By Brian Ives
Over the past few years, Rush tours have featured a number of increasingly elaborate videos, often with some big name celebrity cameos, including Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd.
All three of those dudes appear in a frankly spectacular video that accompanies the performance of the 1991 song “Roll the Bones” on Rush’s current R40 tour.
Traditionally during concerts, Rush play the pre-recorded version of the rap—performed by Geddy Lee, whose voice is filtered through computer effects—which is visually represented by a computer generated skeleton on the video screens. It was maybe as cool as Paula Abdul’s cartoon sidekick, MC Skat Kat. Maybe.
But on Rush’s current tour, they raised their game, calling in Baruchel, Segel and Rudd, who both bro’ed out to the band in the film I Love You, Man, along with a few other friends, including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Les Claypool of Primus and Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, to mime the rap on video.
Let that sink in: Tyrion Lannister is rapping along to a Rush song. Cue the “Roll the Thrones” puns.