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Distant Early Warning – Boston and Metrowest Massachusetts

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Posted May 17th, 2012.

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Wavelength – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

 


Wavelength

What would it take to create the ultimate Rush tribute act? When Sam Albidone, formerly of 2112; A Tribute to Rush, connected with Ken LeBoeuf and Greg Croft, formerly of Rush tribute band Jack Secret, this is the question that they asked themselves…

Above all, it would take a group of three talented musicians that would have the dedication, attention to detail, and technical abilities to accurately execute the complex music of Rush. But it would take more…

It would take practice, practice, and more practice! It would take a serious commitment by each player to continually critically listen to and refine the parts that they are responsible for playing. It would take the desire to recreate the experience of seeing Rush live in concert.

And that was the challenge that Wavelength accepted…

Individually, each member brings his outstanding skills and mastery of his instrument. Collectively, as Wavelength, these excellent musicians deliver the best Rush tribute act that Canada has ever experienced.

 

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Posted May 17th, 2012.

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Lotus Land – Southern New England

Lotus Land

“The Approach”

It has often been said that “youth is wasted on the young.” On the face of things, this seems to be an obvious maxim. After all, no one would disagree that a youth’s time is spent mostly on the frivolities of life; “hot and windy august afternoons,” (shall we say!) riding bicycles, jumping into lakes, or just hanging out with friends. However, youthful energy is sometimes channeled into something more constructive…

* sometimes, for example, a young teenager takes up the playing of a musical instrument.

For those who are persistent in this endeavor, it eventually becomes obvious that mastering an instrument is no different than any other artistic pursuit; it always remains a work in progress. Simply put, there is always room to improve your facility !

It would seem that the three artists who make up the band Rush know this quite well. Anyone who has been a fan of their music is familiar with their thirty plus year evolution as both song writers and on stage performers. Over Rush’s span of two dozen albums and countless tours, it has long been apparent that they are a band of perfectionists who have failed only in their inability to exhaust their talent. It seems that they always have something new to offer musically, and their live show is always a thrill for non-musicians and musicians alike.

In this band we have named Lotus-Land, we take great pride in being a three piece band whose performance, we feel, will please even the most fanatical Rush fan. In a nutshell, we strive to be the closest thing musically to Rush that anyone has yet heard. Whether or not we achieve this goal will surely remain a matter of opinion. What is far less subjective is the fact that we have dedicated ourselves to this end. When all is said and done, we hope to bring you the music of Rush with a live sound as big and true to form as can be heard anywhere.

(Okay…except for when Geddy, Alex, and Neil get together to make some noise!)

-MD

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Posted December 3rd, 2010.

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Trilogy – Bay Area, CA

Trilogy

In 1982 Modern Drummer magazine held their first Neil Peart giveaway contest. It was an essay contest where contestants were asked to summarize why they should win Neil’s Permanent Waves-Moving Pictures-Exit Stage Left drumkit. Qualifying submitted essays would be judged by Neil himself.

At the urging of a close friend a (then) young Adam Roderick from Concord, California entered the contest reluctantly. A few months after entering the contest Adam got a very surprising phone call from Neil himself telling him that he was the lucky winner. In disbelief Adam accused Neil of being an uncle “back east” playing a trick on him not realizing he was speaking to the man himself. Adam wrote in his essay about growing as a drummer and utilizing the kit to that end. Neil was duly impressed and awarded the drums to Adam in the fall of 1982. He soon became known as “the guy who won Neil’s kit” around Concord, with many claiming to know him. Even to his face. One such kid who did know him was another young drummer named Jim Diaz.

During the late 80’s Jim and Adam became closer as friends and began playing in bands independent of each other and sometimes replacing each other or subbing for each other. They played together in a band called Matrix with Jim filling in on bass and later replaced Adam on drums. Matrix played Yyz as part of their set, because of Adam and the drums.

In the late 90’s when Rush’s future seemed in doubt Adam and Jim decided to take the drums out and “play their music” so that other fans could enjoy the drums as well as have some fun playing Rush music live, which seemed a rather daunting task at the time (and still is of course). In 1998 Trilogy was formed, along with guitarist Ted Andrews. Ted eventually bowed out in late 1999. The Trilogy project was shelved until Adam met a neighbor’s son who happened to be a guitar teacher and serious Rush fan. Chris Meek joined forces with Adam and Jim around 2001 solidifying the lineup. Since the return of Rush to recording and touring Trilogy has taken up the mantle of playing songs that Rush themselves seldom perform catering to the long time hard core fans, as well as some of the concert staples and hits.

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Posted May 30th, 2010.

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Hemispheres – Kansas City, Missouri


Hemispheres

Hemispheres Bio:

The band now known as Hemispheres was started in 2003, although its roots date back another 30 years with all three members listening to Rush and playing the material in other bands and side projects as Smokin-ash (Chris), Prowler (Sgeddy), Theme (Sgeddy & Joel), Forgotten Child (Sgeddy), C J C (Chris, Joel & Sgeddy) ……….etc!

Chris Jolin and Richard (Sgeddy Red) Cain had been playing the material off and on for fun since their early 20’s with a drummer, Joel Clark. But, that is another story for another day.

The idea of a working, performing Rush Tribute act came about in the winter of ’03 when drummer Phil Antkowicz auditioned with Chris and Richard. The gigs were few and far between in those days. Then, in 2006, things started to roll. The band made regular appearances, which including notable venues like the Grand Emporium, Davey’s Uptown, and game day performances at Arrowhead Stadium.

That summer, the band suffered a serious setback when Chris was diagnosed with a very serious illness and was laid up in the hospital for over two months and out of commission, musically, for entire year. During this time, Phil moved on.

The search for a new drummer began late in 2007. Enter Alan Wilds, who joined Hemispheres after playing with local cover band Identity Crisis, the previous two years. Ironically, Hemispheres and Identity Crisis shared the stage during the 2006 Cover Wars battle of the bands finals!

Hear an audio clip on their Myspace page

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Posted May 30th, 2010.

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