Coming on October 15th is the new book, Rush: Wandering The Face Of The Earth – The Official Touring History. Loudersound.com reported the officially sanctioned 416-page tome will chronicle every live date ever played by Rush throughout its career, and will feature in intro by Primus bassist Les Claypool and an afterword by Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
According to the press blurb on the Amazon website:
“Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. This is the story of everything in between. This is the story of Rush. Wandering The Face Of The Earth covers Rush’s storied touring career, from their humble beginnings as a Toronto-area bar band playing middle school gymnasiums, to their rise as one of the world’s most sought-after live acts, selling out massive arenas around the globe.
This book includes every setlist, every opening act, and every noteworthy moment meticulously researched and vetted by the band themselves. Along with spectacular, never-before-seen imagery, this is the must-have tour compendium for Rush fans.”
Geddy Lee remains humbled at the band’s legion of fans that have taken the journey with Rush across the decades. He admits that their allegiance still leaves him baffled: “It’s hard to know — otherwise, you’d bottle it, y’know? There’s something about what we do that inspires loyalty from our fans, and I appreciate that. I think there must be a tremendous curiosity among fans to see what we’re gonna be doing next. Y’know, I applaud the adventurous spirit of those fans that have hung in with us.”
Despite the support of key cities like Cleveland, radio play was rare for Rush during the first six or seven years of the group’s career. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told us a while back that this led Rush to focus on a long-term career rather than hits: “In the early years, radio had very, very little interest in us. It really wasn’t until ‘The Spirit Of Radio,’ ‘Tom Sawyer’ that we started to get any kind of half-decent airplay. And it was never an issue with us — we were more concerned about the album itself and doing it the way we believed it should be done, and not making any compromises to get a hit single.”
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