Rush Announce Alberta Concert as Flood Relief Fundraiser
It's rare that Rush miss out on a show, but in the case of their upcoming July 24 appearance in Calgary, Alberta, they didn't really have much choice. That's because recent floods in the Calgary area caused significant water damage at the Scotiabank Saddledome, leaving the band unable to use the venue. But Rush aren't taking the cancellation lying down. They've actually re-scheduled their show to another venue and have turned it into a flood relief fundraiser.
The show has now been moved to nearby Red Deer, Alberta, also on July 24, and the band will play at the Enmax Centrium with the proceeds from their performance going to Alberta Flood Relief.
Frontman/bassist Geddy Lee stated, “After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could. While we had hoped to avoid cancelling the Calgary show, venue safety concerns have closed the venue. Our apologies to all of the fans that bought tickets to the Calgary show for any inconvenience. We’re hoping they – along with the great people of Red Deer -- can come to the Enmax Centrium for what has now become a benefit concert. We’d like to thank everyone helping to put on this show for joining us in donating their time and services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need.”
Rush will be donating their fee for playing the show and their promoter partner Live Nation will also donate their time and fees toward putting on the show. Meanwhile, the venue -- the Enmax Centrium -- will be donating goods and services to the event.
Calgary ticket holders will have a chance to access a pre-sale to purchase tickets to the show, running from today through Sunday (July 14), before tickets go on sale to the general public. The pre-sale info will be sent directly to those who purchased tickets to the Calgary show.
Rush are currently touring in support of their 'Clockwork Angels' album.