Rock legends Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson reunited last night (August 12th) onstage to perform RUSH's classic song "Closer to the Heart".
The reunion took place at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado as part of the hit comedy show 'South Park' 25th anniversary. They we're joined by rockers PRIMUS & "South Park" show creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone.
"South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert" will air on August 13th on Comedy Central and a day later on Paramount+.
Stone has admitted to being a huge RUSH fan on a previous interview with Ottawa Citizen in 2012, "RUSH was the 1st band I ever loved".
According to Variety, there have been multiple RUSH references in "South Park" over the years, including in 2011's "Royal Pudding" episode when was RUSH is tapped to perform at a vigil after the princess of Canada was abducted before her wedding. The group is shown on stage playing a mock version of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind", sung as "Flower Breaking Wind", which results in Lifeson and some members of the audience committing suicide. The band also featured "South Park" characters in a video they showed live before they played "Tom Sawyer" during their last few tours. In 1999, Lee and Lifeson teamed up with Parker and Stone to record a rocking version of "O' Canada" for the film "South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut".
In a April 2022 interview Lifeson commented that it was "difficult to accept" that he would never play with RUSH again after the completion of the "R40" tour, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of drummer Neil Peart joining the band.
RUSH drummer Neil Peart passed away in January 2020 of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 67.