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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rush RatCon 2014 registration now open, tribute band announced
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RatCon 2014We learned back in March that this year's annual RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention will be held on July 11-12 at the newly dubbed Club Carnie in Marlboro, NJ. The event's tagline is Forty years of "BLAH BLAH BLAH" and it will include a heated pool, Rush-themed food and beverages, contests, prizes, a live Rush tribute band and more! The RatCon organizers have just opened up registration for the event via their website as described in this press release:

RatCon, the largest independent yearly gathering of Rush fans in the United States, is pleased to announce the opening of registration for this year's event scheduled for Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12 on its website ( http://www.rushrat.com ). Registration is limited to 100 people. Registration ends at 21:12 hours EDT on Saturday, June 28.

Price of admission for RatCon 2014 is $175 for both days. Single day passes are also available. Commemorative T-shirts with shipping can also be purchased separately on the website.

Full admission includes a commemorative T-shirt, food, beverages, games, contests, special giveaways and the fellowship of the most devoted group of Rush fans anywhere. On Saturday a special Rush tribute band will be playing live all afternoon. Many other surprise guest appearances and activities are also planned.

"RatCon in a nutshell is like a giant family reunion," said co-founder Lance 'The Shred' Kasten, "All of the festivities are in one place with non-stop Rush fun beginning to end."

In addition, the event will change locations from "Club Xanadu" (Lance Kasten's home, site of RatCons 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013) in Severna Park, MD to "Club Carnie" (Mike 'Mr Driven' Rosenthal's home) in Marlboro, NJ. The amenities at "Club Carnie" include an elevated stage for the band, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor bar, an outdoor widescreen HD TV and massive Rush-themed decorations that need to be seen to be believed!

RatCon was founded in 2009 by Kelly Drew, Petie Lee Guerrero and Lance Kasten after becoming friends through the comment threads on the website Rush Is A Band ( http://www.rushisaband.com ), run by Ed Stenger. 'Rats' is the funny name they started calling themselves, a reference to the bounty of "pellets" (new music and tours) the band had been dispensing, very much keeping with the self-deprecating humor the members of Rush themselves enjoy.

The tribute band for the convention will be Delaware's own kRush. For all the details on RatCon 2014 visit the website and follow RatCon on Facebook.

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#9 - Posted 5/29/14 @9:50AM by Enigmaticus [contact]

The way that I see it, Rush fans on the east coast are luckier, you have all of those fan conventions. Whereas, those of us who reside in the western United States do not have such opportunities. I certainly wonder if having a fan convention in the great state of Arizona would fly?
#8 - Posted 5/28/14 @5:45PM by LanceTheShred [contact]

Miss you too Lisa!

#4 Shrinks!! How's the weather up there? You tired? Nocturne on!!
#7 - Posted 5/28/14 @3:45PM by rushfanatics [contact]

If it means more RUSH albums and Concerts, I'm all for it!

#rushfanatics .snap :)
#6 - Posted 5/28/14 @10:54AM by lisah [contact]

Conky, You forgot to post: Number One. Isn't that just like a 12th grade puppet? You are an evil little puppet, aren't you!
#5 - Posted 5/28/14 @10:50AM by lisah [contact]

I will miss meeting Conky Evilpuppet. Maybe I will bump into him on the tour next year?!? Rush On my friends. Surely it will be a wonderful weekend. Miss you Lance!
#4 - Posted 5/28/14 @10:26AM by 4syrinx [contact]

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
#3 - Posted 5/27/14 @3:59PM by LanceTheShred [contact]

Thanks for posting Ed man! This year will be the most epic EVER!!

See you soon Rushian Roulette! Oh, and watch out for that Conky guy. He is dirtier than Milky Way Dust on the Rocinante.........:p
#2 - Posted 5/27/14 @12:30PM by Rushian Roulette [contact]

SECOND! It's gonna be a great time, everyone. Sign up while there is still space available!

RUSH ON
#1 - Posted 5/27/14 @11:50AM by conky [contact]

BLAH BLAH BLAH

RUSH ON!!!

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