After four decades of performances around the globe, the Canadian rock band Rush in 2015 staged a final major tour. Although the power trio of Alex Lifeson, 63; Geddy Lee, 63; and Neil Peart, 64, was leaving life on the road behind, the philanthropy that marked the group’s touring years continues.
On April 20, Rush will receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for its social activism and support of humanitarian causes, as well as for recognition of its remarkable music career. The award will be presented during the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner in Toronto, an event during Canadian Music Week.
"They're giving us an award for doing what everyone should do," Geddy Lee tells Billboard. "It should be a part of everyone's upbringing and routine of life: You share when you've been blessed with good fortune. The world needs a lot of work, and there are not enough workers. We try to help where we can."