Rush’s Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee reunite on stage

Duo haven’t performed together since the R40 Tour

Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush reunited on stage last night (Wed, Aug 10th) in Denver as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of South Park. The pair performed the band’s classic song, “Closer To The Heart,” at Red Rocks Amphitheater with Primus and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the latter who played drums with the duo.

The performance will air as part of the South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, August 13th on Comedy Central and a day later on Paramount+. The special will also include musical performances from Primus, Ween and Parker and Stone.

South Park has made several Rush references over the years. Lifeson and Lee recorded a version of “O’ Canada” with Parker and Stone for the film South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut in 1999.

Primus is currently on an extensive, 46-date, coast-to-coast trek performing Rush’s classic 1977 album, A Tribute To Kings, in its entirety. A Tribute To Kings Tour pays homage to the prog-rock legends. European dates have been canceled, but the group will perform two shows in Santiago, Chile for two nights on November 2-3.

The Rush reunion marks the first time Lifeson and Lee have performed together on stage since the trio’s R40 tour concluded in August 2015. The trek marked the 40th anniversary of when drummer Neil Peart joined the band. The pair are set to perform at both upcoming Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in London and Los Angeles this September.

Peart passed away in January 2020 at the age of 67 after a three year battle with brain cancer. The news was kept private and shocked fans and the industry alike.

Buddy Iahn
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