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(Archive 15: 2/25/98 - 4/12/98)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 20:22:14 -0400Sun
Subject: Deja Vu Cover Album

David36798@aol.com wrote:

> Hey folks...stumbled across something interesting 
> on CDNow - Fareed Haque (whoever that is) released an 
> album completely covering Deja Vu in its entirety.
Cool. Says it's part of the "Bluenote Cover Series". If anyone's interested in ordering it, I notice that it's cheaper by a couple of bucks (price & shipping) on CDWorld and CDUniverse than on CDNow or MusicBlvd or Amazon.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Jacob Balcom <jearl@gte.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 11:19:40 -0700
Subject: New Neil Tribute Disc

After a little more searching I found that the name of the label actually is CMH Records. And they primarily put out country and bluegrass titles. The ID number for the CD is CMH8025.


HyperRust Editor's Note: I've managed to secure a copy of this CD and have placed a review of it here on HyperRust...

From: Tim Nudd <tnudd@adweek.com>
Date: 09 Apr 98 15:00:03 -0400
Subject: Win Neil Young's Money!

My dear fellow Rusties,
Another "Neil is Everywhere" sighting, this time on Win Ben Stein's Money, a game show that airs on Comedy Central. It's a pretty good show, starring the infamous Ben Stein -- the nerdy former Nixon aide and speechwriter who somehow managed to develop a fledgling film career (the highlight being his droning professor character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- recently named one of the 50 most memorable scenes in film by some group or other).

Anyway, one of the questions on last night's show was, "Which famous musician did Kurt Cobain quote in his suicide note?" One of the contestants got it right, and Ben then interjected, in his monotone blandness, something like: "And if I may say so, I really like Neil Young."

Three cheers for Ben Stein -- for his Neil fandom and, also, for his courage to devote his above-average brainpower to idiotic cable programming and asinine slacker movies.

one who wasn't there

From: Jacob Balcom <jearl@gte.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 11:38:42 -0700
Subject: New Neil Tribute Disc?

A CD called Pickin' On Neil Young is being released on the 18th of May by a smaller indie label. Perhaps in the same vein as The Bridge comp that featured Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.?


From: Serge Gironnay <MoMo@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 05:27:08 -0400
Subject: Crosby Chats about Neil

Have a look at: http://www.universalstudios.com/unichat.30/newchat/transcripts/davidcrosby.html for the transcription of a chat with Croz from last Friday with TicketMaster. Here's an extract:

guest2777: "Do you still talk with Neal Young."
DavidCrosby: "All the time. I just got an email from him 15 minutes ago."
Ticketmaster: "Wow! That's cool that Neal Young and you are both online!"
DavidCrosby: "Yeah."
Ticketmaster: "You should have told him to log on right now! To send in some questions!"
DavidCrosby: "Laughing!"
Ticketmaster: "Maybe next time!"
Good news!! Frank The Manual Sampedro succeeded in explaining Neil how to plug in his keyboard !!!


From: AWGRAYAREA@aol.com
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 22:23:08 EST
Subject: Neil & The Rock Hall

For Rusties heading to the Rock Hall in June, part of the new Hall of Fame wing includes a wonderful video honoring the inductees that was created by Dreamchaser Productions, the same company that designed U2's Zoo TV tour.

The Neil Young segment for his induction year includes footage of NY performing in Dublin a couple of years ago with Pearl Jam. During the press conference for the HOF wing opening, the guys from Dreamchaser said they shot the footage, and it's the first time its been used publicly. It's short, but sweet, and there's a great segue with a Frank Zappa rant against music censorship flows right into Rockin' in the World with Pearl Jam. And there's a nice chunk of For What It's Worth in the footage for the 1997 inductees.

Neil's also well represented in the video clips from previous induction ceremonies that are shown at the entrance to the new wing.

Andy Gray
Out on the Main Line

Date: Fri, 03 Apr 1998 22:13:30 -0500
Subject: How's He Doin'

Got the word from a reliable source that Neil's writing a LOT of new songs...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Francois Kahn <francois.kahn@ens.fr>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 20:18:26 +0200
Subject: Aborted collaboration with Jack Nitzsche

There's an interview of Jack Nitzsche in the April issue of Mojo. A few months ago, Neil Young had spoken about an album entirely produced by Nitzsche he would like to do. Here is the final point according to Nitzsche to this story.

Q: Tell me about working with Crazy Horse.

A: When I was part of the band, it wasn't Crazy Horse. I sort of took over, became the producer and made them sound much better... I called Neil up recently. I said, "We never finished that [deal] when I was supposed to produce you. I'd like to produce your next album." He said, "God damn. That excites me more than anything I've heard in years." So I told him to start "writing songs like you used to when you had seizures." And he said, "I'll do my best." 'Caus he wrote special songs back then. Anyway, he's too rich to listen. I went up a few times, we talked and played around, did stuff. But he came up with two songs and neither one of them had got it. I told him the truth. And that was the end of me as the producer.

The whole interview makes me feel that Jack Nitzsche has begun to take himself for Phil Spector. And as Phil Spector takes himself for God...

Francois Kahn

From: Chuck W. Singer <cwsinger@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:15:09 -0500
Subject: NY night in Atlanta (Z93)

Tonight Z93, a classic rock station is having Neil Young Night. I don't know what this entails but unfortunately I can't tape it for us because I don't get a strong signal in my neck of the woods. For those who can, tune in 92.9 FM.
. . . Mr. Chuck

From: theloner@interlog.com
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 20:24:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Year of the Horse on Video

Hi... just thought I'd pass on a quick note that the "tentative" release date for Year of the Horse video (in Canada anyway) is August 1998....heard it from an employee of Behaviour Distribution here in Canada.


From: Ted Gocal <gocalt@osceola.k12.fl.us>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 09:03:00 -0500
Subject: Like a Tornado

I want to express my sincere thanks to the Rust community for their concern and offers of help since a tornado destroyed my house on February 23rd. In the days after the storm, as I was rooting around the debris, I would come across pieces of tapes. It brought a smile to my face knowing what reaction I would get when I told the list about my loss. I told friends that Rusties would help me out "in the blink of an eye". I was right.

I've had over 50 offers for tapes to sort through and decide on! I think I have all the tapes I lost in the tornado in the process of being replaced. Building up my small collection beyond what I had was not my intention, but some insisted on sending additional tapes. When I get back on my feet, I pledge to be a better Rustie, and try to deserve the help I've received.

I've told the story of that night a hundred times. I plan on typing it out so that my 15-month old son will know what he lived through, when he's old enough. Wether you've offered to help or not, if anyone has even idle curiosity about it, you're welcome to send me an email requesting the story. It may be a week or two.

BTW, if you want to buy tornado-proof music, invest in vinyl. :-) About 300 albums stayed in place, while 250 CD's blew away. I've only found a half-dozen or so. The rest are probably in another county! The tapes were a toss-up. Half are missing, the other half in pieces on the ground.

Thank you all, again.

:-)  Ted Gocal

From: Barend Hoogteijling <BDHOOBA@tilburg.nl>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 11:47:11 +0100
Subject: Neil Is Everywhere

Yesterday I was in a nice little restaurant in my hometown Tilburg, The Nethelands. They played the whole On The Beach album !!!! For all Dutch and Belgium Rusties, the restaurant is De Langeboom. Great place to eat.

From: errolc@notes.vsicom.com
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:57:57 -0500
Subject: Neil is Everywhere - even Antarctica

Yeah I have been on the ice for 16 months out the last 24. I started playing guitar in 1979 after going to see the movie Rust Never Sleeps. I've been playing acoustic Neil for years. When we play down there, it's kinda neat thinking that we're the southernmost Neil fans in the world.

We've played at the bar in McMurdo station and at the New Zealand base known as Scott Base. We play lots of obscure Neil tunes. On Aug. 9th, 1997 we had a Neil and Jerry night. Went over very well.

Also in the summer in Antarctica, the base hosts a 'live music' event every year called "Ice Stock". There is one band made up of local workers that is an all Neil cover band.

He is alive and well down under.

Errol Cakici
I Need A Ride To Tulsa

HyperRust editors note: Errol's described the Antarctic Neil-scene in a bit more detail in his article Neil On Ice.

From: SCHUBIDOO@aol.com
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:53:00 EST
Subject: Neil WAS Everywhere

Greetings from Seattle,
In todays Seattle paper, Todd MacCulloch, center for the Sweet 16 participating Washington Huskies Men's basketball team, mentioned Neil.

Todd is from Winnipeg. When asked of any famous people from Winnipeg he said:

"Neil....Neil Young. He went to a high school near mine. They have a wall of famous people, and he's not on it, because he didn't graduate. The rumor is, he drove either a motorcycle or a horse down the hall and got kicked out".
Speakin' Out

From: Michael Leatherbury <MLeatherbury@p21.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 15:33:43 -0500
Subject: Rick James and Neil

Howdy, Rusties.

On VH-1's - Behind the Scenes - Rick James, in the 2nd or 3rd segment, they talk about Rick's childhood, and then about the Mynah Birds, the band he and Neil had together.

He talks fondly of Neil and how they went to Detroit to sign and record for Motown. The deal was voided when they found out Rick was AWOL from the Navy. He said that he and Neil went back to their apartment and cried a lot, and Rick eventually turned himself in.

Then, the big surprise: They played a chunk of a song called, The Mynah Bird Hop (or maybe Shuffle or something) that supposedly was from the Motown session! So there are some recordings in existence!! Anyway, it was pretty cool.

Next week, VH-1 is doing a Behind the Scenes on David Crosby, so I'm hoping for more Neil there!

Peace & Rust,
Buried in the Past

Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 15:44:10 -0500
Subject: '68

There was a discussion on Rust about something called "68/Qep" that was showing up in a "Neil Young" search on Amazon.com. I bit the bullet and ordered it.

It was listed at price 9.99 plus an 0.85 "special order" charge, with a 1 to 6 week shipping delay (due to being a "special order") if still available. Shipping charge is $3.95, bringing the total to $14.79.

Well it WAS still available and just arrived in the mail. Yep, it's the '68 movie alright. They've even updated the sleeve to use a big picture of Neil on the cover. One bad thing: to save a buck or so they recorded it in EP mode. :-( Well, since the movie itself sorta sucks, I guess that's not so bad.

Anyway, anyone who wants to revisit those cameo scenes of Neil as "Westy" the motorcycle shop owner, and don't mind spending about 15 bucks on it, you can order it now from Amazon (and probably other on-line stores). Something tells me that this video is about to start showing up on those "cheap movies" racks in Kmart and the grocery stores, so you might want to wait for that. Wouldn't surprise me to see it down to $6.99 or something like that....
. . . RE*AC*TOR

PS: I finally found what "Qep" (actually "QEP") stands for. It's another of those oxymorons: "Quality Extended Play".

Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 13:09:43 -0500
Subject: Help for a Tornado Survivor

Most Rusties saw long-time Rustie Ted Gocal's post to Rust this last week, with his spine-chilling description of his house blowing away around him and his family as they huddled in an inner bathroom during the recent El Nino spawned toronados in central-Florida.

Ted appealed to Rusties to help replace the Neil shows that he lost along with most of his house. I've heard that he's gotten a good response to his plea.

He also mentioned in his Rust post that he was NOT looking for financial assistance, since he's insured. But I know that there are Rusties out there that would like to help out in SOME way. If you have any ideas, Ted's email address is gocalt@osceola.k12.fl.us.

For those who are too shy to contact him by email but still want to send something, I'm going to pass on his address. Hope he doesn't mind...

I was happy to hear from Ted that a lot of the tapes he's replacing are on their way. Anyone who can help beyond that, please do...
. . . . RE*AC*TOR

From: JGG <gemmillj@erols.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 17:47:14 -0500
Subject: VH1 Top 100 RnR Artists

Hey all... Thought this might be of interest... something to kick around :)

From March 31st to April 4th, VH1 will be doing a "100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of All Time" series -- over 600 music artists who have either had videos on or appeared in concert on VH1 voted... the results are as follows...

 1. The Beatles
 2. The Rolling Stones
 3. Jimi Hendrix
 4. Led Zeppelin
 5. Bob Dylan
 6. James Brown
 7. David Bowie
 8. Elvis Presley
 9. The Who
10. The Police
11. Stevie Wonder
12. Ray Charles
13. The Beach Boys
14. Marvin Gaye
15. Eric Clapton
16. John Lennon
17. Elton John
18. Prince
19. Pink Floyd
20. The Doors
21. Aretha Franklin
22. Fleetwood Mac
23. The Eagles
24. Bob Marley
25. Van Morrison
26. Chuck Berry
27. Bruce Springsteen
28. Sly & the Family Stone
29. U2
30. Neil Young
Hmmm. Neil number 30?! Behind Elton John?! Augh...

All the best,
JGG, aka The Old Grey Cat

From: mip3@cornell.edu
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 14:19:42 -0500
Subject: Neil in SPIN

Just figured I'd mention that Neil was mentioned in SPIN Magazine this month. In a comparision between Alt-Rock and Indie Movies, Neil Young's movie counterpart was Robert Redford. And Nick Cave's movie counterpart was Jim Jarmusch.

From: barbh@illustra.com (Barb Hardaway)
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 11:15:26 -0624 (PST)
Subject: Neil helps public radio

Hi Rustie Folks,
Just wanted to let you know Neil has helped one of our great public radio stations raise funds..... How, you say? Well the DJ is a friend of a fellow rustie and he always does a Neil related show. This year's show was oriented around the Bridge benefits with Neil interviews and some of the great sets from this year's Bridge.

Well needless to say, this 3 hour segment brought in over $1300 for the radio station. The closest other show was $900.

I was really pleased to hear that our Neil brought home the bacon once again. The radio station is in Virginia, and next year I'll probably announce to rust when the pledge show is. Then if you feel so inclined you can support a public radio station that plays Neil. :-)

A personal thanks to Pete Thayer for turning me on to Aer, the DJ of this show. It was great to be able to help out one of the last bastions of commercial free radio....


Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:11:25 -0500
Subject: Reprise crackdowns on the rise

With regard to recent crackdowns on web sites with pre-release copies (MP3s) of Alanis Morissette's new single, here's what Addicted To Noise reports:

While record companies do not necessarily expect their upcoming releases to make it to the Internet before hitting stores, Reprise spokesman Bob Merlis said his label is becoming more accustomed to cracking down on the situation when it does occur.

"When it rears its head, we deal with it in a very forthright manner," Merlis said. "We don't abide it, we don't encourage it and we try to quash it when we become aware of it."

Something to think about if/when any pre-release Neil tapes circulate again this year...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Susan.Allen@PSS.Boeing.com
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 11:54:02 -0800
Subject: Neil Lost in Space

Check out The Muzic.com News, where you'll find....

Neil Young Lost In Space

More California Music Award Dish: Metallica's Lars Ulrich masterfully handled the fumble when it came time to bestow the Arthur. M. Sochot award for Public Service to Neil Young. As far as anyone knew, Young was going to attend the ceremony -- he even RSVPed, so after screening the film about the Bridge School, the institution for developmentally disabled children that he supports, everyone expected the musician to stride onstage to accept the accolades. But according to BAM Magazine he was a legitimate "no show."

See the site for the rest.

gotta run, Dragon Mom at work

From: Erik Derycke <erik.derycke@ping.be>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 98 10:31:12 +0100
Subject: YOTH in Belgium

Attn. Belgian Rusties:
Year Of The Horse (the movie) will be shown at the Documentair Filmfestival in Gent, Tue 10 at 17.30h and Wed 11 at 20.00h.

Place to be: Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63 in Gent.
Tel. for tickets 09/225.08.45.

Erik aka The Sinner

From: Jim Beller <jbeller@vsurf.net>
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 07:08:56 +0300
Subject: Neil's Bammie

From the Sunday Examiner report on the Bammies Saturday night:

"Neil Young, the Bard of Woodside, was this year's winner of the prestigious Arthur M. Sochot Award for public service and excellence in performance. Young's annual Bridge School concerts, which benefit severely disabled children, have become a fixture in the Bay Area, as well as a drawing card for world-class performers such as Pearl Jam and David Bowie.

Young, normally a fixture at these ceremonies, was described as "under the weather" and was not present to accept his plaque."

From: KyOlson4@aol.com
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 00:52:02 EST
Subject: Neil on SNL

2 dueling guitarist for chicks in a skit on Saturday Night Live. One started playing Heart of Gold. NEIL IS EVERYWHERE!

Kyle Olson
-Dark Horse-

From: michal <bdd@inter.net.il>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 13:11:07 +0200
Subject: McCartney picks Neil

Watching VH1, and Paul McCartney is choosing his favorite songs/clips. Anyhow, he says (sort of): "My next song is Long May You Run by Neil Young. What can I say about Neil? Great, intelligent, wonderful singer/songwriter. I love him, we saw him at Phoenix last year, liked it very much." They showed LMYR from Unplugged.

From: mswayhoo@SOM.GMU.EDU
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 08:37:53 -0500
Subject: Neil/PJ #1 on MTV

MTV ran an All-Time Top 10 segment for the Video Music Awards performances yesterday evening from 9-10PM EST. The performance in 1993 of Neil Young & Pearl Jam of RITFW was number one.


From: agustin olivares <camino@recol.es>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 16:52:50 +0100
Subject: Neil's comments on new songs

Rusties, I am going to translate for you an excerpt from an interview with Neil Young last June in a Portuguese newspaper. My Portuguese is not very good, but here goes...

Neil: "Playing new songs these days is different from what it used to be. Back then, I used to play lots of new songs when I was abroad, and when I returned home I eventually made an album with those new songs. But nowadays, with the Internet and with all those recordings, if I feel like playing a song which I really like, I know it will probably be taped all over the world, and the lyrics would be wrong, and all this would happen before that song had the form I desired.

That´s why I may be careful with my new songs. I´ve got to be sure they´re finished before they are spread around. There´s more secretism [sic] these days than years ago, just because I want to keep my songs from being taped before they´re finished".

This makes me think that Neil probably has many more new songs than the ones he performed last year (Modern World, Slowpoke, Horseshoe Man, Out of Control, Pictures In My Mind, Good To See You and another one which I can´t remember right now). So, IMHO, the new album will contain a few songs nobody has ever heard, not even his "closest friends", as Neil said way back in 1973 when he played Sweet Joni for the first (and last) time.


From: ciaran@itsa.ucsf.edu (fontainebleau)
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 04:44:12 -0700
Subject: Old Elliot Interview

I was just reading the Neil Young Appreciation Society (NYAS) publication Neil Young and Broken Arrow: On a Journey Through the Past. The 1982 Elliot Roberts interview makes an amazing read in retrospective... particularly considering current events.

I hope Alan Jenkins, -- or Paul Makos, the interviewer -- won't mind if I post it to my website for a few days for everyone to see.

If there's any errors blame my OCR package...

May the Horse be with you

HyperRust Editor's note: For more information on the NYAS, check out their web site.

From: Kurt Braun <kbraun@mb.sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 22:20:27 -0800
Subject: Neil on Chart Magazine's Top 100

The story is on their web site. Most of the list really makes me proud of what Canada has contributed to the music world.

"Safeway Cart"
a.k.a. Kurt Braun

From: JDuffy2465@aol.com
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 20:01:37 EST
Subject: Neil on Jeopardy

Tonight on Jeopardy, an answer was:

This Seattle-based grunge band
backed Neil Young on his MirrorBall CD.
The first person to buzz in guessed "Who is Nirvana?" !
Anybody know the answer? :)

Jim Duffy

From: Clements <sprstar@pacbell.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 12:08:26 -0800
Subject: New Album Delayed?

Someone mentioned recently that they had inside info that Neil had submitted his new album and that the label had returned it asking for more. Looks like it may have been good info.

Reprise, on their website, has now removed the June 23, 1998 tentative release date for the new album and placed it under the Albums To Be Scheduled For Release in 1998 area. Oh boy, the speculation/rumours can now get going again. Too bad, usually when a specific release date is posted (as opposed to just "this year"), it happens, though sometimes with a few weeks adjustment.

Oh well, just thought folks would like to know.

Horseshoe Man

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