Late in 1979 My school friend Dave lent me a cassette recording of the Rush album ‘A Farewell to Kings’ I can still recall the layout of my bedroom at the time of first listening. People of our age will recall the type of cassette player with piano type keys and a very sad off white plastic ear plug that contained a thin piece of metal that was to vibrate and give the listener an audio experience in one ear only that bore little resemblance to that which the artist had actually recorded. However by the time Geddy rattled into my right ear the line ‘ Invisible to telescopic eye, Infinity the star that would not die’ I was already a fan.
Today is the 34th anniversary of the time I first saw Rush. Unfortunately I had missed the Permanent waves tour of the previous year because I was studiously revising for exams! That tour was to be the last in the UK playing smaller venues and this year they had stepped up to the cattle market sized venues just short of Arenas. We had queued for hours outside Piccadilly Records in Manchester for tickets for the gig at Deeside leisure centre ( a boarded over ice rink) near Chester.
Dave his brother Simon another school friend Stu and my brother were on this trip. Stu’s sister drove us to and from the gig. A great time was had by all.
The tour shirt I bought was worn to the point of destruction. When the arms fell off I had them sewn back on again and continued to wear it for special occasions. It is now so fragile the threads creak when it is handled.
The Signals tour shirt of two years later has never suffered the perils of the washing machine and was only ever worn on very special occasions ie gigs.
The Presto shirt from a show in Vancouver was worn to a point of transparency.
The lyrics below are compiled in chronological order from songs that have meant a lot to me over the years.
The photos clearly show that time has indeed stood still………..
As I look back on all the thoughts I’ve had
They reflect just what I’m learning
From the golden light of coming dawn
Till the twilight when the sun is gone
We treasure every season
And every passing day
Living one long sunrise
For to me all things are new
I’ve never watched the sky grow pale
Or strolled through fields of dew
You don’t get something for nothing
You don’t get freedom for free
You don’t get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dream might be
Can’t we raise our eyes
And make a start
Can’t we find the minds
To lead us closer to the heart
You need only trust your feelings
Only love can steer you right
Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends with uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt
That’s far too fleet
I feel the sense of possibilities
I feel the wrench of hard realities
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
I learned your love for life
I feel the way you would
I feel your presence
I feel the way you would
Dreams flow across the heartland
Feeding on the fires
Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you’re down
I’m not looking back
But I want to look around me now
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each impression a little bit stronger
Chase the sun around the world
I want to look at life
In the available light
Like a million little doorways
All the choices we made
All the stages we passed through
All the roles we played
The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen
Lyrics mostly Neil Peart, the first couple of lines from the first album Geddy Lee.