Watch Rush’s Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson Play “Closer to the Heart” with Primus at ‘South Park’ 25th Anniversary

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Wednesday night, something significant transpired at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee reunited on stage to play a song together at a special concert event honoring the 25th anniversary of South Park.

The second of two shows paying homage to the ongoing legacy of the edgy, satirical and iconic cartoon series, which debuted on Comedy Central in 1997 and just finished its 25th season, each night was packed with special guests and comedic accomplices of South Park co-creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Primus walked the crowd through the various iterations of its now-classic South Park theme song, complete with anecdotes from band leader Les Claypool and Parker and Stone providing vocals and character voices where required:

But the second night, something truly unexpected happened.

It’s been two years since Rush drummer Neil Peart passed away — and seven since Rush’s R40 farewell tour — giving special weight to the onstage appearance from Lee and Lifeson, who were introduced by Claypool. Stone apparently wasn’t given a heads-up that the Rush icons would be in the building for the show, making this a true off-the-cuff moment. Claypool told the audience how he encouraged Stone to get behind the kit — but didn’t tell him what was coming:

“‘Matt, you gotta play drums,'” Claypool said. “He was like, ‘Uh, I don’t know, it’s hard …’ And I’ve been pushing him, pushing him, pushing him to play this thing, ‘cause he had no idea we were dropping this on him. Well, there you go, brother!”

The ensemble then played “Closer to the Heart,” from 1977’s A Farewell to Kings (which Primus has been playing in full on tour, by the way):

Be sure to tune in to Comedy Central this Saturday, Aug. 13 to watch the concert in full — and catch it on Paramount+ once it hits the streaming service the next day, Aug. 14.


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