I am not a dork. I want that to be known. Yes, I own one Rush CD, but I am not a dork. However, I think of Rush as dork music. It is! I cannot imagine any better soundtrack for a Dungeons and Dragons game than Rush 2012 or perhaps Moving Pictures. However, the comments I will make in the next paragraph will certainly characterize me similar to a person claiming to be a fourth-level-magic user with 26 hit points and a negative one armor class.
Geddy Lee has not departed from Rush, as indicated in your article (“Geddy Lee tries to beat the Rush on hew album,” Feb. 8, p. 9). Actually, if one checked out the new online issue of Rolling Stone, one could discover many things. Foremost, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are back in the studio recording the forthcoming Rush album, their first in several years. In addition, this dynamic and intricate trio will not be staging a “reunion” tour because they never broke up. In actuality, the group will be getting together to tour once their new studio album is completed.
Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, Geddy Lee, while in Rush, did not play one ounce of guitar – unless you want to call it the bass guitar. What he did play were some of the most innovative bass and keyboard stylings of the past three decades. In fact, he has been recognized by Bass Player magazine as their “bass player of the year” on several occasions. Alex Lifeson has always carried out the guitar duties of Rush with relentless professionalism.
Again, I enjoy older Rush, but I do not play Dungeons and Dragons, and you will never hear me waxing ecstatic on how the song “Limelight” encapsulates the true essence of being. I did feel, however, that these corrections to The Hatchet article were necessary. While, I have not personally listened to My Favorite Headache, the album in question, I certainly believe that The Hatchet article painted a vivid and most likely true portrait of the album’s highs and lows. What I do question is the article’s ability to bestow a degree of rock ’n’ roll history upon a fairly unknowing audience.
–Timothy Liam Foden