Rock Band Rush Raise $25K for Cancer Foundation with Hockey Kit Tour

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More than $25,000 was raised for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation by Toronto rock band Rush during its hockey kit tour. What is a hockey kit tour, one might ask? Why, it’s a drum kit emblazoned with 30 NHL team logos taken from stop to stop on Rush’s recent R40 Canadian tour.

In 2009, musical instrument company Drum Workshop (DW Drums) created this custom drum set for Rush drummer Neil Peart to record his percussive rendition of 
“The Hockey Theme,” which was featured in the opening sequence of Hockey Tonight on TSN.  Since 2010, the kit had been on display in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame alongside the Stanley Cup.

“The kit is being retired from the HHOF and will be moving to its eventual new home in the National Music Centre in Calgary,” the press release says.

DW Drums oversaw the hockey kit tour, inviting fans to pose behind the kit, from Peart’s perspective, for $10 a photo.  All the proceeds went to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, whose mission is “to raise and steward funds to deliver breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.”

Additional funds were raised for the foundation from an auction on eBay of autographed Rush memorabilia, which ran from July 18 to 27.  Among the items were an R40 Icon Snare made from the same 1500-year-old log used to make the DW drum set Peart played on the R40 tour and a signed Sabian cymbal that was displayed alongside the hockey kit. Rush — Peart, bassist/singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson — just wrapped up its tour Aug. 1. It started in May. 

According to Elizabeth Lang, public relations and promotions manager
for Drum Workshop, the final total from the photos and auction is $25,547.28 (CAD).

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