No Friday Confessions from me today. My head is full of Rush. It’s like going to confession, is going to a Rush concert, I’ve decided, and I feel all clean and shriven.

Well, the symptoms are obvious: I have Rushitis again. You can’t go to a Rush concert and not get reinfected, just like you can’t go to a Marseillaise brothel and not get the clap. Erm. I don’t know that for sure, actually.

But here’s what I do know: Neil Peart is the best stadium drummer on the planet. If Neil Peart and John Bonham had a love child, I would nanny that child for FREE. Peart’s drum solo last night made me realize, in the words of another concert-goer, “There. You never have to see another drummer.” I really, really don’t.

Also, I quite adore Geddy Lee. I would go so far as to (here it is, Rachel) commit lewd acts with him. He was funny, gnomish, agile, nerdy, hilarious, and goofy. I would probably sleep with him.

And Alex Lifeson? Well, he’s pretty awesome. Okay, he’s super-awesome. He played this little classical piece last night that was so sweet and full of heart, it was like he was yearning for the Serbian countryside of his heritage. And then he turns around and in some slick guitar-tech work and a flash of light, starts shredding like he taught Yngwie Malmsteen how to backcomb his hair.

Also, to the trio of young men just down the row from us: Don’t give up the dream, boys. Your drummer had some serious chops going on on his knees, from what I could see.

What an awesome, awesome night.

11 Comments to “Rush!”

  1. By Arwen, May 30, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

    I have now Googled images of Geddy Lee. And he is not like Howard Stern. He is more like Bono and Sean Penn had a baby. The shoulder length hair is better than the long hair. That pic of him in perspective with his feet forward is a particularly unflattering shot.

    I confess lots of things this week. I’ve been confessing in my head all week, and thinking “Oh! Right! That! I’ll have to remember!” But now, here I am, thinking “Doi….”

    Oh. I confess to spending 6 hours on a project with absolutely no – and I mean NO - forward movement.

  2. By Arwen, May 30, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    Actually, I confess that this week I produced nothing meaningful for either of my major contracts.

  3. By rachel, May 30, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

    There is plenty of Geddy Lee for everyone!

    Thanks for going with me, Liz. I would seriously have been too lame to go all by myself. I don’t know why. I have no problem going to movies by myself, but concerts need company.

    Y’all will like this:
    Byron was yawning today, and I said, “Are you tired, buddy?”
    And he said, “I was up all night talking to Arwen!”

  4. By rachel, May 30, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    So wait a minute, Arwen—waaaaaay back when you and I were having that discussion about whether musical competence increases sexiness, and you put forth Geddy Lee as an example of spectacular unattractiveness that some hypothetical women might still dig, and I said,”Yo!”—you didn’t know what he looked like??
    Or was it that you’d heard his voice and assumed he must be hideous (which is what I did—I pictured him looking like Chaucer’s Pardoner. Seriously).

  5. By Beth, May 30, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    First, let me say I have no idea who Rush is. I was still listening to the Beatles back when Rush appeared.
    But Richard knows who they are… and his comment about Geddy Lee: He looks like a cross between Howard Stern and David Brenner.
    I happen to like tall and gangly though.

  6. By Liz, May 31, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    It was a seriously awesome concert. Thanks for asking me, Rachel. I’d have hated to have missed it.

    Having Googled David Brenner, I can see why you’d say that. Beth. I do think the Bono and Sean Penn combo is a good description as well.

  7. By Arwen, June 1, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

    No, Rachel, it is more that I have been around Rush fans who like Geddy Lee and they’re always apologizing for finding him sexy. Also, he gets mentioned in the same sentence as Jagger, who is slightly toadlike.

  8. By Liz, June 1, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    I once dated a guy who looked a lot like Jagger.

    I don’t really have any excuse.

  9. By stephanie, June 1, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

    I guess I don’t really have any confessions. I was sort of up on top of everything this last week. I still want to see Sex and the City.

  10. By rachel, June 1, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    Geddy Lee has gotten better looking with age. He was born with an old man’s nose, alas. And I could kiss whoever finally convinced him that the bangs! were just not working!

    I would just like to say that I so alarmed my husband with all my drooling over Geddy Lee that I did not merely score yesterday. I scored huge. I am still dizzy from it. And all I can think is, “Gee, I should talk about other men more often!”

  11. By Liz, June 1, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    Wahahaha, Rachel uses Geddy Lee to score!

    Hmm. Maybe there’s something to this. I wonder if Hugh Laurie works as well…

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