Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Anthrax drummer expands Rush tribute series with Red Barchetta

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is sharing the latest quarantine jam in his Rush tribute series with the Canadian band’s 1981 classic, “Red Barchetta.”

The rocker is joined by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto "Ra" Diaz for the isolation performances, which they launched recently with a pair of instrumentals – 1981’s “YYZ” and 1978’s “La Villa Strangiato” – before bringing in Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley for 1980’s “Freewill” and the newly-added “Moving Pictures” song.

“Once again, we’ve been completely knocked out by the responses to our video tribute to the one & only Rush. Thank you,” shares Benante. “This time, we’ve decided to follow up our most recent track (and our first vocal song, ‘Freewill’) with another one of our favorites, Red Barchetta.

“Sadly, our completion of this video coincides with breaking news of the loss of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest pioneers, Little Richard. On the one hand, it’s difficult to find a more sonically different pair of acts than Rush and Little Richard; on the other, it’s safe to say (and we’re sure the boys from Toronto would agree) that Little Richard blazed a trail for all of us with a force that perfectly fits the subject of ‘Red Barchetta’ - a high-powered sports car from the same time period in which Little Richard was first emerging as an artist. This song is dedicated to him and we hope it brightens up your day.”

Rush drummer Neil Peart passed away on January 7 at the age of 67 after a three-and-a-half year battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma, in the years following the band’s final concert in Los Angeles in 2015.

Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013.

See also:

Rush bassist Geddy Lee among Canadians featured on COVID-19 charity cover
Rush announce Permanent Waves 40th anniversary reissues
Rush: Neil Peart hometown tribute event announced
Rush thank fans for support following death of drummer Neil Peart
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