rushgal 4:12am, 6 May 2009
Hi Everybody!

I am honored to have been invited to appear on Italy's Rush Tribute website! Luca Nappo personally invited my Flickr profile picture to appear on the site! Be sure to surf over to check out the other half of the world, eh?

That photo brings back great memories from the RTB tour and when I responded to Luca, I gave the story that goes with the photo:

Hi Luca,

It would be an honor to have my photo posted on your Rush tribute site! Thank you so much for the invitation! I am sending you a JPG attachment of the photo just in case you could not download it from Flickr.

This shot was taken in 19-RolltheBones at Irvine Meadows, California. I actually became friends with a couple of roadies and this opportunity came my way. That tour holds some of my life's best memories. My brother and I saw Rush TEN times that year! Seattle to San Diego!

While they were at Irvine Meadows, Neil Peart did a very intimate lecture/demonstration for about 20 or so students from a nearby music school. The students had the opportunity to sit right there on stage for the demonstration. During the lesson, I was sitting in the front row of the stadium and I didn't want to take pictures because I was afraid I might make Neil feel uncomfortable during a lesson. Let's just say it didn't really feel appropriate to be pointing a camera at him. There did turn out, however, to be another distraction to his lesson. You see, Camp Pendleton (USMC) is not far from Irvine, and I don't know if they were F-16's or F-18's, but those beautiful jets were flying overhead during the lesson, which made it about impossible to hear what Neil was saying. So he stopped speaking, looked up, waited for the jets to pass, and then continued his lesson with a real great grin on his face! So I took pictures of those jets and whenever I look at those photos, I can recall the images of Neil from my memory banks.

That same year, when they played at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, we got there really early as usual, because the whole parking lot experience is a must! Incidentally, I was presented with another once in a lifetime opportunity! I had the privilege to be THE ONLY audience member during the sound check at 3:00pm or so. I sat at the far left area of the loge section. Again, I didn't feel it would have been appropriate to take photos, so I just sat and soaked it in. The funny thing was for the song Analog Kid, it seemed like Geddy Lee had a tendency to forget the first two words (a hot). I could be wrong, it could have just been the way it sounded, but it sure seemed like it even during the actual show.

That was a great year in my life and there are many more stories from that tour! And LET IT BE KNOWN:

I became friends with a couple of roadies, and they were respectful and never crossed boundaries...and my boundaries are quite solid. They never acted like I owed them anything and ALWAYS treated me like a lady. I am proud to be a fan of a band that can show integrity by who they choose to hire. At least that goes for everyone I met.

Again, thank you for inviting my photo to your website, it's an honor. Please check out the Rush Group Pool on if you haven't already!

A spirit with a vision,

May Your Skies Always Be Blue!
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