(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Not sure if this is good or if it's bad...
In todays Daily Mail, there is a picture of Neil in the Coffee Break Quiz. They ask:
What is the name of the occasional backing band of Canadian-born singer/songwriter Neil Young?Now let me see... errr! dooooh!
a) Crazy Horse
b) Sitting Bull
~Custers Last Stand~
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 21:18:35 +0200
From: Joost Groen <email@example.com>
Subject: Out of the Oor
The Dutch leading music magazine Oor ("Ear") is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition covering 30 years of pop music. Within it is a small (1/2 page) article on Neil, written by Constant Meijers. It's about Neil visiting Amsterdam after the 1974 CSNY tour had ended with the Wembley concert. No new information, but it has a pretty cool picture.
Also, Harvest is mentioned as the top record of 1972, and therefore one of the thirty "essential albums" of Oor's time in existance. Pretty cool magazine, check it out.
Joost, I am a child
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 23:03:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: matt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Box Cars for America
Check out ebay. Neil has donated 10 hand signed Lionel train 'flag' box cars for the Auction For America on eBay. All money goes directly to the September 11th Fund. You can help out some people and get yourself a very limited edition collectible.
For once I actually think eBay is a good thing.
just my 2 cents
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2001 10:46:02 -0400
Subject: Last word on Heroes tribute...
The final words of a Robert Hilburn review of last week's John Lennon Tribute show (in which that show was compared to the Tribute To Heroes show several times):
"Nothing Tuesday, however, matched the memory of the sheer, transforming beauty of Neil Young singing Imagine on the telethon. There were good intentions at every turn Tuesday, but sometimes they aren't enough.RE*AC*TOR
Got this in an E-Mail from the band Lapdog, which features former members of Toad The Wet Sprocket...
We have yet another song up for your listening pleasure. Some call it the rarest Toad song ever. It's a live version of Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl, recorded direct to tape at the Georgia Theater in Athens on May 28th, 1992. This is from the promo-only Columbia Indestructible sampler.
This rare live Toad recording is available for a short time only. Listen to it here.
In the Nov/Dec issue of MY GENERATION, a publication of the American Association of Retired People (which I am just barely old enough to belong to), there is an article about the new production of the movie The Lord Of The Rings. An insert in the article has a chart that is a guide to the characters in the story. The chart gives the name of the actor that plays each character.
But then the chart gets a little "out there"... It lists things like: who would have been cast in the part if Republicans did the casting, who if Democrats did so, etc. One of the lists posits who would have been cast for the various roles if this were made in the '60s. In that list, NEIL is cast as Aragon! Do you love it?!
Aragon was considered the wisest man of his time, and he brought peace to a land long without it. The article describes him as a "weatherbeaten wanderer who turns out to be an Arthurian hero and heir to an ancient throne".
Just for fun for those of you who know the characters - the other '60s cast members are: Gandolf = Timothy Leary; Saruman = Jann Wenner (that cracked me up); Frodo = Eugene McCarthy; Sam = Ringo Starr; Galadriel = Joni Mitchell; Arwen = Julie Christie; Bilbo = Pete Seeger; and the Sauron = Richard Nixon.
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2001 12:01:11 -0400
Subject: "I wonder if I can"
A New York Times article says the "current generation" doesn't really have a "fallible yet credible visionary, deadly serious yet wickedly funny, peacenik pop star along the lines of John Lennon". Within it there's some discussion of Neil's performance of Imagine on the Tribute To Heroes show. Here's a slightly edited excerpt:
It was no surprise, then, that Neil Young, rock's eternal hippie and fiery man on the mountain, knew just what song would be most poignant to perform on "America: A Tribute to Heroes". Those who were listening closely may have noticed that when it came time to sing the lyric "Imagine no possessions/ I wonder if you can," Mr. Young changed the word "you" to "I."RE*AC*TOR
Mr. Young's point was to remove a small arrogance from the song, to confess that even he, the self- sufficient mountain man, may not be able to let go of the material world.
Goodwill to all Rusties,
Just a quickie to say I have an album of previously unreleased material out today called Waifs and Strays on the Evangeline label. One tune, Great Dreams Of Heaven, features Billy T. and Ralph M. playing live with me, recorded in London in 1994.
There are another 13 tunes on the album, and if you're a fan of you-know-who I would've hoped there will be much for you to enjoy on there (would I lie to a Rustie?). You'll find said LP on the 'net if you look hard enough.
With you all the way,
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 15:22:10 -0500
From: Jeffrey Smith <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil at Farm Aid press conference
I've setup the Farm Aid press conference videos, including Neil's inspirational talk, at: MusicBenefits.com.
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:19:11 -0700
From: Katherine Nau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: On the throne
There is an interesting photo of Neil taken by Dan Winters in Hawaii in 2000 on page 44 of the October 5 Entertainment Weekly. Neil is apparently sitting on the "throne", guitar in hands. Dan Winters' captured an image of Neil that is very different from any others I have seen. Dan Winter's caption reads...
"It's a bathroom in Hawaii. I have an aversion to musicians holding their instruments -- it's so obvious. But in this case, it was right. He was just sitting there plinking and plunking around."This is a beautiful piece of photographic art. Neil is shown holding a guitar. Fingering the frets, working the strings while the guitar holds the weight of his head his chin rests on the body. The image has an essence, it whispers a quiet secret which is rarely ever heard.
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 18:12:24 +0000
From: Michael Woods <email@example.com>
Subject: Tribute To Heroes DVD/CD news
Excerpts from news on DVD Review's web-site:
America's Benefit Concert is coming to DVD
Last Friday, in response to the tragedies of September 11th, many of movies' and music's biggest stars and television's largest networks, lent their time and talents to America: A Tribute to Heroes, an effort to raise relief funds for the efforts in New York and Washington D.C. Now the record and video industries are chipping in producing both a CD and a DVD of the concert.
The benefit, which raised more than $150 million for the United Way's September 11 Fund, featured a slew of memorable performances, from Bruce Springsteen's My City of Ruins to Neil Young's Imagine...
Not simply cashing in on the situation, the artists have agreed to waive their royalty fees for the album and video. Interscope Records, the producer of the CD, and possibly the DVD as well, are distributing the discs with proceeds going to the September 11 Fund.
Many technical and legal issues have to be hammered out before the discs can be released...
Tori Amos's new album with her scronchy take on Heart Of Gold
is going to enter the Top 200 album chart at #4. I wonder when
the last album with a Neil cover hit the top 5 like that..?
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 11:57:59 -0400
Subject: The Times They Are A Changin'
A New York Times article talks about how some "newer" musicians (post 70s) are waking up to US and world political affairs in the wake of the terrorist attacks. Here's a slightly edited excerpt:
Because the future is so uncertain and the attacks so recent, some musicians have been waiting to see what the United States response will be before stepping forward in protest or pacifism. But others say that now is precisely when musicians with alternative points of view should be heard, while vital national decisions are still being made. Though some musicians from previous generations, from Neil Young to Yoko Ono, have been making gestures toward pacifism, over all pop performers have remained cautious on the issue.RE*AC*TOR
I checked the Mike Scott/Waterboys official site yesterday and read several things on it - it's a great site. I read an 'on tour' interview with Steve Wickham on the site. He was asked who would he most like to play fiddle with, alive or dead. His answer?
'Neil Young!!'The exclamation marks belong to Steve Wickham. Long live the Waterboys!
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 01:03:48 EDT
Subject: The real deal
Thought I'd pass along this excerpt from a Trey Anastasio interview in Relix magazine:
Trey picks up my copy of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush and I comment that it's a pretty solid record. With the most serious look I've seen on his face all day he states, "It doesn't get much better than that."Kurt
He tells the story of Farm Aid '98 when Young joined Phish on stage for a stirring version of his classic, Down by the River. He speaks in depth of getting to know Young after being inspired by his music for so many years. His description of Young is a fitting end to our interview.
"From the bottom of my heart, I have to tell you, everything you think about him is true. What an amazing human being he is. He's got so much integrity and his relationship with music is so deep. He is the real deal."
Greetings from the Billy Talbot Band!
Billy's busy getting ready for Farm Aid, but he took the time to pass on his thoughts and feelings about recent events...
Hatred, violence. The lowest common denominator in man has reared its ugly head in possibly the most fearsome expression in all of mankind's history. In the guise of religion these fanatics invaded the United States with a very real attack on all of Western civilization.
Are they saying that they cannot express their religion freely as long as Western civilization exists? We have heard over and over again from the very holy Islamic Clerics that there is no room for violence in their religion. Just as it is for all religions of the one merciful and forgiving God.
As artists, our job is to remain sensitive to the feelings of the heart and the soul of man. These attacks cut to the quick of an artist's sensibilities. And like all human beings of conscience, I am appalled by what is a complete lack of humanity in these terrorists. No matter what their cause, they have dishonored it.
And rather than divide the people they have attacked, they have united us, and opened our hearts, and made us realize the great promise of mankind. So I must say that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were not successful -- rather they were a dismal failure. And the perpetrators will agonize and realize this, through the justice that will surely prevail -- in this life or the next.
Thank you for your interest in Billy and the band,
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:44:47 +0200
Subject: Murphy the Killer
Just a small note to tell you that yesterday night in Brussels, we had the utmost pleasure to hear Elliott Murphy, and he gave us a splendid version of Cortez the Killer. He was on stage with Iain Matthews (voice, guitar) and Oliver Durand (French guitar hero), without drummer or bass player. The whole concert was just great. He covered Blind Willie Mc Tell and Brown-Eyed Girl as well.
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 14:38:55 -0700
Subject: Hipster Neil
I read on the Tragically Hip mailing list that Gord Downie did When You Dance on Much Music today. This was on at 5 pm, so non-EDT viewers in Canada can still catch it. Cool!
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 8:00:00 -0400
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 01:00:00 EDT
Subject: BS on the Radio
This past Sunday, at around 11:35 PM, I tuned in rather late to 104.3 in New York City. I found that the radio show Up Close was being broadcast, and featured none other than Buffalo Springfield. I heard at least one Neil interview about the early years being approached by him with his entire being - he put himself so into the music. Of course, Neil's words were profound as always. There was more of an interview with Stills, and I also heard one Furray interview clip, too.
According to that show, this coming Sunday evening they'll broadcast part 2 of Up Close featuring Buffalo Springfield. Hope those of you not in the New York area can find it on your local stations, and those of you in the metro area are getting a good strong signal from Gotham City!
Peace, love, happiness and Neil,
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 20:14:05 +0200
From: Martin Andersen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Norway Neil Tunes reminder
Just want to let remind everyone know about the concert I'm giving with my Neil cover band Sugar Mountain, in Sandefjord, Norway next week at Cafe Bell. So to all Neil fans in the region, please support our show...
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 16:35:50 +0000
Subject: Homeless Neil
This morning, I got a different train than usual as I was heading to London's Kings Cross station. Just as I step onto the carriage a homeless guy gets on behind me, dumps his stuff in the middle of the passage where I am standing and addresses the very full (standing room only) carriage:
"Good Morning, ladies and gentlemen. I don't want to be a burden and I'm sorry to interrupt your morning. But I wondered if I could sing you a song, and if you would have any change.."Normal passenger reaction to this is to studiously ignore the guy. So this bloke starts singing and I start to twig "he's doing Unknown Legend and indeed he was!!! He sang the whole song unaccompanied, with a beautiful voice.
At the end I gave him £1 and said "Good choice." We started having a chat about Neil and his merits and when he moved down the carriage about half the punters were then left looking at me in astonishment. I'd not only listened, but I had paid up and TALKED to a homeless person. They just don't DO that.
I don't know how he felt about it, but it certainly made my morning.....
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 17:30:37 +0000
Subject: Slobberboning some Neil
This past Saturday (Sept. 15th) I witnessed the best Slobberbone performance I've ever seen, at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis. They started off with the acoustic stuff like Lazy Guy and Pinball Song, with Jess really ripping it up on banjo. Then out came the electrics and they rocked out. After an inspired set they came back out for an encore, and with audience members chanting, "USA! USA!", they exploded into Rocking In the Free World...
It was a treat for Rusties in attendance.
peace. -Ben Jammin'-
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 12:13:07 +0000
Subject: Buck's 15 year highlight
I was just skim-reading the new Q magazine. Q is celebrating 15 years of publishing, and they have lots of mini-interviews with musicians included. They asked Peter Buck what his personal highlight of the last 15 years was -- and his reply? Playing Ambulance Blues with Neil Young at the Bridge School Benefit Concert in 1998!
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 15:17:35 +0000
From: Jeff Sewick <email@example.com>
Subject: Mule kicks some Neil
Govt Mule kicked off their current tour in Colorado on 9/14. For those of you who don't know, Mule lost their bass player last year to an unexpected death... At this show Dave Schools from Widespread Panic filled in and Chuck Leavell played keyboards.
It was great to hear them play Neils Rockin' In The Free World. Warren even added some new lyrics...
Everybody said, 'It's over for the Mule',Just thought I would share this.
Now that Big Al's dead, what the hell we gonna do,
We got Big Dave Schools on the bass guitar,
And Chuck Leavell, he's a fuckin rock star,
Yea, Me and Matt, you know we lost our man,
But we gotta keep pushin every way we can,
Keep on rockin' in the FREE World!!
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 20:56:03 +0200
From: Everybody's Rockin' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Soaps do Neil Country
I was listening to a Neil show (11-13-1990) most of the day, until I had to stop it to watch a Norwegian soap Soria Moria (episode 25). During one scene I heard some familiar stuff from a radio in the background. It was Neil singing The Wayward Wind! I wished the actors would shut up so I could hear it better, but of course they didn't. Shortly after, the radio anchor-man said something and then played a few bars of Are There Any More Real Cowboys before the scene ended.
Damn it. Now I'll have to be a soap fan also!
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 00:52:32 +0200
From: Thor Henning Bugsett <email@example.com>
Subject: Warner predicting Feb album
Well Norwegian Warner, actually. From their website:
Utsettelse av release:Here's how I'd translate that:
Det er nå definitivt at NEIL YOUNGs nye album ikke vil se dagens lys før neste år. Medio februar virker som en sannsynlig dato akkurat nå.
Delay of release:Thor
It's now definite that the new Neil Young album will not see the light of day until next year. The middle of February seems likely as of now.
Greetings from the Billy Talbot Band!
September 11 marks the re-issue of Billy's first album The Rockets, originally released in 1968. Billy, Danny Whitten and Ralph Molina formed the Rockets along with George and Leon Whitsell and Bobby Notkoff in 1967. After this album -- and a bunch of jamming with Neil Young -- Billy, Ralph and Danny decided to take a break from The Rockets to work with Neil, and Crazy Horse was born.
This re-issue of The Rockets, on the Varése Vintage label, includes all of the original artwork, and new liner notes. It's the first time the album has been released in the US on CD. The album is available now from the label's website.
Thank you for your interest in Billy and the band,
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 09:58:57 -0700
From: Jim Beller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: From Marilyn to...
A friend's girlfriend sat behind Neil last night
at Madonna's show, in Oakland I think.
No word on who was with him.
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 11:57:15 -0700
Subject: Annual Tribute approaching...
Saturday November 10th
The 7th Annual
"LONG MAY YOU RUN"
Salute to NEIL YOUNG
Place: Highland Grounds
742 N. Highland
The release of the Buffalo Springfield Box Set has certainly increased interest in my book For What It's Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield, published in 1997. Several reviews of the box set have cited the book as a more definitive source for the group's history. I've been receiving dozens of inquiries about copies.
Unfortunately the publisher, Quarry Press, has no intentions of reprinting a third edition. There are virtually no copies in the warehouse and no copies on store shelves in North America (or from any of the online booksellers despite what they may tell you otherwise -- they're only taking backorders that cannot be filled). And I have no copies available.
However I contacted the UK publisher, Rogan House, and to my great surprise they have some copies in their warehouse. I am looking at importing them and selling them to those who want a personalized and signed copy. The cost of air freight, foreign exchange, and various import taxes makes the book a bit more expensive but I think I could sell them for about $23 US (not including postage to you).
I'm looking to see what kind of solid interest there is for a copy of the book. It's definitely hard to come by. If you are someone who would purchase a copy please email me and let me know so I can determine how many to acquire (I have to buy them upfront). Thanks.
John Einarson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 13:00:00 -0400
Subject: NYAS Returns!
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 12:01:06 -0500
From: joe derderian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Launch the Rockets
I stumbled across the following, courtesy of IceMagazine.com...
To be released September 11, 2001.....
...on Varèse Vintage.....
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 01:42:39 +0000
From: joe belock <email@example.com>
Subject: Shakin' All Over some Neil
Just picked up a kick-ass new comp of early Guess Who material from Sundazed. It's a bunch of tracks from their early years (1963-67) called Shakin' All Over. The whole CD is great. I never knew much of their early material except for having their Shakin' All Over 45 (on Scepter Records).
Here's the Neil Content: it includes a cover of Flying On The Ground Is Wrong, which it says was originally on a single of theirs. Good job, pretty much the same arrangement as the Springfield version.
Also, John Einarson does a great job as usual in telling the story of the band and the tracks in the CD booklet. Highly recommend this disc. My fave is the Randy Bachmann tune It's My Pride.
Rock on, Joe
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2001 22:30:42 +0200
From: Mindless Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil on German TV
I saw an anouncement on the ZDF (translation:"Second German TV Station") website about Neil being on German TV on September 23. It's a program about the Lorrach Festival show in the South of Germany (Black Forest).
The Festival runs for a month, and there are Classical Concerts, Worldmusic, Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop. So there is a lot to see and listen too. The tv programm will be filled with these kinds of music. Some attention goes out the the Black Forest and it's surroundings too.
Neil is mentioned in the anouncement of the show, but judging from the long list of performers that the producers can choose from, I doubt there will be a long version of Down by the River. Maybe a short Pocahontas. Which of course would be great.
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 07:31:04 -0700
From: Jeff Kern <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil not "Healthy"
The current issue of Men's Health magazine has a side bar feature on celebs with facial hair. It has pictures and a rating system that rates their "look". Kind of funny to see Neil up there among the Tom Cruises, etc.
Old Neil had a overwelhmingly negative approval rating for his side burns.
Peace & Barn!
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 23:46:07 +0200
Subject: French covers
Another new Heart Of Gold cover (besides the one by Tori Amos) will be featured on Jean-Jacques Milteau's new album out on September 18th, only in France, I'm afraid.
Jean-Jacques Milteau is well known in our beloved country for playing blues harmonica. It seems Mighty Mo Rogers is singing one or two songs on his album, but I couldn't find out whether he was singing on HOG.
Kathi McDonald's Insane Asylum is soon to be re-released on a French label called Magic Records. This album features Down To the Wire, with Nils Lofgren on guitar. The album was produced by David Briggs. (Also appearing on the album are John Cippolina, Neal Schon, Ronnie Montrose and Papa John Creach.)
Date: 27 Aug 2001 11:33:35 CDT
From: Paul Daly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neko does Neil
Neko Case has a new CD out that covers Canadian songwriters. One of the cuts is Neil's Dreaming Man. If you don't know Neko, she has one of the most gorgeous voices around.
The CD is only available at the
Records website. (Avoid the EBay pirates!)
Given Neko's previous records and the idea of her covering that song,
plus the fact that Bloodshot gave us the definitive cover of
Revolution Blues (by Waco Brothers on Do You Think
About Me?), I bought Neko's CD sound unheard...
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 14:55:56 +0200
From: Martin Andersen <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil tunes in Norway
My Neil Young coverband SUGAR MOUNTAIN is playing again, this time in Sandefjord, Norway. The gig will take place on September 28, at a pub called Cafe Bell. We're playing all the Neil favourites, plus some of the new material like Going Home and some unreleased stuff -- maybe Ordinary People...!
See you there.
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2001 22:40:51 EDT
Subject: Young Dylan Young
I don't think there were too many Rusties in the crowd for the Wallflowers show at Foxwoods Casino on July 17th, so this may have been missed...
After one or two songs in their encore set, the band usually closes with the Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. Instead, at this show, Jakob Dylan deviated from the usual set list. First, they covered The Beatles' Don't Let Me Down (with guitarist Michael Ward on lead vocals). Then, before their Who cover, Jakob led the band through Neil's Don't Cry No Tears.
Jakob played an acoustic guitar, and the arrangement was slower than Neil's, with a country feel to it. After the song, Jakob explained:
"We're on the road a lot, and sometimes our own songs sorta strangle us. So we like to do other peoples' songs once in a while. That was a Neil Young song; I could tell that a lot of you recognized it."Ian
Bobby Bare Jr. will do Neil Young's Sugar Mountain on a new
"various artists" album devoted to traveling the United States
coast-to-coast highway Interstate 10. It's called
I-10 Chronicles II: One More For The Road, and is
due September 11 on Virgin Records' "Back Porch"
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 09:43:10 -0700
From: Chris Horn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil on Fresh Air details
The Fresh Air show with the Neil interview and the Buffalo Springfield Box Set review is running right now on the SF Bay Area's KLAW radio.
The segment is during the second 1/2 hour of the show. I enjoyed the recap of the band by Ed Ward. The Neil interview is a re-broadcast of Neil's 1992 Fresh Air interview, from around the time of Harvest Moon