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(Archive 42: 9/24/00 - 10/1/00)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 12:45:41 -0500
Subject: Neil on SNL rerun TODAY

Just a reminder that last Spring's Neil appearance on Saturday Night Live (where he played Razor Love and Silver & Gold) is running THIS EVENING on Comedy Central at 6pm EST. This is the first re-run of that show.

If you missed recording his songs back then, here's your chance. Note that this is an edited 60 minute version of the show that originally ran 90 minutes. On occasion the edited version of SNL leaves out one of the two songs performed. If they do that for this particular show, we'll have to start a boycott... :-)
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 12:30:41 EST
From: Lannamep@aol.com
Subject: Pointless (?) Statistics

Since the beginning of 1999, Neil has played...

Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 11:55:52 -0800
From: Sean Palmerston <promo@sonicunyon.com>
Subject: Neil's Puppet

I just had an amazing phone conversation with Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets. When I asked him about Neil Young's influence on his guitar playing and songwriting, he said that Neil has had an absolutely incredible influence on him.

He said that it all stems back to Zuma. The album was the first Neil record that really spoke to him directly. Before that, he never really got songs like Southern Man or Cinnamon Girl but they came into context for him later on.

Apparently he feels that it is Neil's guitar playing that is the single most influence on his style. He also says he feels that Neil was the first to encorporate country music into rock music, referring to what Neil was doing BEFORE the Mynah Birds. He feels this pre-dated anyone else.

As far as songwriting is concerned, he didn't feel that Neil had a huge influence, but he did say he thought he and Neil were "kindred spirits". He stated that they both owe a lot to country artists like Don Gibson and Hank Williams, as well as Jimi Hendrix.

Canuck Sean

Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 11:41:22 EST
From: Lannamep@aol.com
Subject: Lotta Neil in Crawdaddy!

The current issue (#24, September 2000) of Crawdaddy! is chock full of Neil Content. Crawdaddy! is edited and published by Paul Williams, the Dylan scholar and the guy who wrote Love to Burn.

Anyway there is a long article in the zine by Ken Viola, called "Memories of Buffalo Springfield." It turns out that this essay will be the liner notes to the Buffalo Springfield boxed set when it finally gets released!

It is a very interesting essay, and even drops hints that the box will include Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?, and Neil's original version of On The Way Home before it was overdubbed and mixed.

Elsewhere in the issue, Paul Williams writes a review of Silver & Gold. If you've read Paul's book ove to Burn, you know his insights on Neil are worth reading.

Crawdaddy! is one of the only music publications that focuses solely on music, rather than fads and fashions. Rusties should be interested in this current issue. Crawdaddy! needs and appreciates readers. Check it out.

Ned W/K

Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 10:39:46 -0500
From: Weickert <DaveW@nationalvideocenter.com>
Subject: Ben Stein and Mr.Soul

Last night on Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money show, Ben opened the show quoting the first few lines of Mr. Soul....

Long Live The Horse!

Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 02:52:05 EST
From: LeftyDv@aol.com
Subject: Madonna, like Neil

In Rob Sheffield's Pop Eye in the new Rolling Stone (the one with Drew Bare-y-more on the cover)...

"Like Neil Young, of all people, Madonna wears her cowboy hat to show how loose she's gotten with age, how deeply she fails to give a fuck, and Music is her Ragged Glory: Now that she's established her comeback, she just wants to have fun and let it all hang out on her own cranky terms."

Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 14:34:03 -0800
From: songman@pacificnet.net
Subject: Reminder: Neil Salute

The 6th Anniversary
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Featuring the songs of NEIL YOUNG performed by:
and you never know who...

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Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 22:34:46 EDT
From: BBerry1112@aol.com
Subject: Victoria sounds like Neil

Here's a quote from a New York newspaper about Victoria William's show the other night in NYC...

"She took her time deciding which songs to play Thursday night; she shrugged and stopped two of them when equipment malfunctioned. She has a high, cracked voice that can make her sound like Neil Young or a precocious 4-year-old, and when she sings she sometimes flaps her arms or makes faces."
Bruce Berry   *I came here to sing and work*   (Mike Durham)

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 09:43:51 -0400
From: John Kitamura <kato@ati.com>
Subject: Music Scene

A while ago it was mentioned that there was a CSNY performance on the Music Scene: The Best of 1969-1970 DVD. I just viewed it this morning.

The CSNY segment is of a 4 minute Down By The River, and it is played live. A couple of interesting things -- I had thought the little harmonic line where Stills & Young played the melody together in sync in the middle of their solos was new to the CSNY2K tour, but silly me -- it's right there on this 1969 performance. I can't tell if the performance was edited down or not, but the jump from Stills' solo to Young's solo is in an odd place.

Another weirdness - the second (and final) verse is sung to a completely different melody, which I've never heard Neil do before. Stills sings harmonies on the verse.

This is actually the second (as far as I know) appearance of CSNY on DVD. The first was on the 50 Original Video Clips - Atlantic Records DVD. That one contained the video of American Dream and a lenghty interview with Ahmet Ertegun (who talked about Buffalo Springfield among other things). That DVD came out in Europe, but was not region coded.


Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 13:42:46 -0400
From: CAMMAIL22@mln.lib.ma.us
Subject: Bowie and Baby and baby names

In his newly released CD Bowie at the Beeb, David Bowie introduces the song Kooks by saying, "I was listening to a Neil Young album when I heard my son was born. I wrote this one for him." It was probably After the Goldrush -- I know that one influenced Bowie a lot. The song sounds a lot like a Neil tune - lots of D chord hammer on/off stuff.

In a book called Rock'n'Roll Baby Names, there's a listing under Neil Young:

"One of the most enduring rockers in the free world, Neil Young offers not only a few appropriate songs for naming your child, but the rich and varied styles he's mastered, from folk rock to grunge to country. You could even name your child Johnny, a la 'Johnny One Note', for Neil's legendarily redundant guitar solos."
Alan DerKazarian (Tell Me Why)

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:55:56 -0700
From: Laurie Hoffman <thedjsdaughter@socal.rr.com>
Subject: Nash on Lennon & Young

In the newest Rolling Stone there are artists' remembrances of John Lennon. There are a couple of entries there by David Crosby and by Graham Nash. Croz says he doesn't remember where he was when he found out Lennon was dead -- he just remembers being very depressed (sounds about right for that period of his life, eh?) And Nash, in his entry, compares Lennon to Neil! That's a pretty heavy comparison. He says that John Lennon was always on the front edge of song writing, like Neil Young. And they just do what they feel is right, and sometimes they fly and sometimes they fall. I like that analogy.

Rust On!
  The DJ's Daughter

Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 20:57:48 -0400
Subject: Reprise press release for Road Rock

Reprise put out a press release for the Road Rock album a couple of days ago, well after the news had been revealed here and subsequently on all the big music news sites.

The press release quotes a number of reviewers of the MIH tour, one of them even saying "Neil Young's godlike reputation hardly needs burnishing..." Hard to find better superlatives than that! But they try, including another tour reviewer's quote "He's the master of nearly every musical genre you can imagine..."

There are a few items from the press release that I haven't otherwise seen mentioned up to now:

That last one is confusing. It sounds like they're saying that there will be a seperate version of the CD on DVD-audio. At least one of the previous stories (I think the Rolling Stone one) had implied that the DVD-video would include some form of DVD-audio seperate from the video that's on the disk. This press release sounds like any DVD-audio that's to be available will contain the same material as the CD. That being much shorter than the Red Rocks video, it SHOULD be able to fit onto the same DVD as the video. But this press release also implies it'll be a seperate DVD. We have to get this clarified...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 19:56:33 -0400
Subject: NY Film Festival Redux

Entertaindom is running some of the video that had run back when the NeilYoung.com site first came on line. Currently it looks like they have Year Of The Horse and Muddy Track available, plus videos for RITFW, Cry Cry Cry and Harvest Moon.

Check it out...


Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 19:48:13 -0400
Subject: Graham refutes rumor

In response to a rumor that CSN is feuding with Neil over his release of Road Rock (rather than an expedited CSNY live album/DVD) and had withheld CSNY cuts from his Archives project, Graham Nash has issued the following statement:

"It's all bull... Neil knows that he has CSN's permission to use any track he wants to for his 'Archive' project. We have never even talked with him about his release of Road Rock.

"Neil can do what the hell he wants to with his music. Work on the CSNY DVD is going slowly due to prior commitments, but we are working on both the audio and the video. We have had CD's cut of our favorite performances of our songs.

"We will choose the best, then meet to discuss what songs should finally make it. Larry Johnson is doing the same with the video so work is going on. Post this and tell everyone out there to relax. Things are still great between us all and we are right now, making plans for the next tour."


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 08:42:30 -0400
Subject: Silver & Gold Sales

In an article about the upcoming Road Rock album on MTV Online, they state that the "Soundscan" numbers for Silver & Gold are 310,000.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 20:22:12 EDT
From: JGi5999858@aol.com
Subject: Furay "plays" with Neil

This from the Westword,a local alternative paper, in an article about Richie Furay:

"During Young's three night stand at Red Rocks in late September, {Furay} spent more time with the legendary chameleon {Neil} than he has in years. Neither brought up Buffalo Springfield Again, which was fine by Furay. "It was really about re-establishing a close friendship, and I didn't want it to be more than that."

Furay adds that he and Young didn't play any music together during the visit -- "but we did play golf." Richie will be joining Poco at the Grizzly Rose in Denver next Friday, on a break from his church duties, as the band comes through town. Apparently he joins them to play often when they come to Denver.


Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 17:42:23 +0100
From: Colin IV <colin@dergunerz.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Archives & Missing 6 rumors

I had an EXTREMELY interesting conversation the other night. I bumped into an old friend of mine from my days in the record shop trade. Turns out that he's now a major-label insider who's familiar with a lot what's going on with Neil's projects. So of course I pumped him for information about the Archives and other material, specially the Missing Six.

He thinks there will be no reissue of any of the M6 on CD, EVER. He could not have been more sure about this. I believe him.

My friend has seen a proposed track list of the Neil Archives. However he does not believe it will ever see the light of day, certainly not on CD. As many know, Neil is currently raving about DVD, but the companies are simply not set up to manufacture or distribute the new technology yet. Given Neil's antipathy towards CD, he doesn't believe Neil will release the archives now or in the future on CD.

There is a shining ray of hope for the M6 in the shape of vinyl. Whilst Neil would not be likely to agree to a release of the archives on vinyl there may be a move from Warner to ask Neil to consider a limited release of the M6 material on the original vinyl format.

I must mention however, all the above is pretty much hearsay and retold rumours from an insider new to his position.


Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 06:55:12 -0400
Subject: Neil releases in the news

The upcoming releases by Neil have been mentioned in several articles over the last few days:

Most of those don't go much beyond what's been discussed here (and the first three credit HyperRust for some of the news), but the Rolling Stone article does get pretty specific about the titles of the new works. They call the album Friends and Relatives (Road Rock Vol.1), but that doesn't really match the album cover. They call the video "Red Rocks Live, Friends and Relatives".
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 10:25:12 EDT
From: Lannamep@aol.com
Subject: Ghosts On The Road

Pete Long's excellent reference book Ghosts on the Road will soon be available from Neil Young's website!!! Check out the webmart.

I think this is the first book officially approved by Neil...?


Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 12:19:31 EDT
From: steve washick <spreadicated@hotmail.com>
Subject: Panic brought to you by...

I can't believe I didn't hear it the night of the show last spring, but I suppose that's what tapes are for...

Back on April 24th, Widespread Panic played a show at the House of Blues in Orlando. The show was on a Monday, so they started off with Neil's Last Dance. Later that evening, they closed the show with another Neil tune, Mr.Soul. After the encore, before leaving the stage lead singer Jon Bell leaned to the mic and said:

"Tonight's been brought to you by the letter 'Neil'..."
: )

laid back and laughing,

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 10:56:29 -0400
Subject: Road Rock in USA Today

There's a brief mention of Road Rock on the USA Today newspaper web site. Doesn't say anything more than has been mentioned here lately, though.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 09:25:26 -0400
Subject: Reprise Web Update

Reprise Records has redone their website. The new version of their "New Releases" page is now mostly just an advertising page for the already released stuff, rather than the "forthcoming releases" format of the old page. It currently only includes TWO forthcoming albums on the page that mainly lists stuff like the new Greenday album and recent re-issues by Clapton.

With this new version of the page, there is now no longer a listing for "Neil Young (box set)" in a "to be scheduled" section, like the old one had. And they haven't included Road Rock on the page anywhere, either.

It remains to be seen whether this new version of the page will be of any real use as a source of news or not. Depends on how much they add to the "Coming soon" column, and how timely they are about updating it. Hopefully they'll put the effort required into making it a valuable resource, rather than just pure advertising.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 10:13:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: JGG <oldgreycat@yahoo.com>
Subject: Lotta Neil on Elvis' List

In the new (November) issue of Vanity Fair, Elvis Costello lists the 500 albums he considers "essential to a happy life." Interesting choices, by and large. Among them are all of these albums featuring Neil:

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Deja Vu (CSNY)
After The Goldrush
If I Could Only Remember My Name (David Crosby)
Retrospective (Buffalo Springfield)
Time Fades Away
On The Beach
Ragged Glory
All the best,
Jeffrey G.

Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 09:40:47 +0200
From: Peter Hohenstein <P.G.J.Hohenstein@lumc.nl>
Subject: Euro-date for new album

I got a mailing from the Dutch NY Fanclub which quoted Warner Benelux. It says that the European release of the new album is November 17.

burned out basement

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 20:06:25 -0400
Subject: Still more on upcoming releases

The Road Rock video (DVD & VHS) looks firm for December 5.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 14:22:38 EDT
From: SCHUBIDOO@aol.com
Subject: More on upcoming releases

Just heard from a friend with WEA connections some info about the upcoming releases: