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To Help Flood Victims In Calgary, Rush To Play Benefit Concert


Rush will play a special benefit show at a venue near Calgary, Canada, after the band had to cancel its scheduled July 24 concert in the city because of damage that Calgary and the Scotiabank Saddledome sustained in a recent flood.  The new event will take place the same day at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Canada.

The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be donating all the proceeds they earn from the concert to the Canadian Red Cross‘ Alberta Flood Relief initiative.  In addition, the show’s promoter, will be contributing its fee and time to the cause, while the Enmax Centrium will be donating goods and services to the charity.

“After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” says Rush frontman Geddy Lee in a statement.  “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.”

The bassist/keyboardist also thanks everyone else who donated “their time & services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need.”

The devastating floods occurred late last month after torrential mountain rains caused rivers to overflow in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Rush’s current North American tour leg is scheduled to run through an August 4 concert in Kansas City, Missouri.

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