Just as they did Friday night, Umphrey’s McGee covered a Rush tune on Saturday at the Beacon Theatre in memory of late drummer Neil Peart.
The “Limelight” cover arrived in set two, following a jam-heavy first half that included a sit-in by NYC husband-wife guitar duo Mike Stern and Leni Stern on the closing “It’s About That Time.”
“Limelight” stood alone as the opener of the second half, followed by a “Der Bluten Kat” jam, which contained a segue in and out of “Higgins.”
The nods to Rush didn’t stop there, though. After “Booth Love,” a set-closing version of “All In Time” contained teases of Rush’s “The Spirit of the Radio” and “YYZ.”
Umphrey’s McGee’s NYC run continues tonight – Jan. 19 – with a sold-out show at the intimate Brooklyn Bowl.
If you can’t make it to the show, The Relix Channel is offering a free stream of the show at Relix.com/Live.
Check out the full setlist – as seen in our Box Scores section – below:
Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Set I: End of the Road > 1348 > Crucial Taunt, Syncopated Strangers > Nothing Too Fancy*, Seasons, It’s About That Time**
Set II: Limelight^, Der Bluten Kat > Higgins > Der Bluten Kat, Booth Love^^, All In Time^^^
Enc: Last Train Home > 1348
*Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love (Van Halen) tease
**with Mike Stern and Leni Stern on guitars
^debut (Rush) in memory of Neil Peart
^^with Jake on keys
^^^with The Spirit of Radio and YYZ (Rush) teases: