Rush is a Band

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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Fri, May 8: BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Sun, May 10: Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Tue, May 12: Xcel Energy Center - Saint Paul, MN
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Thu, May 14: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sat, May 16: Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Mon, May 18: American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Wed, May 20: Toyota Center - Houston, TX
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Fri, May 22: Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sun, May 24: Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Tue, May 26: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Thu, May 28: Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sat, May 30: Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Mon, Jun 8: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Wed, Jun 10: First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Fri, Jun 12: United Center - Chicago, IL
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Sun, Jun 14: The Palace of Auburn Hills - Detroit, MI
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Wed, Jun 17: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Fri, Jun 19: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sun, Jun 21: Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Tue, Jun 23: TD Garden - Boston, MA
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Thu, Jun 25: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Sat, Jun 27: Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Mon, Jun 29: Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Thu, Jul 9: Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sat, Jul 11: Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
on sale NOW:
[ON-SALE: tix|TicketLiquidator]
Mon, Jul 13: Maverik Center - Salt Lake City, UT
on pre-sales NOW:
[VIP: info|tix], [FAN: info|tix]
Wed, Jul 15: Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Fri, Jul 17: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sun, Jul 19: KeyArena - Seattle, WA
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Tue, Jul 21: Moda Center - Portland, OR
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Thu, Jul 23: SAP Center - San Jose, CA
on sale today:
[ON-SALE: info|TicketLiquidator]
Sat, Jul 25: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Mon, Jul 27: US Airways Center - Phoenix, AZ
on pre-sales NOW:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Thu, Jul 30: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]
Sat, Aug 1: The Forum - Inglewood, CA
pre-sales today:
[FAN: info|tix], [VIP: info|tix (PW: RUSH2015)]

Rush R40 Live 2015 Tour

Choose a tour date:
Fri, Jan 30, 2015@8:23AM | comments

UPDATE - 1/30@11:55AM: FAN and VIP (VIP uses password RUSH2015) pre-sales for Salt Lake City, Calgary and Phoenix kick off in 5 minutes! There will also be the general public on-sale for Denver at 10AM MST as well.

UPDATE - 1/30@10:58AM: FAN and VIP (VIP uses password RUSH2015) pre-sales for Lincoln, St. Louis, Austin, New Orleans and Kansas City kick off in a few minutes! There will also be the general public on-sales for Tulsa, St. Paul, Dallas, Houston, Chicago at 10AM CST as well.

UPDATE - 1/30@9:43AM: FAN and VIP (VIP uses password RUSH2015) pre-sales for Tampa, Greensboro, Columbus, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal will be kicking off in about 15 minutes! There will also be the general public on-sales for Atlanta, Bristow, Buffalo, Boston, Philly, Newark and NYC at 10AM EST as well. Lincoln and Austin are also now listed at the Rush Tickets Today website, so all you Lincoln/Austin fans can calm down now. Good luck!

Last Thursday Rush officially announced their 2015 R40 Live North American Tour which will hit 34 cities across the US and Canada from May through August. The following day they kicked off the first round of pre-sales for 14 of the dates, and tickets for these 14 shows will go on sale to the general public this morning at 10AM local venue time. Yesterday Rush.com announced via their newsletter that the remaining shows would go on pre-sale today, with VIP (VIP uses password RUSH2015) and FAN pre-sales for the following 21 cities beginning this morning at 10AM local venue time:

10AM EST

May 24: Amalie Arena - Tampa FAN | VIP
May 28: Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro FAN | VIP
Jun 8: Nationwide Arena - Columbus FAN | VIP
Jun 14: The Palace of Auburn Hills - Detroit FAN | VIP
Jun 17: Air Canada Centre - Toronto FAN | VIP
Jun 19: Air Canada Centre - Toronto FAN | VIP
Jun 21: Bell Centre - Montreal FAN | VIP

10AM CST (11AM EST)

May 10: Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln FAN | VIP
May 14: Scottrade Center - St. Louis FAN | VIP
May 16: Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin FAN | VIP
May 22: Smoothie King Center - New Orleans FAN | VIP
Jul 9: Sprint Center - Kansas City FAN | VIP

10AM MST (12PM EST)

Jul 13: Maverik Center - Salt Lake City FAN | VIP
Jul 15: Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary FAN | VIP
Jul 27: US Airways Center - Phoenix FAN | VIP

10AM PST (1PM EST)

Jul 17: Rogers Arena - Vancouver FAN | VIP
Jul 19: KeyArena - Seattle FAN | VIP
Jul 21: Moda Center - Portland FAN | VIP
Jul 25: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas FAN | VIP
Jul 30: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine FAN | VIP
Aug 1: The Forum - Inglewood FAN | VIP

FAN pre-sales are purchased through the Rush Tickets Today website with NO PASSWORD REQUIRED. As of this post 19 of the 21 shows are now listed at the Tickets Today site; just Lincoln and Austin are missing and should be up soon (they'll certainly be up before they go on sale, even if it's 5 minutes before that!). VIP pre-sales are purchased through Ticketmaster (for venues that use Ticketmaster) or directly from VIP Nation for venues that do not use Ticketmaster (just Montreal and Kansas City this go-around). VIP pre-sales REQUIRE A PASSWORD, and the password for today's pre-sale is the same as last week: RUSH2015. You can find all the direct links for the pre-sales for any particular date in the above list or in the tour section. Here's some information about the 2 pre-sales taken from my Rush Ticket Sales and Pre-sales Guide.

Music Today (Tickets Today) fan pre-sales

Music Today/Tickets Today is the company that has been handling Rush's fan pre-sales for the last few tours. It looks like they recently re-branded themselves as Tickets Today although both musictoday.com and ticketstoday.com take you to the same site. To participate in these pre-sales you simply need to visit the Rush Tickets Today website; it is free, you do not need to be a member of any Rush fan club (there isn't any official Rush fan club), and there are no pre-sale passwords. There will be a fan pre-sale for all of Rush's North American tour stops, including Canadian dates. The fan pre-sales for any given date generally occur the week leading up to the general on-sale date and usually run from 10AM Friday until 5PM Monday local venue time, or until the allotted number of tickets runs out (this often happens). The upcoming week's pre-sales are announced via the Rush.com mailing list but that varies; sometimes they give several days notice and sometimes there's no information until the night before (or day of!). When you are on the Rush Tickets Today site and a pre-sale is open, you will see a link to buy tickets on the Rush Tickets Today schedule. From that point things play out like most ticketing websites; you choose the level and number of seats (usually there is a max of 4 or 8) you want, they find tickets for you, you choose to either take the tickets or try again. If you decide to move forward with the purchase then you are asked to enter your payment information. Ticket prices are face value although the fees might make the final cost slightly different from Ticketmaster, but not significantly so. The system often runs very slowly - especially right when pre-sales begin. So you will often be presented with a no tickets currently available message. This doesn't mean they are sold out - it just means their system can't accommodate your request at that time. Just keep trying. It often takes several tries until any tickets come up. These pre-sales are called out as FAN pre-sales in the Rush is a Band tour section.

Rush VIP Premium Ticket Package pre-sales

The Rush VIP or Premium Ticket Package pre-sales simply allow ticket buyers to purchase a ticket bundle which guarantees premium seating (floor rows 1-10 for the GOLD package, floor rows 11-16 or 1st 6 rows of lower bowl for the SILVER) along with a package of Rush swag as detailed here. These pre-sales are available for most Live Nation sponsored shows and run during the week leading up to the general on sale date. Most of the VIP pre-sales are just conducted through Ticketmaster, but for those venues that don't use Ticketmaster, the VIP Packages are sold directly by VIP Nation. For those pre-sales you will need to sign up for an account on their system at this link to purchase VIP ticket packages, so make sure to do that in advance. All VIP pre-sales require a password of RUSH2015 for the duration of the pre-sale (usually from 10AM Friday to 5PM Monday the week prior to general on-sales). After this point they will become available for public on-sale without a password for a few days typically starting at 10AM the day after the pre-sale ends (so usually from 10AM Tuesday until 5PM Thursday) or until they run out. They will have a fresh supply of GOLD and SILVER packages available for the public on-sale, so even if they ran out for the pre-sale there should be more available for the public on-sale. If they have any packages left after this point, they will be available for purchase at the same time as the general public ticket on-sale. Any VIP pre-sales sold through Ticketmaster will tell you where your seat is at the time of purchase, but those sold through VIP Nation do not; they instead tell you that you will find out where your seat is when you pick up the tickets at will-call on the day of the show. These pre-sales are called out as VIP pre-sales in the Rush is a Band tour section. The VIP package pre-sales will begin at the same time as the fan pre-sales (typically 10AM on the Friday 1 week prior to the general on-sale date). The ticket packages will cost around $300 for the SILVER package and $400 for the GOLD package depending on the venue. Here are the package details:

VIP Gold Package

* One premium reserved ticket in rows 1 through 10 on the floor!
* Specially designed RUSH gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
* Tour Program
* Official VIP laminate
* Rush VIP Wooden Pick Set (limited edition, exclusive to VIPs)
* Crowd-free merchandise shopping
* Dedicated VIP entrance (where available)
* On-site VIP host

VIP Silver Package

* One premium reserved ticket in rows 11-16 on the floor or first 6 rows of lower bowl! *
* Specially designed RUSH gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
* Tour Program
* Rush VIP Wooden Pick Set (limited edition, exclusive to VIPs)
* Dedicated VIP entrance (where available)
* On-site VIP host

VIP Nation also has a nice FAQ that answers many of the typical questions.

Next week there will be more pre-sales for these shows coming on line including the CITI Card pre-sales, Live Nation pre-sales, and various venue/radio pre-sales. You can learn more about those in my Rush Ticket Sales and Pre-sales Guide. As soon as I learn about any pre-sales I will add them to the tour section, so check there first. Use this thread to let everybody know about your experience with the pre-sales, ask questions, rant about ticket prices, share your good (or bad) fortune, etc. In light of the pre-sales, I once again won't be posting my usual Friday updates and other random Rush stuff post today (I'll postpone it until over the weekend). Good luck everyone!

Related Posts:
[Rush R40 Live 2015 tour ticket sales and pre-sales update]
[Rush R40 Live 2015 tour pre-sales open thread]
[Rush R40 Live 2015 tour official announcement!]
[Rush 2015 tour rumors update]
[Rush 2015 tour date rumors; Ticketmaster listing June 23rd Boston Rush show]
[Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk R40 tour, Rock Hall induction and Rush's future in new Radio.com interview]
[Geddy Lee answers fan Twitter questions regarding 2015 tour, setlist requests and more]
[Geddy Lee talks R40, 2015 tour plans in new Rolling Stone interview]
[Make your setlist requests for Rush's anticipated 2015 tour at RushPetition.com]
[Rush making plans for a 2015 41st anniversary tour]

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