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Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle Paperback – May 14, 2007
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But as I read all about his travels on his BMW motorcycle, usually with a buddy in tow and always dealing with the perils of following his GPS unit (who hasn't been there?) it was with great interest that I went along for the ride. Neil's humor was one of my favorite parts of the story and I thought it was great that Neil and his buddies joke around in just the same way as I do with mine. Just pure silliness. And it was interesting as I read about his travels in my state which is Tennessee, which was fun also. His book re-ignited my urge to buy my first street bike and to try his favorite beverage, which you will have to read the book if you want to know what it is! I just wanted to thank Neil for sharing with me, his many journeys and for making me laugh. Overall it was a great read and I just bought another book of his on my Kindle. But I found this book to be relaxing as well as entertaining and strangely comforting to read, in a way. I highly recommend this book to RUSH fans, motorcycle enthusiasts, avid readers and drinkers of Neil's favorite beverage! Cheers Mr. Peart!!
I try not to read other reviews before writing one of my own, but I did notice a few when I purchased the book, and recall one reviewer feeling that the storyline should have been more about the concert tour and less about the travel in between. I disagree, and actually felt that there was ample anticdotal attention paid to the rehursals, backstage activities and performances provided. The real story was about traveling from show to show by motorcycle. Mr. Peart has long preferred this mode of transport on Rush concert tours, and along with a riding partner (or occasionally two) he travels the hundreds of miles from city to city, 30, 40, 50 times during an extended tour.
Mr. Peart's narrative is at once a familiar and comfortable style that makes his books very enjoyable. One quickly learns the authors personality - the witty side, the grumpy side, the aprehensive side... and how the travels through moods, thoughts, and ideas as much as he travels through miles of open road. A man who is loath to reveal himself to unfamiliar persons ("strangers" seems a little too strong, for even people with whom he is aquainted have no guarantee of any revelations), has found an outlet in the written word - long his passion as a reader, and now his avocation as a writer. Clearly, Neil Peart has writing talent. I smile as he describes the funny and peculiar, and wince as misfortune befalls him in his travels. I feel I am there, riding third on my invisible motorcycle. I can see the vistas and urban scenes in my mind's eye. For me, this book brings together the very best of Peart's writing. I will admit that I am a Rush fan (in the vernacular, not the literal abbreviation for 'fanatic') and have seen the band several times. However, you quickly stop thinking about Peart the musician and get to know Peart the traveler, the thinker, the husband, the person. Even his descriptions of the events "at work" are done with a sensibility that puts the everyman behind a drum kit for a sold out rock concert, instead of the boastings and narrow views of a "rock star".
I could find but one complaint for "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums"... it ends much too quickly! Literally days after finishing this book, I attended a Rush concert at "the automotive lubrication service company amphitheatre" and being among the first to make our way to the parking lot at the end of the show, I saw a large tour bus passing, with a police escort - and pulling a trailer. I smiled out loud, and felt as though I were watching a friend head out for another day's adventure. Oddly, that feeling was never once experienced while enjoying Mr. Peart's drumming - because the person we come to know through his writings is not the man behind the drum kit at the concerts, but the man in between those concerts.