Rush’s Neil Peart Prepares Book on the R40 Tour

Last year’s Rush tour known as R40, which for all intents and purposes appears to have been the last large-scale tour by the band–or last tour, period–has been chronicled by Neil Peart in a new book.

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It’s not out yet–the release date is September 13 through ECW Press–but here’s a blurb of what to expect.

Thirty-five concerts. 17,000 motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime,” reads the book description. “In May 2015, the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their fortieth anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell.

But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts, it’s an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.

This third volume in Peart’s illustrated travel series – following 2011’s “Far And Away: A Prize Every Time” and 2014’s “Far And Near: On Days Like These” – shares all-new tales that transport the reader across North America and through memories of fifty years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many readers.

Richly illustrated, thoughtful, and ever-engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road – and a remarkable life.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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