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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2161

                  Tuesday, 05 Jan 1999

Today's Topics:
          Mysterious Voice in Geddy's Bass Solo
              San Antonio Express DS review
                Rush is moving up in L.A.!
                    Fantasy RUSH show
                 That's entertainment...
               Force Ten and other oddities
                  Re: The Rhythm Method
                     RE: Enhanced CD
                  GUP - Dinky drums ???
               Liquid Tension Experiment II
THE TRUTH revealed about "That's OK Alex...shake it off...."
                         DS Vinyl
                "AYN RAND," SAID THE BAND
                   Funny Musical Moment
      Barchetta, Rockline, Autographs, and the Heat!
                      I'm an uncle!!
                      Holiday Wishes
Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Don't get TOO drunk on New Year's.........
             Different Stages Japanese Import
                 Rush Sighting (sort of)
             Rush music 24/7 via the net...?
                   Sighting at DT show
         Different Stages Japanese Import Prices
                     Help in Toronto
             Fastest Guitarist/Rush sighting
                   Neil's former bands
             Top 1000 Rock Songs of All Time
                  Rush videos on the net
                minor Rush sighting on MTV
                  Attention Imanaz Holl
           New Desktop Themes at Power Windows
                 Crappy Snare-Drum Sound
                 Lifeson by candle light
                      There's Juno!
                    Fastest Guitarist
                 Rush fans and Mac users

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Tue Jan  5 11:31:27 PST 1999
Subject: Administrivia

I did find out that Rush will be on Rockline on Jan 20th on the Los Angeles
station 93.1. However, I'm almost positive this is a REPEAT -- it is not
listed in the main Rockline lineup as being aired by all radio stations,
and if you know Rockline you'll know that it airs on Monday; the 20th is a
Wednesday. So... I believe the show airing in LA is a repeat, and that it
is not being carried on any other radio station. If you look at what else
93.1 is airing, none of the shows match current guests!

Any other station claiming to have Rush on Rockline this month? The guest 
on the 18th is Johnny Lang.

 - rush-mgr


From: "Dave Anderson" 
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 11:42:52 PST
Subject: Mysterious Voice in Geddy's Bass Solo

Hey Fellow Rush Fanatics. . . 

     Hey I was just wondering if anyone can hear the guy in the middle 
of Geddy's Bass Solo say "It's all right Alex; Shake it off!!".  If 
anyone was at that concert or know's what happened, email me at  Thanks!!

                          Dave Anderson
          Go to my page-


From: "Gumtow, Eric" 
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 15:17:43 -0600
Subject: San Antonio Express DS review

I found this article in the Wednesday Dec. 16 S.A. Life section of the
San Antonio Express:

    Rush, "Different Stages" (Atlantic): Rush's latest studio
    effort, "Test For Echo, sounded as if the much-loved Canadian
    trio had finally run out of creative gas.  But this package,
    the band's fourth multiple-disc live set, suggests that Rush
    is still a formidable force in person.

    Unlike the disappointing 1988 set, "A Show of Hands," "Different
    Stages" is a crowd pleaser.  Though the first two discs come
    mostly from the 1997 "Echo" tour dates (there are three cuts
    from the '94 "Counterparts" jaunt), they span the band's career,
    going back to scoop up "2112," "Freewill," and "Spirit of

    And there's a bonus third disc from a 1978 London concert that
    ought to please those who long for the days when the band wore
    platform shoes and when Geddy Lee's shrill voice dealt misery
    to any dogs in the vicinity.  This is a must for fans, and a
    worthy starting point for the curious.  *** 1/2

The *** 1/2 (of 5) beat all the other reviews (Garth Brooks ***, Rolling
Stones ** 3/4, Pearl Jam *** 1/2, Black Sabbath ** 3/4, Aerosmith
*** 1/4), except PJ who tied it (all live albums, BTW).

The front page of the section has a shot of Geddy playing bass, which
is listed as an Express News file photo.  I can scan it in if rush-mgr
or anyone wants me to.

Eric Gumtow


Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 21:56:59 EST
Subject: Rush is moving up in L.A.!

I was on my way home on Friday, Dec. 18.  It was a cool night, much like a
December should be.  I was listening to 93.1 Arrow fm.  It's an excellent
radio station here in L.A.  They play all the classic rock than anyone could
ever think of.  Well, Bob Coburn, the drive time D.J. was playing his top 5
requests of the week.  Of course, as you could imagine - RUSH was in the top
5!!!  Now they didn't play Xanadu, or 2112, or even Entre Nous.  However, they
did play Tom Sawyer.  Now, to get the facts straight - Arrow just began
playing RUSH recently and already RUSH is in the top 5!  They didn't make
position one, they didn't quite cut the second slot and as a matter of fact
they didn't even pull the third spot.  But, my friends -- they did pull fourth
most requested song of the week!  YES - this is excellent! 

I would now like to take the time to ask something from my fellow RUSH fans
and friends, alike.  I would really appreciate to hear more RUSH on the radio
here.  If at all possible in your free time, would you please put in a request
for a rush song @  It won't take you but a few moments and it
would help all us deprived of RUSH fans here in L.A.  Thank you for your time
and keep listening to the best band in the entire world!

Scott Galen


Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 21:06:51 -0500
Subject: Fantasy RUSH show

Hey Rush freaks...

Well, thanks for all your comments.  I'm sorry if I pissed anyone off 
(tongue firmly in cheek here) with my RUSH graph from 12/13...nothing 
personal, GuP lovers, it just was the only album that never smacked me 
in that little place in my chest that explodes in butterflies when I 
hear the march from "Natural Science" or the solo from "Red 
Barchetta"...oh well.

To stick my neck out even further, have some fun with THIS: close your 
eyes and imagine you are at your local sports arena or 'concert hall', 
and the opening strains of "2001" or "The Three Stooges" is just 
beginning to is my all-time ultimate RUSH show.

Countdown (WHO would ever expect THIS??)
Force Ten
Roll the Bones

(good evening)

Test for Echo
The Pass
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings
The Trees
Prelude from 'Hemispheres'-La Villa Strangiato (segue)
New World Man
Manhattan Project
Red Barchetta
Where's my Thing/The Rhythm Method/YYZ
Spirit of Radio
Medley in "D": Fly by Night/Half the World/Mission
Tom Sawyer

Encore: 2112/In the End/In the Mood

*LOL*. The possibilities are endless, my friends.  I just thought the 
idea of a darkened stage, with lots of smoke and the band bringing in 
"Countdown" in E with the video screen flashing images of Columbia on 
the pad and the voices of Crippen and Young filtering through Alex's 
grunge chords would be really cool.  I need a life, I know.


Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 10:25:40 EST
Subject: That's entertainment...

Hello all:

Now I realize that this is not a political forum, or an adultery forum, or a
manipulation forum, or a deceive the masses forum, or a blatant lie forum, or
a cigar forum, so I will keep this short and semi music-related. Remember our
fearless leader's inauguration (the second one, I believe) - when Fleetwood
Mac, Don Henley and others kept spouting all that rosy rhetoric about the
President? Funny how you don't hear much from them these days. Perhaps they
should get together and plan their own "Down the Tubes" tour. Hey, maybe Alec
Baldwin could open the show. What a prize he is...



From: Pat Lynch 
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 11:33:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Force Ten and other oddities

Thank you rush-mgr for making the Japanese "+1" Force Ten available, but
to whomever listened to it, does it seem flatter than the rest of the
album? (flat not in musical terms, but in feeling, zest..compared to other
live versions of force ten we've heard )

not that its not great, but my first impression was that the drums did not
sound as good... (and don;t tell me its because its an mp3, I mp3'ed the
entire DS set and have it on my computer, this makes a great addition

this could be the reason it was never released as part of ther "main"
release here in the US....

just something to think about....

while the drums may be "flat" sounding, I *love* Geddy's bass playing in
it though.

Other stuff.....

I recently revamped the Rush Networking site, and one of the things I
added was a graphic home page....

its Chuck the BSD Daemon walking out of the 2112 star...a "must have" for
any Rush *and* UNIX fans out there.....


Pat Lynch
Systems Administrator					Rush Networking


From: Pat Lynch 
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 11:48:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: The Rhythm Method

Dogyears wrote :
>First, I agree that the 2/3 section near the beginning is a respectful to nod
>to Max Roach, who I guess did this kind of part many years before Bozzio? I
>don't know, but certainly it is like The Drum Also Waltzes.  Perhaps it is
>even a nod to Bill Bruford....?

One of my favorites, nothing gets me going like something with Bruford
playing.... and I'm not even a drummer.

I see the similarities to "The Drum Also Waltzes" and I'm surprised I
never noticed before....

any more Bruford fans out there? (I've spent my enitre morning listening
to the old Bruford stuff, Jeff Berlin is just so cool....)


Pat Lynch
Systems Administrator					Rush Networking


From: Pat Lynch 
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 12:16:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RE: Enhanced CD

Craig and Dan, you are both wrong ;)

but Dan would have been more correct if this guy's CD player couldn;t read
the *first* cd, not the *third*

Craig, not everyone is as computer literate as we are, so give them a
chance to enjoy the music and the art and give him a hand, don;t insult

anyway, to the person trying to get it to work, try the first (yellow) cd


Pat Lynch
Systems Administrator					Rush Networking


From: Ignacio Perez-Puelles 
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:04:26 -0000
Subject: GUP - Dinky drums ???

Not again...
What's the deal with Grace Under Pressure ?
I read a post about "dinky drums ???", I know this isn't Rush's best album 
or anything, but do not criticize the quality of this recording.
Get your self a REAL Stereo system, and throw away yor 3 in 1 boom box.


From: "Jon Dahms" 
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:13:11 -0000
Subject: 2112

Hi All,

Happy Christmas etc.

Over here where we write dates properly it is 21/12 today!

Just a stupid rush thought!



From: Thomas 
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 14:41:48 -0600
Subject: Liquid Tension Experiment II

Hey all...

For those of you who don't know about LTE, it's a collaboration between
Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Jordan Ruddess from the
Dixie Dreggs and Tony Levin of King Crimson fame.  The first album was
AWESOME, with it wrapping up with a 28 minute total improvisational jam.
Well, if you don't already know, the second LTE album is almost finished!
I'm including a link for a site that has pics from the LTE II sessions.

The guys DO plan on touring behind the album this time around, so hopefully
they'll come to the Milwaukee area, knowing that when DT comes here, they
ALWAYS sell out within an hour of tickets going on sale.

Well, just wanted to update all of you DT/LTE fans :-)


ICQ# 15240956

"I can learn to resist...anything but temptation..."
 - Neil Peart, 1996


From: (Jonathan A Gilsdorf)
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:57:02 EST
Subject: THE TRUTH revealed about "That's OK Alex...shake it off...."

	Hey everybody!
	Just wanted to let everyone in on the truth about the guy yelling
very clearly "That's OK Alex...shake it off!" during "Driven" on DS.  It
is none other than.......ME!  Yup, I was very shy to admit it until now,
but I figure enough time has passed to finally admit.  But then
again.....I very well possibly am talking out of my @$$-hole :-)
	But seriously...if you are in Mid-Missouri and see a Dodge Shadow
with license plates "YYZ-T4E", that is me!  Also I am going home to
Omaha, Nebraska fro Christmas, so if you see those plates in Omaha or
along is yours truly.  Rush-mgr...I was wondering how I could
send in a picture of the plates to the website?  I sent
email to the site administrator, but haven't heard back.
	Exiting Stage Left...
	Jon G.

"You can be the captain, and I will draw the charts,
Sailing into destiny....Closer to the Heart....Closer
 to the heart......"
      -From Rush's song "Closer to the Heart", off the 1977 album
 "A Farewell to Kings" and the newly released live "Different Stages".


From: John Lupoli 
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 16:44:33 -0500
Subject: DS Vinyl

Attention all British Rushians,
	First of all, HAPPY 2112 (21 December). Anyway, I was wondering I any
of you received a Ds vinyl yet. I would like to get the catalogue number
for my page.

	Chronicles-Vertigo 838 936-1
	Counterparts-Atlantic 7567-82528-1

	Also to anybody else, does anybody have the catalogue numbers for the
T4E vinyl.


Matt Lupoli
Age: 14
North Haven, Ct


Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 20:55:56 EST

I happened to be flipping through the channels when I came upon something on
VH1 that caught my attention.  Turns out it was an episode of "Before They
Were Stars."

Ed Roland of Collective Soul (a band I've been high on for the last couple
years) fame was being interviewed several years ago.  Ed mentioned that he
came up with the name "Collective Soul" after having been exposed to Ayn
Rand's readings.  Any feedback on whether or not Collective Soul are Rush

By the way, Ed's appearance was likened to the style of the (primarily) 80s
band, A Flock of Seagulls.  He's certainly come a long way.  Ouch.

On the "DS" front, I'm still listening!  I still get a big smile cross my face
as Geddy introduces the song "Xanadu" with Neil playing wind chimes in the
background, as the song receives an unbelievable reception.  A great semi-
musical moment, it is.

Hope everyone who didn't (or did) yet order "DS" has gone to to pick it up along with two other current release titles
for $1 (including S&H).  Great deal.



From: Emily Ridyard 
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:03:11 -0600
Subject: Funny Musical Moment

Just this past Saturday night my husband, George, and I were coming back
from dinner (awesome awesome ribs in Brookfield, IL), and we were
pulling into the parking lot of our favorite bar.  We had the Loop 97.9
on and they had just finished playing a really decent tune, which I
cannot for the life of me recall at this time, but the next song they
played was Stairway to Heaven.  George and I looked at one another and
in unison shouted, "SHOOT ME!"  Then we high fived and laughed our asses
off walking into the bar.

Happy Holidays Everybody!!!!!!


Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 20:43:34 -0600
Subject: Barchetta, Rockline, Autographs, and the Heat!

Hey Rushians,

Just trying to catch up.

Jerry ( gave us some info on Ferrari's Barchetta.  I have
some updated info, too.  According to Sports Car Market Magazine Ferrari
only produced 25 of the 166 MM Barchetta from 1948 to 1950.  This car
ranges form $1,100,000 to $1,600,000.  Then Ferrari produce seven 212
Touring Barchettas from 1951 to 1952.  They range from $800,000 to
$1,000,000.  Sorry.  I am a bit of an exotic car fan.

A question regarding one of the museums he mentioned.  Is the Peterson
Automotive Museum in LA on Wilshire Blvd at the start of the Miracle

Does anyone in the Detroit area know if Rockline will air on January
20?  Will it be on the Riff?

Erik DePoy posted about a friend that bought an autographed copy of GUP
through  I have a friend that owns a sport memorabilia store. 
(For folks in the Detroit area, it's DC Sports on 14 and Van Dyke and at
Lakeside Mall, check 'em out, lots of Wings stuff!)  He knows it's hard
to trust anyone.  If you can trust the source or the item is
authenticated (example: picture of individual signing the item), then
it's probably safe.  He suggests though waiting until you can meet the
person face to face.  He runs a lot of shows that bring the athletes in
to sign autographs.  That way too, it makes the autograph mean a whole
lot more.

I would like to second the motion put forth by Keith Hurst.  We have had
a lot of people wondering around TNMS lately thinking they were in a Ray
Bradbury novel.  Take a pill, Montag.

Flame retardently yours (hopefully),

Scott Fab....

Wonder how much a 166 MM Barchetta signed by Rush would sell for?


Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 22:42:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: I'm an uncle!!

OK everyone I know this is lame but I didn't make this one up....

My sister just had a bouncing baby boy. So I get on the phone with her
husband, another Rush nut, and he says to me "He's destined to love
Rush." After asking why he states "Well he was born on the 21st day of
the 12th month. That's 2112."

(....sounds of moans, groans, hisses, boos and the site of tomatos being
thrown at the stage......)

OK, now back to our regulary scheduled newsletter..............

Scott Wedge -
Auburn MBA Graduate - Class of '94


Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 16:05:08 EST
Subject: Holiday Wishes

Greetings Everyone,
    We just wanted to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. As a band
we are going to have our second birthday in late January and we really wanted
to say Thanks for all the support and friendship. During the past two years we
have made alot of new friends and got the chance to see alot of old ones.
     It means alot for us when people take the time to support our live
performances. We have had all kinds of help in various projects such as, Wep
page design, Programing, photography, advice, construction on our studio and
video production.            This year has been intense for us and we have
been caught up in various projects and we do appreciate everyones help. The
next year for us should be the real test and we hope to open some new doors
and become more of an all original project.
     So, for all of us at Second Nature. Merry Christmas and we wish you and
your families the best.
                             Dave   (Cow)
                                    Clay-tor  (Dr. No)
                                           Jim-bob   (Chicken)


From: mark irwin 
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 11:52:36 +0000
Subject: Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all our friends and family: Happy Holidays and a great and prosperous
New Year!!!!!!!
Mark,Amber,Arianna and Shea Irwin


From: "Michelle Zagari" 
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 23:22:57 PST
Subject: Don't get TOO drunk on New Year's.........

The hottest new Rush tribute band to hit the New York tri-state area is 
here!!!!!!!!!     "Restless Youth"

What are you doing Jan 2? Do you live near Long Island? Then come see 
the latest tribute band to hit the LI scene, Restless Youth.

Check out our webpage

(or email me for more details.)

Check the page for driving and railroad directions. Bring your friends!  

Conveniently located on Sunrise Highway, it's just minutes from NYC and 
is accessable from all major highways. The band is playing in Baldwin at 
The Irish Pub at 10PM, January 2, 1999!!! (Hey, no cover charge!)  Help 
support Long Island's local bands.
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry for the lack of real Rush content, but if you come to hear them, 
it will be worth this little disturbance.


"Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth / But the 
suburbs have no charms to soothe the resltess dreams of youth."


Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 20:51:00 -0600
Subject: Jeopardy

I am sitting here in my hotel room in Las Vegas, and my company is 
doing a show for Motorola for the consumer electronics show, and I am 
getting ready to go out to dinner, and I am watching Jeopardy, and I am 
online, and I have a smile from ear to ear.


One of the answers was.....

"In 1974, Neil Peart joined Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee to form this 
"hurried" rock band"

The question of course is, 

(All together now....)


What a great welcome to Vegas.



From: Javier Reyes 
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 08:50:55 -0600
Subject: Different Stages Japanese Import

Here is a review of Different Stages Japanese impoort:

RUSH - Different Stages Live (+1)

The 3 compact disc set looks exactly like the U.S. release.  Tinker toy
montage on a white back ground.  On one side it has in ‘RUSH - Different
Stages / Live' and on the other side same thing but in Japanese.  On the
back everything is the same, except for the addition of ‘Force Ten' (bonus
track on 2nd disc) and the first disc is not enhanced.  The compact disc
comes in a plastic sleeve with a liner mainly in Japanese, the song list is
in English.

1. Force Ten (bonus track) - Recorded at the Riverbend Amphitheater, in
Cincinnati, Ohio, June 4, 1997, during the Test for Echo Tour.  This song
rocks like every song on this compact disc set.  The guitars are crisp and
rocking, the drums are great and the vocals are very clear.  This song
flows beautifully between Natural Science and The Spirit of Radio.  In my
opinion, this song should had been included in the U.S. release.

2. Test for Echo Tour Book (miniature version) - This is an exact version
of the tour book sold at the shows.  The only difference is that it is 2.5
times smaller than the original.

3. A Farewell to Kings Tour Book (miniature version) - This is an exact
version of the tour book sold at the AFTK shows in Europe only.  Album
cover on front of tour book on purple background with this inscription:
		      World Tour 77-78
		Exclusive Concert Edition
Black back cover with man in red star and RUSH (white) center bottom.  The
book is in black and white with 16 photographs of the band.  U.K. Winter
Tour 1978 schedule list (February 1978), credits, ‘A Condensed RUSH
Primer', words by Neil Peart, advertisement for a new album for a band
called ‘TYLA GANG' (I have no idea why this is here?), and a discography
for RUSH (from the albums ‘RUSH' to ‘A Farewell to Kings').  This tour book
is also 2.5 times smaller than the original (This is assumed, since I do
not own an original copy).

4. Black and white lyric booklet (in English and Japanese) - There is a
set-list for each compact disc.  There seems to be a few words about the
band in Japanese.  Lyrics for every song is included (even for songs on the
third disc), both in English and Japanese.

5.  Every disc has a grey background and not black, like the U.S. release.
Each disc comes in a lint free pouch.  This should had been also used in
the U.S. release


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 16:56:26 -0500
Subject: Rush Sighting (sort of)

This is a bit bit of a stretch, but during the House of Representatives
vote for the articles of impeachment, the third article was defeated by a
count of 221 to 212.  Third artice.  Three members of the group...  Perhaps
someone else can determine the significance of the 200 that is subtracted.

 D (who needs to watch less CNN...)


From: FearNo1 
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 01:25:54 -0600
Subject: Rush music 24/7 via the net...?

Is there a web site that streams rush music 24/7 via the net using Real
audio??  Hopefully so, that way I can listen to it over the net, 
instead of having to swap CDz :-/  Are there any bands that have music
up 24/ pink floyd? Reply directly via email in addition to the 


From: Dom Kallas 
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 05:41:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Sighting at DT show

I saw Dream Theater perform at Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut, on
December 28.  The show was a collection of B-sides, lesser known album
tracks, and covers.  Sure enough, DT made sure they included Rush in their
set.  They played "Different Strings" note per note and then a brief
instrumental interlude where the song normally fades out; after playing
the first riff from "The Analog Kid," the band concluded this Rush tribute
with parts of "La Villa Strangiato."  Let me tell you: all of it was great
due to the intensity of the playing (particularly John Petrucci).  It was
definitely one of the highlights of the show for me and others who were

					Electronically Yours,

and the world so hard to understand
is the world you can't live without
							Smashing Pumpkins


From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 12:00:49 -0800
Subject: nicknames

As far as I can tell from boots and concerts attended, the following
nicknames (during Al's intros) on the CP tour are:
St Petersburg, March 4:
Ged---Kathie Lee Gifford
Al--Mel Gibson


NY, MSG, 2nd night:  
Ged--Woody ALan
Neil--Elle Mcpherson
Al--Richard Gere

Does anyone recall other ones from this tour?
mike  Edged weaponry, from the stone age to the space

Mathematically, I'm certain there are gun-control proponents who are not
paranoid, phobic, or irrational.  I just haven't met any yet.


From: Javier Reyes 
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 12:00:45 -0600
Subject: Different Stages Japanese Import Prices

Here are some prices for the Different Stages Japanese Import:

CD Quest Music  -  $52.92

Jart Music  -  $54.99

Siren Disc  -  $74.99

Javier I. Reyes
Oller Engineering, Inc.
CADD Manager
Certified Asbestos Inspector & Management Planner

e-mail address:
website address:


From: John Maar 
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 18:02:34 -0600
Subject: Help in Toronto

I would appreciate the help of any NMSers in Toronto. I will be up there
on business all of the week of 4 January and then again all of the week
of 18 January. I am particularly interested in the Orbit Room...where it
is and what night(s) are recommended. Please e-mail me privately. Thanks
in advance.

John Maar                             _                  ,     ,
Senior Consultant                    [ ]       ,***,    (\____/)
Motorola University                 (   )     |     |    (_  _)
                                     | |>     (     )   <__||
                                  __/   \__    \___/     __||__
E-mail:         //|     |\\ /       \[]/      \[]


From: "Richard Coppel" 
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 19:27:32 -0500
Subject: Fastest Guitarist/Rush sighting

Well, I would have to say that all of the faster  guitar players 
have been mentioned and I would say for the sake of how clean
and what kind of pickups he uses, that Yngwie Malmsteen
is probably one of the faster players. Single coil pickups are 
harder, along with a scalloped fretboard, to sustain a note on. 
In Yngwie's own words using humbuckers is cheating. I am 
not saying he is far superior than anyone. Every guitar player
mentioned is a great player. Just listen and  decide for yourself 
who is the fastest. Seeing Yngwie live and watching him do his solos,
which he does a lot of, and his lead guitar work is simply amazing. I
know I should probably brag about Yngwie on another mailing list.
Who you prefer and like best is up to you. I know I'll get flamed on the
 technical aspect and here how such n' such is better, but it comes with
the turf as far as anyone ever giving Yngwie credit for anything that is.
I guess I better write something about Rush, as this is a Rush mailing list.
Back awhile ago I was listening to 96rock here in Atlanta and I heard Tom Sawyer
and I am thinking cool, cause it's Rush n' all. So the song ends and the
DJ, Christopher
Rude comes on and he says something like, " that was Rush, with Tom Sawyer,
a great song 
that's been around a long time. Now imagine that you were a promoter and
you had to bring Rush into the
90's with that song. What would you do? Well it would sound something like
this.." and then he played the
complete Tom Sawyer remix from Small Soldiers. The extent of what he said
before he played the remix 
I can't quite remember, so what I wrote probably was just the jist of what
he said. I thought the remix and
the remarks made by Christopher Rude were pretty cool. I also heard from my
friend that 96rock rebroadcast the
DS premier a few days before Christmas, which I missed, but it shows that
Rush is getting some respect 
around here. I just feel sorry for those who aren't as lucky to hear Rush
on the radio, though I admit 96rock does tend 
to play the radio tunes I guess you could say. Alright enough from me, hope
I might have enlighted someone.


From: John Lupoli 
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 08:53:16 -0500
Subject: Neil's former bands

Hi fellow Rushians,
	Does anybody know what were the names of Neil's former high school
bands? I would appreciate any information on this.

Matt Lupoli
Age: 14
North Haven, CT


From: "banshee" 
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 14:43:21 -0800
Subject: Top 1000 Rock Songs of All Time

Every year, KISW of Seattle plays the top 1000 songs of all time as voted
by it's listeners. This year, second only to Led Zepplin (which has only
lost once in the last twenty something years-Stairway to Heaven) was
Rush-Tom Sawyer!

I'm sure this was helped up the list from previous years to exposure in the
movies this year. The following is the link, Rush makes many more


From: FearNo1 
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 21:18:16 -0600
Subject: Rush videos on the net

Vidnet,, plays music videos on the net via 
the vivoactive player (which is included in the Real Player).  Various 
genres of music is played, but no rush!  Email them and ask them to 
add some rush videos.  They welcome feedback on what music should be 


Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 02:02:39 -0600 (CST)
Subject: minor Rush sighting on MTV

I think it was Kurt Loder with a remixing engineer, and the enginneer
took Tom Sawyer and showed how he could "remix"/rap it.  This was at
2:00 on Jan 3.  


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 10:51:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Attention Imanaz Holl

I've tried to reply to your "" email, 
only to have it bounce back.  But, just in case you really 
do care, I saved a copy of my last reply to you at


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 15:41:52 EST
Subject: New Desktop Themes at Power Windows

New downloads for the PC (sorry Suzanne, no Mac stuff) available at POWER

The "Retrospectives I" desktop theme is back, along with an all new
"Retrospectives II" theme.  These themes feature sounds from the songs
featured on their respective albums (at least one sound event per song), and
cursors and icons from the album art featured during their respective eras.

I also have added two new animated cursors: a Geddy cursor to complete the "A
Show of Hands" cursor set (as requested), and a television cursor (with
"static on your frequency") from "Power Windows."

Coming soon: "Fly By Night" desktop theme. <-- "I just like to please, 
don't like to tease, I'm easy like that" - G. Lee


From: "Flynn, Jason R" 
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 15:18:20 -0600 
Subject: Crappy Snare-Drum Sound

	>From: "dietrologia dietrologia" 
	>Does anybody else think that Neil's snare sounds terrible during
>the Trees and on other older tunes from DS?  Needs to be tightened
>up--fire the drum tech!

It's clear that the snare sound is different on The Trees.  This is because
Neil played it on the electronic kit in back, but I don't think the snare
needs to be tightened up.  Actually the back snare, I find, is tighter and
louder than the other drums--certainly more so than the snare on the front
kit.  I remember noticing it during Red Sector A in concert too, but at
least in that song the snare sound sits better with the other electronic
drum sounds IMO.  Although I personally am dissatisfied with the drum sound
on TFE and DS I don't think there's any reason to fire Larry Allen; Neil
ultimately makes the sound decision and would change it if he thought it
sounded terrible.



From: "jennifer visbisky" 
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:00:03 -0500
Subject: Lifeson by candle light

A couple of years back a read a letter Alex Lifeson wrote to Guitar For the
Practicing Musician. I can't recall most of it, he complained in it and
also stated how he played by candle light for 8 or so hours, and how his
fingers ached and bled. If anyone can help me with a month or date of the
magizine It would be great. thank you , Larry


Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:03:08 EST
Subject: There's Juno!


Yikes, *this* weirdo is still here, and remembers the CP party very well,
although honestly had forgotten until you mentioned it!  

I'm here, I lurk, I read...and that's about it these days.  Congrats on the
marriage -- hope it does better for you than my engagements have gone...ugh.

All the best,


From: Jason Poling 
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 17:10:28
Subject: Fastest Guitarist

Let's not forget Nigel Tufnel...


From: Dan McConnell 
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:32:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rush fans and Mac users

I've noticed a fair amount of Mac computer bashing on the NMS recently
and I always wanted to respond, but avoided doing so because I knew it
would turn into a lame flame war that had nothing to do with Rush.

(although let me state that I own a Mac, and work with 7 Macs from various
eras in an academic/research setting, and they never crash, 'cept when
we use Microsoft applications - the truth, I swear. Plus the G3 and G4
are the best processors for the money)

Instead, however, after reading a recent issue of MacWorld (or was it
MacHome) I realized how many parallels there are between Rush fans and Mac
fans.  So much that I'm now puzzled by the Mac bashing.

First both groups are a loyal minority who have to deal with a
commercially oriented majority.  To illustrate, Rush rarely gets any
airplay, is not seen at all on MTV, and doesn't get cover stories or big
interviews or good ratings in any magazines.
Similarly, the Mac gets terrible representation in computer stores and
mainstream media, and until recently, you would almost never see any TV
commercials for Apple products.

In spite of this, fans of both remain loyal, even fanatical about them.

Rush fans (esp on the NMS) like to point out Rush sightings such as
bumperstickers, license plates, commercials, magazine ads, or fellow Rush
fans wearing a Rush t-shirt.  
Similarly, Mac fans love to see people with Apple decals on their car (I
have 2) or Think Different t-shirts.

Also, fans of both groups know that even though their band (or computer) 
of choice isn't accepted by the world as the best, deep in their hearts
they know that Rush (or the Mac) really is.  
Rush fans lament crap like Hootie or Alanis selling millions of records
while the much better band (and deserving of much more attention and
respect)  Rush just goes gold. Mac fans lament that crappy Wintel machines
sell like hotcakes while the superior computer struggles to stay in

When some idiot tells a Rush fan that Rush sucks, after the first
reaction to punch him in the face is held back, the typical Rush fan
usually does his civic duty and "educates" this unenlightened person to
all the merits of the band - sometimes followed up by the giving of a
good Rush mix tape so that this person can hear the glory of Rush. Mac
fans feel and do the same - and may also follow up by demonstrating the
Mac OS.

Rush fans feel that the "average person" who stocks their CD collections
with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion is just a sheep buying whatever the mass
market and the media tells them what is good.  Similarly, mac users feel
that the main reason most households have PC's rather than Macs is because
they too are sheep buying what everybody else buys without giving it much
thought.  (I'm not ignoring the fact that over the last few years, Macs
have cost alot more than their PC counterparts, but hey, sometimes you
choose to pay more for something built and designed with care and
integrity, plus the iMac is changing all that now (in terms of cost, not 
integrity - heh)).

Perhaps the only difference I can identify between Rush fans and Mac
users are that Rush fans seem content that Rush is not a mainstream
success and are happy with their best kept secret band.  Mac fans would
probably be happier if Wintel machines disappeared entirely and the whole
world used the Mac OS and G3 processors.
I think the primary reason for such a difference is that Rush fans know
that Rush can keep making quality music and providing us with hours of
listening enjoyment regardless of how many units they sell, whereas Mac
uers know that if the Mac doesn't stay afloat in the market, Apple could
go under and we'd lose software support and would have to switch over

One likes to believe in the freedom of operating systems?

Comments are welcome, but please don't respond if all you have to say is
"Macs suck"

Has anyone else noticed these parallels before?


Dept of Psychology
Indiana University - Bloomington

witness Gravity Hill


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