July 11, 2013 6:21 pm
Updated: July 11, 2013 6:23 pm

Rush pledges to donate Alberta concert proceeds to flood relief

Alex Lifeson, center, Neil Peart, left, and Geddy Lee, right, of Rush accept their band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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CALGARY- A big name band is doing its part for Alberta flood relief, after their show at the Saddledome was cancelled.

Rush was scheduled to perform on July 24, but extensive damage at the facility has forced them to relocate. The band has decided to perform on the same date in Red Deer instead, and all proceeds will be donated to Alberta flood relief.

Rush will donate their fee and pay for all their expenses related to the show, and promoter Live Nation is doing the same.

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“After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” lead vocalist Geddy Lee said 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.

“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.”

Calgary ticket holders have the chance to access pre-sale tickets for the Red Deer show on Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 15.

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