Updated: Read the R40 Tulsa Review
Rush fans everywhere began mapping out dates and clearing calendars after the announcement today of the R40 tour starting in May.
However, in all the excitement, many who jumped to the dates and places may have overlooked a notable sentence in the press release:
Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.
It’s certainly not definitive, leaves a window open for future plans, but the comment is telling and quite indicative that the band is closing in on calling it a career. While many Rush fans hoped for at least a new album or two and maybe even an R50 tour, it’s likely not the case.
Singer Geddy Lee recently said the band had enough “mojo” to put forth another album and he seemed bit with the itch to write new music and play live. But drummer Neil Peart, who hardly embraces the touring regime, clearly wants to spend time with family especially his young daughter. In an interview with Prog magazine this month, he said touring is a “true dilemma” and that he doesn’t like to leave his family. But last year, guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone “I also think it’s going to be a long tour” when discussion future plans for an anniversary tour.
But all that is old news. The current news is Rush is indeed touring and many believe (or is it fear?) this is their curtain call. The planned tour is certainly not long – 35 shows – during the course of about three months but it looks to be geared towards the true Rush fan as old songs might be dusted off and songs never played could get the live treatment. One outlet is already reporting this to be the band’s last. Yahoo.com posted an article by the French news agency AFP entitled Rush to Mark 40 Years With Final Big Tour though it feels more like a rush to judgment especially with the silly comments on politics.
The band members are in their early 60s, certainly not old especially if you consider that 60 is the new 40 (or something like that) but the exertion it takes to hit the road and play a two-hour plus show every other night is a young man’s game.
If there’s a silver lining to not saying goodbye just yet to Geddy, Alex and Neil it’s in the wording of the press release. “…the last major tour of this magnitude.” Perhaps a little look at how U2 (no spring chicken themselves) is scheduling their 2015 tour offers a glimpse of what Rush could do in the future. Reduced travel and play multiple dates in one city. If there is a future for Rush beyond the R40 tour it’s likely a handful of dates in select markets.
For now, freeze this moment a little bit longer – Rush R40 Tour Dates below:
|May 8, 2015||Tulsa||BOK Center|
|May 10, 2015||Lincoln||Pinnacle Bank Arena|
|May 12, 2015||St. Paul||Xcel Energy Center|
|May 14, 2015||St. Louis||Scottrade Center|
|May 16, 2015||Austin||Austin360 Amphitheater|
|May 18, 2015||Dallas||American Airlines Center|
|May 20, 2015||Houston||The Toyota Center|
|May 22, 2015||New Orleans||Smoothie King Center|
|May 24, 2015||Tampa||Amalie Arena|
|May 26, 2015||Atlanta||Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre|
|May 28, 2015||Greensboro||The Greensboro Coliseum|
|May 30, 2015||Bristow (DC Area)||Jiffy Lube Live|
|June 8, 2015||Columbus||Nationwide Arena|
|June 10, 2015||Buffalo||First Niagara Center|
|June 12, 2015||Chicago||United Center|
|June 14, 2015||Detroit||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|June 17, 2015||Toronto (I)||Air Canada Centre|
|June 19, 2015||Toronto (II)||Air Canada Centre|
|June 21, 2015||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|June 23, 2015||Boston||TD Garden|
|June 25, 2015||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center|
|June 27, 2015||Newark||Prudential Center|
|June 29, 2015||New York||Madison Square Garden|
|July 9, 2015||Kansas City||Sprint Center|
|July 11, 2015||Denver||Pepsi Center|
|July 13, 2015||Salt Lake City||Maverik Center|
|July 15, 2015||Calgary||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|July 17, 2015||Vancouver||Rogers Arena|
|July 19, 2015||Seattle||Key Arena|
|July 21, 2015||Portland||MODA Center|
|July 23, 2015||San Jose||SAP Center at San Jose|
|July 25, 2015||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|July 27, 2015||Phoenix||US Airways Center|
|July 30, 2015||Irvine Meadows||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|August 1, 2015||Los Angeles||The Forum|