Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson knew probably all the readers? Just in case we take a quick look into the band Rush! Lee & Lifeson are 2/3 of the legendary prog band Rush and Neil Peart was the other 1/3, and died 7 January 2020.
Rush was formed in Toronto, Canada in 1968. Rush was a pioneering line-up of Seventies progressive rock, who influenced many prog, hard-rock and heavy metal bands. This Canadian band was composed of bassist, singer and keyboard player Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and renowned drummer Neil Peart. In 1974 John Rutsey was replaced by Peart who also assumed the role of the band’s primary songwriter. Acclaimed for their instrumental virtuosity, their lyrics and longevity, throughout their 40+ year career they’ve proved to be the masters of their respective instruments while creating challenging yet popular music. They have the record for the third most consecutive gold or platinum albums for a band on the US album chart behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Watch Rush duo Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson play Closer To The Heart with Primus and the creators of South Park. Primus had a nice surprise for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone when they brought out a couple of pals to perform at the South Park 25th anniversary shows. The look on Matt Stone’s face as Claypool says He had no idea that we were dropping this on him is just priceless. Front And Row Center- Closer To The Heart by Geddy Lee & Rush- South Park’s 25th Anniversary Concert. South Park 25th Anniversary Concert Night 2 Part 2 (Partial)
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its hugely successful, highly irreverent and frankly hilarious animated sitcom South Park, Comedy Central booked two nights at Denver’s iconic Red Rocks amphitheater last weekend and invited Primus – who wrote the hit show’s theme tune – and Ween, who appeared in 1998’s popular Chef Aid episode in the show’s second season, to pay tribute to series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and some of the show’s most iconic and memorable songs.
What Parker and Stone didn’t know in advance was that Primus front man Les Claypool had also secretly extended an invitation to Rush duo Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to join the party too on August 9 and 10.
Welcoming the prog rock legends onstage, Claypool revealed that he’d nagged life-long Rush fan Stone into learning the late Neil Peart’s drum parts on the Canadian band’s 1977 single Closer To The Heart so that he could sit in with Primus to cover the song: the idea seemed perfectly logical given that Primus have been performing the song’s parent album, A Farewell To Kings, in its entirety on tour.
Rush pair Lee and Alex Lifeson joined onstage in London by Dave Grohl for three classics from the band Grohl most associates with the late Taylor Hawkins. The first of two epic tribute shows for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took place at London’s Wembley Stadium some days ago, and the highlights came thick and fast.