Rush fans have probably heard this before but Rush played one of its first big U.S. shows and its first show with Neil Peart on drums at the Civic Arena in 1974 (with Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann).
Since then, Pittsburgh has been a regular stop on Rush tours, with the band having played here two dozen times, including 2010 and 2012 (“Clockwork Angels”) at Consol.
Not this time.
The itinerary was announced today for the three-month, 34-date Rush R40 tour, celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, and there is no Pittsburgh date.
It begins May 8 in Tulsa and runs through Aug. 1, coming this close:
6/8 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena (after a 5-30 show in VA)
6/10 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
6/12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
6/14 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
6/17 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
6/19 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
6/21 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
6/23 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
The tour, which does not support a new album, will find Rush focusing on its back catalog, something fans here would definitely want to see. (Tickets for most dates are going on sale Jan. 30 via ticketmaster.)
Our Live Nation shows run out of a Cleveland office, which handles Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus. Unless shows are added, only Columbus got a date with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.
Maybe there was some country show the night Rush wanted to come here...