Rush have swung into action to assist fellow musicians in need in their native Canada by pledging to donate $1 for every ticket they sell for their five motherland shows in July.
The cash will be handed over to the Unison Benevolent fund, which takes care of music industry professionals who run into hardship.
A Unison spokesperson says: “Whether it’s a favorite 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 the support of a safety net and when a crisis occurs its impact can be devastating. Thanks to Rush, Unison will change that.”
Rush is currently touring the world in support last years’ Clockwork Angels album, which sees them performing for the first time with additional musicians on stage – they’ve brought along an eight-piece string section.
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