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Chasing The Moonlight
Archive 2: 8/5/96 - 1/26/98

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Cinnamon Girl has managed to find a few "Record Company" folks who will (under cover of darkness :-) sometimes shed a bit of moonlight on what's going on with Neil and his music.

This page is a log of reports made by Cinnamon Girl to the Rust List, of her contacts with folks in the record companies. Some of the news here may not make a lot of sense when taken out of that context. Subscribe to the Rust List to get ALL of the info...



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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 15:40:24 EST
Subject: Neil to do Nicolette Larsen commemorative tour

Heard from a reliable source this weekend that Graham Nash is quickly putting together a commemorative tour to fund a new children's cancer center for a hospital here in Southern California to be called the Nicolette Larsen Cancer Center for Children. Proceeds are actually to fund a place for pre-op kids that's comfortable and friendly, rather than cold and sterile.

The tour will feature, among other acts, Neil Young. CSN will, of course, play, too. I heard the tour will be short and only in California ..

Haven't had a chance to confirm this yet, but it definitely sounds plausible... I'll let you know as soon as I get any further details.

. . . Cinnamon Girl

Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 12:47:36 EST
Subject: "Love To Burn" special offer for Rusties

Paul Williams (author of Love To Burn -- see my previous report) asked me to forward the following offer to all of you ... I have a copy of this limited edition hardcover and not only is it a handsome-looking book with its bright red fabric cover, the book itself is very interesting and good read. I definitely agree with the VOX reviewer's comments, which Paul quotes in his message, below.

Hi Cinnamon,

I'm willing to offer Love to Burn limited edition hardcovers to Rusties at a special price thru 12/31/97: $25 plus $2. postage... All they have to do is order the latest issue of Crawdaddy! at the same time, for $4 -- making a total of $31. (Overseas: Add $5. for air mail.) Also could you give people my fax #? I'm not sure if it's easy to find on my website order form... It's 760-753-1815.

I had one very wonderful review already in a UK mag called VOX. Mat Smith calls me "Neil's Boswell", and says "To say his insight into the singer rivals that of Young's wife Pegi is actually an understatement." Phew!

And he sez: "Within his disarming conversational style, Williams lashes the irrational, obsessive love of the pub bore to a descriptive flair and manner of argument so persuasive you may find previously negative opinions on certain albums are revised after reading this book." And he concludes that what sets Love to Burn apart from other good books on Neil "is WIlliams' endearing tendency to display an eccentricity worthy of his subject."

That made me happy, you can imagine. Give my regards to the Rusties and thank them for the orders I've already received. Their support is very much appreciated.

All best,

Paul just called and asked me to put a P.S. on that. He says that if you have any questions or comments after reading his book, he'd be happy to answer them. Says he's looking forward to discussing the book and its contents with people who are "true" fans of the man, pros or cons. Paul asks that you send any questions/comments to me so I can forward them to him, which I've agreed to do on his behalf.
. . . Cinnamon Girl

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 18:31:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Neil Book Available

Paul Williams, the publisher of Crawdaddy! (no, he's not the singer Paul Williams), has finished his book about Neil called Neil Young-- Love to Burn, with a subtitle of Thirty Years of Speaking Out, 1966-1996. About half of the book is new unpublished material from Paul (he writes about Neil a lot in Crawdaddy!), mostly discussion of Neil's live performances and unreleased songs. And there's an extensive discographic appendix at the back, too.

For those of you unfamiliar with Paul and/or Crawdaddy!, they've both been on the rock and roll scene since 1966 - the first U.S. rock magazine as a matter of fact. And still great 31 years later. It's printed quarterly, mostly typed copy with cool original eraser carvings by Stephen Sloan and occasionally a few small photos -- approximately 24 xeroxed pages. (Subscriptions are $12/year or $20 for two years.)

Paul's a down-to-earth, very nice guy who knows everyone in the industry and everyone knows Paul, so he gets in-depth interviews, writes knowledgeable articles and has guest writers in every issue. For instance, one of the articles in this quarter's edition, "Hamburg '60-'64: Cradle of British Rock" was written by Tony Sheridan.

This quarter's issue covers the Beatles, Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley, The Negro Problem, Wilco, Pavement, John Prine, "Dylan's Time", and Brian Wilson '97.

As a trivia side note, they sent their staff photographer, Linda Eastman, to meet and photograph Stevie Winwoods' new group Traffic for Crawdaddy! in the summer of 1967. That's when she met her future husband, Paul... she took a great photo of him that was their cover shot on their October '67 issue. The art director reversed the white to black and replaced the black in the original with green, creating an odd effect. Bob Dylan was spotted staring at a copy in Greenwich Village at the time ... Anyway, they are offering an exact copy of that issue, too, if you're interested, for $12. Other back issues are available - cost depends on availability.

Information about how to get Paul's books is available on Crawdaddy! web site.

. . . Cinnamon Girl

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 14:25:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Bridge School Concerts - Vol. 1 Track List

My record company contact emailed me Reprise's PR blurb with their "official" track list. (Insert proverbial grain of salt here.) You'll notice that no specific release date in November was given. I've asked and will let you know when I get further details.
. . . Cinnamon Girl

"To showcase all the talent brought in over the years, Reprise Records is releasing the The Bridge School Concerts: Volume One in November. The disc includes fifteen acoustic performances from the past ten years of benefit shows. The track list is as follows:

  • Neil Young: I Am a Child
  • Tom Petty: Shadow of a Doubt
  • Tracy Chapman: All That You Have Is Your Soul
  • The Pretenders: Sense of Purpose
  • Beck: It's All in Your Mind
  • Bonnie Raitt: The Road's My Middle Name
  • Don Henley: Yes It Is
  • Ministry: Friend of the Devil
  • Simon & Garfunkel: America
  • David Bowie: Heroes
  • Pearl Jam: Nothing Man
  • Love Mongers: Battle of Evermore
  • Nils Lofgren: Believe
  • Elvis Costello: Allison
  • Patti Smith: People Have the Power
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 14:55:48 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: Neil on LA Radio?

    I saw Uncle Joe and his wife at comedian Richard Jeni's show on Aug. 9 and he told me about his move to Arrow 93.1 then. Said he planned on playing a LOT more Neil in his morning slot. He gave me his new phone number at the station saying he still wanted to exchange Neil info.   :)   Way to go, Uncle Joe. And Jim Ladd! Hope they start a trend on L.A. radio.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 14:03:37 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: Oz more likely

    Heard from several sources that Neil and Crazy Horse are having such a great time with this tour that it seems more and more likely that the folks "down under" will be treated to a tour this spring.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Wed, 2 Jul 1997 00:56:44 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: Neil in Oz?

    The latest Neil rumors I've heard:

    1. He's thinking of touring Australia in the spring of 1998.

    2. A new album with all new material would be released in conjunction with the proposed tour.
    I hope these rumors turn into realities for our Neil-starved Rusties down under!

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Fri, 6 Jun 1997 02:20:06 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: The Slice

    A bit of Neil trivia for you ... he likes to eat his sandwiches cut on the diagonal. I have three separate confirmations of this, including two actual visuals of the man eating them that way. Funny how the mundane stuff floats to the surface sometimes, isn't it?   ;)

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 16:20:13 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: Setlist Change on Year of the Horse

    Was told there was a last-minute change on Year of the Horse. Neil has pulled Change Your Mind' and will sub in another tune to be named. It's an older song from the '70s, don't know which one yet.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 15:17:26 -0500 (EST)
    Subject: Neil Album News

    As has been relayed by ATN and Mark Brown of The Orange County Register, the live album is still scheduled for June release and it's a double. What hasn't been told is that Neil recorded a ton of shows from the tour and will try to include the more unusual cuts -- though Cinnamon Girl and Down By The River are both slated for inclusion. First live appearance of DBTR on any official Neil album?

    Main reason for the album is to have new product on the market in conjunction with the HORDE tour.

    Box set is still set for October, but the packaging could push it to 1998. The 500-page book is a particular problem because it's bigger than the box itself. BTW, it's now 9 CDs, not 10. Neil is completely done with his part of it and it will be sold as a set that'll cost about $120 in stores.

    Also, double live "Best of Bridge" now due in October, from Columbia.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 12:59:57 -0500 (EST)
    Subject: Archives Release Date

    Per Reprise's release schedule, it's Oct. 7, 1997. (Yes, they even supplied a year. :)

    Above info to be taken with usual grain of salt, though.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 13:06:56 -0500 (EST)
    Subject: Latest word on Neil releases...no real news

    O.K., here's the scoop ... nothing new is being released March 3 ... perhaps re-release, but nothing new. My sources at Reprise don't have anything on their schedule for re-release on March 3, either.

    Still June 17 for the new "live" NY&CH album, and still October 7 for the Archives. I was told:

    "Neil's been sitting at the ranch for the past four years going over old tapes and movies of himself to get this box thing together. Actually, it's going to be bigger than a box set --- it's going to blow everybody away.

    "It'll have video and audio in it. Anyway, the first set will have 60's stuff, the next set the 70's, then the 80's, then the 90's. Then Neil's planning to release an additional set every 10 years.

    "Reactor and Time Fades Away are also scheduled for re-release, but "TBA: -- no dates yet."

    As for the Dead Man movie ... When I asked about the video (I have not been able to find it myself) I was told that it was not going to be released to the public.

    I called back and asked about why some people have already seen it. The response was:

    "Yeah, some are out, but there will be only a limited amount of copies. Some of the bigger video stores bought the majority of what's available, and no more will be made available. So if you see one and want to buy it, grab it now."
    BTW, they're basing the "limited" interest in the video on the poor sales of the sound track...

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 17:45:36 -0500 (EST)
    Subject: Neil Releases

    According to Reprise's schedule, the live album from Neil and Crazy Horse is due to be released June 17.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 15:36:14 -0500
    Subject: More Neil News

    My Reprise contact just called me with the 1997 album release info. It's now been confirmed by all three of my sources. Start saving your pennies, Rusties! Looks like we may actually have a firm go this time. But, this contact added the juicy tip that a late summer 1997 concert schedule was also being pitched to Neil to help promote the albums ....

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 14:49:25 -0500
    Subject: Neil Album News - Archives, Crazy Horse and Bridge

    Just got off the phone with my Warner's contact and was told that, at this point, Reprise has the first volume of the Neil Young archives set for an Oct. 7, 1997 release. They have no record of any simultaneous video release, but it could be there, they said.

    Coming first, though, is a June 17 live album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, according to the schedule.

    The six remastered albums are also due in '97, no release date.

    And the Bridge School benefit compilation CD is set to be scheduled in '97. While there is no date as yet, word is it WILL happen.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 17:51:02 -0400
    Subject: Bridge Acts

    Aha! My source *was* right about Pearl Jam being at Bridge this year! About a month ago I posted the names of two acts that were supposed to be playing and was immediately corrected with "they're on tour and not nearby at that time, so no way Jose." But, do any of you remember who the second act was supposed to be? Bruce Springsteen. My source also said there would be a third act. I'll see if I can confirm Bruce and pry the name of the third act outta 'em, too.

    Vindication is sweet!   ;-)

    . . . . . Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 15:29:59 -0400
    Subject: Bridge Acts?

    HyperRust Editor's Note: Following is a response to several posts on the Rust List giving other concert dates for the Boss & Pearl Jam on the weekend indicated in the earlier news post.
    I'm going to feed all this info (Pearl Jam across the Atlantic, Springsteen booked in San Jose) back to my source and see if they can come up with anything better! Maybe it was the full moon? Sheesh ....

    . . . . . Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 14:54:12 -0400
    Subject: Bridge Acts?

    I asked my sources to confirm the October bridge concert dates. The reply I received was yes, Oct. 26 was the tentative date and the "rough" lineup is Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil w/Crazy Horse and one other act that hasn't been decided on yet.

    . . . . . Cinnamon Girl
    . . . . ."A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night ..."

    Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 14:45:08 -0400
    Subject: Another Neil Radio Contest; BA Single

    In Southern California, 93.1 FM ("Arrow 93") is giving away tickets to Neil's Irvine concert. Just listen and be the 10th caller when they announce it. (I HATE that "10th caller" B.S. Not enough time for the average caller to get in. But, I wanted to let you all know just in case you have a better system than I do for calling in.)

    And, on another subject, I was able to order a copy of the Big Time single. The version of Interstate that is on it sounds suspiciously like the version on the Ragged Complexion boot that's currently being treed. On the back of the RC boot it reads, "Ragged Glory out takes 1990." The BA single notes that its version of Interstate was also recorded in 1990, so it's possible. Plus, I've always felt the two versions of Interstate on the RC boot were the same song that, somehow, had a break in the middle (recording equipment "glitch"?) and whoever pirated it didn't realize it was the same song. When you get your copies, compare and let us know if you agree or disagree - two songs? One song? Same song as is on the BA single?

    . . . . . Cinnamon Girl
    . . . . ."A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night ..."

    Date: Thu, 8 Aug 1996 13:04:04 -0400
    Subject: Radio Contest for Trip to Toronto Show

    Attention Southern California Rusties - If you haven't heard the word yet, FM 101.9 (KSCA) is giving away a trip to Toronto over the Labor Day weekend to see Neil, Oasis, Gin Blossoms & Jewel. Here's what you need to do to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Each weekday morning around 7:30 the DJ will announce the name of a song from one of the four artists and the time frame the song will be played. If you're the 10th caller, you win the latest CD from all four plus be entered into the grand prize drawing. For instance, today listen for Hey Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms from 7-8 p.m.

    Easy enough. If only I could figure out a way to jam the lines so I could get through ...

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

    Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 19:05:01 -0400
    Subject: Neil to Play Irvine Meadows

    Just confirmed with two *very* reliable sources that Neil will be playing at Irvine Meadows on Sept. 12. Tickets go on sale this Sunday, August 11.

    . . . . .Cinnamon Girl

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