Watch Rush Perform ‘Distant Early Warning’ From ‘Cinema Strangiato’ Film

The film, which takes viewers behind the scenes of Rush’s 2015 “R40” 40th-anniversary tour, features song performances, soundcheck and backstage footage.

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Rush have released a live performance video of the song ‘Distant Early Warning’ from their live film, Cinema Strangiato: An Annual Exercise In Fan Indulgence, which will get a one-night-only cinematic screening on 21 August. You can check the footage out below.

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The film, which takes viewers behind the scenes of Rush’s 2015 “R40” 40th-anniversary tour, features song performances, unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and Rush fans Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more.

In addition to ‘Distant Early Warning,’ fans can look forward to seeing renditions of perennial Rush favourites like ‘Closer To The Heart’, ‘Subdivisions’ and ‘Tom Sawyer’ blasted on the big screen. The band previously released a trailer for the movie in June.

Rush singer/bassist Geddy Lee, who released Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass in December, said: “I’m excited for fans to see some new clips from our ‘R40’ tour but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book Of Bass.”

Trafalgar Releasing senior vice president for acquisitions Kymberli Frueh said: “Trafalgar Releasing is thrilled to bring Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 to theatres around the globe for the first of what we’re hoping will become an annual event — bringing fans together to experience a celebration of one of the world’s most popular rock bands.”

Rush have remained inactive since completing the “R40 Live” tour four years ago. Drummer Neil Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk.

A few years ago, guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anaemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems. Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that Rush will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven’t performed as Rush without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.

In a 2018 Rolling Stone interview, Lee said: “Well, I’d say I can’t really tell you much other than that there are zero plans to tour again.

“We’re very close and talk all the time, but we don’t talk about work. We’re friends, and we talk about life as friends. I can’t really tell you more than that, I’m afraid.”

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