(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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I heard last night on local radio station in Boston (WZLX) that Neil is the scheduled guest for Rockline this week. The show will be on here in Boston on Wednesday night at 11:30pm EST. I'm not sure if the same holds true for the rest of the country.
The show is a repeat of his 1991 appearance on the show.
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 10:47:48 -0600
From: Kauss Randall <FRK014@motorola.com>
Subject: Getting up to Neil
During the Saturday (Jan 13) game between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks on regional NBC television, they showed the state-of-the-art DVD systems that the Mavericks owner has added to each player's locker. Commentator, and NBA hall of famer Bill Walton remarked "that's the way to get up for a game, by listening to some Jerry Garcia or some Neil Young..."
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 16:55:01 -0800
Subject: Neil sets the mood again
Jane Pauley was interviewing Michael Douglas on NBC's Dateline show. Michael started talking about his father Kirk, and then a picture of them came up. The music playing in the background was none other than Old Man, by Neil.
a river on your skin
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 14:41:44 -0800
Subject: Controlling the Internet
Neil gave an interview in Buenos Aires that was included at the bottom of an article in Thursday's La Nacion newspaper. Within it Neil talks about how the Internet affects what he plays in concert. I personally feel that he's being over-paranoid about the scale of the effect of this, but hey, that's Neil...
The article below was translated from Spanish using the Babelfish
translater, which I've tried to clean up. Hopefully I didn't make
any gross errors in editing this...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Q: Are there new songs with Crazy Horse?
Yes, we are working in the studio, but we haven't played them live, so that they do not appear immediately on the Internet, before they're ready. I like to record a disc and have people listen to all the songs together, the versions that we want them to listen to. With the Internet there is no more privacy, nor the possibility of playing in front of the public, in a live concert to develop the songs. Because they are put immediately in circulation. It is the Internet that spreads the music so fast. How to get it to be profitable is not my problem. Mine it is to make music, but I do not want my songs to be listened to if I do not decide it. To control the Internet is better than to be controlled by it.
Q: You continue working on the project of the anthology of your work?
I almost finished it, but now, thank God, it will not be released on CD [first?] but on Audio DVD -- that has much better quality. It is better than the audio on a video DVD because all the digital information is dedicated to the sound. It does not have any comparison with the CD -- that seem like a toy sound. So the Anthology project is going to be released on DVD soon, probably this year. It took enough time to do this and I do not want it to go outt sounding less than what can be. There is no hardship, time is on my side.
Q: How was it recording with Pearl Jam?
It was nice, we had fun. But it passed quickly.
Q: It seems that everything passes quickly in your life
Yes [he says laughing], that's true in general. But also there are times of change of speed when the inspiration arrives. For weeks or months nothing appears, and suddenly, everything begins again. Then I have to suspend all the other activities and allow that to happen. That's when the songs appear.
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On the official Neil-site, the album Road Rock has finally been added. Notice that there's a reference to "Volume 2" there. Says it's "coming soon".
Peter van der Heide
HyperRust Editor's note: Yeah, but check out the last comment in the excerpts from the Reprise Records press release. Could be a smokescreen...
Patrick Riguelle is a good Belgian musician. He explains in
Humo magazine: "If Neil Young plays a guitar solo of
twenty minutes, I never feel bored. He only touches two
strings and hardly succeeds in playing five subsequent notes
correctly. But the false note in between -- that's the one
that touches me every time..."
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 07:03:41 -0800
Subject: S&G in Q Top 50
According to Q Magazine, Neil's Silver & Gold made it into their top 50 albums of 2000. Here's what they say:
As Neil Young approached 55, it was time to weigh up the important things in life. And the most important thing to him? Love, and only love. As he sings here on Horseshoe Man, "Love is the answer/Love is the question". Though most closely related to Harvest and Harvest Moon (and maybe On The Beach), this is infinitely more down-home and intimate. Silver & Gold is a deeply personal -- even for Young -- portfolio of recollections, apologies and declarations of, well, love that can make you squirm as only an unwitting eavesdropper does.There's also a link to their full review of the album from there.
Best bit: 0.32 into Red Sun, Emmylou Harris weaves unworldly harmonies with Young's equally fragile vocals.
Though Neil doesn't play until Saturday, this past Sunday at Rock In Rio Hey Hey My My was performed -- by Oasis. Noel introduced the song by mentioning it was Neilīs song. I thought they played the song nicely.
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 11:05:16 -0800
From: Sean Palmerston <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Catholic Horse?
Frank Black is about to release a new album, Dog In The Sand, which is his best album in years. The following is an excerpt of an interview he did with View magazine in Hamilton, Ontario, in advance of his show there. Here he mentions how, by recording their records completely live, he and his band The Catholics hope to sound like Neil and the Horse:
"I would hope to achieve some sort of Crazy Horse kind of glory," says Black, who has long revered Neil Young's emotive guitar work. "Not the size of their audience, but in terms of the rockin' vibe. We like to be able to rock out that hard, so I allow that influence to come through my filter strong."Canuck Sean
Jonathan Gregg of Time Magazine compiled his best 10 of 2000, and Neil comes in at #3 (behind Aimee Mann and Shelby Lynne):
3. Neil Young, "Silver and Gold".The rest of his top 10: Pat Metheny Trio, Ryan Adams, Neko Case and Her Boyfriends, Steely Dan, XTC, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, and Eminem.
More of the same from the acoustic half of old Neil's brain, which is to say some ineffably sad and beautiful ruminations on aging and the meaning of life which, the Canadian curmudgeon tells us, is love. If I were you, I'd believe him. Anyone looking for an arresting profile of a guy with a history of significant adversity and zero tolerance for b.s. would be well advised to check out the hourlong documentary on Young that was aired this year. In an era when "keeping it real" is the mantra for every studio-created pretender, it's worth being reminded what "real" really is.
I realize that passing this on decreases my own chances of winning, but what the hey!
On CollegeMusic.com there's a contest where you can win some Neil related merchandise. The blurb on the site reads as follows:
Enter Now To Win A DVD Prize Package which includes:A CITS DVD?!? It appears to be a DVD single. I've never heard of this concept before. You can also view the video on-line there.
A Cowgirl In The Sand Video DVD
A Neil Young Road Rock Vol 1 CD
posters, laminates and more!
A Man from Mars
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 07:00:49 -0800
From: Charles Zepp <email@example.com>
Subject: Major Neil article in Sound + Vision
In Feb/March 2001 issue of Sound + Vision magazine (which used to be Stereo Review) there's a five page article that includes an exclusive interview with Neil, wherein he "sings the praises of DVD-Audio." Within it he slams CDs, and praises DVD-Audio (and analog, of course). He also discusses HDCD. There are some pretty cool pix.
The article starts by stating that it takes place at Toast Studios, where Neil and Crazy Horse are recording overdubs for a new album that "as Young wrily says, is tentatively called Toast."
Some other points of interest:
It's a very interesting article and I would recommend picking up the magazine for the full story. There's also lots of great info about DVD-Audio in general.
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2001 18:24:42 -0800
Subject: Neil and DVD-Audio
Here's more from that Reprise press release. The "Lydecker" quoted here is Warner Music's "director of technology"...
One of the first artists to get involved in DVD audio was Neil Young, even though he may have had some reservations about it in the beginning. "Neil's concern at the outset was that DVD audio was just going to be a very short extension of DVD video," says Lydecker. "That would have meant audio that was highly compressed in a five-channel mix, not allowing for any flexibility in the audio presentation." Working with McPherson, however - who repeatedly tested and demonstrated the medium on prototype players to give the look and feel of DVD - Neil was quickly converted. Now, says Lydecker, "He almost deserves as much credit for making the standard as Al does."RE*AC*TOR
Excerpts from a new Road Rock press release from Reprise Records...
"I did a count to get the band going after I played the guitar for a while and I gave them a bad count. Consequently, half the band came in on 'one' and the other half came in on 'two' so that threw everything off. So that's how the record starts. We worked it out - you can hear us finding the groove then turing around to all come together. I thought that's a good way to start: It's real, there's nothing overdubbed, thre's no re-mixing, it is what it is. It's 'Road Rock' -- like being at a concert. We didn't expend any effort into fixing or shortening anything."
"You drink a little tequila and put the songs in and the ones that rise to the top are the ones that get on the record."
In Canada's #1 weekly magazine, Maclean's, their Top 10 for last year was:
On the Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-2000 set
(a 2 DVD set), included will be Bruce's performance of Fire
Benefit I in 1986. The DVD set is out on the 16th.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 22:47:57 -0800
Subject: Neil Punctured
I picked up the fall 2000 edition of Puncture magazine -- the one that has Sleater-Kinney on the cover. It has a small editorial piece on Neil, written by Jay Ruttenberg. It praises (I think) him, but goes on to suggest that his cyclic predictability (Crazy Horse/loud -- acoustic/country/soft) makes him "as predictable as an episode of Scooby Doo" rather than the "stylistically capricious eccentric" he is often held up as. An old arguement perhaps but an interesting read.
They also feel that Neil was truely daring during the 80s with Trans and Landing On Water, and also suggest that Silver & Gold would have been better off had he stuck to the original concept of "acoustica". Ruttenberg's final word: Time for Neil to put down the guitar, dust off the vocoder and record a sequel to Trans! Food for thought.
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 10:29:45 -0800
Subject: Jayhawks still doin' some Neil
The Jayhawks covered Sedan Delivery at First Avenue in Minneapolis on 12/29. They did Winterlong on 12/30. Then they played both of those back-to-back, at the House of Blues in Chicago on 1/1. Great versions -- a treat for this Rustie and Jayhawks fan.
Kraig Johnson sang lead vocals on both. Previously the Jayhawks have covered Expecting To Fly and Revolution Blues in concert. Gary, Kraig and Marc also performed Revolution Blues at First Ave last month on 12/20, as members of Golden Smog.
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 21:48:55 -0800
Subject: More S&G kudos
At the end of each year, the best radio station in the world, 89.7 WNKU in Highland Heights, Kentucky, has a listener chosen top 89 new albums for the year. Silver and Gold placed 4th, just behind Emmylou, Steve Earle and David Gray. Cincinnati's own Ass Ponys placed 12th, just ahead of John Hiatt and Steely Dan. To view the whole list, and to check out some other neat stuff (they have a good new release page) visit them on the web
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 12:39:37 -0800
Well, they just announced the Grammy nominations. Neil isn't up for any of them.
Actually that's a good thing, IMO.
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 10:34:23 -0600
From: Kauss Randall <FRK014@motorola.com>
Subject: Camryn & Neil
In the 12/31/2000 issue of the Parade Sunday newspaper insert, there's an interview with Camryn Manheim from the Emmy-winning TV show The Practice. She says:
"...I went to high school in Long Beach and graduated from the University of Santa Cruz with a BFA. Actually, I learned to play every Neil Young record ever done."RK - the dangerbird
From the Direct TV News email I just recieved:
Rock out as Neil Young cranks up his music to new heights in a thrilling performance with family and friends taped live from the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Enjoy a special New Year's Day premiere on Monday, Jan. 1. Then tune in throughout the month to experience the passion and amazing guitar work that have made Neil a legend.Details here.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 12:36:07 -0800
From: Mindless Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Dutch Top 2000
Dutch Radio station Radio 2 is playing their "Top 2000" now, and will be untill December 31 at midnight. Neil is represented at the following positions:
#98 - Like A HurricanePaul
#155 - Heart Of Gold
#426 - Old Man
#1027 - Helpless
#1201 - Alabama
Neil Young's Silver & Gold
was picked as #8 in the "Best Pop/Rock Albums of 2000", in the year-end
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 08:06:39 -0800
Subject: Pay Per View Rock In Rio?
I heard a rumor that the Rock In Rio concert will be carried as a Pay Per View broadcast. So Neil's performance may be on it. If so, it may be on cable TV or satellite (maybe Direct TV). If anyone sees ads or fliers from your local cable advertising coming attractions, look for the Rock In Rio concerts.
For our luck, they'll show everyone BUT Neil. Or the Mir space station will hit their satellite just as Neil hits the stage...
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 18:19:18 -0800
From: Aubriton Meek <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil on Direct TV
I just saw on the "preview channel" that lists upcoming events on Direct TV that they have Neil in concert, for free, showing through the month of January. It featured some film of Neil with the Friends & Relatives band playing Unknown Legend. I don't know if it was the same as the Red Rocks Live video or not.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 13:42:18 -0800
From: joseph wild <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: CSNY in Jeopardy
Today on the Jeopardy game show, they had a whole category called "Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young". These were the answers that were shown:
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 07:02:35 -0800
Subject: Road Rock on the charts
On its 1st week of release, Road Rock was at position 169 on the Billboard chart. It did not return for a 2nd week. This might be Neil's lowest charting album in a while, maybe ever?
However, thank God the Beatles are kicking some Backstreet
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 11:19:45 +0100
Subject: Neil's #1 in 2000
In the German Rolling Stone magazine, issue 01/2001, they present the results of their reader-poll for the year 2000:
Artist of the year 2000: Neil Young!
I hope that Neil gets this information and decides to come to Europe for some gigs. A lot of fans are waiting to see him again.
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 01:27:53 -0800
From: Laurie Hoffman <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil mention on ABC
I was watchin one of my fav. tv shows tonight, Dharma and Greg, and they mentioned Neil...
Dharma's dad Larry works as a security guard for his daughter's inlaw's big business firm. Some of the office guys were giving Larry stuff as bribes, so that he'd "put in a good word" around the big boss.
One guy says, "Larry I know how much you like Neil Young, so I got you two tickets to next week's show." Larry seemed genuinely pleased.
Pretty cool, huh?
The DJ's Daughter
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 09:35:58 -0800
From: rick shearer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Mad Neil
Howdy Rusties, the new Mad Magazine (issue #401), has a parody called Bad Ideas. One of the bad ideas is a take-off on Michaelangelo's Sistene Chapel painting. It shows Crosby in the sky handing a milky white colored test tube to Melissa Etheridge and her partner. He's reaching out, she's reaching out, they're almost touching. In the clouds with Crosby are the three angels Steve, Graham and Neil.
It's pretty funny. If you have to collect everything Neil, you can't miss this.
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 07:16:51 -0800
From: Tom Hanna <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil mention on CBS
On the CBS Sunday Morning show, Charles Osgood narrated a short segment on Lionel trains. Neil was briefly mentioned as being a fan of the trains, and as part owner of the company. They showed a color still photo of Neil with Ben. The segment was about five minutes long.
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 08:52:47 -0800
From: Chuck King <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Berlin again
The Image Entertainment web site says...
Neil Young: In Berlin"Moe the Sleaze"
ID: RHI976617DVD - $19.95 - Not Rated
UPC: 603497661725 - 60 min. - 1982
Preorder: 2/27/01 - Rhino
Street: 3/27/01 - Music
Full Frame - Color - English
Neil Young performs live on the Trans tour. Songs: Cinnamon Girl, Computer Age, Little Thing Called Love, Old Man, The Needle and the Damage Done, After the Gold Rush, Transformer Man, Sample and Hold, Like a Hurricane, Hey Hey My My, Berlin.
This morning on my way to work I was listening to Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now... After Amy Goodman's reading of the morning headlines, with emphasis on the "non-partisan" (toungue firmly planted in cheek) Supreme Court ruling on the recount in Florida, there was a pause for station ID. Afterward, the next segment opened up with Neil's acoustic version of Rockin' In The Free World. It was just the first verse and chorus but the context was almost chilling. Really pointed up the power of that song, especially in light of the seeming erosion of freedom going on around us all the time these past fifty or so years.
...sooner or later it all gets real...
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 02:36:06 -0800
Subject: Road Rock at #1...
Went out today to get the Red Rocks Live video at Twist and Shout, a local independent record store. In the store was their list of top selling CDs for the week of Dec. 10. The #1 seller on the list was Road Rock.
The high standing could be the result of that three-night stand that
Neil did here back in September, or maybe those of us in the Mile High
City have more class than elsewhere.
: ) Jim
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 16:04:59 -0800
From: Mike Raney <email@example.com>
Subject: Crazy Horse album rumor
I spoke with a friend today about the Crazy Horse rumors, and he confirmed (and he would know) that Neil is definitely recording a new record with Crazy Horse.
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 09:24:32 -0800
Subject: Road Rock audio DVD delay
As of a couple of days ago, at least one on-line store was saying that
the Road Rock audio DVD
was released Tuesday. But the fact is that it has been slipped to
January 16. Pre-orders are still available...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2000 12:52:11 -0800
Subject: Frequently Asked Questions
I'm already getting a LOT of questions rising from the confusion around the Road Rock album and the Red Rocks Live video and the various formats they're being released in, and what's on them. I've decided to set up a simple plain-text FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") file to hopefully alleviate some confusion.
I've gotten some info the United Kingdom release of
the Red Rocks Live video (DVD and VHS) is apparently set
for January 22.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 12:17:49 -0800
Subject: Reprise's Neil site update
Reprise Records has replaced their Silver & Gold Neil pages with a set of Road Rock pages. They can be directly accessed at www.NeilYoungMusic.com.
An interesting thing about the pages is the "video" link at the bottom, which takes you to info about the Red Rocks Live video. Not much there, except that it's the first picture of the cover of the video that I've seen. What's interesting about that cover is that it looks almost identical to the Road Rock album Road Rock album -- only the "Road Rock" is changed to "Red Rocks" and a little "Live" is inserted under it. Otherwise it's the same cover (except a little taller, of course).
There are a lot of confusion factors around Road Rock and
Red Rocks Live, and now they're supplemented
by having even the album and video COVERS (which are NOT for the same
music!) almost identical. I wonder why this confusion is being
promulgated? I'll bet it will actually result in LOST SALES, as people
think "oh, I already have that video, I don't need the album..."
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 10:45:27 -0800
Subject: Another end of year nod to S&G
Q magazine lists Silver & Gold as one of the best albums of 2000. It describes it as a love album, related to "Harvest and Harvest Moon (and maybe On The Beach)" but "infinitely more downhome and intimate", as "deeply personal", and as a "portfolio of recollections, apologies and declarations of, well, love that can make you squirm as only an unwitting eavesdropper does" (?!?!).
The article goes on to say that the best moment on the album is when Emmylou joins in on Red Sun and "weaves unworldly harmonies with Young's equally fragile vocals". (Sorry, Linda, none of the kudos going YOUR way, then...)
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 06:50:31 -0800
Subject: Heart Of Gold on the cover
The Los Angeles area Neil tribute band Heart of Gold is on the cover of the LA local weekly mag Entertainment Today. There is also a feature story about them.
The website will change the story on Friday. Afterward it will
be available on
the band's website.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 05:24:40 -0800
Subject: Red Rocks Live NOT slipped
An online DVD store just offered and allowed Red Rocks Live to be ordered TODAY, claiming that it had 30 copies in stock and would ship immediately. I guess that refutes the assertion in the Reprise Records store that the release isn't until next week.
The Road Rock album is also released today.
I also note that the audio DVD version of the Road Rock album is also listed as on-sale today in at least one DVD store, so any confusion over that version's release date is also resolved.
. . . RE*AC*TOR