RUSH have released the second video from their upcoming R40 Live CD/DVD-Blu-ray set. Three weeks after giving us “Roll the Bones,” they have unveiled “Closer to the Heart,” which is embedded below.
Originally released on 1977’s "A Farewell to Kings", “Closer to the Heart is one of RUSHs best-loved songs. It was the first RUSH song to feature a non-member as a songwriter in Peter Talbot, a friend of drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. It was issued as a single for Christmas 1977 and was RUSHs first hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978. "Closer To The Heart" was one of five RUSH songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010.
The live albums A Show of Hands and Different Stages feature performances of the song with jam-style playing after the last verse. On the 1981 live album Exit...Stage Left, the song segues into "Beneath, Between and Behind," and on Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, it shifts into a triplet feel for the last verse. On the DVD release of the latter album, a polka rendition of the song is played during the end credits.
Although the original recording and most live performances feature acoustic drums, Peart used an electronic drum kit to play the song in concerts from 1984 to 1994.
In September 2014, the R40 box set was announced, which will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album. The set will include five previously released live video albums, as well as various previously unreleased footage from across the band's career.
On January 22, 2015, the band officially announced the Rush R40 Tour, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of drummer Neil Peart's membership in the band. The R40 Live Tour was scheduled for performances in more than 30 North American cities; the tour started on May 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and wrapped up on August 1 at The Forum in Los Angeles.
On April 29, 2015, Alex Lifeson stated in an interview that this would be the final large-scale Rush tour due to his psoriatic arthritis and Peart's chronic tendonitis. However, he did not rule out future projects with the band, including smaller tours and limited performances, and even stated that he would like to work on soundtracks with Geddy Lee.
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Today's tune "Closer to the Heart" is taken from the upcoming live album R40
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