"Bastille Day" is the first song from Rush's third album Caress of Steel. The music was written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and the lyrics were written by Neil Peart. It is about the storming of the Bastille in the French Revolution. Bastille Day was last played on the Moving Pictures Warm-Up Tour; however, it made a re-appearance on the R30 CD and DVD as part of the instrumental "R30 Overture". "Bastille Day" is also the first track on Rush's "All the World's a Stage" Live Album as well as the sixth on their Retrospective I (1974-1980).
The first verse contains a reference to the infamous phrase, "Let them eat cake", a historical legend, which nevertheless found many believers.
Song: Bastille Day
Album: Caress of Steel
Geddy Lee: Vocals/Bass
Alex Lifeson: Guitar
Neil Peart: Drums
- All the World's a Stage
- Difference: Live/ different (but similar) solo
- Different Stages
- Difference: Live
- Difference: Part 3 of the instramental medley, "R30 Overture"