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Neil Peart's Strombo Show interview now available online

Mon, Nov 10, 2014@9:59AM | comments

UPDATE - 11/10@2:10PM: A video of the entire interview is now available up on YouTube:

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Neil Peart continued his interview circuit promoting his latest book Far and Near: On Days Like These yesterday evening with an appearance on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show with George Stroumboulopoulos. The podcast from last night's show is now available online and you can listen to the Neil Peart interview beginning at about the 55-minute mark and running through the 2:11:00 point with a lot of Rush and other music interspersed throughout (thanks RushFanForever). Neil spends most of the time discussing the book, but does talk a little about Rush. For instance, a 2-minute preview video was posted to The Strombo Show YouTube channel Friday evening here where Neil talks about how Rush does not have any unreleased songs:

... we've never given up on a song, we do not have a single unreleased song in the world. ... because if we went far enough and if we believed in it, we kept working on it. A lot of stuff got thrown away before it got that far or siphoned into other songs. I call my lyrical file the "scrap pot" and I'll go when I'm looking for bits and pieces and musically, we're the same - if things not happening, we'll throw it away. There's one song on 'Clockwork Angels' that was 'Wish Them Well' - three times we wrote that song and threw it away and it was the third version, finally, that pleased us all. All the way along, it took that. ...

He, of course, is talking about Rush's time since Neil joined the band given the fact that the R40 box set contains a couple of unreleased tracks from the John Rutsey days. Unfortunately there's no mention of an upcoming 2015 Rush tour. Neil Peart's Far and Near released last month and you can order a copy at this location. The book is a follow-up to Peart's 2011 book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time and is another collection of his blog posts since that last book was released.