Submitted by Name: James Kramer From: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Comments: G'Day from Australia!
I've always been aware of Rush (I grew up in the subdivisions - reference intended - of suburban Toronto). Moreover, my step-grandparents lived next door to Geddy Lee's "cottage" (more like a mansion) in Keswick north of Toronto; my Mom tells me that Geddy's wife sometimes stored her Mercedes in my grandparents' spare garage space. But in 1980 (when I was 13), I was a huge Beatles fan and largely uninterested in anything else. On one occasion, Geddy popped over while we were up visiting for the weekend and my parents asked my sisters and me if we'd like a picture with him. I was so nonplussed I declined (though one of my sisters did take up the offer of a celebrity photo). I always liked the songs I heard on the radio (eg Tom Sawyer, Subdivisions etc), but as we know, some of their best work was not made for that medium. I bought the Chronicles CD in the 90s but it never got a huge amount of play.
I'd been noticing increasing references to Rush in recent times (films like Fanboys, I Love You, Man and their brilliant new documentary). I could never really make out the lyrics to Rush songs, so when I learned about Neil's wordsmithing in "Beyond the Lighted Stage", I listened to the music anew with the lyrics in front of me for the first time. My whole perspective changed - suddenly the music acquired a depth I'd never appreciated before. So while back visiting Toronto in July, my girlfriend and I saw them in concert at the ACC. We were both blown away. She commented "just seeing Neil's drum solo was worth the price of admission". So in a matter of months, I've become a huge "born again" (my secular views aside) Rush fan. In some ways I'm lucky because I'm "discovering" albums like 2112, Farewell to Kings, Fly By Night (to name just a few of my "new" favourites) for the first time. Unlike some people, I really like their 80s "synth" phase too (I love "Hold Your Fire" even if it's not usually cited as a fan favourite).
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your informative site - these days I'm keenly looking for new Rush information and material, and you provide a great resource.
Cheers from Down Under
Admin reply: Thanks for visiting, James and for giving us a brief glimpse into your history with Rush
Enjoy the site-
Added: September 23, 2010
Submitted by Name: Dave H From: East Providence, RI E-mail: Contact
Comments: Great site! I just came across it when I Googled "Rush Concert History" and found the date of my first Rush concert, first concert ever actually. April 8th 1979. It seems like yesterday. I was and still am a huge Neil Peart fan. After The Good Rats opened the show on that Sunday night, the lights finally went down, which seemed like an eternity from the Good Rats set and breakdown to the main entree. The roar of the crowd was unbelievable. My eyes were peeled center stage as I was about to see my hero, Neil Peart for the first time. I'm not ashamed to admit that as I type this I have goosebumps. Anyway, it was still dark but there was a lit hallway in back of the stage that surrounded the back section of the arena that threw enough light where I could see the silhouette of Neil's huge double bass drum kit with the percussion frame surrounding it. I could hear Neil going up and down on the toms but couldn't see him because of a black sheet covering his set. When the stage lights came on, a stage hand tore off that black sheet from Neil's drums and there he finally was with his long hair and mustache. I was in heaven. In the 6 or 7 times I have seen Rush since then, it seems that Neil is the center of attention. I don't mean literally, but everybody goes crazy when he throws his stick high in the air and catches it right in tempo. And there are many air drummers in the crowd. I am partial to the older Rush catalog, "A Farewell to Kings" through "Moving Pictures". "Fly By Night" is great too. I have been revisiting those albums recently and listening to them brings me back to those care free days of my youth....Where has the time gone? Great in depth site. It's in my bookmarks now.
Admin reply: Thanks for stopping by, Dave -- hope you enjoy the site!
Added: September 15, 2010
Submitted by Name: Nelson From: California E-mail: Contact
Comments: Saw Rush in LA and Vegas wao!! they are the best!! This is awesome site great job! keep RUSHING! Looking foward to the FL show in Oct 2.
Added: August 23, 2010
Submitted by Name: Ellen From: People's Republic of Oregon
Comments: Thanks for the great site!
I attended the Rush "Time Machine Tour" in Seattle on August 7, 2010. Fantastic show! The guys looked great and have never sounded any better. Despite the cool and damp weather, the show sold out. Huge and very appreciative crowd.
The songs I really enjoyed were "Spirit of Radio", "Red Barchetta", "Time Stand Still", "Subdivisions", and "Tom Sawyer". One surprising standout was "Working Man". This has never been one of my favorite Rush songs, but Geddy Lee did a slow and lyrical, slightly Reggae version of this as their final number.
Many thanks to Rush and the audience members who made this concert the high point of my summer.
Added: August 16, 2010
Submitted by Name: Drew From: Scottsdale, Arizona E-mail: Contact
Comments: Great site...amazing band...enough said...keep up the good work...I love the old articles you have shared! Peace!
Added: August 10, 2010
Submitted by Name: Daniel F. From: Spokane, WA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Great site!
Added: August 2, 2010
Submitted by Name: FELIX CAPPUCCIO From: DOUGLASTON QUEENS NY E-mail: Contact
Comments: JULY 24 2010-RUSH AFTER ALL THESE YEARS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST ROCK BANDS THERE EVER WAS THERE PREFORMANCE THAT EVEING WAS AMAZING AND QUITE POSSIABLE THE BEST CONCERT OF THE SUMMER FELIX CAPPUCCIO.
Added: July 30, 2010
Submitted by Name: Axeshredder From: Long Island NY E-mail: Contact
Comments: Awesome site!...Ill be there at Jones Beach..Box 55 row cc...stop by and say hello
Im so excited about this show...and Rush altogether..been a fan since a teenage
Added: July 21, 2010
Submitted by Name: Diane From: CHi town E-mail: Contact
Comments: Very cool.
Added: July 20, 2010
Submitted by Name: FletchRDG From: England E-mail: Contact
Comments: Brilliant site, If anyone is a trekkie RPG player then this site is the place to be interms of ship specs. garanteed to get it spot on.
I also have a request, can some one create my ship for me? I have blue prints and specs already i just want something that I can use for my RPG website.