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(Archive 2: 4/11/96 - 5/16/96)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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From: "Joseph J Bugeja" <joebugs@keyworld.net>
Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 18:09:13 +0200

Hello Rusties

Reprise has confirmed that Neil's new album is named Broken Arrow. The following is Reprise's message:

> Subj: Re: Fwd: Neil's new album -- BROKEN ARROW!!!!!!!!!!!
> Date: 96-05-15 19:36:44 EDT
> From: Reprise1
> Yes, it officially is and we only just gave it to him -- man you
> guys are so QUICK!!!
> Best,
> Ilene

From: si2_ri92175@debet.nhh.no
Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 09:11:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Isle of Calves Festival(Norway)

It has been written in Norwegian newspapers that Neil has asked for THREE hours on stage <for his appearance at the Isle of Calves Festival>. That would be approx 6 CITS! :-)

. . . . . Runar, Ocean Boy

From: gregory hernandez <Calistar@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 09:13:39 GMT
Subject: Neil in Santa Cruz!!!


It's now 1:27 a.m. on Thursday morning here in California and I just got back from seeing Neil at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Please ignore all typos and dis-jointed sentences...I am totally exhausted.

Oh...my...god....what an AWESOME show! My ears are still ringing and I can hardly believe that just one hour and ten minutes ago Neil was just finishing up his scorching encore. In fact, I can't believe that I got in the 500 seat club at all...more on that tomorrow.

I am very tired right now and have to go to work in....ugh...six hours?! So I will make this brief.

I will post the full recount of the evening's events tomorrow (today) when my faculties return in full. I'll just leave you all with these quick tid-bits of info.

The setlist was much the same as the OPL shows. Country Home, Stupid Girl, Roll another Number, Danger Bird, Bite the Bullet, DBTR, LAH, and much much more. Three sets in all.

Neil was *ON*. Crazy Horse was *ON*. The crowd was totally psyched. Neil seemed in very good spirits and even smiled from time to time ;-)

I spoke to a person "close to the band" and asked about the archives, the reissues, the new album, and whether Neil monitored RUST...but you'll have to wait till my full review to hear the answers that the "un-named source" gave. :-)

. . . . . . . . . . . . More later,
. . . . . . . . . . . . Calistar
. . . . . . . . . . . . ggh4@pge.com

P.S.: No, I didn't tape...and I didn't see anyone taping....but I'm hoping that other Rusties were in attendance and captured this amazing show...

From: ae54@iamlasun4.mathematik.uni-karlsruhe.de (Armin Gienger)
Date: Thu, 9 May 96 09:49:13 +0200
Subject: Info from Reprise

Hi Rusties,

Like some others before I emailed to Reprise yesterday asking for the release date for the missing 6 and the new album in europe. This is what I received in two seperate mails:


> Yes, -- it's 8/6 for the missing 6...
> and 7/2 for the album...
> so far!
> And by the way, I heard the album last week -- you're
> going to love it.
> Ilene
> Armin,
> I have to tell you, the first song on the new album is so good,
> and then there are some 10 MINUTE LONG SONGS! with guitars just
> going and going like at a concert jam.
> I just had to give you a little more description, and there
> you have it.
> These Neil questions are going on our Frequently Asked Questions
> list -- I get a few just like em every day!
> Ilene

. . . . .Armin

From: Peter Guilhamet <peterg@RedBrick.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 16:45:18 -0700
Subject: Catalyst Tonight !

Neil Young is playing the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, tonight only (5/8). Tickets are supposedly all sold already (by the time I heard).

Feedback is Back

p.s. I can't go )-;

From: Johannes Massolle <j.massolle@komm.westfalen.de>
Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 09:56:02 +-200
Subject: Hamburg, July 13th

Today's newspapers wrote that Bob Dylan will act in the same show in Hamburg as NY&CH (Trabrennbahn, July 13th). It's the first time, our man and Dylan appear in the same concert in Germany, they say.

BTW: Are there any rusties going to one of the german shows, especially Hamburg and Bremen? Maybe we could meet and have a good time together?

Johannes Massolle                Delpstrasse 8, D-48151 Muenster       
j.massolle@komm.westfalen.de                  Tel. 0251 77 66 50       

From: Kevin Woodward <ksrr@dmv.com>
Date: Sat, 04 May 96 20:12:28 -0400
Subject: Reprise Info

Don't know if this interests anyone, but I e-mailed Reprise with some Neil questions and this is what I got!

> From: Reprise1@aol.com
> Sent: Friday, May 03, 1996 2:36 AM
> To: ksrr@dmv.com
> Subject: Re: Neil Young
> I don't know his tour plans yet, but there will 6 yes 6 reissues
> from our friend Neil in August.
> and I'm going to hear the new album...tomorrow!!
> It's scheduled for release on July 9th. Keep your fingers crossed
> and that will be the street date.
> Have fun,
> Ilene

From: Doug Skeggs <skeggsd@govonca.gov.on.ca>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 15:58:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Neil Young (Reactor?) (fwd)

I sent a message to Reprise the other day asking where the CD issue of Reactor (and the others) are and got the following response:

> From: Reprise1@aol.com
> Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 14:50:04 -0400
> To: skeggsd@vianet.on.ca
> Subject: Re: Neil Young (Reactor?)
> Dear Doug,
> They're all on hold, I don't know why, but I have them down for a 7/9
> release.
> Oh, wait, I do know why. It's because of packaging issues,
> like Neil wants to use some really cool packaging and they're
> working out the cost of doing all of it. He favors cardboard
> packaging, but something good looking. So it's not all our
> fault, and it actually should be worked out pretty soon!
> Ilene
Now...does "7/9" mean July 9, or September 7, or January 1 2079?

From: Patricia Shurtz <pshurtz@autodesk.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 14:31:17 -0700
Subject: Dead Man (the movie) Opens in SF

Well, I guess I'lll have to stop real work here long enough to post my rememberances of the Dead Man movie opening .... Yes, Barry and I were there last night... and so were Mr. and Mrs. Neil Young, and Mr. (and Mrs.?) Billy Talbot.

About the Movie: V e r y C o o l .....Not that I would recommend it to my non-Rust-type friends, but Barry and I both enjoyed it immensely. The pace is slow, but it never loses your attention. Deep, but easy to follow and understand. Lots of subtleties, irony, sarcastic humor. Lots of Native American philosopies explored, as well as the basic good versus evil and afterlife stuff. It's the kind of movie that will keep popping up in my head for a long time. Many deeply moving scenes, many very funny ones, some very groutesque stuff, and lots of iconography left for interpretation (sound familiar?) A THUMBS UP for any of you Rusties!

About the Music for the Movie: We agreed about the intro/ending acoustic/electric combo being the most interesting pieces. Actually, the rest of the score, while certainly adding an entire dimesion to the film, was pretty repetitious and predictible. For the movie, this was good, but for listenability on a CD soundtrack...? I dunno....

About Jim Jarmush: After the film, he did a Q and A from the stage. Suffice it to say that this guy is simply a polished version of Neil that does films instead of music. His attitudes toward originality and non-stagnation of his craft were so much like Neil... And comments he made about Neil clearly indicated a huge respect for our hero.

In reference to someone's question about the deeper religious meaning of some portion of the movie (like the canoe trip being representative of the River of something in the Bible...sorry), Jarmaush clearly stated that he hadn't thought of that analogy before, but that it was pretty interesting and could he use it in an interview if asked :) .

Wish I had recorded it...or taken notes...

About What Neil was Wearing (and did he get butter on his popcorn :) They announced a 15 minute "technical delay", and lo and behold, 15 minutes later, Neil, Pegi, Billy and wife?, and another couple associated with the film came down the middle aisle, and sat smack dab in the center of the general admission seats. Denim shirt and pants, leather vest and jacket. It was clear that there were lots of Neil fans in the audience, from the cheers that went up when his name appeared on the credits, and during the Q and A later when he briefly stood and acknowledged Jim Jarmushs' recognition of his contribution to the film.

During the questions, the only one directly related to Neil was that someone asked Jarmush "How many types of music did Neil Young compose before you chose the music that ended up in the movie (paraphrasing, here..) The reply, as we mostly know, was that he sat down with an unedited 2.5 hour version of the movie, watched it 3 times in two days, and recorded what we heard that night. People chuckled. Jarmush explained that Neil just poured his emotional response to what he saw into the music. He also commented on how this was not the typical way movie scores are written, but that "Neil Young does not do typical things, thank god for us..." or something like that.

Overall, we really enjoyed the evening, and you really should see the movie when you have the chance. Of course, it was even more exciting, knowing that Neil was sitting a few rows away, having the same experience...!!!

If anyone has additional questions, feel free to e-mail..

. . . . .Old Laughing Lady
. . . . .Patricia (Trish) Shurtz

From: "Steven R. Briggs" <af464@ccn.cs.dal.ca>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 18:31:46 -0300
Subject: Young & Bachman song

Hi Folks,

Read this in today's Halifax Mail Star & though you might be interested.


TORONTO (CP) Two of Candada's bedt-known rockers, Neil Young and Randy Bachman, have teamed up on a marathon ode to their homeland.

The 10-minute song Made In Canada, written by Bachman, was recorded this month at Young's sprawling ranch-studio north of San Francisco. The tune is slated to be the centrepiece of Bachman's new solo album Merge, scheduled for release on June 12.

"It's 10 minutes long," said Bachman on the phone recently from his Vancouver home. "The song was over at four, but then he [NY] launched into this solo that's like Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey. He plays notes, then in the end he's banging his guitar and getting these shudders out of it. You haven't heard these noises since the '60s."

As per Young's usual modus operandi, Made In Canada (MIC) was recorded in a single take. "We set up, I show him the chords to MIC, we run through it once, he goes: 'That's it.' It was just like recording in the '60s in mono."

But that wasn't quite the end of the session, Bachman explained.

"We had stopped at a sleazy restaurant going up to his place, because we didn't get fed on the plane that morning. and I got a very upset stomach from some bad restaurant food. So that night, ... we just get the song done and I get these stomach cramps and have to excuse myself. So I'm on my knees in Neil's bathroom and Neil proceeds to go in and finish singing the background vocals, singing with (my vocals), he does a hamony with himself, and he kind of took over the track ... Neil kept it going, and I'm very grateful for that."

Bachman has just finished editing a four-minute version of the song which will likely go out to radio stations in mid-May.

John Sakamoto, Toronto Star

There you have it, Rusting ones. I read some hint of this here on Rust a few days ago, but this contains more info. My apologies for any typos.

Looks like a new "must" disc for the NY completists.

. . . . .Steven
. . . . .The Coroner

From: Ken <kas0@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 1996 08:46:25 -0700
Subject: Neil at OPL 4-14-96

Thanks to WarfRat's post I went down there, hung out and got into Sunday's show.

I was sitting in the bar around 6 drinking down a few Sierra Nevada Wheat beers when in walks Poncho Sampedro. He walks up to the bar and orders a N/A beer and gets some quarters for the pinball machine. He played this Tommy pinball with a friend for about an hour and no one bothered him or even recognized him.

To get my pass to the show I had to do what Hip Drag Queen had done a couple of weeks earlier. I talked to the owner and got in at about 10 min to 9.

Neil came out at about 9:00. He played three sets until about 12:00. He started with Country Home. Here is a list of songs but not in proper order...I did not take notes. Stupid Girl, Homegrown, Bite The Bullet, Roll Another Number, Drive Back, Cowgirl In The Sand, Dangerbird, Barstool Blues, The Losing End, Pocahantas, Prisoners of R@R.

The third set I do have in order: Cortez The Killer, Fuckin Up, The Loner, Powderfinger.

What a great show! CITS was closer to 10 min, not the 19 min version I saw on 3/21/96. Dangerbird was much longer, he kept jamming. Pocahantas was great Rockin with the Horse, at the end he resang the verse "I wish I were a trapper..." Drive Back was a jam too, with Neil repeating "Drive Back" over and over.

The second set was over an hour long and I was afraid that might be it for the night. But after Prisoners Neil said "We'll be back."

They took about a 20 min break. They came out and went right into a 22 min version of Cortez... The best version I have ever heard! Then without any break went immediately into Fuckin' Up.

What a night! I still cannot believe that he played 8 shows in a 150 person capacity bar.

I will be able to get proper setlists for this show and the 4-10-96 show soon. I was told he did a great version of Tonights The Night at the 4-10 show.

. . . . . . Later,
. . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Schick

From: "WharfRat" <WharfRat@hooked.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 1996 02:38:23 +0000
Subject: OPL NEWS

just received an e-mail saying Neil (The Echoes) played again tonight Can anyone confirm? Also was told (by reliable? source-is usually right on) there will be one on Sunday Night today!

No flames-only passin' on what I heard haven't got a confirmation but am checking as we speak

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From: Kurt William Vogel <kwv@chem.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 10:46:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: OPL Shows part II OVER!

Word I have is that Neil played this past Tuesday and Wednesday at the OPL in El Granada once again. After last night's show they packed everything up and told those who were waiting for tix for the next night "sorry, it's over". I talked to someone who talked to someone who talked to Neil after last night's show and he said they were going back to the ranch and that there would be a "small club tour" in the coming months. Take that for what its wotht (not much!)

The setlists were similar to those a couple of weeks back. Two acoustic songs were played one night. Tonights the Night was played last night. Only love can Break your Heart was played one night. That's all the info I have for now (I wasn't there).


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