Rush Eyeing 30th Anniversary Tour
Rush will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a 2004 tour of North America and Europe.Rush will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a 2004 tour of North America and Europe. The veteran Canadian rock trio -- bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart -- will hit amphitheaters beginning in June, for approximately 30 dates. In September, the group will visit Europe for the first time since 1992.
Sixty-three shows from Rush's 2002 tour in support of its latest Anthem/Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails," grossed more than $27 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. That outing, the band's first since 1997, was chronicled by the "Rush in Rio" live CD and DVD. The album recently debuted at No. 33 on The Billboard 200, while the DVD bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. It has already sold 83,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen VideoScan.
In other Rush news, the newly launched Rounder Books will in May release "Rhythm & Light," a photography volume focusing on Peart. The drummer's own "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road" was published in 2002 by ECW Press.