By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Rush will kick off its 2008 Snakes & Arrows World Tour with the band’s first-ever appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 11. The Canadian trio will perform in more than 45 cities throughout North America, winding down in Atlanta, GA on July 22, according to promoter Live Nation. This will be the first time in more than a decade that the band will make stops in Orlando, Oklahoma City, OK, New Orleans, Reno, NV, Moline, IL, Boise, ID, Austin, TX, Jacksonville, FL, and Winnipeg, MB, to name a few.

The first round of tickets go on sale for New Orleans, Reno, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Detroit on Jan 26. American Express Cardmembers will also have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets Jan. 26-Feb. 1 for shows in Boston; Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Holmdel, NJ, and Wantagh, NY; and Jan. 27-Feb 2 in Los Angeles and Irvine. In addition, there will be a Musictoday fan club presale for all Rush performances in conjunction with on Jan. 22-24.

A “Snakes & Arrows Live” CD will be released sometime in April. The track “Malignant Narcissism” from the band’s 2007 release “Snakes & Arrow” (Anthem/Atlantic) has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

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Rush tour itinerary:

April 11 San Juan, PR – Coliseo de Puerto Rico
April 13 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
April 15 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
April 17 Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 19 New Orleans, LA – Arena
April 20 Houston, TX – Woodlands Pavilion
April 23 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
April 25 Dallas, TX – The Music Center at Fair Park
April 26 Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center
April 29 Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion

May 1 Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
May 3 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
May 4 Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
May 6 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
May 10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 11 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20 Moline, IL – iWireless Center
May 22 St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 24 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
May 25 Regina, SK – Brandt Center
May 27 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
May 29 Vancouver, BC – GM Place
May 31 Seattle, WA- The Gorge Amphitheatre

June 1 Portland, OR – Clark County Amphitheatre
June 3 Boise, ID, – Idaho Center
June 5 Denver, CO – Red Rocks
June 7 Kansas City, MO- Starlight Theatre
June 9 Chicago, IL – United Center
June 10 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
June 12 Montreal, QC – Bell Center
June 14 Philadelphia, PA- Wachovia Center
June 15 Boston, MA – Tweeter Center
June 25 Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Amphitheatre
June 27 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
June 28 St Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 30 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

July 2 Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Amphitheatre
July 4 Atlantic City, NJ – Marc Etess Arena
July 5 Saratoga, NY – SPAC
July 7 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 9 Toronto, ON – The Molson Amphitheatre
July 11 Manchester, MA – Verizon Arena
July 12 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
July 17 Hershey, PA – Hershey Stadium
July 19 Washington, DC – Nissan Pavilion
July 20 Charlotte, NC – Amphitheatre
July 22 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park