Rush playing Rock Band - hilarious video!

Even Rush can't be Rush all the time
Even Rush can't be Rush all the time

It's nice to know that even Rush can't play their own songs - on Rock Band, at least.

Last week, before appearing on The Colbert Report, the band entertained themselves backstage by attempting to play Tom Sawyer on the popular video game. "Start it at Expert and we can scale it back if we have to," a show assistant advises.

Things start out promisingly, but the overly serious musicians (they are Rush, after all), quickly become undone by the moving pixels of their own composition. And when the 'Failed' sign finally appears, the band seem truly dispirited.

Thirty-one percent?" says Alex Lifeson, incredulously. "They hate us!"

"I can't play to that," Neil Peart says, clearly annoyed at his lack of gaming prowess.

To which Geddy Lee simply responds, "I'm gonna go join another band."

Here's the video. Enjoy!

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.