(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Rusties, saw this in this morning's paper. A series of articles about writer's and artist's favorite concerts. Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes says:
The last one that really totally freaked me out was Neil Young and Crazy Horse. That just left me with my jaw hanging out. It was a couple of summers ago when I saw them at Jones Beach. I sat at the sound board and it was just unbelieveable, an electric religious experience, with the waves of sound crashing on top of me. I was completely blown away.Another satisfied customer.
forced by the rain to stay inside
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 15:50:40 -0400
Subject: Neil in the Mags
On the stands now...
Guitar World: Has "Neil Young" up in the corner of the front cover, but nowhere in the table of contents. A page by page search finds within the REVIEWS section, a retro-review of Harvest. Good review, though.
Rolling Stone: The Rock Hall induction ceremony story has a pic
of him stopping by Eric Clapton & Robbie Robertson's table for a chat. Other
than that, the ONLY mention of him in the entire article is near the
beginning where the writer mentions that "to my left, Neil and the lovely Pegi
Young share a desert." Guess they weren't impressed with his speech (or else
Wenner's still holding a grudge over Neil's induction ceremony boycot a couple
of years ago...)
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Glenn Cooper <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 17:35:09
Subject: Richard Lloyd on Neil
At one of the Television web-sites, there is a link called "Ask Richard" where Television guitarist Richard Lloyd graciously answers fan questions. Someone asked him about his involvement in the new Neil Young tribute CD. Here is the question and the answer ...
Question: I see that you have contributed a track to the upcoming Neil Young tribute CD. How did you become involved in the project? Has Neil been influential with respect to your guitar playing?Glenn C.
Answer: There is a Dutch record company who's owner is a huge Neil Young fan. He got the idea that he could make a tribute record with the proceeds to go to the Bridge School, which is a favorite charity of Neil's. I think he got hold of me through the Bibi Farber website. He very simply asked if I would contribute a track, and I was honored to be involved.
We discussed songs and he suggested Cortez the Killer or some other songs which have massive guitar solos on it. I thought maybe I could find something more interesting for myself (because I thought the "guitar songs" were too obvious) and asked him for the list of songs taken. (He had a lot of contributors.) As it happened, the only Neil Young album I had lying around at the time was Harvest, and I noticed that no one had done Heart of Gold.
As this was probably his biggest hit I was quite surprised. I told him that I would like to cover it and Jos (the record company guy's name) was a little reticent. I guess because it is an acoustic track, but I told him I was going to do a pretty loud rocking version and he got relieved. So I did, and sent it over. He told me he was very happy with it, and I hope you will be too. I haven't heard the finished CD but I'm looking forward to it. Be sure to get a copy, as it's going to a good cause, and I'm sure it will be filled with dynamite selections.
As to Neil's influence on my guitar playing. I cannot say that he was an influence at all, but he did also play very long and brave guitar solos and in a very real sense he doesn't give a damn what people think. This is very refreshing. Some years ago I can still remember his performance on Saturday Night Live when he BURNED, and rock doesn't translate very well to TV, so it was even more impressive.
The new 2-CD, 37-track Tribute to Neil with that name has been mentioned a few times, but now that it's the "next big event" in the Neil world (other than the coming resumption of the tour) I figured I'd post more info.
It's due to be released on April 20th, and orders can be placed NOW from various places, including "Innerstate Records", from their website. Here's a direct jump to their description of the CD (including a fuzzy cover pic). The price is $15.99 plus shipping.
There's also a page where you can download and listen to these full songs (RealPlayer required):
According to Rolling Stone:
Neil Young's long awaited follow-up to 1996's Broken Arrow has been postponed again, according to an industry source. The as-yet-untitled solo album was due for release this September, but last week, the powers that be decided to hold it until early next year. "The album had to be held since it's not finished," one insider told us. "They pillaged Neil's album for songs to be included on the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album that is coming out this summer. Now Neil has to come up with some new songs in order to release the record." The CSNY album -- which is also still untitled -- is tentatively slated for a July 13 release on Reprise Records and will contain twelve tracks, with each band member contributing three songs. All three of Young's songs are reportedly acoustic.. . . RE*AC*TOR
From an interview with Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) in Bass Player magazine (Feb 96):
When did you start learning to play guitar?. . . RE*AC*TOR
I started a couple of months before we began making [One Hot Minute]. Rick Rubin gave me a Martin acoustic, and I bought a Neil Young songbook to learn chords. Playing guitar has definitely helped me as a songwriter; instead of thinking in terms of bass lines and grooves, which is an amazing way to think, I now think about chord progressions and melodies. It's another musical dimension for me.
I saw Booker T open for John Lee Hooker this weekend here in Eugene. Great show. As Booker was getting ready to go into The Thrill is Gone he said, "And Neil Young said it best: only love can break your heart."
From: Chris Horn <CHorn@qrs.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 10:03:41 -0800
Subject: Neil Is Everywhere dept
I can't remember the last time I watched Entertainment Tonight (yeah, really. ;-) Anyway, I caught the last part of the show last night and while the credits were rolling, they showed parts of the Trio (Emmylou - Dolly - Linda) video of After The Goldrush.
There will be a segment on the 'making of' this video on tonight's ET broadcast (if I heard correctly).
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 22:41:27 +0200
Subject: CSNY Album Scheduled!
The bad news: NY's new album has finally been officially removed from Reprise's new releases page. The good news: They've added the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album, for July 13 (tentative, as usual).
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 18:58:32 EST
Subject: Elliott Smith covering Neil
Just thought you rusties might like to know that Elliott Smith has been covering the tune Harvest Moon at his last two concerts in New York and Boston. If you don't know who Elliott Smith is... well, what's wrong with you! Go buy one of his albums NOW!
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 13:35:49 EST
Subject: YOTH on Cinemax
Year Of The Horse will be on Cinemax, on Wednesday, March 31 at 11pm-Central Time. Be sure and get your VCRs fired-up!
Full moon that night, too!
little wing }
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 12:49:07 -0500
Subject: Crying Movie Stars
On the Regis and Kathie Lee show this morning, Fred Savage (from
The Wonder Years and Working) was on and was talking about
a concert he went to that was so good he cried. Who was the performer?
Neil Young! (At the LA show.)
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 12:37:37 -0500
Subject: Neil on Rock'n'Roll America
Once again this week, the National Public Radio show Rock'n'Roll America (which calls itself "History you can dance to") has featured a Neil Young song. The topic this week was "Myths", and covered such old songs as Frankie Avalon's Venus, that Cupid, draw back your bow song, Donovan's Atlantis, plus other songs of a more modernly mythic nature like Johnny Be Good and Woodstock (played the Mathew Southern Comfort version). Toward the end of the show a diversion into "reworking of myths" included pieces of Hotel California (reworking the myth of the "wonderful west") and others.
Within that section the host chose to play one complete song, describing it as a revisting of The Drifters' optimistic song of the fifties (or sixties) in the cold light of modern America. Then the sounds of Neil's Old Black chimed out as he played the entire On Broadway (from the Freedom album). I honestly think that the cacaphony toward the end of the song ("Give me some of that crack! GIVE ME SOME CRACK!") was the loudest, noisiest thing they've ever played on that show.
When this show first came to my local NPR station a year or so ago, I at first kinda ignored it because I only really focused on the old 50s stuff that most epsisodes of the show start with, but I've since been drawn to it when I'm near a radio when it comes on locally on Saturday mornings (each NPR station picks their own time so you'll need to look for it in your area if you want to check it out).
The guy who puts it together is some kind of a professor, and sometimes
he glosses over some aspects of stuff to be more entertaining and ignores
other stuff for time constraint reasons, but over-all the show is really
fun and informative. I've even found that revisiting those old 50s songs
in historical contexts is pretty cool. I highly recommend the show to
those interested in music "history".
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 09:09:10 -0800
Subject: Neil NOT on Charlie Rose
Regarding the report on Neil possibly appearing on
Charlie Rose, I called the show and was told that he is not,
and has never been scheduled to be on it.
From: Richard Stringer-Hye <Stringer@LIBRARY.Vanderbilt.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 19:27:03 -0600
Subject: Neil Tribute Tonight
Nashville ("Nashvegas"), Thursday, 25th
THE NIGHT IS YOUNG -- a tribute to Neil Young.
Featuring Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Jason White, Joy Lynn White, Jolynn Daniel, Brian Waldschlager, Park Chisolm, & Polka Queen Lynn Marie Renk.
9:00pm, The Sutler. $5.
From: Keith N. Gillis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 09:21:40 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Neil tune also on Regis
Today on Regis & Kathy Lee, the "Trio" sang After the Gold Rush... It's funny they sang that after Regis commented on Dolly having written 3000 songs herself.... Emmilou & Linda said they started liking Dolly after they met her in 74 while Linda was touring with Neil... Linda and Neil and the band went to see Emmilou And everybody got on stage and jammed... I have to believe Neil is the most influentual artist of the century.
Keith N. Gillis
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 00:23:27 -0500
Subject: Neil tunes on Letterman
Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt were on Letterman tonight singing After the Gold Rush. I couldn't wait to hear the second verse to see what they would say. When the line came, they changed it to "and I felt like I could cry." Also, they used Neil's "in the 20th Century" update for the first verse. After the song ended, Schaefer and the boys went to commercial with Down By The River.
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 04:36:25 EST
Subject: Neil on Charlie Rose?
Saw this schedule:
> CHARLIE ROSE, PBS > Please note that Charlie Rose listings are very tentative > Mo 3/22 Time 100 Scientists And Thinkers > Tu 3/23 Yahoo! CEO Tim Koogle; architect Sarah Susanka > Wed 3/24 TBA > Th 3/25 Cassandra Wilson > Fr 3/26 Neil YoungI checked my TV GUIDE and it just says TBA for Friday night. (It looks like TBA is also scheduled for 3/24 -- are they a Rap group like NWA ?? :)
The Charlie Rose Show web page hasn't been updated lately. Guess we'll have to just tune in and see who shows up...
Hook N. Ladder
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 21:44:17 -0800
Subject: More on CSNY from Elliot
Had the good fortune to get myself and my wife tickets in advance to both Berkeley and Oakland. I managed to talk at some length with Elliot Roberts, who basically confirmed everything that has been on Rust about the new Neil album coming out post-CSNY, which is due for June/July.
As far as CSNY goes, he said that he would be managing the tour, that Neil was way into what was going on musically, and when I queried him on David and Stills, he would only say that, "everyone is healthy." Which I took to be a positive statement.
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 11:13:07 +0100
Subject: Neil Is Everywhere
Saw a commercial on Belgian TV last night for a new TV program called America Undercover. It's about the crime, drugs, etc. in America. The music that accompanied the commercial was... ...Safeway Cart, from this certain guy, called Neil something. :-) It seemed to just match with the program...
~Across the Ocean~
From: Horseshoe Man <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 15:26:24 -0800
Subject: Inside CSNY & Archives news
After the 3/9 Portland show, I struck up a casual conversation with Elliot Roberts, who was very polite and open in his comments. I asked about the new CSNY album. He indicated that June/July "for sure". Wanted to get it out before the guys tour.
I cruised over to the opposite side of the room, where Larry Cragg was leaned up by a wall, watching the insanity. Had a great casual conversation with him. He too couldn't remember Neil in better voice. Larry commented on how great the acoustics were in Portland.
We eventually spoke about the Archives. Larry commented on how absolutely outstanding some of the material is going to be. In particular, he was proud of the Blue Notes shows. Said that all the best stuff was played after the Album came out. Said the band continued to really gel. I asked about release dates, we both ended up laughing.
Then I reminded him, since he had played, he would be entitled to some royalties. "Oh yeah, that's right!", he said in what seemed to be a new realization. He spoke of playing the baritone sax.
Larry also brought up about some 1963 material that he called "amazing". Early versions of some of Neil's later songs. Said it would be on the Archives. "You just can't believe how good he was at that age. Hell, I was thinking about things other than music then, and here he is recording this amazing stuff".
From a secret source who must remain secret to protect the guilty, but absolutely is in the know: when asked about Neil's new album, said that it HAD BEEN almost done. BUT, when Neil got together with CSN, he took three (3) finished tracks off of his own album and CSN dubbed in their vocals. Couldn't get the names of the 3 songs.
Neil is still recording during breaks in his schedule. No album until the fall.
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:22:44 -0500
From today's The Sleaze (typo included):
LOVE IS WEIRD QUOTE OF THE DAY: "A man that buys a herd of buffalo is worth loving." - CARDIGANS singer NINA PERRSON describes why she is secretly in love with grunge grandpa NIEL YOUNG.
Here's an apology Howard was forced to make on today's show (3/18/99). I am quoting as close as i can. They were going over the replay of the RnRHof show on VH1, so Howard piped in with "You know sometimes to be funny I go a little too far -- I'm a fan of Neil Young so let me just read this and get it over with (obviously reading a prepared statement)...
"I just want to apologize to Neil Young for the RNRHOF incident. It was stupid and thoughtless and it will never happen again. I don't want to bring the show down but Neil was quite upset."
Well, I say if Howard is sincere--we forgive him (if not, maybe we can get him banned from radio).
Capt. Jenks, USMC ret.
From: PD Larson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:29:49 -0600
Subject: More on CSNY
In the March 16 Minneapolis Star Tribune Pop Musing column, written by pop music columnist Jon Bream, David Crosby revealed a few details about the upcoming CSNY album during a phone interview.
Crosby Stills, Nash & Young is back together, Crosby confirmed last week during a break from a CSNY recording session. The project had started out as a CSN album, for which 12 songs were nearly completed.Paul Larson..."sacred roots"
"Neil came by to play on a song, liked the music and stuck around," Crosby said of a new CSN album... "We took that one apart and built a new one [album]. We're just about done.'
The vibe among the quartet - which hasn't recorded an album together since 1988 and has not toured since '74 - is excellent, Crosby said. With the album due in the stores in June, the group is planning a summer tour of arenas.
This morning about 6:15 Howard and his stooges were discussing the RnRHof dinner that a couple of them attended. Gary (Bababouey) mentioned that Neil was, "another one that has no command of the English Language. He gets up there and acts like he doesn't know what he's doing."
Howard proceeded to make some ridiculous comments about Neil. The main one I remember was along the lines of Neil being in no position to talk about Paul's commitment to his family. "What's he been, like, married three times?" and "Didn't he leave his wife and his [disabled] kid." (Howard used another term to describe Zeke and Ben's disability, but I am unwilling to repeat it.)
Typical Howard stuff. F!#% Howard.
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 00:45:12 +0500
Subject: Neil Inducts Paul
See the NEWS FLASH.
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 10:19:29 +0100
Subject: Young Neils Take The Stage
The great Norwegian band Young Neils had a great concert at Studentersamfundet in Trondheim, Norway on March 12. The famous Norwegian artist Lars Lillo Stenberg (from the band de Lillos) is the front person for this Crazy Horse-like band with two guitars, bass and drums. For this show they also had two backing vocal girls.
All the band members have their own bands, but they usually do a few gigs with Young Neils each year. They play at Rockefeller in Oslo every December 23.
This concert lasted for approx. 140 minutes, and included this songs (not necessarily in this order):
Mr. SoulRust greetings from Norway,
Everbody Knows This Is Nowhere
Down By The River
Tell Me Why
Heart Of Gold
Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown
Cortez The Killer
Like A Hurricane
My My, Hey Hey
Hey Hey, My My
Rockin' In The Free World
The NYC punk band D Generation do a cover of Don't Be Denied
on their new CD Through The Darkness. It's not what you would
expect either -- it's a pretty faithful rendition of the original. It's
quite nice actually. The album was produced by Tony Visconti (Bowie,
T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, etc).
From: email@example.com (Mark Williams)
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 19:44:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: More on CSNY
Just spoke to a friend who recently had a visit from Graham Nash. He said Nash played him a few cuts off the new CSNY CD. He says it's gonna blow everybody away. Neils power chords are just killer on some songs, but Neil's own 3 songs are all acoustic.
Each member does 3 songs, there are 12 songs on the new CD.
Now, the biggest surprise. He said Graham indicated that it was NEIL's IDEA to have the reunion tour and album, not CSN's.
From: Ray Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 10:34:01 +0100
Subject: Neil on French TV
For everyone who didn't catch Neil's appearance on French TV (on MCM), here's the set list. The show was great! His voice sounds unbelievable. The audience was numerous but quiet (me, my tvscreen&me). No cat callers!!! :)
Pete Long passed this on....
In the current edition of the Times Educational Supplement - the weekly newspaper for the UK teaching profession -- there's a review of a childrens science fiction book called Shipping Forecast.
Go there, and read down through the 5th paragraph of the review...
Can't get away from 'em... :-)
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Dave Asker <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 16:21:31 PST
Subject: Tim Rogers Covers Neil
Saw Tim Rogers (You Am I) last night playing an acoustic show in Melbourne. The last song of the night was a great cover of Don't Cry No Tears -- a great way to end a great gig. Then to top the night off, the first song over the P.A. as the band walked off stage was Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown, followed by the rest of Tonight's The Night.
If Tim's solo album is available overseas I strongly recommend Rusties give it a listen. It's called What Rhymes With Cars and Girls and it's got some great little tunes on it.
If we can't get the real Neil to tour our fare shores down under, then I guess we'll take what we can get. It's sad when you've seen more Neil cover versions than actually seeing Neil perform them himself, but like I said we'll take what we can get.....
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 19:23:23 +0100
Subject: BS Box release
According to Richie Furay, they are now looking at a late fall release date for the Buffalo Springfield box set.....
From: Shakey Jack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 08:24:19 PST
Subject: Dakota Suite
I saw a band in Leicester last week called Dakota Suite, they did a blistering 10 minute long version of On The Beach. Totally awesome -- Rusties should definately check this band out. They are very "Neil circa 1975-6". They are doing shows alll across the UK at the moment and I urge you to check them out!!!
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 08:54:46 -0500
Subject: Crosby's CSNY comments
Yet another interview with Crosby about what's going on with CSNY on the JAM Music site.
Within there he says Neil took 6 accoustic songs to them and they're
using 3 of them on the CSNY album, which will probably be called
Heartland, and should be out in June.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Erik <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 00:50:58 -0500
Subject: Neil a role model for Alanis?
Did anyone else catch this in the cover story on Alanis Morrisette in the new SPIN?
She feels a distinct rapport with male rock stars of a certain age, and thinks of them as career role models. She has met Neil Young on a few occasions, and says that "I think that we're on the same page on a certain level. I just feel like he has my back." Over the last few years, she says, "[When] there were certain decisions I had to make, I would think 'what would Neil do?'"
I'm really not sure what to make of this, other than to be pretty certain that Neil would NOT walk around LA in the buff for a video shoot.
Be on my side, I'll be on your side
From: saibot nala <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 09:44:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Neil in the Mags
Neil really is everywhere.
Check out this week's Entertainment Weekly for a new photo of Neil (sideburns and all) with Beck and someone else at the Rock The Vote awards.
And there's a mention of Neil (and an unflattering reference to "bad albums") in this month's Men's Health.
The Emperor of Wyoming (in New Jersey)
From: Allan Meek <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 22:43:24 -0500
Subject: Crosby on "Open Mike"
David Crosby just did an interview with Mike Bullard on the Open Mike show (Canada: Comedy Network, CTV). Crosby gushed about Neil for the first couple of minutes (ie. "genius", etc.), and even told the More Barn! story!
Mike Bullard also noted that Crosby may have spent more time in Canada than Neil himself. :-)
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 17:03:20 -0500
Subject: Dennis Miller on Neil
The other night on his HBO show, Miller acknowledged Neil as
one of the few who haven't sold out.
From: Susan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 5 Mar 99 00:37:13 PST
Subject: Neil in Seattle Paper
The Seattle Time ran several items on Neil this week. First was an ad:
Escape the Rust (more about the 90 days and 90 nights of rain)Then there was the pre-concert review which included a side bar not in the web version of the paper, about the concert reviewer's memory of his First Neil and the man who introduced him to the album.
Then there was (my favorite) a "6 degrees of seperation" with Neil Young in the center of the Universe (cute).
Looking forward to meeting many Rusties this week-end. Still clutching a ticket in my sweaty little hand.
--< Dragon Mom
From: Rob O'Neill <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 14:40:29 -0700
Subject: Neil mentioned on NPR
Was listening to the Marketplace show on National Public Radio yesterday afternoon while driving home from work. Someone was doing a commentary piece on how much of the media and entertainment is becoming dominated by huge conglomerates, and they were using Time-Warner as an example.
The commenter said something about going thru her CD collection and discovering a large percentage was from (i.e., controlled by) T-W. After she said this they played snippets of about 5-6 songs, one of which was Over and Over from Ragged Glory! What good taste!
From: Ray Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 09:39:48 +0100
Subject: Neil coming to French TV
According to the French mag telecablesatellite, everyone who has the chance to capture the French channel MCM on Friday, 12 March at 19:30 ...... "NEIL YOUNG l'INTEGRALE." Some of Neil's video clips should be broadcasted in this transmission.
Rendez-Vous donc à cette date!!!!!!!!!
PS: According to this mag there will be a EuroTour in.... June/July!!!!!!!!!