(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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It was announced that on December 8th at 23:00 in Zavta Tel Aviv, there would be "A very special evening 4 Neil, 2 remeber 35 years from the first record. Loads of fans from across the country, live bands playing covers , rare videos etc......." I went, and here's the report...
OK, first of all, the beer was free....
The evening itself was very nice, I think there were about 35-40 people there. It started at 21:30 with a band (from a kibutz :) that covers Neil's songs. I missed most of it (had to put the kids to sleep before heading out to the BIG city, hahaha), but I did catch Down By The River, Ohio and Rockin' In The Free World. They really played well!
At 23:00 this guy called Uri started a lecture. 35 years since the first recording with The Squires, for those who were wondering. He didn't say anything that was actually new to me. He did have some mistakes: The most annoying was when he said that Neil became a heroin addict after Buffalo Springfield broke up, and was in and out of rehab. He also erroneously said that Ben was born in 82. And when he was talking about Ohio, he said Neil rarely preformed it until he revived it again in 89 (then he showed Ohio from the Freedom video...). But it was nice nontheless, mainly because I took advantage of the free beer.
It was so LOUD, I sang at the top of my voice and couldn't hear myself... Zavta (which means "together" in Hebrew), is a very small venue in Tel-Aviv. Well, this evening took place in Zavta 2, which is like Zavta's backroom. It's only a little bit bigger than my living room, which isn't big, so when I say the music was loud, I really mean it....
Uri only showed official videos: Rust Never Sleeps, Unplugged, Berlin, Ragged Glory, Weld, Helpless from The Last Waltz, Complex Sessions and Bobfest. Oh, and Hey Hey My My with Devo from Human Highway. This was somewhat disappointing, though I don't know what I was expecting. I mean, on the way there I thought maybe he'd surprise me with say a video from the Time Fades Away tour? But alas, no...
Anyhow, it was great, I really enjoyed myself. The beer, big screen, wonderful LOUD sound, and, of course, more Neil people! And ummm... I think this is the first time I've actually gone out in the evening since... ummm.... about a year or so?
I had fun, too bad you all missed it ;-)
Standing at the edge of you
From: Mauro Luiz Stein <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 13:11:27 -0300
Subject: ATN: "Neil Wrapping Album"
Nothing new in the newsclip, but ATN is saying:
Rock legend Neil Young is putting the finishing touches on an album slated for a late March or early April release. Backed by bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, pedal steel guitarist/producer Ben Keith, star session-drummer Jim Keltner, and keyboardist/songwriter Spooner Oldham, Young is self-producing his 29th studio LP at his home in the Santa Cruz mountains in California.Mauro
Just surfin' around and I stumbled upon a Cheap Trick site with a set of "Desert Island" Disc selections from vocalist Robin Zander:
Guitar Fighting The TV
From: David Gianadda <DavidG@heart.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 16:51:09 -0600
Subject: Golden Smog Cover Neil
hello and whoa, whoa, wow.
golden smog played neil's Revolution Blues at irving plaza in new york city december 5!
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 15:37:06 -0600
Subject: Neil Mentioned on NPR
I was taking the long way home around last Thursday and heard Neil mentioned on National Public Radio's All Things Considered news. There was a long piece about Miles Davis and the 25th anniversary release of something like 'The Making of Bitch's Brew'. The reviewer was talking about the dynamics surrounding the creation of Bitches Brew.
He said something about how Miles played with two chord jams, knowing he could get away with it because of how Neil had done it on Down By The River. A couple sentences later the reviewer is talking about the guitar player on Bitches Brew being such a 'better picker' than Neil Young.
A Face In The Window
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 23:13:18 EST
Subject: REM Story includes Neil
A mention of Mr. Young during VH1's Behind The Music with REM. Speaking on their decision to move to Warner Bros from IRS in 1988 (aside from the truckload of money WB threw at them), Mike Mills said that they always regarded WB as an artist's label; they dealt with some artists they respected like Neil Young.
This was accompanied by a still picture of Neil and Peter Buck.
From: paul casey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 06 Dec 1998 14:05:44 -0700
Subject: Neil Thrilled Nils
Nils gets a page in December's Musician magazine. He recounts his most memorable 'sideman' moment as when he was 18, and Neil gave him a Martin D18 for his help with After the Goldrush. Nils says that he ran out into the woods and just got lost. Sat there with his gorgeous guitar, thrilled out of his mind that Neil had just given it to him.
From: email@example.com (Toby Germano)
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 09:20:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: The Beard Is Gone
Our man was spotted grocery shopping yesterday. He is now beardless.
From: Morten Reitan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 15:44:45 CET
Subject: YOTH to the people
Year of the Horse is being distributed to every (major) movie theather in Norway this X-Mas. I`ve seen it twice already, but now I can watch Neil & the Horse twice A DAY, if I feel like it (C`mon, ask me if I do..).
With those killer versions of F***in' Up and TTN, Neil could take yet another year off without me noticing.
And except from Malcolm Young, Poncho must be the coolest (rhythm-) guitarist in the whooooole universe, IMO.
..till my ammunition`s gone
PS: Do Any German Rusties know the Hyper-Rustie in the opening scene?
I would love to get him onto Rust, man. (Yeah, yeah, I know it`s 80
million of you down there, but still...)
From: Tony Stack <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 09:52:53 -0800
Subject: Lobos Doing Neil
Saw Los Lobos last night in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst. Once again they kicked butt!! The highlight was the end of the first hour when they did Down By The River > Revolucion > Dear Mr. Fantasy!!! They played for about 2hrs and 15 minutes.
If any Bay Area Rusties are looking for something to do this weekend I would highly recommend seeing them at the Fillmore (Fri, Sat) or at Fuel in San Jose (Daytime Acoustic Benefit Shows).
Its amazing that after all these years they (Like Neil) seem to just get better, and also seem to share the same Rock N Roll mentality as Neil too. They rocked hard!!!
Too Wasted To Write My Own.
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 14:56:35 -0500
Subject: Benefit Album not for sale
I tried to track down info about about the benefit album that was supposed to be out Tuesday (beyond the little bit of info in the article on the Billboard site) and found that it will NOT be a "released" CD/Book. It'll be a promo package.
So you Collectors, you'll need to add it to your
list of Neil-related promos to track down.... :-)
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 10:38:41 -0500
Subject: New album scheduled!
is now listing
Neil's next album for March 23 (with the standard "tentative" disclaimer)...!
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Peter Hohenstein <P.Hohenstein@ruly46.medfac.leidenuniv.nl>
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 08:49:49 +0100
Subject: YOTH & JJ in Holland
Starting today, Year of the Horse will be running in the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam daily for a couple of weeks. The complete schedule is on the web.
Furthermore: on the 20th, Dead Man is playing as well....
A friend also informed me of an interview with Jim Jarmusch about YOTH on VPRO's Stardust tonight, 19:54 uur, Nederland 3... Didn't read it myself though...
burned out basement
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 08:46:48 -0500
Subject: Danielle Gerber credits Neil
Singer songwriter Danielle Gerber, who fronts the band "Danielle's Mouth", spoke a while back (in BMI's Thurs. Night Showcase) about her early influences:
"As a child, my mother made me listen to the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder (who I grew to love and admire) and my dad forced show music on me but my big love is really Neil Young. I would have to say that his music and spirit have been my greatest musical influence.". . . RE*AC*TOR
The new Select magazine reckons that Year of the Horse video is to be out this week, on December 4th. They say it's for all those into "Dad Rock".
Captain Crank-Up / Andy Gil
From: Naomi Rothenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 12:52:25 -0500
Subject: Rick James & Neil on VH1
Tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8pm eastern on VH1 Behind the Music is Rick James. I've seen it before, they briefly mention the Mynah Birds. They show a couple pictures of Neil/RJ and play part of their demo for Motown (Do the Mynah Bird Dance ???) RJ talks about his and Neil's last night together, before he turned himself in for being AWOL. Other than that its the typical VH1 BTM- rock and roll exess, hit bottom, clean up and come back.
From: Erik LeShane <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 12:09:49 -0600
Subject: Neil on new benefit album
A Billboard magazine article says Neil's Music Arcade will be on the new benefit album, Children First: A Celebration Of Children, due tomorrow (Dec 1) from Reprise/Warner Bros.
Check The Movie Channel at 10pm central (11pm eastern) on Saturday, December 5th for Dead Man. Should be available on most cable systems in the USA and on USSB for dish owners.
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 21:05:44 EST
Subject: Gillian Welch: TTN
I went to see Gillian Welch play in Oklahoma City last Saturday night. She stated that she wanted to play a song from one of the greatest records ever made: Tonight's The Night. Then she played an absolutely awesome version of Albuquerque.
From: George Casey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 02:40:44 -0800
Subject: Another MST3K Neil Ref
Watching a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode from early in this current season. The movie was Werewolf.
An old guy is standing on a bridge.
Crow: "Look- it's Neil Young..."the lokust
"Keep on.... (gasp) searching (gasp) for a (gasp) Heart of (gasp) Gold..."
Yesterday on Friday 21:00 on Finnish TV 2 was our national first Farm Aid I. All Finnish national musicians except Dallas Wayne, who lives partly in Finland. Dallas told about USA Farm Aid, and mentioned Neil & Willie.
9:00 eastern time on VH-1. 100 Great Rock and Roll People or something like that. Neil's gonna be on it.
Spin the Black Circle
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 16:55:47 -0500
Subject: News (?) from WNEW
I was just listening to 102.7 WNEW in New York. They had 3 mentions of Neil news. First the Buffalo Springfield Box Set for Feb. 99 that we've heard about. Second a possible summer tour with Phish, also already heard. The third was a Neil box set in September. I don't think a date for that has been mentioned.
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 11:55:26 -0500
Subject: Signed Neil Covers
email@example.com wrote about a week ago:
> The Sand Rubies are going to release a new CD (limited > to 1000 copies) with 13 covers on January 5th 1999. There > will be two NY covers on it - Rockin' In The Free World > and Grey Riders. You can find more at > http://contingency.com/NewReleases.html > > As the Sand Rubies did a very cool cover of Interstate > produced by David Briggs on their '93 CD, I'm really looking > forward to this one.I checked this out and found that the first 100 orders will get a signed copy of the CD. My order yesterday was within that first 100, so if you're interested you can probably get in on time. They charge $15 per CD including shipping (slightly higher overseas).
I've heard good things about the Sand Rubies, I'm looking forward
to getting their CDs. (They also have videos.)
. . . . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Nicholas Johansson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 10:05:16 +0100
Subject: Gilmour digs Neil
On Sunday 22nd November the BBC World Service's global phone-in Pop On The Line, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd admitted he likes Elastica, Lemonheads, Dylan, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
I wonder if Neil likes David's guitar playing....
From: "rick shearer" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 07:16:34 PST
Subject: PJ's Neil Song reviewed
On Sonic Net, there's a long review of the new live Pearl Jam album. Here's the Neil content.
McCready's guitar break on Daughter, for one, never sounded country-influenced to me before; here, however, it sounds like it would fit right at home on Uncle Tupelo's first album.Rick 'proto-rustie'
Or just maybe on a Crazy Horse disc. Pearl Jam invoke Neil Young's spirit all over Live On Two Legs to varying degrees of success. The insertion of a verse of Rockin' In The Free World into Daughter is well-placed, taking Daughter's subject out of her house and into the streets where she sadly won't rise above, as the original song optimistically hopes she will.
However, the album's closer, F*ckin' Up (from Neil Young's 1990 Ragged Glory album), is a novel but uninspired cut, owing in part to the fact that it's far from one of Young's finest creations. (What would have been more satisfying is to hear Pearl Jam tackle one of the songs from their 1995 collaboration with Young, Mirror Ball.)
Rock On TV (at http://www.rockontv.com)
is now listing 2 showings of the Weld concert video for Saturday
night/Sunday morning on cable channel MuchMusicUSA, 9pm EST and 2am EST.
Check your local listings. If you don't own this commercially available video,
and if you get this cable station, here's your chance.
From: Taper Steve <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 06:26:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Merl loves Neil
I taped Merl Saunders in Tampa last night. Decent show, although I was kinda disappointed that it wasn't as long as the last few Merl shows I've seen. It was a good time nonetheless.
After the show, I squirmed my way to the backstage area to talk to the band. While I was talking to Merl about the San Fran music scene, I asked him what he thought about Neil. His eyes lit up and he told me that he loved Neil. He said he was bummed that he has missed the Bridge shows the last two years because he was on tour. I had copies of Neil's Live Oak HORDE show in my truck and asked him if he would like them. I ended up trading him the tapes for one of his CDs. It was pretty cool
From: Taper Steve <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 08:19:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: WSP Credits Neil
The latest in the ever increasing link from Neil to Widespread Panic...
I was reading the current issue of Moon Times (the Widespread Panic quarterly newsletter) and in the Q&A section a fan asked keyboardist John "JoJo" Herman, "What musician/band has influenced you the most, and why?"
JoJo's answer was, "Well John Lennon and Neil Young, because their songs have meant the most to me throughout my life."
OK - everyone repeat after me....
Panic at next year's Farm Aid and Bridge shows!
Panic at next year's Farm Aid and Bridge shows!
Panic at next year's Farm Aid and Bridge shows!
From: Kerry McVeigh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 23:00:15 -0800
Subject: Neil in the Headlines
Please take note of the Neil lyrics in large type on the front page of Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.
(The Rustie copy editor who wrote the headline)
From: Jeff Rogers <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 22:48:47 -0700
Subject: Radio Neil Again
Got one more night of nothing but Neil this Wednesday on KXCI.
Sooner or later it all gets NEIL
From: Theodore Gocal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 17:13:46 -0500
Subject: Tornado Rustie Update
You may remember me. I'm the guy whose house blew away in a tornado. All the kind Rusties helped me rebuild my tape collection. I told you that I would eventually write down the story of that night, and I offered it to those that were interested. Well, I still haven't got up the nerve to re-live that night by writing it down, but the Orlando Sentinel did it for me.
They've had a photographer and reporter following us around since February. The articles finally appeared, on the front pages no less, of the Sentinel on Sunday and Monday.
Thanks again, everybody!
:-< Ted Gocal
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:41:29 -0500
Subject: REM on Neil, again
Normally I would never go to the trouble to type this in (due to my condition -- lazius extremeus) but this was too good. From Stomp and Stammer magazine (an Atlanta local freebie):
Peter (Buck) is stoked because the night before our conversation he and Mike Mills jammed with one of their heroes, Neil Young, during Young's annual Bridge Benefit concert. "We did Ambulance Blues", Buck recounts. "It's this big benefit, this real positive experience, and we did a nine minute song where the only refrain is "You're just pissin in the wind....",MikeF
I'm just standing there going, 'Now my whole life is complete'. We also rehearsed On the Beach. Neil's like, "Why do you wanna do that stuff?" I said 'cause it's really intense and it's great. I mean, that's my favorite album of his.
Driving in the car this morning here in Boston and was listening to the local Classic Rock Station, WZLX. The female announcer (can not remember her name) starts talking about Neil. She teases right before a commercial that she is going to play the most popular Neil song besides DBTR. I am thinking, sure she is going to play HOG like every other station does. But it'll be Neil, so I wait through the commercial to hear it anyways.
All of a sudden, Cortez comes on! My friend and I look at each other and say WOW, they never play this on the radio (well at least they have never played it in Spain. :) Then came a second song, War of Man. That song got some considerably radio play in Boston when it first came out, but still, I was psyched.
The announcer then came back on and starts talking about how she has been infatuated with Neil since EKTIN and mentions a lot of this songs (some semi-obscure) but goes on with a very good point:
She (WE!) not only loves him because of the incredible body of work he has put out in the last 35 years but because of how involved he is in different things like Farm Aid and The Bridge School Concerts. He cares, and it is something that we don't always see in Rock and Roll.
The announcer hit nail on the head!!!!
From: kbraun <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 17:03:15 -0800
Subject: MuchMoreMusic report
A few weeks ago I reported that Neil was going to be on the new Canadian MuchMoreMusic channel. They ended up showing parts of an interview from 1995 at his ranch. I hadn't seen this part of the interview before.
While Neil was talking about losing the sponsorship battle, he said hi to Amber. The camera man focuses in on her, and she starts dancing for a few seconds. Terry David Mulligan, the interviewer, asks Neil what Amber thinks of him. Neil responds, "I think she likes me... She thinks I'm a dork... She thinks I'm a nerd."
Later Neil talks about how some albums need promotion and others should just be released. "A record that doesn't have great commercial appeal but may be a great record, needs to be released with a lot of care. It shouldn't be overhyped since it won't live up to the hype."
The last part is how he thinks the 90s are so much like the 60s. The way bands and their fan relate reminds him of the Buffalo Springfield days.
It ended up being 17 minutes long, including videos for Wonderin', Harvest
Moon, Needle And The Damage Done and Cinnamon Girl.
a.k.a. Kurt Braun
From: kbraun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 13:28:26 -0800
Subject: Neil Tops Polls
Last weekend on CBC Radio 2 they had a "Best Singer of All Time" poll. They had people send in their choices and they played the top picks on Saturday. On Sunday it was "hosts choices". Neil ended up being the most voted for "Canadian Male Singer". The over all highest vote getter was Sarah McLaghlan.
They also had people from the Canadian music industry on with their choices. The lead singer of DOA chose Neil. So they played Alalbama during the Saturday show.
On Sunday the hosts, too, picked Neil. And then they played Only Love
Can Break Your Heart.
a.k.a. Kurt Braun
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 21:43:31 EST
Subject: Birthday Tribute Show Report
Our little show for Neil's birthday last night in Corning, NY went off fairly smoothly for a first effort, after having to coax some of our 15 or so musicians up to give us a tune or play or sing along...
I emceed and cajoled my more talented friends. I just had the idea, shared it with a couple of musician buddies and it took on a life of its own. There's a little bit of Neil in all of us...
Our venue was Medley's, a little vegetarian restaurant that held about 40 people including all the players. Most of the music was in an acoustic format, even our rendition of Welfare Mothers. Eventually "the standards are slipping!" was said as the lyric sheets came out, and unrehearsed numbers like Motorcycle Mama made it into the set.
We raised $150 for The Bridge School, plus 86 cents someone threw into a keyboard case out on the sidewalk (that's how crowded the place was).
I encourage others to try this in their own communities -- mark your '99 calendars now. It really brings out the fans, players and non-players alike... plus it's a lot of fun! And a great chance to re-imagine well-known songs and bring out some obscure ones.
Here's the set list (total time ~3:15):