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Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« on: June 02, 2015, 04:33:15 AM »
When I think of it I consider Rush to be a naïve touring band, always playing it safe ie North America/ Canada and a few European dates when they can be bothered. When you compare Rush to there Peer's who do World tours incorporating most continents, I think its bad management and has probably lost them millions of potential sales having played only 15 countries or so and a third of these only once, pretty poor in a 41 year touring career.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 07:20:02 AM »
On the contrary, I think they have been the masters of their own destiny. I, like yourself, have often wondered why their world tours never took in places like Japan, Australia, S.America etc. I would think this may have been dictated largely by record sales and/or the perception that the band was not that popular in those markets (from a management point of view). You could ask why they have not launched campaigns to address this but I think they (the band) would be more than satisfied with the success they've achieved in the main markets in which they operate. For them, it's never been about sales, fame etc. and with their well-documented aversion to long tours, it's no surprise that they've made these decisions.
I'm sure Ray Daniels would have them going further afield if it was financially worthwhile but I could see the band resisting it. You've got to admire their principled stance, if this is the case.

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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 07:33:14 AM »
Van Halen are worse.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 08:13:28 AM »
Van Halen are worse.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 08:40:02 AM »
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 09:19:54 AM »
I wonder whether Neil put a stop to more extensive touring?
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 10:07:16 AM »
chicken and the egg these days, especially for Mature bands

Do you tour to promote yourself and record sales as they would have done in the early days, or do you only tour to the areas of the world where there are significant CD sales etc to reward the loyal fans

Personally I would have loved more European exposure in the 80's and 90's when to me they were at their peak, and my interest levels were too. That's the only time I feel "lazy" could be applied
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 11:09:38 AM »
I imagine Neal would love a jaunt around Japan on his motorcycle.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 11:33:58 AM »
chicken and the egg these days, especially for Mature bands

Do you tour to promote yourself and record sales as they would have done in the early days, or do you only tour to the areas of the world where there are significant CD sales etc to reward the loyal fans

Personally I would have loved more European exposure in the 80's and 90's when to me they were at their peak, and my interest levels were too. That's the only time I feel "lazy" could be applied

agree about the 80s/90s.. Europe never got a bloody look in.... lazy bastards...
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 15:02:56 PM »
Let's be honest, they don't need the money or the notoriety these days.
And the last time I saw them at Manchester they just didn't seem too be enjoying it to be honest. Seemed very lack luster.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 23:11:37 PM »
It was a long and disappointing 5 years from 1983-8, by the time they turned up again the best music and times were behind them.

I only saw them twice pre-1988, wish it had been more.
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 08:09:32 AM »
Let´s face it - most of these older bands are still/have picked up touring because the CD-sales has been marginalized by illegal DL/streaming

But I agree with Mick here, "World Tour" when you visit 10 countries or less..... :P
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 10:04:12 AM »
Agree with Summerland totally. We were not included in the best stuff, but we do get to taste a bit of that during a 3 hour set when they do come.
I had no idea that these guys have some quite debilitating health issues, so fair dooos........
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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2015, 11:01:09 AM »
I think the best tours ere were pre 83 tbh, but then I'm an oldie

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Re: Are Rush Lazy tourers?
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2015, 12:02:37 PM »
Agree with Summerland totally. We were not included in the best stuff, but we do get to taste a bit of that during a 3 hour set when they do come.
I had no idea that these guys have some quite debilitating health issues, so fair dooos........
My point in the late 70's , 80's they should have played to a far bigger global audience than they did, they played it too safe.
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