(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Went to the Samples show on Saturday night. For those of you who don't know or don't remember, the Samples are a band from Boulder who started around 1987 and have put out several studio and live albums. Sean Kelly, their lead singer, guitarist, creative force and camera man is a HUGE Neil Young fan!
Anyway, on Saturday night I was front and center. After about 8 songs, I started asking Sean to play some Neil. He picked up his 12 string and said, "This young man wants some Neil and i'm gonna play it for him!" He then played a 6 or 7 minute version of Hey, Hey, My, My!!!! He did a fantastic job and really enjoyed playing it. And he made it a point to thank me for requesting it, over a beer after the show.
twistin' the words
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 01:49:15 EDT
Subject: Tribute show report
It was a totally great time Friday nite hearing Heart of Gold perform at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica pier. Another great show -- they're getting better with each performance! And it was so cool seeing the big Rusty's sign over the stage.
The set list:
There's a really nice version of Ohio by Greg Trooper on a CD called Freedom Sings: A celebration of freedom of expression through music. It's a lot of cats in Nashville performing live at the "Bluebird". The CD is a benefit for the First Amendment Center, and is due for release in September.
Also on the CD are John Kay, Rodney Crowell, Kevin Welch, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kim Richey, Steve Earle, and others.
Check it out at www.freedomforum.org.
Brian From Boston
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 20:24:05 EDT
Subject: Old Man Space Cowboy
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau does a version of Old Man on the soundtrack to
Clint Eastwood's new movie, Space Cowboys. The soundtrack also features
Willie Nelson doing a cover of Still Crazy After All These Years.
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 08:32:49 +0200
Subject: Another Archives date prediction
I receive a monthly newsletter from Badlands, a record store from Cheltenham, England. They have listed a number of interesting new releases coming up. Among them:
Neil Young's Archives, Vol 1, 1963 - 1972, on 25 OCTJoe
My husband David travels a great deal with his job. For the last two weeks he has been in Colorado. Wednesday night he visited Richie Furay's church in Boulder. Afterwards he was invited by Richie to go out for a piece of pie with Nancy and a few others. He had a very good visit and learned that Richie had recently returned from visiting Neil at his home and that he'd previewed the Buffalo Springfield box-set. He told my husband that they are looking at a November release date.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 06:55:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Unreleased Homegrown on upcoming CD
There was a question about what Neil song would end up on the forthcoming Farm Aid CD. Well here's the complete track listing:
Release date is still September 12. Apparently not available on vinyl, though... : (
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 23:34:27 EDT
Subject: Tribute show in Ohio
Our Neil Young Tribute band, Ragged Glory, will be playing this Saturday night (August 19) at Ghoulardi's in Lorain, OH. We'll be starting at 10PM and we'll be playing 3 sets of Neil's best stuff. If you've been longing for some Crazy Horse stuff, this is your chance. If you are interested in coming and need directions, please email me and let me know and I'll send you some. The feedback is back!!
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 22:46:09 -0500
From: Jason Gonulsen <gonulsen@SLU.EDU>
Subject: More Neil on FOX Sports
There really must be a Neil fan within the FOX network's Sports programming. Neil songs have been spotted before during FOX broadcasts. And today on FOX Sports Baseball, before the Cards/Brewers game, there was a spot on the Anaheim Angels pitcher Kent Mercker. The background music was none other than Good To See You and Silver and Gold. I have also heard You and Me and Harvest Moon on other spots on FOX sports broadcasts. Weird, eh?
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 12:13:26 -0400
Subject: Neil on Farm Aid CD
The Farm Aid press-releases have mentioned the 2-CD compilation of Farm Aid musical performances that will be out on September 12 (planned). I've been trying to find out what Neil content will be on that CD, but so far have hit brick walls. Up until now I wasn't even sure that there WOULD be Neil content (though the likelihood was very high).
Now Neil is listed as a contributer in a story on Wall of Sound.
It doesn't mention any specific performances, other than a duet
by Willie Nelson and Beck, and a Dave Mathews Band track (Crash).
I'm still trying to find out what Neil track will be included.
Maybe The Farmer's Song? I kinda doubt
that, though, since Neil doesn't like to release "unfinished" songs.
Homegrown? Stay tuned...
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Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 07:19:06 -0400
From: Debi O'Hara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Possible Neil content on A&E
Anyone who gets the A&E channel on cable, this coming Monday night (8/14) at 8:00pm Croz is on their Biography show. Most likely there will be some Neil content there. Right after that, on Live by Request, Willie Nelson will be playing.
Actually, the Biography lineup for the week is pretty cool: Dylan all weekend, Croz Monday, Hendrix Tuesday. Check their web site.
She rides a Harley-Davidson
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 23:57:18 -0400
Subject: PJ Keep On RITFW
At seats just 20 feet from where a bunch of other Rusties and I held up the banner when Neil & The Horse played Rockin' In The Free World during the HORDE tour, tonight Free Bird and I rocked out to Pearl Jam's version of it. It was definitely the climax of their show here in SoFla.
Like Neil did, they made sure the audience was well lighted during the song. Wish we'd had the banner to hold up tonight, too -- that would have really gotten Ed's attention... :-)
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Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 00:11:22 -0400
From: Gerhard Peters <email@example.com>
Subject: 5 Man Electrical Band
Caught The 5 Man Electrical Band in Smiths Falls last Saturday night. They haven't toured in many years, but like CSNY, got it together for their fans. Do the songs Signs, I'm A Stranger Here and Moonshine (Tennessee Wine) sound familiar from the early 70's? That's them.
Anyway, Les Emmerson, the writer of the group, tipped his hat towards the Buffalo Springfield and CSNY by merging For What Its Worth and Ohio and adding in a couple of additional original verses. One verse covered the school shooting in Tabor, Alberta, and the second the tragedy in Columbine.
They were very effective and the songs tempo and delivery leads me to believe he attended the CSNY shows in Toronto.
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 07:32:42 -0400
Subject: Vote for Neil Young
On the TopTenAlbums website (UK) they have a different competition each month. This month's is "debut albums", and includes Neil's Neil Young album. Other classic albums there are the CSN "couch" album, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, The Who's My Generation, Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Led Zeplin.
More recent debuts include those by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, NWA, Radiohead, Beasties and Snoop Dog. Since this is a UK site, they also include debuts by The Smiths, Prodigy, Stone Roses, Ride and Oasis.
Others in the list are Big Star, Booker T & The MGs, Kiss,
Public Enemy, Jackson 5, Ides of March, De La Soul
and the Tim Buckley debut.
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Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2000 18:25:55 -0700
From: Mariann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Eddie on Neil's wisdom
Thought it was cool at last night's Pearl Jam show that Eddie introduced I Got ID by saying:
"In making that record with Neil Young, we hoped to pass on some of our youth, in hopes of gaining some of his wisdom. We think it worked out OK. But we think he's more young then we are wise."mariann
I have a few more details on the release of Year of the Horse on DVD. The release date has been bumped out to September 12. The cut-off date for orders from my local distributer is August 17th, to be guaranteed to get it by Sept. 12th.
These are the features I know for sure it will have:
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 23:07:17 EDT
Subject: Neil's great TV moment
On VH1's "100 Greatest TV Moments of Rock", they showed Neil doing The Needle And The Damage Done on the Johnny Cash Show back in 1971. They mentioned that despite high ratings and critical acclaim, Johnny's show was canceled 4 months later. Also showed a segment with Dylan on Johnny's show that they said was Bob's first TV appearance.
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 11:50:08 -0400
Subject: Big Island Transmission
Today on NeilYoung.com
the "Rehearsal at Plywood" video will either be replaced or
supplemented (not sure which) with the eagerly awaited rehearsal footage from
Hawaii. It's my understanding that there will be 3 songs included, for close
to a half hour of video. It's not currently on-line (as of the time I write
this), but you can expect it later today,
"Mirror Theater". Check it out!
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Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 23:19:20 -0400
From: Justin <email@example.com>
Subject: Year of the Horse DVD due
I just found out that the Year of the Horse film is coming out on DVD on September 19th. I'm so excited!!
It's being released by some small Canadian company, I have found no information about this on the big online stores or DVD sites. I contacted a local distributor and they are taking orders on it, so if you are interested in getting it or want more info e-mail me.
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 02:06:32 EDT
Subject: Off the charts
Silver & Gold fell off the Top 200 album chart this week after
spending 13 weeks there. It peaked at 22 it's first week, and finished it's
last week at position 198.
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 18:54:06 +0200
Subject: Economist Neil fan
One of the editors of The Economist must be a Neil fan. This week's issue has an article about the Napster court case. The title is Napster and the damage done. The article ends with "Either way, Internet music, like rock and roll, is here to stay. Hey, hey." The opening sentence of the article is "Hippie dreams have a habit of ending."
In June this year, The Economist published two articles on Southern history, entitled Don't forget... and ...what your good book said, respectively.
You can find The Economist at www.economist.co.uk.
aka The Sinner
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 13:00:40 GMT
From: Jules Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Another Archives article
Here's what Record Collector (British magazine, August issue) has to say about The Archives:
"The long-awaited Neil Young archive box sets are likely to happen later this year. Young's website, NeilYoung.com, has announced that the sets will constitute a four-part series, with the first instalment slated to arrive in September."The piece goes on to say that the series will cover everything from The Squires thru to the S&G sessions. It says vol 1 will include CDs and DVDs (I've heard from other sources that these will be released separately - I hope so, I have no DVD player) for 1963-1972 including Squires, solo (including Elektra demos), the Springfield, Crazy Horse and CSNY.
Also it says "more than half of the material" will be previously unreleased There will be 2 CDs containing concerts - solo 1971 from Massey Hall, Toronto and one with the Horse from the Fillmore East 1970. The DVDs should include Journey Through The Past and the making of A Man Needs A Maid and There's A World.
I know we've all been here before, but I think it's finally coming! Just call me an old optimist! It'll tie in with the tour, so it makes sense. Forget July, THE ARCHIVES ARE COMING IN SEPTEMBER!!!! Start saving your local currency now!
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:21:17 -0500
Subject: Neil in the Times
Check out the great article in today's New York Times Magazine on Neil, called Neil Young On A Good Day. Registration for the site is required, but is free. This article should be up for a week, even though the daily news articles are only up for 24 hours.
It has an excellent photo and shows us all why he is still our hero.
Also there is discussion of the iminent box set - does that mean October 2009???
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 12:49:10 EDT
Subject: Neil inspired Barenaked Ladies
A friend of mine from Canada passed this story along to me. He says that on the last installment of the Canadian radio show The Green Behind the Gold the guest was Chris Brown, who toured with the Barenaked Ladies. The host asked for a story about the hardships musicians face. Brown told a story about traveling on the road with the BNL in the SF Bay area at a time when they were still struggling Canadians who were famous here in Canada but not the US.
Their "truck" kept breaking down, and at one point a shoddy mechanic even stole their engine saying it was fried and they had to get the police to get it back for them. They were considering that they should travel with a mechanic rather than a sound man, considering they were largely unknown and not drawing crowds. On the worst of these nights, he said Neil and Pegi Young were in the crowd, and after the show, like some kind of angel, Neil came backstage and told them they had to hang in there no matter what because they were so good.
How could Neil have known how upset they all were? He said it was incredible timing and they did hang in there.
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 01:45:45 +0100
Subject: Rush from the past...
This one is for those of you with really good memories..!
Some of you may remember an English band called Prelude who had a bit of a hit in '74 with a great a cappella version of After the Gold Rush.
I happened to be in my local pub on Saturday night and lo and behold, there they were - still going strong! I'm happy to say their version of the song is still as beautiful as ever...
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:00:35 EDT
From: steve washick <email@example.com>
Subject: Mule does lotta Neil
Warren showed lotsa love for Neil last night in Louisville, KY. Here is the encore Gov't Mule busted out last night:
Encore: Southern Man Cortez Rockin' in the Free World (w/ Kevin Kinney of Drivin' & Cryin' on acoustic)Warren Haynes is the best slide guitarist on the planet (Derek Trucks is a close second). Allmans - Shmallmans, leaving that band was the best decision Warren and Alan ever made... The Mule is 'muzac for yo ass!'
"There comes a time when you gotta let out the monster inside you, let him come on out and play..." -- Mule, Thorazine Shuffle
laid back and laughing,
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 01:49:18 EDT
Subject: Neil and the Lips?
The new MAGNET magazine has an item about the Flaming Lips:
"In the works is a Lips Christmas/Science-themed album, which Coyne hopes will include Sade, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and Shirley Manson, as well as scientists, including Stephen Hawkings."I hope this comes together!!
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 12:01:17 -0400
Subject: Tour Rehearsal Webcasts
Well it's not exactly "live" -- it's to be more like those daily summaries on the Big Brother TV show -- but Neil is going to be providing daily video footage of the Silver & Gold Tour rehearsals for about a week on NeilYoung.com. It's supposed to start today, but as of the time I post this news it hasn't shown up yet. Keep checking and it should show up eventually.
Today's footage will show earlier rehearsals at the ranch. Starting tomorrow there will be new rehearsal footage from Hawaii, and it is to be updated each day for about a week. You should be able to find it all here.
(HyperRust editor's note:Due to technical difficulties, the initial rehearsal video from The Ranch came on-line on Friday and will remain there over the weekend. The Hawaii updates will follow over next week...)
In addition to that footage, there will be a new clip added to
the Archives Theater there, too.
It will be called "A Visit To The Archives", and Neil himself
shot it. This clip should stay around for a while...
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Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 09:14:15 -0400
From: Doug Boucher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil tribute TONIGHT in Cincy
Tonight at Baba Budan's, a coffeeshop at 243 Calhoun St. in Cincinnati, Ohio, I'll be doing a solo acoustic tribute to Neil Young. I'm doing songs from all periods, including a few goodies you don't hear from Neil these days, along with the better-known stuff we all know and love. I hope a few of you can make it out tonight. I'll be starting around 8:30. See ya there!
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 20:45:48 EDT
From: Evan Jenkins <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil's NOT in question
Hey Rusties, I was watching Rock'n'Roll Jepoardy on VH1, and there was a category called "3 Letter Bands". One of the answers that came up was "This group had such hits as Dark Star and Wooden Ships". The contestant's response was "Who is CSNY?", getting it wrong, of course. The host told him the correct question, and then said "You got confused with Neil Young." The guy responded "Well Neil Young is a confusing man!" and the crowd laughed, heh.
I don't know just thought it was cool. Later!
a rusty that can last
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 16:30:22 EDT
Subject: Neil tribute show in Ohio
The Ohio-based Neil Young & Crazy Horse tribute band Ragged Glory will be playing at Ghoulardi's in Lorain, Ohio on August 19, 2000 at 10:00 PM. Visit Ragged Glory's Official Web page for more info on the band, performance dates, pictures of the band, and other Neil-related things.
Can't wait for Neil to tour again with the Horse? Come see Ragged Glory and we'll give you a little of what you've been missing! Hope to see you there.
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 12:00:05 -0400
This weekend our local classic rock radio station ran a "survivor" contest between the classic rock bands that they feature. The full set of match-ups and the results are on their website. Here's the sequence of "opponents" that CSNY survived to become THE survivor...
The announcer this morning said she didn't know how CSNY did it -- she surmised that Neil must've pulled them through...
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 10:59:06 +0200
From: Cornell van der Windt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Possible HHMM on Dutch TV
Rick Hermolle wrote:
> Oasis played a storming version of > Hey Hey My My at Wembley last night (Sat). > Dedicated it to everyone at Creation Records. > Pure Weld!On Wednesday, July 26, FOX8 in Holland will be broadcasting an Oasis-show from Wembley. I hope they will also play Hey Hey My My on that broadcast. And I hope that FOX won't cut the show to pieces, as commercial stations often do...
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 13:06:27 CDT
From: Jer Drhmr <email@example.com>
Subject: Legends: Neil Young rebroadcast
Mark your calanders if you, like me, have not had a chance to view the new
Legends: Neil Young program on VH1. It is scheduled for
early-morning Thursday, August 10 at 2:00 AM (ET/PT). Remember that's late
KORITFW!! - Jer
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 10:02:22 EDT
From: steve washick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Ween Covering Neil
The band Ween covered Neil's Ohio last Sunday night in Orlando. I've heard a tape of the Orlando show and they really did a good job with the song.
Ween f'ing rocks!
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 17:31:26 -0400
From: Ronald Matusak <email@example.com>
Subject: The Seven Greatest Bands
The Buffalo newspaper wanted people to name the top seven best bands. I submitted this list:
Reggae-master Jimmy Cliff covered Southern Man at a concert
in New Mexico last week, according to
LA Times article.
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Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 12:07:14 -0400
Subject: Steve Earle compared to Neil
Here's a (slightly edited) review of Friday's Steve Earle show in DC, from today's Washington Post, as written by David McKenna....
The Virginia-born, Texas-raised troubadour took the stage dressed very presentably in an upscale red bowler's shirt, which covered his fading tattoos, and reading glasses. But the spectacles, despite adding a refined touch, inhibited Earle during his hard-rock numbers, so they had to go. He came to rock.Great review, except for the use of "past tense" in the references to Neil and The Horse...
In fact, as his incredible 2 1/2-hour set proved, not since Neil Young in his 1970s heyday has a singer-songwriter jumped back and forth from folk to grunge as confidently and competently as Earle, 45. He followed Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song), a quiet, devastating narrative written after he witnessed the execution of Jonathan Nobles -- a murderer and longtime pen pal of Earle's -- in a Huntsville, Tex., prison in 1998, with a heavily distorted version of All Of My Life, a clenched-fist romp from the new CD Transcendental Blues. On the latter number and on N.Y.C., the power-chord marvel from El Corazon, Earle's band -- the Dukes -- gave him the same sort of overdriven backing that Crazy Horse used to deliver for Young.
Like Young, Earle doesn't waste many chords while writing songs, instead letting vocal melodies carry the tunes. The I-gotta-get-outta-here anthem from 1986, Someday, perhaps the best example of his hook-crafting gifts and chord frugality, had most of the sold-out house trying to harmonize with him. For an encore, Earle chose Nirvana's Breed.
On paper, covering Kurt Cobain at his thrashy best seems odd and potentially hazardous. But on this night, it worked fabulously.
Last week, Silver & Gold returned to the Top 10 on "Triple-A" format radio, as it steped back into the #10 slot after having dropped below that over the previous couple of weeks. It now sits in the top 10 as recent albums with higher Billboard album-sales marks have risen above it on Triple-A radio but have since fallen back below. For example, the newest albums by Don Henley, Steely Dan, and Sting all sold strongly but have fallen back below Neil on that radio-play chart.
On the "Americana" format radio chart, Silver & Gold remains
entrenched in the Top 10. After several months it's sitting at #6.
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 09:48:37 +0100
From: Sam Tennent <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Songwriters put Neil song in Top 100
Neil made number 58 in the Mojo Magazine 100 Greatest Songs list, as voted for by songwriters such as Paul McCartney, Jeff Tweedy, Jimmy Webb and many others. The song they picked was Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and here's what they had to say....
"Revelling in the vibe of LA's Laurel Canyon community, Young's first solo US Top 40 hit was rumoured to be about sometime bandmate Stephen Stills; the theme of valued friendship, nostalgic love and chronic hermit-hood seemed to fit. But at the CN&Y (no S) reunion in 1977, Young admitted he'd really written it for Graham Nash ("I would have written it for Crosby but he was just too happy"). Thus reprieved, Stills would then record his own version in 1984."I just noticed that they cite the St Etienne cover as the definitive version!!
Also note that Johhny Marr of the Smiths, voted for Ohio in the poll.
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 18:00:00 -0400
Subject: Neil's Napster Statement
See the News
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 11:16:56 -0700
From: Sean Palmerston <email@example.com>
Subject: They interviewed ME about Neil
A few weeks ago I was interviewed about Neil for a magazine, about why I picked Cinnamon Girl as the best Canadian song of all-time. Well, the magazine came out this week, and I am wondering who they interviewed. Here is what they said that I said:
It's the best three minutes of Canadian music. The way the twin guitars sound, the twin vocals, and the line I love in Cinnamon Girl is the bridge where Neil and Danny Whitten together go "You see your baby loves to dance/yeah, yeah, yeah" and then Neil breaks into the solo. I didn't fully click into the song until I was in grade nine. I was totally into punk, like Black Flag, but the song was on Decade, which I think is his best-of. Neil Young really opened my eyes to other types of music besides just punk.Well, I have to say, I definitely knew what album the song came from, because I voted Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere my number one album! Geez, where do people make this shit up?
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 14:40:15 +0100
From: Colin Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: "Release On The Beach!"
Hi Rusties, a web site which I've been working on in my spare time is now ready to recieve your attention: Release Neil Young On The Beach! is a site where you can leave your name on a petition to Neil to ask him to reconsider releasing OTB. There's other stuff there too including album info and artwork etc.
I'm looking for input and assistance with the site, so check it out and see what you think!
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 00:10:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Neil in the planner
I was looking through a catalog from Eagle Day Planners, which is supposed to organize my lazy ass. They have an item that goes in the planner which is a plastic sleeve that holds a couple of CDs. And low and behold, there in the catalog one of them holds Neil's Unplugged.
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 13:42:18 +1000
Subject: Neil on Oz TV
The Year of the Horse movie is going to be shown on Australian cable TV on Monday night, 10th July. It's on Foxtel (channel 14), starting at 8:30pm.
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 13:13:42 -0400
Subject: Cowgirl not on the album
It was announced a couple of months ago that
Cowgirl In The Sand is featured in a recent indy film called
Jesus' Son. Well the soundtrack album came out recently, but they
didn't include the song there.
the full song list.
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Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 08:58:48 -0400
From: Mark Stack <MStack@buffnews.com>
Subject: America's Neil-envy
America is playing my town this week in town so the paper has a little interview with them. Here are some interesting exerpts...
At the High Sierra Music Festival this past weekend, there were at least 3 Neil covers...
On the Beach