In honor of my impending banishment to Canada, check out this quality fan-made video of a Rush deep cut that was dusted off for their farewell tour in 2015. “Losing It”, from 1982’s unfuckwithable Signals, is unlike anything else in the iconic band’s catalog, it’s slow burn and moody introspection representing a bit of a departure from the busy instrumentation of a typical Rush track (though I would never describe anything by this amazing band as “typical”).
Ben Mink joins to reprise his electric violin part from the album for the song’s first ever live appearance. For Rush nerds, “Losing It” has always been something of a white whale. For the Blocland faithful, do yourself a favor and step outside your comfort zone a bit (if this applies to you. If it doesn’t you already know). An emotionally charged performance (you can actually see the pain, frustration, AND joy on Neil Peart’s face), both the band and crowd are acutely aware of what this performance and song represents: a conclusion, a poignant and celebratory end to a career oft-criticized for emotionless technical wankery. A victory lap. When I saw this tour in Newark, NJ just 8 days later, I was ready, or at least thought I was. Between the knowledge that this was IT and the visceral gut-punch that is this song, I fucking Lost It (along with nearly 20,000 others). Long-time Rush fan and violin wizard Jonathan Dinklage (yes, he’s one of them. Quite the talented lot those little Dinks) joined the band and delivered a jaw-dropping performance. It’s the last time I will ever see my favorite band, and it was beautiful; a fitting farewell to kings.
Rush is dead, long live Rush.