New from Rush: Watch an Animated, Conceptual Video for ‘The Spirit of Radio,’ an Homage to Late Drummer Neil Peart


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Last week, Rush released a 40th anniversary edition of 1980’s Permanent Waves, a landmark achievement in the Canadian prog-rock trio‘s career.

On Friday, Rush premiered a new music video for “The Spirit of Radio,” the dynamic single that kicked off the record and became one of the band’s biggest hits.

The animated clip is also a homage of sorts from Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to their friend and drummer, Neil Peart, who passed away in January after a battle with brain cancer.

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays that song that’s so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves, here is the new conceptual music video for “The Spirit of Radio.” The animated video captures the magic, spirit and growth of the FM radio format with a nostalgic nod to the pioneering DJ’s broadcasting music into homes around the world. The video also pays homage our late brother and fellow bandmate Neil Peart whose music and lyrics continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of the fans.

In related Rush news, guitarist Alex Lifeson recently opened up in a podcast interview about how he’s struggling to find the focus or inspiration to play guitar since Peart’s passing:

“It’s been difficult. After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar. I just don’t feel inspired and motivated.”


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