Music Books [Issue
#24] Neil Peart:
Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by MotorcycleBy
For his fourth memoir that revolves around sprawling journeys, Neil Peart delivers
the first travelogue involving his bands touring. While the tone is similar
to his previous writings, Roadshow provides fleeting glimpses behind the curtain
of Rush. He reminisces about his storied career with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson,
who have served in the trenches with the reclusive drummer for 30 years at the
time of writing.
While Peart has never been one to let his guard down, fans will enjoy reading
nuggets of the drummers storied career. Often criticized for his aloofness,
Peart explains that shyness is the culprit for his unwillingness to interact with
fans. He reveals humor by mentioning pseudonyms under which he has checked into
various hotels through the years. Showing heartfelt emotion, the artist also alludes
to the deaths of his first wife and daughter within a year of one another.
Peart often makes
playful digs at the religious right, logging his favorite church signs
messages along his journey. He laments the growing trend of uniformity of America.
As a defiant gesture, he recalls old gigs at particular venues and then notes
that said locations are now known as a corporate cell phone company arena, etc.
The adept lyricist reconfirms his adept skill at both writing prose and expressing
thoughtful observation of the human condition.