Heartwarming / Rush

  • The Clockwork Angels tour includes a video dedication to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died on August 25, 2012.
  • Every single thing Neil says about his second daughter, Olivia, born in August of 2009. Every. Single. Thing. He made her a picture book explaining why he was away from home so often and that he'd always come back because he hates being away from her when she asked questions about why daddy wasn't home much. He loves her so much, he is willing to write her her own childrens' book to help her deal with him not being there. Awww!
  • The ending to Cygnus X-1. When the protagonist sees the two gods fighting, he convinces them to resolve their differences and work together. In response, they make him Cygnus, God of Balance. Not only does it prove that these gods are more noble than their original counterparts, but it's also great to see the protagonist having that kind of reward after being sucked through a black hole. What's more, it has a happy ending unlike 2112 .
  • "Distant Early Warning" is, in essence, a Cold War progressive rock love song from Canada to the United States about how the former had the latter's back in case the Soviet Union tried to launch nuclear weapons. note 
  • It's a bit of a recondite one, but — for any fan of the band who found it difficult to understand what exactly Neil saw in the works of Ayn Rand, to hear or read him talk about her now in terms of "Yeah, I was in my early twenties and I lacked confidence and I needed someone to confirm that it was okay for me to be doing what I was doing and not selling out, but basically I'm over that now, because I can see, having grown up, that that philosophy lacks compassion and brings out some of the worst in people" is genuinely heartwarming.