(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
The newest report comes first. Scrolling down takes you backward through time... Note that much of this report is drawn from the Rust List, so some of it may not make a lot of sense when taken out of that context. Subscribe to the Rust List to get ALL of the info...
The New York Times, in the Pop Life column (page E3 in the hardcopy version), talks about Let's Roll. Among other things mentioned is this little bombshell:
"...Mr. Young handed a copy of his next album to his record label yesterday, and [Let's Roll] is included."Later...Paul Larson..."sacred roots"
The Tribute To Heroes
CD entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #17.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 00:47:47 -0800
From: austinpickers <email@example.com>
Subject: Townes & Neil
Tomato Records of Austin has just released the first in a series of CDs featuring Townes Van Zandt singing his songs with a bunch of his friends and buddies. Texas Rain was released a few weeks ago. It has an impressive lineup... Emmylou, Willie, Augie Meyers and a bunch of others. It's a pretty cool CD.
Tonight I got a press release about the next release in May... duets with Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lucinda, Joe Ely. Man, this next one is going to be killer. And there are recordings with Springsteen coming.
I've been hearing about these recordings for years. A good friend of mine, John Inmon, played guitar on many of the tracks. He told me the recordings were remarkable. They were recorded live in the studio over the course of three weeks in the early 90's -- 90 or 91, I believe.
They were almost released as a three CD set in 94, but blocked by legal entanglements (to say the least...the producer got his ass sued off). The project was shelved and the producer reportedly got so pissed about the litigation he came close to throwing the recordings in a fire. Well, I guess the producer has straightened out the legal problems because the set is here.
The overall set is called The Texas Hill Country Recordings.
There will be three or four CDs released 6 months apart. Neil's on the
next one in May...
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2001 23:50:40 -0500
Subject: Unfair characterization
I've got a big problem with the slant of the news report and the "Neil Defends Anti-Terrorist Crackdown" headline that the Reuters people used. I've noticed in the past that the freelancers that write for Reuters are often ready to play up anything the slightest bit "controversial" in their stories, much like the tabloid papers do. In this case they appear to think that it'll be really startling to see "old hippie Neil" being "in favor" of suppression of civil liberties and such, so they play up that slant and ignore the overall message Neil made.
Here are more of the actual words that Neil spoke at that event. I wouldn't call this "defending" the anti-terrorism crackdown, it's accepting that it's happening and that we have to deal with it, and be careful about how far we let it go...
"We can't forget now in our immediate situation what brought us here together and what we're living for and what makes us who we are. Even though we have to protect freedoms, it seems we're going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time ... I think that's the main thing now that the [People For the American Way Foundation] can do for America, to never let America forget that these are our rights and we can get them back."Is he speaking AGAINST the anti-terrorist measures? By no means. Is he speaking IN FAVOR of them? Yes, it could be taken that way, but in a very measured way, and with concern for how far that the measures might go. I think that's true for most of us, really. But the Reuters folks are ready to put him on a pedestal beside George Bush, I think...
"We've only [given up rights] up for a while to fight something that preys on freedom and our vulnerabilities and our openness. So it's a tough time for all us who believe in a certain way of life to come to grips with the fact that we have to make a kind of -- and this is where it's hard for me -- a compromise. But it's temporary. We can't forget that it's temporary."
Here's a much
comprehensive article about the event on the Billboard site.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 23:20:14 +0100
From: Barbieri Mariano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: More on award ceremony
Excerpts from an Allstar article..
Rocker Neil Young was the man of the hour on Tuesday (Dec. 11) at the People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) 20th Anniversary Celebration and Spirit of Liberty Awards program at the posh Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dave Matthews and Jackson Browne were among the artists who performed musical tributes to Young, who was presented with PFAWF's Lifetime Achievement Award by the Foundation's founder and chair, legendary TV producer Norman Lear (All In the Family).
Rufus Wainwright and Chris Stills, sons of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright and Steven Stills, respectively, performed a brief set together, including Neil's song Harvest. Wainwright noted that most of the evening's U.S.-themed award winners were in fact Canadians.
Browne told the audience that "knowing all these Neil Young songs is different than playing them," then he proceeded to play a decent version of Young's "Tell Me Why."
Matthews closed the evening with a two-song solo acoustic effort, including Young's "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)".
Some excerpts from a Reuters article about Neil's award from the PFAWF...
Neil Young Defends Anti-Terrorism Crackdown
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Neil Young may be Canadian, but the veteran rock star was honored Tuesday for promoting freedom and justice in his adopted country.
People for the American Way, a free-speech advocacy group formed 20 years ago to combat the so-called "religious right", presented Young with its Spirit of Liberty lifetime achievement award during its annual fundraising dinner in Beverly Hills.
Young, in turn, raised a few eyebrows among the liberal crowd by defending anti-terrorist measures that have angered civil rights groups. But he urged the audience to ensure the controversial measures were only temporary.
"Never let America forget that these are our rights and we can get them back", said Young, who recently recorded the song Let's Roll as a tribute to the doomed passengers who overpowered their hijackers over Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.
Under U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites), the administration's war on terrorism has included the detention of hundreds of foreigners and eavesdropping in on conversations between some suspects and their lawyers.
Among the celebrities in attendance were Young's old colleagues, David Crosby and Stephen Stills, Joe Henry, and music producer Glen Ballard. Stills' son, Chris, performed, as did Rufus Wainwright, Jackson Browne and Dave Matthews.
According to a post by someone named "Lynn" made on December 6 to a Waterboys discussion site, regarding Neil's Let's Roll:
"KFOG [radio in San Francisco] had the mother of Mark Bingham [one of those who fought the hijackers of Flight 93] on air today and played the song for her. She's a big Neil Young fan, and was overjoyed with the song!"Jules Upon the Sea
The web Version of the conservative magazine Weekly Standard begins a review of several songs recorded in reaction to Sept 11 with Neil's Let's Roll.
--Pissin' in the Wind
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 16:18:11 GMT
From: Family Jules <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Subject: Rustie MOJO
In the latest MOJO Collections magazine there is a page long article about the best Neil Young websites. HyperRust is there (although it fails to say just how definitive a site it is, concentrating on the tabs and statistics). It also mentions the Rust List and "Rusties".
They also mention a certain site hosted by Colin Young (no relation) all about releasing On The Beach. It's a great plug for your site, Col, I reckon you'll be picking up some extra 'hits' as a result of this!
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 15:46:28 -0500
From: Steve Ackerman <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil had the part
I just wanted to point out additional Neil Young references, beyond those already mentioned, in the new Almost Famous "Bootleg Cut" DVD. Crowe states in the director's commentary audio track that there originally was a scene in the script in which the lead guitarist of Stillwater, Russell Hammond (played by Billy Crudup), is confronted by his estranged father, who is drunk and has a groupie at his side. Crowe says the scene was never shot because of time and money constraints, but that the part of the father did, for a time, belong to ... Neil Young! Ah, if only ...
Also, earlier in the film when the I'm Happy That Y'all Came Down bootleg LP is shown, Crowe says that it's something that all Neil fans should have.
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 09:06:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Chuck Naughton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fox insults Neil
On the Fox News cable channel, as the 11:50am EST commercial break approached, an upcoming story trailer for Let's Roll mentioned "a rocker not known for his patriotism" or words to that effect. After the commercial, the report itself was no more than 15 seconds and simply noted that Neil will donate proceeds to Beamer's fund.
I wonder on what basis they question Neil's patriotism?
Is this the aftermath of Ohio? Or perhaps his audacious copping
of Imagine? Who knows what lurks in the minds of the copy writers?
"Never put the hose down, never get old"
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 20:59:10 EST
Subject: Listen to Let's Roll
You can now listen to Let's Roll on the Reprise Records website:
I found out Neil was a feature on tonight's news here in LA, just in time to turn it on and watch it. They did a whole story on how radio stations are being flooded with all kinds of "patriotic" new music these days. Music of all kinds, with hate lyrics for bin Ladin, hero worship of the military, pro America this or that, that kind of stuff. The DJ was saying that he gets stacks of new CD's every day, and was showing them. They all had fancy covers of flags and aircraft, Statue of Liberty, etc.
"But one day," the news reporter said, "came a plain white label, with just Neil Young, Let's Roll written on it." (They showed the CD.)
Then they quickly told how Neil had been inspired to write the song, talking over the musical intro to the song. Then they played the song with the lyrics scrolling up like closed captioning, while an equalizer type thing bobbed in the background as the visual. They played the entire first verse. I was thinking "Too bad they don't play the whole thing..."
They ended the story by announcing that the song would NOT be a single, but that it would be on an upcoming album, and that Neil had made a contribution to the Beamer family.
Just seeing and hearing Neil on prime time television news was so
incredibly cool! Way to go! Whoo Hooo!
The DJ's Daughter
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 15:17:21 -0500
Subject: Broken Arrow #84
Just got the latest issue of the Neil Young Appreciation Society's magazine Broken Arrow. It's a great issue -- at least as good as all the previous issues I've received, in some ways better. I love the cover photo of Neil sitting there fingering his whammy bar. And so seriously, at that... :-)
One thing that disappointed me about this issue is the slow pace of new US Rustie membership in NYAS. With the majority of Rust List membership being in the USA, and there being so many Rusties out there, you'd expect that the US component of the NYAS membership would be pretty high. But there are only 189 total NYAS members from the US, compared to 519 in the UK! With probably close to 2000 US Rusties to draw from, that's pretty pitiful.
Hard to believe less than 10% of the US Rusties are interested in getting the only regularly published magazine in the world that puts out hundreds of pages every year dedicated to Neil. One that's been around for 20 years. What's that all about? I'm sure lots of Rusties spend over $25 on beer in a single evening out, and for that you could be a member of NYAS and get a year of Broken Arrow...
This issue has lots of cool stuff, as usual. Rare pix of Neil,
in-depth reviews, lots of info about Farm Aid including a summary
chart (like those here for the tours) covering all of Neil's
Farm Aid appearances, another edition of Tim Burgin's
"Travelling Songs" and lots of other fun stuff. And with
my membership it cost less the $7 delivered across the sea to my door.
What a bargain. Join today!
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 10:48:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Charlie Burns <email@example.com>
Subject: Let's Roll rolls by
Last night, the CNN "ticker" that rolls across the bottom
of the screen said something like "Neil Young has written a song
called Let's Roll to honor flight 93. It will be on his
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 06:26:09 +0000
From: rick shearer &tl;firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Imagine some more
There's a very long article in the Rolling Stone just delivered to my house. It starts this way: "Thirty years after its release, John Lennon's classic became the ANTHEM of 2001." Here's the Neil content...
Yet since Sept. 11 Imagine has emerged as a new national hymn, a strong quiet counterweight to the institutional psalms and fight songs The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, America the Beautiful that have filled the air since the terriost attacks. In the weeks immediately following Sept 11, Lennon's 1971 recording of Imagine soared in requests and airplay at pop and rock stations across the US. Many stations also played Neil Young's majestic rendition of the song from the Sept 21 telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes, pulling it from home-recorded tapes of the broadcast.The article also discusses Neil's altered verse in the song. It's a good article, too. Very in-depth.
According to Don Was, the show's musical director, it was Young's wife, Pegi, who suggested he play Imagine. "The magnitude of the events that created the need for the telethon left him feeling inarticulate and insecure" says Was. "Neil didn't know what he could say in one of his own songs that was going to bring comfort to people." But Young's tremulous voice and serene piano touch emphasized the sturdy hope in Lennon's song, bringing a warming ray of optimism to a program largely devoted to dignified sadness. Young's version was also faithful to the original arrangement, right down to the string chart and the amount of echo in his voice. In addition, Young's band of the night included one-time Lennon sideman Jim Keltner on drums.
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 05:04:30 -0800 (PST)
From: J McElwee <email@example.com>
Subject: New Song, Album
Here are excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article today, passing on more details about Let's Roll...
Passenger on Flight 93 Inspires Neil Young Song
By STEVE HOCHMAN
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
December 5 2001
A new Neil Young song paying tribute to the passengers on the hijacked United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11 has been arriving on desks of rock radio programmers around the country this week with no advance notice or promotional fanfare.
Let's Roll was inspired by the words of passenger Todd Beamer, who called a GTE Airfone operator from the plane and told of the passengers' plan to storm the cockpit to overpower the terrorists. As he set the phone down, the 32-year-old Oracle Corp. accounts manager reportedly said, "Let's roll." Moments later, Flight 93 plummeted into the western Pennsylvania countryside, killing all 45 people aboard but foiling the hijackers' presumed plan to strike a target in Washington, D.C.
Young wrote and recorded Let's Roll two weeks ago and it was rushed to radio by Reprise Records. "Neil saw an article on Todd Beamer and what happened," Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, said Monday. "He wrote the song on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and recorded it the very next day with Booker T & the MGs and Poncho [guitarist Frank Sampedro] of Crazy Horse. I went up there [to Young's Northern California ranch] that Sunday and came down with a copy of it on Monday."
The song premiered on radio the evening Roberts returned to L.A., with an airing by deejay Jim Ladd on KLOS-FM (95.5) before anyone from Reprise even knew the track existed. Two days later, Roberts took a copy to the company's Burbank headquarters to play for label executives.
Phil Costello, senior vice president of promotion, was among the first to hear it there and says it was decided by Roberts and Warner Bros./Reprise Chairman Tom Whalley to get it to radio as quickly as possible. "Neil just wanted to get it out. We took the CD and started to burn copies here."
A team of secretaries was enlisted to help make the more than 400 copies and print up address labels into the night last Thursday. The discs, with only the words "Neil Young Let's Roll" written by hand on the surface to identify them, were then packed into envelopes with no cover letter or press release. On Friday, the packages were put in the mail for Monday delivery.
"The song will have a sizable impact on rock stations," Pollack says. "But whether it becomes a hit or not is irrelevant. That's not [Young's] intention. It's simply a salute to heroism and, once again, something from Neil that says, 'Here's how I see it.' That's what makes it so authentic."
Roberts says the song will be on Young's next album, due in February or March, but at this time there are no plans for a commercial release of the single. Young is also making a personal donation to a Beamer family fund.
I picked up the newly released 3 disc version of Cameron Crowe's movie Almost Famous today. It's billed as the "Director's Edition/Bootleg Cut". It contains the released version of the movie on one DVD, another "bootleg cut" DVD that includes almost 40 extra minutes of scenes, and a six track Stillwater CD.
The bootleg cut version contains some extra footage of William going through some albums his sister left him. One of the LPs is the Neil Young bootleg I'm Happy That Y'all Came Down. Another LP is CSN's couch album. These scenes were not in the original film.
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 20:33:52 -0500
From: Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Let's Roll to radio
The radio station I work for just received a CD single of Let's Roll. It had no info with it, just a blank CD case with a generic white label, with a handwritten "Neil Young" & "Let's Roll". It was done with a sharpie by a person in the office. I guess they wanted this one out fast...
Brian From Boston
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 00:27:39 EST
Subject: Neil withdawing CDs?
Read the story on the Australian Undercover website.
How DO these rumours start?
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 15:08:26 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Neil for the American Way
Here's an excerpt from a news article I found on a radio station web site...
Neil Young will be honored by an anti-Jerry Falwell organization for his efforts in supporting democracy through his music. The rock legend will receive the Spirit Of Liberty Lifetime Achievement Award from the People For The American Way Foundation at the organization's 20th anniversary dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California December 11.Here's more on the organization.
Recipients have "taken public stands to support a free, open, and democratic society through their art and work, educating while entertaining and courageously addressing today's most fundamental and political issues," according to a spokesperson for the organization.
Hey here are excerpts from an interview in today's online edition of The Onion, with super freak and former Neil Young bandmate Rick James...
O: Did you feel immersed in the counterculture of the time?Nic
RJ: Yes, totally. We had great people living there. Great musicians lived in Toronto. Joni Mitchell, she was coming up with us. We were all family. Joni and David Clayton-Thomas, lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears. People like that, and Neil, and Jessie Colin Young of The Youngbloods. It was like we were all coming up and learning together.
O: What was your relationship with Neil Young like?
RJ: We had a great relationship. I found him in a coffeehouse playing acoustic guitar and harmonica, doing these songs that he had written, kind of like a Bob Dylan thing. When I came up from New York after seeing a lot of this old folk, I kind of flipped out and said, "Yeah, I want to get a folk artist in the band, someone that plays folk to add on to what we got." This old folk kind of inspired this idea. So I saw Neil in a coffeehouse playing one night, and I asked, "Would you like to join the band?" We got an apartment together, and he joined the band, and we were together for a couple years. Then I had to give myself up. We signed with Motown, and I had to give myself up to the Navy, because Motown found out I was AWOL, because the manager we got rid of had told them. They found out I was AWOL, and Neil and Bruce [Palmer] sold the equipment and rented a hearse and drove out to California and started Buffalo Springfield, and Goldy and Nick started Steppenwolf. I was in Portsmouth Prison, listening to them on my radio.
O: Do you think the tracks you recorded with The Mynah Birds will ever be released?
RJ: No, because Motown's archives are so fucking fucked up that I don't even know if they could find the tapes to do that, if they wanted to. I think they have tried to. We actually think that somebody has tried. They found out me and Neil Young were together. They actually tried, but to no avail.
See the News Flash.
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 14:25:50 -0500
Subject: Lee Shore Trouble
Terrible time for this to happen (right when the CSNY Tour is announced), but here's some news from Dean Dunn, admin of the Lee Shore (CSN) mailing list:
Please spread the word via any means necessary that the Lee Shore list is down until further notice. My server (geoclio) was hacked into over the Thanksgiving weekend, so I'll be busy resurrecting the operating system for the next day or so, and "free time" (right in the last two weeks of the Fall semester) to do this is somewhat scarce.
A reliable source has passed on the word that there will be no
new CD or DVD releases from CSNY ahead of the upcoming
CSNY Tour. There had been speculation that they might
tour in support a possible release of the rumored
CSNY2K tour live
album and/or DVD. Apparently not. Maybe they'll do one after
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 23:28:58 -0500
From: Jeremy Buchman <email@example.com>
Subject: TRANSman wanabe
Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport, I was listening to the Steelers post-game show on 1250 AM, hosted by local columnist Mark Madden and former Steeler Quarterback Mike Tomczak. The two of them were commenting on the wraparound shades that Steeler Coach Bill Cowher was sporting on the sidelines in Nashville. Madden said that Cowher's look reminded him of how Neil looked on the Trans tour.
Needless to say, I was impressed!
Still a searcher (for a handle)
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 18:52:40 -0500
Subject: Siren To Wail on the web
The show in New Orleans that recently was rumored to include Neil, but turned out to include Ben Keith, is this Friday night. It's called Siren To Wail and will primarily benefit Hepatitus C awareness and research. It will also pay tribute to past Neil-collaborator Rusty Kershaw, who's brother Doug will be a headliner of the show.
The show will be webcast from the Howling Wolf this Friday in New Orleans. You can get all the details about the show and the webcast on the New Orleans Radio site.
Turn on, tune in, enjoy -- and donate to the cause!
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 14:31:32 EST
Subject: Nerdy Holiday
Nearly missed it, but there was a hilarious Neil reference in today's London Observer newspaper. The Travel section has a piece about "nerdy" holidays. After cataloguing various "nerdy" holidays such as "drystone walling", "looking at cornfields", etc , the author says...
"But the prize for the most nerdy holiday of the year has to go to a colleague who spent this summer trailing Neil Young around Europe on tour. He attended gigs in Sheffield, Birmingham, La Coruņa and Porto, before going home again for a week and flying to Rotterdam a week later. If there were any variations in the set, the journalist in question filed copy to the Neil Young website to report. Call that a holiday?"ROTFLMAO! This must be a London-based Rustie journalist - own up, we'll find you sooner or later... and have you received your award yet?
Brand New Guy
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 17:07:17 -0500
From: BillyTalbotBand Webmaster
Subject: Billy gives thanks Greetings from the Billy Talbot Band!
Billy would like to pass on these Thanksgiving wishes...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you missed the news about Billy's appearance with Crazy Horse at this year's Bridge School Benefit concert, check it out on the website.
We have a lot to be thankful for at this time. Thankful the world we live in isn't in total chaos. Thankful our families are healthy and together. As we are all aware, in some areas of our world things are pretty fucked up. So let's sit with our families and enjoy the moment, and be at peace...
Thank you for your interest in Billy and the band,
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 10:03:27 +0100
Subject: What's that sound?
The Animal Planet cable channel has made their own music video for the song For What It's Worth. They use it as a comercial for their channel, with no mention of the Buffalo Springfield.
It really gave me a new perspective on the song -- during the "Stop, children - what's that sound" verse, they showed people cutting down the rain forest, and animals suffering in cages.
Ken Rune Hansen
AKA young man
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 16:02:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Matt Bouchie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Rouse Harvest
I saw the last show of the Pernice Brothers tour in Boston Sunday night. The Sadies played first and were quite good. Then Josh Rouse played a solo acoustic set. Third or fourth song he did was a very nice version of Harvest. I don't know if he covered it throughout the tour, or even how many dates he opened for them. The Pernice Brothers played an excellent show.
try to get back by eight
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 20:22:41 -0800
From: Rick Rentler <email@example.com>
Subject: Long May You Run tribute report
Here's the set list from the Seventh Annual Long May You Run tribute to Neil last night....
We missed this news in the wake of the Sept 11 tragedy...
Joanne Shenandoah's new album, Eagle Cries was released on September 18th. This album is in the folk-singer tradition, with guest vocals from Bruce Cockburn (great Canadian singer/songwriter) and Bill Miller (a fantastic Mohican singer/songwriter). Of the Oneida Nation, Joanne is one of the most successful native musicians today.
On the album is the long-awaited song Treaty, which lists the songwriting credit as "Brian Kirkpatrick, Joanne Shenandoah, Neil Young, Oren Lyons". I have a promo-release version of the album which unfortunately does not have the booklet listing all credits. However, there is no doubt that Neil is playing some nice electric guitar on the second half of the song.
Joanne's website says the album is at the listening stations at Borders and the Barnes & Noble chains. If you'd like to see your money go straight to the artist bypassing the middle-men, then go to Joanne's website for order info (mail-order only). She'll autograph the album for ya too!
Okay you completists, get to ordering!