Rush Pays Tribute To Neil Peart For 40th Anniversary of Permanent Waves
Rush in the animated version of "The Spirit of Radio" - Rush / Youtube
The 40th anniversary of Permanent Wavves was commemorated by Rush with an animated video for the album’s signature single, ” The Spirit Of Radio”, which also serves as a tribute to their late bandmate and friend, Neil Peart.
The clip goes through the theme of the song, celebrating the power of radio broadcast by noting key figures in the development of the wireless medium. It starts in Italy with the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi, and jumps to Canada at Le Studio in Quebec where Rush is depicted to be recording the track.
Rush pays tribute to disc jockeys like Bob Coburn, Jim Ladd, Donna Halper, and David Marsden, while fans are treated to a series of Easter eggs. These include a nod to 2112 as it makes an appearance on Alex Lifeson’s guitar as he solos. The short ends with a depiction of a fully-decked drum kit and a caption saying “In memory of our brother Neil Peart.”
UMe issued a remastered, expanded edition of the album in four formats which include a Super Deluxe Edition that is packed with bonus live cuts, a hardbound book with previously unreleased documentation like photos, revamped artwork, a 12,000-word essay, and other extras. Peart also received a tribute in his home city as residents of St. Catharines, Ontario renamed the Port Dalhousie area – which inspired the song “Lakeside Park” – as the Neil Peart Pavilion.
“The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive. Neil Peart’s been one of our most famous local individuals, and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park,” Councilman Bruce Williamson told the St. Catharines Standard