They all played in various bands in the greater St.Louis area. Matt the guitarist and Mike the drummer where huge Rush fans and wanted to do a tribute band because they loved playing their music. As you can I imagine it's almost impossible to find the lead singer in any tribute band much less one with such an iconic voice as Geddy Lee. Then that person also has to play bass which is even tougher to find. That's when they were told about singer Billy Audrain who has been a Rush fan since the 70's. He also happened to play bass. They all got together just for a jam session and they all just hit it off.
They started off just doing local shows and as their popularity grew so did their sets and they started doing more and more shows around the country as the real band was winding down their careers and doing less and less shows.
That’s cool. Should have probably played a NP drum solo but very cool. I wonder where his wall of stars is.
An iconic musician has left the stage and the music world is the poorer
He had some of the best known intro riffs and solos. You hear a portion and you know who it is.
Condolences to his family and band mates.
"As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I'd like to just say what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.
Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
"I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands." - George Harrison
Same. Think I was in 9th grade when I started listening to Rush. The intro to 2112 is playing in my head right now.
It's like my brain's a tree and you're those little cookie elves.
|Fire begets Fire|
While I am sad for his passing, I once heard something from another:
"Be not sad for their death. Celebrate that they were born."
I started listening in 1975 ... so much history and life (with Rush as a soundtrack in some significant part).
"Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay - and claims a halo for his dishonesty." ~Robert A. Heinlein
Like many others here of similar age Rush was a part of me growing up as it has been through my life.
I've only had the opportunity to see them a handful of times live, but every time was an experience like no other. That three accomplished musicians could come together the way they did just does not happen any more.
Neil - every drummers favorite drummer.
When Neil plays these ain't no church drums.
|Seeker of Clarity|
I didn't read the thread, forgive me. But in case this is new to you all, I caught this linked on a watch forum. A Patek Phillipe watch lost for 11 years, returned.
"Whatever you spend your time on, it's all you have". -- Faramarz
That's a great story. I can also see why Neil was a great lyricist. Holy smokes that was long and detailed.
While I've never been drawn to Rush, for whatever reason (and I do have very broad and deep musical taste), I've always still recognized them collectively, and individually, as extremely talented musicians - true artists.
I'm very sorry, to those of you who hold Rush near and dear, for the loss of a beloved icon - I can understand the sentiment. I'll honor this loss to his family, friends, and fans, and more broadly the art of music, by giving Rush another thorough and honest listen in the coming days/weeks. Rest easy, Neil.
|come and take it|
Rush was the first rock concert I ever went to in 1984. The 3 piece band could put out a lot of sound!
I have a few SIGs.
|Get Off My Lawn|
I have seen this before a couple of years ago, but looked at it this morning. No music, just three really good friends having dinner and a lot of wine.
"I’m not going to read Time Magazine, I’m not going to read Newsweek, I’m not going to read any of these magazines; I mean, because they have too much to lose by printing the truth"- Bob Dylan, 1965
Not a Rush fan but they had a handful I liked. I can't deny his talent.
Canada still has Gil Moore!
Let all Men know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly: Men freely ford that see the shallows.
For anyone interested Netflix put up their documentary from 10 years ago that shows the evolution of the band.
All of Neil Peart's books are FREE on audible until 1/28!!!
My hovercraft is full of eels.
If you are sad about the passing of Neil Peart:
Always remember that the earth is over 4 billion years old, and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as Rush.
Insert your favorite gun-related witticism here!
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