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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Berg: Rush singer Geddy Lee expecting big year for Blue Jays

I don’t like Rush, therefore…

The annals of rock music’s history are filled with legendary stories of bands’ backstage antics. But Rush bassist and singer Geddy Lee, who’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April alongside his band-mates, has a habit that seems particularly unusual for a rock star – if all-too-familiar to baseball fans.

“We do an intermission between sets,” he said Tuesday while visiting MLB.com’s studios in Manhattan, “and the first thing I do is check box scores.”

...Lee’s growing interest in the sport led him to the work of sabermetric guru Bill James and, ultimately, the fantasy-baseball addiction that has him checking box scores between sets.

“I started reading Bill James quite early on – not when he was first doing his pamphlets, but when he first started doing the Baseball Abstracts, I was right there buying them. I still have all the old baseball abstracts. So that got the wheels turning, and my friends and I used to talk about those stats.”

Lee’s dynasty keeper league assigns point values to nearly every event that happens on a baseball field, and employs a system he jokingly compared to socialism wherein the worst teams are allowed to keep more players for the next season than the highest finishers. The league even includes defense, assigning point values to double plays, outfield assists, errors and passed balls, and features – in Lee’s words – “an ongoing conversation about how the league should be run” that “can be very heated at times.”

“I would be embarrassed to admit how much time I spend on it,” he said. “I scour the box scores and I scour websites looking for players.”

Repoz Posted: February 26, 2013 at 05:42 PM | 65 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Worrierking Posted: February 26, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4376615)
Begin the break with a ritual check
of the boxscores unobtrusive
See the homer that's so elusive
fantasy winning makes your morning good.

   2. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 26, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4376624)
Goddam Rush is so serious. Def Leppard worked their ass off too. but still made time for intimate contact with their fans during intermission.
   3. Esoteric Posted: February 26, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4376625)
One of the all-time great Primer music threads came out of a news story discussing Geddy Lee's donation of a bunch of memorabilia to the Hall of Fame. He's a genuine baseball nut, which is great...even if I've never liked Rush.
   4. Worrierking Posted: February 26, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4376644)
A modern day hurler pitches inside
Today's Tom Seaver he comes high on you.
   5. tfbg9 Posted: February 26, 2013 at 07:40 PM (#4376666)
Geddy used to sit right behind home plate at Skydome. My GF would spend the entire Sox/Jays game watching him instead of the on field action-she's a Rush fan.

   6. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 26, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4376667)
We can walk to first unhindered
If our count reaches four balls
We can run alone and free
If we can hit it past the walls
Let the OBP be lighted
Let the SLG shine clear
Stitched cow hide leather
Rubbed with mud from who knows where
With the cork and yarn united in a single
Perfect
Sphere
   7. flournoy Posted: February 26, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4376669)
Despite reading this site for over a decade, this was my first time hearing a Pavement song, thanks to the video up at the top. I can't say that I'm impressed. It wasn't objectionable, but I don't feel compelled to listen to more of their music.
   8. dr. scott Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM (#4376683)
I spent my youth going to Rush concerts. I think i have a program from every concert from Moving Pictures to Roll the Bones. As a side not they had some nororiously awful openning bands...

This, however, is the first time ive read about Geddy in years. Are they still putting out albums?
   9. Tyhand7 Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:11 PM (#4376686)
Clockwork Angels is highly recommended

@6. Well done ending of hemispheres
   10. Tschingsch Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4376687)
This, however, is the first time ive read about Geddy in years. Are they still putting out albums?

They just released a new album last year ("Clockwork Angels") which is pretty good, and are pretty much on tour year-round.

If you didn't like their openers, you'll be happy to know they haven't had an opener is well over a decade.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4376689)
The league even includes defense, assigning point values to double plays, outfield assists, errors and passed balls, and features – in Lee’s words – “an ongoing conversation about how the league should be run” that “can be very heated at times.”
Suggestion: use better defensive stats!

a system he jokingly compared to socialism wherein the worst teams are allowed to keep more players for the next season than the highest finishers
Now there's no more Geddy oppression, for they passed a noble law
And the teams are all kept equal by keepers... salary caps... and auctions
   12. glennrwordman Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4376695)
Goddam Rush is so serious.


Not as serious as most people think. They've always--OK, not always, but certainly in the last 20 years--poked A LOT of fun at themselves. In the best sense, they take their music seriously, but not themselves. Cartoons behind them during shows, a real down-to-"earthness" in their interactions with fans. Some of the perception may be because Neil Peart is intensely private, and does not do many interviews. (Though they all did appear on the Colbert Report; he dedicated nearly a whole show to them).
   13. Greg K Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4376696)
I'm not a fan of Rush or The Trailer Park Boys, but I seem to recall them appearing on that program.
   14. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4376701)
I spent my youth going to Rush concerts. I think i have a program from every concert from Moving Pictures to Roll the Bones. As a side not they had some nororiously awful openning bands...

I dated a girl who's on the cover of Exit... Stage Left.
Not that girl, but still. What do I win?
   15. The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4376702)
You win being a Rush fan who dated a girl. Isn't that enough?
   16. Posada Posse Posted: February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM (#4376711)
One of the all-time great Primer music threads came out of a news story discussing Geddy Lee's donation of a bunch of memorabilia to the Hall of Fame.


I think you're talking about this one, one of my favorite music threads as well.
   17. Posada Posse Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4376714)
Double post
   18. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4376715)
You win being a Rush fan who dated a girl. Isn't that enough?

Actually, neither of us was. Double win!
   19. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4376716)
Goddam Rush is so serious.
As others have said, they've certainly got a reputation for seriousness, but they've got a subtle goofy sense of humor. And Geddy is a huge baseball fan. This is from the Signals album art - it's both goofy and indicative of baseball obsession.
   20. puck Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4376718)
As others have said, they've certainly got a reputation for seriousness, but they've got a subtle goofy sense of humor.

Yes, they do laundry on stage. A roadie changes the load mid-set.
   21. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4376720)
This is from the Signals album art - it's both goofy and indicative of baseball obsession.
Cro! You beat me to posting that.

I was just glancing over his numbers - what's with the comeback in '91 with KC? He was 37 and hadn't been in the bigs for 8 years! Was Cromartie a Senior League success story or some such?
   22. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4376723)
Japan
   23. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4376727)
Saw Rush in the fall of 1981. They opened with The Spirit of Radio (probably still my favorite track). They changed the lyrics slightly to say ..."one likes to believe in the freedom of baseball...", possibly in response to the strike.
   24. tfbg9 Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4376729)
15 was funny.
   25. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4376731)
This thread got me listening to Exit Stage left. I just gotta say I absolutely love YYZ, how the rhythm beats out the Morse identifier for Pearson Intn'l Airport.
   26. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4376736)
I don't remember the content of the cartoon at ALL, but when I saw Rush in New Hampshire several years back there was a South Park cartoon during the show. Not during intermission, during the show.

Also, I'm a Rush fan who is currently in a long-term relationship with a girl. And she knows about it! (Along with all my other quirks and nerdiness. Also, I'm listening to Blue Oyster Cult as I make this post.)

EDIT: I just checked the old Rush topic which was linked to earlier in this topic and my first post says "Rush is awesome. I get to see them in concert for the first time this summer." So that dates that concert!
   27. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: February 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM (#4376747)
And what about the voice of Geddy Lee?
How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy
(i know him, and he does)
Well you're my fact checking cuz!
   28. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: February 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM (#4376762)
26: you may be thinking of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh_9NY56Sxw
   29. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4376763)
Not as serious as most people think. They've always--OK, not always, but certainly in the last 20 years--poked A LOT of fun at themselves. In the best sense, they take their music seriously, but not themselves. Cartoons behind them during shows, a real down-to-"earthness" in their interactions with fans. Some of the perception may be because Neil Peart is intensely private, and does not do many interviews. (Though they all did appear on the Colbert Report; he dedicated nearly a whole show to them).


The day I hear about them receiving intermission fellattio in a room undrer the stage from girls they plucked from the crowd, that's when they might finally deserve to be called a rock band.

Impeccable, if not amazing musicianship from every member?

Well crafted, meaningful and even moving lyrics?

Thematically consistent albums covering a wide range of musical influences?

Mature, thoughtful adult behavior?

Bah, they are just posers, really just a jazz/classical fusion trio who hide it behind distortion and volume.

When are they going to destroy a suite of hotel rooms, go to rehab with supermodel girlfriends,, or play drunk destruction derby with their ferraris and lamborginis on a public interstate?

When are the going to stop using so many goddam notes and chords? Three! That's all you need! Three chords, a bottle of jack, and a 17 year old groupie, that's rock n roll!!!

Every time I'm forced to listen to these guys as their songs come on my iPod I say, please, miss a note just by a little, come in late just once , just let me find a friggin mistake so I know you are human. But all I hear is an inhuman level of perfection, and I just can't stop listening on and on trying to find that point where they suck. It's been a life long quest, one that I probably won't ever quit...
   30. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:47 AM (#4376811)
Goddam Rush is so serious.


Obligatory video.
   31. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:59 AM (#4376814)
Edit: Repost 12 minutes later.
   32. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:30 AM (#4376822)
Edit: Repost 12 minutes later.

Aw, Neil Peart's drum solo was just getting started.
   33. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:34 AM (#4376823)
Despite reading this site for over a decade, this was my first time hearing a Pavement song, thanks to the video up at the top. I can't say that I'm impressed. It wasn't objectionable, but I don't feel compelled to listen to more of their music.


Yeah, me too. I got through 45 seconds of that before I killed it. I don't get bands that seemingly revel in their inability to play their instruments.

I like RUSH, I don't love them, but they could at least play their instruments - if they found a real singer they could be amazing. The only thing that annoys me with them is Geddy singing. The music and even lyric content is solid. But then Geddy opens his mouth....

Pavement? #### - that's awful. Sorry folks. Turrible.
   34. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:38 AM (#4376825)
I was just glancing over his numbers - what's with the comeback in '91 with KC? He was 37 and hadn't been in the bigs for 8 years! Was Cromartie a Senior League success story or some such?


Cromartie had one of the more successful careers for an American playing in Japan, initially being typecast as an "Ugly American" by the Japanese media, but gaining their respect by the end of his time there. In seven years with the Yomiuri Giants, he hit .321/.372/.558, with 171 home runs. In 1989, he won the Central League MVP award, after hitting a league-leading .378. He hit .346 in that year's Japan Series, which the Giants won in seven games, one of two championships they won in his time there.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM (#4376827)
Pavement? #### - that's awful. Sorry folks. Turrible.


I'm with Repoz.
   36. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:41 AM (#4376837)
I'm with Repoz.


Do you enjoy being wrong? ;-)
   37. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 27, 2013 at 04:10 AM (#4376840)
If anybody wants to hear the most wonderfully awful popular song ever written, click here. (It just goes to a Youtube video.)

   38. Lassus Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:16 AM (#4376856)
My only RUSH story is that despite being fine with most of their stuff, Moving Pictures gives me a real headache.

I was a ping-pong nut at 11 years old or so, and while spending 10 days camping up at Wellesley Island and destroying all comers in the rec hall for hours every day, someone had that album on infinite repeat on the juke. I still never want to hear any of it it again.
   39. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:24 AM (#4376858)
Goddam Rush is so serious.


Uh, no. They've been showing the documentary/concert video Rush: Time Machine on the Movie Network lately, and its a must-see for anyone remotely into rock music. The funniest thing, and proof positive that they don't take themselves seriously, is towards the end of the film when they're doing a show onstage with a mechanical sausage maker behind them, and then Geddy and Alex go grab some sausages and start throwing them out into the (90% male) crowd. If that's not poking fun at yourself I don't know what is.

I really wanted to see their show in Halifax, NS this summer, because I've never seen them, but it sold out in 20 minutes. Hopefully they'll add an outdoor show in Moncton to the end of their tour.

I went out and bought a Pavement greatest hits album a couple of years ago after hearing Ray and others go on about them (I'd never heard them before) and its OK. I give it a listen every once in awhile. Unseen Power of the Picket Fence is by far my favourite song of theirs. And no, they can't play worth ####. Musicianship can be important, but its not the be-all and end-all. Mumford and Sons are excellent musicians, and I don't think any band has induced such utter disgust in me as them, the minute I heard them. To me, they are the definition of contrived and inauthentic. Can't ####### stand them.

   40. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4376868)
Pavement is the band that has meant the most to me ever--I still remember listening to Slanted and Enchanted the first time and being sad I didn't know anyone else I could share it with. I instantly wanted a bunch of new friends who would also like Pavement but that was a tough find in Salinas, California in 1991. I had no idea they had a greatest hits album, though. I never even realized they had "hits". For me, they were the perfect rock band--low fi, smartass and yet transcendent of both those qualities.
   41. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:04 AM (#4376871)
Mumford and Sons are excellent musicians, and I don't think any band has induced such utter disgust in me as them, the minute I heard them. To me, they are the definition of contrived and inauthentic.


I totally don't get the M&S love. I am kind of a musical slut (I like many things), but to me they sound like a mediocre Irish Bar band. I like irish bar bands, but this is winning awards and fans everywhere, really?

And yes I like Rush. At some point I will listen to Pavement.
   42. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4376878)
Shooty, its called Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement. It was released in 2010 and has 23 tracks.
   43. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:34 AM (#4376882)
From FTA:

Lee's dynasty keeper league assigns point values to nearly every event that happens on a baseball field, and employs a system he jokingly compared to socialism wherein the worst teams are allowed to keep more players for the next season than the highest finishers.


I wonder what Neil Peart's thoughts are on a socialist fantasy league?
   44. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4376885)
Shooty, its called Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement. It was released in 2010 and has 23 tracks.

Thanks. I'll probably skip it as I'm sure I already own all the songs on one disc or another. I don't think they're a good greatest hits kind of band but I really am not sure which album I'd recommend for new listeners. Slanted and Enchanted is a good one but, over time, Westing by Musket and Sextant has become my favorite though I think it would scare first time listeners off. Maybe Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is the best place to start?
   45. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM (#4376907)
I haven't listened to Quarantine, but that's probably not the worst place to begin, though I agree that they aren't a GH type of group.

Failing that, probably Crooker Rain. I actually used Terror Twilight with one friend, thinking the Godrich production (and Malkmus-centeredness) might make for a good gateway point - but I get why others might not do that. [I also like TT more than most.]

You know, this wasn't a band I "got" right away - I had copies of Wowee Zowie and S and E sitting in the closet for years, getting semi-annual token listens, before it finally clicked one day.
   46. SoSH U at work Posted: February 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM (#4376932)
I like RUSH, I don't love them, but they could at least play their instruments - if they found a real singer they could be amazing. The only thing that annoys me with them is Geddy singing. The music and even lyric content is solid. But then Geddy opens his mouth....



It does make you wonder about the voice of Geddy Lee. How did it get so high?

Pavement? #### - that's awful. Sorry folks. Turrible.


Oh, maybe it doesn't.

   47. Esoteric Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4376992)
Yeah, me too. I got through 45 seconds of that before I killed it. I don't get bands that seemingly revel in their inability to play their instruments.
Should've listened all the way through to the end. The guitar solo that winds up "Rattled By The Rush" just kills it. (EDIT: On second thought, this video version not only has terrible sound quality -- which hurts the song a lot, as it's based around finely calibrated dissonance -- it's also slightly out of tune. Bleah.)

But that's not the best entryway into the band anyway. "Gold Soundz," "Silence Kit," "Range Life," "Elevate Me Later" (hell, most of Crooked Rain)...that's where you begin. Pavement were always about songwriting and arranging first and foremost, and then experimentation second, and only finally instrumentation. And nobody wrote better songs during the 1990s than Pavement.

One other thing I like about them is how emotionally resonant their music can be despite the fact that it often, lyrically, makes very little literal sense. It's not an accident, I think, it's actually a truly clever trick of sideways lyric-writing.
   48. GregD Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM (#4377002)
Music question: Going to Dropkick Murphys with a friend who really likes them. I think they are stupid but occasionally stupidly brilliant.

My question: Are the fans violent? Raucous, I can handle. Getting sucker-punched, not so much.
   49. Ron J2 Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM (#4377007)
#12 See for instance "Take off" (he very much plays up to the serious reputation while falling in with all of the Bob and Doug memes.) The bits that stick with me are: "Ten bucks is ten bucks" and "I'm a professional, eh"

Nothing exceptionally clever. Just a guy who's aware of his reputation and is willing to play a straight man for a few laughs.
   50. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM (#4377011)
Geddy and Alex go grab some sausages and start throwing them out into the (90% male) crowd. If that's not poking fun at yourself I don't know what is


A real rock band would be tossing their own sausages out if you get my drift, hopefully to a 90% female crowd.

Today i have an App submission to get ready for Apple. I think I will start with a Passage to Bangkok, and let Geddy/Neal/Alex help me through one more tough day.
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4377016)
Pavement? #### - that's awful. Sorry folks. Turrible


Agree....not sure that there is anything redeeming in that. Of course I'm not a hardcore music aficionado (about the only band that I like which many people haven't heard of, was Savatage...everything else I listen to, actually has played on the radio, although I always am surprised when I hear Ministry on the radio)

I do find it funny that someone pointed to Rush and not getting a girl, in my experience from high school, basically all the "cool" people were Rush fans and always had women, who also happen to be Rush fans...I always thought of Rush as more a girl band than other bands, but that might have to do with having 4 sisters who are big fans of the band. Rush was never my thing, but they have put out about 10 songs or so that I appreciate. Free Will is one of my favorite songs of all time.

   52. Greg K Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4377020)
I go between favourite Pavement songs all the time, but Carrot Rope has not once failed to make me feel great about the world when I listen to it.
   53. Esoteric Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4377028)
Trigger Cut
Greenlander
Frontwards
Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)
Silence Kit
Gold Soundz
Fillmore Jive
All My Friends
Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence
Rattled By The Rush
Grave Architecture
Painted Soldiers
AT&T
And Then... [The Hexx]
Starlings Of The Slipstream
Fin
   54. Worrierking Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4377031)
I just finished reading the entire original Rush thread referenced earlier. Well worth it, if for no other reason than the Marquee Moon discussion.
   55. Kurt Posted: February 27, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4377038)
Uh, no. They've been showing the documentary/concert video Rush: Time Machine on the Movie Network lately, and its a must-see for anyone remotely into rock music. The funniest thing, and proof positive that they don't take themselves seriously, is towards the end of the film when they're doing a show onstage with a mechanical sausage maker behind them, and then Geddy and Alex go grab some sausages and start throwing them out into the (90% male) crowd. If that's not poking fun at yourself I don't know what is.

The self-effacing humor isn't anything new - The short intro music on the live album A Show of Hands is the Three Stooges theme, and that came out 25 years ago.

   56. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4377064)
I just finished reading the entire original Rush thread referenced earlier. Well worth it, if for no other reason than the Marquee Moon discussion.


Glanced through it just now & gathered that I'd wandered off by then, else I'd have noted that Adventure is by far my favorite of their albums.

Otherwise, just saw a Gear Daddies reference about halfway through. Great debut LP in particular; saw them in Little Rock circa '91.
   57. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:14 PM (#4377070)
Music question: Going to Dropkick Murphys with a friend who really likes them. I think they are stupid but occasionally stupidly brilliant.

My question: Are the fans violent? Raucous, I can handle. Getting sucker-punched, not so much.


Raucous, not violent. Stay out of any mosh or tornado pit, and you'll be fine.
   58. GregD Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4377078)
Raucous, not violent. Stay out of any mosh or tornado pit, and you'll be fine.
that's what I hoped. Thanks!
   59. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4377089)
"tornado pit"?

Things have certainly changed since I was a kid (last time I was in any sort of pit was Minor Threat in Tucson in 3/83, I think).
   60. vivaelpujols Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4377121)
I didn't used to like Rush, but they are pretty amazing. Working Man is a great song.

Edit: Pavement is also awesome. Malkmus actually pisses me off with how clever musically he is. The only thing missing from Pavement is emotional impact, although some songs have that (Fin, the chorus of Gold Soundz, Grounded). And really? They are #### musicians? Listen to the slide guitar on Father to a Sister of Thought and tell me Malkmus isn't a great guitarist.
   61. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4377122)
Tornado pit is new to me as well.
   62. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4377141)
Positive, non-violent mosh pit (basically a swirling vortex in front of the stage) where anyone who slips or trips runs an excellent chance of getting trampled.
   63. GregD Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4377152)
I have seen those at some shows but never knew the name! Thanks
   64. Maury Brown Posted: February 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4377237)
Before I die, the one interview I want to do... Geddy Lee.
   65. Karl from NY Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4377339)
I missed out on an entire adolescence of Rush. I somehow got them confused with Tool, thanks to the Counterparts album cover, so for about twelve years I always thought Rush was some mediocre metal band and never paid attention. It was only thanks to Guitar Hero that I discovered the true Rush, and I've been trying to make up for lost time with them ever since.

Haven't made it to a concert yet, but gotta go sometime. Hmm, May 11 in Atlantic City.

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