Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson guest star in the new Future User video for “Voodoo Juju”, a track from the band’s 2015 debut, “SteroidsOrHeroin.”
Led by frontman/bassist Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), the group also consists of multi-instrumentalist Jordan Tarlow and drummer Jon Knox, with additional studio guitars by record producer Brendan O'Brien.
“Voodoo Juju” shows the real-life spine surgery conducted on Commerford, with Lee and Lifeson as doctors and a cameo by guitarist and former bandmate Tom Morello.
The bassist says the video takes a look at the issue of health care in America.
“I got the idea for the video after I ruptured a disc in my back and needed emergency surgery,” recalls Commerford. “As someone who often goes under the knife, I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs. Luckily, I have insurance, but it got me thinking about all the people in this country who can’t afford medical treatment. I read an article recently that said there are over 40 million uninsured people living in the States, which is insane.
“I talked my doctor into letting me shoot the surgery, then explained the concept to Tom, who was totally into the idea. And of course, you can’t talk about universal health care without bringing Canada into the conversation, so I called Geddy and Alex and asked if they’d be part of it and was blown away when they said yes. And all that footage of my back being opened up is real, no joke.”
“Timmy C is not just a great musician, but an artist in the truest sense of the word,” adds Morello. “His amazing Future User videos are unlike any others in the history of music videos and I’m proud to work with him on his latest. It was a blast hanging out with him and one of our all-time favorite bands, Rush. This new video will likely get us all honorary medical degrees or at least a few comedic acting gigs. The video skewers our broken ‘for profit’ health care system with great wit and great rock.”
“Voodoo Juju” is the fifth video issued from “SteroidsOrHeroin” following “Clockwork”, “Supernatural”, “Medication Nation” and “Mountain Lion.”
Lee and Lifeson are currently playing dates on Rush's 40th anniversary R40 Live tour, which opened last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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