Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rush: Neil Peart hometown memorial concert postponed

A memorial concert honoring late Rush drummer Neil Peart in his adopted hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario has been postponed for the third time due to the ongoing pandemic.

“We hope this message finds you all healthy & safe as COVID-19 restrictions force us to once again postpone ‘A Night for Neil’ until the Fall of 2021,” announced event organziers. “The new date, with a flexible plan, is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021.

“Overtime Angels, in coordination with the Meridian Centre, will be evaluating any quarantine protocols or travel restrictions to Canada three months prior to the new date so that all the fans who have purchased tickets have a reasonable amount of time to reschedule any associated travel/hotel reservations.

“We are so grateful for our fans and appreciate your patience, understanding and heartfelt passion as we hope we can soon hold A Night for Neil – The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration. Tickets purchased for this event will be honored for the new date. Should you require a refund, they are available at the point of purchase and may be done so up to 30 days prior to the event.”

The memorial concert is being coordinated with the cooperation of the members of the Muskoka and St. Catharines Peart families.

Confirmed artists for the evening include David Barrett, Brandon Dyke and Rush tribute bands Solar Federation and Permanent Waves, as well as Devah Quartet, Jacob Moon and Hannah Burkholder; organizers will continue to work on securing more artists and special guests.

The event will take place at the Meridian Centre and will benefit three charities chosen by the Peart family: the St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Cancer Centre, the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in Hamilton and the Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie.

For more information on "A Night for Neil," visit an4n.org.

Peart passed away on January 7, 2020 at the age of 67 after a three-and-a-half year battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma, following the Canadian band’s final concert in Los Angeles in 2015.

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