..It was a dark and stormy night….actually from what I recall it wasn’t, but 1988 is a long time ago, so my memory cannot be relied upon…

What I do know, courtesy of youtube is that the British Top 40 was populated with the likes of Kylie Minogue, T’Pau, Tiffany, Bananarama, and of all people, Patrick Swayze !!!! Mixing in with this dubious collection ( with the exception of little Kylie, of course ), was a smattering of talent…yes that week saw NWOFBH stalwarts Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and established rockers AC/DC helping to brigthen to week of metalheads across the nation..

More importantly, for me at least, the end of that week ( April 23rd I think ), saw me trekking off to the NEC in Birmingham to see the Canadian powerhouse that was, and is, Rush, for the very first time. It was a fantastic show – spawning the “A Show of Hands” video, but little did I realise at the time that the next time i would see the band would be 23 years later, by which time I would be a Canadian citizen living in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Vancouver.

Now, four years later it appears that I will be attending the last ( if the band’s current position holds true ) major Rush gig on Canadian soil – the end of an era.  The 27th stop of the tour has people flying in from all parts of the globe to see the band, so it is shaping up for a good night.IMG_0419-0.jpg

While the band themselves have been a constant over the years, the ticket prices certainly haven’t. WARNING: MATH GEEK STUFF AHEAD  I quick bit of reseacrh shows I paid the mighty sum of ₤10, around C$20…Now using the CPI Inflation calculation on the Bank of Canada Website shows that this would be the equivalent of $35 in 2015, somewhat short of the $143.25 cost of tonights ticket  – just saying !!!! Perhaps as well that the boys are talking of no more touring, it might bring our inflation down a little 🙂

Anyway -that matters not, what matters is that in a mere…xxx hours from now I will be Stage Right, 13 rows back looking out on a rock spectaular….stay tuned for an update after the show…..