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March 27, 2007

Rush pre-sale contest to win signed tourbooks and meet the band

Filed under: Music,News — Tom @ 7:21 pm

It’s no secret that I’ve been hanging out on various Rush sites and forums lately, watching for news and interesting tidbits for readers. The big stuff has come and gone for now, I’m afraid – with tickets already on sale for many cities, there won’t be much to report until the album hits stores May 1st. However, one last thing I can report on is a contest put on by Musictoday, the site that is holding the Rush ticket pre-sales.

Five lucky grand-prize winning fans who enter have the opportunity to win a hard-bound tour book with ever tour program from 1977 through 2004, autographed by the band for the winners, plus an opporunity to meet-n-greet the band in the city in which the tickets were purchased, and an additional first-prize winner will get to meet-n-greet the band (but no signed book).

Musictoday is no dullard – they know a marketing opportunity when they see one. They’ve wisely paired this contest with the pre-order of the new Rush album, Snakes & Arrows, as well as a combo of the CD and an album-themed shirt. Unfortunately, having hung out on so many forums, I’ve seen numerous people saying that they “had to” purchase the CD/shirt combo to enter the contest to win the hardcover tourbook/meet-n-greet. I wish I’d posted this earlier because I could have saved some people some money.

I don’t know the exact details, but I do know this: In the US, it’s illegal to hold a contest where any kind of criteria other than age or safety restrictions must be met, so they have to provide some way of allowing non-purchasers of participating. That’s right – EVERY contest in America that involves a product has a way of entering for free (I’m not talking about the lottery, of course – that’s a whole different system: gambling.) This contest is no different – the policy page that is linked on musictoday’s site lists an address to which we can all send our entries for this contest, regardless of whether we bought the CDs and shirts.

To save everyone some money and some headaches, here’s a copy-paste from the policy page (among some other rules – please read it before following through):

How to Enter. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. To enter the contest via mail, mail your name, address, daytime telephone number, age and e-mail address (if any) to: Rush Pre-Sale Contest, c/o Musictoday, P O Box 880, Crozet, VA 22932. Any error or omission in the information on the Entry Form will void the entry. Limit one entry per person. If multiple entries are received from any person, only one entry will qualify for the random drawing. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules.

To those who already bought the CDs and shirts, look at it this way – you’ll already have some cool merch before most everyone else. 🙂 And everyone else: The contest ends April 16 at 5pm Eastern time, so get writing!

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