Monday, June 14, 2010

Rush, the World Cup, Extreme, and Everything

Okay, maybe not everything.

I do have to provide an update on one of my favorite bands.

Rush was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 10! Ironically, they are still not in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame because the owner hates Rush. Go figure!

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is their new DVD and it comes out on June 29. It was also released to theaters for one night only on June 10 and received a B+ in Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman. (Who also hates Rush!)

I've been watching some of the World Cup. I couldn't watch it for long today, though. The drone of thousands of plastic horns started to give me a headache. Has anyone else noticed this? It sounds like a giant swarm of bees! Must be driving the players nuts. More than one sportscaster has mentioned this issue, too. Guess I'll have to watch with the volume down.

Also caught the new Extreme concert DVD this weekend on HDNet. (Remember Extreme? More Than Words and Get the Funk Out?) I have to pick up this DVD. They sounded amazing in concert - crisp, clean and sharp. Nuno is incredible. The dude can play guitar! I was just in awe.
No, I don't sound like Nuno when I play. I don't look like him, either! (That's probably a good thing, though - if I was in that good of shape, I'd find any excuse to take of my shirt, and work and church are just not appropriate places for that sort of thing!)

I'm pleased so many have signed up for The Movie Dirty Dozen next week! I also interviewed one of the top movie news blog owners, so don't miss that next week, either.

And so far, Twitter is all right! Thanks to everyone who found me.


Unknown said...

LOVE Rush! Thanks for the updates.

I've been enjoying the World Cup too. We're looking forward to being in Europe in a World Cup year -- it's such a huge event over there. We're keeping our fingers crossed for France. Their win in 1998 (while we lived there) was something to experience. The party took to the streets throughout the country and lasted for weeks!

Love the new blog look!!

Have a great week :)

Ted Cross said...

I've only watched the US-England game, because the times are bad for me here in Azerbaijan.

I missed seeing Extreme once when a friend and I went to a Van Halen concert without any tickets. While we tried and eventually succeeded in buying some scalped ones, we missed Extreme.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I didn'r even know Extreme was back together!


Looking forward to the movie challenge, wonderful post as usual.

Thanks for your visit, why not the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA?

Enjoy your day.

Natasha said...

I actually watch the matches on mute. The drone is really migraine inducing.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

It's always amazed me that you don't hear the same crazy crowd thing at golf matches that you do at other events. What's with that?

Unknown said...

Those horns do drive me nuts! At first I thought something was wrong with my TV... but I do love watching the matches.


Unknown said...

I have been addicted to the World Cup too. And yeah, those plastic horns are driving me crazy. They are really annoying.
Great post, Alex...:)

Will Burke said...

They had a game on in our break room, and I said, "why does it sound like they're filming from a bee hive?"
The Hall R&R of fame should take notes from Owen G; Rush is an acquired taste, but damn respectable musicians! (For the record, I'm not a fan)

Helen Ginger said...

I totally agree with you on the horns. It was like giant bees. They need to stop that. They lost me as a viewer. Hey, I gave you an award today.

DEZMOND said...

It took me ten minutes to realize that the horrible drone wasn't a sound problem on my TV but the horrible sound of those plastic horns. Serbia played the first game yesterday, and I found myself thinking how can our soccer players concentrate with all that noise.

Can't wait to read the interview with that top movie news owner, but you should talk to some book translator as well :PPP


Hi me again I forgot to mention I walked down the Hollywood walk of fame 2 yrs ago, mighty impressive, not bad from little ole me from Dorset UK.


Arlee Bird said...

Ironically, the radio show I'm listening to right now is talking about those stupid vuvozela horns or whatever they are called. They are annoying, but I haven't been watching any of the games in their entirety so far and I keep the volume down. My wife watches the games more than I do but I don't watch very long with her because she listens to them in the Spanish station.

I live here in L.A. and I didn't hear about the Rush star.

Tossing It Out

Southpaw said...

The World Cup is HUGE in my neighborhood. Shopkeepers are donning their sport shirts and the local restaurants and markets have announcements on game time.

I have my dirty dozen all ready to go. I keep going back and swapping movies in and out – it’s a tough call. This will be my first blogfest!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicole, you are cool in my book, then!

That sucked, Ted!

Yvonne, I meant that was a good pick for you.

Rayna, Clarissa, Mr. Stupid, Helen, Dez - thanks for agreeing! I can't take more than five minutes of that noise.

Journaling, wouldn't that be wild? If everyone was screaming at a golf match?

Will, the owner claims he will never allow Rush into the Hall!

Southpaw, glad you selected this one as your first!!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, come on, Alex... you can take your shirt off. You're among friends! No Staypuff pokes or anything.

Of course my favorite World Cup Feature is exactly that... all these bare buff bodies are just what a girl like me likes...

Glynis Peters said...

DH is a major football (soccer) fan. I live it all season, now the world cup. The only problem is, not only do I have to listen to the horns on TV with an Arabian commentator, who never takes a breath. But - our neighbours in the next field are South African and have the real horns. They are also players with the Rugby 7's, so I get to hear it with both sports!

Pardon? Sorry, what did you say Alex? Ah, Rush...Closer To The Heart. ;0

The Old Silly said...

Not a big soccer fan, but I will watch the World Cup just because it's such a globally popular event.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hart, I might not get Staypuff comments, but I'd probably blind someone with my paleness.

Glynis, I'm sorry you're getting a double-dose of that noise!

Beth Zimmerman said...

I have no idea who Rush is or Nuno either for that matter. I know ... I lead a sad and deprived little life. :)

I keep forgetting to open twitter so mine is usually a few weeks behind the game except for automatic updates when I write a new post.

Carol Kilgore said...

I haven't watched the World Cup but I read this morning they were working to reduce the broadcast sound mix to reduce crowd noise. Hope it works.

Rush :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, those horns. Driving me to distraction for a week, and another three weeks to go! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol that would be nice!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I’m not a big sports person so hearing the results on the evening news is more than enough coverage for me! As far as the bands go…well, let’s just years ago when my daughter went out on her own and MTV was not constantly on in our home, I fell far, far behind. I haven't heard of either group.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm pretty sure hating Rush isn't allowed.

The horns are crazy at the world cup! Can't imagine trying to play there!

Gregg Metcalf said...

I am not a soccer fan at all so I haven't watched the world cup. Kansas Bob asked if anyone was watching the world cup, and I told him I didn't know the world had a cup and that it was my turn to watch it. If they want a guy to watch chinaware they should let a guy know.

I don't think I have ever heard Rush, but happy for you your band got a star! Congrats.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, it is!!

Guys watching chinaware is a bad idea, Gregg.
And you've really neaver heard of Rush? They're Canadian - been around almost forty years.

DiscConnected said...

Looking forward to that Rush DVD, Alex. A co-worker back in Hartford went to see the film on June 10.

If it played in Phoenix, I did not hear of it. We were probaly boycotted.

I have the Extreme CD (did not opt for the DVD as I just do not seem to find time to watch them much) and it is a good performance.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Disc, I was really impressed with how well Extreme sounded live. I'll probably get both.

Amity said...

Hmmm... I am no band girl but I love music and can play the guitar, that's all Alex...:)

Would try to listen sometime soon or ask my kids about Rush!