If the multiple DVD documentaries and TV appearances (Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and The Boys in Brazil to name a couple) are any indication, Canadian progressive rock band Rush are just as classy as they are talented, and now we have another reason.
In June earlier this year, floods as the result of severe storms in Southern Alberta ravaged through Canmore and Calgary, wrecking a lot of homes and causing damage to many businesses- one in particular being the Calgary Saddledome, which is still suffering from water damage as the result of being filled to the third row. Rush were booked to play a concert there on July 24th, but due to ongoing efforts still in effect to get the damage under control, the concert ended up being canceled.
But don't lose hope yet, Calgarians. Earlier today, at the same time as the announcement of the cancelation, Rush issued a statement via Live Nation and their official website regarding a show on the same day, being held at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer.
Says Geddy Lee: "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 & services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need."
Ticket holders for the previous show in Calgary who bought their tickets online or by phone will receive refunds starting tomorrow, whereas people who bought tickets at Ticketmaster outlets will be able to refund their tickets at said outlets, starting Monday 16 July. In addition, ticket holders will receive a password for the Red Deer show. And as mentioned above, all proceeds from the concert will go to Alberta Red Cross' Flood Relief.
Band didn't need any more reasons to be the greatest rock band ever, but here they go giving us another one...guys are unstoppable, only had the opportunity to see them live twice (one being my first show ever ) and they still put on a better show then 99% of the acts out there that are half their age