Anthrax's Charlie Benante, Testament's Alex Skolnick, and Suicidal Tendencies' Ra Diaz have done another of their quarantined Rush covers, this time with vocals! They did the classic "Freewill," and Crobot‘s Brandon Yeagley did a pretty fine Geddy Lee impression. Charlie writes:

Dear friends: Once again, the three of us (Alex , Ra and myself) were completely knocked out by the responses to our latest video. As if your appreciation of the music wasn’t enough, it’s been humbling to hear from so many of you who’ve let us know how much this has been helping during this difficult period of quarantine and isolation. This brings us to the following conclusion: “We can’t stop now, can we?”

Here is our follow up: “Freewill.” “Freewill” is about thinking for yourself, accepting difficult truths and avoiding superstition, magical thinking and herd mentality (most pertinent during these times). We now have a @rush trilogy. When we “made a choice” (as the song says) to take on this tune, we had a new challenge on our hands: Our previous two (“YYZ” and “La Villa Strangiato”) are both instrumental and doing this one would require a vocalist who is up to the task (sadly that excludes the three of us). Fortunately, we know just the guy. On vocals, we proudly present Brandon Yeagley @brandoncrobot of @crobotband

In addition to Neil Peart (the great Rush drummer and composer of these lyrics, whom we lost in January), this song is dedicated to John Horton Conway, genius mathematician who recently left us due to Covid-19, whose influence extended beyond mathematical circles, including artists (such as musician/producer Brian Eno), software developers, game makers etc and whose achievements include a personal favorite entitled “Free Will Theorem.”

Special thanks to @blechugag for assisting with this audio mix and once again, @pieromedone who makes the video magic happen.



Charlie and Ra also did an instrumental cover of Beastie Boys' "Jimmy James," and Charlie said, "Celebrating that this Friday @beastieboysstory documentary is coming out @ra_diaz and I decided to start the party a bit earlier for you all. Here’s a lil jam on one of their many all time classics! Much love, admiration and massive respect for these fellow #newyorkers ... WE SALUTE YOU!"

Charlie, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and John 5 of Rob Zombie's band also recently jammed Black Sabbath's "Supernaut"

And here's Charlie, Scott Ian, and Dan Lilker doing a (mostly) vocal-less rendition of their old band Stormtroopers of Death's "Chromatic Death"