Monday, February 24, 2020

Rush: Neil Peart hometown tribute event announced

A tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart will take place in his former Canadian hometown this spring.

Set for May 16 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, ON, “A Night For Neil” is being coordinated in cooperation with the Peart family, Overtime Angels, Inc. - a registered 501(c)(3) charity - and the City of St. Catharines.

Overtime Angels executives reached out to Agent-Producer George Roche of the event entertainment agency Booking House Inc; his team will be producing the tribute evening, bringing together a wide array of production professionals, world-class musicians, and guest speakers to pay tribute to Neil’s life and career.

The growing roster of artists and guest speakers will be announced in a subsequent release.

“The event will honor 'The Professor' of words, lyricism and musicianship from a fan’s perspective,” says Lance Kasten, Vice President of Overtime Angels, Inc. “The outpouring of support for this event from across the globe has been tremendous.”

“We are grateful for the team that Overtime Angels is assembling,” adds Neil’s parents, Glen and Betty Peart. “We are especially pleased to be able to support this charity event that will benefit some much-needed organizations that are close to our hearts.”

In addition to Overtime Angels, the charities chosen by the Peart Family as beneficiaries of this event are:

** St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Cancer Centre
** The Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario
** The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 28 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.

St. Catharines city council recently voted unanimously to consider naming the local Lakeside Park – where Peart worked as a teenager – in the late drummer's honor, as well as create "some other sort of tangible memorial."

On January 7, Peart lost a three-and-a-half year battle with Glioblastoma in the years following the band’s final concert in Los Angeles in 2015.
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