(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Did anybody happen to see Win Ben Stein's Money (on Comedy Central) tonight? For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, Ben Stein is that actor with the unbelievably monotonous voice that pops up in small parts in tons of movies and TV shows. He's often playing high school teachers.
Sometimes Ben will recite song lyrics just for the comic value of hearing him read off the lyrics in his monotone.
Tonight he began the show with the "...Johnny Rotten" verse of Hey Hey My My. It was quite amusing.
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 10:20:46 -0400
Subject: Salute To Neil
This is a regular thing that comes up each fall. Here's the
"press release", for those in the LA area a week after the IRF...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) TOP LOCAL SONGWRITERS AND SURPRISE GUESTS TO PERFORM AT YOUNG TRIBUTE. ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 24TH AT 7:30 PM TO CELEBRATE THIS EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMER, HIGHLAND GROUNDS (AT 742 NORTH HIGHLAND Ave., JUST NORTH OF MELROSE) WILL BE THE SITE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL.... "LONG MAY YOU RUN SALUTE TO NEIL YOUNG" THIS INCREDIBLE EVENING HOSTED BY LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITERS JIMMY MUFFIN AND JUDY TOY WILL FEATURE SOME OF SO. CALIFORNIA'S TOP SONGWRITERS AND BANDS PERFORMING MANY OF NEIL'S CLASSICS. PREVIOUS SHOWS HAVE FEATURED SURPRISE SETS FROM NEIL'S SISTER ASTRID YOUNG, A&M ARTIST KEVIN MONTGOMERY AND NANCY WILSON (OF HEART FAME). SPECIAL SEGMENTS INCLUDED NEIL'S SON ZEKE ADDRESSING THE CROWD ON THE HALL OF FAMER'S BEHALF, A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION CALLED "ASK ASTRID" AND GRAND JAM FINALES THAT EVEN NEIL WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF. THIS YEARS SHOW PROMISES TO BE EVERY BIT AS EXCITING AND IS A MUST ATTEND FOR ALL NEIL FANS YOUNG OR OLD. SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON OCTOBER 24TH: MOJO MONKEY'S JUDY TOY THE YOUNG MUFFINS THE BUM STEERS FREEBO PAUL INMAN CHRIS LATERZO MARK INSLEY EDDIE CUNNINGHAN DEVITT FELLEY STEVE ECKSTEIN BARRY HOLDSHIP WENDY SUE ...AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHO. So come on down and party, it's "ALL NEIL ALL NIGHT".
This evening's Saturday Night Live featured the best of Dana Carvey. He has done some funny stuff. They showed skits of his various characters which he has played. There were clips of other things he has done.
One of the clips was of Dennis Miller sitting at the news desk. Up on the newsroom screen was Carvey doing a *spoof* of Neil. He was singing about Mickey Mouse to the tune of HHMM. He was even dressed like Neil with a fedora and leather vest with a T-shirt under it. It looked pretty close to Neil. Under the picture on the screen it read Neil Young.
I know that they showed the whole thing at one time in the past,
but it was funny to see again. Have a good one...
Hippie Girl's Smile
From: Steve Portigal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:51:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOTH on Video?
Sidewalk.com says Year of
the Horse is coming out next week on video?
From: Stephen Wiener <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 15:17:51 -0500
As far as I know it is only coming out on VHS and only in Canada, on Oct. 13th. The laserdisc has been delayed indefinitely.
A Man Needs A Maid
Last weekend, I went at the Trocadero in Philadelphia to see Mercury Rev. After they played one of their new songs, my friend said to me, "I never noticed this before, but the lead singer sounds like Neil Young." Two songs later, they appropriately played Neil's Philadelphia. It took me a minute to recognize it. Very cool. I wonder how many other people there knew what it was?
From: Shawn McCorkle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 20:22:02 -0500
Subject: YOTH on Dish
This is for everybody, but especially RCA dish owners...
On October 17th, Year of the Horse will make it's debut on Pay Per View on Direct TV's Direct Ticket. And it will play the rest of the month. So get this. We will get the movie we have all been waiting for with digital picture and digital sound for $2.99.
I was at the barbershop today. Read all their fishing and hunting magazines.... Sports Illustrated I've seen.... Entertainment... Farm Aid on CMT ad... Picture of Neil!!!!! Yep, Pics of Willie, Neil and John Mellencamp! Can't wait to watch it on Sunday! (I can't be there) :(
"I hear shots"
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 11:06:49 -0400
Subject: Neil covers for completists
Discovered these covers while looking for other things...
. . . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Gareth Snelson <GSnelson@BinneySmith.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 12:53:01 +0100
Subject: YOTH UK Date Change!
The date previously reported has been changed. It would appear it has been moved out to Wednesday November 4! whywhywhwywhywhy! That could be difficult. NME u lied 2 me!
Tickets r £8.50 about 200 still available (capacity 450?). Telephone number for the NFT is 0171-928-3232 for anyone who is interested.
From: THB <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 09:45:35 +0200
Subject: YOTH in Oslo
Attention Norwegian rusties:
Year Of The Horse will be shown at Cinemateket on the following dates: Oct 3, Oct 8, Oct 30, Nov 1 and Nov 3. Details are on the web.
From: bruce haemmerle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 10:27:17 -0700
Subject: Neil sighted at AES
Neil was spotted at the AES convention in SF. He was wearing a baseball hat that said Whitehouse Staff. He was bearded. Kept his name tag inside his denim jacket. The 'N' was visible, though. ;-)
He was pretty incognito as most folks were more intersted in seeing Stevie Wonder trying out some new keyboard gadgets (even George Clinton & fans!). Neil was apparently very interested in a digitally automated analog mixing console. Hey, maybe that means he IS really going to mix down those Archives!!!!!!!
b. elc H.
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 21:52:31 EDT
Subject: Marcy Playground cites Neil
I was watching VH-1 earlier today and they had a little clip of an interview with Marcy Playground and they asked them some of their influences. Naturally, the first one they said was Neil Young... And VH-1 showed a big picture of him with big chops in full effect.
From: pvb <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 14:49:17 -0700
Subject: AES Talks About Neil
Yesterday was the first day of the Audio Engineer's Society 107th annual convention, being held in San Francisco this year. Euphonix is demonstrating a completely digital, 24 track digital audio recording system there, and, judging from the number of people who actually sat thru the demonstrations it is quite popular.
Euphonix's GM commented that acceptance of digital recording is coming fast and furious. New artists are younger and typically less intimidated by things digital. He also commented:
"Artists like Neil Young who have been recording for 30 years on analog know the limits and capabilities of analog recording. They know how to overdrive the recording heads, and know what the resultant sounds will be. That is great, but, there are less and less artists with that experience each year. Artists and studios, today, want to deliver the best sounds possible, and 24 track digital recording makes that possible."peace
Apparently (according to reviews), Sarah MacLachlan and N'dea Davenport performed Old Man at the Lilith Fair show in London on Wednesday night.
From: Clements <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 05:49:25 -0700
Subject: Booker T Box
Booker T & the MGs' new box set, entitled Time Is Tight, consisting of 3 CD's, is now officially set to be released on Oct. 13, 1998. Lots and lots of great tracks. There are 2 versions of (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay included on this set, both versions on Disc 3. Our man, Ol' Neil, has the honor of being featured on the 2nd version -- which track is the closing track to the box set.
From: Stephen Wiener <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 00:00:00 -0500
Subject: YOTH VHS in Canada?
A video store in Toronto is taking orders for the YOTH VHS to be released on October 13th. They list the price as US $16.99 + $4.00 shipping.
As far as I know the previously announced laser disc is still delayed indefinitely.
AKA A Man Needs A Maid
From: "BILL DAVIES" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:58:15 +0100
Subject: YOTH hits UK
Yes, the news all you uk rusties have been waiting for, The first showing of Year of the Horse (in the UK) since last year's London Film Festival has been announced. It will be shown at the National Film Theatre on the Southbank London, on October 23rd as part of the NME Film Festival.
"don't miss it"
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 08:35:39 -0400
Subject: Full Beard
Early this year there was some discussion about Neil's haircut, after a pic of him at a Lionel Train gig surfaced. Some thought it was short, others thought it was pulled back in a pony-tail. Subsequent sightings confirmed it's short now.
Well I got another "Neil-sighting" report, this time from Labor Day at the Kings Mountain Art Fair, and it looks like there's something new about his appearance now:
> I did not recognize Neil even after I was pretty sure > it was him, because he has a full beard and short hair... > ...seeing Ben tipped me off. Everyone was looking like > they came straight from the islands appearing tan and > rested, especially Pegi. They were all dressed very > island-like with shorts, sandals...So unless he's Changed His Mind and shaved it off, expect a "new look" at Farm Aid...
Here's the preview:
Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 9:00 pm - MuchMusicKeith
The New Music "Smokes N' Booze"
Avi Lewis hosts this hour dedicated to health issues concerning smokes 'n booze and the debate over sponsorship of events by tobacco and alcohol companies; interviews include Hootie & the Blowfish, NEIL YOUNG, David Bowie, Luscious Jackson, Rush, Courtney Love and Andrew Cash (rerun; also airs on Much USA).
Wednesday - 8:00 am - MM
The New Music "Smokes N' Booze"
Avi Lewis hosts this hour dedicated to health issues concerning smokes 'n booze and the debate over sponsorship of events by tobacco and alcohol companies; interviews include Hootie & the Blowfish, NEIL YOUNG, David Bowie, Luscious Jackson, Rush, Courtney Love and Andrew Cash (rerun).
I was curious about the upcoming Neil Young biography that Amazon.com lists as to be published in November 1998, so I sent a note off to the publisher, Random House:
> I'm looking for information regarding > a book to be published called > "Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away" > by James McDonough. > > ISBN 0679427724 > > When will it be published? I've seen dates of > November 1998 and May 1999Random House returned
> The title is Neil Young and the publication > date is 05/99My guess is that this new date, in typical Neil style, is not very firm either.
For what it's worth,
From: Kevin Woodward <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 15:43:51 -0400
Subject: PJ Plays/Talks Neil
Great show at Constitution Hall last nite. Second song Pearl
Jam did was ACT OF LOVE!!! During Daughter they also
worked in a verse of Rockin' in the Free World! Eddie mentioned
that the last time they were there that L7 was there as was "Young
Neil", who gave him song writing lessons. Said "I came up with this; I
think he gave me a B+" and they then played I got Shit (better
known as I got Id). Sure would like a tape, grovel, grovel!
From: Abel y Mercè <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 00:16:07 +0200
Subject: YOTH in Spain
I thought this might be of interest... Year of the Horse will be premiered in Spain next October in the Festival de Sitges. More details are available on the web.
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 21:54:25 EDT
Subject: Rock & Roll Jeopardy
On that VH-1 show Rock & Roll Jeopardy the topic was Just say no. The answer was:
Hang The Dj
From: "Robert Conley" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 19:55:58 -0400
Subject: VH-1 Bikers dis Neil
Earlier this week I was flipping through the channels and happened upon the Unknown Legend video on VH-1. It was being viewed by a group of six bikers (all guys) and six boys (little bikers or boarders or bladers) and a moderator.
The moderator asked each group about Neil and the video. One of the boys basically said "that's country, country sucks." One of the bikers said something like "Neil Young is whiny, whining and bikes don't go together." That was about it and then they went on to another video.
Eagerly awaiting Farm Aid,
no one knows
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 18:21:58 EDT
Subject: Neil in Accoustic Guitar World
There's a great article in the most recent Acoustic Guitar World magazine, with Dave Matthews on the cover. There's a full page picture from one of the 3rd stage shows of HORDE that's worth the price of the mag (IMHO). It's a lesson about Neil's picking and style. If you're not into playing guitar, it's good to get just for the pictures.
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 20:13:04 +0100
Subject: Neil and DVD
The August issue of What Hi-fi? has a couple of pages devoted to the two contenders for the next generation of CD (DVD-Audio and SACD, a.k.a., Super Audio Compact Disc).
The article quotes Al McPherson (VP Technology, Warner Bros.), as saying that the CD set of standards provided by DVD-Audio persuaded Neil Young to abandon an 'Artists Against DVD' campaign.
From: David G Skoglund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 16:41:40 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Jayhawks Cover Neil
Last Saturday night I saw the Jayhawks perform in Minneapolis. They performed a gorgeous version of Expecting To Fly during their set. A most unexpected, but much appreciated move.
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 98 11:38:46
Subject: Neil in Mojo top 100 singers
From MOJO magazine's The 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time special, in the September '98 issue:
...In celebration of the greatest voices of all time, we asked 175 singers to elect their vocal heroes..Well there you go, 72nd place. Lower than Thom Yorke, John Lyndon aka Johnny Rotten(!), Mick Jagger and David Bowie, but higher than Bruce Springsteen, Glen Campbell, Nick Cave, Jimi Hendrix & Jim Morrison.
72 - Neil Young
'It sounds like he can't sing, but his voice is incredibly powerful and emotive. I love the character and quirkiness of how he sings.' Neil Finn (ex-Crowded House)
It's the deep and keenly sensitive pit of life that Neil Young draws from to reach that beautiful, outrageously high-end singing on CSN&Y's Helpless and throughout After the Goldrush. A bared soul howling at the moon, his voice is as rich as the well-resined pass of a violin's bow. Not confined to pain's pathos, this voice is built on crisp, Canadian night air, joyful solitude and folk singing. He resonates with soft acoustic guitars and, like a hurricane, adds force to full-on rock'n'roll. Desolate, pristine, playful, dolorous, capable of conveying great anger and also great pleasure: a voice for all occasions.
Born: November 12, 1945
Sublime Moment: The raindrop alienness of Don't Let it bring you Down (After the Goldrush)
Recommended: After the Goldrush (Reprise 1970)
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 14:01:19 -0400
Subject: Announcement: SEDAN DELIVERY
Next time you visit HyperRust, you won't be able to help but to notice a little red "Sedan Delivery" vehicle down in the bottom right corner. Give it a click and you'll find a new way to get your Neil Stuff, at competitive prices, while doing your part to help out the Bridge School...
SEDAN DELIVERY: Neil Stuff To Your Door is a new "store" that lets you select the items from there, but then passes you through to other web stores to purchase the items. For example, book purchases are handled by Amazon.com. (CDs and Videos to come soon.) When you go to SEDAN DELIVERY first and use it to find the items you want to buy, usually 15% of the purchase gets kicked back into the fund for contributing to The Bridge School. (All contributions are sent in the name of Rust...)
ALL commissions and/or any profit I get from SEDAN DELIVERY goes to the Bridge School. ZERO goes into my pocket. All accounting/bookkeeping for commisions or sales will be viewable via links within the store, for anyone who wants to audit this.
Currently there are 20 Neil books (including some Music books) in SEDAN DELIVERY I'll be adding CDs and Videos shortly. I'll also list items there, like the Somewhere on a Desert Highway poster, who's profit goes to the Bridge School. (Babineau's signed Neil pics will be added next.) Anybody who wishes to sell Neil stuff there and is willing to contribute all of their profit from the items to the Bridge School, get in touch...
I hope you all find this service handy. Problem reports,
requests, suggestions, and other feedback is welcome.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Richard Stringer-Hye <Stringer@LIBRARY.Vanderbilt.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 12:59:23 +0600
Subject: Linda Thompson covers Neil
Linda Thompson, a fine singer and songwriter (formerly hooked up with husband Richard Thompson, another fairly decent musician) appeared last night at the Knitting Factory in NYC along with David Thomas (formerly of Pere Ubu). According to the report rendered below from the Richard Thompson list, they did a version of Running Dry. Just thought you all needed to know.
Among the others she did were at least one by Thomas (Can't Help Falling in Love), and a Neil Young song. (Maybe Dan Sallitt can help me out with this discussion; he's the one who recognized the Neil Young song.)rsh
(and Mr. Sallitt replied...)
It was Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets). The first verse of two was sung a cappella by Linda; it was the only song she sang in a higher register, and the only one where you could hear her voice wavering just a little, though she kept it under control. Other than that, her voice was flawless and beautiful...
Dutch label Inbetweens Records will release a Neil Young tribute double CD called This Note's For You Too! (A Tribute To Neil Young), possibly in mid-November 1998, but more likely in January 1999. All profits will be forwarded to The Bridge School.
Contributing artists are:
Speaking of Ad Vanderveen, he's one of the best songwriters in the Netherlands -- and in that capacity just recently he could be seen on Dutch national TV at VPRO's Moondive.
Ad is a regular visitor at the annual convention of the Dutch Neil Young Fanclub. Two years ago he performed there with a set of only Neil covers, and for his band he gathered some friends he'd been playing with for 25 years. After that gig this band carried on playing live on and off.
A couple of months ago Ad decided that for his new album he wanted to use this band. He felt that the songs he had written recently had that Neil Young/Crazy Horse Spirit and therefore it was logical to use his old friends for these recordings.
The result is the CD Ad Vanderveen & The O'Neils on Inbetweens Records (IRCD002), released on September 8th. The day of its release, Dutch national radio played one of the tracks called Eyes Never Lie, and DJ Jan Donkers was so impressed by the album he said it "out-Neil'ed Neil Young."
For more info you can contact Inbetweens by e-mail or snail mail at the addresses above. The album can also be obtained in the US at Miles Of Music (MilesoMusc@aol.com).
From: Keith Haman <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 20:12:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Reprise says...
This may be old news, but I mailed Reprise to see what's up with our man and:
I called p.r. at Villard Books and they don't have a fixed date for
the Neil bio yet but they promised to keep me posted (I requested a review
copy). As I was hanging up I heard someone in the background shout, "It's
out in July!" Or maybe that was just my imagination...
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