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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2187

                  Thursday, 01 Apr 1999

Today's Topics:
                   Different Strokes ?
      Re: Beauty, ? Sides Live, Ticket Sales, Radio
           Re: The Great Debate - and Evander??
                       RUSH on VH-1
                       goosed bumps
                     Europe is at war
                        Neil's Hat
                        What Cup?
              Re: Boots and Scarred Records
                      Favorite Lyric
                   Ultimate Peart Lyric
                   Ultimate Peart Lyric
                       Paper Shoes
               Count me in on Spock's Beard
                 Re: RUSH @ FLYERS GAMES
                    Re: RUSH ON TAPE!
                    Re: Various things
                     Re: IntroRushdom
         Re: "Le Studio" in Morin Heights, Quebec
                   Ultimate Peart Lyric
                         Mr. Big
             Scarred/Spock's Beard/Fave Lyric
                    Re: getting bored
                     Scarred Records
          Popping the Rush Cherry/Music Lessons
       03/29/99 - The National Midnight Star #2185
                  Anality, and RushIntro
                        Victor II
                       Rush on EdTV
                 The Next Buddy Rich. . .
                      Pavement song
                  Favourite Peart Lyric
                    Rush opening bands
                   Rush and other songs
       Will Rush ever be on VH-1's Behind the Music
         Lupoli hits the big 15 (years, that is)
                       Masked Rider
                 Peart lyrics to live by
                    54-40 for Trey...
            So many threads, so little time...
     Why aren't there any Rush "insiders" on here???

Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 07:56:58 EST
Subject: Different Strokes ?

>From: "Alex 'Arekkusu-kun' Gray" 

>And, to prolong The Thread That Would Not Die a bit more ^_^, I think Neil and 
>Phil Collins are at the top of two very different schools of drumming.

Alex, I am so glad that someone shares that view.  I was beginning to think
that I really had missed something.

Drum-on all you Fishermen.....



Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 17:38:53 EST
Subject: Re: Beauty, ? Sides Live, Ticket Sales, Radio

Jack Hesse wrote:

> Bill Bruford 
>and Steve Hackett are credited on a few songs.  This confuses me, 
>because the liner notes say that those particular songs were recorded in 
>1979, a few years after both men left.  So something in those liner 
>notes isn't right.

Bill and Steve played on older live recordings that may have been used (BBC,
King Biscuit). Steve should be credited with writing also.

>Rush-hating bandmates.    Does 
>anybody have any theories about why this happens?  What's so special 
>about hearing Rush on the radio?

In a word- Ethics. Rush has a dimension of ethic.

Roll the bones for me (I won't),
Las Vegas


Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 17:41:57 EST
Subject: Re: The Great Debate - and Evander??

Zahid wrote:

>the great Phil Collins vs Neil Peart debate

Phil IS a better drummer but I still would rather meet Neil, given the choice.
I recommend to those who aren't steeped in Genesis to procure everything from
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (`74) through Duke (`80), especially the live
recordings (Seconds Out `77). Atlantic Records has issued remasters on CDs,
but thank God for used vinyl ( remember records?).

More fuel-
Top 3: Genesis, Rush, Yes. But in what order? And why don't I have any Zep?

 Zorro (the brother out in Vegas [with] The promise of a decent job, Far away
from YOUR hometown- Grand Island, NY :)


From: Lyle 
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 16:29:35 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RUSH on VH-1

Hey All-

Anyone else hear that the Red Barchetta video will appear on a VH-1 show? 
That's all I know, so if someone can help fill in the blanks, I'd appreciate 



From: David Borasky 
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 20:17:28 -0500
Subject: goosed bumps

The following passages always goose my bumps:

1.  2112 - "I stand atop a spiral stair / An oracle confronts me there / He
leads me on light years away/ Through astral nights, galactic days"

2. PoW - "the pilot of 'Enola Gay'/ Flying out of the Shockwave/ on that
August day"

3.  PoW - final verse of "Territiories" - "They shoot without shame/ . .
>.When a colourful rag is unfurled"

4.  countless others including "The honest man" verse of Nat. Science; first
verse of "The Weapon"; etc etc etc



From: "Herman de Regt" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 14:22:24 MET
Subject: Europe is at war

As an European Rush-fan I can't stop singing the last verse of 
`Territories' to myself these days: Europe is at war!

Just to remind us:

`They shoot without shame / In the name of a piece of dirt / For a 
change of accent / Or the colour of your shirt / Better the pride that 
resides / In a citizen of the world / Than the pride that divides / 
When a colourful rag is unfurled'.

Why can't we at least TRY to be citizens of the world?

[Just for my own information: Do people in the U.S. talk about the 
war in the Balkans?]

Greetings from the Netherlands,

Herman de Regt.
dr. Herman C.D.G. de Regt
Faculty of Philosophy
Tilburg University
P.O. Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands


From: Jonathan Fowler 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 14:37:15 -0800
Subject: Neil's Hat

Hello Fellow Rush Fans,

           Throughout the past months I have been trying to find out
where I could buy one of the hats that Neil wears when he's drumming. I
want to buy one because I heard that it really keeps the sweat off your
face. If anyone knows where I could get one please let me know!!! :)




From: "Russell J. Thorpe" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:23:53 -0500
Subject: What Cup?

>From: Tom Slovik 
>Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 21:01:39 -0500
>Typically for many many home games this season "YYZ" is played just
>prior to the pregame skate & warm-up session.
>"Where's My Thing" is also played during the starting line-up
>"Limelight" has also been used as bumper music prior to face-offs.
>During the pregame "YYZ' I notice many AIR DRUMMERS in the crowd. It's
>neat to see all the arms flailing in unison.
>ONE MORE TOUR ---------ONE MORE CUP !!!!!!!
>or two...
>perhaps three....
>four even....

Last time I Saw Philly in the Finals, my Wings done whooped the "Legion of
Made Lindros look pretty silly too. Now we have Chelios, and Clark.   

Russell J. Thorpe
Systems Administrator
Toyo Seat USA Corp.
ph. (810)724-0300 ext.148
ISO 9001/QS-9000 


From: William Hall 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:31:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Boots and Scarred Records

Slim Jim wrote:
"I take it that he has received permission from the copyright 
owners to distribute their material then, and that they receive 
the appropriate royalties?"

Obviously he hasn't.  But that isn't the question being raised here. 
This thread has been about Ryan's honoring his customers by fulfilling
their orders as promptly as possible with a quality product.  The
morality of bootlegging is another thread that, ultimately, each person
must decide for themself.  If you believe that it unfairly takes money
away from the band, then that's fine with me.  I used to think the same
thing, and I realize that there are no concrete arguments for my side.  

I'll offer up two instances where the band has spoken on bootlegs. The
first was a text interview I read with Neil.  He was asked about the
performance of Bad Boy from theLadyland broadcast of Dec. '74.  Neil
responded with (not verbatim quote, but the same meaning) "So, you
circumvented our rights, supported piracy, and purchased a bootleg?  I
thought as much, but we'll forget about that."  I believe this is on the
NMS site somewhere.  The second was Geddy on either the DS radio
premiere, Atlantic Records fancast, or the DS Rockline.  Geddy commented
on bootlegs in regard to his producing the live album.  He said that it
was hard for him to feel driven to produce the album when he knew that
fans out there had boots of the tour already, but at the same time he
understood that boots are very important to some of the fans, and
admitted to having owned boots when he was younger (presumably of The
Who?), and understood that these same fans were always there for new
official stuff on release day.

I favor trading over buying, as I don't think anyone should profit off
of live recordings except the band. And for the record, everything at
Scarred can be traded for from other people on the net.  However, if you
do wish to buy a recording along with quality packaging, then Scarred is
THE safest place to do so.  Let's not ignite the old bootlegging thread

William Cary Hall
ICQ# 6956498
Homepage @
Check my Rush/DT tradelists

"The point of the journey is not to arrive." -NP


From: "Michael Director" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:56:00 -0500
Subject: Favorite Lyric

Their is such a vast amount of material to choose from, but here are  my two
immediate ones:

Those who know whats best for us must rise and save us from ourselves

You can't have something for nothing, you cant have freedoom for free


P.S.  Does anyone know whatever happened to Greg Jaeger?


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 16:41:18 EST
Subject: Ultimate Peart Lyric

Like all threads that force us to pick a favorite Rush anything I find it
impossible to do that. But in the Bill Clinton spirit of a bj is not cheating
I will attempt the impossible..

I've got idols and icons, unspoken holy vows
Thoughts to keep well hidden-
sacred and forbidden
Free to browse among the holy cows
Thats why I believe

Just my 2 cents


"I can not recall"
Any Clinton present, past or future cabinet member


From: Matt Maholchic 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 16:13:52 -0800
Subject: Ultimate Peart Lyric

Great theme.
Hands DOWN, this is and always has been my ultimate favorite Peart 

"Cities full of hatred, fear and lies-
"Withered hearts and cruel tormented eyes-
"Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise-
"Beating down the multitude, and scoffing at the wise."

In fact, that might be my all-time favorite Rush song as well.


From: "George Rogic" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 17:14:12 -0500
Subject: Paper Shoes

> When someone comes over he always offers them paper shoes.
> Not slippers but paper shoes.    Who know they could be made
> from Gucci or something.

Oh my... I'm sorry, it's kind of like giggling when someone you know
gets clobbered... I can't help but be amused over this little
revelation. Please don't tell me that their furniture is covered with
vinyl slipcovers and that there's a clear rubber mat running down the

I'd hate to be visiting with my kids... he'd burst a vessel.

This is just too funny to a guy who's forever picking up sippy cups
and soggy graham crackers off the floor.


From: "Bruce Carlson" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 20:23:06 -0500
Subject: Count me in on Spock's Beard

Yep, I like Spock's Beard, too!

Alrighty, then.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:29:17 EST

Many of us sang along with the cuts from Victor(I) during the pre-show of Test
For Echo when the boys came to Vegas- very far from the Great White North
(Good day, eh?), but obviously committed. 
P.S:Thanks for putting up w/a former Niagara mouth-runner. See you in July at
Beaver Island Park on Grand Island, NY! 
I'll be posting the most volatile stuff sooner than later. Yah, you'll be
glued, eh? Beware...

Tom Slovik  wrote:

>Typically for many many home games this season "YYZ" is played just 
>prior to the pregame skate & warm-up session.  
>"Where's My Thing" is also played during the starting line-up 
>"Limelight" has also been used as bumper music prior to face-offs.  
>During the pregame "YYZ' I notice many AIR DRUMMERS in the crowd. It's 
>neat to see all the arms flailing in unison.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:59:54 EST
Subject: Re: RUSH ON TAPE! (Mark J. Lanzilla) writes:

>does anybody out there other than me have ALL the RUSH albums on >factory 
>issued tapes??  
>any spares???

Zilla! Go to every local used music store and get as much as you can on vinyl!
You won't be sorry, and SO cheap! Then cut your own tape (through a BBE
processor extremely recommended). DS may not come out on tape ever (or vinyl,
for that matter). Sorry.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 22:07:48 EST
Subject: Re: Various things

Edward Lovell  wrote:

>I borrowed a Village People tape from a 
>friend.  On the back was 2112...I've never been the same!

Excellent! Disco and AF2K came to me at the same time. I was torn asunder! But
still build my own skate 23 years later.

>2) Spine Tingle: Bravado

No doubt.

>3) Scarred records provides a very, very valuable service 
>to the internet.  If you haven't, goto his site and buy some 
>of his great products!

Where is this site? Pray, tell!?


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 22:13:05 EST
Subject: Re: IntroRushdom

Stuart Hodgetts  wrote:

>there never seemed to be ENOUGH Rush albums to buy!

There still isn't!

I don't remember where the 8-track tape player came from, but my best friend
Mark Brown and I got a hold of AF2K on an 8-trck tape and just let it run and
run and run! The late 70's were special, really.
AF2K is *still* a groovy disc (now on CD), start to end.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:44:03 EST
Subject: Re: "Le Studio" in Morin Heights, Quebec

>Triumph who recorded many albums at their own Metalworks



From: Stuart Hodgetts 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 13:29:44
Subject: Ultimate Peart Lyric

G'day all,

I thought it was a great aussie tradition to abbreviate words (eg afternoon
becomes "arvo", lottery becomes "lotto") but we seem to have a new
one...Ultimate Peart Lyric becomes UPL !

I just had to chuckle...

To keep those interested up to date, Lyrics from "Power Windows" (and
especially "territories") seems to be in the lead for the UPL.  Very apt
considering the state of affairs in Kosovo.

Anyway - keep them coming! Remember - limit to 4 lines.

Billy's UPL :

It's a motor of the western world,
Spinning on to every extreme,
Pure as a lover's desire,
Evil as a murderer's dream.

"Cut to the Chase" CP.

Billy Oz ...out

Dr. Stuart Hodgetts
Research Associate
Department of Anatomy and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia
e mail


Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 00:49:45 EST
Subject: Mr. Big

What tour was Mr.Big (bass player Billy Sheehan formerly of Talas in the
Buffalo area) an opener? RTB?


From: "Paul W. Cashman" 
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 23:40:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Scarred/Spock's Beard/Fave Lyric

Like a snake coming out of the darkness :), I'll unlurk long enough to
post about Ryan W. and Scarred Records.  I ordered a copy of SPINNING
YEARS (a DT boot compilation, with c. 8-10 CDs compiled onto one MP3
cd) and had it within a week and a half, and this was a few years ago.
4 weeks' delay for a bootleg is pretty good; hell, I sometimes take
that long or longer for "elaborate" trades.


Spock's Beard -- after hearing "The Good Don't Last" I was sold.
Great band, and not coincidentally they're one of Mike Portnoy's
favorites.  They have a new one out, too, but I haven't gotten it 
yet.  I'm preparing a massive order to Laser's Edge.  :)


My single favorite Rush lyric is also shockingly topical today:

Better the pride that resides
In a Citizen of the World
Than the pride that divides
When a colorful rag is unfurled

Paul W. Cashman  | Listening to the city   Whispering its violence   |       I set out watching from above
ICQ #4151223     | The 90s bring new questions  New solutions to be found
Dream Theater  -->       I fell in love to be let down


Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 01:23:15 EST
Subject: Re: getting bored

Simoa Drew  wrote:

>I got bored with RTB and didn't listen to it for several months

Even when I used to just turn on the radio and listen to new Rush on Q107 or
CHUM-FM, lots of Rush music had to grow on me. I'd buy the newest album, often
with a bit of disappointment initially, only to discover I couldn't get the
melodies and bits of lyric out of my head until I memorized the whole thing,
like every other album. It's cool to turn on a memory like a CD .

But my iMac makes all the difference now:

Click and jam! Thank God for (free) Netscape and (free) RealPlayer  :)


From: Brian Robinson 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:28:13 -0500
Subject: Scarred Records

I tried to go to the Scarred Records home page and it was no longer
there!  Has something happened to Scarred Records, or has it been
moved?  I know that Ryan has been a topic of discussion lately in TNMS.
The address I currently have for Scarred Records is:
Any info would be appreciated.


From: "B.J. Morgan" 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 10:50:12 -0500
Subject: Popping the Rush Cherry/Music Lessons

Hola Rush fanatics,

So I've been silent for a while.  It happens.  Classes are starting to catch
up with me.  I have enjoyed reading all about the various virgin Rush
moments, so here's mine:

It was '92, my freshman year in high school.  I was in the marching band,
and we would have various competitions across the great state of Indiana.
On such an occasion, one of my drumline comrades handed me his walkman
during the return trip from an upsetting defeat in Carmel.

Before I knew what hit me, I was being slammed by Tom Saywer.  All I could
think was, "Wow, that drummer is good!"  I was hooked.

On another note.  It's pretty common (not to mention a good idea) for kids
to learn a musical instrument at an early age.  I started piano lessons at
the tender age of 4, and started drumming at 12.  Music has played a
critical role in the education of many younger kids.   And for a majority of
children who start around 4 or 5, they have a tendency to achieve higher
grades and develop better academically. -

Check it out:

See you in Xanadu,
B.J. Morgan
Indiana State University


From: John Richardson 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:20:41 -0500
Subject: Mooseboy

In response to:

>From: "Michael Melo" 
>Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 08:48:02 PST
>>I'm sorry, but you mean to tell me (and everyone else) that you 
>>playing drums at age 3?
>Yeah I did.

	I hope you didn't think I was blasting you, it just seemed pretty 
incredible that you started playing at age 3. I wish I had started that 
young (though, i'm a bass player). You must be one bad mo-fo. 



From: John Richardson 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:38:44 -0500
Subject: 03/29/99 - The National Midnight Star #2185

In response to:

>From: Colin Miller 
>Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 21:43:25 -0800
>Subject: Young Drummers
>>I'm sorry, but you mean to tell me (and everyone else) that you 
>>playing drums at age 3?
>I started playing drums at age 6. What's the big deal? I thought
>everyone started that early. I learned on Boston and Tom Petty, BTW. 
>"Try Me, I Rock"

No big deal, Colin. I'm just jealous. My earliest memory was from when I was 
3. Ain't no way I could have played or understood a damn thing. I had no 
contact with the actual instruments of rock music until I was like 14 when my 
friend Jeff got an electric guitar for Christmas. You can see how deprived I 



Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:37:59 EST
Subject: Anality, and RushIntro


How's this for anal:

	1.  Rush CD's not a part of regular collection.  They are isolated and
organized all nice and pretty like.  Like some, I burn a copy of the cd for
car use, and keep the original untouched.  Dont want them to turn out like my
first copy of HYF.  That was ugly.

2.  I had my wife get me a DVD player for christmas, just because there was a
rumour that the video for DS would only be on that format.

As for the intro to Rush:

High school as a whole was my intro to Rush.  The drumline in the HS band was
a sort of Rush cult.  YYZ and TS were the gospel according to Neil, and
subsequently MP was the bible.  I was reluctant to listen.  I was into bands
like Jesus Jones, Mary's Danish, and Information Society.  Then as a senior, I
was dating a girl who was into Rush.  Roll the Bones was the tour of the day,
and she brought RTB with her on a trip to the beach.  Ghost of a Chance was
the song that finally turned me into a Rush fan.  Imagine that..a girl
converts me into a Rush fan.
Well, I have the whole collection, and am considered by most of the people in
the bands that I play in, a Rush Freak. OK by me!

	As for UPL, 
"Boys and girls together, paint the mirror black----the mirror always lies"

Nuff said!



Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:56:30 -0600
Subject: Victor II

     Concerning Victor II, check out this site:
     The LATEST UPDATES section gives a number (And email) for SRO/Anthem 
     Management. I tried the email and it bounced back. The phone number 
     worked (416) 923-5855. The lady I spoke with was well aware of Alex 
     Lifeson and she said there is currently no plans for another Victor, 
     as far as SRO/Anthem was aware.
     Check it out. Go to the site and click latest updates. Then click the 
     Anthem emblem and you'll get the email and number.
     I was driving myself crazy looking for updates as to if, when, Victor 
     would come out. Now I can relax and wonder if, when new Rush will come 


From: "Brad McGuire" 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 11:21:58 PST
Subject: Rush on EdTV

This may have been covered already, but in the movie EdTV the character 
Ed is wearing what appears to be a 2112 Man and Star t-shirt. He is 
wearing it during the hospital scene.  Anyone see it?  Pretty cool eh?

Get out there and rock!
Get Your Private, Free Email at


Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 16:26:40 EST
Subject: The Next Buddy Rich. . .

I was flipping the channels the other day before work and came upon what
looked like a public access presentation of some sort.  There was a guy
standing in front of a drumset, interviewing the kit's owner.  The kit was
large (20+ pieces) and had about 10 cymbals of varying sizes and shapes.  The
interview was over and it was back to playing, so I stayed tuned.

20 minutes later (by now, I will be late for work) the guy stopped playing the
kit.  There was an older man accompanying him on keyboard and accordian; yes
accordian.  The small crowd watching applauded politely, not fully realizing
what they had really just witnessed.

The drumming was sensational - clear, precise, deliberate and complex.  Not as
"musical" as a Neil composition but that was not this drummer's agenda - he
was just showing his chops.

Maybe some of you have heard of this guy.  His name is Jacob Arnon - and he is
about 10 years old.  His dad was the accompanying musician.  The audience was
5th graders.  I was FLOORED!  In fact, seeing this kid whack away like that
made me realize just how far I have to go, just like when I walk away from a
Rush show.  AMAZING!

I am not easily impressed by drummers - I have seen Portiny (just can't spell
his name) and Bozzio in clinics over the last year.  Both were good and did
some incredible things but didn't wow me like a Neil, Carter Beauford - or a
Jacob Arnon.

I asked myself after if I was just wowed because the kid was, well, A KID!
Yes and no.  If Neil had played what the kid played; no real big deal - I
expect that from a seasoned pro like him.  From a Bozzio (and I am not
knocking him), well, it would have been a better show than his clinic.  And,
no, I couldn't play everything Jacob did on that show.

The show was produced by the L.A. (I believe) public school system. The kid is
certainly in the right place to showcase his talents - LaLa Land.

Remember the name - Jacob Arnon.  Or was it Arnen.  Damn. . .   ;)  Doesn't
matter - we'll all know it one day!



From: Peter Beshuk 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 17:01:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Pavement song

Can anyone answer this?:  There's a song by Pavement called "Rattled
by the Rush".  Is there any connection to Rush in it?



From: Kevin Bohrer 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 17:14:52 -0500
Subject: Favourite Peart Lyric

This post could be miles long with all of my "favorites" that Neil has
written.  The one that seems to be my all time fav. however is from Tom
Sawyer.  As overplayed as that song is, I still must turn it up to
maximum volume and belt out along with Geddy every time (after air
drumming with Neil's solo):

"No, his mind is not for rent
to any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent -
But change is"

Oh yeah!  Tell it like it is, brother Neil!



From: Kevin Bohrer 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 17:27:43 -0500
Subject: Rush opening bands

"CMW" responded to "Ike's" comments about Primus.  I too was at the show
in Minneapolis and thought Primus was pretty cool.  Had never heard them
before, their music was "funky" (sorry for lack of better words) but
came away with a better appreciation of Primus, esp. when I heard that
they really admire Rush.  Awesome concert, but not as good as good as
TFE - that was absolute nirvana!  2112, Natural Science, Analog Kid,
sure hope they have another album or two and tour still in them!



From: Brian 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 19:42:07 -0500
Subject: Rush and other songs

I have thought for a while now that the Subdivisions beginning and
subsequent repeats sound awfully similar to parts of E.L.O.'s Fire on
High. The radio station we listen to at work played them back to back
once, and my cousin/boss, who's not really Rush fan said he thought they
sounded similar. More copyright infringement?  ;)



ICQ# 20498943


Date: Tue, 30 Mar 99 19:54:18 -0500
Subject: Will Rush ever be on VH-1's Behind the Music

     Unfortunately, the answer is no.  Don't get me wrong I would love to 
     see it but the bottom line is people just don't know who Rush is.  
     Especially the VH-1 crowd.  Plus if you've noticed there is a thread 
     to all the "Behind the Music"'s.  In the middle of every show there is 
     some sort of tragedy.  Either the person gets into an accident or they 
     get into drugs.  Sometimes both.  And in the end of the program the 
     person has gotten over this with a new sense of renewal and could 
     never have been happier.  This is not the case with Rush.  I know you 
     are thinking what about Neil's recent tragedy but that has occured in 
     the tail end of the band's career.  Plus ofcourse, people don't care 
     about Rush.  They are not acknowledged by the media.  There is a 
     chance that Rush would make the stations Legend's series but don't 
     count on that either.  Really it's too bad.  This amazing band that 
     has done something so special, so different, so well, has been such a 
     diamond in the rough, will go virtually unnoticed.  I don't like The 
     Greatfull dead yet I understand their legacy.  Unfortunately because 
     of the media's stupidness, other music fans will never know who Rush 
     was, what they were about and what made them special.  How sad.  Sure 
     it is their own fault or maybe their own desire.  But when something 
     this great, this once in a century comes along, you'd like to think 
     that the media would find them and show them to us and teach us how 
     great they are and what they meant even if the band doesn't advertise 
     for itself.


From: "Dr. Samuel A. Scott" 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 19:16:58 -0600
Subject: Lupoli hits the big 15 (years, that is)

I think we should all give Matt Lupoli (aka Mr. "Age: 14") a special
web-roast birthday party on May 18th.


From: Deborah Fowler 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 17:23:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Masked Rider

I didn't note who asked about this, but i had to respond.  _The Masked
Rider_ was an excellent book.  of course, Neil is an amazing writer
anyway (as if anyone reading this is not aware of that fact).  I read it
on the plane ride to South Korea where i'm currently a professor of
English.  It set the perfect tone for my time here and my explorations
of myself "unmasked" and without context.  It's a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

On the same note...  I know that Neil has written other books, one of
which is only available through him and not the publisher.  How on earth
could i get my hands on that?!?!  If anyone has a clue, PLEASE email me!

Gotta run...  "too many hands on my time..."


Travel is a tonic for the soul...  -Harrod & Funck


From: "Brian and Emma MacLennan" 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 20:39:42 -0500
Subject: Peart lyrics to live by

These are my favourite Peart lyrics:

Quick to judge  Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand

No, his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent--
But Change Is

I think the last two lines speak volumes about Rush--and their fans.

It is just a coincidence that the lyrics came from the same album...

Brian, in the "subdivisions" of Toronto.


From: James MacLachlan 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 20:59:39 -0500
Subject: 54-40 for Trey...

In our last episode, Trey writes:

> Also I need to know if anyone knows where I can pick up 5440's first cd.
> =
>  I need 2 of them actually.  I'm pretty sure that it has been =
> discontinued but if any of the Canadian subscribers can give me some =
> information I'd appreciate it.
> Trey

You can check out They have a fine selection of
Canadian music. I would also suggest you check out 54-40's latest,
"Since When...". It is ALOT more "folksy" then their last few
cds.....but the songwriting is just damn fine!! Speaking of which, why
aren't more of you Rush fans talking about great NEW and upcoming bands
instead of the "sameoldsameold".???? There is SO much GREAT NEW music
out there...heck..just check out the TNMS "Mars on the Horizon" section.
The Tea Party..Our Lady Peace...Creed...Depeche Mode. Actually, I
remember hearing "Tragic Kingdom" the song from No Doubt at the T4E show
here in Toronto, just before the show. Their NEW tune DAMN well
rocks...and VERY much reminds me of mid-80's Rush...with that ska
sound..but heavy guitar. Kinda like "The Police" meets "The Sex
Pistols". Oh ya, and if any of you think that just because some of these
young drummers are "new and trendy", they aren't worth anything, thats
pretty close minded. Do you think Neil sits around and listens to Kansas
and (insert 70's dino band here).??? Think again. Now..before you go
thinking I am some "youngster"...I was raised on those same bands too.
But, even as a 30-something guy, I STILL dig ALOT of NEW music...and 95
percent of what I listen too is just such. Anyways...IMHO...

"I'm young enough not to care too much, about the way things used to be...
I'm old enough not to care too much, about what you think of me"

Neil Peart, "Cut To The Chase"

Remember "Life is A Highway"?
Visit our Official Tom Cochrane HomePage:
James MacLachlan


From: mlogg15 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 19:58:37 -0600
Subject: So many threads, so little time...

Guten Tag, Rush Fans!
	This is my first post in quite a while. Being on spring break this week
has allowed me to catch up on my NMS's, so I thought I would weigh in on
some of the current threads. Here goes...

1>First Rush experience: August 1992--I was at high school band camp when I
ran into a friend who had MP blasting on the stereo. "Tom Sawyer" was just
ending and he began to explain the storyline to "Red Barchetta" as it
started. Can we say blown away? This song, imho, is one of the more simple
compilations of Peart lyrics, and yet it remains my favorite. I think this
song appeals to me because of its ability to stimulate the senses, its
"push the envelope" attitude, and, simply, it was the first song I
associated with Rush. Which leads me to...

2>Favorite 4 lines of Peart lrics:
"Wind in my hair...
 Shifting and drifting...
 Mechanical music...
 Adrenaline surge..."

3>1st Rush concert: TFE Tour. Atlanta. 9 December 1996. I don't know if
this was the last concert at the Omni before it was demolished, but if it
was, it was an awesome going-away party! Three men, raw power, thousands of
screaming fans, and, of course, great music.

4>Goosebumps: As an aspiring bassist, Geddy's solo in the DS version of
"Driven" just does it for me. 

Well, I had better stop before I end up giving my $0.03. Thanks for
listening. Let's hope for a quick return of Rush to the studio! Later...

"You can't trust a madman alien..."


From: James MacLachlan 
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 21:11:22 -0500
Subject: Why aren't there any Rush "insiders" on here???

You know, it's not THAT hard to swivel your way into a rock
bands/musicians life. You just gotta keep at it. Thats how I got to meet
Alex for the first time. It was through Tom Cochrane. Tom invited me up
to check out the recording of his cd "Ragged Ass Road" (in which Alex
plays on 3 tracks), and I still remember sitting in Tom's lovely
studio/den in Oakville, Ont., having a beer with Tom, Bill Bell, and
Lerxst. Mind you, it was funnier watchin Al trying to play golf to show
us he was a better player then Tom, with Tom's wife's cats ball-toy
thingy and a piece of a cymbal stand. Anyway, if there are any "Andrew
McNaughton" types out there...c'mon...share the goods!!!


"I'm young enough not to care too much, about the way things used to
I'm old enough not to care too much, about what you think of me"

Neil Peart, "Cut To The Chase"

Remember "Life is A Highway"?
Visit our Official Tom Cochrane HomePage:
James MacLachlan


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