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My best friend through middle and high school had a TV and music.

We'd walk to school each day. Often I would get to his household early to listen to MTV in the early 80s for a few minutes, cause well we didn't have a TV much less cable in my household. He did.

I recall his brother had a turntable. Nobody was around. He time put on Rush for me. It was like no music I'd ever heard before. I don't fault the music my parents listened to. It kind of rocked. I mean the "Man In Black" is (bought dad the entire box set), well enough said. John Denver. But they were not listening to Rush.  

I'd never heard anything like Rush before.

Trying to find the words ....

I often joke, even write here about the best bands I've seen. I've seen many. This is not one of them.

This is the one band I have not seen live that I would LOVE to see live. They might play this:

I'd argue a top five song of the last ten years. Not written in the last five years, but my listening. Watch the video.

Hail to my friend. Glad we listened on your brother's bed to Rush.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:48:52 PM PDT

  •  This Is How It All Started (7+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:50:10 PM PDT

    •  That's when I saw them on tour. (2+ / 0-)
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      Miggles, markthshark

      There were actually many great albums before Moving Pictures, but it is a classic.

      Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

      by Words In Action on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:00:53 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the wayyy back, Web... (0+ / 0-)

      First concert I ever paid money to see in 1973 was headlined by Kiss -- backed up by BTO and Rush.

      Rush (with first drummer John Rutsey) blew away both the other bands by a long shot.

      They got even better with Peart, whom I consider to this day the best precision drummer in rock history.

      "Working Man" became my anthemn.

      Thanks again. (especially for the Peart solo vid)

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:36:25 PM PDT

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  •  Well, their North American shows (4+ / 0-)

    are almost all sold out. A couple of tix left for the Jones Beach (Long Island) and Saratoga (NY) shows. If you hurry. Both of these are do-able from where I live (in Connecticut) but don't know that I will be able to attend either.

    picking off right-wingnuts at the ballot box, one vote at a time

    by JohnMac on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:58:21 PM PDT

  •  Believe it or not I've seen Rush. (5+ / 0-)

    It was a great concert.

  •  I was 16 and on my way to see Rush (4+ / 0-)

    during a snowstorm in Illinois in 1978. We were driving into Chicago from the cornfields. We ended up spinning out in a ditch and ended up getting towed to another cornfield town and calling our parents to come get us.

    T&R for Rush. Most of the music I was listening to at the time was classical, and most of that I was studying it in real time at a piano. But there was just something that resonated in me with their music. To be honest, it got me out of a musical rut.

  •  Thanks, Webranding. Here's a bit of fun... (8+ / 0-)

    In the face of darkness - be the light.

    by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:38:31 PM PDT

  •  Fan for almost 3 decades (3+ / 0-)

    I remember when I was first introduced to Rush in 1984.  One of my friends had me listen to the beginning of the B-side of an Exit Stage Left cassette.  The live and seamless performance of Broon's Bane, Trees, and Xanadu totally blew me away.

    I think I've been to 7 Rush concerts: Power Windows (Austin), Hold Your Fire (Austin), Roll the Bones (Austin and Colombia, MD),  Test for Echo (Rockford, IL and San Antonio), and Vapor Trails (San Antonio suburbs).  I had 2nd row seats in front of Alex's side of the stage for the 2002 concert.

    I also like the crowd pleasers like Tom Sawyer and Closer to the Heart, but my favorite was when they would bring back a seldom played gem like Vital Signs.  I'm still waiting for them to bring back, say, Rivendell from Caress of Steel or Tai Shan from Hold Your Fire.  :)

    •  Ha. You picked up with them right about where (2+ / 0-)
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      Miggles, markthshark

      I left off. I had been listening to them since '76.

      Dont know if I remember them all (though I have them),
      Rush,
      Fly By Night
      Caress of Steel
      2112
      Moving pictures
      Spirit of Radio
      Right Hemispheres
      Subdivisions

      I may be missing 1 or 2. Not exactly in order...

      Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

      by Words In Action on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:05:47 PM PDT

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      •  Okay, Hemispheres came out after 2112 and (2+ / 0-)
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        markthshark, Words In Action

        was followed by Permanent Waves (which has Spirit of the Radio) and then it was on to Moving Pictures and Subdivisions.  To me I think it was the sound from their 2112-Moving Pictures era that attracted the most fans.  A lot of followers were kind of disappointed as Rush gradually departed from that sound, but I liked it and took it as a sign of their maturing and desire to explore new aspects of their music.

        •  What happened was that their music, while (1+ / 0-)
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          Miggles

          singular, was more at home in the roll 'n' roll in the mid seventies to early-mid 80s.

          Also, I believe Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Signals got the most radio play of them all. So I'm not sure about them having a larger audience thereafter...

          Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

          by Words In Action on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 05:28:28 AM PDT

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        •  To be honest, though, I would have to give (1+ / 0-)
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          Miggles

          their music 90's to present more of a listen before I could judge... I really haven't heard much of it.

          Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

          by Words In Action on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 05:49:46 AM PDT

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      •  "Hemispheres" (right after 2112) (1+ / 0-)
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        I believe, although I could be mistaken.

        "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

        by markthshark on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:10:21 PM PDT

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      •  "Signals" too. Not sure of the order offhand...n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

        by markthshark on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:16:53 PM PDT

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      •  Here's the list (2+ / 0-)
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        Miggles, Words In Action

        Rush (1974)
        Fly By Night (1975)
        Caress of Steel (1975)
        2112 (1976)
        All The World's A Stage (live) (1976)
        A Farewell To Kings (1977)
        Hemispheres (1978)
        Permanent Waves (1980)
        Moving Pictures (1981)
        Exit... Stage Left (live) (1981)
        Signals (1982)
        Grace Under Pressure (1984)
        Power Windows (1985)
        Hold Your Fire (1987)
        A Show of Hands (live) (1989)
        Presto (1989)
        Roll The Bones (1991)
        Counterparts (1993)
        Test For Echo (1996)
        Different Stages (live) (1998)
        Vapor Trails (2002)
        Rush in Rio (live) (2003)
        Feedback (EP) (2004)
        Snakes and Arrows (2007)
        Time Machine (live) (2011)
        Clockwork Angels (2012)

        I may have missed a couple, I hope not.

        Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

        by Icicle68 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:36:54 PM PDT

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        •  I have all of them up through Power Windows, (0+ / 0-)

          with the exception of Exit...Stage Left.

          Amazing music.

          Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

          by Words In Action on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 05:20:48 AM PDT

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    •  About the time Caress of Steel came out... (1+ / 0-)
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      henlesloop

      I was just starting to read Tolkien's trilogy. It was the perfect mood music.

      I'm still waiting for them to bring back, say, Rivendell from Caress of Steel

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:08:03 PM PDT

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  •  Saw them in 1980 in Cleveland (which rocks :) (2+ / 0-)
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    Was going to college in NW PA.

    I was 21. Moving Pictures tour. 3rd row center. (It would be 20 years before I would have better seats - 2nd row center, CSNY, Looking Forward Tour, 2000). Amazing concert. Geddy, Alex and Neil, three phenomenal musicians at the top of there game. One of the best concerts of my life, and I went to tons of Dead and Neil Young concerts that were awesome, and these all-day Philadelphia Jam concerts in the 80s that would have a half-dozen bands or more.

    Early MTV was the greatest. Early U2, Flock of Seagulls, Pretenders, Gary Numan (? Cars), Blondie, Huey Lewis, Blue Oyster Cult (I'm Burnin'), Dire Straits, The Hooters (Escalator of Life), Kim Carnes? (Betty Davis Eyes), I'll Melt with You (artist brain fart) ...give me a few minutes and it would all come back.

    Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

    by Words In Action on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:58:53 PM PDT

  •  I feel bad webranding. I toured with them for (3+ / 0-)
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    1BQ, Miggles, henlesloop

    several years but never listened to them or their music. My ex husband was one of their bus drivers. Part of the reason that I didn't watch them was because we slept while they played so we could drive while they slept.

    Another part is that I don't really care for their music. I found out after a while that they wondered why I didn't come to their shows, so I started getting up early and showing up for the last 2 or 3 songs. They seemed to like that.

    They are very nice guys and were way ahead of their time in their own personal tastes. They introduced me to World Music before anyone knew what it was.

    Here is one of my old beat of passes that I now use to keep my rice cakes closed and fresh. ;-)

     photo Rushpass_zps85bd2546.jpg

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:07:53 PM PDT

  •  I've seen them at least once on every tour since (1+ / 0-)
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    markthshark

    Grace Under Pressure. I had a ticket to see them on the Signals tour, but I wasn't old enough to drive yet and my ride (a friend's older brother) decided he had more important stuff to do that night.
    All three of them are each so good at what they do, it's amazing. And as a bass player myself, I've always been a big Geddy fan.
    Only a few people are lukewarm fans - everyone else either loves them or hates them.
    It's been almost 40 years since their first album came out, and it's truly been a pleasure to evolve with them as each new album comes out.
    I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but Rush is the one band I'd pick if I only had a choice of ONE recording to be banished to a desert island with.

    Of course, I'd have a hell of a time picking which album to take with me.....

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:51:18 PM PDT

    •  For me, tossup between "Hemispheres" (0+ / 0-)

      and "Caress of Steel."

      Of course, I'd have a hell of a time picking which album to take with me.....

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:43:52 PM PDT

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    •  take Hemispheres - you're a bassist (1+ / 0-)
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      learning those bass lines will keep you from ever getting lonely!

      I played in a Rush tribute band (called Hemispheres, of course) a little over a decade ago, and people still approach me about that time. The Rush fans are some of the most passionate, appreciative fans anywhere.
      And the music; recreating the soundscapes that Rush made their stock in trade was the most challenging and rewarding musical endeavor I have ever been a part of.  

      Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

      by kamarvt on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 03:56:49 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the vid (0+ / 0-)

    of Bubbles playing along with Rush on Closer to the Heart.  I missed that somehow.

    If you don't know who Bubbles is, look up Trailer Park Boys and be prepared to be entertained, Canadian-style.

    190 milliseconds....

    by Kingsmeg on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 06:44:33 AM PDT

  •  Peart is good at narrative. (0+ / 0-)

    He and Kevin Anderson recently novelized the Rush album "Clockwork Angels".

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:11:01 AM PDT

  •  WARNING--SHAMELESS DIARY FLOG (0+ / 0-)

    Rush (not Limbaugh), Rock-n-Roll, Reagan, and Rand--and what to do now

    Fairly long, but I thought I'd mention it.

    TBH, I had heard rock music on that level by the time I heard Rush; it's just that Rush's music, well, rocks to a degree most other prog hadn't.  Even if I think Yes, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, National Health, and others are actually a little better (at least at their best), making it really rock was something terribly needed, and Rush made it happen.  And Rush sustained a high standard longer than many of those bands, which makes me think their real signature tune maybe ought to be "Marathon".

    The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early; don't mistake an unfulfilled dream for a lost one. A dream has no deadline!

    by Panurge on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:50:57 AM PDT

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