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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.
|Album name||Release date|
|Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland||2011|
|Time Stand Still: The Collection||2010|
|Snakes & Arrows Live||2008|
|Snakes & Arrows||2007|
|Replay X 3: Grace Under Pressure Tour Soundtrack||2006|
|Grace Under Pressure Tour||2006|
|R30 - Live in Frankfurt||2005|
|Between the Ferris Wheels||2004|
|My Apologies... Brilliant||2004|
|Rush in Rio||2003|
|The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987||2003|
|One Big Victory||2002|
|Music of the Spheres||2002|
|Southern Trails, Part 1||2002|
|1974-12-16: Finding Prime: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, USA||2001|
|Driven to the Edge PE||1999|
|Different Stages Live||1998|
|A Farewell to Kings||1997|
|Grace Under Pressure||1997|
|Retrospective I: 1974-1980||1997|
|Retrospective II: 1981-1987||1997|
|A Show of Hands||1997|
|All the World's a Stage||1997|
|It's All About the Music||1996|
|Test for Echo||1996|
|The Rush Interviews, Volume 2: Geddy Lee||1995|
|1992-02-24: New Orleans 1992||1992|
|1992-04-29: Over the Europe||1992|
|Roll the Bones||1992|
|Ghost of a Chance||1992|
|The Story of Kings||1992|
|Roll the Bones||1991|
|Leaving Omaha, Again||1988|
|Exit... Stage Left||1987|
|Hold Your Fire||1987|
|Time Stand Still||1987|
|The Big Money||1985|
|A New Reality||1981|
|Careful With That Axe' Alex||1981|
|Red Stars of the Solar Federation||1981|
|The Spirit of St. Louis||1980|
|Praying for the Light||1979|
|The Trees / Circumstances||1978|
|Closer to the Heart||1977|
|Caress of Steel||1975|
|Fly by Night||1975|
|1974-11-27: Rushian Whiskey 74: Whiskey a Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA, USA||1974|
|Not Fade Away||1973|
Top 10 Rush Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|4||The Spirit Of Radio||74,670||25,616|
|6||Closer To The Heart||55,845||21,200|
|8||Fly By Night||46,054||18,567|
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Rush Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/16/2014 New Orleans LA Gasa Gasa
Rush Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/18/2013 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks 09/27/2013 New Orleans LA Howlin Wolf 08/04/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 08/02/2013 Denver CO Pepsi Center 07/31/2013 West Valley City UT USANA Amphitheatre 07/28/2013 Ridgefield WA Amphitheater Northwest 07/26/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 07/24/2013 Red Deer AB Enmax Centrium 07/19/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 07/14/2013 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre 07/12/2013 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre 07/10/2013 Quebec QC Plains of Abraham 07/08/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/06/2013 Hamilton ON FirstOntario Centre 07/04/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/04/2013 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 07/02/2013 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 06/30/2013 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena 06/28/2013 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 06/25/2013 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 06/23/2013 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 06/21/2013 Hershey PA Giant Center 06/10/2013 Helsinki ?? Hartwall Arena 06/04/2013 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 06/03/2013 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 06/02/2013 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 05/30/2013 Glasgow Glasgow City SECC 05/28/2013 Sheffield South Yorkshire Motorpoint Arena 05/26/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 05/24/2013 London The O2 05/22/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/11/2013 Atlantic City NJ Trump Taj Mahal 05/09/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 05/07/2013 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 05/05/2013 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 05/03/2013 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 05/01/2013 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 04/28/2013 Orlando FL Amway Center 04/26/2013 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 04/23/2013 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 04/18/2013 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live
Rush Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/02/2012 Houston TX Toyota Center 11/30/2012 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 11/28/2012 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 11/25/2012 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 11/23/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/21/2012 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 11/19/2012 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 11/17/2012 Anaheim CA Honda Center 11/15/2012 San Jose CA SAP Center 11/13/2012 Seattle WA Key Arena 11/03/2012 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 11/01/2012 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 10/30/2012 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 10/28/2012 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 10/26/2012 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 10/24/2012 Boston MA TD Garden 10/22/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/20/2012 Newark NJ Prudential Center 10/18/2012 Montreal QC Bell Centre 10/16/2012 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 10/14/2012 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 10/12/2012 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 10/10/2012 Bridgeport CT Webster Bank Arena 09/30/2012 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 09/28/2012 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 09/26/2012 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 09/24/2012 Minneapolis MN Target Center 09/22/2012 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 09/20/2012 Columbus OH Nationwide Arena 09/18/2012 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 09/15/2012 Chicago IL United Center 09/13/2012 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 09/11/2012 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 09/09/2012 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 09/07/2012 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 08/05/2012 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 07/29/2012 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center
Rush Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 07/02/2011 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 06/30/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 06/28/2011 Ridgefield WA Amphitheater Northwest 06/26/2011 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 06/24/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 06/22/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 06/20/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 06/18/2011 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 06/16/2011 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 06/14/2011 El Paso TX Don Haskins Center 06/12/2011 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 06/10/2011 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 06/08/2011 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 05/25/2011 London The O2 05/19/2011 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/16/2011 Sheffield ?? Sheffield Park Hotel 05/14/2011 Glasgow Glasgow City SECC 05/12/2011 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 04/22/2011 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 04/20/2011 Montreal QC Bell Centre 04/19/2011 Hamilton ON FirstOntario Centre 04/17/2011 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 04/15/2011 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 04/13/2011 Toledo OH Huntington Center 04/12/2011 Chicago IL United Center 04/10/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 04/08/2011 Hershey PA Giant Center 04/06/2011 Toledo OH Huntington Center 04/05/2011 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 04/03/2011 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 04/02/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 04/01/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 03/30/2011 Sunrise FL BB&T Center
Rush Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 10/02/2010 West Palm Beach FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 10/01/2010 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 09/29/2010 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 09/26/2010 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 09/26/2010 New York NY Broadway Comedy Club 09/25/2010 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 09/23/2010 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 09/21/2010 Tulsa OK BOK Center 09/18/2010 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 09/16/2010 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 09/14/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 09/03/2010 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 09/02/2010 Syracuse NY NY State Fair 08/31/2010 Allentown PA Allentown Fairgrounds 08/29/2010 Columbus OH Nationwide Arena 08/28/2010 Henderson NV Henderson Pavilion 08/27/2010 Saint Paul MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 08/25/2010 Omaha NE CenturyLink Center Omaha 08/22/2010 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 08/20/2010 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 08/18/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/16/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/14/2010 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 08/13/2010 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 08/11/2010 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 08/11/2010 Inglewood CA The Forum 08/09/2010 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 08/07/2010 Auburn WA White River Amphitheatre 08/05/2010 West Valley City UT USANA Amphitheatre 07/24/2010 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 07/23/2010 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07/21/2010 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 07/19/2010 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 07/17/2010 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 07/13/2010 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/11/2010 Ottawa ON Ottawa Bluesfest 07/09/2010 Sarnia ON Centennial Park Ontario 07/07/2010 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 07/05/2010 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 07/03/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 07/01/2010 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 06/29/2010 Villanova PA The Pavilion