2015-06-02  |  Inside The PMCF |  Posted by: Kevin Shea

There aren’t many bands from Canada that you can consider iconic: the Guess Who, maybe. Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip. Maybe Arcade Fire. But no one can argue with the exalted status of Rush. Since their first album was released in 1974, the band has accumulated 24 gold albums, 14 platinum albums and three multi-platinum albums. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. 
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. We all know their names without blinking.
In 2010, drummer Neil Peart recorded a refreshing new version of Dolores Clamen’s ‘Hockey Night in Canada Theme.’ Afterwards, the drum kit used to record the legendary tune was exhibited in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But now, fans will get an opportunity of a lifetime to sit behind Neil Peart’s one-of-a-kind, Collector’s Series® Drum Workshop (DW) hockey-themed drum set during the band’s upcoming Canadian dates on the R40 Live Final Anniversary Tour.
For a minimum $10 donation, fans get a unique souvenir – a photo opportunity with Neil Peart’s hockey drum set -- with proceeds going to Neil’s charity of choice, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. In 1998, Neil lost his wife to cancer just ten months after his 19-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. Rush’s long-time manager, Ray Danniels, tragically lost his son to cancer in 2012. We’ve all been touched by cancer in some manner, but the hideous disease has hit particularly close to home for the Rush family.
The photo opportunities with Peart’s iconic hockey drum kit will be available when doors open one hour prior to the start of reach Canadian date until the end of the band’s scheduled intermission. A valid concert ticket is required. The Canadian dates are June 17 and 19 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, June 21 in Montreal at the Bell Center, July 15 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and July 17 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. On April 29 of this year, Alex Lifeson announced that the R40 Live Tour dates would be the final large-scale Rush tour. Once the tour concludes, the drum kit will be donated to the National Music Centre in Calgary, which will open in 2016.

When the R40 Live Tour ends, Rush fans around the world will be able to bid in a charity auction on two extraordinary items. One is a Neil Peart Icon Snare Drum signed by all three members of Rush. It is an exact replica of the snare drum used by Peart on the R40 Live Tour -- a limited edition snare made from 1,500-year-old Romanian River Oak salvaged from the bottom of the Olt River, inlaid with intricate, laser-cut exotic woods and complemented by gold-plated hardware. Only 250 of these drums will ever be produced. A signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany the drum. In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to bid on a 17” Paragon Crash Cymbal from Sabian signed by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. 100% of the proceeds from the snare and the cymbal go to support Personalized Cancer Medicine at Peart’s charity of choice, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The auction will run from July 18 to 27.