In a show of support, Canadian rock royalty Rush are going to donate all their concert earnings from an upcoming Red Deer, Alberta show to help towards flood relief. Parts of Southern Alberta were hit with extreme flooding last month, that saw four deaths, with over 100,000 people displaced. It caused an estimated $3-$5 billion in damages and is being called the worst flood in Alberta’s history.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were scheduled to play at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on July 24, but the dome was damaged so severely that the show had to be cancelled. Now the band have moved the show 90 minutes away to Red Deer, at the Enmax Centrium and have announced that all profits from the show will go towards helping Albertans affected by the flooding.
“After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” frontman Geddy Lee said in a statement. “While we had hoped to avoid cancelling the Calgary show, venue safety concerns have closed the venue. Our apologies to all of the fans that bought tickets to the Calgary show for any inconvenience. We’re hoping they–along with the great people of Red Deer–can come to the Enmax Centrium for what has now become a benefit concert.”
Rush are currently on tour promoting their Clockwork Angels album. Aside from the Red Deer donation, they are also donating $1 from every ticket sold on the Canadian leg of the tour to the Unison Benevolent Fund.