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.

  • Blochead4real

    When I was a nerdy teenage music dork, as opposed to the fully realized one I am now, I went through a pretty vicious Rush phase. And one of my favorite Rush memories was when Signals came out all the music nerds were freaking out because prior to it’s release it was revealed that the album was going to feature BACKGROUND VOCALS!!!! If memory serves (please humor me as this was 35 years ago) the entire aforementioned background vocals were Alex Lifeson saying, again SAYING, not singing, the word “Subdivisions” on the track of the same name. A true watershed moment for young men who would collectively go many more years before having sex with an actual woman.

    • DFrye

      Good lord. I don’t remember that but it doesn’t surprise me. Let’s just say it wasn’t my musical choices that got me laid at the age of 11. It was one of the many farms in my rural upstate NY home town. Where I’m from, the men are men and the sheep are scared.

  • Black Antlers

    Technical wankery…..yes, gloriously, wonderfully, unapologetically so. Their amazing abilities though were always the bedrock upon which they built their songs, rather than their songs simply being showcases for their technical ability. As for the charge of emotionless…..NEVER!!!

    • DFrye

      A-fucking-men.

      • Black Antlers

        I know we were discussing our love of Burning Witch a little while back, well one of the many reasons I love that band is that Edgy’s vocals always struck me as sounding a little like Geddy if he fronted an extreme Doom band.

        • DFrye

          He either sounds like he is being boiled alive or Geddy Lee. Or both.