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Surprise: Buttsechs?

Last month, guitarist Alex Lifeson of the prog rock super-trio Rush enticed fans by telling Billboard that the group would unveil something very secret and very surprising during their forthcoming Snakes & Arrows World tour. The mind reels. What could Rush — only the dorkiest, most insular band ever to grace the T-shirts of fat kids everywhere — possibly do that wouldn’t surprise its fans? We’re talking about fans so rabid that they’ve used the Pythagorean Theorem to figure out the precise angles of Geddy Lee’s soulpatch. This is not a hard-to-please bunch.

Lifeson went on to say that Rush would be performing material heretofore unseen in a live venue, hinting that common fan requests such as “Camera Eye” and “Jacob's Ladder” might be on upcoming set lists. Doesn’t sound like much of a secret to us, but perhaps the surprise Lifeson was talking about is a guest act. Maybe Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who Lee and Lifeson joined onstage at a concert in Toronto last month? Now that would be cool. Find out Sunday at 7:30 p.m. when Rush visits the BankAtlantic Center (2555 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise). Tickets start at $51. Call 954-835-8000, or visit
Sun., April 13, 7:30 p.m., 2008


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