Broon's Bane
by Rush

Album: Exit... Stage Left (1981)
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  • This is an instrumental guitar solo by Alex Lifeson.
  • The song is named after their longtime producer Terry Brown (T.C. Broonsie), who produced this and Rush's first 11 albums. >>
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    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2
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  • Groovus Maximus from Boston, MaTranscendent composition, flawless execution... Side 3 of Exit...Stage Left is RIDICULOUS! Wish they would've included this passage (Broon's Bane, The Trees & Xanadu) on the Time Machine tour in 2010, as it was of that precise moment (originally performed on the "Moving Pictures" tour, which Time Machine was referring back to when they played that album in its entirety -- STUNNING!). Another small beef was that Neil didn't play his trademark extended "YYZ" solo from E.S.L. when he had the chance! I'll never understand why he trotted out pretty much the same solo he'd been doing since 2002 & would continue doing until 2015 (R40). One last thing -- look up "still no guitar" for Boston TD Garden show on YouTube -- quite amusing when Alex's Hughes & Kettner "steampunk" rig went down at the end of their set (but with a couple songs left to perform) -- I actually caught one of his special T-shirts thrown out at the end of the show! RUSH is the best band in the universe!!!
  • Joel from Carrollton, TxThe combination of Broon's Bane, The Trees and Xanadu is my favorite section of live music ever recorded. Consequently ESL is my favorite live album. It's such a sweet transition from Broons to Trees. To combine two great songs like Trees and Xanadu, and perform them flawlessly live is such ear candy for a fanatical Rush fan.
  • Dickfor from My Mothers Womb,If you take a minute to look up the term "BANE" in any dictionary you'll understand that Terry Brown _HATED_ the intro, which is why "The Trees" is the way it is on Hemispheres but not live. I saw them last night and they played "The Trees" (And it smoked_) but no "Broon's Bane" intro which is too bad because it's a pretty sweet piece of music.
  • Mike from Cincinnati, OhI enjoy unusual origins in song titles such as here with Broon's Bane. Producer Terry Brown's nickname, Broon, borrowed...and then his rejection of it makes it his bane. Thank goodness for the live album Exit...Stage Left, in which we get to hear its fuller length. Had Alex lived in the baroque era of classical music before Mozart, Mozart would have had occasion to study this little, delightful and inventive piece of string work, and perhaps would have been inspired to write a whole symphony on it as the root theme. I look forward to many more years of Alex Lifeson's guitar work, and certainly wish that he brings more acoustical pieces our way. The time is right for more of this flavor.
  • Dave from Latham , NyYes this song does go right into 'The Trees'. It proves just how versatile Rush is. To me, it also proves that a guitar player doesn't have to play 128th notes at 220bpm to be good at progressive rock music. Alex is truely a giften musician and his tasteful playing of this track gives me chills.
  • Tom from East Lyme, CtI LOVE how this goes right into the Trees!!!
  • Robert from Schaumburg, IlThis was actually to be part of THE TREES acoustic intro but was rejected by Terry Brown aka Broon, therfore the title Broons Bane.
  • Jesse from L.a., CaThis truly shows how much of a great guitarist Alex Lifeson really is!!! Classically trained and trained in the world of ROCK!!! GREAT!!!
  • Rich from Knoxville, TnAlso to note, this song is not recorded on any studio album, thus no available studio only version. It exists only on the live "Exit Stage...Left" album.
  • Drew from Crystal Lake, IlI've always wondered...this song was performed on the 'Moving Pictures' tour, right before they recorded and released 'Signals', which was to be the last Broon-produced album. Didn't Broon start getting nervous when they named a song "Broon's Bane?"
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