tempo awesome sound, quintessential Rush!
I really like the change into the heavier sound after Hyperspace.
Bravado/Resist: These ballads are just beautiful. I especially like the 
2nd verse of resist where Ged sings in a higher key, pure emotion here. 
Resist should have been a single on mainstream rock, IMHO it could have 
cracked the top 40 chart. 
2112: This goes without saying. I like the ATWAS higher key but hey, 
Geddy is in his 40's and still able to hit high notes which is amazing 
Discovery solo rocks. Geds improv on the high parts comes off fine and 
it doesnt compromise the way it was orignally written.
LTTA/RTB: better than the studio, longer and meatier as they say. How 
about geddy's bass line at the end before Neil's drum piece. Cool!
CTTH: Nice jams at the end, and great to hear a different take on it.
Driven: Gotta like the reverbs during Ged's solo. Wish it was longer.
YYZ/Cygnus Teaser: Great song to end the performance with! 
The H. Odeon disk: A notch above ATWAS excepting By-Tor and Working Man 
from ATWAS. Cygnus X-I is amazingly good when it's cranked high!

Decent performances for the rest of the songs except for (maybe) Show 
don't Tell. It's lacking a bit from the studio version-> SDT is too top 
heavy IMHO and lacks balance but it's still cool to have it live.
Freewill, Limelight TS TSOR are showing their age but come off OK. 
Freewill is a bit slow. Part of the 2001 intro is cutoff, oh well ;-)

Just a couple of things that could have been included or improved on:

Packaging: the disks are hard to get out and could be scratched easily
Song Selection: How about taking out TS/Freewill for Xanadu/Hemispheres 
Prelude-> maybe we will get some more live "unreleased" performances if 
the band decides to retire/not tour again. The fact that we got the H. 
Odeon disk indicates this IMHO. 

Can anyone post any relevant info on what Ged/Alex said during the chat 
Sun. night? 

Thank you...Goodnight!

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From: "Anderson, Chris " 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:15:18 -0500
Subject: re: funny overdub in Cinderella Man????????????

Yeah, that overdub (or whatever) is really, really funny
on Cinderella Man!!!!!  I thought the dub said "Might fine keep!!!!"

Mighty fine keep, i suppose, would be something a girl might say if
she saw a guy she liked (the dub sounded terribly
girlish to me)  You now, kind of like a fisherman
who see a fish he/she thinks is a kep and says :"mighty fine keep."
>....no humor was really intended  : )

ANYWAY, I tell you one thing, this CD ser is VERY fun to listen
to!!  I was driving around Baltimore's I-695 just having a field
day blasting "Roll The Bones" or "Driven" while weaving 
around cars, trying to pass other cars.  

I love this band called Rush.

Chris A.

"Why are we here?  'Cause we're here!"

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From: "Anderson, Chris " 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:20:43 -0500
Subject: The Turtle from Counterparts

Well, I saw where some people were trying to
dicipher the meaning of the tinker toys on the
album cover.....Well, how about something
more simple.  Take a look at the inside of the
booklet, with all the Rush memorabilia.  Notice
how a turtle is placed along the chronologically
ordered layout of Rush albums, tickets, passes,
awards, etc.  This turtle must represent the slow
"procession" of Rush into rock history books and
into decent stardom...and probably the development
of an extremely firm bond between Geddy, Alex,
and Neil and their music....among other things.  

That's definitely low-hanging
fruit compared to the figuring of the EXACT meaning of the
tinker toys!

Chris A.

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From: rinckster@webtv.net (The Rinckster)
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 00:23:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rush, Wal Mart, George Washington

Here's a little nugget for ya:  WalMart jewel cases--5 pack, 3 bucks.

Hook it up.

serenity  courage  wisdom  just for today

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From: Cary Hall 
Date: 	Mon, 16 Nov 1998 02:16:30 -0500
Subject: The three tortoises...

Anyone else catch that in the memorabilia collage?  The three tortoises
representing the boys' nice steady pace in making it this far, as
opposed to the hare attitude of most bands?

 -
Cary Hall
ICQ# 6956498

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From: Dulciman@aol.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 02:26:12 EST
Subject: Bibblings & Scribblings revisited or The state of "little rock" ...

Hello fellow fans,

Extremely long time no post.  Last time I think I caused the controversy over
whether you're a fan because you yelled "Hey!" during Overture/Syrinx.  I'm
not back to cause controversy, but if it happens, oh well. So anyway hi.  Will
go on record and agree with most of you that DS is the best Rush live release
by no stretch of the imagination.  What could only make it better for me is if
my computer at home or work could play the Clusterworks thingy, but oh well.
A new fangled computer for home will be forthcoming next year probably, so
hopefully....  

Also wanted to remind many of you how fortunate you are that you have radio
stations in your area that play Rush and/or played the radio premiere, etc.
Here in Little Rock, AR, there's only one station that actually plays Rush
(105.1 FM - Little Rock/Conway), which I hear every now & then.  After the
supposed first single (SOR) was playing on radio stations near you, I emailed
the radio station about it and also asked if they'd be playing the radio
premiere on Nov. 4th.  Response came back saying they'd been playing (SOR).
Bullshit.  I listened to that station all night for about a week.  Not one
single mention of the new release.  Response also said that they would not be
airing the premiere but would instead air a two-hour special focusing on the
new live albums by Rush, Aerosmith & Sabbath.  Hmpf.
I ended up listening to the radio premiere via Real Audio from 107.1 in
Memphis, TN.  I emailed my local radio station and blasted them for their lack
of Rush and not playing the premiere.  I still tuned in and never heard any
new Rush till this past Saturday night, the 14th, when they aired that 2 hour
special!  Well I've had DS since release day, the 10th, thank you very much!!!
What dumbasses!!!!  In my email, I reminded them that if Rush will probably
never ever play in Little Rock again because of the lack of radio support.
This town lives up to its name: little rock.  For there is very little rock in
this town.  So this 2 hour special airs Saturday night, and the Rush segment
lasts about 30 minutes.  It wasn't taken from the radio premiere that Jo
Robinson or whatever her name did, it's Geddy only quotes.  Stuff that sounds
similar to what I read in the Liner Notes article on the tnms website.  They
played TS, SOR, Limelight & CTTH.  Wow, they really went out on a limb didn't
they?  

I'm furious.  Now you know why when I drove 6 hours to St. Louis and saw Rush
in the Kiel Center on Halloween night in '96 for T4E.  Saw them later in
Houston with my nephews.  Things haven't been the same since I moved to LR
from Houston in '94.  

Alas, it still tickles me to hear the hammered dulcimer in Resist on DS.  It's
a sample I know but I don't care.  It's cool to say there's any kind of
dulcimer on a Rush recording.  You may remember that I play the fretted
dulcimer and was the '92 National Champ. :)  Not to toot my horn.   

One more thing: Has anyone ever mentioned the loud sound of the loon that you
hear during 'Time & Motion' segment of Neil's drum video?  I wonder why?
Hmm....

Later taters,
Scott

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From: "PAUL SMITH" 
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 10:36:00 GMT0BST
Subject: UK release - IMPORTANT

I have just rung Atlantic in London, and the release has indeed been 
put back to 23 November. Bastards

Paul

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From: Big Jim 
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:57:53 -0700
Subject: post to TNMS

nickb@teleport.com said in TNMS #2138:

"$18.88 at Fry's Electronics in Wilsonville Oregon wasn't a
bad deal at all, though I'm loathe to patronize such a
civil-rights abusing corporation.  Anyone that's been there 
knows what I mean:  their workers who want to search your
receipt and merchandise as you leave the store.  Under the
Uniform Commercial Code of the USA, merchandise becomes the
personal property of the customer at the moment of sale, not
upon leaving the store's property.  Fry's has *no* right to
inspect your personal property, and their tactic of asking
to do so when you leave their store amounts to a violation 
of your right to a protection from unreasonable search. 
Next time you're at Fry's you can refuse to show them your
receipt and merchandise.  You can sue them for false arrest
if they detain you without reasonable cause."

Give me a big break, Nick, and find something more useful to rant
about!  I'm a member of Costco here in Colorado, and they do the same
thing as you leave the store.  Sit down, stop acting like a leftist
lawyer, and let me tell you why stores do this: 1) Loss prevention --
people I know who work at this Costco store have told me many stories of
customers who tried to take merchandise out who had NOT converted it to
"personal property" by paying for it; 2) Over- & Under-charging for
merchandise (this has happened to me, when the cashier thought an item
did not scan when it actually did, and I was double-charged); and,
though a rare occurrence, 3) making sure you didn't grab someone else's
cart by mistake.

Abusing civil rights -- HUMBUG!  Now, if they asked you to take a mark
on your right hand or forehead in order to shop there...that would be
something to get irate about!

Big Jim

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From: "Keith Reedy" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 09:02:00 -0500
Subject: DS.....

OK.....What do the tinker toys mean?

At first thought: The 3 CDs, two recent and one past.  But the colored dots
on the back don't match the positioning of the toys on the front.  Second
thought: Neil is Yellow, alone and writing lyrics.  The other two are
writing the music?  Then I see the dedication and I thought, Neil is Yellow
piece and alone.  His wife and Daughter are now together in heaven?  Also
the inside picture where the tinker toy looks like it is reaching up into
the heavens?

Any thoughts or ideas?
I also am aware, that the arrangement of the toys has no meaning.....but I
like to believe otherwise.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Keith Reedy

No quotes here!
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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From: Travis.L.Hayden@ucm.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 08:56:32 -0600
Subject: shtuff

ThanX to the rush-mgr for putting the rush
videos back up.  I was wondering if u will be
putting up other videos?  I see that the atlantic
site has different videos on their site, except 
they are more like slide shows and cant be 
saved.

   [ If I ever get other videos on tape, I will put them up. What is on the
     NMS site is all I have on tape from the newer videos (I have TTCE &
     Chronicles and still need to do the rest from those)        : rush-mgr ]

Additionally, will ne site have the fancast
viewable online?  What about it being transcribed?
I missed some of the interview ;-(

Oh, and thanx to all for asking good questions (overall)
to the band.  Atleast the ppl on the net has some
knowledge of the band and dont ask typical dumb
questions.

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From: "Michael P. Kane, P.E." 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 09:33:08 -0600
Subject: My Thoughts

Well, DS finally arrived via mail-order today.  Could I possibly be the 
LAST one to receive it?  :-)

I'm about 1/2 way through the Hammersmith disc.  It's awesome.  I especially 
enjoy the "European" recordings (i.e., this, and Side 2 on ESL), as their 
crowds are more respectful of the band.  They don't seem to have the same 
need to "be heard" during those quieter parts of certain pieces as we do in 
North America.  

I'll pace myself for the other two discs, as I have to get something done at 
work today.

I think the packaging is way cool.  When I heard the horror stories of disc 3 
"falling-out," I didn't envision it having its own sleeve.  Hey, works for 
me.  I'm not sure if I'll perform surgery on it to fit it in one of those 
"CHRONICLES"-like multi-disc cases.

I really like the overhead shot of Neil amidst his set-up on the fold-out; 
it's an overwhelming, formidable set-up (he's just awesome).  The one picture 
which brought a smile to my face is the one of Alex standing with his hand 
on the wing of a Cessna 152.  I'm a pilot, so it seems fitting that the 
guitarist in my favorite band is also an aviator.  I wonder if that was his 
plane or a rental?  I've flown a 152 myself; it's a tiny 2-seater, but has 
good climb performance.  Not much hauling ability though.

Anyway, I'm glad DS is here.  It's an extremely tasteful presentation of a 
25-year history.  Everyone who receives e-mail from me in the next few weeks 
will be encouraged to pick one up (see below).

By the way, if anyone knows how I can get one of those "Total Access" passes 
for the next tour, please let me know.  I'd love to be able to tune a guitar 
or two for Alex and exchange hangar stories!  MK

Go buy DIFFERENT STAGES, the latest 3-cd retrospective of live recordings by 
Canada's premiere rock trio, Rush, celebrating their 25th year as a band.
Visit:  http://syrinx.yyz.com/ for more info.

"Put your message in a modem, and throw it in the cyber-sea. . ."

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From: BRAD  WEBB 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 08:46:10 -0700
Subject: Fountain of Lamneth

Jose Ramos wrote:

<<"The Fountain of Lamneth," IMHO is the best concept side Rush has
ever done>>

Couldn't agree with you more Jose!  The Fountain of Lamneth is the
epitome of what Rush was back in the 70's.  The music arrangement is
every bit as good as 2112 (better, in my opinion) and the lyrical
arrangement is the best of early Rush.  I deeply regret that we don't have
a copy of this song played live at the Hammersmith.  
Funny how Caress of Steel didn't sell well in stores but it is definitely
Rush's best album of the 1970's.  

Brad 

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From: Jose Ramos 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:53:31 -0500
Subject: packaging

Hey Rushheads,

I, for one, really like the packaging.  I understand that people have their
preferences and don't blame anyone for criticizing.  My CD rack holds CD's
in the upright position.  The only other cardboard CD that I own is Pearl
Jam's Vitology, which I bought for my wife one year.  Vitology is taller
than jewel case CD's, so it can't even fit in my CD case.  What a pain in
the ass it is.  Different Stages, however, is the same height as jewel
cases, so there is no problem fitting it in my CD holder!   :o)

Additionally, I had no idea that the third disk was loose when I first
opened the package and IT DID NOT FALL OUT ON ME!!!!!!!  All those people
that complain about the disk falling out,  "Are you for real?"

Flame on!
Max

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From: "Greg Sanderson" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 09:56:37 PST
Subject: UK Release Date Changed

Dear All,

As was mentioned in an earlier issue, I can now confirm after 
telephoning EastWest Records that the release date for DS has been 
officially pushed back to Monday November 23rd 1998.  I personally have 
decided to order the US version through a UK mail order company, which 
will hopefully arrive by post tomorrow (17th).

No reason was given by EastWest for this further delay.

Rolling Bones,

Greg Sanderson

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From: nickb@teleport.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:05:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Geddy had a Cold at Hammersmith '78!

> From: "Anderson, Chris " 
> Subject: Geddy's Voice at Hammermsith/AFWTK - 1978

[Geddy sounds funny...]

Maybe this should be a FAQ entry?

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From: nickb@teleport.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:13:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Censorship, Inalienable Rights, etc., [yawn...]

> From: "Eric J Staley" 
> 
> jeffvoss@webtv.net wrote:
> 
> [...] But, your Constitution does NOT say that
[...]
> P.S.S.  Don't even get me started on the right to bear arms!

And the Canadian Constitution says what, exactly, about this?
Neil's apparently in favor of even *stricter* gun control laws
(merely offered as potential liberal-bashing fodder), in case
it's of interest to you.

I have very hard evidence that George Washington was a proud 
liberal.

Private or public replies welcome, though rush-mgr can 
certainly exercise his or her right to censor any and all 
public ones...

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From: nickb@teleport.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:17:03 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11/13/98 - The National Midnight Star #2138 (fwd)

> From: Tom Beaudoin 
> Subject: AFTK 4:22
> 
> I was intrigued by the recent suggestion in TNMS that Geddy sneezes 
> around 4:22-4:23 on AFTK on the 3rd disk of DS.  I don't think it is a 
> sneeze, though: it sounds like a fuzzy cymbal hit.  I'm curious as to 
> what others think.  

I'm torn, but yes, it does ostensibly sound like a sneeze.
As has been pointed out, he did have a cold...

> And why would Geddy sneeze into the microphone?  

Because it's there?  To be funny?  He was getting ready to
start singing again and was near enough to the microphone
that it picked it up?

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From: nickb@teleport.com
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:23:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Geddy's Taste in Beer

> From: Hanstones@aol.com
> Subject: Ice Cold Beer
> 
> Did you fellow beer afficianado's notice what Ged says in "Working
> Man":
> "When I get home at 5 oclock and take myself out a Watney's Red Barrel" -

Yes, indeed I did.  And for a Canadian post-hippie in 1978, this 
shows Geddy had at least *some* taste in beer.  There weren't
all that many good beers around back then.  CAMRA members can
feel free to correct me, the ignorant American, as needed, of 
course.

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From: "James Jay Jordan" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:07:07 -0500
Subject: Tinker Toy Tid-Bit

Tinker this if you will.


>From: "The Clayton's" 
>Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 19:20:17 -0600
>Subject: Tinker Toys

>I have to agree with whoever said the tinker toys >have many meanings to
>the cd:

>Jackie and Selena page, probably Neil, Jackie and >Selena.


If you look really close you will notice four (4) not three (3) tinker toys
on the dedication fold.  The forth (4th) being below the others, green in
color.  This was probably used in every application during the design phase.
All Syme does is crop off what is not needed at any given point.  Which is
why you may see three (3) everywhere else except the dedication fold.

"I am tinkered out toy talker coming to you from Winky Wankenville von
Toytown das boaty und ..... I know, I know, Shut up already." !!!!!

Be well all :-]

~-------------------------------~
         James Jordan
     Web Design Coordinator
SIS - Sprintout Internet Services
     Providence, RI 02903
   http://www.sprintout.com
~-------------------------------~

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From: "Stuart Borland" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 19:42:46 -0000
Subject: DS delayed in europe

Hi all my counterparts

Does anyone know what the hell is going on at Atlantic?  DS was to be
released in the UK today and our friends at Atlantic have decided to delay
the release by one week!

On another note, I thought the fancast was great with both audio and video
better quality than I expected.

BFN

Stu from Glasgow

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From: Dan Bruss 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 13:54:50 -0600
Subject: Enhanced CD

>From: "Frank Sewald" 
>Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 19:34:56 -0600
>Subject: Enhanced CD No Go?
>
>Hi All,
>
>Has anyone had any luck with the Enhanced CD portion of the new album.
>
>No matter what disc I put into my computer, it only comes up as an audio CD.
>
>Other than that, it is an incredible album. I'm quite pleased with the
>results, and I wish I could find a poster-sized image of the back of the
>Hammersmith CD holder.
>
> Frank S

Hi Frank...

I've had the same trouble with Disc 1...only audio shows up on my computer.
 I guess I was just chalking it up to having an older CD-ROM which is not
able to read a "multi-session" CD properly.

I have a newer ROM at work, I guess I should try it there, but I don't have
a sound card there...oh well.

 ----------------------------------
Dan-O

"The point of a journey
  is not to arrive."  - Neil Peart
 ----------------------------------

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From: Fred Pinto 
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 22:36:08 -0800
Subject: Re: setlist bitches

>From: brianmaybe@loop.com
>Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 22:36:08 -0800
>Subject: Re: setlist bitches

>>From: Fred Pinto 
>>...and i maintain that this album would be a great
>>deal better if the track listing included songs that have yet to appear
>>on a live album that were played over the last four tours such as the
>>pass, vital signs, prelude, double agent, war paint, scars, limbo,
>>virtuality, time and motion, half the world, where's my thing, ghost of a
>>chance, cold fire, show don't tell, analog kid, or
>>super-fuckin'-conductor, instead of songs that have already appeared on a
>>live album (or two) like tom sawyer, spirit of radio, freewill, the
>>trees, or closer to the heart.  wait a second, i forgot that because of...

>Uh, you listed 14 songs that you think should have been in place of 5...
>Are you honestly complaining that your 33 song, triple live Rush CD has a
>whopping 5 songs that you'd prefer were not on there?  Or that it should
>have been FOUR CD's?  Please...

i listed 14 songs separated by commas and by the word "OR".  which means 
any of the songs on the longer first list could replace any of the songs 
on the shorter second list.  it does not mean that ALL of them HAVE to be 
included.  it's difficult to insult someone's intelligence when you do it 
ignorantly.  and "no, i'm not complaining" again.  i was merely 
responding to the guy who asked "where are the people who bitched about 
the set list".  i was letting him (and any other NMSer's who wondered) 
know that some of us are still here and that we still believe there was 
room to improve the set list.

>Would you really rather have a jumbled collection of live versions of
>whatever song there hasn't yet been a live version of, or something that is
>at least mostly representative of a real Rush concert?  (or even TWO Rush
>concerts!)  

if it means getting the more obscure live songs that were played, then 
YES!  the video will take care of the real rush concert experience.

>To me, that's exactly what I hated about ESL, and that I'm so
>glad they didn't do on this one!  

"to you?"  oh i see.  you can have your opinion, but mine isn't valid 
because it's different.  does it surprise you to know that i have 
received a few emails in support of my invalid opinion?

>Even though there are a few songs
>missing, and a few added in from the Counterparts Tour, at least you can
>listen to these discs and feel like you've just listened to a real concert.

that's because the production is better.  the tracks were still taken 
from different shows, the order was switched, and different tours were 
included.  the transitions between the songs is improved on DS because 
production technology has advanced.  a producer can take two songs 
recorded at different shows on different tours and make them sound like 
they were played back-to-back.  but you seem to think it would be 
impossible to do the same thing with the other songs i listed that were 
recorded on the past 4 tours.  do you really think that a producer 
wouldn't be able to make the other songs sound like a real concert?

>Anyone who saw the TfE Tour (and probably most on this list did) should
>absolutely love DS! (and from most of the NMS posts, most of us do!)  Every
>time I've heard it since Tuesday, it brings me back to being at that show,
>in a way that very few live albums have!  

i'm glad for you.  and i never said i didn't like the album.  i simply 
said that it would be a great deal better if it included different tracks 
(my opinion, obviously not yours).  i would prefer a live album that 
would "bring me back" to being at a few different shows (instead of one). 
 excuse me for having an opinion that is not yours.

>And considering it cost me LESS
>than many new single CD's cost, it's amazing that you get a 'free' 3rd CD!
>I'd have paid $20 and been very happy if I'd found a bootleg of that
>Hammersmith show alone that sounded that good!
>There's just no pleasin' some people...

did i say i wasn't pleased?  no.  i merely voiced an opinion that is 
different than yours and different from the guy who asked about the 
people who bitched about the set list.  and you feel the need to slam me 
because of it.  and the guy who asked where are the set list 
bitches(ryan/stumpy) sent me a private email that was so vulgar and ill, 
i had to laugh.  he wrote a novel telling me what a fucking asshole i 
was, and then told me i needed to get a life.  i urge you both to look 
again at my post.  you'll see that the word "OR" separates both lists of 
songs.  you'll also see that to someone with a different opinion, the 
point i made is valid.  and please, keep in mind that i was merely 
responding to the guy who asked the question "where are all the people 
who bitched about the set list?"  i did not instigate the discussion.  i 
was willing to leave it alone.  we beat it to death before the live 
album, because people like you thought it was sac-religious to think that 
rush could do wrong.  i merely answered the moronic question, "where are 
all those people who were bitching about the set list?"

>Peace!
>Steve

>PS And don't get me started on the "packaging" whiners!

peace be with you, as well.  but the "packaging" whiners are entitled to 
their opinions as well, and this IS the place for them to talk about it.  
this list is not just to jack-off to how great rush is.  it's a list to 
discuss various opinions the fans have, whether you agree or disagree.  
so can we just please agree to disagree on this one, and leave it at that?

 -fred

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From: "Kegler, Nick" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:23:07 -0800
Subject: Hugh Syme book?

It seems to me the Hugh Syme has a book out (of sorts) of his art and 
covers.  Before I get 'bitch slapped' too, I looked around and couldn't 
find mention of it anywhere.  Is there such a creature?  I would like to 
get it if someone could email me or post the title, publisher, id numbers, 
etc.  Oh yeah, how long will it take me to wear out a CD?  I've been 
playing that DS sucker since last Tuesday!   Thanks for the help!  -Nick

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From: Scott McDow 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 15:31:16 -0500
Subject: DS - Great Price!

>money. I don't live in the sticks, I'm located within the
>five minute drive of three major music outlets. I'll bet
>the cheapest one will be $19.99, plus 6% Engler makes
>$22.39. Given the choice, I'd rather have DS and seven
>dollars than just having DS.

This is not entirely related but here in Toronto all the major retailers
seem to have great deals going for DS. I picked it up at Sunrise Music for
$19.99 plus 15% tax. For those in the US that translates to less than $15
US. Sam the Record Man and HMV seemed to have similar deals going.

Mike Doran

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From: "Michael P. Kane, P.E." 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:54:59 -0600
Subject: Showbiz Today

So what happened to the Geddy/Alex interview on Showbiz Today?  I've been 
looking for it to come up.  Anyone?  MK

   [ So far, I haven't seen it or heard about it. It's possible they
     delayed the airing a bit...                                 : rush-mgr ]

Go buy DIFFERENT STAGES, the latest 3-cd retrospective of live recordings by 
Canada's premiere rock trio, Rush, celebrating their 25th year as a band.
Visit:  http://syrinx.yyz.com/ for more info.

"Put your message in a modem, and throw it in the cyber-sea. . ."

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From: "Bryan 'Max' Dobberstein" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 15:07:46 -0600
Subject: rush-mgr

> You are the man of course Rush-Mgr!!!
>
>    [ Not last time I looked! :-)                                  : rush-mgr
>
Can I look?  Just to make sure...



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From: Jose Ramos 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 16:16:48 -0500

 "Randolph Mack (Hello!)" said:
It seemed to me that Rush has *four* (maybe five) stages, and that the
space represented a stage not represented in the CDs: the 80s. Consider
the albums recorded in the 80s (PW was recorded in 79, released in 1980,
so it doesn't count) and the songs from them on DS: MP: 2, Signals: 1,
GUP: 0, PW: 0, HYF: 0. So the missing space, almost exactly a tinkertoy in
height, represented the 80s stuff (perhaps chronicled satisfactorly on
ASOH to them).

Randolph, there are 3 from MP,  TS, YYZ, and Limelight.  But I agree with
your interpretation of the tinkertoys.

One question I have, though.  No one mentioned that there are hearts in the
side of the tikertoys.  It's been a while since I played with them, but for
the life of me, I can not remember there being hearts in the sides.  Take a
close look.  I thought this definitely symbolized Neil's loss.  But I think
the cover of a new album wouldn't be the place where Neil and the boys would
want to symbolize it.  But why the hearts then?

Max

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From: "Mark Kennedy" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 21:18:56 -0000
Subject: Chat Session Highlights

Hi Folks

> The fancast was last night, and *I* thought it was great! It was not quite
> what I expected, the main interview was on Realvideo....

Not quite what I expected either but excellent nonetheless. BTW, I 
was the 'mrkb5' that asked if you if you were THE rushmgr 

My computer crapped out about a minute before the chat began 
though so I had to reset, log back on and get back into the site so I 
missed a few things from the video feed. Apparently they chatted 
for an hour and a half but I missed the last half hour or so as I'm in 
the UK and it was 1.00 am by this point 

Main highlights and news though

1. Video and DVD version of DS at some point. Geddy seemed 
particularly keen on the DVD version and he hoped to be able to 
use some of the special features of DVD. From the way he talked 
though (comparing DVD to CD-Rom) I think he meant in terms of 
menus and additional info as opposed to something like multi 
camera angles.

2. No new Victor album anytime soon - Alex said the first one was 
something he had to do at that time in his life.

3. When someone asked how the band has managed to last for so 
long - Alex jumped on top of Ged and started making humping 
motions - he got so carried away that he actually fell over the back 
of the couch 

I'm sure other people will post more stuff but this is what I mostly 
remember.

cheers
 -
mark kennedy - mark@itlsilzha.demon.co.uk
pallas page - http://www.itsilzha.demon.co.uk/pallas.htm
"just like a sentinel who keeps the beacon flame alight,
we'll shine on like a fragment of the sun" - PALLAS 98 

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From: John Lupoli 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 16:41:15 -0500
Subject: Videos

Hi fellow Rushians,
	I though that the album was great and so was the fancas. Anyway, last
night at the fancast I saw some rush videos from the last 4 studio
albums. I'm trying to download them, but they only come on once and then
they go away. You can only watch them on the internet. Was there anybody
able to save them on their hard drive? If so then they would be great
for syrinx's video section (how about it rush-mgr!). The videos I saw
were Show Don't Tell (Concept Version), Show Don't Tell (Performance
Version), The Pass, Superconductor, Roll The Bones, Stick It Out,
Nobody's Hero, Driven, and Half The World. To see them go to
http://www.atlantic-records.com/frames/DigitalArena/doshow.html?showID=140

Matt Lupoli
Age: 14
North Haven, Ct
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Amphitheatre/2740

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From: "Matt Deceunynck" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 16:05:22 -0600
Subject: Guitar Sounds on Different Stages

Alright,

So, when I was listening to disk #1 of Different Stages for the first time, 
I noticed that the guitar sound on 'Freewill' was a little strange.  In 
particular, it sounded as though the high E-string had entirly different 
tone than the rest of the strings.  I think the guitar only sounded like 
this in certain sections of the song; everywhere else it just had standard 
tone.  It sounded as though the guitar had a seperate output for the E-string 
and was being sent though the clean guitar patch, and all the other strings 
were going through the distorded route.  I know Eddie Van Halen did something 
like this on 'Top Jimmy' with a Ripley Stereo Guitar (or something like 
that, I can't remember exactly) where each string could be panned 
independently back and forth between two different outputs and then each of 
these outputs could be routed wherever.  Anybody know what was going on with 
Alex's guitar setup that night?

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From: "Douglas White" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 17:24:53 -0500
Subject: Geddy's albums, a bargain and the Rush ManagerESS

Whoo hoo! Geddy mentions The Who's "Live at Leeds" - a raw, loud riot of
a show. I was a Who fan before diving into Rush, and I'm always thinking
in terms of Entwistle/Lee, Townshend/Lifeson and Moon/Peart. Obvious
differences, but the skill levels of all are through the roof.

And then "Relayer"! Yes happens to be another old favorite band, which
I've seen live more than Rush. This year's *** 30th *** anniversary tour
was jaw-dropping stunning. Again, there are Squire/Lee, Bruford/Peart
thoughts churning away. (Howe/Lifeson? nah, too different.)

I liked Geddy's responses to the past openers questions. Very supportive.

And a big "I can't believe people are blowing $60 on Bruce rather than Rush"
scratch of the head. DS is DEFINITELY a bargain, cheap at the price. I
certainly hope that the boys have invested wisely and are doing fine;
perhaps
that plays into being able to tour with 2 sets and sell DS so cheap?
They have assumed control ;-) and are refraining from "asking the price
of the land"?

And a ROTFLMAO at the Rush-mgrESS ... [ Not last time I looked! :-) ]
Beauty, eh?

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From: Kevin Haines 
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 09:01:45 +1030 (CST)
Subject: re: Problem with Clusterworks Program

> Gail Larsen Peterkin  writes:
>
> I haven't posted in a long time, or even kept up with the digest, but I
> wondered if someone out there could help me with a technical problem.  I
> just got DS, of course, and installed the Clusterworks program on my
> Windows 95 computer.  It installed okay, but, when I try to run it, the
> program crashes.  I've tried to launch it from the Program menu and from
> the Control Panel, and I've tried to use it as a screen saver.  Each
> time it crashes, and I get the message "Clusterworks STUPA caused an
> invalid page fault in module CLUSTERWORKS STUPA.SCR at 0137:004152fl"
> from screen saver mode OR "Clusterworks STUPA caused an invalid page
> fault in module  at 0000:0b75fc5d" from the regular start menu.

This sounds exactly like what I hit as well. And once I got the error
message from clusterworks, I couldn't do anything at all under Windows
95! I killed everything and I got page faults everywhere. My machine
isn't anything special - a 233MMX with 32Meg of SD-RAM. Only got a
SoundBlaster 16, and no 3d graphic card yet. Unfortunatley Gail, I'm
as much in the dark as you...

Kevin
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