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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. 


Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the top bands to shine through rock-and-roll history. 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.

In Loving Memory, Neil Ellwood Peart 1952-2020

About the Author

RICHARD BIENSTOCK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the  New York TimesRolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and other publications. He is a former senior editor of  Guitar World magazine and executive editor of  Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several books, among them  Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and  Nothin'' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ''80s Hard Rock Explosion.

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Stimpson
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The awesomest book I''ve ever seen!
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
This book is huge and full of facts and pictures that you didn''t know you needed. For instance....it has a writeup about EVERY single show Rush has done, right down to the ticket price and the amount that was grossed at each show. Incredible! Most of them have little... See more
This book is huge and full of facts and pictures that you didn''t know you needed. For instance....it has a writeup about EVERY single show Rush has done, right down to the ticket price and the amount that was grossed at each show. Incredible! Most of them have little factoids as well like ''Geddy was hit in the head with a lighter at this show'' and things like that. I found it odd that there were no pictures of the Presto tour though, and that was the first time I saw them and I was looking forward to pics of the dancing rabbits.
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thomas hoekstra
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ripoff
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
Complete ripoff. I just paid 40 bucks for a long list of tour dates. I was hoping for a lot of pics, maybe a look at the live rigs used by Geddy and Alex over the years. Do not waste your money. You''ll look through it a couple times and then it will collect dust. Come on... See more
Complete ripoff. I just paid 40 bucks for a long list of tour dates. I was hoping for a lot of pics, maybe a look at the live rigs used by Geddy and Alex over the years. Do not waste your money. You''ll look through it a couple times and then it will collect dust. Come on guys, I know you''re done touring but there are better ways to make money than steal people''s money.
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Rick Dias
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Every. Single. Show.
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2019
This tome includes information about every single Rush show ever. Each tour is its own chapter, with information about preparation, set list and photos. Each stop on the tour gets its own entry with attendance and gate information, plus anecdotes from almost everywhere.... See more
This tome includes information about every single Rush show ever. Each tour is its own chapter, with information about preparation, set list and photos. Each stop on the tour gets its own entry with attendance and gate information, plus anecdotes from almost everywhere. Want to find out when Alex tried a new guitar in warmup and decided to just use it that night? Or the time the band stopped a crime in their hotel lobby? It''s all in there!

Just reading the entries from the shows I went to takes me back to those days. In the era of ephemeral digital content, this is a treasure worth having. This thing is incredible!
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David Arnold
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Great book for serious Rush fans - tons of trivia
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2019
This is an incredible book for real Rush fans. Given it''s size & density, it''s probably not for the casual fan, but for those of us who have been to dozens of shows over the years, it''s a great compendium of every tour, all the way back to the Coff-in, their very first show... See more
This is an incredible book for real Rush fans. Given it''s size & density, it''s probably not for the casual fan, but for those of us who have been to dozens of shows over the years, it''s a great compendium of every tour, all the way back to the Coff-in, their very first show as a band. It has the shows they performed before their first album came out, including the infamous insane asylum show. There are interviews with crew members from every tour, as well as newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, and a lot of photos that have never been published before (some from Geddy, Alex & Neal themselves).

It''s a big book (just under 500 pages!), which took almost 10 years to research, and a lot of sweat, tears & patience by the authors. The level of detail is incredible! I knew they were writing this, but never expected a book this big or such a beautiful presentation. It''s the centerpiece of my Rush book collection, and that''s saying something!
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S. Smits
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A definitive tour history of the band
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
Rush fans, this book is a must for your library. It details the entire touring history of the band, never before seen photos, and road crew insights. The amount of work that went into this publication must have been daunting. I very much appreciate the effort that went into... See more
Rush fans, this book is a must for your library. It details the entire touring history of the band, never before seen photos, and road crew insights. The amount of work that went into this publication must have been daunting. I very much appreciate the effort that went into it. This book is not a "ripoff" - far from it for the avid Rush fan. As someone that has all the other Rush publications, this one is very much a welcome addition!
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Jeremy
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A great book for Rush fsns
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
This book is a wonderful resource for RUSH fans wanting to know their complete touring History. Simply an outstanding book. Covers every Rush era thoroughly and enjoyably. If you love the band you need to get it. Great to read while you are listening to the music.
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Mark
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Comprehensive and Exhaustive history of rush touring.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
As mentioned In other reviews, this book is massive. I included a picture of the table of contents. Each tour chapter includes a brief introduction with the set list, and follows with a chronology of each concert (venue, openers, attendance, ticket price, etc).... See more
As mentioned In other reviews, this book is massive.
I included a picture of the table of contents.
Each tour chapter includes a brief introduction with the set list, and follows with a chronology of each concert (venue, openers, attendance, ticket price, etc). Anecdotes are provided, which are culled from various sources (the band and their crew, other bands/artists and their crews, newspaper reviews). It is sprinkled throughout with never-before-seen photographs, rare print marketing (posters, tickets, ads) and ephemera.

There’s a tremendous amount of research that has obviously gone into making this book...bravo.

Generally this seems like the kind of book you might crack open and look at the shows that you attended, and then bounce back-and-forth reading about the other tours, and continue to revisit for years to come. I think this book is perfectly coupled with the Rush tour books.

I have a few minor gripes…None of which undermine the overall high-quality of this book.
1. There is a background/watercolor on all of the concert chronology pages...I find it distracting.
2. I wish they had included images of concert shirts from each era- that would be a nice complement to the historic images.
3. Maybe include the gear for each tour?
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Jktrue
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Pretty cool book but....
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
Bought it for my husband but question the validity of all of the information since we found something completely ridiculous in it. The KFC Yum Center where they played 4/5/11 is not the KFinance Charge YUM Ctr. KFC is Kentucky Fried Chicken not KFinance Charge.... See more
Bought it for my husband but question the validity of all of the information since we found something completely ridiculous in it. The KFC Yum Center where they played 4/5/11 is not the KFinance Charge YUM Ctr.

KFC is Kentucky Fried Chicken not KFinance Charge. Not sure who was in charge of research or fact-checking but it looks goofy
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Audrina Lane
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An amazing encyclopedia of facts!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2020
I bought this for my partner for his Christmas Present but couldn''t help but take a long look at it once he''d opened it. I''d been luck enough to see Rush twice so I just had to look up the facts from the concerts that I attended. A fantastic coffee table book to dip in and...See more
I bought this for my partner for his Christmas Present but couldn''t help but take a long look at it once he''d opened it. I''d been luck enough to see Rush twice so I just had to look up the facts from the concerts that I attended. A fantastic coffee table book to dip in and out of and a must for all true Rush fans.
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For Serious Rush fans only!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2019
This, as the other reviewers pointed out, is really for serious Rush fans. My first show of any type was 4th May 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon. It changed my life. This is a really interesting book for those that understand the band and its motivations. Its also a great read,...See more
This, as the other reviewers pointed out, is really for serious Rush fans. My first show of any type was 4th May 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon. It changed my life. This is a really interesting book for those that understand the band and its motivations. Its also a great read, weighs a ton and goes into great detail. An essential purchase for all long ti.e Rush fans
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dmac
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Simply wonderful !!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2020
I''d give this more stars if I could, it''s packed full of the information you''d expect, as it''s about the bands touring history. Such as dates, venues, setlists etc, but it also contains much more information from the road and the real life workings of a live band. I really...See more
I''d give this more stars if I could, it''s packed full of the information you''d expect, as it''s about the bands touring history. Such as dates, venues, setlists etc, but it also contains much more information from the road and the real life workings of a live band. I really can''t praise this book highly enough. But beware. don''t put it on your coffee table as it''s likely to collapse, as this thing weighs a ton !!!
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Denbrit
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Awesome tribute to Rush
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2019
This book is fantastic. Impressive quality and not just for geeks. Not everyone needs all the dates and venues that''s true. But the details on the evolution of the band is well worth it. There are photos I have not seen before and so much personal information about Geddy,...See more
This book is fantastic. Impressive quality and not just for geeks. Not everyone needs all the dates and venues that''s true. But the details on the evolution of the band is well worth it. There are photos I have not seen before and so much personal information about Geddy, Alex and Neil that I admire them more than ever. This a brilliant tribute to an awesome band. Even if you''re not a hardcore superfan this book is worth the price. Hats off to the guys who put this together.
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Rushman1uk
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A must
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2020
As the headline say''s, this book is a must for every RUSH fan. It''s a heavy book, every concert they''ve done since they''ve formed is listed, although I can''t verify that personally. Dates and Venue, attendance, support act, ticket price, concert gross, notes of the gig,...See more
As the headline say''s, this book is a must for every RUSH fan. It''s a heavy book, every concert they''ve done since they''ve formed is listed, although I can''t verify that personally. Dates and Venue, attendance, support act, ticket price, concert gross, notes of the gig, set-list and write up''s from the local press all listed.
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