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    Quote Originally Posted by mohair_chair View Post
    Hey, Toni Tenille sang backup for Pink Floyd on "The Wall."
    I did not know that. She is now this week's recipient of the "Strange New-Found Rspect Award."

    I also read on Wikipedia that she sang backup on Elton John's mega hit "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." I loved that song back in the day. I get all woozy with nostalgia thinking about it now.

    But "Muskrat Love" is still a horrible song.
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    [QUOTE=Gregory Taylor;4221432]I have zero problems with Rush getting into the Hall of Fame.

    I do have problems with where the selection process is heading....deserving acts that aren't already in the Hall of Fame yet are getting thin on ghe ground. I mean, I like Randy Newman and all, but putting him in the ROCK Hall of Fame? To me that screams (1) they are running out of candidates, or (2) his agent paid the Hall to put him in.


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    But Randy Newman loves LA! That was sorta rock-ish, almost, kind of. Not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory Taylor View Post
    I did not know that. She is now this week's recipient of the "Strange New-Found Rspect Award."

    I also read on Wikipedia that she sang backup on Elton John's mega hit "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." I loved that song back in the day. I get all woozy with nostalgia thinking about it now.

    But "Muskrat Love" is still a horrible song.
    The Captain and Tenille also owned Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, California (where I grew up), which was their personal studio. It was also where many great albums were recorded. Tom Petty, Bob Seger, etc. "Appetite for Destruction" was recorded there. Their connection to rock history is strong.

    Here's something Toni Tenille wrote about the Pink Floyd sessions:

    "In the late 1970s, BRUCE JOHNSTON and the late CARL WILSON of the Beach Boys, JOHN JOYCE, an LA studio singer, and I occasionally sang together as a background quartet for recording sessions. It didn’t happen often, because all of our schedules were very busy, but you can hear our work on a few notable recordings.... listen carefully to Elton John’s DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME and you might be able to pick out my voice in the background vocals.
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    When constructing the harmonies we sang, we usually placed my voice in the center of the chord. My voice is in the male tenor range, and is very distinctive. The whole point of background harmonies is to have a seamless sound and vocally perfect blend. My voice stood out less, and blended better with the other voices if it were placed in the middle.
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    One day in late 1979, Bruce called me and asked if I would be interested in doing a background session for the famous rock group PINK FLOYD. They were in LA, working on a new album, and needed some background work. To be honest with you, although I had heard their name, I wasn’t at all familiar with their music, but I ALWAYS keep an open mind musically, and I thought it would be really interesting to see how the “other half” works in a recording session. I told Bruce I’d love to, and a date was set.
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    The session was set up for a Sunday morning at an unpretentious Hollywood recording studio called Producer’s Workshop. Daryl went with me...he was pretty curious, too. I guess I sort of expected to walk into a studio full of people lying around, smoking dope...lots of groupies..that sort of thing. What I found when we got there surprised me completely!
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    We were met, almost as soon as we walked in the front door, by Dave Gilmore, who, along with Roger Waters, was the face and sound of Pink Floyd at that time (they have since parted ways). Dave greeted me and Daryl heartily with a smile and a handshake, and stated that he had seen us on television that morning. I immediately thought, “What was a rock star doing, watching Sunday morning television?” Daryl and I had recently taped a guest appearance on a children’s TV show called KIDS ARE PEOPLE TOO, and Dave told us he watched it that morning with his kids! So much for the “rock star” stereotype!
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    It turns out I would be working that day on a new concept album they were going to call THE WALL. I had no idea at the time what a musical landmark it would be. When Bruce, Carl and John arrived, we set to the business at hand. People often ask me “Which songs did you sing on?” Well...at the time, we worked on sections of songs that had no name. They would play a section of a song, tell us what they wanted in the way of backgrounds, and we sang them.
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    I was really struck at the professionalism of the entire session. These guys meant business, and they knew exactly what they wanted. If there were any drugs going on, I never saw it. Of course, I have to say that throughout our career, Daryl and I rarely saw even a hint of the rampant drug use that was going on in the music business at the time. People knew we weren’t into it, and usually kept it hidden from us at various industry functions.... at least, they never told us where the coke room was set up!
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    I have nothing but good memories of that background session for THE WALL. Before we left, Dave asked me if Daryl and I would like to come to the LA concert they would be doing in support of the album’s release. I told him of COURSE I would love to come! He promised to call me when the dates were set. I went home and promptly forgot about it.
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    Then, in early February of 1980, the phone rang at our home in Pacific Palisades, CA. It was Dave Gilmore, asking if we still wanted to go to the first performance of THE WALL at the LA Sports arena. He would leave tickets for us at the box office. I had no idea at the time what a special, musically-historical, FABULOUS event it would be, and what a privilege it would be to have been there! I’ll tell you the rest of the story next week. In the meantime, in the words of the late, great Billy Preston, KEEP A SONG OF JOY INSIDE YOUR HEART!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahueh View Post
    Finally. I know there are haters here. I could care less.
    Not a more deserving band on the planet.

    Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman Among Rock Hall of Fame Inductees - Speakeasy - WSJ
    Could not agree more. One of my all time favorites. Too long in coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uprwstsdr View Post
    How about 2112?
    That would be amazing.

    I would vote for Dreamline and Freewill. Something says Tom Sawyer or Spirit of Radio gets played. Limelight would fit the theme too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eekase View Post
    I saw Rush in Concert in 1980....for about 20 seconds. Me & 2 friends lit up a "cigarette" right when they started playing. We each took a puff & were swarmed by undercover police.
    They took us to jail, weighed our remaining "cigarette", which was 3 grams. They charged each of us with 1 gram of possession of an illegal substance, spent the night in jail.

    End of my Rush experience.
    That's because rock was a packaged product by then. You might as well been trying to fire up at Best Buy.

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    BIG Rush fan here. Very good news. I've seen them six times and they have gotten better every time. None more deserving in my opinion.
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    Saw them during the "Moving Pictures" tour in 1980 too. I was in high school, and a big 'Rush' fan then. I really liked their next album "Signals" too, but after that my musical tastes went other places and it seemed like their stuff kinda went off the tracks to more air-brushed, toned down stuff.

    Yeah, the songwriting got to be a bit formulaic and the lyrics were sometimes a bit adolescent. There was certainly a bit of nerd fan complex, which seemed to keep them away from being a mainstream hit as a rock band. But, you could not deny that these guys could really shred. Their musical arrangements are very creative and exciting stuff. As a guitarist I was always intrigued by Alex Lifeson's playing, as well as the incredible variety of sounds he produced.

    Good for them!

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    They deserved being in there a looooooong time ago and way before many of the other 'acts' already there!!!! I remember hearing them for the first time....'All the World's a Stage' and was just blown away. I've been listening to them ever since. What kills me is how 'huge' their sound is with only 3 members!!!

    BTW: they are encouraging everyone to wear their Rush t-shirts today in honor of the the date being 2112!!!

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