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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2174

                  Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999

Today's Topics:
   Whats with all of this "Mine is bigger then Yours"; 
                     Neil comparisons
                    Stupid Comparison
                      Rush sighting
                    Rush and The Fixx
                         Rush mgr
                      Re:Cool Ideas
    Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Progressive...
                Re: Fovourite album sides
                The Dennis Rodman of Drums
                The Dennis Rodman of Drum
              RE: Latrell Spreewell Of Drums
               Indulgence requested, please
                 dennis rodman and drums
                 genghis khan and xanadu
                      RE: Cool Ideas
                     Scarred Records
          Re: Whos' the Dennis Rodman of drums?
            Who is the Dennis Rodman of Drums?
            scrooge's rock and roll christmas?
                       Great Bands
                    Re: Toad and Rush
                       NBA drummers
                   Rush on Uk Radio/TV
                   Re: Kneel and Fill 
            Bands... In Case Anyone Else Cares
                    oldies and geezers
             smoked me out! Beaudoin replies
               Feeling old all of a sudden!
              Interesting Review of the band
                        au to wav?
               "Bonus Tracks" on Remasters
               The Dennis Rodman of Drums.
                DVD by Christmas 1999?!!!
                      Acoustic Alex
            Rush Covers Your Favorite Song...
                      re:live albums
                 Rush sighting (sort of)

From: "James M." 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 00:15:09 -0500
Subject: Whats with all of this "Mine is bigger then Yours"; 

Hey folks:

Just a couple of things....

1) To the guy who mentioned Rush as having opposite views in their lyrics
("Anthem" vs. "Alien Shores"), I thought your comment was great. I don't
think it means that was is NOT a political band, or doesn't care about
social commentary.
I think that they represent what most of us examples of
Who say's you can't have individualism without community? I remember reading
Neil's interview in the "Libertarian", I believe it was, and he talked about
where their where numerous areas where he STRONGLY disagreed with what Ayn
Rand said, but also felt that she played a certain part in his thinking at
the time. But, he evelved, and learned that you CAN live with "two sides" to
the story. Neil mentions he was rather bothered by a couple of things..1)He
didn't like her "write off" of the Woodstock Generation, and 2)He saw so
many people who subscribed to her views as always TALKING about certain
things, but never DOING them. I just wanted to point out one last point
here....that two issues and points CAN live side-by-side. My wife believes
in Capital Punishment, and doesn't really believe in gay rights. Me, on the
other hand, opposes Capital Punishment, and am very much for gay and equal
rights. BUT, she is very educated, and I love AND respect her ver dearly for
it. She doesn't try to "cram" her thoughts down my throat, and I don't
her's. We respect each other, period. So, opposing views CAN live in may be only human nature. Besides, the world would be a
DAMN boring place if we didn't have different oppinions.

As far this whole Neil vs Phil Collins; Alex VS one
other fine person said...the members of Rush have always showed great
respect for their fellow musicians. EVERYBODY has their own strengths and
weaknesses. Don't forget, each musician out there is also an ARTIST, and
many on here seem to forget that. They measure techincality as the only
means of "goodness". Even just look at Alex for a moment...he could play
like a shredder and a zillion miles a minute. But, he uses the ARTISTIC
instinct of how he fits into Rush's music, and create such elated solo's;
colours; textures. Even Phil Collins....I may not like much of his solo
work..but he also writes music, and thinks as the drums as becoming a part
of the WHOLE of the song, not just something to look at seperately. You
know, I've been very much into Celtic-pop lately (big here in Canada), and
the musicians rely on "feel" more then anything. Yes, the technique has to
be the saying goes..the WHOLE is greater then the sum of it's
individual parts. I listen to a song as a "whole"....I don't sit there and
pick out each players parts. Take a song like Bravado for instance...very
simple guitar/bass/drums line...etc..but the COMBINATION of
guitars/bass/vocalharmonies/and rhythm make this song just dripping with
emotion. There are no 10,000 a mile minute solos, or whatever....but just
the sheer melting of THE CRAFT..songwriting...and I think Rush just seems to
get better at that, especially in the last 10-15 years. Besides, Rush are
not JUST musicians, they are ARTISTS, and I think they pride themselves on
that very much.

Anyways, IMHO...


When man is born, he is tender and weak. At death, he is
stiff and hard. All things, the grass as well as trees,
are tender and supple while alive. When dead, they are
withered and dried. Therefore the stiff and hard are
companions of death. The tender and the weak are
companions of life.


Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 01:38:42 EST
Subject: Neil comparisons

Slim Jim likened Neil to Ronaldo.  Sorry, Slim, Ronaldo is definitely no Neil.
Neil has never been over-hyped by Nike.  A better comparison would be Neil and
Franz Beckenbauer, since Der Kaiser revolutionized the libero position, ie
took it to a higher level.  Johan Cruyff might work as well, at least better
than Ronaldo.

BTW, the fastest guitar player is Edwin Moses.  The man is quick.

Chris  (who knows Rivaldo has been better than Ronaldo for the last 10 months)


Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 01:47:07 EST
Subject: Stupid Comparison

>>> Neil Peart is the Michael Jordan of drums.

I think it would be more appropriate to compare Neil Peart to an 
international sports star like Ronaldo, rather than someone who
plays a sport which is really only popular in one country.>>

As much as I love Rush and Neil, any comparison to Michael Jordan is
completely offbase and utterly ridiculous.  Be realistic.  First, Neil's
abilities in comparison to other drummers don't even begin to compare to the
way Jordan dominated the sport of basketball.  Jordan is widely perceived as
the greatest basketball player in history.  Neil holds no such honors.
Second, Jordan's national and international prominence is legendary.  He is
probably the most famous athlete in the world right now, outside of perhaps
Ali.  Most people in America, let alone the world don't even know who Neil is.
I love Neil as much as anyone here, but to compare him to Jordan is just plain
silly.  They don't belong in the same sentence.    

As for basketball being popular in one country, are you kidding? 


From: "Chris Palo" 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 05:45:08 PST
Subject: Rush sighting

Dear rush freaks,

I watched VHI's "metal mania" this weekend which covered bands like 
Motley Crue, Kiss, Ozzy, Metallica, Def Leppard, etc.  While watching 
the one on Ozzy, they went into his days with Black Sabbath.  A brief 
flash of a chart indicated that they were the number 1 band requested 
for radio play in about 1974-5.  Guess who was number five? That's 
right, our boys. They had some pretty stiff competition.  Number 2 was 
Zeppelin, I don't remember 3, Queen was 4 and Rush 5.  Just thought I'd 
clue you in.

Take care all.



From: Simoa Drew 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 11:22:42 -0500
Subject: Rush and The Fixx

Hey all,

I could rave about the beauty of "Totem," but I won't.  Instead, I'll say 
that its great to see the Fixx get a mention on tnms.  I've always seen some 
similarities between them; not in their musical styles (the Fixx are a lot 
more minimalist), but in the lyrics and social messages.  Unlike a chameleon 
band like Rush, the Fixx unfortunately stagnated until it was too late and 
the 80's went by (and yes, I do have their 1998 album).



From: Simoa Drew 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 11:30:23 -0500
Subject: Rush mgr

Hey all,

No, this isn't a shameless name drop, but a serious concern.

To wit: my musical tastes evolve, as do all of ours, and over the past year 
I've seen a swing away from Rush and towards Phish, Hornsby, and world music.  
Its nothing drastic, no apostasy, but COS, FBN, HYF, and other albums that 
once were permanents have now dropped by the wayside.  So, my fear:

what happens if Rush mgr, bless her soul, experiences a sea-change and drifts 
away from the band towards Kenny G and Bolton and tnms falls by the wayside?

   [ Kenny G and Bolton?!?! *shudder* Now Live or Our Lady Peace on the
     other hand... :-)                                         : rush-mgr ]

Something to think about as we wait for whatever happens to the band.....

and btw, what news is coming from the band?




From: Todd Brigham 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 09:35:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re:Cool Ideas

>From: Alvaro Graves 
>Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 13:40:04 -0400
>Subject: Cool Ideas

>Yesterday I was thinking about tattoo my arm. What important thing are in my
>life worth to be tattooed... my family, my religion, and (guess what... of
>course) Rush. So, I was thinking aboutwhat kind of Rush Tatoo would be cool.
>I have some ideas

>The Rush cover
> The owl of FBN
>the stone man of T4E

Hi All,
I had the owl from FBN tattooed on my chest three years ago (To
celebrate my 30th birthday). I have the owl in a crystal ball setting.
I've had more compliments on that one then the other six that I have.



Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 11:05:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Progressive...

> From: "Flynn, Jason R" 
> Subject: Republicans for RUSH
> 	>From:
> 	>
> 	>I would also like to get the last word (HA HA)  by proving 
> 	>conclusively that RUSH is indeed a conservative band!
> 	>Would a liberal abandon a senior citizen to violate motor laws 
> 	>by eluding NATO detection devices to take an outlawed, turbo 
> 	>charged, 50 year old (65 by now) fossil fuel burning sports 
> 	>car on an International joy ride across pristine mountain and 
> 	>riversides? Then after eluding the one world, new order cops 
> 	>relax at a fire that is burning chopped down trees? I think 
> 	>not.

Nor would a conservative, of course.  "The Law Is The Law"
and all that...but your point is taken.

> CSmock, this is genius!  Just perfect.  Does it occur to anyone that
> Rush/Neil ought not be categorized politically because they cover the
> spectrum from The Trees (anti-union--republican) about individualist/libertarian instead of 

> to Nobody's Hero
> (pro-gay--democrat)?  


> From 2112 (pro-individual--republican) 

Again, libertarian...

> to Subdivisions
> (anti-white-flight--democrat)?  

Hadn't thought of that!

> From Anthem (me, me, me!--republican) to

Again I find this explicitly libertarian...remember Neil's
Canadian, not American.

> Alien Shore (us, us, us--democrat)?  Please pardon my sweeping
> generalizations; I'm just trying to illustrate the point that there's a Rush
> lyric for most every political issue, and that paints a much more complex
> picture than left vs. right.


> What surprises me even more is the gall that some people have in assuming
> that the band *must* share a particular view because they're
> smart/sensible/caring/understanding.  Rational romantic people are capable
> of arriving at different and even opposing stances.
> democrat republican conservative or liberal
> vegan vegetarian don't kill or eat an animal
> pro-choice anti-gun supporting right wing left wing lunatics
> can't you see Rush is a band not interested in politics?
> You bet your ass.

Good one.

"What is conservatism?  Is it not adherence to the old and 
tried, against the new and untried?" - Abraham Lincoln 
"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward." - FDR 


From: "Lyle" 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 12:16:25 -0800
Subject: Re: Fovourite album sides

Having all the vinyl albums through Power Windows, I thought starting up =
this thread would be fun!=20
  But what a tough choice.... so many great sides!  Side 1 of the first =
album rocks, is there a better pure guitar, bass, drums type album? How =
'bout side 1 from 2112? Can a true Rush fan not have this side on their =
favorite list?
 I think the choice of side 2 of MP is also an excellent pick, but my =
pick is side 1 of Hemispheres!
 I know.... But I love it!
                        See ya,
                       The Mule


From: "Lewis, John" 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 15:29:59 -0500 
Subject: The Dennis Rodman of Drums

	I think the Dennis Rodman of drums would have to be Rikki Rocket of
Poison fame :).



Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 15:05:04 -0600
The Dennis Rodman of Drums
>Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 00:49:56 -0500
>Subject: The Latrell Sprewell of Drums

>Someone recently posted me that he liked my argument that Neil is the 
>Michael Jordan of drums, the ultimate artist on his chosen canvas.  
>But who is the Latrell Sprewell of drums......????? :)

>That would have to be Tommy Lee.

>   [ Yes, but who is the Dennis Rodman of drums?          : rush-mgr ]

How about Peter Criss?


From: "Robinson, Danny" 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 15:10:53 -0600 
Subject: RE: Latrell Spreewell Of Drums

If Tommy Lee is the Latrell Spreewell of drums, then Sarah Michelle Gellar
is the Alex Lifeson of actresses.  Wait, that's not right
either.........("Limelight" playing in background)........



From: "nancy salmon" 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 13:38:50 PST
Subject: Indulgence requested, please

Rush-mgrs, please indulge this non-Rush post for me.....

I notice lots of you guys seem to be hockey fans.  Anyone in the 
Nashville area, north Alabama, north Georgia, where ever, who might be 
interested in seeing the Predators play the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, 
March 14th, I have several tickets and will let them go for a good 

A good price. 

Drop me a line if you're interested.



From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 16:43:45 -0800
Subject: dennis rodman and drums

[ Yes, but who is the Dennis Rodman of drums?                 : rush-mgr

Keith Moon.  no doubt about it.
mike  Edged weaponry, from the stone age to the space

"Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people,
time and time again, and betrayed their trust.  Since he has admitted
guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an 
impeachment.  He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his
term, the only possible solution is for the president to save some 
dignity and resign."
	12th Congressional District Hopeful William Jefferson Clinton, 
     	during the Nixon investigations in 1972.


From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 16:49:59 -0800
Subject: genghis khan and xanadu

> said:
>I am a staunch Conservative Republican, just a little to the right of 
>Genghis Khan.
>I also want to extend a tip of the hat to Michael Z. Williamson and 
> for having the fortitude to speak out on behalf of 
>Conservatism. Well done, guys! 

well, thanks, but I was just liberal bashing--I hate conservatives too. 

And Ghengis was a nice guy, but, "this is no world for nice guys.  One
day you're a nice guy, the next you're a has been!"  (Hagar the

But that's a nice Rush tie in to Xanadu, which I love every time I hear

BTW:  I am prepared to prove that Jesse Helms is an ultra-left
mike  Edged weaponry, from the stone age to the space

"Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people,
time and time again, and betrayed their trust.  Since he has admitted
guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an 
impeachment.  He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his
term, the only possible solution is for the president to save some 
dignity and resign."
	12th Congressional District Hopeful William Jefferson Clinton, 
     	during the Nixon investigations in 1972.


From: "Michael Z. Williamson" 
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 16:59:58 -0800
Subject: resist--piano---no

Christopher W Lindsay said:

>Anyone know the piano notes that is in "Resist?"

That's a hammered dulcimer, played by Neil.  Sounds a bit like
piano--courses of three strings hit with a mallet.
mike  Edged weaponry, from the stone age to the space


From: "Robinson, Danny" 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 16:32:31 -0600 
Subject: RE: Cool Ideas

I don't have any tattoos, but I think "Different Stages -- $24.99" would be
pretty cool.


From: "Miers, Dan" 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 16:53:49 -0600 
Subject: Scarred Records

In two seperate posts folks have asked about Scarred Records.

1.  The web address is:

2.  Policy of cash only...I've only ordered one disc (Signals Over London rocks), and I received it in 2 weeks from mailing my cash.

3.  The quality of the disc painting and liners is amazing, IMO.

Carry on.



From: Colin Miller 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 16:37:13 -0800
Subject: Re: Whos' the Dennis Rodman of drums?

[ Yes, but who is the Dennis Rodman of drums?              : rush-mgr ]

I would say that it's the drummer from Poison, Rikki Rockett. On a side
note, I have only seen one other drummer who played while standing up.
He was the drummer from The Stray Cats. But he only played a snare, kick
drum and a ride cymbal. How RR could play a full kit while standing is
beyond me.


"Try Me, I Rock"


From: Kurt Smith 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 20:59:23 -0800
Subject: Who is the Dennis Rodman of Drums?

Why, Ringo of course.



From: Scott McDow 
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 22:03:49 -0500
Subject: scrooge's rock and roll christmas?


This found today at a site called Bigstar. Anybody heard of it?


>Scrooge's Rock and Roll Christmas

>Star: Rush Three Dog Night Paul Revere & the Raiders

>Related Categories: Musical & Performing Arts Pop Music
>Holiday Music Video Pop Music Christmas

>A "modern" song-filled version of the classic
>Christmas story performed by the most talented
>pop musicians of the 60's, 70's and 80's,
>including Paul Revere and the Raiders, Three
>Dog Night, Bobby Goldsboro, Michael Love of
>the Beach Boys and the Association.

>Valencia Entertainment Corporation
>Rating: Not Rated
>Everyday Low Price: 15% off all VHS tapes
>Was: $7.99  NOW: $6.79



From: (Keith Chu)
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 22:18:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Great Bands

My top 10 greatest bands (all in descending order) of all time:

King Crimson
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
Jethro Tull
the Police
the Who


From: "John A. Tyler" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 00:00:26 -0600
Subject: Re: Toad and Rush

Toad did that kind of thing a lot in concert.  They would play any song
that the audience yelled at them.  

    [ Damn, I should've yelled louder.                        : rush-mgr ]

The bassist in my band ran into them in a music store in Milwaukee.  They
noticed him because he was playing Rush tunes.  So I know that they were fans.

Also Randy only had two tom-toms on his kit.  I would of killed to see
someone play that fill with only two toms.



P.S.-- I have one of Randy's sticks and all I had to do was catch it! 

If you like music come and check out the Voir Dire website.
Site Maintained by John Tyler


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 08:39:46 GMT0BST
Subject: NBA drummers

For those of us on this side of the pond who found the latest string 
about drummers and their sporting equivalents, I should like to ask 
who is the Lee Dixon of drummers, or indeed the Francis Benali?  See, 
it's pretty arcane, no?



From: "iain fisher" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 01:26:19 PST
Subject: Rush on Uk Radio/TV

Not being a great radio listener but i do remember various bits of Rush 
on the radio from the  80's mainly from Tommy Vance before he went very 

This is all from memeory but I remember Xanadu two or three times,  and 
he also played some tracks before album releases such as Tom Sawyer and 
Spirit of Radio from the ESL, New World Man (Signals) and  Afterimage 
(GUP) and i think Red Barchetta from MP.

Alan Freeman played Nobody's Hero just before Counterparts was released 
and some guy who i can';t remember his name played Anagram from the 
Presto album just before it was released.

Also the Old Grey Whistle Test from around 1985 had a short interview 
with Alex and played a bit from The Big Money video.

Anybody else got any recollections ?


From: Slim Jim 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:23:37 +0000
Subject: Re: Kneel and Fill wrote:
> > any North Eastern readers remember the 'hot&heavy half-hour?
> Oh yes.  The Hot and Heavy Express.  Happy, happy days indeed.  Heard
> Territories on there before it was on general release, and Available
> Light.  Also had Xanadu played as a request, way back when.  Wasn't
> it more like four hours or so?  Maybe 10pm till 2am??  Whatever - it
> was most excellent.

Agreed!  Originally, back in the late seventies there was a spot 
on Metro's rock show called the "hot & heavy half-hour" - by 1979 
or so, because it was the most popular part of the programme, it
had taken over the whole show, at which point it became the "hot & 
heavy express".

Rush had a fanatical following in Newcastle in the late seventies,
due in no small part to Metro Radio, I would say.  They played 
ATWAS to death in early 1977, and by the time Rush came to 
Newcastle City Hall (June 11 1977) the Geordies were really up for 
it.  It was a fantastic night, the audience went absolutely wild
and you could see that the band were overwhelmed by the response.
We wouldn't let them go without a second encore and I'll never
forget the look on Alex's face when they came back on stage to do
Best I Can.  He looked amazed!



From: "Chad M Werner" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 07:04:25 -0600
Subject: Bands... In Case Anyone Else Cares

When someone talks about bands other than Rush on the NMS, it's usually
DT, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Genesis, etc. Lately though, there have
been a wide variety of people & bands mentioned here; which is really
refreshing. Someone defended their affection of Semisonic recently.
Semisonic is a talented 3 piece (git, bass, drum), but bass AND drummer
fill out Semisonic's sound with keyboards. Their song, "Singing In My
Sleep", is a perfect pop (a GOOD thing) song in a similar way that
"Spirit of Radio" is a perfect pop song. It has really great, heartfelt
lyrics that anyone into making mix tapes (ME!) can relate to. Juliana
Hatfield was mentioned as a Rush fan. I like her voice. Helmet was an
almost-thread on the NMS recently. The drummer IS a Peart fan. Someone
who hadn't listened to Helmet asked if they were worth checking out...
Yup. They are heavy as hell. I don't mean DT heavy, or Metallica heavy.
I mean HEAVY. Very minimal & spare. They have been described as having
"military-like precision". If this sounds good to you, well there you
go. One last band recently mentioned was the punk band MxPx. This one
through me for a loop. Nice call. I have Move to Bremerton & I enjoy it
quite a bit.

Now for MY band plug (besides the above Helmet plug): Take a listen to
Massive Attack. They are trip hoppy, electronic & yet quite organic.
I've heard Geddy say that he listens to them.


P.S. I know I'm behind a bit, but I just bought REM's Automatic for the
People.... What a gorgeous record! "Drive", "Nightswimming" & "Find the
River" are just beautiful.


From: "Douglas White" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 09:01:33 -0500
Subject: oldies and geezers

Jonathan A Gilsdorf posted a Geddy Lee interview from (2-1-99), featuring the question "how do you 
keep playing "Spirit of the Radio" for 20 years?"

After picking myself off the floor, having checked the math,
I still am stunned by that simple question. Obviously
Geddy has had to think about this every tour, so he's
come to accept it, but great honking googliemooglies!!!
That "20 years" bit completely blindsided me.

Just thought I'd try and find some other geezers to commiserate
with... I caught Yes' 30th anninverary tour, and that didn't
kick me in the head like this. Where's my Buddy Holly 45's?
(ouch! he's been gone 40 years! ow! ow! I'm gettin old!)

ORQ: "But even when I'm grey / I'll still be grey my way"

  Doug White -
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From: Tom Beaudoin 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 11:44:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: smoked me out! Beaudoin replies

Hello to Nick and all who have written me in the last several months about
seeing me in various media, on NPR, in Spin and Swing and Tikkun magazines,

I haven't been able to sneak in as many Rush references in all these
media as i would have like, though occasionally i get the opportunity!  

My new book, _Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X_
is the culprit.  If you see me speaking in your hometown or hear me on your
radio station, please say hi!  I have yet to meet a fellow NMSer in my
sojourns around the country or in the media. 

All of this would explain my silence on the NMS in the last several 
months.  Things have been VERY busy.  And on top of this i'm trying to 
finish a Ph.D. dissertation!  Still, i'll have you know that i cranked 
the new Rush album all the way home in the rental car from a gig at 
Amherst College in Massachusetts last night.

I remain, your Rush theologian,

Tom Beaudoin


From: "Robert Ashley Davidson" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 00:25:44 -0800
Subject: Feeling old all of a sudden!

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this way.

Is it really twenty years since they wrote Permanent Waves? I mean not
released but actually wrote it.

It was such a ground breaking record at the time, a brilliant sharp and
clean sound, fantastic songs as ever, but so much more current.

I mean call me old (36), but 20 years is a hell of a long time to me. I love
the old stuff, I adore the recent stuff, and I worship the bits in the
middle, but 20 years, good grief!

I don't care what hall of fame they are or are not in, they get my medal
every time.

I don't know what the band are up to, or what plans they have, but if they
stopped now, I would be happy with what they left behind.

Thanks lads for a colossal time.


From: "Gary and Rhonda" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 13:39:18 -0600
Subject: Interesting Review of the band

As Much as I hate Rolling Stone Magazine I recently read this in
The "Rolling Stone Album Guide"

"At least Rush pumps out a more approachable and human brand of sci-fi
fusionoid pomposity than say, lofty elitists like "Pink Floyd" or "King
Crimson". That vague populist bent suits this musicianly Canadian power
trio, and hints at at its preconceptual roots as dull, perennially
second-billed metal plotzers.
Drummer Neil Peart, guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee have all
developed some fearsome chops on their instruments over the years; their
love of trickery time signatures and busy solos is what hypnotizes fans and
bores everybody else. Lyricist Peart's mystifying cosmic bent and lead
singer Lee's clawing banshee howl inspire similar love-it-or-loathe-it
debates. "2112" and "All The World's A Stage" mark the end of Rush's muddy
space-plowboy phase; with "Permanent Waves"("Spirit of Radio", "Jacobs
Ladder") and "Moving Pictures"("Tom Sawyer", "Limelight") the group sculpts
a more tuneful, AOR friendly approach without foresaking its
trademarks--middlebrow philosophizing and flashy instrumental trappings.
After "Signals" and "New World Man", popular tastes took a shift away from
the 70s' -identified progressive rock sound -of course, Rush has continued
to follow its quest, regardless of trends.
"Chronicles" gives a definitive overview of Rush's first 15 years,
graphically charting the bands gradual development over two hour long
discs- the impeccable sense of chronological detail will either be
informative or excruciating, depending on your taste. After that, you're on
your own. Rush is in it for the long haul."
Reviewer---Mark Coleman(1992 ??)

As a long time Rush fan who has read many a rip on his favorite band, at
least this review gives some
 a little shall I say "truth" to what he was trying to say....."You LOVE
em--or---You HATE em"
Oh well I found it interesting.....


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 14:54:08 EST
Subject: au to wav?

I'm trying to find a way to convert a .au file to a .wav file.  Winamp does
not have a filter for .au files, and I would like to add some of the .au files
from the NMS webpage to my playlist.  Any help is appreciated.

Also, I am trying to find an MP3 of Rachel Bartons "TSOR" (I'd like to hear it
before getting the disk).  

Lastly, Rush goddess, any official word on the release of the Symphonic Rush

Hanstones <-- "magic at your fingers"


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 15:15:18 EST
Subject: "Bonus Tracks" on Remasters

Regarding the question of the "bonus tracks" on the Rush remasters.  When
ATWAS and ESL were originally released on cd, "What You're Doing" and "A
Pasage to Bangkok" were deleted to fit the album on one cd.  When Chronicles
was released, those missing songs were added to the track listing.  When the
entire Rush catalog was remastered and re-released in 1997, new technology
allowed more space on the cd and the songs were returned to their original
spots in the lineup.  

Hanstones <-- "only stop for the best" 


From: Ike Pigott 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 15:17:37 -0600
Subject: The Dennis Rodman of Drums.

Judging from the stability of his marriage, I'd have to say... Tommy

Ike Pigott
"just a fool on television getting paid to play the fool."


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:14:53 EST
Subject: DVD by Christmas 1999?!!!

Hey all, I emailed the editor of Music Boulevard regarding the Geddy
interview, where Geddy was asked: "So will there be a video version of this
album?" and he said "I'm hoping maybe by this Christmas".

The editor replied within minutes (wow) that Geddy was talking about Christmas

This makes me nervous, however, as the new Rush studio album was supposed to
be released at the same time.  Hmmmm....... 


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:09:59 EST
Subject: Acoustic Alex

     Hello fellow Rushians, here's a question that is a little more senible
that the Peart-Collins or fastest guitarist debates.  (Sorry if I offend
anyone!)   I have a couple of questions about Alex.   1)  I understand that he
INVENTED the guitar stand that he uses live when he does songs like "Closer to
the Heart."  You know, the one that holds his Ovation while his PRS or
whatever is strapped below it.  Is this true?  2) I also heard a rumor that he
played some part in the development of the pedal (I think it's a pedal) that
makes his electric guitar sound very much like an acoustic.   He used it on
such tunes as "Driven."
     By the way, I was at the concert in Dallas on the 24th of May (LPS) and
heard the version of "The Trees" whis is now on DS.  Jsut thought that was
kinda cool!



From: "NK" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 13:37:34 -0800
Subject: Rush Covers Your Favorite Song...

Hi Guys!
Here's one that I haven't seen before...

Lot's of people cover Rush tunes, but what if Rush covered someone else?
(Don't throw anything at me!)  Think about it... it could be your favorite
non-Rush song, a Movie Theme, Top 40,  AOR, or even, my God, Country!  (I
had to throw that in, I'm in Bakersfield!  Buck Owens would kill me!)  I was
just wondering...  could 'ya all' respond.  It would be a more fun 'thread'
than that #$@#!!! 'who's fastest and bestest' crap.  Give me your top 3
picks.  Even 'why' if you want to expand!  Thanks!

                                                ~Nick  ('Bakersfield Nick'
(not the Evil Nick who lives somewhere else...))


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 13:44:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: re:live albums

"Seconds Out" by Genesis contained drums played predominantly by
Chester Thompson, Genesis' touring drummer from when Phil took over on
vocals.  Bill Bruford only played on "Supper's Ready" I do believe,
and Phil played drums along with Chester on some of the longer, more
intricate arrangements.  This held true up until Genesis' most recent
tours.  But as I have written before, I feel that this whole
Collins/Peart debate is an exercise in futility at best.  Both
drummers are extraordinary, this from a drummer and long time fan of


From: "M@tt Osmond" 
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 14:20:02 PST
Subject: Rush sighting (sort of)

Hello fellow rushians! until now I have been taking the voyeristic 
approach to enjoy this news letter, and I have been enjoying it very 
much. I just have not had anything of interest to report. But I have to 
tell someone this story who will appreciate it, because the police 
officer, nor the other people involved werent too appreciative. 
  The other day I hopped in my into my automobile appropriatley named 
BY-TOR, Prince of Darkness, and took off on a quest to go get some 
nourishment. I turned on the radio, and started to sample the choices 
that Utah radio has to offer (written Sarcastically). I stopped when I 
heard ELO┤s Turn to stone, and I started singing along. I have always 
had a secret love for the Electric Light Orchestra, but had a hard time 
admitting to it, until now. As I approached an intersection on 90th 
south, the song approached it┤s end, and it quckly went into this 
amazing Ębum bum bumĘ, Ębum bum bum..... It was the beginning to 
Subdivisions, on Utah radio. I about pooed my pants in excitement!! I 
lost all control, and started grooving out to this fantastic song, 
thinking It┤s about time Rush started getting some more airplay on this 
station! Then I thought about all the people listening to this station 
probably enjoying this song, most not even knowing who the hell is 
singing it. Then I thought that maybe, after hearing they will go to the 
local record store, and pick up a Rush album. And then of course they 
will then get addicted, and have to collect them all, and then they will 
join all of my fellow rushians on the TNMS fanzine, and all because they 
finally played a Rush song on this radio station. Then suddenly I saw in 
front of me a brown bus full of handicapped kids, and the next thing I 
saw was my beautiful by-tor suffer a painful, and messy death as she 
plowed into that brown tank of a bus. Now my point to this story is I 
don┤t think this incident would have happened if rush got a little more 
airplay. I even tried to blame the whole thing on the radio station, but 
the police officer looked at me as though I were some kind of idiot. So 
I hope you all have learned something from this story. If you happen to 
be driving, and Rush comes on the radio, pull over. Thankyou for 
Sincerely, Matt osmond


From: The King of Norway 
Date: 10 Feb 99 17:36:38 EST


The bonus tracks are simply the fact that "What You're Doing" is on ATWAS and
"Passage to Bangkok" is on ESL.  Previously, these were deleted on the CD
versions and only available on Chronicles.

Joel Foreman

  From: "matthew alexander majewski" ; 
  Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 22:01:38 -0000 

  Hello all! 

  Has any been to the web site recently and looked up the Rush 
  catalogue? Well, I did today and their claiming that their copies of ATWAS 
  and ESL are remastered(not hard to believe) and have bonus tracks on
  I think they are mistaken about the bonus tracks but any comments from the 


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