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    Geddy Lee on Dan Rather's "The Big Interview"

    Aired yesterday on AXS TV.


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    Great interview, watched it earlier and came to see if it had been posted here. Wow, I never thought I'd see Newmarket, Ontario being discussed with Dan Rather!

    When they were discussing the RNR Hall Of Fame, I had to pause for a minute and YouTube the induction ceremony, just to relive that moment where the guy says "...and from Toronto..." and the place just goes apeshit. Almost makes me teary-eyed!
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    I watched it last night late (dvr'd) and was more amazed that a high school dropout could be that articulate and intelligent than at anything else. You can't cull that from sound bites. Dan Rather at almost 90 still does his job very well indeed.
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    Also watched it last night when I got home from work. I thought it was a great interview. Rather is such a pro. He definitely focused more on the man than the music, but nothing wrong with that. I agree with Geez that Geddy always comes across as very articulate and intelligent. It is well worth watching for any Rush fans out there.

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    Outstanding !!

    What a genuine, decent and earnest cat.

    His thoughts about the clock always ticking and living ones life in accordance with this realization are profund.

    His re-telling is his parents’ love story and their trials and tribulations during the War and immediately thereafter, well there are no words adequate to respond to that.

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    Clockwork Angels is his fav record. Really??? Lol

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    I was really struck by Geddy's description of his parents as Holocaust survivors. It was great to hear the story of his mother and children returning to the camp where she was imprisoned and the likely reconciliation. Yes, Geddy is articulate and intelligent but the point I learned about education is that it's relative. I take with pride that I made it into a Ph.D. program thirty years ago but I learned from working with colleagues, some with a grade 12 education, that they learned from life (work, family, etc.). Education is not only inside institutions. I've had close colleagues/friends that can stand toe to toe with highly educated individuals.

    I too was happy to see the focus on Geddy and his life. What an incredibly interesting and rich life he leads outside of music. I can relate to his obsessive collecting (with my own prog memorabilia collection). I could have listened/watched that interview for several hours instead of one!

    I also have to add that I saw the 2112 tour as a stoned 14 year old. It shaped my musical tastes and I have vivid memories of the show.

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    Just watched it. I'm afraid I will end up buying his book on bass guitars whenever it sees the light of day. Ged was pretty clear that Rush's touring days are over but he did admit that at some point he will have to "feed the beast" and make some new music.
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    That was an excellent interview! Rather even pressed Geddy fairly hard on future plans. But he also gave the best portrait of Geddy I've ever known. I knew all the facts but this showed his passions.

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    Thanks for this, Geddy is a class act.

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    Thanks for sharing Brave73! Great interview with Geddy Lee (now all we need are interviews with Neil Peart & Alex Lifeson).

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    Quote Originally Posted by progman1975 View Post
    Clockwork Angels is his fav record. Really??? Lol
    Almost as bad as when Peart stated that for him, the band starts with "Permanent Waves." Sometimes you wonder if these guys realize that their entire career is really built off a 5-year period of their lives: 1976-1981 (like most successful artists really).

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    Almost as bad as when Peart stated that for him, the band starts with "Permanent Waves." .
    He said it started with Moving Pictures.

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    I think he’s not very proud of his lyrics pre-Permanent Waves and thought the band really sounded like Rush (themselves) with Moving Pictures.


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    Quote Originally Posted by progman1975 View Post
    Clockwork Angels is his fav record. Really??? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    Almost as bad as when Peart stated that for him, the band starts with "Permanent Waves." Sometimes you wonder if these guys realize that their entire career is really built off a 5-year period of their lives: 1976-1981 (like most successful artists really).
    I think part of him feeling this way is that, IMO, CMA is a lot better than the few albums that preceded it. And, IMO, he's correct that it combines a lot of what Rush is known for. So overall it makes a nice final album, going out on a high note. I guess it would be a little weird if he said his favorite Rush album was Signals, or Power Windows - not as weird if he said Moving Pictures.

    Whatever, it's Rush, NO ONE agrees on what's best!

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    As big of a Rush fan as I am, I was happiest to hear that Geddy is also a birder like myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    I guess it would be a little weird if he said his favorite Rush album was Signals, or Power Windows - not as weird if he said Moving Pictures.
    Except Lee has said for a long time that Power Windows is his favorite Rush album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    Except Lee has said for a long time that Power Windows is his favorite Rush album.
    Oh, didn't know that. Maybe it was until CMA came out.

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    I don't think Geddy watches the Country Music Awards.
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    Watched this last night and really enjoyed it. Despite my lowish expectations going in (figured Dan Rather probably wasn't all the familiar with Rush/Geddy) this turned out to be one of the better Rush interviews I've come across. Sure there's some usual ground covered, but overall it gave as complete a picture of Geddy the person that I've even seen. Definitely worth a watch for all Rush fans.

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    I think most of the people Rather interviews are way more starstruck with Rather than he is with them, given his resume and notoriety (see "What's The Frequency, Kenneth" by REM), and that, whether consciously or subliminally, opens them up more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    Almost as bad as when Peart stated that for him, the band starts with "Permanent Waves." Sometimes you wonder if these guys realize that their entire career is really built off a 5-year period of their lives: 1976-1981 (like most successful artists really).
    Artists don't always look at success from a "units sold" point of view.
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    Thanks for posting! Really nice to see somebody who worked hard, is well-centered and enjoying his success (and wealth).

    Makes me curious to see his instrument collection rather than his baseball collection - which was jaw-dropping, but I guess we have to wait for the book on that one.
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    It's not just R.E.M. that has referenced Dan Rather. It gets even proggier:

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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    I think most of the people Rather interviews are way more starstruck with Rather than he is with them, given his resume and notoriety (see "What's The Frequency, Kenneth" by REM), and that, whether consciously or subliminally, opens them up more.
    That's a good point. And I probably wasn't being fair to Rather in my expectations either. He's been at the pinnacle of journalism for decades and interviewed all facets of society; you don't get to that level, let alone stay, if you're not skilled in knowing how to converse interestingly with folks whom you may not be all that familiar. Plus, since an "in-depth" interview with a celebrity seems to mean little more than a soundbite from a press junket promoting their latest product, it's nice to see a revealing long-form conversation.

    Yeah, I majored in journalism in college. Great choice, that.

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