Speaking of Peart using Deerhoof’s dummer as a drumstick, this dude is throwing two enthusiastic devil horns up to the Rush tour. Reminder: go get tickets — they’re breaking out some sick shit this tour.

June 23, 2007 Setlist:

Digital Man
Entre Nous
The Main Monkey Business
The Larger Bowl (with McKenzie Brothers intro)
Secret Touch
Between The Wheels
(-Intermission-/video intro)
Far Cry
Workin’ Them Angels
Armor And Sword
The Way The Wind Blows
Natural Science
Witch Hunt
Malignant Narcissism
Drum Solo
Summertime Blues
The Spirit of Radio
Tom Sawyer (with South Park intro)
One Little Victory
A Passage to Bangkok


20 thoughts on “

  1. YLT – You have been sleeping, indeed. I know Peart’s no Georgia and Geddy’s no that-fat-dude-who-plays-bass-for-YLT, but c’mon, bro, you’re bleeding cred profusely here. Wake up, borrow a set of balls and throw on Hemispheres.

  2. I could give a shit about technical proficiency if the result has no emotional resonance or is annoying. This describes Rush, at least for me. I can appreciate their skills, but that’s about it.

  3. “Really YLT. No emotional resonance. Red Barchetta brings no chills? “That damn voice sends so many chills up and down my spine (the kind you get when somebody runs their fingers on a chalkboard) that I couldn’t get past it. I also have a fairly low tolerence for lyrics about trolls and spaceships and knights and Ayn Rand and what not. I can get through it if everything else is good. But it’s not. I have heard Rush described as prog rock for guys who think regular prog rock is too “gay” and does not rock enough. But when a band makes it their mission to prove how technically proficient they are, throwing in odd time signatures and key changes and every chord they can think of, it makes it very hard for the “rock” to still come through. Not that prog does not have its place. But this band neither embodies the things that make prog great, nor the things that make good ol’ rock great. They have none of the benefits and all of the drawbacks of both.

  4. I don’t think RUSH sets out to “prove” their technical proficiency for the sake of showing off…that’s just silly talk. It’s ok for you to not like RUSH, but to disregard a band that has hundreds of thousands of fans, a 30+ year career, 22 main albums and an album debut at #3 this year saying “…this band neither embodies the things that make prog great, nor the things that make good ol’ rock great. They have none of the benefits and all of the drawbacks of both.” is just plain silly…silly man…

  5. Wayne Newton boasts hundreds of thousands of fans and has been around for 50+ years. Are we supposed to respect that too?Hemispheres is the great album, I’ll admit that and I enjoy watching Rush on DVD at Mike’s house because he’s so excited about it and he lets me gently cup his balls while we watch but other than that…ehhh, I could take it or leave it. I’m glad I have Hemisphere’s though. Then again, I also like Crowded House which means I got neutered back in ’87.I would put a post up about Neil Finn but I’d only get slammed. I like melody that has a little yin and yang and good lyrics but Rush is just too much left turn right turn sudden stop on the brakes, screeching wheels, burning rubber and then a lot of “wow, listen to that kickass drumming.” Come on, listening to Rush builds up cred? That’s ridiculous. Sorry Mahsheet. Can I still hold your balls? but again, I say, Hemisphere’s is a great album. I think they might be better to see live than just listening to their albums. YLT, you can’t get into songs about trolls, spaceships and knights and Ayn Rand…that’s a shame because one of the two greatest albums of all time, Genesis’ Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Selling England By The Pound are pretty much all about that. Do a post about old Genesis someone. Peter Gabriel style.Also, I can’t quite get into Geddy’s voice. Although only he could sing Tom Sawyer. It’s kind of the Roger Daltrey thing for me. The Who are awesome and only Roger Daltrey could sing those anthems but shit…his voice is just a little much. It’s the same reason why some people can’t get into Talking Heads or Elvis Costello, I think they both have great voices but I can see why people might get annoyed.I also think that in a perfect world YLT and Paxtejana would be lovers. They’re so wrong for each other but that’s what makes them so right.Yeah, that’s right, there’s a lot of gay talk coming from over here in S.F.YLT – do a post about Rose Melberg…she’s great.

  6. OK, so I gave you guys a chance, and I listened to Hemispheres all the way through tonight. I actually found some things to appreciate in this album. It’s better than any other Rush albums I have listened to (or more accurately been stuck in someone’s house/car/slumber party while they listened to it). I heard some interesting instrumental passages, and of course some fantastic playing. I even got a little charge (I would not call it an emotional reaction…let’s just call it a viceral experience) during a few instrumental moments. I hear the groundwork for math rock-some of which I like-in some of the songs. But then those vocals have to come in and ruin everything. I just can’t take it. And it’s not just the voice. The lyrics, the melodies and rhythm and inflections of the vox just make me want to punch him in the throat with my dick (all while gently cupping Paxtejana’s balls). My time is too valuable to spend it wading through so much shit to find that one little gold ring. I’m not saying I am a lazy listener. Far from it. A lot of the music I like is not particularly direct–musically or lyrically. But this is not the kind of obscurity I like. It sounds pretentous and nerdy (but not nerdy in a cool way). Maybe if I grew up listening to their albums I would get it. But I didn’t. I grew up listening to equally embarassing music like Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Crowded House.

  7. …Oh, and now I get reference to “Chills” in Ticknor’s post about Red Barchetta. I listened to several songs from other albums to make sure I was not missing something.

  8. The loudest roar from a crowd I have ever heard after finishing a song live was when Ticknor and I pulled off Red Barchetta at a college party many years ago…they were so loud we had our hands over our ears…WITH chills.

  9. Vox: Geddy’s voice is definitely the main obstacle to enjoying Rush cited by most detractors. Especially the ladies. There are no women at RUSH shows, unless they are dragged there by their boyfriends. Geddy’s voice is wicked-witchy, for sure, but it is also very powerful and emotive, in the vein of all good metal frontmen. One of the most chilling vocal moments in rock is when toward the end of Cygnus X-1, Geddy screeches, “Then all at once the chaos ceased . . . A stillness fell, a sudden peace . . .” I get chills just thinking about it.Props: YLT gave Hemispheres – mine and many other fans’ favorite album – a hard listen, so props for that. The fact that the experience made YLT want to throat-rape Geddy is disturbing — maybe check with a psychologist on that.Lyrics: One of the things I’ve always loved about Hemispheres is that the lyrics are so introspective and self-conscious (and, of course, lots of Tolkienesque, Dungeons and Dragons stuff going on, again in the vein of all good metal). Peart, the lyricist, is the consummate A-type left-brain guy who, therefore, writes very stilted and angular poetry/lyrics. I think Hemispheres shows Peart grappling with the fact that his personality is so unbalanced on the analytical side — the whole album is a Nietschean saga about the Dionysian and Appollonian elements in the world and the creative and analytical elements in the mind that are engaged in a perennial struggle. And it seems clear that the Appollonian/analytical elements always win in Rush’s music (and in Prog/Math generally). Peart seems to lament this fact, searching for Cygnus.

  10. Wayne Newton is a man guided by Dionysus, trying to add a little Apollo to his life. Like Paxtejana and I, Mr. Newton and Mr. Lee should be lovers. They could start a pop duo and call it Sugar Rush. Or Bubblegum Rush. Or Two Guys Who You Thought Were Girls the First Time You Heard Them Sing….and I also admire Wayne Newton, Ticknor. What should impress you is that I do not admire him any more than I admire Geddy. That’s because Cygnus rules my house.

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