(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Hi All, just a quick note to say that the new edition of Broken Arrow is out and I got my copy this morning. :-)
It's great as usual, and contains a real in depth article on Ken Koblun plus a couple of great photos of Neil!!! Once again all kudos to Alan, keep up the great work mate.
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 1998 14:08:34 -0400
Subject: New Bio Not Soon?
Muzic.com says that the new biography by Jimmy McDonough "will finally
see the light of day next spring". That conflicts with the November
date that has been mentioned....
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1998 13:47:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Neil gets MIX award
MIX Magazine (a trade magazine for the techinical side of the music industry) gives out a lifetime achievement award every year to some great musician (Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, etc). Since this is Neil country, I think you can all guess where this is going...
Neil is the recipient this year. The ceremony alternates yearly between NYC and San Fransisco with this years dinner being in San Fran. Too bad its not in NYC this year. I would be able to promise some exclusive photos or something fun if it were... damn damn damn.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Wegner)
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1998 13:32:32 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Stills on Neil
Excerpt from a Denver Post (9-1-98) article on Stills:
Meanwhile, Stills continues to tour with his blues quartet - they recently played at the Grizzly Rose - and has plans for a solo recording in the near future. And Stills also has been collaborating lately with ex-Buffalo Springfield bandmate Neil Young, who occasionally has joined Crosby, Stills & Nash over the years. The two have been sifting through Buffalo Springfield material for an anthology tentatively planned for release late this year.That is the extent of the Neil content. The text of the full interview is availble at the CSN website.
Young, says Stills, "quit Buffalo Springfield more times than (NFL running back) Lawrence Phillips has been traded." And while listening to the band's classics, Young "started to realize all of the key moments when he decided to leave, like right before we were supposed to go on Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan, and he said, 'Boy, did I (bleep) up that band!'
"But we had a wonderful time listening to the old material and revisiting our childhood, alternately laughing and crying," Stills adds.
From: Shawn McCorkle <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 98 12:23:16 PDT
Subject: No YOTH video Scheduled
For those of you that don't know, I own a video store. I decided to check on Year of the Horse to see what's true, for Rust...
Nothing yet folks. The distributor hasn't even seen a possible date for it yet. I hope this is not Neil being quirky again and we never see it released.
I've heard from a person whose info. has been reliable in the past that the Archives (at least the first installment) have been scheduled for release in November. Five CDs.
That's kinda hard to believe, what with the Buffalo Springfield box set supposedly coming out by Christmas. I wonder if the person isn't talking about the BS box? I'd be REAL suprised to see Neil totally ignore Elliot (who undoubtably would be against releasing Neil's archives to compete with the BS box) and release them both around the same time...
HMMMMMM, there was that rumor about the BS box being delayed. Perhaps with that happening, Neil finally decided to go ahead and turn loose the Archives first installment? It really seemed like it was ready to go last year, but that Neil wanted to wait for the biography. It looks like that biography is about here, as we've just heard. This is starting to make some sense...
Archives in November! Archives in November! :-)
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If you have a DVD player, go to:
You'll find there a poll to see which music videos Warner/Reprise might release on DVD. Neil's WELD is pretty far down the list and could use some more votes. You can also do write-in votes.
AKA A man Needs A Maid
From: Chuck King <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I might add that Rust Never Sleeps only has one vote at the moment (mine)! Even if you don't (yet) have a DVD player, please stop by to vote and help us early adopters out!
"Moe the Sleaze"
a.k.a. Chuck King
hey folks - dont forget to vote for Berlin too
Better To Burn Out Than To Fade AwayThis is the authorized bio of Neil Young which will have interviews that have never seen the light of day up till now. Can't wait to read it. This guy sounded like a Rustie when I spoke with him on the phone after the death of Neil's long time producer. He seemed to have interviews with everyone I could think of that's involved with Neil Young. Should be a hell of a read...might mean something is up with the archives too since I think this is the companion piece Neil has talked about for years to go along with the recordings. Wonder if the guy had to let Neil edit the book before the release?
by James McDonough
Hardcover November 1998
The Year of the Horse laser disc was scheduled to be released on October 13th. I just got an update from The Laser's Edge that the release has been postponed with no new date set. This is a very bad sign as I have waited as long as 3 years for some lasers to finally be released. So it looks like YOTH on laser disc may be joining the Missing 6 and the Archives for a release date in July (of some as yet undetermined year).
AKA A Man Needs A Maid
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 18:22:42 -0700
Subject: Air Guitar World Championship
Just read from the local newspaper Karjalainen that last Friday in Finland, in a town named Oulu, they held The Imaginary Guitar Player World Championship. The winner was Finnish Juha Hippi from Maaninka, Finland. After the competition all the competitors played their "Air Guitars" together, doing Neil Young`s Rocking In The Free World!!!
Salut, Canal Jimmy, our fav Frenchmusical TV will broadcast the FARM AID CONCERT 10ème Birthday (2ème partie) on Monday 31 August at 23h55 (Frenchtime) and Wednesday 2 september at 04h (Frenchtime, too).
Maybe a chance to catch NEILLLLLLLLL ?????? Anyway I will be there!!!
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 19:09:16 EDT
Subject: Neil in Sports Illustrated!
On page 148 and 149 of the new SI they have a short story about former 49er quaterback Steve DeBerg. They compare DeBerg with "Otzi the iceman". (Otzi is the oldest known corpse.) Under the category Famous Look Alike the wads use Neil for both Otzi and DeBerg. The commies.
I went to the travelling Newport Folk Festival Sunday. Chris Stills played an awesome acoustic set. An incredibly strong performance. Due to the short sets and audience stupor, most of the bands playing yesterday didnt really get a chance to warm-up, but Chris Stills came out blazing and played a passionate and very dynamic set.
The surprise was when he mentioned he'd been listening to a lot of Neil Young lately than walked over to the piano and said he hoped he could do it justice. What followed was a beautiful rendition of Don't Let It Bring You Down, sounding like a cross of the original live version and a live solo A Man Needs A Maid. Like I said it was a really strong set, he didn't hold back but poured forth everything, every ounce of emotion into each song.
The Final Jeopardy answer was "Alphabetically, he is the last individual member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame." One contestant thought it was Neil Young. She was wrong. (But maybe she likes Neil since she knew enough about him to know he's in the Hall of Fame as an individual?) It was the college tourney. So any of you college student Rusties ever been on Jeopardy? She didn't make the finals, though. :(
PS: The correct question was Frank Zappa. And the winner got it right.
From: Farmer Rob <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 16:09:08 PDT
Subject: Neil Report
Just got off the phone w/ Steve Babineau and he says Neil is still in Hawaii -- soaking the rays and listenin' to tunes. Man what a life...
From: kbraun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 15:17:29 -0700
Subject: John Einarson on the radio
On CBC Radio 1 in Manitoba only, they will be airing a one hour interview. It is at 5pm on August 29. Here is the description of the show:
We re-explore the History of Rock n Roll in Manitoba. Historian John Einarson is my guide for this journey through the 60's music scene and we'll hear some great music from the old bands.(For those unaware, Einarson authored books on Neil's early years, and on the Buffalo Springfield.)
SonicNet has a great review of a Bob Dylan club show in Australia. Sounds like Bob's in great form.
Finishing quote from the review:
Gerald McNamara, a fortysomething fan, had nothing but praise for Dylan's performance. "It was fantastic. The only other person who might come close is Neil Young."There ya go. You lucky west coasters with Bob tix.
From: fontainebleau <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 11:54:45 -0700
Subject: Still plays Mr Soul at Fillmore!
Last night at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Stills played Make Love To You from the LMYR album. Afterwards he said something like "That was a real old, old tune, we've got one for Neil later."
About half way through the set he played Mr Soul, an extended version that was very tight. Doug Hamlin joined the band on rythym guitar for the evening but didn't seem to know the song.
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 08:38:27 -0400
Subject: Dead Man on Showtime
HEY! Just noticed that Dead Man is in rotation on Showtime cable
right now. Check your local listings, or the schedule
on the web.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Clements <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 19:38:25 -0700
Subject: No album this year?
Reprise just updated their upcoming album release dates. Unfortunately, Neil's new album is now not scheduled for release until sometime in 1999. :-(
If I can read between the lines a little, I think this just further supports that the Buffalo Springfield box-set will be a late '98 release (for the holidays). Don't want to be competing against yourself! Especially since the box set won't be cheap. Just MHO.
From: Stephen Wiener <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 10:02:58 -0500
Subject: BS Box not firm?
Got the September issue of ICE magazine yesterday. Sources tell ICE that there is a 50/50 chance of the Buffalo Springfield box set being released before year's end. Neil, Stills and Richie Furay have each still not signed off on the set. It will contain demos and outtakes but no live tracks, because none have ever been found in releasable quality.
In other Neil news, Neil Diamond's new CD comes out Oct. 27th
AKA A Man Needs A Maid
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 12:21:48 -0400
Subject: Neil Ref on MTV
I was flipping the channels last night and stopped at M(we used to play music)TV. 120 Minutes was on, and they had a guest named Eagle Eyed Cherry. It was just one guy.
Anyway, he was asked what music he was listening to lately and he said some stuff then he paused and said something like "and Neil Young....I think he still shows us how to rock." Then they played Eagle Eyed Cherry's video, I think the song was Save Tonight or something.
From: George Casey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 00:23:40 -0500
Subject: Neil Refs on MST3k
Two "southern" guys are on a boat and we hear:
From: rick shearer <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:26:36 PDT
Subject: Crosby email's Neil
Just out of the blue, driving home at 8:45 tonight I heard LA radio host Jim Ladd say he was going to have David Crosby "In Jim Ladd's Living Room" ( a segment he does ocasionally). So I got home and popped a tape in. I'm afraid I lost most of a new song Crosby was doing for the first time. He did Triad and three CPR songs with James Raymond, plus the new one which I probably missed.
There was also Neil content. Crosby says he and Neil chat on the internet all the time. He says Neil likes CPR and told him so. He said Neil told him "always leave a wake". Crosby complimented Neil on his courage to do only what he wants to do.
Jim Ladd, too, was very complimentary to Neil saying thats the kind of guy he wants his show to be about. Someone who played with Buffalo Springfield and then with Pearl Jam. Someone who's been around that long and still plays with cutting edge bands.
Maybe someone else taped it and didn't miss the new song.
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 23:39:45 EDT
Subject: Cracker Covers Neil
I found the Euro-trash Girl single by Cracker yesterday at one of those odds-and-ends record stores and I happened to read the back of the disc which said F$#@in' Up by Neil Young. Of course being a Cracker fan and a bigger NY fan I had to get it. It's a live cut and very cool. Gotta love the British accents...
From: Steve Tapin' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 05:50:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: My Generation
Was channel surfing late last night and somehow landed on VH1. There was this cheesy game show, I think it was called "My Generation".
show host: "Name the artist who made the following albums: Zuma, On the Beach, Time Fades Away"Peace,
contestant #1: "uhhh....The Fixx ???"
show host: "incorrect"
contestant #2: (bursting at the seams) "NEIL YOUNG !!!"
Newest issue of Goldmine has an article about Nils Lofgren. I just glanced over it, but saw the Neil is mentioned quite a bit...
my old corvette
From: rick shearer <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Aug 1998 16:17:44 PDT
Subject: HOG #34 in BAM
A little free newspaper called BAM, standing for Bay Area Music, but availble all over California, named Heart of Gold the #34 "California single". (To be included in the list, the artist had to rise to prominence while living in California.)
The full article is on BAM's web site, but here's what Denise Sullivan what she says about HOG:
Like any number of rockers, Neil Young took some cues from Nashville in the '70s. But unlike most of them, "country Neil" is convincingly earnest in his approach on Heart of Gold, his only No. 1 single from his only No. 1 album, Harvest.Song #1 was Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, the best single ever in my book.
Every day I rest my coffee on a coaster made from the record's Side 1 label (track four, 3:05). A little pedal steel, a little harmonica, his natural twang and two simple verses that speak of the universal human condition are the song's essence. Last time I went camping, Heart of Gold was the only song we campfire singers could manage to sing word for word. It's one of those four-chord songs even the most unskilled guitarist can play (Em-C-D-G); it's the first one I learned to play as a 11-year-old and the only one I can still play with a measure of competence.
From: "D. Schulmeister" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 09:57:44 EDT
Subject: John Glenn quotes NY
Senator and former astronaut John Glenn was recently asked why he had volunteered to blast off once again and become the oldest person in space. He answered, "It's better to burn out than it is to rust."
What a guy! Wonder if he's takin' ARC up there with him?
Rewriting the Rules
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 08:13:15 EDT
Subject: Farm Aid '98 Scheduled
See the News Flash.
Any further coverage of Farm Aid will be in the
Tour Watch 98 column.
From: Andy Strote <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 20:59:13 -0400
Subject: Randy Newman on Neil
In the latest Mojo mag, in a Randy Newman interview, Randy talks about rock and roll being a young person's business where far more people do their best work at an early age, rather than later. He claims he can't think of many people who are getting better and better.
But then he says, "Clapton is maybe no worse than he was. Maybe Neil Young's better than he was. Billy Joel's so tough that he keeps bouncing back. But it's a difficult thing."
Once again, it's a great issue. Dr. John, Joni, The Artist, and Jaaaaaames Brown. What more could you ask for?
From: Bjorn Sandstrom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 09:38:16 +0200
Subject: Neil in Top 48
During this summer, Swedish newspaper journalist Nils Hansson has compiled his Top 48 Rock Classics list. Today he presents a song that Neil has covered (Mystery Train) in position 3.
Neil has a song of his own in the list: My My Hey Hey.
There is a nice webpage for this where you can listen to all the entries. You can find the right page by linking to Dagens Nyheter's website and clicking at the caption that says: Basta rocklaten genom tiderna. It's at the foot of the page. You might also pick up some Swedish!
From: Sam Carstens <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 17:51:46 -0500
Subject: "Neil" on the Radio
I got to work, opened up the shop, turned on the lights and radio. Someone had it set to The Bear... Duluth's local "alternative" station and the morning Bob & Tom show was on.. you know, 2 normal guys acting crazy talking about everything from sex to sex. Well the topic of Guitar World's new issue having their special 100 Greatest Solos Of All Time came up. They spoke of Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and then this happens:
DJ: "Looks like we have a caller.. who could this be?"Note: "Neil's" voice sounded like that female robot on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Maybe he's sick.
a voice sounding like a woman with her voice cracking...
NY: "Hello.. I'm.. I'm Neil Young."
DJ: "Oh, Hi Neil."
NY: "Hi.. I was wondering if I made the top 100 guitar solo list?"
incoherant babbling between Bob & Tom...
NY: "How about my song Cinnamon Girl?"
DJ1: "That's a good tune Neil."
DJ2: "Yeah, it's got that incredible one note solo."
NY: "Yeah that's a good one, isn't it?"
DJ: "Yeah, it's... consistent.. We'll let you know, Neil, about Cinnamon Girl."
NY: "Ok, good talking to you guys.. Thanks.. Bye."
DJ: "Bye Neil."
Not Necessarily Stoned
ps: i guess i deserve that for listening to alternative radio
From: Tony Stack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 17:07:40 -0700
Subject: Gov't Mule cover Neil
I saw Gov't Mule open for Blues Traveler at Red Rocks on July 4th and they did a long, awesome cover version of Cortez the Killer.
Gov't Mule is a power trio consisting Warren Haynes and Allen Woody formerly of the Allman Brothers. They have a new CD out and I highly recommend them live.
From: Denise Pollack >email@example.com<
Date: 3 Aug 1998 10:05:01 -0500
Subject: Phish cover Neil again
Saw Phish on Sat. night and they did Albuquerque again. I guess if ya can't see Neil play Neil, this could be one of the next best things. :-)
'ruby in the dust'