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Al Cook
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FAR CRY

Pariah dogs and wandering madmen
Barking at strangers and speaking in tongues
The ebb and flow of tidal fortune
Electrical changes are charging up the gun


It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit
It's a far cry from the way we thought we'd share it
You can almost feel the current flowing
You can almost see the circuits blowing


One day I feel I'm on top of the world
And the next it's falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on


One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel
And the next it's rolling over me
I can get back on, I can get back on


Whirlwind life or faith and betrayal
Rising anger fall back and repeat
Slow degrees on the dark horizon
Full moon rising lay silver at your feet


It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit
It's a far cry from the way we thought we'd share it
You can almost feel the current flowing
You can almost see the circuits blowing


One day I feel I'm on top of the world
And the next it's falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on


One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel
And the next it's rolling over me
I can get back on, I can get back on


It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit
You can almost see the serpent growing
You can almost feel the planet glowing


One day I feel I'm on top of the world
And the next it's falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on


One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel
And the next it's rolling over me
I can get back on, I can get back on


One day I fly through a crack in the sky
And the next it's falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on


Ooooh, I can get back on, I can get back on
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Chris Marquardt
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Posted: 12 March 2007 at 10:02pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

<< I just heard the whole thing, and I have to say that it is
freaking awesome.

You heard me,

FREAKING AWESOME!!! >>

I'll see your FREAKING AWESOME and raise you a

BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!

Seriously, if the rest of the album is this infectious and
head-spinning, I think we're all in for a real treat.
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Posted: 13 March 2007 at 5:41am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'd like to raise that BLOODY BRILLIANT to a FUCKING INCREDIBLE! -- course as it may seem. Loving Far Cry.

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Posted: 14 March 2007 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

This morning, I was watching COLD PIZZA on ESPN.

They had a commerical for ESPN's Fantasy Baseball.  In it, former Philadelphia Phillie and current baseball analyst Jon Kruk was fronting a rock band and imitating Jack Black.

In the band singing and playing was Geddy Lee!

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Regarding the drums on Tom Sawyer:

Some of the fills are a bit tricky -- nothing on the level of Buddy Rich, but still take some chops -- but the toughest part, if you play it without cheating, is, imo, the 32nd note ride cymbal patterns (ti-ti-tibby-ti-ti-ti, ti-ti-tibby-tibby-ti-ti-ti) that follow a bit after the solo (after " ... but change is!").

If you just push the stick into the head and let it bounce, you'll get the speed (but it will sound like shit).  If you use actual single strokes via Moeller, push-pull, etc., those 32nds are damn tough to play.  Not many drummers outside of jazz could pull it off as clean as Neil does, I don't think.  Most people would simply cheat (come to think of it, so would some jazzbos).

Other than that, the song isn't all too hard.

Neil's trickiest songs came from the early-to-mid 1980s, imo.  Albums like Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Hold Your Fire gave us some tough ones.  A lot of limb independence challenges, fast one-handed work and odd patterns.  Not easy at all, but hardly top level, I don't think.  I couldn't play that stuff (not cleanly ... I probably could cheat it, of course).  But anyone on the Bruford level and up could, in my opinion.

_Frank Robert



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Posted: 16 March 2007 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Freaking awesome is an understatement!  I'm so excited to see that a new album is coming out.  With all the stuff that Neil has been through, I though for sure Vapor Trails was the end of the show as far as albums and especially tours.  I'm so there if they get remotely close to Indianapolis. 

My favorite drummer:  Neil Peart

My favorite artist:  John Byrne

I love how both of my favorite things are talked about in a single forum.  I wrote about JB and Neil in my business book that was published a few years back.  It's cool to see that so many people share the same passion for the same things.  Kindred souls I guess. 

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Posted: 17 March 2007 at 12:40pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I'm not a big Rush fan, but I like quite a few of their songs. My favorites would be Tom Sawyer, Distant Early Warning, Free Will, and Big Money.

There are a few songs that, if I have a radio on and someone tries to turn it off or change the station when they're playing, that person is apt to end up with broken fingers. Tom Sawyer is one of those songs. (I mainly keep the radio on a classic rock station that only plays stuff from the 60-80's and some early 90's)




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Posted: 18 March 2007 at 9:49am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Have you heard Far Cry yet Brian? I'd be interested in what you think of it!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 18 March 2007 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Very much in the mold of One Little Victory or Ceiling Unlimited...with better more open production!
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Posted: 19 March 2007 at 12:15am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Have you heard Far Cry yet Brian? I'd be interested in what you think of it!

++++++++++++++++++++

No, I have not.
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Posted: 19 March 2007 at 4:37pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Go to Rush.com and have a listen!

Or download it from iTunes for 99 cents.

(Rush.com has been redesigned and it looks like a great start on a new site,
BTW)
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Posted: 24 March 2007 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

For those of you not on the Rush e-mail list, be advised tour dates are to be announced Monday March 26 at rush.com.
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Apologies for the length, but here they are!

June 2007 11 cities, 11 dates
Jun. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheater
Jun. 15 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheater
Jun. 16 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheater @ Florida State
Fairgrounds
Jun. 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek
Jun. 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jun. 22 - Virginia Beach @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun. 23 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavillion
Jun. 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavillion
Jun. 27 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Jun. 29 - Scranton PA @ Montage Mountain
Jun. 30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts
Center

July 2007 13 cities, 13 dates
Jul. 02 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
Jul. 04 - Darien Lake, NY @ Six Flags
Jul. 06 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
Jul. 08 - Homdel, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
Jul. 09 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 18 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jul. 20 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Jul. 21 - Portland, OR @ The Amphitheater at Clark County
Jul. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Jul. 25 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavillion
Jul. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul. 30 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre

August 2007 13 cities, 13 dates
Aug. 01 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug. 03 - Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavillion
Aug. 04 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City @ USANA Amphitheater
Aug. 08 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center
Aug. 12 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 14 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Aug. 23 - Kansas City, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 26 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 28 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug. 30 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

September 10 cities, 10 dates
Sep. 01 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Sep. 02 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
Sep. 06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
Sep. 08 - Chicago, IL @ Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Sep. 09 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sep. 12 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Sep. 14 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee de Quebec
Sep. 15 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Sep. 19 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sep. 21 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place

October 13 cities, 15 dates
Oct. 03 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC Arena
Oct. 05 - Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Oct. 06 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
Oct. 09 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Oct. 10 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Oct. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
Oct. 14 - Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
Oct. 16 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy' Rotterdam
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy' Rotterdam
Oct. 19 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Oberhausen, Germany
Oct. 21 - Mannheim, Germany @ SAP-Arena
Oct. 23 - Milan, Italy @ Forum Arena
Oct. 26 - Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
Oct. 27 - Stockholm, Sweden Globe Arena
Oct. 29 - Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwell Arena

Now the dilemma: my 8 year-old son is itching to go to his first
Rush show, but our date (Milwaukee) isn't until after the school
year starts and on a weekday. 4th grade's not THAT important, is
it?
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Posted: 26 March 2007 at 6:55am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Looks like it'll be Atlanta for me.  First night of the tour, and just four days before my birthday!
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Posted: 27 March 2007 at 7:11am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

39 and 45 for tickets...cough,choke! There`s only three of `em for gods sake!
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Posted: 27 March 2007 at 10:36pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

If this review is anything close to accurate (though we all know
how accurate opinions can be), I'm now even more excited to get
my hands on this CD:

Snakes & Arrows Review
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Posted: 28 March 2007 at 6:13am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Sounds great Chris! Just got my tickets for NEC Birmingham,i know they are expensive,but i figure it may be last chance us Europeans get to see them in the flesh.
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If you go to the Rush site you can pre-order the new album as a dvd version in 5.1 surround! Just ordered mine!
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Posted: 30 March 2007 at 8:36pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Frank - just read your post above. 

Have you seen Neil's Work in Progress DVD where he performs most of the Test for Echo album - solo - while discussing why he made the creative choices he did? 

It's very cool, and really impressive.

 

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Gene:

Yeah, I actually had Work in Progress (lost it years ago) -- good stuff.  I also have Anatomy of a Drum solo -- even better stuff.

_Frank Robert

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Geddy Lee was an in-studio guest on ESPN's Cold Pizza this morning.

Don't know if they're re-running it.

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Two things:

Malignant Narcissism leaked -- has anyone heard it?

and

New snippet on Rush.com -- 30 seconds of Spindrift: WOW!
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<< Malignant Narcissism leaked -- has anyone heard it? >>

Yep. Geddy's first-ever recording with a fretless bass and Neil
using only a 4-piece kit... and it's amazing. It's also short (just
over 2 minutes) and feels more like a rehearsal jam session, but
my jaw still dropped.

<< New snippet on Rush.com -- 30 seconds of Spindrift: WOW! >>

See, I might have to listen a few more times or wait until I hear
the full song, because this didn't grab me like Far Cry or Malignant
Narcissism did. Still nice to hear something new, though.
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I so want to splurge on the $100+ collection of tour guides they are
selling...
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So do i,but the cost of mailing such a weighty tome to the U.K. puts me off!
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