After more than 40 years, what keeps fans interested in the band (and why on earth is there convention for them)?
## Episode Outline
**Topics:** RushCon, Female fans in Progressive Rock, Ayn Rand, Fan Loyalty, Geddy Lee, Lyricism
### First Impressions
This is difficult for me to really pin down. I've been a Rush fan since high school, maybe since I had an internet connection at home. My earliest memory of encountering the band was downloading their stuff song by song from early music sharing websites and things like Limewire and Kazaa. I also remember making a website all about the band in a high school computers class and getting 100% on it. But, at least speaking to the topics we tried to focus on in this episode, I never knew the band had a convention, and I always figured that the fandom wasn't any more heavily male than any other band; I remember talking to someone on the Carousel magazine staff at the university of Guelph about Rush and hearing her talk about getting high with her high school math teacher at a concert. Rush is for everyone, man!
I actually have very little to say about RUSH. I know that Geddy Lee REALLY hits the high notes, they sing about Tom Sawyer, and something about Trees? Also, Z really loves them.
### Famous Last Words
What did we have to say about an upcoming episode's topic, mycology, with only our first impressions? \
**G:** Is the danger aspect a deterrent or an attraction?
**T:** What does stanning look like in mycology fandom?
**Z:** In this day and age, is mycology more or less exclusively something run by hipsters?
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