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Rush to Film New Concert DVD

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Rush will film both of their Toronto performances this month, returning for a hometown concert recording for the first time since their Test for Echo dates nearly two decades ago.

Rush play Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on June 17 and 19, as part of their ongoing R40 Live Tour. These shows are part of what looks to be Rush’s last large-scale tour, though guitarist Alex Lifeson says the group will remain active, just on a smaller scale.

“I could still see us going out and doing a special run – a couple of weeks here and there, those sort of things,” Lifeson told Guitar Center (via Classic Rock). “We haven’t discussed that, but I could see that happening. And possibly making another album or two. We love playing together and we really enjoy that aspect of our relationship.”

Rush kicked off their R40 Live tour on May 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., with a career-spanning set of favorites and choice deep cuts. Their 40th anniversary tour continues though Aug. 1 at Los Angeles.

The band has admitted that crisscrossing the globe has been made more difficult both by age (Lifeson’s arthritis is a major concern) and with an increasing focus on home life. “After 40 years of being away from family and friends and that life, it’s time to review that and see where our priorities lie,” Lifeson added.

Rush’s 1997 concert recording was held at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Prior to that, the band filmed a concert video from the Grace Under Pressure tour at the Maple Leaf Gardens in 1984. They taped Exit … Stage Left at the Montreal Forum in 1980.

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