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Neil Peart Update: Backstage Byways

Photo by Michael Mosbach
Photo by Michael Mosbach

Neil Peart published a new update on called “Backstage Byways” where he chronicles the preparation for the R40 Live tour, as well as his journey by motorcycle during the tour’s first leg. He starts by planning his route on paper maps:

“I do not so much design a route as study the page for a while and let the ‘right’ roads be revealed to me. With highlighter pen, I stitch together a complicated thread of Rand McNally’s thin red lines, gray lines, and best of all, the broken gray lines—the unpaved roads.”

Neil also described his daughter’s first experience at a Rush show in New Orleans:

It was also Olivia’s first Rush concert, and she loved it. I had thought she might last a song or two, but she danced and air-drummed right to the end.”

Read the whole thing. As usual, it’s awesome.



  • Tim Manson

    i wonder if he is teaching his daughter how to be a percussionist,she could be the next best drummer on the father like daughter

  • Frank Eggleston

    Question: Can there be a female drummer as good as any man? I’m not a misogynist chauvinist bigoted pig, so don’t go slamming me here, but generally speaking women don’t have the same upper body strength as men, so seems like it would tougher for them to excel to that same level. Boy what a thing of beauty it is to behold a good female drummer!

    • joe suszko

      Who cares about some stupid woman drummer yo

  • Frank Eggleston

    Oh yeh, forgot to mention, Neil Peart is an ok drummer, I guess. 😉

  • Angels

    As the saying goes,
    if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.

  • Tyson Lang

    My first two encounters with Rush were late 70’s , admiring my olders brothers , audiophiology, ( family of perfectionists )longing to go to a concert , a little young to appreciate it, but just to be there. Stereo symocasts, of Squeeze , argy bargy, teenage head, not sure if Rush did one.
    A few years later, a friend and myself went through all our rock albums, and wittled down our own top song, not stairway to heaven, Judas priest, or Metallica, although they rounded out the top 5 . It was the trees. In German, they call it stimung , somehow that song had it. I’m glad your daughter can enjoy being there , and safe motorcycling, I’d like to see the routes and people you met, hopefully ride from north of Peterborough for the concert. Playing red barchetta.

  • Beerfueled

    Late to this discussion, but I had to chime in: Leah Shapiro (BRMC). As intense and kick-ass as any drummer I’ve seen live, woman or man. She is a warrior, and back behind the drums again after recovering from brain surgery. Inspirational.

    • joe suszko

      Great story can you post it somewhere else we are rush fans not Leah Shapiro fans :b