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The Rush song Geddy Lee forgot

Rush have released a video of the original lineup performing The Loser – a track Geddy Lee had forgotten about.

It was filmed at a high school in in 1974 before they’d replaced drummer John Rutsey with Neil Peart. The show, which also includes a track called I’ve Been Running, takes pride of place on the bonus disc in the band’s upcoming R40 box set.

Lee tells Radio.com: “I honestly don’t remember that song. I didn’t remember it until I actually saw the footage of us playing it. And I didn’t remember it was called The Loser. So much for my memory!”

Guitarist Alex Lifeson recently discovered a cassette tape the pair had recorded for copyright reasons. Lee explains: “Since we couldn’t write music, the only way you could submit a song was, to record it. Alex would play guitar and I would sing onto a tape. I just could not remember half of the songs that were there. It was just teenage ramblings.”

R40 is released on Monday. Lifeson recently confirmed Rush will tour again next year.

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history. He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.