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(Archive 17: 6/3/98 - 8/3/98)

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From: Heikki Kyllastinen <heikki.kyllastinen@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 09:35:59 -0700
Subject: Neil & Pegi (& Heikki) are everywhere

Finnish nationwide FM radiostation RADIOMAFIA mentioned yesterday about Neil & Pegi's 20th wedding anniversary. They also mentioned that I had mailed to them RITVA KOISTINEN's New Finnish Kantele CD for a present. Then the DJ (Jake Nyman) played within his Onnenpäivä (Happy Days, -- oldies but goldies) show the song I have requested in my e-mail: Cinnamon Girl.

From: Serge Gironnay <MoMo@compuserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 1998 09:18:26 -0400
Subject: Cut The Cake

Message to Neil Young,

On this special day, Neil, I know that you would like to cut an anniversary cake with 20 candles on it. However, please ask Elliot to cut the cake! You just blow out the candles with Pegi....


From: Horsepie@aol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 19:03:46 EDT
Subject: Phish cover Neil

Just wandering around the ol' net here and discovered the Phish played Neil's Albuquerque in Dallas on July 26. Wish I could hear that...

aka MartinD45

From: Steve Tapin' <neilrocks@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 03:02:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Panic cover Neil

Widespread Panic's encore for last night's show in Live Oak, FL was Mr. Soul. Smokin' show, one of the best Panic shows I've seen. They also busted out Curtis Mayfield's Pusherman and a sizzlin' Stoned Me.

From: MP123A321@aol.com
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 17:43:47 EDT
Subject: Young Plays HORDE!

Found this on Rocktropolis Allstar Daily Music News:

Neil Young's sister, Astrid Young, surprised H.O.R.D.E. attendees at Tuesday (July 28)'s show in Toronto. Going by the moniker IST, she performed on the workshop stage.

From: Heikki Kyllastinen <heikki.kyllastinen@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 11:45:22 -0700
Subject: Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary (early)

I will be out of my office on Sunday, so I wanna wish today...

Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary
to Neil & Pegi Young
August 2nd 1998 !!!!
Best regards
. . . . Heikki
*****Special Thanks To Pegi*****

From: Andrew Wood <andrew.wood@pyxis-software.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 22:09:05 +0100
Subject: Neil's On The Cover...

...of the September issue of Uncut, a UK music & movies magazine (on sale 6th August). The cover has a b&w, head & shoulders photo of a grinning Neil, with the caption:

The issue also comes with a FREE 20 track CD, Sounds Of The New West -- The Best Of Alternative Country, which features Emmylou Harris with Neil, amongst others.

More info when I've got hold of a copy, and not just looking at an ad for it.


From: Ammitai X Worob <worob_ammitai@jpmorgan.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 11:29:57 -0400
Subject: Patti Covers Neil

Last night I went to see Patti Smith for the first of her 4 nights at a new NYC music venue, the Bowery Ballroom. I'd never seen Patti before, but I've been a fan for about a year and a half. She was F-ing great! She performs a lot like Neil does; kinda clumsily, but with raw, genuine intensity. Like Neil, she "slips away" during the songs, taking the music & herself to another level.

After the second song, she read a piece (poem?), and towards the end the band started to kick in with some Arc-like feedback. As soon as she concluded, the band drove right into Rockin' In The Free World. Needless to say, I was excited.

Were there any other Rusties there last night?

From: Clements <sprstar@pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 17:31:12 -0700
Subject: Nils and Neil

Pretty good article on Nils with quite a bit of Neil Content in the Yahoo News pages.


From: WeldedRust@aol.com
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 11:11:50 EDT
Subject: 100 Greatest Guitar Solos

I just got the new Guitar World in the mail, and it includes the 100 Greatest Solos articles that we discussed on Rust. Here's the Neil content:

#39 - Cortez The Killer
#76 - Cinnamon Girl

Here's what was said about CTK...

Cortez The Killer hails from Zuma, one of Neil Young's most overlooked albums, most often lost in the shuffle of it's predecessor, Tonight's The Night, issued just five months earlier. But there's really a simple explanation for the song's high rating. Just take it from Young himself, who once proclaimed that, "Cortez is some of my best guitar playing ever!"

Remarkably, the song's structure was largely shaped by accident - a power failure which occured in the midst of recording a perfect, transcent take of the song. Instead of recutting the tune, Young and producer David Briggs went back and did some creative editing, lopping off several verses, among other changes. "They missed a whole verse, a whole section!" Young says. "You can hear the splice on the recording where we stop and start again. It's a messy edit...incredible! It was a total accident. But that's how I see my best art, as one magical accident after another. That's what is so incredible."

Cortez The Killer, about the Spanish explorer who conquered Mexico with bloody excess, is also a prime example of Young's physical style of lead playing.

"I am a naturally very destructive person," he says. "And that really comes out in my guitar playing. Man, if you think of guitar playing in terms of boxing... well, let's just say I'm not the guitarist you'd want to play against. I'm just scarred by life. Nothing in particular. No more scarred than anyone else. Only other people often don't let themselves know how damaged they are, and deal with it like I do."

Hang The DJ

From: dragonmom7@juno.com (Dragon Mom)
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 22:56:56 -0700
Subject: Order YOTH Now

Yes indeed I did -- Pre-ordered the Laser Disk, letterboxed, from Ken Crane's. Expected release date is October 13, 1998.

Dragon Mom, R-FLOW
"Argue not with dragons, for thou art crunchy and go well with brie."

From: USMR42A@prodigy.com ( KEN J MURTHA)
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 21:10:05, -0500
Subject: Neil on the Phone

Yeah, I know it's not the most exciting news, but these days I'll take what I can get.....

Apparently Neil has been using his time off to listen to some music. A local radio station reported today that Neil called David Crosby to tell him he likes the CPR album. He said something about the record being a "step forward" or something like that. How the radio guy knew this I don't know, but it seems a little odd to make up something like that.

No word yet on how Neil feels about the Armageddon soundtrack.

There's A LOT of people saying I'd be better off dead.

From: NYandCH@aol.com
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 21:59:26 EDT
Subject: Neil on Neil?

I went to Barnes & Noble today to check out what they had on the man. They only had one old book, so the clerk keyed in NEIL YOUNG in his computer for me. There was a large listing, but what caught my attention was due out in NOV. 1998. It was a book titled NEIL YOUNG by NEIL YOUNG! I can't wait.
Al Wise

From: Andrew Thomas <transformer-man@lineone.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 20:27:34 +0100
Subject: New Neil Book

I bought a new Neil book that that I spied in Helter Skelter here in London over the weekend. Its called Essential Neil Young by Steve Grant. It's a book meant for English folk I reckon, and it's a personal view of the author's 40 favourite Neil songs. It has some cool photos -- some I have seen before but others I have not! Here's what's written on the back cover....

"From the 1960s with Buffalo Springfield, through a stormy stint with CSN, a brief period of single chart success as a solo artist, and up to the crowning of Young as Godfather of Grunge, Essential Neil Young takes in the politics,loves and hates of a fascinating man.

"Essential Neil Young traces the career of Canada`s last rock great, detailing the songs and times of a man who has successfully spanned four decades of music making.

"This is not a biography, however. Rather it is a personal exploration of the power and dignity of the work of Neil Young; it is the story of how 1960s idealism has shaped up over the past thirty years."

Buy this book if you see it and you wont be disappointed , especially if you are a hard core Neil fan. :-)

From: mark wegner <markwegner@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 04:43:51 PDT
Subject: Stills confirms BS Box

On Saturday night at the House of Blues in Chicago, Stephen Stills confirmed the Buffalo Springfield Box Set is done and will be released around Christmas.

some roads..

From: Craig Leavitt <jokerman_83@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 13:39:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Stills covers Neil

For what it's worth (pun can't be helped), I saw Stills play at the Grizzly Rose in Denver last night. Great show, and they played Mr.Soul. hmmmmmm..... interesting choice, no? Stills/Young will ride again....at least I hope so.

From: Zumafan@aol.com
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 12:14:40 EDT
Subject: New Neil Book?

Saw an ad for a new book, 128 page job out of Britian, called Essential Neil Young. "Tracing his evolution in Canada to super star." Anyone have any info on this??

my old corvette

From: Pekka Koskivaara <pekka@pe77a.pp.fi>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 98 23:33:25 PDT
Subject: Neil "Uncut"

Just got the new August issue of Uncut magazine (music & movies). At the back of the mag they tell about next month's (September) cover story: Neil Young, the wilderness years.

The cover stories in Uncut are usually thorough and informative, such as in a recent story on Brian Wilson. Since THAT story coincided with the release of Brian's album Imagination, is this further proof of Young's new album release?


PS: Uncut sometimes includes a CD. The September issue does, and its title is The Sounds of the New West. Will include "artists such as Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris with Neil Young, Lambchop, Vic Chestnutt, Calexico and Willard Grant Conspiracy. It's a shame they don't ship the CD abroad, not even to subscribers. :( Maybe someone living in Britain could help...

From: mraney@mail.utexas.edu (Michael Raney)
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 12:11:54 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: EW: Lanois wants Neil

In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Lanois was quoted as saying his dream project would be "producing Neil Young, if he were to call me up, I'd drop everything."


From: USMR42A@prodigy.com ( KEN J MURTHA)
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 01:26:50, -0500
Subject: PJ Covers Neil -- TWICE

Just got back from the Pearl Jam show. They did both Fuckin' Up and RITFW during the encore. Great show!!!!

Lotta people saying I'd be better off dead

From: Bas van der Meer <bas@interstate.demon.nl>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 17:46:24 +0200
Subject: Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon about Neil

Nothing new for most of you, but here is a snippet from an interview with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, taken from a HUMO-special about the Torhout/Werchter 1998 show (translated from dutch):

HUMO: Sometime ago you played as an opening-act for Neil Young.

Kim: "It was horrible. Neil Young himself was great. He loved us and wanted to challenge his audience by letting us open. But most of his fans in the States were just ordinary conservative rednecks. They probably think about themselves as enlightened people. Being a hippie and smoking joints has nothing to do with enlightment.

I think it was because of Rocking in the Free World. Just like Born in the USA from Springsteen, the song was misunderstood by a part of the audience -- not surprisingly the conservative, stupid part. As an artist, those things are out of your control.

Neil himself was cool, but his crew was not. During birthday-parties, there always was a stripper. Every time. It has gotten me estranged from the whole rock-'n-roll-ambience. I didn't want to have anything to do with it."

Bas van der Meer

From: USMR42A@prodigy.com (KEN J MURTHA)
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 16:05:50, -0500
Subject: Lilith Covers Neil

Last Monday at the Lilith Fair, the Indigo Girls (and many guest musicians) did a fantastic version of RITFW. A local newspaper called it the highlight of the show, and I can only hope that if they release another compilation of Lilith Fair music they put it on there.

Better Off Dead

From: Caryn Rose <clr@drizzle.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 12:28:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: PJ sings Fuckin' Up in St. Louis

pearl jam were in st. louis last night, and for the last song of the first encore, eddie talked about brendan o'brien, and how big fans of theirs probably know this song from bootlegs -- it was "by a friend of ours named Neil" and proceed to shock the hell out of us by doing the BEST version of Fuckin' Up that i've ever heard them do.

eddie urged us to consider it a singalong.

even more shocking: matt cameron (former soundgarden drummer, now drumming for pj) playing and singing backup.

i'll have more info on five horizons once i make it back home on sunday.....


From: bh <heinsohn@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 18:16:25
Subject: Neil Young: Fairweather Friend?

So you think I'm bashing Neil again by that subject line? Sorry....it ain't me this time. I've got help from muzic.com who is running a story with that title, written by Jaan Uhelszki.

See, people....I am not the only one who questions Neil.

The article has got a picture of him with the caption: "Aww, c'mon, Eddie, tell me how great I am again."

Seems like he's developed quite a rep for himself, eh?

bh aka
brown-skinned indian

From: Kenneth Aasarød <kenneth.aasaroed@pfi.no>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 12:19:53 +0200
Subject: Neil's Speech on Willie's CD

One of Neil's Farm Aid speeches (part of one?) is included on Willie Nelson's interactive Tales Out Of Luck. It contains many videoclips and soundclips of Willie and friends. Neil's speech is a videoclip, about one minute long. A must for Willie-fans, and a must for Neil-fanatics...I'm both.

Ingenior Avdeling Papir

From: bh <heinsohn@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 10:07:18
Subject: Neil Spotting

I read that Neil was in NYC last night for the Linda McCartney service.

"Linda would love this, because Linda loved music," said singer Neil Young, according to Paul McCartney's spokesman, Geoff Baker. "She loved music and she ended up living in a house of music and now she is music."
Apparently Yoko wasn't invited due to the (a-hem) same old bad blood.

bh aka
brown-skinned indian

From: John Kitamura <kato@atitech.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 17:11:02 -0400
Subject: CSNY/Springfield on DVD (barely)

For you Europeans with DVD players, there is a disc called 50 Original Video Clips - Atlantic Records which contains the CSNY American Dream video as one of its 50 clips (others include Booker T, Led Zeppelin...).

It also includes an interview called One Hour With Ahmet Ertegun in Paris in which chapter 37 is spent talking about the Buffalo Springfield ("The Buffalo Springfield is one of the greatest rock and roll bands that I have ever heard"). That chapter only lasts for a minute or two. The disc is double sided (not dual layered) and is 132 minutes in duration.

Unfortunately for North Americans, this disc appears to be only available in Europe. Its published by Warner Music in Europe, and is mastered with a 4:3 (PAL TV) aspect ratio. However, it does not appear to be region coded, and so will play on a North American player.


Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 12:24:10 -0400
Subject: Henry Rollins on Neil Young

Farmer Rob wrote:

> Did anyone keep, or see, the Henry Rollins (Black Flag
> punk fame) in BAM (Bay Area Music) magazine this month?
> His qoutes concerning Neil were great, but I lost my copy on
> the way home from a long road trip.
I found the article here.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Joseph J Bugeja <joseph.bugeja@orbit.net.mt>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 20:07:55 +0200
Subject: Missing 6 Missing

The Missing 6, as well as The Archives, are no longer listed on the New Releases page on the Reprise website. I enquired with Reprise about that, and this is the reply I got:

       yes, those six have been postponed.
Maybe we'll have to wait till the year 2000 to see these releases -- Neil's Millenium present.

Western Hero

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 09:14:22 -0400
Subject: Ghosts On The Road site now on-line

Pete Long has set up a web site in England for Ghosts On The Road. It includes info on how to order the book, some corrections and omissions info, and background on the book.

For those not familiar, his book (along with the Sugar Mountain pages on the web) is close to being "gospel" with regard to Neil's performance data.

The site is at: http://www.oldhomestead.demon.co.uk.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: TinOtiS@aol.com
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 09:21:41 EDT
Subject: Neil & Michael Hedges

The July issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine has a special tribute to the late, great Michael Hedges. Hedges was an acoustic guitar guru, one of those musician's musicians, who recorded on Windham Hill Records before his sudden death late last year. Truly a loss for all who love innovation in music.

Anyway, it seems that Michael was quite the Neil Young fan. Michael Manring (WH recording artist) relates that in their early touring days they often did Neil Young covers and later in the article Randy Lutage (owns a theater in Palo Alto, Ca.) recalls how Hedges taught him the chording to Don't Let It Bring You Down. Hedges covers After the Goldrush on his Aerial Boundaries CD. Other NY/MH connections:

Unusual Weather (Michael Manring, 1986)
Oh Yes I Can (David Crosby, 1989)
Live It Up (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1989)
After the Storm (Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1994)
All Sides Now (Pat Martino, 1997)
What the Hell was I Thinking? (Dweezil Zappa, 199?)

Michael Hedges Interview 10/06/92
Michael was interviewed by Ed Ditto on New Rock 90, WUTK FM, Knoxville, TN:

"... I went to a conservatory in Baltimore. I went there for four years and studied electronic music, flute, composition, and classical guitar. I took some graduate courses in theory. But all this was pretty well balanced by me going out and trying to be Neil Young at night. Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. ..."

Michael Hedges Interview 04/14/94
"Well, Road to Return is definitely a record that says, 'Hey, I’m not just a guitar player.' [Stares at video for a minute.] Man, I’d love to make a video. Not a “video”, but a concert film. You know what’s the best concert film? Rust Never Sleeps. What a visionary film that is. Incredible."

11/13/94 Interview published in the April/May 1995 issue of Dirty Linen)
"Road To Return isn't Hedges first singer-songwriter album. 1985's folksy Watching My Life Go By was a sparse, mostly acoustic effort ... It also offered a glimpse into his key musical influences by including shades of Leo Kottke, Neil Young and David Crosby."
Web site devoted to MH: http://www.nomadland.com

"A Fireman"

From: David36798@aol.com
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 00:16:27 EDT
Subject: New Neil Cover

From Rocktropolis Allstar Music News:

N'Dea Davenport, formerly with the Brand New Heavies, had some heavyweights at her show at the El Rey in Los Angeles Thursday (June 11) night. Joining her onstage for the encore was Tre Hardson (aka Slim Kid) from the Pharcyde, who rapped freestyle, while she played the drums. Davenport also performed the Brand New Heavies hit Dream On Dreamer, and did a soulful rendition of Neil Young's Old Man, which appears on her self-titled solo debut, due June 30 on V2 Records...

From: Andrew Patterson <PATTERSONA@saham.agvic.gov.au>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 09:05:13 +11:00
Subject: YOTH in Melbourne

For those Rusties in the vicinity of Melbourne - I noticed in this morning's Age that YOTH is going to be showing as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival which starts on July 23. I haven't had a chance to chase up any details yet.


From: mip3@cornell.edu
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 12:29:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Crosby Movie to feature Neil

From an article titled "Crosby plans documentary on music, activism" by Paul Karon (from the Variety news service)...

Singer-songwriter David Crosby is jumping into the movie business with Stand and Be Counted, a documentary about the role of popular music in social activism and political movements.

The film will trace the involvement of musicians in important social and political changes from the post-Civil War era through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and to major musical events such as the Concert for Bangladesh and Live Aid.

"It occurred to me that no one had ever chronicled what music had done socially and politically," Crosby told Daily Variety.

"I realized that most of the musicians who do this kind of work are friends of mine. I thought it would be very rewarding to ask them not just what they have done, but also why they were moved to put their time, energy and sometimes their lives on the line for these causes."

The picture will feature dozens of interviews with many of the most influential folk and rock musicians of recent decades, including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Elton John, Sting, Carole King, Don Henley, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. Actor/comics Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg will also appear in the film.

"Right now we're looking to finish the film by the end of the year to try to get it into the next Sundance Festival," said Sidney Sherman, who is producing the film.

From: barrett <barrett@knownet.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:18:30 -0400
Subject: Jorma on Neil

Jorma Kaukonen on Neil, per telephone interview by J.D.Barrett (a.k.a. Lonely Runway)...

"NY is really cool. He found himself at a much younger age. Some of us are slow learners. He definately has longevity - I don't necessarily love everything N.Y. does but he does exactly what he wants, controls the projects and eveything he does is definately Neil Young."

From: DENEZIE@aol.com
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:12:16 EDT
Subject: Trains/Concert coming to KC?

From the 6/2/98 Kansas City Star:

Union Station hopes to keep Young interest on track
Singer/train buff may send some models for collection.

Looks like trains may run again in Union Station after all.

Rocker Neil Young may be interested in chugging part of his well-documented Lionel train collection into the station's museum. A Lionel train set autographed by Young sold for $1,875 at last year'l annual Sandstone auction.

The skinny? "We don't have any kind of final agreement with him, but I met with him last summer at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival," says Union Station honcho Andy Scott.

"His son has cerebral palsy, and because of his interest in model railroading and model railroading for the physically challenged, I met with him and we are contining to work together toward something that could happen in the future."

The bottom line, according to Scott: "We want to have a model train component in the station at some point."

Young is a part owner of Lionel. Another connection: "Music and railroading traditionally have gone together in the American culture, clear back to the 1800's," Scott says. "(Neil's) whole point is to introduce a new generation to model railroading."

What are the odds of landing a Lionel-sponsored highly accessible exibit and a kickoff benefit concert with Young?

"There are all kinds of ideas that have percolated in my mind," Scott says.

by: Hearne Christopher Jr.

From: WharfRat <wharfrat@mscomm.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 04:24:18 -0700
Subject: E-mail List of the Day

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