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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2180

                  Thursday, 11 Mar 1999

Today's Topics:
                The Bleary~Eyed By~Tor!!!
2112 Dekstop Theme and Wallpapers, plus Rush Skin for Winamp at Power Windows
                Clock ticking on Rush....
                 Taking (making) a stand
              beauty and truth and danishes
                       First Intro
                       Drummers ...
            Intro to Rush/Fight the good fight
     Re: 03/02/99 - The National Midnight Star #2179
                 "Fight the Good Fight" 
       Different Stages...Is it really different??
                    RE: Intro to Rush
                     Re: Niel Vs... 
                      Intro to Rush
                  SIGNED GUITAR FOUND !!
                   SUZANNE LYALL MISSED
       A Sort Of History: 1986-1999 In 2 Paragraphs
             Re: another unheard Rush(?) song
                     The analogy kid
               another unheard Rush(?) song
                    re: Intro to Rush
                    rush introduction
The what, where, when, and how of becoming a Rushian.  =)
               The bassist thread/drummers
               Politically Incorrect Script

From: (The RUSH Fans Digest Manager)
Date: Thu Mar 11 12:38:02 PST 1999
Subject: Administrivia

There haven't been any digests for a week or so, we moved all the files off
to our "new" syrinx machine and should be good to go! I'll be plowing through
the admin mail later today. I don't believe there were any bounces, but
if your mail DID bounce just resend it.

And we finally have more news on the symphonic album! I have to wonder if I
should even bother updating the web page anymore, since a few people wish
that "there was a page that had ACCURATE rush information"... *sigh*

Invisible Symphony

  1. Animate
  2. The Big Money
  3. Xanadu
  4. Losing It
  5. High Water
  6. The Spirit Of Radio
  7. Subdivisions
  8. La Villa Strangiato
  9. The Pass
  10. Afterimage
  11. Vital Signs

This will be available only through the Internet via a special website that 
will take credit card orders, but will also give a mailing address to send 
checks and money orders to. A special advertising campaign will begin in 
magazines and websites throughout bookstores and the Internet. 

There is still mixing going on 2 tracks "Xanadu" and "High Water", and 
the artwork for the album is still in the beginning stages.

The website was due to start as previously noted at the end of December but 
is being designed and set up for instant credit card access.

25,000 copies are being pressed and an order number will be available
also by 1-888. The new release date is for July 20, 1999. Orders
will begin June 14, 1999. The 1-888 number and website will be turned on the
same day.

 - rush-mgr

One final note, GET THE NEW STAR WARS TRAILER! It's too cool! It's also
25mb :-)


From: "Chaz Mattson" 
Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 08:53:59 PST
Subject: The Bleary~Eyed By~Tor!!!



I mean Halllllllllllooooooooooo RUSH'ians.....

I just have one question....Do you guys talk about anything 
besides .....RUSH..........maaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn???????

"Do you have anything besides Mexican food??????" 

~ Chevy Chase in The Three Amigos after taking care of the villans and 
being taken care of by the Mexican towns people after "saving" their 

>...brings a tear to me ol' eye really!!!



Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 13:02:26 EST
Subject: 2112 Dekstop Theme and Wallpapers, plus Rush Skin for Winamp 

I have updated my webpage: where you'll find
my 2112 desktop theme, new 2112 album scans for wallpaper, and the first and
only Rush Skin for Winamp on the net.  

Note, if you received a copy of my Rushamp Skin from Graham Erickson, dump it
and get the version from my webpage.  Graham somehow got an "unauthorized"
preliminary copy that I had sent to a few for testing, and it is NOT the final
revised version.



From: "KUBIK, MIKE" 
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 17:59:02 -0600 
Subject: Clock ticking on Rush....

Hello fellow Rush-heads!!	

I was sitting here at my trusty computer and gateway into the Rush kingdom
while listening to the Winamp stream (brilliant idea Rush mgr) and wondered
whether our boys will release another studio album.  I also considered the
last two albums and tours and wondered whether that might discourage them
from stepping into the next millennium.

Consider these figures:

The "Test for Echo" tour sold 339,911 out of 465,090 tickets (73.1% of
capacity) while the Counterparts tour sold 565,202 out of 600,624 (94.1% of
capacity).  These figures are only partial and from the NMS website so I
don't know all accurate they are, but there is a definite downward trend.
Personally, their show here in Minneapolis was 1/2 full for TFE, whereas the
CP tour was a sellout.  Also, CP entered the charts at #2, where TFE entered
at #5 and quickly left...I think you get the picture.  I think many of the
die hard fans will continue to go to their shows, whereas the fringe fans
(the ones that only cheer for Tom Sawyer and Closer to the Heart) forgot
about them or decided to just stay home.  

I think that if Rush releases another studio record and decides to tour,
they are going to need a decent AOR hit single, or at least some better
promotion work from Atlantic.

Bye for now

Mike Kubik

visit my vanity site at

play the quiz, fill in the survey, cast your vote in the poll--tons of fun
for the whole family


From: (The Rinckster)
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 21:12:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Taking (making) a stand

All this talk (?) of The Omega Concern
made me think..........

This hasn't much, if anything, to do with Rush, but it does involve a
music stand and is one of my famous funny (rock and roll roadie)

Used to be this guitar player in one of my old bands who kept a lyric
notebook at his feet during gigs.  He pitched a royal shit fit one night
because his stupid "book" was out of order.  Bear in mind that this was
not a major production; it was a bar band playing covers and two, count
'em, two originals.  

Well, kidrock was puddling about his little bookie, I am saying what's
the freakin' big deal..."can't you just remember what you are singin'?!"
and our other guitar player is saying:   "Hey, I saw Yes and Jon
Anderson was using a music stand!"

I politely responded that there WAS a difference.  We were not playing
Tales From Topographic Oceans at The Log Cabin Inn.

serenity  courage  wisdom  just for today


From: Angela Fritz 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 09:55:02 -0600
Subject: Anagrams

Not much RUSH content, except for the relation to "Anagram (for Mongo)",
but I thought most of the TNMS readers would find these interesting.


>An Anagram, as you know, is a word or phrase made by transposing or 
>rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.   The following are
>exceptionally clever. Someone out there either has way too much time to
>waste or is deadly at Scrabble.
>Word                  When you re-arrange the letters
>Dormitory                       Dirty Room
>Evangelist                      Evil's Agent
>Desperation                    A Rope Ends It
>The Morse Code             Here Come Dots
>Slot Machines                Cash Lost in 'em
>Animosity                       Is No Amity
>Mother-in-law                  Woman Hitler
>Snooze Alarms               Alas! No More Z's
>Alec Guinness                Genuine Class
>Semolina                         Is No Meal
>The Public Art Galleries    Large Picture Halls, I Bet
>A Decimal Point               I'm a Dot in Place
>The Earthquakes              That Queer Shake
>Eleven plus two                Twelve plus one
>Contradiction                    Accord not in it
>This one's truly amazing:
>To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler
>in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous
>And the Anagram:
>"In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent
>hero,  Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten."
>And for the grand finale:
>"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
>Neil Armstrong
>The Anagram:
>"A thin man ran; makes a large stride, left planet, pins flag on
>moon! On to Mars!"
>Nope, one more!
>The following phrase is a perfect anagram to start the
>It can be rearranged (with no letters left over, and using each
>letter   only once) into:


From: Simoa Drew 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 12:42:35 -0500
Subject: beauty and truth and danishes

hey all,

if I break a mirror, is it a reflection on me?

anyway, I'd like to throw a new thread idea out into the pond and see how the 
ripples lap (or something like that)...

Rush's music almost always has a certain, exclusive beauty to it (and I say 
"almost" is as much as the Police's music almost always has a certain beauty, 
except when you listen to "Mother"...), but some songs and parts of songs are 
simply sonically gorgeous to listen to, nevermind the originality or banality 
of Neil's lyrics.

For instance, "Totem"'s chorus has become the standard of beauty by which I 
measure Rush aesthetics.  That fantastic layering of vocals , guitar 
harmonics, bass line and, far back in the mix, Alex's chords supporting 
everything, all add up to a beauty approached only by a few other Rush tunes.

the first sonically static minute or so of La Villa; the ending Alex lead and 
chant of You bet Your Life (now there's an under-rated, if slightly cheesy, 
tune!); and, perhaps, the chorus of Analog Kid also standout as moments of 
Rushian beauty.

What are your moments?  What music, songs, etc do you find so beautiful that 
they bring goosebumps?

btw, in reply to McDow Mobile's question if Rush fans are as anal as he is; 
well, I'm not sure what standard we're looking at, but since the music tends 
to be pretty anal, I'm quite sure many of the fans are as well.  

I alphabetize my CD's and put them in chronological order according to group 
(Rush's eponymous album first, followed by FBN, COS, ad nauseum).  That's 
pretty anal.

cheers and beers,



From: Brian 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 19:50:08 -0500
Subject: First Intro

Unofficially, seeing Big Money vid on MTV all those years ago. I had
remarked about the cool graphics with the flying car.

Officially, 1987, sophomore in HS. Picked up Moving Pictures after
hearing Limelight, and was surprised to find the 'new' album (HYF) at
the records store.

Records, remember those? almost as obsolete as my Commodore Vic 20!




ICQ# 20498943


From: Brendan 
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 20:18:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Drummers ...

 I only check the NMS occasionally, so forgive me if I'm being redundant.
But, on the matter of the best drummers of all, I do believe that Carl
Palmer from ELP is being tragically overlooked.

 Just a thought ...

 B r e n d a n


From: "Bill Bibber" 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 20:26:42 -0500
Subject: Intro to Rush/Fight the good fight

My intro to Rush was against my will.  My junior high school buddies and
I listened to a lot of music after school while playing D&D.  Usually it
was Zep or Who, etc.  One summer, one the guys went to a Rush show with
another of his friends.  The next day he went out and bought Moving
Pictures and Permanent Waves.  He played them constantly for weeks and
weeks.  My first reaction was not very positive.  I had a hard time
following such complex music.  Not long though, did it take for me to
catch on, and that was that.  No one compares nowadays, as far as I'm

Also, to the guy who asked about "Fight the Good Fight", that  would be
Triumph, another fine Canadian power trio.  Unfortunately, Rik Emmet's
ego eventually ended that band.



Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 20:48:42 -0500
Subject: mp3's

Long time list member (4 years or so), first time
posting. I figured this was good enough to mention...

It took me a while, but I finally finished ripping all
of Rush's studio albums into mp3's (yes, I do own them
all). I did it so I have a something worthwhile to 
listen to while at the office. Anyways, in case anyone
has thought about doing the same, they will ALL fit
onto ONE CDR! L3enc at 128k with a combined total of
638mb (close call, I know). I'm listening to it as I
type...out of town and only had to bring 1 cd for my
laptop. How cool is that??


ps: $20 will get you a copy...send self addressed, blah
blah blah j/k :)


From: Jim Questa 
Date: 	Tue, 2 Mar 1999 21:14:32 -0400
Subject: Re: 03/02/99 - The National Midnight Star #2179

>From: z z z 
>Subject: another unheard Rush(?) song
>i'm sure i'll sound stupid here,

I'm doing my best not to agree with ya. ;-)

>Fight the good fight every moment,
>Every minute, every day

"Fight the Good Fight" by the Canadian trio "TRIUMPH" released on their
album "Allied Forces", 1981  Many people compare these two bands as they

1)	are from Canada
2)	are a 3 Peice rock band
3)	have a singer with a hi voice

>it sounds so much like geddy, it's downright ridiculous, please help

That's Rik Emmett.  He still comes to Cincinnati once or twice a year and
plays at a small club called the Blue Note.  He still has his voice, and
can play his guitar like nobody else I know, but whatever you do, DON'T ask
him about his old band mates.  :-)

If you think he sounds that much like Geddy (and I agree with you), you
should have seen the Triumph video for their song "Somebody Out There".
During the chorus, Rik was looking back at the camera with binoculars.  He
looked a LOT like the kid on the "Power Windows" album cover, which came
out about the same time.  Does anyone else remember that?

   Jim  -

|       |  |___    Jim Questa / Questa Songworks
| |  | |_\   4237 Redwood Terrace
|___________________________|__|____|  Cincinnati, OH  45217
 (_)(_)               (_)(_)    (_)   "Here comes the Rock & Roll Express!"


From: "Neil B. Billeaud" 
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 20:21:37 -0600
Subject: "Fight the Good Fight" 

>>	i'm sure i'll sound stupid here, but has anyone ever heard the song that
>>	has the chorus
>>	Fight the good fight every moment,
>>	Every minute, every day
>>	it sounds so much like geddy, it's downright ridiculous, please help

"Fight the Good Fight" was by a 70's Canadian hard rock band called Triumph.
They were a trio as well, and I believe they admired Rush. I used to listen
to them some, they were actually pretty good. I think they must have broken
up a good while back, but I don't know for sure.


Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:57:49 EST
Subject: Different Stages...Is it really different??

   Hey fellow fans.. I've been meaning to send my thoughts on the latest
album, D.S., but am just getting around to it finally. Please respond,
positive or negative. 
   Anyway...I was thrilled to learn that Rush was doing another live one. I
quickly bought one of the last copies at the record store. As I waited in line
I read the song roster and was shocked to see sooooo many of the same songs
done previously on live albums. I mean really...Closer to the Heart, AGAIN?
How many albums and video's is that one on now? Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer,
YYZ (even though I love that one, I love em' all, actually), Limelight and
Freewill have already been on live albums and took up valuable space that
could have had tracks you will never hear live, unless you caught it on tour.
    As for the 1978 disc. It was great to hear that stuff, to tell you the
truth, I would have rather had 2 of the disc's from 1978. I would pay some
serious money to hear Hemisphere's live. I know they are sitting on those
tapes. Why, I don;t know. Maybe they didn't like they way it came across on
tape....who knows?
    Overall, I like the album, even with the redundant set list, it was nice
to hear them electronically different. I like the fact that the drums had a
nice clear tone and were very present in the mix on the album. Of course it
was wonderful of them to do 2112 in it's entirety. 
    Cheers all....they are about due for another studio album, wouldn't you
     P.S.  Anyone hear of them doing a video to go with this album??


From: Ike Pigott 
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:55:41 -0600
Subject: kar


It's been a long time since Kinder Acts of Rand-dym has surfaced.

Did we do damage with that thread, or what?

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


From: "Pierre Langlois" 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 21:51:44 PST
Subject: RE: Intro to Rush

Someone post a story like mind, so I decided to post mind.  I was in 
high school, and two of my friends were nuts about this band called 
Rush.  I was so sick and tire of earing how great YYZ was, or how 
amazing Neil's drummig was, that I hated that band for a long time, even 
if I never heard any of theyre songs.  Untill one day (in english class) 
those friends played The temples of Syrinx in a presentation.  I still 
remember my surprise when I found out how good this band sounds.  I 
asked one of them to tape me this part of the song.  A couples of months 
later, I've grown tire of waiting, and bought the 2112 album.  Since 
then, I'm a huge fan.....

Thanx JS and Dave!!!:)


From: Slim Jim 
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 07:53:27 +0100
Subject: Re: Niel Vs... 

"Lemieux" wrote:
> Hi,
> I have noticed alot of stuff about Neil vs Phil Collins and other drummers.
> In my humble opinion, Neil is one of the best ever.  As for other drummers,
> here's some that I think are excellent:
> Roger Taylor - Queen, The Cross
> Cozy Powell - The Brian May Band
> Keith Moon - The Who

Given that the latter two are  dead, I don't know how Roger Taylor
would feel about being included on that list.. but I have to agree,
especially about Cozy.  He'll also be remembered for his work with 
Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker group, and some 
successful solo work in the early '70s.  He was briefly a 
replacement for Carl Palmer in ELP as well - whether he was chosen
on the basis of his surname initial or it was just a lucky 
co-incidence, I don't know.

Also .. said:
> Er..., I should just like to apologise for the rantings of my
> compatriot Slim, who appears not to know the difference between
> basketball and baseball

Paul - I have *no* confusion about basketball and baseball - I
merely used the term "World Series" as a convenient way to
illustrate that Americans have a tendency to believe that their 
country is "The World".  In fact I think that Americans serving
in Vietnam actually used to talk about going back to "The World".
Criticise or flame if you want but I'd appreciate it if you would
not take it upon yourself to apologise on my behalf - thanks.

Question - is there a US international basketball team?  Is there 
a basketball (real) World Cup?



From: "Kevin Smith" 
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 10:58:01 -0000
Subject: Intro to Rush

Let me take you back....way back....

> Tolworth (near London, sort of, not really) England.  Its the late =
70's, I'm 16/17,  and I'm really into Ten pin Bowling.  I was good too, =
I used to bowl for Great Britain you know (I didn't really but I did go =
to a GB trial.  Bowled shit).  I got friendly with the local Pro and his =
girlfriend, both top bowlers (still are, apparently), and we spent a lot =
of time together.  Wednesdays we would bowl all day at various =
locations.  This meant we spent a lot of time in the car listening to =
music with the (not so) occasional Monty Python tape thrown in.  This =
man got me into ELP in a large way (Trilogy still makes me shiver).  In =
fact before then I hadn't been a serious music listener at all.  So I =
started buying records and borrowing his tapes.  I borrowed a Farewell =
to Kings.  He couldn't get it off me.  I played it constantly.  I had my =
little Hitachi (pre stereo) tape deck next to my bed and my little =
earpiece (pre stereo) and I would rock myself to sleep.  Then enter my =
mate Neil (He's the suit at Ericsson).  I've got a spare ticket to see =
Rush, he says, do I want it , he says, yes please, say I.  Hemispheres =
tour, front row Hammersmith Odeon, my first ever gig.  It was very loud. =
They changed my life.  Honest.

Lots of Love


PS  Re. 2.3.99 TNMS, Will Holt.  That first paragraph was a joke, right? =
 Where is Jungia anyway?
PPS  Live Albums:  UFO - Strangers in the Night
                             BOC - On Your Feet or on Your Knees
PPPS  A fourth member for Rush?  Please.


From: Martin Urionaguena 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 19:45:05 -0400

Hi, I've been traveling in Florida, and guess what I've found for sale in a
store in Orlando ...
THE SIGNED GUITAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I guess it's that auction one. They are selling it for $1.400.

I wanted to buy it so bad...but then I had to pay almost another $700 to my
country's customs, and my wallet couldn't stand that.

See ya'

           "Rush. They must have been one hell of a band."
                    Geoff Barton (2112 Tourbook)

                      Buenos Aires, Argentina


From: Martin Urionaguena 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 19:45:49 -0400

Hi, I'm from Argentina, but I've been making a trip to USA last month. And
I saw on TV that a family is trying to find their daughter. She has been
missed for a year. And during the interview her father said: "Suzanne,
maybe you're still going to the Rush concerts...or surfing the net with you
If you ever hear something about her, or you meet her somehow, let me know,
I'll try to contact that TV station.
Or YOU, Suzanne, if you are reading this... C'mon !!!!!! they are suffering
a lot !! 

Sincerely yours, 

           "Rush. They must have been one hell of a band."
                    Geoff Barton (2112 Tourbook)

                      Buenos Aires, Argentina


From: Martin Urionaguena 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 19:47:21 -0400

Hi, I'm from Buenos Aires, and I was so lucky for being in LA on the same
day the LTE guys played the last of the four concerts of that short tour. I
drove all the way down from Las Vegas where I was in those days, and
arrived to The Roxy at 4 PM trying to buy the ticket. No tickets at that
time...but... the guy were playing inside, and the most wonderful thing in
my life....the door was unlocked...! I got into there, and all the guy
there thought that I was some guy from the production team, so, I stood
there during the entire sound check. I even had the chance to talk a few
words with Mike Portony (I told to him the very truth, "I'm not from the
theater stuff, I'm just a fan from Argentina, and the door was open, you
got it? PLEASE !!, let me stay here just a few minutes more !", and all
what he said was: "OK, I don't know what the fuck are you doing here man,
but no problem, enjoy it") WooooW !!

And at night, during the concert, between the first and second song, he got
the mic and said to the audience: "We have assumed control, We have assumed
control, We have assumed control..."
And guess what... the people got crazy !!!!  I guess even Petrucci's mother
who was there by my side, knew these sacred words....
What a concert !! Unforgettable !

See you!


From: "Chad M Werner" 
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 06:52:43 -0600
Subject: A Sort Of History: 1986-1999 In 2 Paragraphs

Since others are posting their "how I got into Rush" stories, so shall
I. I was 13 in 7th grade, and the year was 1986. I had just purchased an
electric guitar; a light blue Strat rip off called HondoII (still have
it). Someone taught me this D chord riff that I played over & over &
over.... It turned out to be the opening of "Fly By Night". I was
intrigued, but my mind wasn't ready to take up the challenge of Rush
just yet. I was still into the Miami Vice soundtrack & Twisted Sister.
Well, I was an MTV/Atari baby, and while playing Missile Command @ full
volume @ a friend's house, we decided to take a break from
saving/destroying the world to watch our once illustrious MTV. I saw the
vid for "DEW". I liked it a lot. Someone dubbed GUP for me, and the next
year I received the album Power Windows as a gift. From those humble
beginnings, a mild obsession was born. By 10th grade I had all of Rush's
music permanently burned into my brain.

Yes, Rush & myself have been through a lot. We weathered the constant
insults hurled by my Led Zep loving older brother. He held that Rush
always was & always will be a Zep knock off (his opinion was based
wholly on Rush's "What You're Doing"). I held my ground when my good
friends in high school & fellow Rush addicts complained that they were
"changing their style too much" when Hold Your Fire came out. In
college, my collection of Rush music & memorabilia was the subject of
many snickering insults by my Jane's Addiction/Ministry/Grateful Dead
listening roommates. Through it all, I've learned to absolutely LOVE
other bands & styles of music, but Rush has been & always will be a
constant in my life.

(sniff) Kind of brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?


Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 08:57:26 -0400
Subject: Re: another unheard Rush(?) song

     Adam Wrote:
     {i'm sure i'll sound stupid here, but has anyone ever heard the song 
     has the chorus
     Fight the good fight every moment,
     Every minute, every day
     it sounds so much like geddy, it's downright ridiculous, please help
     I believe that is Triumph, another great Canadian Trio.


From: "matthew alexander majewski" 
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 14:29:20 -0000
Subject: The analogy kid

Just a quick thought...

Rush is to rock music what Bill Mazeroski was to professional baseball.  Both 
have had wonderful careers and both have been over looked repeatedly for the 
hall of fame.
For those of you unfamiliar with "Maz" he was one of the greatest 2nd baseman 
to ever to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Perhaps one of the best defensive 
players in the history of baseball.  Yet, for the past 20 some years he has 
been over looked for the hall of fame.
Oh well, none of us are here for fame right?  We're just here because we're 
here...roll the bones...


From: z z z 
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 19:53:32 -0600
Subject: another unheard Rush(?) song

First off, to respond to the following:


i'm sure i'll sound stupid here, but has anyone ever heard the song
that has the chorus

Fight the good fight every moment,
Every minute, every day

it sounds so much like geddy, it's downright ridiculous, please help


Well, you're not far off.  They're a Canadian power trio, but not
Rush.  That's "Fight the Good Fight" by Triumph.  It's on the album
Allied Forces.  I imagine it's been reissued on CD by now, but I've
never tried to find it.

Triumph were a really great band in their heyday.  Straight ahead hard
rock with a slightly progressive edge to it.  I've got all their vinyl
in my rather old record collection, but I haven't tried to get any of
their stuff on CD (just wasn't as high a budget priority as other
bands!)  They have the distinction of being the only concert I've ever
had front row seats to.  My best friend Chad (waves!) took a flashpot
in the face for our trouble.  Great show, though.  Rik Emmett is a
shredder *par excellence.*

As for my intro to Rush, 1980 I was a freshman in
high school, and I was hanging out with this guy who was a friend at
the time, but who I haven't seen since.  He played SoR for me on his
car stereo.  I'd heard the song before, but never known who it was.
So I asked him, and he pulled out the PW cassette case.  Cool, I
thought, maybe I'll get that album.

A coupla weeks later, I went to the local K-Mart and picked up an
8-track of Moving Pictures (they didn't have PW).  No, I'm not
kidding.  Yes, I'm an old fart, don't rub it in. :P  I was 13 years
old and my Sears stereo had an 8-track player and no cassette player.
I'd been hooked on Kansas and Styx for years (after going through my
Kiss phase and then graduating to more sophisitcated music), so Rush
for me was the Holy Grail at the time.  I spent my allowance over the
next several months acquiring the entire Rush catalog.

First concert:  GUP, Tulsa Convention Center, 1984 (right after
graduation!  What a sendoff!).  We had this bitchin' banner we'd made;
we painted a really good Hemispheres logo on one side and a GUP logo
on the other, with "10th Anniversary" written all over it.  Some guy
at the show took our picture; maybe he's on this list.  Who knows.
I've still got the ticket stub around here someplace, I should send it
to rush-mgr so she can scan it.

Well, that's it.  Hope it brightened your day. :)


Ted D. Rossier
Owner/GM, Norman Invasion (AWFL)

"Individually, we are a ass,
but together, we are a genius."


From: "bobby d" 
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 08:32:59 PST
Subject: re: Intro to Rush

John Richardson  wrote:
> What was YOUR introduction to Rush? Who, what, where, when, and how?

Now this is a cool thread!

It was '78 or '79 when I was in junior high(has been that long?).  I was 
in school band but was wanting to learn an instrument to play in a rock 
band.  At that time, I was so into "Kansas".  I loved the melodic 
 arpeggio stuff.  I was trying to get my mother to buy me a keyboard, so 
I could be the next Steve Walsh(singer of Kansas).  She would not get me 
a keyboard because of the expense.

One day, my buddy had me listen to a song off an album.  He wouldn't let 
me know who it was.  The first instument I heard was a bass guitar.  All 
of the sudden I hear this distant bass line playing by itself getting 
closer and closer.  It was "Cygnus X-1".  I was blown away.  I listened 
to the whole FtK album and couldn't believe someone was playing the bass 
that way.  I remembered how I felt when I first heard Geddy's sound and 
melodic phrasing.  The next week my mother bought me a replica of a 

I've been playing and listening ever since.

Thanks Geddy!


From: "Chesley Bryan" 
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 10:21:12 -0600
Subject: rush introduction

The year was 1986, it was a damn fine year.  I was but a lad in the
thriving metropolis of Paris TX, and my buddy, Bone, kept telling me about
this great band.  Yes my friends, I was reluctant but I agreed to listen. 

He played Signals...and I'm on this list 13 years later....

Chesley Bryan
Director of Marketing Research


From: Ryan N Waggoner 
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:57:23 -0500
Subject: The what, where, when, and how of becoming a Rushian.  =)

Well, way, way, way back in 7th grade (I graduated last year :) ), my
best friend, Chris Thomas, and I, were in a technology class for that
9-week period.  We spent a couple weeks working with CAD, a couple weeks
learning about aerodynamics by working with the school's
wind-tunnel......  Anyway, we spent a couple weeks in the sound room,
learning the basics of running a soundboard and stuff.  Running an
imaginary radio station, doing radio shows that only our teacher would
ever hear.  It kinda sucked, but that's not the point.  

Chris brings in some compilation CD for me to listen to in this class (I
don't know what it was).  He puts it in, and starts playing "Tom Sawyer".
 I was slightly impressed, but not exactly ecstatic......until he said
"The drummer's playing that hi-hat part with just one hand."  *THEN* I
was ecstatic.  (Come on...we were 7th graders.  Drummers in the Jr. High
band.  We didn't think we'd ever get anywhere *close* to that sort of
speed using one hand.)  So, yes -- it was just simply the fact that Neil
could play 16th notes one-handed at that speed that got me to start
listenin' to Rush.

Anyway, later, Chris convinced me to sign up for one of those mail-order
music clubs.  And I made one of my first choices MP, based solely on the
fact that it had TS on it, and I'd heard a couple of great things about
some song called Yyz.  

A couple years later (still with MP being the only Rush CD in my
collection), I checked out "Chronicles" from the local library, just out
of curiousity.  I *loved* the first disc, but I really couldn't stand
much at all from the second.  Regardless, I copied the whole thing onto
three previously-used tapes (which I still have somewhere).

And the next CD I bought was T4E.  I heard "Driven" on the radio one
night, as Q95 was premiering the album, and I ran out and bought it the
very next day.

Of course, I'd had exposure to Rush in between all these events, but
those were the three key events.  (After T4E, it was a steady stream of
skipping weeks and weeks worth of lunch.  I figured if I could skip two
weeks worth of lunch, I could buy a new Rush CD every couple of weeks. 
Unfortunately, my stomach won out every once in a while, and I graduated
before I could get all the albums.  But I'm all caught up now.)

Believe it or not, up until I found the album in a local headshop six
months ago, I'd never heard all of "2112".  

Anyway......that's how I came into Rush.  =)


"Get the lizard out of your mouth, and apologize to Holly!"


From: Ryan N Waggoner 
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 00:07:09 -0500
Subject: The bassist thread/drummers

As for awesome bassists, I'd just like to throw in Les Claypool, of
Primus.  (I'm surprised no-one's mentioned him yet!)  Also, Mike Herrera,
of MxPx.  (One of the finest bassists which punk has to offer.)  And, of
course, Dalton Roraback, formerly of Grammatrain.  These are three simply
phenomenal bassists!  =)

Drummers:  What about Brain?  (The guy who took over after Herb left
Primus.)  Personally, I think he's actually *better* than Herb was, and
yet somehow, more laid back.

Of course, there's Paul Roraback.  (Come on....the guy covered "2112:
Overture", and played *everything*!!!  How much more awesome can you

Okay.  That's enough.  I'll shut up now.


"Get the lizard out of your mouth, and apologize to Holly!"


Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 09:35:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Politically Incorrect Script

> > From: Christopher W Lindsay 

Is it rushfan@ or rushfan.2112@?  I sent the following 
message to both, and got a daemon error message about
rushfan's mail quota being exceeded.  Perhaps this is 
something which belongs on the website???

> > Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 23:52:30 -0500
> > Subject: Politically Incorrect Script
> > 
> > To all those who had wanted a copy, I sent them all to asked.  
> > However some of the mail came back.  If you did not receive
> >  a copy e-mail me privately with your address in the letter.  
> > 
> > Thanks!
> >
> Well, I did email you without hearing a response.  Though,
> I'll try again to both rushfan and rushfan.2112...
> TIA for the script!
> Nick (


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