Rush to kick off North American 'R40 Tour'
Canadian rockers Rush hit a very big milestone in 2014, and celebrated in a very big way.
In September, the "R40" box set was announced to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled album. It included five previously released live video albums, as well as various previously unreleased footage from throughout the band's career. All told, it amounted to some two+ hours of unseen and unreleased material dating from 1974 to 2013. That include footage spanning all four decades of the trio's career, and a 52-page hardcover book.
The "R40" release was the stepping stone to an announcement from the band in January it would be launching the Rush R40 Tour, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of drummer Neil Peart's joining the band. The announcement put to rest month of speculation and rumors regarding any possibility of the band touring in 2015, but it comes with one caveat – it could be their last tour ever.
The mammoth North American tour, which is set to span at least 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada, will kick off on May 8th and is expected to wrap in Los Angeles on August 1 unless more dates are added. The band, however, said in a statement on its website that after 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums, this 21st tour would likely be their "last major tour of this magnitude."
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Rush gets Canada's stamp of approval (Updated July 26, 2013)
How does a famed Canadian rock band celebrate a career milestone? If you're Rush, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, you embrace your country's stamp of approval. Literally.
The legendary trio is among four rock bands (including the Guess Who, the Tragically Hip and Beau Dommage) that are being featured on postage stamps as part of Canada Post's Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. The stamps were due to be released on July 19, with the Rush stamp featuring the famed starman logo, which has been associated with the band going all the way back to the classic 1976 album "2112."
The honor bestowed upon the band comes roughly a year after the release of their latest album. "Clockwork Angels" was released in the United States and Canada on June 12, 2012, debuting at No. 1 in Canada and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It released three singles to radio – "Caravan," "BU2B" and "The Wreckers" – and the project won the award for Rock Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.
A supporting tour for "Clockwork Angels" began on September 7, 2012. It continued into 2013, kicking off April 23 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The journey took the band overseas in May, with dates in England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Finland. The tour wraps August 4 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
With 24 gold records, 14 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records, Canadian progressive rock band Rush has consistently produced innovative music for nearly five decades. Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 the band got its start making the rounds on the local club circuit before releasing a debut single -- a rendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" in 1973. A self-titled LP followed in 1974, and Neil Peart stepped in as drummer and the band's primary songwriter. His acroamatic lyrics exploring science fiction and futuristic concepts became the hallmark of a winning formula for the trio.
The band's 1976 album, "2112," was based on the writings of Ayn Rand and also featured Geddy Lee's high-pitched vocals and Alex Lifeson's stellar guitar work. The project -- which featured a 20-minute title track divided into seven sections -- was panned by critics but universally embraced by fans, marking the first in a long line of gold and platinum records. The supporting tour also led to the release of their first live album, "All the World's a Stage," recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto over three nights.
Rush's popularity was never higher than in 1980-81, when the band introduced reggae and new wave elements into its music. The album "Permanent Waves (1980)," became their first U.S. Top 5 album, and "Moving Pictures (1981) produced what is arguably the band's best-known song, "Tom Sawyer." The record reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified quadruple platinum.
In 1994, Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for their influence and impact on a variety of genres of music. The band still continues to make music and tour throughout the world.
Rush to Play 41st Anniversary Tour Dates in 2015
Rush Tour Dates Concerts Videos Rush Tour Canadian rock band Rush is making plans, fans. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that the band was in the process of planning a “41st anniversary tour” to kick off in the spring of 2015. There are no specifics nailed down yet, but we’ll surely report them to…Read more
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