Re: Neil Peart
Today I bought Hemispheres so I now own it on CD. I was grocery shopping and saw it in the CD bin for $6.99; I knew it had my name on it. I've gotten a lot of classic rock CD's at the grocery store, it's always a real deal.
I remember the Hemispheres tour because it was the last progressive rock tour that Rush did at the time. People actually sat and listened to the music. Then after Permanent Waves, you got all these kids going who would have been better off at a Judas Priest concert. Those are the loyal legions that will follow the band regardless of what they do. It is smart to cater to your fan base. I saw the the Snakes and Arrows tour; it seems to be more like I remember from back in the day. People actually listening to the music. I guess all those kids grew up.
At the time of Hemispheres, there was the developing idea of Science Fiction Rock, and people thought it was going to be the next big thing. It went back to Yes, Starship Trooper and ELP's Tarkus . But it never really took off. Fantasy is a big part of Heavy Metal. But Heavy Metal seems to be too centered on Religious themes, or a-religions themes. I guess there are albums that would exemplify Science Fiction Rock, like Dream Theater's Metropolis. it kind of mixes both as does Hemispheres or Radiohead's OK Computer or Sail to the Moon.I shouldn't say religion as much as spirituality. I think it is an interesting idea, and I have always enjoyed it. And Hemispheres is really the great work in this genre, that never quite sailed. It's "a little bit Neitzsche, a little bit rock and roll." Did Rush revisit the idea of Science Fiction Rock in their later albums? and who else is doing that these days?
Ken Marino Drum Teacher "It's not worth keeping score. You win some. You lose some, you let it go"