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Rush road crew interviews at The Canadian Music Scene

Sat, Jul 2, 2011@9:07PM | comments removed/disabled

UPDATE - 9/14@4:54PM: Part V with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton is now up.

UPDATE - 7/5@7:40AM: Part IV with the Rush sound guys Brad Madix and Brent Carpenter is now up.

UPDATE - 7/3@1:21PM: Paul did not get a chance to speak with Geddy's bass tech John McIntosh, but he did get a bunch of great photos of Geddy's equipment which you can check out at this link.

Paul at The Canadian Music Scene website has begun posting a series of interviews he conducted with different members of Rush's road crew over the course of the Time Machine Tour. From the website:

... Over the years I have had the privilege of getting to know Howard "Herns" Ungerleider and conducted several interviews and question and answer sessions with Howard. Just in case there are a few that don't know, Howard is the Production Manager for RUSH's concerts. He design's all of the lighting and works closely with the band and video crew to put the complete visual show together.

From these interviews, questions and answer sessions, and visiting his company, PDI (Production Design International) in Markham, Ontario, I have learned a lot about lighting and what is involved to design and setup a show.

Along the way I also got to know Lorne "Gump" Wheaton, Neil's drum tech extraordinaire and like Howard, all around great person.

I approached both them with my idea: Let's let RUSH fans know what the road crew does, how much work is involved to bring us the three plus hour show. They thought it was a great idea, first step done. ...

So far Paul has posted his interviews with Rush's Video Director David Davidian and their Pyro Technician (and tour photographer) John Arrowsmith. Accompanying the interviews are a bunch of great photos. You can check them out at this link.

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