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Rush Announce Show for Alberta Flood Victims

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In a show of solidarity with their fellow Canadians in a time of need, prog-rock heroes Rush have announced a very special show scheduled to take place on July 24.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were slated to perform at Calgary, Alberta’s Scotiabank Saddledome that day. But about two weeks ago, the venue was hit by a massive flood that decimated parts of downtown Calgary. So they moved the concert to the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta, which is approximately 90 miles away.

Not only will the show go on, but the band will be picking up the tab for concert-related expenses and donating its fee to the Canadian Red Cross’s relief fund for Alberta flood victims.

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

Rush are becoming rather well-known for their charitable ways, with Lee having donated one of his bass guitars to a charity auction recently. The group is also donating $1 from each ticket sold on their Canadian tour to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

After being rained out of their show in Quebec on Wednesday, Rush’s Clockwork Angels tour resumes tonight in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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