(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Found this in the Business News pages...
On Tuesday, the Lionel celebrated its 100th birthday.Shawn
Born in a loft in Manhattan's Lower West Side in 1900, Lionel was fathered by Joshua Lionel Cowen, who thought a battery-powered train would lure shoppersto his store.
During the Depression, Cowen was innovative and created a $1 train with two special passengers, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, thanks to Cowen's friendship with Walt Disney. More than 200,000 were sold.
By 1953, with reported revenues then of more than $33 million, Lionel model trains became the world's biggest toy company. But Lionel staggered and faltered in the 1960s. Cowen had sold his shares and died.
Then along came real estate developer and Lionel-lover Richard Kughn, who bought the company from General Mills. In 1992, Kughn got some help from an unlikely source. Rock star Neil Young, a model train buff himself, brought money and modernization to Lionel Trains Inc.
Young wasn't immediately available for comment. But according to Lionel officials, he pioneered the addition of digitally remastered stereo sounds of chugga-chugs, whistles and even conductor announcements. Young also helped with the creation of all-purpose remote-controls for the electric-powered trains.
More DVD news. Dead Man's release date on DVD is 12/19/00. I wish it would have an isolated music track!
:-> Ted Gocal
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 11:31:48 EDT
Subject: Annual Neil Tribute coming
Hi all, if anyone is starting to go through a little Neil-withdrawal, I just thought I'd mention that there's some great stuff to look forward to...
November 11th will be the annual Neil Young Tribute at Highland Grounds. It'll feature L.A.'s best doing Neil tunes, put together by Jimmy Muffin - it's a great, great show.
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 11:27:20 GMT
From: pete rasulo <email@example.com>
Subject: Remembering Woody via Neil
I was at the Alan Woody memorial show last night --
what a monster show!!!! The highlight of the evening:
Warren Haynes, Matt Abts and friends playing a ripping
Cortez The Killer!!!!
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 09:35:41 -0400
Subject: Jack Nitzsche Tribute on NY.com
NeilYoung.com has added a new link within the "Archive Theater" for a Jack Nitzsche tribute. Just click on the Army jeep with the skull on the grill.
While you are given the choice of video player and speed, you are also presented with an extended obituary of Jack that was written by none other than Neil's good buddy Jimmy McDonough.
The video clip features a short boogie jam from the Harvest sessions,
with Neil on piano and Jack doing some tastey slide guitar. The
clip is titled "Harvest Barn Artist Sessions", and also features
some exterior shots of Neil and several others zipping down the dirt
roads at the ranch in a jeep.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 23:20:01 -0400
From: Joe Belock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Silver & Gold & Wilco
Before Wilco hit the stage Monday night in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom, the Silver and Gold album was playing over and over. At first you could hardly hear it, until Razor Love came on. Then it was turned up. Many in the crowd started getting into Buffalo Springfield Again and Good To See You.
Rock on, Joe
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 19:50:20 +0200
Subject: Tracking down The Archives
In the new Mojo magazine just out here in England, two mail order companies mention The Archives. So I rang them up.
One said they believed they'd be issued on 25 October, but had no further details. But they did express some scepticism knowing the history.
The other said Warner Bros Europe were adamant that they were coming out on 25 October. They believed all the material would be previously unreleased, and consist of 8 cds and 2 DVDs. Total cost around 80 British Pounds. They too would "believe it when they see it", but thought all would be revealed by their Warner rep when he visits in a fortnight.
Stay tuned for the continuing saga...
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 16:48:06 -0400
From: Robert Bromberg <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil music in Hicksville
Check out Moby Duck this Saturday night at Captain Jacks in Hicksville, New York. Tons and tons of live Neil, both acoustic and electric.
Call 516-935-8237 for directions. Tell them Moby sent you!
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:05:04 GMT
Subject: Neil content on UK TV
Was watching a documentary on UK TV this weekend. It was about an Orthodox Jew and a Palestinian Arab both living in Jerusalem. The Jewish guy was playing his guitar and singing a song. I thought it sounded familiar -- and then realized he was playing Running Dry from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. When he finished it, he said it sounded "very Jewish" to him...
To add to the Neil Content, during the next ad break there was a commercial for some internet search site. Shows this guy track down his old pal via a site for said friend's old rock band. Having made contact, it flashes forward to the two of them having a phone call. The searcher asks his friend "So, are you still rocking in the free world?".
Neil is, indeed, everywhere.....
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 09:22:29 -0400
Subject: Nuge prefaced with Neil
A good portion of Ragged Glory was played over the Irving Plaza PA before the Ted Nugent show last night in NYC. I think I was the only one in the audience appreciating the music of Neil & The Horse!
Oh yeah, last month at Jones Beach, On The Beach was played before the Pearl Jam show.
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 18:22:59 -0400
From: Ted Gocal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Year Of The Horse DVD
Though somebody previously was able to acquire Year Of The Horse on DVD directly from somewhere, the official "Region 1" release of the DVD has been set for November 14th. One place that now lists it is Express.com, where it can be pre-ordered for $17.46.
:-> Ted Gocal
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 14:47:57 EDT
Subject: Playing Neil & Streep
In the new issue of Time magazine, there is an article about Cameron Crowe's new film Almost Famous. It includes the following, regarding Cameron's casting of the role of the mother of the autobiographical star of the movie...
Like a devoted son, Crowe had pursued Meryl Streep to play his mother. "I played all these Meryl Streep movies, and I played Neil Young to her silent shots, and I thought, How great!" he explains. Streep turned him down, making room for [Frances] McDormand.For some reason, Meryl Streep and Neil Young just don't go well together in MY head...
Ned - Whattakiller
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 07:01:41 EDT
Subject: Free Neil Download TODAY
Just a reminder that the previously announced free download of the extended version of Razor Love starts today at 10:00am Pacific Daylight Time and lasts for 24 hours.
The download should be available here.
Note that you'll probably need a Liquid Audio player,
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 09:29:44 EDT
Subject: Neil songs in Almost Famous movie
I saw Almost Famous last night. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is prominently featured in one scene, and a great instrumental acoustic version (reported to be from Detroit's Fox theater in 1999) of Cortez the Killer is used later in the movie. Even without the Neil content, it's a great film, probably the best I've seen so far this year.
Out on the Main Line
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 19:43:01 +0100
From: John Clark <email@example.com>
Subject: New Neil Bio
I just received a flyer in the post today for a new Neil bio entitled Zero to Sixty, by Johnny Rogan. The book is hardback, 736 pages plus 8 pages of photos. Here's the blurb:
Rogan's 700 page + biography of NY is the most detailed account of the singer's musical career yet printed. The book tackles every phase of Young's career with provocative commentaries and interviews from friends, family, band members, scenesters and critics. The narrative is complemented by insightful analysis of Young's complete works. At a time when literature on popular music is growing in stature, this stands as one of the most detailed and exhaustive books of its kind from a respected writer who has followed Young's career from the beginning.The actual date of publication is not stated. The publisher is Omnibus Press, and the ISBN is 0952954044.
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 19:38:35 -0700
From: Chris Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil Sleazed
There's a Neil mention in Spin's new issue. It's in the article The 100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock. The sleaziness isn't on Neil's part, though -- it's the case where Geffen sued him for "not being Neil Young".
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 15:49:56 EDT
From: Evan Jenkins <email@example.com>
Subject: Rustie elicits Gore's stance on Neil
Hey Rusties, believe it or not, but Al Gore came to my high school today and ate lunch with us and gave us a speech. Don't ask me why he chose my school -- probably because AK Steel is in our city and he wants to appeal to the middle class citizens. There are about 2000 students in my school so I guess it's not a complete waste of time for him.
But anyway, he ate lunch in our cafeteria, and I was one of the lucky ones to get to shake hands with him. I asked him if he liked Neil Young and he said, "Yea I like Neil Young!" Then I was shoo'ed off for someone else's turn. I thought that was pretty neat and I told my parents to vote for him.
a rusty that can last
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 12:23:41 +0200
From: luus van diggelen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: CSNY book flyer available
You have probably heard about our new biography Crosby Stills Nash and sometimes Young, to be released in 2001. Anyone who wants more info, we will have a flyer available in a week or so. It will have an order card for postal mail, as well as a detailed story about our project.
If you would like to recieve a copy of the flyer, please send your full name and adress to me personally, and the flyer will be sent to you.....
A reminder: If you buy one of our books before November 1th 2000, you will get a discount... So don't wait too long...
Many thanks for your interest.....Lucien van Diggelen
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 10:09:42 CDT
From: joseph wild <email@example.com>
Subject: No stage fright this time
Was flipping through the TV this morning and stopped on Regis just long enough to see that guy pull out a harmonica, and his dog started to sing to the sounds of Neil's Unknown Legend. Don't think that this pooch won the best in show, but he was pretty good...
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 09:49:12 EDT
Subject: Neil Young track at ARTISTdirect.com
I found the following email waiting for me this morning:
NEIL YOUNG TRACK AVAILABLE FOR 24-HOURS ONLYAndy Gray
EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH ARTISTdirect.com
Los Angeles, CA -- September 11, 2000 -- ARTISTdirect (nasdaq: ARTD) today announced that an extended, unreleased version of the Neil Young track Razor Love will be available for download over a 24-hour period beginning at 10:00AM (Pacific Time) on Thursday, September 14, 2000. Fans will be able to download the track either in Liquid Audio or Mjuice formats exclusively through the ARTISTdirect Network. This exclusive track is about one-minute longer than the CD version, and will time out after 14 days.
This is the first time that a Neil Young song has been available as an authorized download on the Internet. Razor Love is from Young's latest album, Silver & Gold (Reprise Records) which was released earlier this year.
article in today's San Francisco Chronicle tells how Cameron Crowe
recreated classic '70s Joel Bernstein pics of Neil to use in his new movie
Almost Famous. Unfortunately the online version doesn't show the
pictures that compare the Neil pics to scenes from the movie. For example,
the gatefold shot from After The Gold Rush is shown next to a
scene from the movie with Billy Crudup laying on the couch instead of Neil.
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 07:51:44 -0700
From: Jim Beller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A thousand roses
In today's Joel Selvin column in the San Francisco Chronicle he remembers Jack Nitzsche. The article starts with:
"A thousand red roses sent by Neil Young were arranged beside the casket at the Jack Nitzsche memorial service two weeks ago in Hollywood. A note was attached: 'For all the thousands of people who loved your music but never knew your name.'"
I got an advanced CD of the upcoming Farm Aid album. Despite the previous reports, it's a TWO CD set, and features THREE Neil songs...
FAMILY FARMERS KEEP AMERICA GROWING!
VOLUME ONE * LIVE *
15TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Disc One 13 tracks
Disc Two 12 tracks
DISC ONE, track 3
Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Homegrown
Song length: 4:58
DISC ONE, track 13
Neil Young: Last Of His Kind (The Farm Aid song)
Song length: 4:30
DISC TWO, track 12
Neil Young: Mother Earth
Song length: 4:07
Neil on Pump Organ and Harmonica
Mickey Raphael on "Echo Harp"
John Einarson has written a couple of books with major Neil content:
The ISBN for the 544 page hardcover book is 1-55278-160-7, and it's
being published by McArthur & Co. in Toronto, for $35 (Canadian).
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:34:52 GMT
From: Jules Gray <email@example.com>
Subject: Jimi's & Plant's Neil
There's a Mojo magazine spin-off mag out over here in the UK called Mojo Collections. In the one I saw last night, Two things caught my eye...
In Finland there is a nationwide FM rockchannel called RadioMafia. Every week they have a funny radioshow called Alivaltiosihteeri (i.e., Assistant secretary of state). Apparently on every show they play a Neil Young song...
This week was their 500th show. The Neil song they played was Old King from the Harvest Moon album.
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 09:13:58 -0400
From: Mark Stack <MStack@buffnews.com>
Subject: Happy Birthday Lionel
Heard on the morning radio that today is the 100th Birthday of Lionel Trains!!! Happy birthday to everyone who works at Lionel (including you, Neil).
The company spokesman said Neil has a 50 foot by 50 foot train setup, and tried to made a connection between the electricity of playing live and running trains but it sounded kinda forced.
Anyway, Happy Birthday again!
I need a heartbeat
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 11:32:13 -0400
Subject: Live Neil NOT to be released
The official web site for
the Almost Famous has finally been completed and it has the
official tracklist for the soundtrack album. And it shows that,
despite what the music store sites say, Neil's
Cortez The Killer is NOT included on the soundtrack...
. . .RE*AC*TOR
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2000 14:33:36 -0400
Subject: Neil cover in upcoming movie
to SonicNet, the upcoming political film Last Party 2000
will feature remakes of classic protest songs. Among them: Neil's
Ohio, covered by the Dandy Warhols.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2000 22:52:50 EDT
From: Stephen Edwin Coulter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Archives clue?
My girlfriend works in an office next door to Al Bates, who's a former member of Neil's Winnipeg band The Squires. During a recent conversation he mentioned that he had been talking to Neil's management, and they discussed the Archives, as well as royalties for Al for his appearance on a few of the oldest songs. So it looks like the possibility of the Archives release is at least serious enough to warrant these types of arrangements. A good sign!
Eat a peach,
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 18:30:44 +0200
Subject: Missing 8?
In the current issue of the German edition of Rolling Stone magazine there is a remarkable news-flash:
The Missing 6 will be released as a boxed set!!!Soon. And there will be EIGHT CDs in the set. Huh???
howling with wolves
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 06:53:19 -0400
From: Geoff Smith <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil at the pulpit
I almost lost control of my car while heading into TO for Neil's concert yesterday. I was coming along Dundas St. near Erin Mills and drove past this tiny little church. Looked over at the sign out front of the church and it said:
Rev. Neil YoungOne of those times when you wish you had a camera...
--Owner Without Things
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 12:38:34 -0700
Subject: Neil rock on the west coast
Those of you in the greater Santa Cruz (California) area please come and check out out our band THIRD BOWL this Friday night (Sept 1st). We'll be at the New Jury Room on Ocean St in Santa Cruz from 9pm to midnight (or later?) Free admission.
There will be lotsa Neil content. Some of you have seen us at the International RustFest. We also play some originals, and some other "classic rock" type stuff...
-On the Beach
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 12:25:04 -0400
Subject: More live Neil to be released?
Over the last year or so we've had these live tracks released on compilation albums:
But the current track listing on the music store sites (which all pretty much come from the same "album info service" company, so they will all pick up the same errors if there are any) DO list the track. For instance, Amazon.com.
But there is at least one glaring error on the listing of the songs on these sites: They list Teaser And The Firecat as a SONG by Cat Stevens -- but that's actually an ALBUM name, not a song name. The Cat Stevens song listed on the Vinyl-Films (movie production compnay) site linked above is The Wind -- which is from the Teaser and the Firecat album. Seeing this error makes me wonder how accurate the rest of the track listing is on the store sites, and whether the Neil song they list really is part of the soundtrack.
So currently it APPEARS we'll be getting an official release of another
live Neil song shortly (actually the same day as the FarmAid album).
But maybe not. Stay tuned...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 15:47:44 GMT
From: Trevor Umlah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Stage fright for Neil dog
CBC Newsworld's CBC Morning Show had Louis the singing dog on yesterday. He was a complete dud! He managed only one short yelp -- but at least viewers got to hear Unknown Legend in its entirety.
Hundred Foot Iron
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 10:05:14 -0400
From: Kevin Stauffer <email@example.com>
Subject: Freaks & Geeks & Neil
I was reading Tuesday's USA Today, and in the Life section was an article about the critically praised, but little watched show, Freaks and Geeks. The article quoted the co-executive producer, Judd Apatow...
"NBC was, overall good to us. They didn't meddle creatively.I say, amen, brother!!! Neil Young and Freaks and Geeks. That dude should be a Rustie!
"The rock 'n' roll community really liked the show. And we received permission to use songs from people we never would have dreamed would give a song to us. Toward the end, Neil Young gave us permission to use Only Love Can Break Your Heart. We couldn't afford it because it was an expensive song. But just imagine Neil Young in a bus, with Crosby Stills & Nash, watching the tape of our show to decide if he liked it...
"Life just doesn't get better than that."
Slashed the Pearly Gates
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 19:13:58 -0400
From: Gary Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Jeopardy botches Neil clue
Did anyone listen in horror to Alex Trebek read this answer today? In the category Those Whacky Canadiens, the answer was:
"Being born in Southern Ontario may have influenced this rocker's 1970's hit Southern Man."UUUUGGGHHH!!
Our Crazy Horse tribute band -- Ragged Glory -- will be playing at Iggy's in Lakewood, Ohio, on Saturday, September 2. We start at 10pm. Lakewood is just west of Cleveland. Here's the address:
Iggy's 13405 Madison Ave. Lakewood, OHIf you need directions, please email me. Hope to see you there!
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2000 07:13:51 -0400
Subject: More on ICE prediction
Here's the text of the previously reported ICE magazine article about Neil's Archives...
Despite recent web site previews and a tantalizing interview segment in Rolling Stone, the first installment of Neil Young's long-delayed CD anthology series will not make it into stores this year, nor will Elektra/East-West's Buffalo Springfield box set. Although Young's Buffalo Springfield period predates his solo career in most people's minds, the first installment of his anthology has some material which pre-dates the Springfield, such as early solo demos and a rare 1963 single by his first band, The Squires. That's one of the reasons the Buffalo Springfield box, which is already mastered and completed, will have to wait for release until after Young's anthology series starts."No attribution is given.
Rickie Lee Jones played a fantastic show here in Oslo acouple of weeks ago. She even plays a verse of Neil's Birds within her own song Skeletons...
Ragnar in Oslo
Date: 28 Aug 2000 07:19:53 -0700
Subject: Neil debate in British mag
British magazine Record Collector has an article on Neil this month. It takes the form of a debate about whether Neil has "lost it" or not, in recording and performing terms. It's meant to be humorous, and indeed sometimes is -- but it has a few inaccuracies too.
Still Rockin' In The Old World
Brian frae Scotland
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 09:42:45 -0400
Subject: And still another Archives prediction
Well I guess its official now -- newspapers don't lie, right? RIGHT?? There it is, on page 16 of the Showtime section of the Sunday New York Daily News, in the Fall Music Preview:
Nov 14 -- NEIL YOUNG BOX SET -- Including rare cuts from the mid '60's to today.Get your orders in now. Anyone wanna start a pool to see if this comes true??
Roll Another Number
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 09:13:06 -0600
From: lil' kenny <email@example.com>
Subject: CSNY and babies
In the September issue of Parents magazine, Mary Mohler lists 50 reasons to love a baby. Among them...
#43 - A crying baby is a perfect excuse to get out those old Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young records and dance the night away.lil kenny
See the News
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 15:15:20 EDT
From: Trevor Umlah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Terrier moon
Last night, CBC Radio's As It Happens featured an interview and performance from Louis -- a Scottish Terrier from Manitoba -- who sings along to Unknown Legend.
In fact, the owner said he's going to be on Regis Live. (Didn't catch when.)
You're asking "How did he sound?" Not as good as Neil.
Hundred Foot Iron
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:40:08 -0400
Subject: Flea on Neil
short Launch.com article, Flea talks about listening to Neil
and trying to sing The Needle And The Damage Done.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 20:38:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: email@example.com (Joseph A. Soja Jr.)
Subject: Yet another Archives prediction
No Archives Release in 2000, according to the September
issue of Ice magazine.
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 09:33:07 -0500
Subject: Nick Bakay a Rustie?
Nick Bakay -- who is the voice of the cat on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and does guest humor for ESPN -- is apparently a big Neil fan. He often does a "tale of the tape" column where he compares two different people or groups or things detail by detail to decide which is "best". Recently one of his readers submitted a "Tale of the Tape" on Neil Young vs Stephen Stills. Nick included it on his web site and commented on it.
The column can be found on this page, and the reader's submission is down near the bottom. Just do a find on "Neil".
Here's one piece of the reader submitted comparison...
During the Democratic Convention:In his response to the reader's submission, Nick sez:
Stills: hosted parties for wine-sipping, non-smoking delegates from several statesAdvantage: Young
Young: rocked out in several states for wine guzzling, spleaf-burning "Rusties."
You get this week's prize for using the expression 'Rusties'.
Please check out our site on our upcoming "Crosby Stills Nash and sometimes Young" biography, where you'll find that you can get a discount if your order before the 1st of November...