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.
Primus (beginning the performance of "John the Fisherman" as released on their 1989 live album Suck on This and in full during other concerts). The cymbal-bell introduction also begins "To Defy the Laws of Tradition".
"YYZ" has also been featured as a playable encore track in the video game Guitar Hero II, a downloadable track in the Rock Band game series and is featured in the recent Guitar Hero: Smash Hits game as its only instrumental. Lee and Lifeson performed YYZ with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins during a Foo Fighters concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre in March 22, 2008 midway through Stacked Actors, which then was not finished. In October 2008, Peart performed it with the Buddy Rich Big Band alongside bassist Jeff Berlin as part of the ongoing Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert series.