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http://www.rushbeyondthelightedstage.com/

I picked up the DVD last week, and just got a chance yesterday to sit down and watch the movie. I must say for anyone that likes Rush even a little bit, this is worth the watch. Running 1h45m, it takes a look at the early days of Rush and how they made it big. With artists such as Kim Mitchell, Gene Simmons, Kirk Hammet, Les Claypool, Billy Corgan and even Jack Black.

I had seen them a couple weeks ago on their Time Machine tour, and they still rock for a bunch of 60 yr old guys. Over 42 years in the music business and the only bands that have more bronze, silver, gold, platinum(total combined) albums are The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. That's quite amazing for a band that always seems to have eluded the mainstream status.

My fave tunes from them are

Time Stands Still

Manhattan Project

Marathon

Vapour Trails

....... and of course Spirit of the Radio.

The trailer is on the website.

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My fave tunes from them are

Time Stands Still

Manhattan Project

Marathon

Vapour Trails

....... and of course Spirit of the Radio.

The trailer is on the website.

Awesome. I hear it's a great film.

My favorite tunes are:

A Passage to Bangkok (the Exit Stage Left version is one of Lifeson's greatest solos)

Marathon

Spirit of Radio

Limelight

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Awesome. I hear it's a great film.

My favorite tunes are:

A Passage to Bangkok (the Exit Stage Left version is one of Lifeson's greatest solos)

Marathon

Spirit of Radio

Limelight

It really is a great film. The original drummer for the band was pretty damn good as well, to bad he got pulled from the band, but the film explains that he would have killed himself with the booze and partying, so he was let go. And I guess that is one reason you don't hear much about them in terms of battling drugs or alcoholism, they has fun with the music, but were always serious about having that fun.

It was 20 bucks over at the HMV ....

Not to mention that I derived the 'band' name openheartmachine, for the electronic music me and my pal do. I just like their philosophy and approach to making music.

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It really is a great film. The original drummer for the band was pretty damn good as well, to bad he got pulled from the band, but the film explains that he would have killed himself with the booze and partying, so he was let go. And I guess that is one reason you don't hear much about them in terms of battling drugs or alcoholism, they has fun with the music, but were always serious about having that fun.

It was 20 bucks over at the HMV ....

Not to mention that I derived the 'band' name openheartmachine, for the electronic music me and my pal do. I just like their philosophy and approach to making music.

Rutsey was a good drummer, no doubt about it. But Peart brought more than just his percussion to the band. His lyrics elevated the band from the kind of goofy Tolkienesque prog rock to considerably higher levels. Oh, and Peart was and still is one of the greatest drummers in history.

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Rutsey was a good drummer, no doubt about it. But Peart brought more than just his percussion to the band. His lyrics elevated the band from the kind of goofy Tolkienesque prog rock to considerably higher levels. Oh, and Peart was and still is one of the greatest drummers in history.

His lyrics are definitely some of the best in rock out there. And to find out that Peart went back to learn how to play the drums all over again half way through their career is amazing as well. He is already one of the best, but he still has the desire to improve and evolve, all of them do really.

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I have seen this movie listed on TMN. It looks good.

My introduction to Rush was the mid-70's from this dog eared album of my brothers. The first exploding RUSH album. Working Man is still awesome today. I have that original vinyl tucked away in a vintage Beckers milk crate and that tune, among many of their others, on my iPod. I have most of their albums.

My favourites:

Working Man/In The Mood

Anthem/By-Thor and the Snow Dog

2112/A Passage to Bangkok

Cygnus X-1 (heck the entire A Farewell to Kings is amazing!)

La Villa Strangiato

Natural Science

Tom Sawyer/Red Barchetta

New World Man

Distant Early Warning

Show Don't Tell

Test for Echo

I saw them at the local rink during their 2112 tour with Max Webster. It was my first concert and we were at the foot of the stage. It was quite a show with Webster going through memorable renditions of Toronto Tontos and Hangover (both on the iPod today). But at one point during Rush, a flashbomb went off and I was blinded. Then a split second later one of their amps blew up and I went deaf. Then after a few moments the sound, the band, the lights, the crowd and the roaring music all faded back in at the same time.

Good times!

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I love classic rock. But man, i never could get much into Rush. Most of songs just don't do much for me, and the lead singer's voice doesn't help. They go off and do some weird jazzy stuff.

That's the same reason many of my friends can't get into them. Geddy's voice is high pitched indeed. I listened to a lot of Prince so I was already kind of used to high pitched voices.

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I'm afraid In The Mood put me off Rush early on in life. The lyrics always struck me as being a little too infantile.

Excuse me but, it's a quarter to eight and the hour is late?

I recall seeing a group of girls mocking the tune. I guess I took note of that and decided playing it or asking any of them to dance to it might not reflect too well on a guy.

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I'm afraid In The Mood put me off Rush early on in life. The lyrics always struck me as being a little too infantile.

Excuse me but, it's a quarter to eight and the hour is late?

I recall seeing a group of girls mocking the tune. I guess I took note of that and decided playing it or asking any of them to dance to it might not reflect too well on a guy.

I felt the same way when I first heard it. However, there was no denying that it was a perfect song to attract a Top 40 audience and propel them into a big career. Thankfully, the band got through that preliminary stage very quickly.

It's a certainty that back in those days no record label would have supported them on the basis of their LATER work! The 'suits' like schlock! It's what they understand! They have to be forced to support better material. When the money is rolling in there's no way they can stop it.

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I'm afraid In The Mood put me off Rush early on in life. The lyrics always struck me as being a little too infantile.

It could have been like that on their earlier stuff, but to me the lyrics really impress me. Peart is the lyricist behind the band, but it was not like that when they had the other drummer (who was pretty damn good himself), but Lee and Lifeson noticed that Peart had his nose in a book about as often as he had sticks in his hands. So they got him to write, and bam .. pay off.

Excuse me but, it's a quarter to eight and the hour is late?
For this yeah, basic lyrics, but damn the tune rocks. This was pre-Peart

If that was the last Rush song you listened too, you got about 3 decades worth to catch up on.

I recall seeing a group of girls mocking the tune. I guess I took note of that and decided playing it or asking any of them to dance to it might not reflect too well on a guy.

It's hard to dance to any rush track because of the tempo and time signature changes. It's not always 4/4@125 bpm.

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I felt the same way when I first heard it. However, there was no denying that it was a perfect song to attract a Top 40 audience and propel them into a big career. Thankfully, the band got through that preliminary stage very quickly.

It's a certainty that back in those days no record label would have supported them on the basis of their LATER work! The 'suits' like schlock! It's what they understand! They have to be forced to support better material. When the money is rolling in there's no way they can stop it.

They stuck to their guns on what they wanted to do. From the DVD they were on teh chopping block and the record company wanted more #1 top 40 hits, so they wanted to go out in a blaze, and do the album the way they wanted to, and even more so out of spite. Tom Sawyer's your uncle. The record company gave up after that and let them do what they wanted to. Exactly for the reason you stated, the money was coming in, and they could not be stopped.

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If that was the last Rush song you listened too, you got about 3 decades worth to catch up on.

It wasn't and I know they're a lot more talented than my first impressions led me to think. I was more into bands like the Ozark Mountain Devils, the Eagles and bands that incorporated steel string guitars, fiddles, mandolins etc the kinds of things that really put blisters on your fingers. I left the big rock shows in TO behind (my ears are still ringing to this day) and "got back to the country" where I favoured the small music-fests and bluegrass fairs and especially the parking lot picking that went on after hours at these.

It's hard to dance to any rush track because of the tempo and time signature changes. It's not always 4/4@125 bpm.

That's all right, I couldn't dance to save my social-life anyway. I learned how to flat-pick a guitar to do that. B)

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It wasn't and I know they're a lot more talented than my first impressions led me to think. I was more into bands like the Ozark Mountain Devils, the Eagles and bands that incorporated steel string guitars, fiddles, mandolins etc the kinds of things that really put blisters on your fingers. I left the big rock shows in TO behind (my ears are still ringing to this day) and "got back to the country" where I favoured the small music-fests and bluegrass fairs and especially the parking lot picking that went on after hours at these.

Each to their own. I have essentially left rock, but still listen to it enough, electronic has had me for the last 2 decades, and it just keeps getting better. Some good jazzy funk tech house, and I am THERE.

That's all right, I couldn't dance to save my social-life anyway. I learned how to flat-pick a guitar to do that. B)

Whatever it takes, move that body.

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