Monday, November 4, 2013

Rush guitarist raises funds for Kidney Foundation Of Canada

A self-portrait painting (above) by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has raised approximately $8,000 (Cdn) for The Kidney Foundation Of Canada during the organization's annual A Brush Of Hope charity auction.

Works by Lifeson and other celebrities were up for bids to support the Foundation, which helps Canadians suffering from kidney failure and related disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

View the results of Lifeson’s auction here.

Last month, The Kidney Foundation of Canada's Atlantic Branch launched a new awareness campaign with a commercical featuring the Rush axeman (below), who has been a longtime supporter of their work…and for him, it’s personal.

"A little over [ten] years ago, my father passed away after two very difficult years of failing health,” Alex explained. “Both his kidneys ceased to operate and he was on dialysis for over two years. Many times, he was nearly lost during his dialysis and it was heartbreaking to watch his demise, and that's why this is especially important to me."

For more information and/or to make a donation, visit

Rush will premiere their new concert film, “Clockwork Angels Tour”, in theaters on November 18, the day before its official release.

For the new package, due on DVD/Blu-ray and CD November 19, Rush were filmed and recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The 11-month marathon world tour crossed North America twice and ventured overseas to Europe in support of the band’s acclaimed 2012 studio release “Clockwork Angels.”

More details about the concert film and theater screenings can be found here.

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