By: Gary Graff
Rush is giving back to its fellow musicians during its upcoming run of shows in its native Canada.
The trio will donate $1 from every ticket sold to each of the five shows to Unison, a benevolent organization that provides aid to music industry professionals experiencing health or financial hardships.
The shows take place July 6 in Hamilton, Ontario, July 12 and 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 24 in Calgary and July 25 in Vancouver, B.C.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson tells us that Rush's own hardships -- notably a long hiatus after the deaths of drummer Neil Peart's wife and daughter in 1997 and 1998 -- only increased Rush's appreciation for being able to make a living from playing music:
"I know for me and I would say it’s true for all of us, we felt that you`ve got to enjoy every moment that you're out there doing this. It's a privilege to be able to play music, especially for your whole life. And it's an even greater privilege to have such a fantastic audience who's willing to support you and listen to what you're doing and become so passionate like Rush fans always become. You know, it's really something special, and it's never lost on us."
In a statement, Unison noted that, "Whether it's a favourite song or an album by a treasured artist, music impacts our lives. Every recording and show requires an invisible network of professionals working collectively to create all the music that is important to you. The majority of this team are self-employed or freelance contractors. They usually live without support of a safety net and when a crisis occurs its impact can be devastating. Thanks to Rush, Unison will change that."
Rush's tour to support its latest album, 2012's "Clockwork Angels," wraps up August 4 in Kansas City. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
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