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Watch Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles

The second and final Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert took place in Los Angeles last night at the Kia Forum and, once again, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took the stage to perform three Rush classics. They were introduced by Jack Black, who recalled how Hawkins was in attendance at Rush's final show at The Forum back in 2015: "He wasn't blowing minds," says Black. "He was in the audience, just like you. And he was watching one of the best fucking shows of all time. You know what I'm talking about? They're about to come out right now. It is my honour to introduce one of Taylor's favourite bands, of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up... for Rush!" Geddy and Alex were joined by Dave Grohl on drums as they performed 2112: Overture , just as they did in earlier this month at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Next, they performed a rendition of Working Man where they were accompanied by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) o

Remembering Neil Peart on his 70th Birthday

Today we celebrate the 70th birthday of Neil Ellwood Peart, the extraordinary drummer and lyricist of Rush who tragically succumbed to brain cancer back in January of 2020. Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England where he attempted to concentrate on his music, Neil returned home where he joined Rush, a Toronto-based band, in mid-1974; six years after its formation. Early in his career, Neil's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, he became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time t

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform three Rush classics at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

In a fairly bittersweet moment earlier this evening, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took the stage once again at the Wembley Stadium in London, England to participate in the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. When we first reported Geddy and Alex's participation in this event back in June, it wasn't clear if they would be performing or not. However after last month's surprise performance during the South Park Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado, it became clear that the two surviving members of Rush would, in fact, perform. And perform they did! Geddy and Alex were joined by Foos Fighter frontman David Grohl on drums as they performed the Overture to 2112 as well as a spirited albeit somewhat truncated version of Working Man . Finally, Omar Hakim took over the drums during the performance of YYZ . It's also been confirmed that Geddy and Alex will be performing later this month in Los Angeles when the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert takes the

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