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YYZ is an instrumental rock piece by Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1981 album Moving Pictures.

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YYZ is an instrumental rock piece by Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1981 album Moving Pictures. Following its initial release, it became one of the band’s most popular pieces and has been a staple of the band’s live performances. The instrumental has been featured on all live concert video recordings in some form. On both the live album Exit…Stage Left (1981), and concert video recording A Show of Hands (1989), a version of the track is played with Neil Peart integrating his full-length drum solo. YYZ is the IATA airport identification code of Toronto Pearson International Airport, near Rush’s hometown. The band was introduced to the rhythm as Alex Lifeson flew them into the airport. A VHF omnidirectional range system at the airport broadcast the YYZ identifier code in Morse code. Neil Peart said in interviews later that the rhythm stuck with them.Peart and Geddy Lee have both said “It’s always a happy day when YYZ appears on our luggage tags.” The pieces’s introduction, played in a time signature of 5/4, repeatedly renders “Y-Y-Z” in Morse Code using various musical arrangements. “YYZ” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental category in 1982. “YYZ” lost to “Behind My Camel”, by The Police, from their album Zenyatta Mondatta.

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