Tonight at the end of night three of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a cover band took the stage; their performance of Rush’s “Limelight” got swift reaction from twitter, and it was generally not too positive.
The Republican National Convention house band, led, shockingly, by professional musician and the former bandleader for Saturday Night Live, G.E. Smith, annihilated a bunch of classics (Bowie, too) to the dismay of many.
Kristina Webb (@KristinaWebb) July 21, 2016
The horrible cover band at the RNC right now is butchering Rush's 'Limelight.' To quote Trump, "You're Fired!" #RNCinCL—
Timothy J. Bednarz (@tjbedz) July 21, 2016
Wow a very not good Rush cover band playing "Limelight" during wrap up of night 3 at #RNCinCLE—
Andrew Adair (@acadair) July 21, 2016
Just heard someone butchering Rush's Limelight at the RNC convention.—
Jared Witt (@Jared_Witt) July 21, 2016
Who thought it was a good idea to cover Rush's "Limelight?"—
Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) July 21, 2016
House band singer is slaughtering Rush’s “Limelight.”—
Josh Orton (@joshorton) July 21, 2016
Who is the lame Rush cover band playing at the RNC completely wrecking Limelight right now?—
Kevin Roden (@KevinRoden) July 21, 2016
Some suggested that the selection of the song was actually the band trolling the audience, although perhaps they hadn’t actually read the lyrics.
Lyrics to Limelight, the Rush song they're playing right now - "Cast in this unlikely role Ill-equipped to act With insufficient tact"—
♎ (@codepaintsleep) July 21, 2016
This band has to be trolling. "Eminence Front" then Rush's "Limelight"?—
Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) July 21, 2016
Convention closes with "Limelight" by Rush: "Cast in this unlikely role / ill equipped to act / with insufficient tact" Such trolling—
Daniel Chait (@dhchait) July 21, 2016
"Ill-equipped to act, with insufficient tact," #RNCinCLE house band comes through with the musical irony, Rush's Limelight.—
Stephanie Skora (@Stephanie_Skora) July 21, 2016
Rush has yet to comment on the use of their song.