Rush Hosting Red Deer Benefit Concert for Calgary Flooding
Rush has cancelled its July 24 Calgary concert because of flood-related damage to the Scotiabank Saddledome and is performing on the same night in nearby Red Deer, at the Enmax Centrium, with all ticket proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross for flood relief.
“After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” Geddy says 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. 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.”
Red Deer is about 90 miles (144 kilometers) from Calgary, about an hour and a half drive.
To help maximize the amount of proceeds going to flood relief, Rush says it will be donating its fee and covering all of its expenses for the Red Deer show. Promoter Live Nation says it will be donating its time and fees, and the venue, Enmax Centrium, says it will be donating goods and services.
Rush says Calgary ticket holders can purchase pre-sale tickets to the new Red Deer show Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m., until Sunday, July 1, at 10 p.m. (or while quantities last), before tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Rush says presale information will be sent to Calgary ticket holders.
More information is being made available on the Live Nation Alberta page on Facebook.
The Red Deer show is Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be bought directly through Live Nation, Ticketmaster outlets, and over the phone at 855/985-5000. Tickets are $60.00, $86.00, and $116.00.
Access the news update on Rush.com.
NOTE: Red Deer flood relief T-shirts are apparently sold out at Rush Backstage Club but appear to be available at Long & McQuade stores in throughout Alberta. More.