Rush R40 Tour!

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I do recall mentioning some big Rush news in my last post, and here is the larger of two events I had in mind:
Rush is touring!

After a year’s vacation they’re back on the road, but this could be the last time that ever happens. The press release announcing the tour also contained this statement:

“After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums–Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.”

Most likely the last major tour!? And I’m just starting to love them? Where’s the fairness in that?
But the good news is that the opportunity is here now for those interested. Some pre-sale tickets have been available already, but most normal seats are still available and will go on sale very soon.
Details from the most recent Rush newsletter:

Pre-sales for select shows tomorrow [January 30th, 2015]:

PRE-SALE begins Friday, Jan 30 @ 10am local time and ends Monday, Feb 2 @ 5pm local time.

Lincoln, St. Louis, Austin, New Orleans, Tampa, Greensboro, Columbus, Detroit, Toronto (2 shows), Montreal, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Irvine Meadows and Los Angeles.

[…]

On-sale to the public:

The following shows will be going on public on-sale starting tomorrow, Friday Jan 30 at 10am local time for the following shows:

New York City, Newark, Tulsa, St. Paul, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Bristow, Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver and San Jose.

Any other dates on the tour not mentioned above will be selling later. The normal tickets in Tampa, for example, will be on sale in about a week.

Extra Fun Stuff:

Neil Peart’s Drums for the tour:

R40 Kit

The front of Neil’s R40 Kit.

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Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

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Being the music fan that I am, about a month ago when I started a free trial of Netflix I set out in search of all the music documentaries I could find. Having had Rush, and this very film, indirectly mentioned to me earlier I thought I’d check it out, and I’m glad I did!

Relatively recent picture of Rush.

The Review:

I began the movie with no background knowledge of the band and ended it able to name the members, many albums, and a few notable songs. That should be a good indication of how informative the film was. It spanned the lives of all three members, starting from their earliest musical interests to their touring life at the time of filming. Interviews with the band carry the narrative, and comments from famous fans, mostly other musicians, add to the chronology. The band’s entire history is covered in under two hours, from formation to the addition of Neil Peart to major headlining tours, all the important details seem to be fit in. The viewer gets to see Rush evolve from the blues-based rock band that couldn’t get a record deal to the progressive rock band they gained popularity as. The true musicianship of these three guys from Canada is so wonderfully displayed with live shows and music video footage dispersed throughout. And just as their great musical abilities shine through, their great personalities are evident in the interviews, and watching, you just have to love the band.

Bottom Line:

I’d recommend this documentary to any fan of great music, and anyone reading this should definitely check it out!

10 Rocks/10 Rolls

Etc.

And it seems I have stumbled upon Rush at the perfect time. Lots of news at the moment and that’s what I will discuss next time!