Hi-fi Friday! Rush…. and Heart?

This post stems from the recent news that both Rush and Heart were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


I’ve been a fan of Rush since I was pretty young. I don’t believe I knew I was, however! I’ll try to explain… See, it seem like there was a Rush song in the background, somewhere, everywhere I went. Don’t think I knew it was Rush, though.

As I grew older, I began to recognize the songs and pair them with the artist. Working Man, Fly by Night, 2112, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Freewill, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Red Barchetta, Limelight…

All that stuff was Rush! AND RUSH WAS ONLY THREE DUDES! Each of them a freakin’ artist with his own instrument!

Geddy Lee is a kick ass bassist, Alex Lifeson a beast on guitar, and Neil Peart a phenomenal percussionist!

I went to see Rush back in March of 1994 at the old Richfield Coliseum…

Richfield Coliseum

… and that was a show that absolutely kicked my ass! The opening acts were Candlebox and Primus, two bands that I’ve been a fan of ever since.

But back to the Rush show…. Just. Awesome. It was in support of their recently released Counterparts album. My favorite tune from the album was this:

~ Nobody’s Hero ~

Since a lot of people don’t watch my videos, here are the lyrics to Nobody’s Hero as I feel they should be known by everyone…

I knew he was different, in his sexuality
I went to his parties, as a straight minority
It never seemed a threat to my masculinity
He only introduced me to a wider reality

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that he was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But he’s nobody’s —

Hero — saves a drowning child
Cures a wasting disease
Hero — lands the crippled airplane
Solves great mysteries

Hero — not the handsome actor
Who plays a hero’s role
Hero — not the glamor girl
Who’d love to sell her soul
If anybody’s buying

I didn’t know the girl, but I knew her family
All their lives were shattered
in a nightmare of brutality
They try to carry on, try to bear the agony
Try to hold some faith
in the goodness of humanity

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that she was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But she’s nobody’s —

Hero — the voice of reason
Against the howling mob
Hero — the pride of purpose
In the unrewarding job

Hero — not the champion player
Who plays the perfect game
Not the glamor boy
Who loves to sell his name
Everybody’s buying

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that you were gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart


It’s almost embarrassing to say that one of my favorite Rush tunes is Tom Sawyer because they have so much other material. But performed live, Tom Sawyer is just mind blowing! Here is my favorite version thus far…

~ Tom Sawyer ~

WHEW! The simultaneous bass and guitar solos that start at the 2:50 mark are mindblowing!

Like I said, Heart was also inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Who doesn’t know who Heart is?…. That’s what I thought…. NO ONE!

And here is a video that, I’m sure, when my Mom sees it will prolly jump up and break shit around the house dancing!

~ Crazy On You ~

… but that’s not the Heart I got into! I liked Heart because of Nancy Wilson and the things she did to her guitar.

Nancy Wilson Boobs

This picture is of her boobs from 1985 and, to be honest, boobs I never even noticed that she was playing guitar back then boobs. I was 12! What do you expect!

Well, in 1987 I was much more mature when Heart’s video for Alone came out! I was able to enjoy the finer points of (then) modern music videos. Like at the 1:53 mark when Nancy’s riding a horse directly at the camera. She has a really nice rack pretty horse! Or her solo at the 2:37 mark, in which she turns me on shreds like the best of ’em! Check it out:

Oops… guess I haven’t matured that much over the years, since I watched that video like nine times in a row! Ha ha! I have much better technology to enjoy it today than I did back then!

Anyway, congratulations to Rush and Heart for getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Enjoy your weekend, folks!

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