WATCH: U.S. Army band cover Rush’s ‘Time Stand Still’

live 24/02/2020

Paying tribute to the late Neil Peart of Rush, The United States Army Band, 'Pershing's Own', have performed a touching cover of 'Time Stand Still'. 

Sergeant First Class Tim Whalen, as a self-proclaimed huge Rush fan, re-arranged the 1987 track for a small ensemble with strings. Whalen and Sergeant First Class Chris Rettig alternate lead vocals throughout the piece, occasionally harmonizing over Master Sergeant Dan Roberts' piano, SFC Zack Pride's upright bass and the dynamic swells of SFC Matthew Evans (violin) Staff Sergeant Patrick Lin (violin), MSG Holly Watters (viola) and SSG Aaron Ludwig (cello). 

You can watch the Army Band's tribute to Peart in the video below.

The Army Band describes Whalen's decision to cover this particular song, a minor hit single from the Hold Your Fire LP, in the Youtube video description, writing:

"When SFC Tim Whalen heard the news, he was shocked and saddened," the statement reads. "As a lifelong Rush fan, he felt compelled to do something to honour Neil and the band that has meant so much in his own life. He immediately knew the song 'Time Stand Still' would be the perfect choice,"

"The lyrics to this song have always resonated deeply with me, and they show Neil's heart," said Whalen. 

"I wanted to showcase the deep humanity he had in his writing. The song is about life moving too fast, due to both things we can control and things we can't, and the desire to hold onto something just a little longer. This is such a universal message; whether it be children growing up too fast, a loved one dying, or a soldier leaving home wondering if they'll ever see their family again."

Neil Peart sadly passed away on January 7th after a three-and-a-half-year battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.