Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth

The Official Touring History

Written By: Stewart Copeland, Skip Daly, Eric Hansen, Les Claypool, Howard Ungerleider
Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the greatest bands in rock-and-roll history. From humble beginnings as a Toronto-area band playing middle school gymnasiums, churches, and coffee houses, to their rise, becoming one of the world’s most sought-after live acts, selling out massive arenas around the globe, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart’s ascent has been a journey of perseverance. This official touring history covers that journey from 1968 to the final show in 2015.

City by city, show by show, this band created a rabid fan base the hard way: through non-stop, grueling touring. From taking turns driving the van to jet-setting around the world, Rush never lost sight of what made them great- the laser focus of being a working band- playing for hours every night, with an ever-growing set list and stage show, to adoring fans around the globe. With next-to-no media coverage, tepid album reviews, and the general disdain of the music world, Rush put in the work to keep the fans that kept coming back engaged and wanting more.

This book includes every set list, every opening act, and every noteworthy moment, all meticulously researched by the authors and vetted by the band members themselves. This is the must-have tour compendium for Rush fans. Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth covers Rush’s storied touring career with never-before-seen photographs and interviews from the people that were there.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 10/29/2019
ISBN: 9781683834502
Pages: 472
Trim Size: 9 x 12

  • About the Author 
  • Press
Stewart Copeland, Afterword: Stewart Copeland has spent three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as a rock star, acclaimed film score writer, and composer in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world music and chamber music. In 1977, Stewart formed The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music.  He spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for the likes of Francis Ford Coppola on Rumblefish and Oliver Stone on Wall Street.  Through it all, a sense of humor and appreciation for his utterly unique career has shone through as he has enjoyed working in a remarkable array of genres.

Skip Daly, Author: Skip Daly has been an expert on the band Rush for over thirty years. He became a Rush fan in high school, and his first Rush concert was on May 5, 1990 (the Presto tour) at the Capital Centre in Largo, MD. He has since attended twenty-five additional Rush shows—at least one gig per subsequent tour. Skip lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife and four children.

Eric Hansen, Author: Eric Hansen was first introduced to the band Rush after receiving a cassette tape of the albums Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, and eventually became a true fanatic following the release of Rush's Hold Your Fire. In 1998, Eric started the popular Power Windows Rush fansite at He is also known for his contributions to the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage. Eric lives in Centennial, CO with his wife and two daughters.

Les Claypool, Foreword: Les Claypool is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, author, director, actor, and fisherman. He is best known as the founder, lead singer, bassist and primary songwriter of the rock band Primus, as well as the composer and performer of the theme songs for Robot Chicken and South Park.

Howard Ungerleider, Introduction: Howard Ungerleider’s design techniques are some of the most unique and unusually progressive throughout the world today. His eclectic career has seen him work closely with such talents as Rush, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart, Van Halen, and Queensryche as well as many other esteemed artists and clients alike. His 40 years of experience in all facets of the entertainment world can be seen throughout all of the outstanding work done by his company Production Design International.