Friday, January 18, 2008

Official Rush 2008 tour dates open thread
12:00AM EST | comments (205) |

Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 1/18@8:46AM: From the official press release:

... The 2008 tour dates and venues are listed below. Tickets for New Orleans, Reno, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Detroit go on sale SATURDAY JANUARY 26. American Express Cardmembers will also have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets January 26th through February 1st for Rush performances in Boston; Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Holmdel, Wantagh and January 27th through February 2nd in Los Angeles and Irvine. In addition there will be a MUSICTODAY fan club presale for all Rush performances in conjunction with RUSH.COM starting January 22 through January 24.

A SNAKES AND ARROWS LIVE CD will be released sometime in April. Details are forthcoming. ...

No more speculating; there will be a live CD. There also is no mention of South America. I don't know what's up with that; hopefully some details will be forthcoming. I fixed the May dates - the low-fi version of had them a bit mixed up.

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UPDATE - 1/18@8:25AM: I've repeated the dates below. 48 dates!! And that's not counting the South American dates! I'll take a closer look at the dates and have more to say later.

APRIL 2008

11: San Juan, PR - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
13: Ft Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
15: Orlando, FL - Amway Center
17: Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
19: New Orleans, LA - Arena
20: Houston, TX - Woodlands Pavilion
23: Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
25: Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center
26: Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
29: Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion

May 2008

1: Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
3: Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
4: Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
6: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
10: Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
11: Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
20: Moline, IL - iWireless Center
22: St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
24: Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
25: Regina, SK - Brandt Center
27: Edmonton AB - Rexall Place
29: Vancouver, BC - GM Place
31: Seattle, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre

JUNE 2008

1: Portland, OR - Clark County Amphitheatre
3: Boise, ID - Idaho Center
5: Denver, CO - Red Rocks
7: Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
9: Chicago, IL - United Center
10: Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
12: Montreal, QC - Bell Center
14: Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
15: Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
25: Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Amphitheatre
27: Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
28: St Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
30: Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

JULY 2008

2: Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Amphitheatre
4: Atlantic City, NJ - Marc Etess Arena
5: Saratoga, NY - SPAC
7: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
9: Toronto, ON - The Molson Amphitheatre
11: Manchester, NH - Verizon Arena
12: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
14: Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
17: Hershey, PA - Hershey Stadium
19: Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion
20: Charlotte, NC - Amphitheatre
22: Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

UPDATE - 1/18@8:02AM: US and Canadian dates are up! Check them out here.

UPDATE - 1/18@7:29AM: Good morning. Dates are starting to pop up on Ticketmaster. That Pittsburgh show is going to happen on July 2nd. It also looks like January 26th will be the date the first round of tickets go on sale; this is the case for the Detroit show with pre-sales beginning on the Tuesday Monday prior (Jan. 21). Also, in case you missed it - in the last update to my previous post late last night I indicated that the Milwaukee show is a go and will occur on June 27th at the Marcus Amphitheater.

The email list just sent out an email stating that the official tour dates announcement will be at 8AM. I did not receive the email yet myself and most of you probably didn't either. Their email list seems to take forever to get out to everyone on the list. And there were a lot of problems with their last email; a bunch of people got duplicate emails while a bunch more received nothing. Luckily reader rush-tours-rule forwarded me his copy. Here's what it says:

It's official! The 2008 Snakes & Arrows Live Tour will be announced Friday, January 18th at 8am EST at . For full tour details, including onsales and fan club presales, please stay tuned to the website.

So we can all go to bed now. See you back here at 8AM! I'll be updating this post with the official dates as soon as we get them. Also... notice how they refer to it as the Snakes & Arrows Live tour?? Remember when I mentioned those rumors about a live CD? This makes me think those rumors are true. :)



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#205 - Posted 2/10/08 @12:02AM by psycho [contact]

I read all your comments and everybody is super happy and excited about the fact that Rush is coming to their home towns or will be paying close, or even how many concerts will anyone attend... THIS JUST FUCKING SUCKS !!!! I live in CHILE and we have been waiting for ever to see them... whatever happened to the south american dates... any info. Come'on man...!!! Come on RUSH !!! come to Chile or anyother south american city... PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#204 - Posted 1/23/08 @7:59PM by Red Sector A 27 [contact]

Does anyone know how the presale works with AMEX and MUSICTODAY? Looks like AC will be an AMEX presale. Does anyone know if MUSICTODAY will also join in? Not noted on the list. Ticketmaster only has AMEX listed. Seems strange that they would team up with AMEX, the card of the wealthy elite, when the "Working man" goes to the shows!! Had no problems with the presale last time at the Tweeter center in Camden! Now you have to pay $125 a year for a card to get presale tickets!! Will the fleecing never end!!!
#203 - Posted 1/19/08 @2:04PM by thedigitalman [contact]

This will be so awsome!!! I saw them at the Saddledome in Calgary last year and now I get to see them again in my city less than a year later!!!! MAY 27 IS MY NEW XMAS DAY!!!
Cant wait to see if they remake the setlist!!!!!
I'm Thinkin something like:

-Opening video + The Big Money
-Kid Gloves
-Entre Nous
-Stick It Out
-Armor and Sword
-Red Barchetta
-Between the Wheels
-Peaceable Kingdom


-Opening Video + Dreamline
-Far Cry
-Bravest Face
-We Hold On
-The Way the Wind Blows
-Witch Hunt
-3 song medley
The Trees + Spindrift + Xanadu
-Tom Sawyer
-Malignant Narcissism
-Drum Solo
-Faithless (Acoustic)
-2112 Overture & Temples of Syrinx
-La Villa Strangiato

-Spirit of Radio
#202 - Posted 1/19/08 @8:52AM by Mr. Bill [contact]


What can we do here? I don't put the blame on the guys either. Apparently they all have friends and ties to this area. Neil even had dreams of Halifax in GR! Halifax is full of grass roots and passionate music fans. Even Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and van Morrison found their way here in the last 15 years or so. What if we asked sweet Ellen Page to give them her best puppy dog eyes? What if we asked Sidney Crosby to threaten a body chcek? What if we asked Mike Smith to get the nunchucks out? What if we asked Sarah McLachlan to do back up on Time Stand Still? What if we asked The Trews to play The Camera Eye for them seeing how they are not apparently up to it?

Al, Geddy, Neil...we really really wanted you to play here. We would have given you a reception you hadn't seen in a while. Ask Eddie Vedder. He was blown away...
#201 - Posted 1/19/08 @8:29AM by NSRUSHFAN [contact]

Like everyone else in Atlantic Canada I am disappointed with this tour announcement after all the hype about going to places they haven't been in a while. I saw both the R30 and the Snakes and Arrows tours but I had to fly to Montreal at considerable expense to do so. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to see them but I feel badly and disappointed for the large number of fans who love Rush in this neck of the woods who are unable to travel to see them.
I don't blame the guys in the band for this. I had the opportunity to meet Alex Lifeson in the Summer of 2006, after they had recorded about half the tracks on S & A and he told me they hoped to get down this way again. He is an incredibly nice and humble guy and cares alot about Rush fans. To me the blame lays squarely on their management at SRO who have not seen fit to have a stop here since 1988. After being screwed by their tour managers on a continuous basis since 88 I can say that I'm disappointed but not suprised. Hopefully they'll announce more dates in June or August but I won't hold my breath.
Its not all bad here as both Ozzy and Johnny Winter are in Halifax for sold out shows this coming week.
#200 - Posted 1/19/08 @1:08AM by Mr. Bill [contact]

I still can't believe this. Its like a bad dream.

Ed, your AtCan explanations seems logical enough, but dude, call a spade a spade. At the end of the day its called poor planning. At this stage in their career it should be about priorities and injustices.

I'm happy for everyone who landed a show. They are my Rush brothers and sisters. How could I possibly not be happy for them? For Winnipeg, Regina, San Juan, etc. I am especially happy.

The spirit will never die in me, but..the pain in my gut won't go away...
#199 - Posted 1/19/08 @12:13AM by bravo2112 [contact]

As happy as I am to see Rush returning to Colorado this year, I can't help but have a bit of reservation regarding these 2008 dates. I've been a fan since '92 (Roll The Bones Tour) and I can't remember a time when Rush toured two summers in a row. I find this particulary strange when considering Neil's well-known and vocal dislike towards touring. I know that there are always the rumors and speculations that every tour could be the last. However, I can't help but wonder this givin the strange circumstances surrounding the S & A tour. Any other thoughts as to why Rush would be playing all these US venues again? Do they really need the money?
#198 - Posted 1/18/08 @10:24PM by phsycobass [contact]

Sorry about atlantic canada...

Thank you rush! I will see you in vancouver on the 29 may! I was so depress cause they weren't comming but now thy are ...but at the easts expense.
#197 - Posted 1/18/08 @10:02PM by Southern Man [contact]

Yea, Rush at jpj would be awsome!!!!{hoping} but nissan pavilion will work for me!!! JasonB and WORKING_woMAN you two must be local like me!
#196 - Posted 1/18/08 @8:48PM by RUDYBRAVADO [contact]

Hi everybody.
Today was a nervous day because there many posibilities that RUSH come to Monterrey, Mèxico for first time and I love music of Rush.
I hope very soon have a news about this concert.

Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage.

viva RUSH

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