Rush Flood Relief Tally: $575,000; Happy 39th Anniversary to Neil
Rush announced a couple of weeks ago that the band’s benefit concert last month in Red Deer raised $575,000 for Alberta flood relief. “We are very grateful that we were able to amass such a huge sum that will undoubtedly help many of our fellow Canadians in need,” Geddy says in a statement. The donations came from ticket sales and the purchase of commemorative T-shirts.
Of the proceeds, $400,000 will go to the Canadian Red Cross for Alberta flood relief, $125,000 to High River, where flooding was most severe, and $50,000 to local charities.
In another update, thanks to a timely post by Ed at RushIsABand, we’re reminded that Neil played his first show with Rush 39 years ago last Wednesday at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. It was August 14, 1974, and the band was the opening act for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann. Their opening song was “Working Man,” and Ed posted a bootleg recording of that piece on his site, which you can view below. Ed also mentions that Rush is making a commemorative posterof the show available. It’s $5.98 unframed on Amazon, a little bit more if you want it on an “EZ hang frame” or laminated.
And while you’re on Amazon, you can still pick up Rush’s 2014 wall calendar.It’s a 16-month calendar that’s retailing for $14.99.