Rush Covers

"Millions of record sales notwithstanding, Rush's songwriters have rarely earned income from other artists' covers of their famous songs. The complexity of the arrangements built into Rush's work - sudden time, tempo and key changes - are beyond the grasp of less ambitious or practised musicians, and the soaring melodies and vivid narratives are forsaken...'I understand why no one covers our songs,' Lee said. 'They sound daunting. But...most of the songs can be stripped back to their simplest form, and find a new life. When we tried to write songs that are simple and uncomplicated, it didn't work. One of our producers used to tell us, "You'd have a lot of hits if only someone else recorded them."'" Toronto Star, March 28, 2010


Cover Albums

Working Man

Magna Carta Records, August 2, 1996
Progressive Rock, 72:27 minutes

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Red Star

Dwell Records, September 14, 1999
Death Metal

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Exit Stage Right - The String Quartet Tribute to Rush

CMH Records/Vitamin Records, July 2, 2002

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Chamber Made: Baroque Tribute to Rush

Vitamin Records, October 5, 2004

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The String Quartet Tribute To Rush's 2112

CMH Records/Vitamin Records, March 8, 2005

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Subdivisions

Magna Carta Records, March 15, 2005
Heavy Metal

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The Piano Tribute To Rush

Vitamin Records, January 10, 2006

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Cygnus And The Sea Monsters - One Night In Chicago

August 25, 2006

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The Classical Tribute To Rush: Through The Prism

Compilation by Vitamin Records, April 3, 2007

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Run For Cover, A Tribute To Rush

Eclipse Records, May 1, 2007

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Lush: A Tribute To Rush's Debut...And John Rutsey

Main Man Records, September 18, 2007

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New World Man: A Tribute to Rush

Magna Carta Records, May 18, 2010

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Lullaby Versions of Rush

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star; Roma Music Group, May 10, 2011

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XYZ: A Tribute To Rush

Sonic Elements Featuring Neil Peart Drums, April 21, 2012

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush

Cleopatra Records, November 13, 2012

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Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Rush

Rockabye Baby Music, January 29, 2013

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Music Box Tribute to Rush

Roma Music Group, October 28, 2014

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Cover Songs

"Tom Sawyer" performed by the United States Airforce Rock Group on Mach 1, 1983

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"Fly By Night" performed by the Sun City Girls on Midnight Cowboys From Ipanema, 1986

The vocal on this one is...hard to describe...which I believe would be taken as a compliment.

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"Müsteeriumid" (Estonian for "Mysteries"), performed by Hetero on their demo tape, 1988

This Estonian rock band wrote new lyrics (sung in Estonian) set to the music of "Vital Signs".

"Red Barchetta" performed by progressive metal band Thought Industry on their "Signing Demo", 1989

"The Spirit of Radio" performed by grunge band Solomon Grundy on their eponymous 7" single, 1991

During the fadeout, the guitarist also plays the opening notes of "Freewill". The back cover art gives "Thanks to Rush".

"What You're Doing" performed by Skid Row on B-Sides Ourselves, 1992"

Vocalist Sebastian Bach would later perform on the Working Man and Subdivisions tribute albums.

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"Today's Tom Sawyer" performed by psychobilly band The New Duncan Imperials (as in the yo-yo's!), on Loserville, March 2, 1993

Imagine William Shatner on mescaline...

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"I Think I'm Going Bald" performed by Ed Hall on the compilation album Cinco Aņos, Five Years Trance Syndicate Records, August 25, 1995

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by Paul Brooks on Classic Rock: Symphonic Arrangements of 19 Monster Rock Anthems, 1995

A UK K-tel compilation best described as Muzak.

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"Subdivisions" performed by the Groove Daddys on Sunburn, 1995

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, hidden track on Like Cats And Dogs, September 10, 1996

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"Anthem" performed by Yngwie Malmsteen on Inspiration, November 5, 1996

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"Witch Hunt" performed by death metal band Paradigma on Skadi, 1996

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"Tears" live, performed by Dream Theater, recorded January 31, 1995, from their International Fan Club Christmas CD 1996

"Tears" is the only Rush cover included on an official Dream Theater release

"Closer to the Heart" performed by Canadian lounge band Jaymz Bee and The Royal Jelly Orchestra on Cocktail: Shakin' and Stirred, June 17, 1997

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by Swedish progressive band Death Organ on Universal Stripsearch, 1997

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"Working Man" performed by punk band Anger on Juvenile Anthems, 1997

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"Driven" performed by Mr. Hyde on Demo Version 1.0, 1997

"Working Man" performed by alternative rock band Liquid Gang on Fantastic Pirate Satellite, February 2, 1998

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"2112 Overture" performed by Paul Roarback on The Mother of all Tribute Albums, March 17, 1998

Roarback was the drummer for Christian grunge band Grammatrain.

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"The Spirit Of Radio" performed by violinist Rachel Barton (with accompanying second violin and cello) on Stringendo: Storming The Citadel, 1998

"The structures of tunes like 'The Spirit of Radio' and [Metallica's] 'One' are quite sophisticated, much more so than in a typical pop tune." - Rachel Barton

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by German heavy metal band Rage on Thirteen (Japanese edition), April 2, 1998

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"2112 Overture"/"Temples of Syrinx" performed by Italian progressive trio Shoggoth on Combination, 1998

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"Battle Scar" (live) performed by Talas on If We Only Knew Then What We Know Now..., September 8, 1998

From Talas' 1998 reunion concert, this recording includes a two minute bass solo intro by Billy Sheehan.

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"Xanadu" performed by Silver Sun on the "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" 7" single, September 14, 1998

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by dance-pop band Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers on Rock the Party, December 15, 1998

"Jacob's Ladder" performed by progressive band Hermetic Science on Prophesies, 1999

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"La Villa Strangiato" performed by Greg Howe on Ascend, May 4, 1999

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by Brandeis University pop a capella group Spur of the Moment on Two Flights Up, 1999

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"Headrush" performed by The Gomers on Sofa King Good, 1999

"What if Talking Heads did Rush's Tom Sawyer?" - linernotes

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"Oracle: The Dream" performed by metal band Thrones on the compilation album Jackson's Jukebox, 1999

Formed by ex-Melvins (who opened for Rush in 1994) bassist Joe Preston.

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"Tom Saywer" performed by French heavy-metal band Fifty One's on Jealousy, 2000

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"La Villa Strangiato" performed by Brazilian guitarist Wagner Anarca on '93 Live In Brazil: A Tribute To Vinnie Moore And Rush, 2000

"The Sphere: A Kind of Dream" performed by Sound Transmission on First Construction, 2000

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"The Sphere: A Kind of Dream" performed by Sound Transmission on First Construction, 2000

"The Sphere: A Kind of Dream" performed by Sound Transmission on First Construction, 2000

The opening synthesizer samples the Rush original.

"Working Man" performed by Firebird, included as bonus track on Deluxe (Japanese edition), August 22, 2001

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"Anthem" performed by George Lynch on Will Play For Food, August 28, 2001

Guitar shredder George Lynch previously performed this same track on the Working Man tribute album.

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"Red Sector A" performed by Hubi Meisel on Cut, January 2002

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"Tom Sawyer" (live), performed by Deadsy on Family Values Tour 2001, May 7, 2002

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by Deadsy on Commencement, May 14, 2002

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"In The Mood" performed by Sloan on the soundtrack to the Canadian film Fubar, May 21, 2002

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by the String Cheese Incident live at Red Rocks, on July 6 2002, Morrison Co: On the Road

"Tom Sawyer" is also found on other live releases from The String Cheese Incident On the Road Series.

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"Tom Saw Ya" (parody of "Tom Sawyer"), by ApologetiX on Grace Period, August 2002

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"Tom Sawyer" (acoustic), performed by Brazil's Emmerson Nogueira on Versão Acústica Vol. 2, October 21, 2002

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"Working Man" performed by the Suplecs on the "stoner rock" covers compilation Sucking The 70's, October 22, 2002

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"YYZ" performed by Umphrey's McGee on Live At Fox Theatre, recorded March 29, 2003

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"Afterimage" performed by Violet Island on One Or Nothing, July 17, 2003

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"Closer To The Heart" performed by 12 Harmonic Chaos on the Cover Art EP, August 2003

"Tom Sawyer" performed by punk band Mindless Self Indulgence on You'll Rebel to Anything, April 12, 2005

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by Rekha on Milky Ocean, October 15, 2005

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"Limelight" performed by Spearfish on Area 605, May 3, 2005

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"YYZ" performed by Martin Motnik on Bass Invader, November 25, 2005

With Gregg Bissonette on drums and Mattias Ia Eklundh on guitar, Motnik plays a five stringed bass, as seen in this video.

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"Bravado" and Victor's "At The End" performed by Clator Butler on Here B-Side Myself, December 6, 2005

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by the Sundogs on Floydian Slip, 2006

Track one, "Tom Sawyer," was apparently dropped from later pressings of this EP.

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"The Trees" performed by Richard Cheese on Silent Nightclub, September 26, 2006

"America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock songs. Imagine Frank Sinatra crooning a Rush tune, and you've got Dick." - iloverichardcheese.com

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"The Spirit Of Radio" performed by the Vancouver Bach Children's Chorus from the film White Noise 2: The Light, January 5, 2007

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"Subdivisions" performed by Anita Athavale on In The Noise, January 11, 2007

"Making the album, I was in a place where I was about to put music down: try something else, be normal, make some money, buy a house, whatever else I was supposed to do. That song made me think about choosing that other life." - Anita Athavale

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by Derek Fairbridge on Eleven-Legged Race, January 2007

"An album that answers the musical question: What would it sound like if Joni Mitchell, Jim O'Rourke and Led Zeppelin held a potluck dinner party at Burt Bacharach's house and drank a little too much wine?" - Derek Fairbridge

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"Garden Road" performed by Mos Generator on Sucking the 70s: Back in the Saddle Again, February 27, 2007

"Garden Road" is an unreleased Rush original last performed live in 1974. "... original songs written before I joined the band... Well, why do you think we never recorded them?" - Neil Peart, Rush Backstage Club Newsletter, 1988

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by The Alex Skolnick Trio on Last Day In Paradise, March 15, 2007

The Alex Skolnick Trio is known for its inventive jazz take on hard rock and heavy metal standards. Alex Skolnick also performed on the Subdivisions tribute album.

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by instrumental jazz band The Bad Plus on Prog, May 8, 2007

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"Finding My Way" performed by the Michael Schenker Group on Doctor, Doctor: The Kulick Sessions, February 8, 2008

Sebastian Bach lends his vocal talents to this track from Michael Schenker's covers album.

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"Working Man/Petty Staycheck" by hardcore band Six & Violence on Bastards Of The Universe: The 20 Year Anthology, October 25, 2007

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"Point Of Know Return"/"Spirit Of Radio" (medley), performed by Candlewyck on Live At The Palmetto Theater, November 6, 2007

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"Subdivisions" performed by solo musician Jacob Moon on The Loop, November 29, 2007

Don't miss Jacob's live roof top performance.

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"Available Light" performed by progressive jazz group Wave Mechanics Union on Second Season, October 1, 2008

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"Closer To The Heart" performed by country singer Bo Bice on the Time Life compilation Gone Country: 70s Rock, December 2008

Bo Bice was a runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol.

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"Limelight" performed by Paul Rudd and Jason Segel on the I Love You Man soundtrack, March 17, 2009

Besides being full of Rush sightings, this film includes a scene where Jason Segel and Paul Rudd perform "Limelight". This performance is included on the soundtrack, along with the original Rush versions of both "Limelight" and "Tom Sawyer".

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"Losing It" performed by the Maurizio Rolli Big Band on Rolli's Tones, August 4, 2009

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"Subdivisions" performed by Susanna And The Magical Orchestra on 3, September 1, 2009

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"Anthem" performed by thrash metal band Sacrifice, included as bonus track on the Canadian release of The Ones I Condemn, November 2009

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"The Spirit Of Radio" performed by ukulele band Lucky Uke on their eponymous debut album, June 8, 2010

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"The Spirit Of Radio" performed by Selina Martin on Disaster Fantasies, June 29, 2010

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"Time Stand Still" performed by Nelly Furtado on the soundtrack to the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical, October 26, 2010

"We got a call that she wanted to sing that song. It's really sweet of her to do that. I don't know how she came about choosing that song, but she obviously responded to it." - Geddy Lee, BBC.com, November 10, 2010

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by Lost Fingers on Gypsy Kameleon, November 16, 2010

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"Subdivisions" performed by Artok on Above Ground, December 28, 2010

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"2112 Overture"/"Temples of Syrinx" performed by metal band Benedictum on Dominion (special edition bonus track), March 8, 2011

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"Witch Hunt" performed by metal band Machine Head on Unto The Locust (special edition bonus track), September 27, 2011

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"Bravado" performed by Gregorian on Masters Of Chant Chapter VIII, September 30, 2011

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"Timeline" (parody of "Limelight"), by ApologetiX on Wise Up And Rock, October 29, 2011

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"Mystic Rhythms" performed by Creosote on Area Man, March 27, 2012

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"Red Sector A" performed by Steel Assassin on WWII: Metal Of Honor, May 15, 2012

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"Working Man", arranged by Jamie Forsyth and performed by Danielle Armstrong, the theme song from Transporter: The Series, German premiere October 11, 2012

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"The Spirit Of Radio" performed by Nektar on A Spoonful Of Time, November 27, 2012

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"2112 Overture/Temples Of Syrinx" performed by Local H on The Another February EP, February 5, 2013

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"Subdivisions" performed by Finnish Death Metal band Omnium Gatherum on Beyond, March 5, 2013

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"Anthem" performed by Anthrax on the Anthems EP, March 19, 2013

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"Limelight" performed by pianist Geoffrey Keezeron on Heart Of The Piano, July 9, 2013

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"Working Man" performed by Cyril Neville on Magic Honey, September 10, 2013

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"Working Man" performed by Cyril Neville on Magic Honey, September 10, 2013

Limelight was recorded with The David Barrett Trio. "I've twisted [the song] a little bit. I think it's an enjoyable thing to hear, when you perform a song in a unique and compelling way - in a way that reveals layers of the song that maybe had been hidden before." - Jacob Moon, Christian Week, February 21, 2014

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"Subdivisions" performed by Heaven Below featuring William Shatner on the Sleeping Giants EP, December 2, 2013

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"Tom Sawyer" performed by the Montréal Guitare Trio on Der Prinz, February 18, 2014

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"Red Sector A" performed by Italian metal band SKW on Signs, May 16, 2014

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"Fly By Night" performed by The Ents on the Traveling Lights EP, September 6, 2014

Originally included as the third track of the EP.

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"Red Barchetta" performed by Adrian Smith and orchestra on the compilation The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics, March 31, 2015

Taken from The Royal Philharmonic Plays The Music Of Rush

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"What You're Doing" performed by guitar shredder Michael Angelo Batio on Shred Force 1, April 14, 2015

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"The Spirit of Radio" performed by Kobra and the Lotus on The Words of the Prophets EP, August 28, 2015

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"Witch Hunt" performed by MolchMon on Expose, November 19, 2015

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"Subdivisions" and "Madrigal" performed by comedy band Ninja Sex Party on Under The Covers, March 4, 2016

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"Subdivisions" performed by death-metal band Allegaeon on Proponent for Sentience, September 23, 2016

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"Closer To The Heart" performed by David Clayton-Thomas on Canadiana, October 14, 2016

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