Mike Portnoy, Frank Bello play with Rush Tribute Band to honor Neil Peart on anniversary of his death

This past weekend was the third anniversary of the iconic man’s death Rush drummer Neil Peartbut the drummer was certainly celebrated at the 2023 Bubba Bash benefit concert that took place in Glenside, Pennsylvania on Saturday night (January 7). Mike Portnoy, Frank Bello, Jason BittnerSeven Antonopoulos, Joe Bergamini, Jon Dinklage and John Wesley were among the guest artists who attended the premiere of the Rush tribute YYNOT to celebrate the music of Peart and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Rush.

YYNOT opened the night by running through some of the Rush classics like “The Spirit of Radio”, “YYZ” and more before starting to bring out the night’s special guests. Anthrax‘s Frank Bello and porcupine tree‘s John Wesley was first out and got a chance to rock “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight,” which can be seen in the fan-shot video below from the Keswick Theatre.

Bergamini joined the band for “Vital Signs,” before Opiate for the Masses drummer Seven Antonopoulos took his place behind the set for “Freewill” and “Closer to the Heart.” Overkill‘s Bittner took his turn behind the set of “Natural Science” and “Red Barchetta,” giving way to Dinklage for “Losing It.” Portnoy then got the epic penultimate climax on drums for the night, smoothly working his way through “2112 Part 1: Ouverture”, “2112 Part 2: The Temples of Syrinx” and “La Villa Strangiato”. YYNOT then closed out the night with “By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In the Mood / 2112 Part VII: Grand Finale.” The full set list can be seen below.

Portnoy posted a tribute to Peart over the weekend, commenting: “When Rush retired, Neil and I always kept in touch and I would get the best emails from him…always carefully written (like his books and lyrics) and often included recent photos of him and his daughter Olivia. His passing leaves a huge hole for all of us fans around the world who loved and admired him. He was one of my biggest inspirations as a drummer, and his passion, dedication and kindness will always continue to inspire me everyday. We miss you Bubba!” That Instagram posts also shares some of the photos he had taken with Peart over the years and the story behind them.

Proceeds from the 2023 Bubba Bash went to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Peart’s memory.

Mike Portnoy joins YYNOT on “2112 Ouverture/Temples & La Villa Strangiato”

Frank Bello and John Wesley join YYNOT for “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight”

Seven Antonopoulos Joins YYNOT on “Freewill” and “Closer to the Heart”

2023 Bubba Bash Setlist

“Spirit of the Radio”
“The Body Electric”
“Weight of the World”
“YYZ”
“The trees”
“Bully”
“Bastille Day”
“What are you doing”
“Chemical Combustion”
“Tom Sawyer” (with Frank Bello and John Wesley)
“Limelight” (with Frank Bello and John Wesley)
“Vital Signs” (with Joe Bergamini)
“Freewill” (with Seven Antonopoulos)
“Closer to the Heart” (with Seven Antonopoulos)
“Natural Science” (with Jason Bittner)
“Red Barchetta” (with Jason Bittner)
“Losing It” (with Jonathan Dinklage)
“2112 Part I: Overture” (with Mike Portnoy)
“2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx” (with Mike Portnoy)
“La Villa Strangiato” (with Mike Portnoy)
“By-Tor & The Snow Dog / In the Mood / 2112 Part VII: Grand Finale”

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