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'Anthem' - 1975

"This song has one particular memory for me that supersedes all: the first time we ever jammed with Neil [Peart], first time he auditioned for us. Alex and I had written this riff and we had written it back in the day when Rutsey was in the band, and Rutsey wasn't into playing it. It was too complicated and it wasn't his thing. He was more into straight-ahead rock & roll.

"Among the other things, we jammed with Neil the first day we met him on this opening riff. When he started playing, we looked at each other and were like, "Yeah, this is the guy. He can play. He'll do." I can't even ponder what would have happened had we not met him. Life is bizarre. Twists and turns. Fate brought him to our doorstep that day and, quite happily, we are still hanging out together."

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