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Postby Lofunzo » Tue May 18, 2004 10:55 am

rolen.......I won't debate about who's the biggest fan. I've got a truckload of CD's, tapes, tix stubs, etc. I will just say that I am a huge fan and was making a point. I'm just glad that there are more big fans on this board.

I also agree that Neil Peart is the best rock and roll drummer that I have ever heard. I don't want to hit a man when he's dead but, IMHO, the people who think that Bonham was better are just wrong. Bonham was excellent but his claim to fame to me was playing really loud and having a killer bass drum. Geddy Lee, while extremely ugly, is right up there as well. Unfortunately for Alex, he gets overlooked playing with those 2. Is there another trio that puts out as much sound as them??

On a slightly negative note, is anyone at least a little disappointed when they rip off a bunch of new songs at their concerts?? I know that they are usually there to promote an album but I'm sure that we would all agree that the old stuff kicks the booty of the new stuff.

How about we list our favorite album?? Just 1 to make it tough. Mine would have to be Hemispheres.

Mookie.......Since we're on Canadian trios, what about Triumph?? Believe it or not, they were a fave of mine for years. :-?
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue May 18, 2004 11:11 am

Lofunzo wrote:How about we list our favorite album?? Just 1 to make it tough. Mine would have to be Hemispheres.

Mookie.......Since we're on Canadian trios, what about Triumph?? Believe it or not, they were a fave of mine for years. :-?


Can't beat 2112 Lo although Temples of Syrinx doesn't sound as good to me these days. My favourite song is now Fly by Night but the album wasn't that great.

lol - I've got the Magic Power of the Music in me too! Saw them at MLG a few times.

They are more than a trio but the Tragically Hip are right up there with Rush and David Wilcox for Canadian acts that never really made it in the States.
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Postby rolenfan » Tue May 18, 2004 11:16 am

Yeah Lofunzo, Peart is to Bonham as Schilling is to Morris. Both great in their own right, but one needs the supporting cast to excel while the other can take it on his own. Personally, if we're talking dead guys, I always thought Keith Moon was better than Bonham.

BTW - if you have never had a chance to hear "In the Name of My Father - The Zep Set" by Jason Bonham, I highly recommend you do. It's a live set done for a charity by the J. Bonham band - all LZ tunes and done VERY well.

Back to Rush, If I can only pick one album, does a compilation count? There was a 3-album release that includes Rush, Caress of Steel and Fly By Night. I love the REALLY old stuff, so I choose that if it's allowed. If not, I'll go with Fly By Night. Hemispheres, Moving Pictures or 2112 are right up there, too.

For me, the new tunes are a bit of a disappointment, except for that one or two that they expand on and Alex tears into more guitar work. I'm a huge guitar fan and I don't think Alex gets overshadowed by either of the two at all. But maybe that's because I'm listening for it a little harder.

Geddy Lee is surely the ugliest front man in the business, but since I'm watching his fingers work that bass I don't notice.

Do we have to stick with trios from north of the border? I never was that big of a Triumph fan, but give me a summer day and an April Wine CD anytime. Wasn't Trapeze Canadian? Maybe not.

Ahhhh, nostalgia.
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Postby Lofunzo » Tue May 18, 2004 11:29 am

rolenfan wrote:I'm a huge guitar fan and I don't think Alex gets overshadowed by either of the two at all. But maybe that's because I'm listening for it a little harder.


That's it right there. If you ask most objective fans about Rush, they will list Neil, Geddy, and then Alex. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is. He's damn good, though.

I listed Hemispheres for it's awesome music and extremely deep lyrics. I mean, who else could do a song about trees?? :-D

P.S. Individual albums only please. ;-)
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Postby rolenfan » Tue May 18, 2004 11:50 am

After considerable thought and much internal debate, I've decided that I just can't do it. There is not one album I would choose over others. Top three, maybe, top one, can't do it.

Forgive me if I don't dispute any of your folks' choices. You are all correct.

If I'm on a desert island, I'm taking a Stevie Ray Vaughan album anyway.
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Postby Lofunzo » Tue May 18, 2004 11:54 am

rolenfan wrote:After considerable thought and much internal debate, I've decided that I just can't do it. There is not one album I would choose over others. Top three, maybe, top one, can't do it.

Forgive me if I don't dispute any of your folks' choices. You are all correct.

If I'm on a desert island, I'm taking a Stevie Ray Vaughan album anyway.


As would I (with some Rush).

True, but sad, story. I saw SRV a few times and was gonna get tix for the summer 1990 show but my funds were low (see my name). After thinking about it, I said that I would just see him next time. We all know how that worked out. :,-(

I can't believe that he has been dead for almost 14 years. 8-o
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue May 18, 2004 12:14 pm

The kids in the football forum were having a discussion about the top bands of all time and a link to a list was posted.

The Doors were at #3 all time.

I took exception to this and I feel that the Doors are the most overrated band in history and don't even belong on the top 50. How do you guys feel about them?
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Postby Lofunzo » Tue May 18, 2004 12:28 pm

I like them but don't love them. It's hard to say that they're overrated when they are still extremely popular. While I'm sure that a lot of that has to do with Jim's death, they are still big.
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Postby rolenfan » Tue May 18, 2004 12:47 pm

Lofunzo wrote:True, but sad, story. I saw SRV a few times and was gonna get tix for the summer 1990 show but my funds were low (see my name). After thinking about it, I said that I would just see him next time. We all know how that worked out. :,-(

I can't believe that he has been dead for almost 14 years. 8-o

:-D Was wondering about the name. Now I get it.

I was at a Clapton concert the day after the helicopter crash. Clapton played three songs, half-heartedly, and walked off the stage crying. He couldn't do it. You would think people would be outraged and demand refunds, but nobody in the crowd complained at all. Everyone understood.

As for the Doors, I believe their popularity is more a tribute to the legend and the hype than the music itself. Morrison was definitely a great songwriter/poet, and I understand their live performances were awesome (no, I'm not THAT old), but I never thought they were a top 10 all-time band. If you go by airplay or record sales maybe, but not talent-wise.
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Postby Lofunzo » Tue May 18, 2004 1:33 pm

Talent definitely doesn't translate into popularity. Rush and Yes are 2 of the most talented R&R bands and they are relatively not as popular as a lot of much less talented bands. Sad but true.
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