Skip to main content

RUSH in Halifax in 2013: CONFIRMED! Clockwork Angels tour heading to Halifax

UPDATE: Rush will play the Halifax Metro Centre, Friday July 12, 2013.

It's true! Rush fan club members awoke this morning to an email announcing dozens of more shows for the Spring and Summer 2013 legs of the Clockwork Angels tour.

Just weeks after podcaster, author and filmmaker Kevin Smith, on a Rush-and-kush streak  in sunny Los Angeles, said he would try to get Rush to come to Halifax, it appears the dreams of music fans have come true.


The email from says:
Crazy-looking man with Rush Hemispheres album
Scott is too excited to see Rush again.
Rush is coming back to Halifax in 2013.
“Stay tuned for additional tour announcements for the summer dates that will resume when the band returns from their European leg in June. These will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, and will finally see RUSH return to Grand Rapids and Halifax for the first time in decades!"

Decades, indeed. It's been more than 25 years since Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart played Halifax.

The last time was November 2, 1987, when they performed at the Halifax Metro Centre with Chalk Circle. No, the concert you saw on Trailer Park Boys was not real. The footage in that episode was shot at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. I was there when Bubbles came out with Alex's guitar. What a moment.

I haven't seen Rush in person since I moved to Halifax in 2005. I've seen them in Toronto on the tours for Presto, Roll The Bones, Counterparts, Test For Echo (twice), Vapor Trails, Feedback....was that a tour?

It's not clear whether this development had anything to do with the Rush The Hill petition campaign. Maybe it did. Maybe Kevin Smith used his extensive entertainment industry connections to grease the wheels. Maybe Rush has already played all the Big Money venues and is doing the next leg because they are benevolent and omnipotent rock gods. Maybe this is karmic payback for all the shenanigans of the City Hall cash-for-concerts scandal.

I don't know. I JUST WANT TICKETS.

Rush Halifax Clockwork Angels concert date has yet to be announced, but I'll let you know when I find out.

Halifax city clock on Citadel Hill, with Halifax Metro Centre and downtown in the background on a sunny day with blue sky.
Halifax Metro Centre, where Rush
last played in 1987 when Alex was
skinny and Geddy was surrounded
by synths.
Dates announced today for the Spring 2013 leg include:

April 23 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
April 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
April 28 Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 1 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 3 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
May 5 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
May 7 Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
May 9 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
May 11 Atlantic City @ Etess Arena

And since some don't believe it until they see it -- who can blame them after years of rumours -- here's a screenshot of the email that went out today.

There you have it! Rush returns to Halifax in 2013 for the first time in a generation.


Popular posts from this blog

Gordon turns four and has questions

Gordon wanted to know where mommy went.

Not what happened to her body, but where SHE went.

We celebrated his fourth birthday this weekend with three gatherings. One at our house with his little friends. One at nana and grampa's house. One in Stratford with the Simpson clan.

The big party for the kids was a success. I'd never planned such an event. Thank goodness for the Internet, where I found a Martha Stewart article that laid out the basics. And thank goodness for Party City, which had a ton of Transformers party stuff ready to buy. I wasn't feeling well, but managed to pull it off. Thanks to sister Shannon and SIL Amy for being the Designated Adults who helped in wrangling and last-minute logistics. G thought the whole event was kind of loud, but he really enjoyed it. And I feel like a winner for making it happen -- some of the other parents even chimed in that they now know what goes into a kid's party, since they were as clueless as me! Great!

Great time at nana&#…

The sweet smell of success (the opposite of that)

Let me lock in the system at warp 2 Push it into systematic overdrive - U know what 2 do - Ween, "Poop Ship Destroyer"
Pardon the juvenile humour off the top, but this journey has been so unreal that I can't help but fall back on laughing in the absence of appropriate things to say.

Amanda's headed for another big surgery this week.

Quick recap of how we got here: She went into hospital in late January to have her ovarian cancer tumours taken out. That surgery ended up taking a foot-long chunk of her colon, so they spliced what was left to her nature-given outlet. Well, that blew apart and she went for emergency colostomy surgery. THAT didn't work, either, as illustrated by our guiding light with the scalpel hand and the silver tongue, Dr. Sugimoto:

The business end of the remaining colon sloughed its way back into her insides and strictured itself off, creating a cul-de-sac with no escape for poop nor gas. They put her on TPN (full nutrition by IV) but let her …

Things get much worse as tumours spread fast

Things crawl in the darkness
That imagination spins
Needles at your nerve ends
Crawl like spiders on your skin

Pounding in your temples
And a surge of adrenaline
Every muscle tense —
To fence
The enemy within - Rush, "The Enemy Within"
We don't know how or why, if there is a how or a why, but Amanda's cancer has woken up and is on the move, double-time. Things have become much worse in the time since the last update.

At that point, the docs had found a couple of spots on her ribs that were causing her pain. They zapped it with radiation to give her some relief.

Since then, things have progressed quickly.

Just after the hospital stay when they were trying to get Amanda's pain under control, docs found more bone metastases in her sacrum (large, triangular bone at the base of the spine) and iliac crest (the big wing-like bone on the pelvis where they harvest bone marrow). More radiation. This time, the radiation hasn't knocked the pain down.
Then she had headac…