Digital men and analog kids: wave a magic wand, and presto! Rumors of a tour can materialize just like that.
With the mean, mean pride of a 40+ year career since the early ’70s, Rush was driven by their love of performing to announce a 34-show North American tour this spring and summer. The RUSH: R40 Live Tour begins May 8 and wraps up August 1.
The band, who has written the soundtrack and anthems to many fans’ lives (yes, that is a truth) won’t be stopping at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as they have on several of their recent tours. However Rush will be driving the barchetta through New York State with stops at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo June 10 and Madison Square Garden June 29. They’ll also have nearby shows at the TD Garden in Boston June 23 and the Prudential Center in Newark June 27. Check out the full listing of dates on the tour website.
It was the course of natural science that Rush, made up of Dirk, Lerxst, and The Professor (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart), was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, a long overdue token according to many fans. Through 20 gold and platinum studio albums and several live releases the band has built a strong, loyal following yet maintained subtle obscurity in the limelight of general popularity. Let’s face it: if someone auditioned for American Idol by whipping out “A Passage To Bangkok,” Paula Abdul would likely fall out of her chair in confusion over what band’s song she just heard.
Make a headlong flight over to Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com for tickets, available January 30. A special pre sale period is available January 23-26 for those who subscribe to the Rush email newsletter, which can be signed up for anytime.
Since time doesn’t stand still, R40 will likely be the band’s last tour of this magnitude. However, this isn’t necessarily yet a farewell to the kings of progressive rock.