RUSH Turned Down Las Vegas Arena Residency Offers After 'R40' Tour
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
January 14, 2020
Rush had multiple chances to cash in and continue playing live after the conclusion of its 'R40' tour, but the band never took the bait, according to a concert promoter.
Katsilometes joked that he was hoping Rush would come out of retirement and book a residency, like many other classic rock acts have.
Reynolds replied: "Rush was my first concert. I put every kind of damn offer you can put in front of Rush."
He clarified that the attempt to negotiate came in late-2015 to early-2016. The idea was that Rush would play Vegas's T-Mobile Arena, between four and six weekends, a year.
"Las Vegas would have been the only place you could see Rush, and I think it would have been incredible," Reynolds reportedly said. "I know their popularity, and their fans are all over North America and Canada. You look at that opportunity now — we'll never know what it would have meant."
While 'R40' did not come with the headline-grabbing "farewell tour" announcement, Rush tacitly acknowledged throughout that it was likely the band's last go-around.
It was understood that the three band members were growing tired of leaving their families for tour. Drummer Neil Peart, in particular, was also battling back problems at the time that made it difficult to perform up to his standards.
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