After 35 shows, 34 cities and 3 unforgettable months, Rush's North American R40 Live tour will unfortunately come to a close tonight at The Forum in Los Angeles. After this point, it's anybody's guess as to what the future holds for the band, but I have a feeling we will see Rush perform again in some shape or form somewhere down the road. Here's what Alex Lifeson had to say about the tour and the band's future in his recent interview with Eddie Trunk:
... I think in my gut that this is probably the last major tour that we'll do. I'd like to think that we'll do specialty gigs, maybe a week in New York or something like that. But we haven't even discussed that. We just want to get through this tour and see where we're at. We want to discuss whether we want to make another record anytime soon. ... Whatever this tour is, it's not the end of the band. It's just kind of reviewing where we're at in terms of major tours. ... Whatever it is - if it is the end of touring - I feel good that we're at least playing as well as we are, that we've developed a show that's really quite something in terms of our historical story and it's nice to go out on a note like that. ...
Rather than dwell on the future too much, let's focus on tonight's show, which should be something very special. From what I've heard, the LA crowd will get treated to one of the non-standard D-E-F-G setlists, including that extra song and a guest musician (same one as in Newark/NYC) - my guess is E (variation of B) or possibly F (A variation). That said, since it's the last show I'm betting Rush will have some other unforeseen surprises in store for the crowd as well. The RushCon Rush fan convention kicked off last night in LA with an opening party Club Nokia VIP Lounge, and the main convention takes place all day today at the Belasco Theatre starting shortly at 9:30AM PST, and you can still register at the door. The Rush Backstage Club, Kevin J. Anderson and Fantoons will all have booths onsite, and there will be plenty of games and prizes along with the charity auction. Author Kevin J. Anderson along with Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell will talk about their collaborations with Neil Peart and spin tales from their own personal creative ventures. Anderson will also be unveiling the cover of his upcoming Rush-themed short story anthology 2113, and Scannell will give a live performance. The festivities will be capped off with tonight's show and then continue into Sunday. In addition to all the festivities, the Rush fan documentary crew will be on hand for some filming. For those not attending RushCon, there will also be a pre-show Rush Rat gathering at Rock Bottom in Long Beach - details here. The show has a 7:30PM start time so the band will probably get going at 7:45PM. For everyone going tonight, have fun, stay safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and video with us. Thanks for an epic tour Rush!!!!!
Photos from Instagram using hashtag #R40LA: