Rush Plays Rock Band on Colbert

If you ever wanted proof that playing Rock Band isn’t the same as playing in a real band, here it is. Canadian rock trio Rush were challenged to perform their classic hit “Tom Sawyer” on Rock Band before they went on to play a special extended version of their hit for the Colbert Nation show.

Sure, vocals are almost the same as a concert performance; except for the strange “Overdrive” that the microphone seems to have trouble picking up on, which always comes when the singer would normally have to breath. The drum kit is nearing a midi drum set up, but the guitar and bass controllers are only superficially similar to the real instruments.

The result is… well see for yourself.

I hope this doesn’t put the band off releasing more master tracks for the game.

via Colbert Nation

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4 Comments on Rush Plays Rock Band on Colbert


On July 24, 2008 at 12:04 am

I’m surprised the drum set didn’t explode from just being in the same room as Neil Peart from the sheer awesomeness


On July 24, 2008 at 12:08 am

ahhhh they died


On July 24, 2008 at 3:45 am

I want Neil in my Rock Band, he looked like he was doing well. :lol:


On July 25, 2008 at 11:31 am

It looks like Neil was playing on hard or medium difficulty. I actually do worse on those difficulties compared to expert. Having beat pauses and missing notes messes with your head when you have the real song imprinted in your head for so long. In that case, I end up hitting extra notes that aren’t really there. I can only imagine how crazy it must have been for him, given that’s probably the first time he’s ever tried the plastic mockup.

He’d own that thing if he had a lil’ more practice. Unfortunately, Rock Band isn’t worthy enough for the master ;)