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Bill Collins
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Posted: 06 August 2007 at 3:00pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Who must be around 30 now?
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Julian is now 26.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=2797500&type=sto ry

And there are several references on the internet to him being the kid in the DEW video.

 

 

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Say, have I ever shown you guys the photos from when my wife & I met
Rush?

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Bill Collins
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So,you`ve been on the Simpsons movie site too Al! Hours of fun to be had there!
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I thought Neil turned out particularly well!
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Bill Collins
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Yes,but you gave Alex far too much hair!
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Al Cook
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I did briefly debate giving him Homer hair...

Which brings me once again to the thought that they should dust off the
second track of the first side of Caress of Steel. Only now Geddy should
sing it as "I think he's going bald!"
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Cruel!
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I looked at Alex here today
His eyes just didn't seem so bright
He's lost a few more hairs
I think he's going bald!
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+1 Cool point to Al for that Simpsonized pic
+1 Cool point to Al for the Rachael Ray signature
+1 Cool point to Al for those altered lyrics
+2 Cool points to Al for the "Get Fuzzy" avatar
-1 Cool points for the "Get Fuzzy" avatar being Bucky

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When Conley draws Satchel or Rob doing the "I'm watching you" thing, I'll
make the switch!
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Posted: 25 August 2007 at 6:48pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

BUMP.

I don't want this thread locked before I see the Milwaukee show in two
weeks. After a bit of a break from Snakes & Arrows I took another listen over
the last few days... I canNOT get enough of it. I'm always picking out
something new, and my favorite songs change all the time. The Way the
Wind Blows is my current favorite - I was first unsure of the few spots where
Geddy has to reach for the high notes, but has it grown on me. Very
heartfelt and almost epic-feeling.

This album is rapidly approaching the upper reaches of the best Rush work.
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Posted: 26 August 2007 at 4:43am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Isn`t that the beauty of a Rush album? The more you listen the more you discover,not always `immediate`,but they always reward you with `detail`.

7 weeks and counting,til they hit Birmingham,England!

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I am excited to be taking my girlfriend to her first Rush concert, this Sunday in St. Paul.   It will be my sixth Rush show overall.

I have really been enjoying Snakes & Arrows lately, too -- the material really came to life when they played so much of it in concert (I flew down to Florida to attend the Tampa show in June).

Two of my favorites from the new album NOT being played on tour are

>Possible Spoiler Alert<



"Good News First" and "We Hold On." 
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Al Cook
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I love "We Hold On"! Best album closer in years, and Lifeson's solo is
AMAZING!
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Chris Marquardt
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Finally!

Just saw them in Milwaukee last night. Outstanding! Geddy was in fine
voice, Alex was just soaring through everything, and Neil was simply Neil.
His solo was indeed almost completely new, and something I hope will
show up on DVD after the tour's over. I took my 9 year-old son and he
had a blast (even though he had to stand on the seat all night). I was
worried he'd lose his voice from all the cheering and screaming he did.

Spoilers and inviso-text:

Excellent set list - I didn't even miss some of the "retired" old standards.
My only quibble was the extended run of Snakes & Arrows tunes to open the second set. I love the songs, but I could sense the crowd itching for something else by the third or fourth one. Perhaps if they had spread them out just a bit more.

Also thought the South Park clip was hysterical.

One other thing - it was nice to see the venue PACKED. I don't know how
many the Marcus Amphitheater seats, but it was at least 90% full. How
many actively recording and touring groups who've been at it for 30+
years can still draw those numbers? Very few.

Enough. You folks in Europe are in for a hell of a treat.
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I saw them in Cincinnati last weekend. Made a little road trip out of it, in fact. Drove from Chicago to Louisville KY to pick up an old Army buddy, then he drove us to the show in Cincinnati. Didn't mind all the S&A material (in fact I was rather happy about it). The crowd seemed a bit reserved - I was surprised at the lack of air playing - but then I was way in the back on the lawn. Perhaps the air musicians were closer to the stage. Anyway, great show! You could tell they were having fun, but at the same time they were so professional! They just went to work and delivered.
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Posted: 10 September 2007 at 11:24pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Rush consistently delivers a top notch show.  Consummate professionals.

The one criticism I have for the show I saw was the audio ... it was a WALL of sound ... and borderline indiscernable.  If Alex or Geddy hit a wrong note when the entire band was playing, you probably wouldn't have been able to tell.  

Knowing the songs note for note made the show much more enjoyable ... and understandable.

 

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Anyone interested in an extra ticket for next Friday's show in Ottawa, Sept.
21st? I've got one, 8th Row Centre, if you've got the cash...
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How was the Ottawa show Al? (I bet I can guess)

I'm flying out later today to Toronto for the last North American show of the Snakes and Arrows tour (my 5th) on Saturday night., I'll be staying in room 2112 (really) downtown, meeting up with a great bunch of Rush freaks. We'll be at the Overdraught (an Irish pub) near the ACC around 5 if anyone would like to stop by. It'll be a good time. One more Rush show! I love this band...

YYZ

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I don't know yet, JH, but I can tell you after tonight!
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Our tickets came today,three weeks and counting!
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Saw them in Ottawa on Friday night -- BEST CONCERT EVER. Freakin'
awesome. Amazing show, GREAT setlist, and they were so loose and rlaxed
-- even Neil was smiling and carrying on.

Worth the drive, and worth every penny. Best concert value out there this
year, without a doubt.

Really hoping they film a European date for a DVD! (Did I mention that this
must be their best tour ever?)
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If I'd only had the extra scratch I would've joined you in Ottawa, Al. 8th row center is deluxe. I'm glad to hear you had a great time. And yes, this might be their best tour ever, and that's saying something.

Toronto was a roaring success. I nearly spent Friday night solo, but decided to tag along with some Rush Con folks to catch a tribute band called Limelight. The band was actually very good and the Rush fans were all so welcoming and inclusive. It was a lot of fun.

Saturday was just fantastic as my friends from around North America poured into YYZ for the big show. We had a lot of laughs at the Overdraught pub. From there I went to my 15th row center seat, where I was surrounded by 4 Canadians whom I'd met via the internet. Great folks.

One was a young woman of about 20 who'd told me earlier that her tickets were up in the 300 section. This would not do, so I "stubbed" her down to our seats, and the look on her face was priceless. She was so happy, and proceeded to spend the night air drumming and thrilling to the music. I enjoyed watching her reactions as much as I did the band's performance.

Toronto is an incredible city and I'm so glad I've caught two Rush shows there (R30, too). What a band! It's on to Europe for the boys, and I can only hope they'll come back to North America soon.



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I transferred my extra at the door about five minutes before showtime to a
woman who was there celebrating her birthday and would have been stuck
as far from the stage as she could get.

She was great, and had an awesome time. She couldn't believe what great
seats we had, and had the best birthday ever.

I'd gotten floors for Roll The Bones and had been so disappointed that I'd
swore I'd never buy on the floor again -- but last week I learned there is a
WORLD of difference between 26th row and 8th row. Unbelievably awesome
seats!

Best show ever.
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