Rush to Receive Billboard Legend of Live Award
Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM
Together for over 40 years and touring steadily since 1974, Canadian power trio Rush has played to millions and millions of fans across the globe, and on November 4, at the Billboard Touring Awards ceremony in New York City, the band will receive the 2010 Legend of Live award. Previous winners include Ozzy Osbourne (2009) and the Allman Brothers Band (2008), among others.
The band's recent Time Machine tour played 45 mostly sold-out shows in the U.S., Canada, and South America, and over the last five years alone, they've moved more than two million concert tickets.
"Rush is uniquely deserving of this award as they have a remarkable body of live work that altered the course of rock music and raised the bar as to what can be done onstage, and have a continued commitment to playing live," says Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. "From the early days in the bars and clubs of Toronto to stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas around the world, Rush have epitomized professionalism and the spirit of live rock 'n roll, and they boast some of the most passionate and loyal fans in rock."
The band also has received the distinction of "Living Legend" from the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine. Bassist/keyboardist/lead vocalist Geddy Lee commented on the award, saying: “We are thrilled to receive the “Living Legend” award from Classic Rock. It’s much better than the alternative! Seriously, we are humbled and very appreciative.”