Presently, it’s impossible to deny the juggernaut that is Rush. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide, a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, an unexpectedly elusive cover of Rolling Stone, and countless sold-out tours, it’s never been more evident what Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are capable of as performers, especially during Rush’s R40 tour this year, which showcased what the band is all about—music, friendships, and fans.
As a result of the 35-date North American tour, Rush will release R40 Live on November 20. Recorded and filmed over two sold-out shows at the Air Canada Centre in the band’s hometown of Toronto on June 17 and 19, the recordings span Rush’s entire catalog, including, for the first time ever, a live rendition of “Losing It” featuring Ben Mink, who appeared on the original studio recording from 1982’s Signals, as well as the hilarious rendition of “Roll The Bones,” which features a slew of celebrity cameos including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Peter Dinklage.
The concert film also includes what Lee refers to as a “pretty little number” off of the band’s A Farewell To Kings album, “Closer To The Heart.” This popular tune spurred fans to raise lighters and phones as Lifeson unplugs, plucking the opening strings on his acoustic guitar, with Lee singing the familiar lyrics before Peart makes it whole by adding his precise percussion. Take a listen and a look below.