Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Rush is Still Capable of Headlining the Marcus Amphitheater

By Shepherd Express Staff
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Rush will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Thursday, July 4, Summerfest announced this morning. That raises a question: How is a band comprised of three Canadians each pushing 60 who have been making music together since 1974 still headlining large venues like the Marcus Amphitheater? The answer can be found in the progressive-rock band’s rabid fan base (among the most loyal in all of music) that continues after all these years to worship at the musical altar of guitarist Alex Lifeson, vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee and especially drummer Neil Peart. Rush has changed with the times, retaining its heavy-metal-meets-progressive-rock edge while evolving from geeky concept albums and onstage kimonos in the ’70s to today’s diverse recordings with relevant messages (and a mandolin!) performed by three of the most gifted players on the planet. And of course it helps that the band is still making great music: The band released a strong 19th album, Clockwork Angels, last year.

Tickets for the Summerfest show go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.
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