Rush announce North American tour

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Canadian trio Rush have announced a North American tour.

R40 Live will take in 34 cities kicking off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8 and will conclude in Los Angeles on August 1.

Last year guitarist Alex Lifeson said they would play live again, although bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee later appeared to pour cold water on the idea, saying they hadn’t reached a decision. And earlier this month, drummer Neil Peart said he was in two minds about hitting the road again.

But now they’ve confirmed they’ll celebrate their 40th anniversary by playing tracks spanning their career. The full tour itinerary will follow in due course and the live dates will be their first since wrapping up their Clockwork Angels tour in August 2013.

The band are the cover stars of the latest issue of Prog which is on sale now. Along with interviews with Lee and Peart, artists including Steven Wilson, Mike Portnoy and Joe Elliott reveal their favourite Rush tracks.

Those dates in full: May 08 Tulsa, OK - BOK Center May 10 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena May 12 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center May 14 St. Louis, MO — Scottrade Center May 16 Austin, TX — 360 Ampitheater May 18 Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center May 20 Houston, TX — The Toyota Center May 22 New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center May 24 Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena May 26 Atlanta, GA — Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre May 28 Greensboro, NC — The Greensboro Coliseum May 30 Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live Jun 08 Columbus, OH — Nationwide Arena Jun 10 Buffalo, NY — First Niagara Center Jun 12 Chicago, IL — United Center Jun 14 Detroit, MI — Palace Of Auburn Hills Jun 17 Toronto, Ontario, CAN — Air Canada Centre Jun 19 Toronto, Ontario, CAN — Air Canada Centre Jun 21 Montreal, Quebec, CAN — Bell Centre Jun 23 Boston, MA — TD Garden Jun 25 Philadelphia, PA — The Wells Fargo Center Jun 27 Newark, NJ — Prudential Center Jun 29 New York, NY — Madison Square Garden Jul 09 Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center Jul 11 Denver, CO — Pepsi Center Jul 13 Salt Lake City, UT — Maverik Center Jul 15 Calgary, Alberta, CAN — Scotiabank Saddledome Jul 17 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN — Rogers Arena Jul 19 Seattle, WA — Key Arena Jul 21 Portland, OR — Moda Center Jul 23 San Jose, CA — Sap Center At San Jose Jul 25 Las Vegas, NV — MGM Grand Garden Arena Jul 27 Phoenix, AZ — Us Airways Center Jul 30 Irvine Meadows, CA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Aug 01 Los Angeles, CA — The Forum