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Wow, what a long, busy day.

But I did manage to do this while I ate my very late dinner.


First inductee tomorrow and it's Rush, thanks to a groundswell of support by THE PEOPLE. Because the ASV R&R HoF is all about what the people want.

If you have something to say in support of Rush, please do. I need some kind of testimony for their induction ceremony.


I've been a huge Rush fan for 25 yrs. Their 'Chronicles' album was one of the first my children, ages 17 to 21, stole from my collection. I think that says something about their talent.

I loved the earlier, rawer, power trio days. 2112 was probably my favorite.

All the World's a Stage was probably the last album I bought from them because synthesizers were becoming too prominent on the studio albums that followed it.

Also, Geddy's voice, although it was improving immensely over the years, became like finger nails on the black board to me.

I saw them live in the late 80's or early 90's, and they were incredibly boring. The sound was good, but the stage show was pretty sucky.

My earliest memories were of lying awake in bed while my mom would put on 2112. Whether she knew she was cultivating my love of Rush or not, the 2112 Overture left an impression on me.

I didn't know what Tom Sawyer was about when I was younger. All I know is that I could easily pick that song out whenever it came on the radio. And it rocked.

Then, I forgot about Rush. I listened to alternative rock and techno; to radio stations that cared nothing for Canadian power trios.

When I was a junior in high school, I had my fill of alt-rock and put on Z-Rock. Much to my amazement and delight, I found out Rush were still together, still putting out music. So I bought Counterparts.

I got Test for Echo on the day it came out then started backwards into their catalog with Roll the Bones.

Eventually I added Chronicles.

I've been hooked (again) ever since.

I think they rock, man. And, and, I wish they'd get off that AM talk radio bull crap and go back to making music.

"Trees" pretty much says it all. It was a monumental piece of expression (even if it didn't get much airplay).

Geddy Lee is a Jew.

Jew's rock.

Thus, Rush should be in the R&R HOF.

Nuff said.

Why Rush?

Hmm, longevity, power, intellect and humor (you canít forget humor). Theyíve beaten psoriasis, arthritis and hearing loss and still rocked out with their largest crowd ever just two years ago.

That, and Vinnie Paul considers them to be Gods. Iíll take his advice on that.

Saw them like 1977 in Milwaukee, I thought it was great,especially the move where the lights blinked off for a moment and when they came back up they had new guitars,not missing a beat.

Skill, intelligence, dedication to their craft...and a sense of humor about it all. As Alex said a few years ago, "We're just playing the music we want to play, and you're all welcome along for the ride...but feel free to jump on and off as you please."
From Junior High to now, Rush has been a soundtrack to my life--every album brings back memories of a certain time (especially Presto, for some reason). I don't like every song, I'm annoyed by their consistently poor recorded sound, but I love 'em anyway.
I'm delighted to see them be the first inductees into the ASV R&R HoF, and the snooty "rock critic" crowd can suck on that like a sour persimmon.

Oh, yeah: Mark, check out Vapor Trails. That raw, crunchy power trio sound is back (a little too raw for my taste--their worst recorded sound ever--but the songs are good).

Rush Blurb:

The first rock band where the drummer could be considered a musician, to the extent that any rock drummer can be considered a musician.

Toren: I listen to those songs only on, err, "footwear". Vapor Trails and Rush in Rio are 2 of the worst-sounding CDs (from a technical standpoint - the songs and performances are perfectly fine) ever made. Feedback was much improved, at least, so there's hope for next time.

Anyway, I love Rush because they are the antithesis of the Def Leppard "how many times can we make Pyromania before people notice" syndrome. Every 4 albums like clockwork there's a brand new sound. They challenge you to keep up, and many people simply don't have the cajones. It's entirely their loss - people who ran screaming from "the keyboard era" in the mid 80s missed out on 3 of the finest basslines ever recorded by a white man ("Enemy Within", "Marathon", and "Turn The Page"), to give one common example.


Neil Peart is amazingly musical (for a drummer.) But you can't credit him as the first without ignoring Keith Moon. Moonie is the first drummer I remember who played melodically. Both are my favorites.

The only reason I didn't nominate Rush is because I wanted to limit my many choices to avoid clogging up comment space and so many other people nominated them. I just wanted to give a few others a chance.

But Rush would definitely be a worthy winner.