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Rush Celebrates a Career Spanning Four Decades with North American Tour

Rush R40 Live TourA whole slew of Rush albums are being reissued vinyl in commemoration of the band’s more than four decades of music making, and now the Canadian trio featuring bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee will continue the celebrations with the R40 Live Tour.

The tour, which begins May 8, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will visit 34 North American cities. The tour came together despite reports of some ambivalence toward touring, as late as January. (Just check out this interview with drummer Neil Peart in Rolling Stone.)

It’s more than likely that the band doesn’t have much touring left in it — Lee has noted how rough touring is on Peart, who has an aggressive playing style. However, Lee did say in a separate Rolling Stone interview from November 2014 that “I’m itching to just play and record. I would like to make another album, but I don’t know where the other guys’ heads are at about that. I know Alex is ready to write.”

Hopefully that means fans will get an album of new music at some point in the relatively near future. And in the meantime, there’s the tour.

Rush “R40 Live” Tour Dates:

May 8Tulsa, OklahomaBok Center
May 10Lincoln, NebraskaPinnacle Bank Arena
May 12St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy Center
May 14St. Louis, MissouriScottrade Center
May 16Austin, TexasAustin360 Amphitheater
May 18Dallas, TexasAmerican Airlines Arena
May 20Houston, TexasThe Toyota Center
May 22New Orleans, LouisianaSmoothie King Center
May 24Tampa, FloridaAmalie Arena
May 26Atlanta, GeorgiaVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 28Greensboro, North CarolinaThe Greensboro Coliseum
May 30Bristow, VirginiaJiffy Lube Live
June 8Columbus, OhioNationwide Arena
June 10Buffalo, New YorkFirst Niagara Center
June 12Chicago, IllinoisUnited Center
June 14Detroit, MichiganPalace of Auburn Hills
June 17 & 19Toronto, CanadaAir Canada Centre
June 21Montreal, CanadaBell Centre
June 23Boston, MassachusettsTD Garden
June 25Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaWells Fargo Center
June 27Newark, New JerseyPrudential Center
June 29New York City, New YorkMadison Square Garden
July 9Kansas City, MissouriSprint Center
July 11Denver, ColoradoPepsi Center
July 13Salt Lake City, UtahMaverik Center
July 15Calgary, CanadaScotiabank Saddledome
July 17Vancouver, CanadaRogers Arena
July 19Seattle, WashingtonKey Arena
July 21Portland, OregonModa Center
July 23San Jose, CaliforniaSAP Center at San Jose
July 25Las Vegas, NevadaMGM Grand Garden Arena
July 27Phoenix, ArizonaUS Airways Center
July 30Irvine Meadows, CaliforniaVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 1Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Forum

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Aggressive playstyle is an understatement. Just listen to Peart’s drumming on Headlong Flight in their more recent album, Clockwork Angels. Just hard to believe a human being can do that kind of drumming. Lee’s basslines are as technically proficient as ever too. Hopefully they still have that left in the tank for this tour.

Steve Carriere

Steve Carriere

Got my tickets for May 12. Haven’t seen them in a while and it seems this could be the last time out.