(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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The Reprise Records site's "store" now lists Red Rocks
Live for December 12. I guess that confirms
the rumored delay.
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Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 06:51:02 -0800
Subject: Cowgirl In The Rain
The Cowgirl In The Sand video (from the forthcoming Red Rocks Live DVD) that's linked from the ArtistDirect "contest" page referenced recently, is now available directly off of NeilYoung.com, on the Movies page. It's a full 19 minutes long.
It's going to be so cool to get this on DVD (tomorrow maybe, but
possibly not until next week)!
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Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 05:04:11 -0800
Subject: Micro$oft moving in on Neil's turf?
Check out an article
on MSNBC's website that includes news about how Micro$oft
is going to try selling model train simulators...
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Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2000 04:36:22 -0800
From: Colin IV <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Archives Rumors
I have some insider info from WEA UK about the Archives... Apparently the archives have indeed been bedecked with hard to solve problems. The most interesting problem appears to be that Neil wanted to include some Squires acetate material, but the material belonged to a third party who couldn't be persuaded to part company even temporarily with the stuff. It seems this problem has been solved, and I quote "things are happening".
The other interesting thing would appear to be that the Archives WILL be released on CD.
Other lip-wetting news: there apparently are five extra tracks from the On The Beach sessions out there, although they probably won't see the light of day. But who knows?
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 15:55:27 -0800
From: Paul Tomita <email@example.com>
Subject: S&G's first end-of-year rating
Neil's Silver & Gold album is on Seattle radio station KMTT 103.7's list of "Ten Best CDs of 2000". I haven't heard what else made their 10.
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 06:45:31 -0800
Subject: Hear, view (and maybe win) some Neil
The Ultimate Band List site (part of ArtistDirect Network) has a contest to give away a DVD player, a Red Rocks Live DVD, a Road Rock CD, and a Lionel "Vapor Records" train car. (Runner-ups just get the Road Rock CD.) The contest is running on this page.
On that same page, in the boxes on the right hand side, you'll find
links to listen to tracks from Road Rock and to view
a video of the 19 minute Cowgirl In The Sand (now commonly
known as Cowgirl In The Rain).
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Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 07:50:08 -0800
Subject: RANA covers Neil
I went to the Wetlands in NYC last night to see RANA, an exciting young four-piece band from New Jersey that frequently covers Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
I'd been encouraging them to do more Neil songs, and last week they said they would let me pick a song for the setlist for this show. I recommended doing something from Zuma because most of its songs fit their sound very well - and I knew one of them owned the album.
So last night, at the end of the first set, we got... Stupid Girl.
Be On My Side, I'll Be On Your Side
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 23:52:31 EST
Subject: Red Rocks Live delayed?
Just checked in to pre-order the new video and saw that its release was also moved back. It is now 12/12 instead of 12/5.
Connfused in Connecticut
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 22:48:19 -0800
Subject: Road Rock ad stuff ups
Today I picked up the local street newspaper and found a full page ad for Road Rock. First time I've seen Warner Australia advertise for Neil, which must be congratulated. However they did manage a couple of stuff ups. The ad lists the song CowgirlS in the Sand, and "unreleased song" FALL For Your Love. Oh well I guess they get points for trying.
Anyway, I'll leave you with that and get in the car, pop in my copy of Road Rock and drive home to Cowgirl again. I can already hear it... '...Hello Cowgirls in the sand...'
Dave from Australia.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 21:54:03 -0600
From: Andrea Carkhuff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Biz Week Neil
Any Rusties read Business Week? Well the new 12/4/00 issue includes a 4 page feature on Lionel Trains. It drops a few mentions of "rock star and Lionel collector Neil Young", including this paragraph:
"Neil Young, who declined requests for an interview, developed the device to control the sounds and speed of as many as 99 trains at one time. It's an extreme version of a remote control that he had designed years earlier so that his two sons, who have cerebral palsy, could manipulate their toy trains. For each Lionel train, Young also has created and mixed everything from the whistle sounds to simulated commands from the engineer."
The December 2000 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine contains an article, written by David Simons, reviewing the history of protest music in American folk song. The article's implied definition of "protest" seems to encompass songs of mere social commentary. The usual suspects are mentioned, Woody, Phil Ochs, Zimmerman, as well as some not so mainstream artists. Neil, Buffalo Springfield and CSNY get prominent mention for such contributions as For What It's Worth and Ohio, which receives more column inches than any other song mentioned in the article. There's even a photo of CSN performing at 1983's "Survival Sunday" at the Hollywood Bowl.
The article contains the following statement:
"Near the end of the '80s, the subtlety and simplicity that was the hallmark of prime protest music finally resurfaced in a series of songs about domestic violence and economic hardship... Fittingly, Neil Young capped the comeback by weighing in with his own take on domestic blight, Rockin' in the Free World, his most potent -- and political -- tune since Ohio 20 years earlier."
The Atlantic Monthly magazine (December 2000 ) has an article about a wine critic -- he seems to have good taste in music, too. In describing the wine critic's office, the article says...
"That office has a messy desk and a computer, a stereo stacked with CDs (Bob Dylan, Neil Young), a countertop crowded with bottles, a rack of clean wine glasses, and a sink that is deep enough to allow for spitting without splattering."Fort Worth DangerBird
Year of the Horse will be showing on IFC (the Independent Film Channel) during the month of December:
Dec. 1 @ 8pm and 12 midnightAll times listed are EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Dec. 13 @ 11:45pm
Dec. 14 @ 6am
Dec. 23 @ 9:30pm and
Dec. 24 @ 3am
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 00:17:17 -0600
Subject: Road Rock ad
Here's the latest ad for the upcoming album...
ArtistDirect has a Neil-autographed copy of the Year Of The Horse DVD on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Bridge School. The reserve bid is $250 (gulp!). No bids on it so far.
The DVD is also signed by Jim Jarmusch.
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 17:06:04 +0100
From: Ludwig Blochberger <email@example.com>
Subject: Road Rock Germany
The release date for the Road Rock CD in Germany is definitely tomorrow, November 27th. Can't wait to get it...
Bye, Ludwig a.k.a. After Berlin
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 11:40:50 -0800
From: robert garriott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Road Rock download
Today there is a free download of Fool for Your Love from Road Rock on the DownloadsDirect site. After 45 minutes of searching for the right plugins and reregistering over and over, I finally got the song (which self-destructs in one month) downloaded. It is pretty cool.
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 08:07:02 -0500
From: "Terry Skirko" <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil Young A-Z Rock Weekend
Just wanted to let you know that fans in Neil's home town will get a treat this weekend. Starting Friday November 24, the radio station Q107 will be presenting the Neil Young A-Z Rock Weekend. This is the first time Q107 have featured Neil on their Rock Weekend special!
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 20:03:40 -0800
From: John Truslove <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Road Rock in Oz
Saw a copy of the Road Rock CD at a Sanity store here in Australia this morning -- $30.25.
Looks like we're early for once.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 17:24:03 -0800
From: Cinnamon <email@example.com>
Subject: Neil Concert on MTV2
According to RockOnTV.com, there's a Neil concert on MTV2 next Sunday, November 26:
Show: MTV2 Weekly Live ConcertMTV2 's website can be accessed via MTV's listing of shows, though info for this concert has not been posted yet.
Episode: Neil Young
Date: Sunday - November 26, 2000
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am ET and 10pm ET
The release date for the Road Rock CD in the UK is definitely tomorrow, November 20th. I saw it in the local record shop on Saturday. In fact I nearly got it. I asked the new guy at the shop if there was a new Neil CD coming out, and he fished it out. But he checked with his colleague who pointed out that it wasn't coming out until Monday.
It's difficult to convey over email how pissed off I was. It was in front of me in the flesh. Ah, so near yet so far!
Looking forward until tomorrow.
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 10:08:31 -0500
From: George Gilkenson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Sunday Morning Neil
Watching the CBS Sunday Morning show, as the
show was signing off and showing credits they played a part of
Harvest Moon. The part they played came in during the
harp lead and went into the 'Because I'm still in love with you..."
part. A great ending to the show...
George from Conn.
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 08:43:34 -0800
From: Charlie Macon <email@example.com>
Subject: Rotten endorsement
How 'bout that VH-1 Hard Rock countdown thing last night? Neil & Crazy Horse was in at #39. The musicians shown who worshipped Neil included Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) who did the arms to the sky praising motion (kinda like I always do with Neil), Peter Frampton (damn good guitar player), and JOHNNY ROTTEN!
What an endorsement... John indicated he was puzzled by the meaning of the song (My My Hey Hey), but was "touched" by being included in his music, and has always respected him for sticking to his guns. Now THAT's an endorsement. I've always liked ol' Johnny, even though he comes across as a lunatic most of the time....then again...so do I! Anyway, the universe has officially reached a higher level of order due to Johnny's endorsement.
Take care, Charlie
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 07:14:43 -0800
From: Chris Horn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Referencing Neil
My wife Paula is reading the book Deadly Persuasion by Jean Kilbourne (subtitled "Why women and girls must fight the addictive power of advertising"). She spotted these two Neil references...
Page 29: As Neil Young sang, "I've seen the needle and the damage done, a little part of it in everyone."Chris
Page 60: When Neil Young recorded a video for his song This Note's For You, which states that he won't sing for Pepsi or Coke and includes the lines "I don't sing for nobody/Makes me look like a joke," MTV refused to run it.
All Neil fans in and around Belgium and Holland: I spoke with the promo manager for Warner Music in Brussels this morning and he confirmed that the Road Rock CD release for Belgium and Holland is Friday, November 24.
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 13:40:28 -0800
Subject: Radio Single
Looks like radio stations received the first Road Rock album single from Reprise today:
Neil YoungAATW features Chrissie Hynde.
Friends and Relatives
Fool For Your Love (3:20)
All Along The Watchtower (Edit) (5:02)
All Along The Watchtower (Album Version) (8:11)
Brian From Boston
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 16:56:36 +0000
Subject: In Mojo
Just a note to say that Johnny Rogan's new Neil book Zero to Sixty is reviewed in this month's Mojo magazine (out yesterday). There is also a full page ad for the Road Rock CD, saying that it's on sale in the UK on 20th Nov.
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 13:53:51 -0800
From: Rick Rentler <email@example.com>
Subject: Set list from Neil salute
Muffin just sent this setlist from the Salute to Neil show held last week in LA for Neil's birthday. Passin' it on...
LONG MAY YOU RUN SALUTE TO NEIL YOUNG 6 November 11th 2000 - Highland Grounds, L.A. 1. STEVE ECKSTEIN - Old House / Unknown legend 2. YOUNG MUFFINS - Roll Another Number / Down By The River 3. JUDY TOY - Cowgirl In The Sand / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 4. PAUL INMAN - Sea of madness / Western hero 5. CHRIS LATERZO- Prime of Life / Changed His Mind??? 6. BARRY HOLDSHIP - Donít Cry No Tears / Like a Hurricane 7. BUM STEERS - Needle And The Damage Done / Mr. Soul 8. ROD SMEAR - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong / Cinnamon Girl 9. DEVITT FELLEY - Walk On / Silver and Gold 10. DAN JANISCH - Star of Bethlehem / Once an Angel 11. JOE WERNER - After The Gold Rush / Razor Love 12. HEART OF GOLD BAND - Southern Man / The Loner 13. TOMMY HOLDEN HILL- Harvest / Heart Of Gold 14. GARRICK RAWLINGS - Southern Pacific 15. FARMER TAN - Powder Finger / Oh Lonesome Me. 16. ERIKSEN & WANLESS - Pocahontas 17. REEVA HUNTER - Birds / Love Is A Rose FINALE: Rockin' In The Free World / Ohio
I've heard a rumor that the Road Rock album is being pushed back to December 5 rather than next week. That's the date of the Red Rocks Live videos, so my first thought was that this could be some confusion with the release date of those. But it does appear something's up...
Checking the online music stores, Amazon, CDnow, Tower and Wherehouse all still list it for next week, but Barnes & Noble and CDUniverse both show it for December 5. This makes it appear that it HAS slipped, and that the other stores haven't updated to show December 5 yet.
A check of the Reprise Records site's front page still mentions it (in the "Coming Soon" list) as coming next week (11/21). But in the "store" section of the site, it is listed as coming on December 5. I tend to trust whoever it is that updates their "store" pages to have the correct date.
I think it's safe to assume now that December 5 is the date.
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Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 08:17:33 -0600
Subject: Kurt Schultz likes Neil
In an article that appeared in the November 12 issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (written by David P. Gilkey of the Detroit Free Press), there's a Q & A with Detroit Lions safety Kurt Schultz.
Question: Who is your favorite musician?Schultz knows something...
Answer: "I'd have to say Neil Young."
See the News Flash...
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 09:12:20 EST
Subject: Road Rock in Billboard
Here are some details from an ad in Billboard magazine...
Friends & Relatives
Available on DVD (2-38531) and VHS (3-38531):
- Cowgirl in the Sand (18:00)
- Walk On (4:30)
- Fool for Your Love (3:06)
- Peace of Mind (5:00)
- Words (11:00)
- Motorcycle Mama (5:30)
- Tonight's the Night (10:00)
- All Along the Watchtower (With Chrissie Hynde) (7:50)
Red Rocks Live - The Complete Friends and Relatives Performance Captured at Red Rocks
Live DVD Audio Coming Soon
Produced by Neil Young & Ben Keith
Direction: Elliot Roberts
Hey Dutchie fans...
Dutch radio 2 has a Neil special at 8.00 am this coming Sunday. Thought I'd mention it...
Anne, who never went to the radio station but somehow ended up alone at the microphone ;-)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 14:56:25 -0500
From: Joe Sipocz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Harvest on the chart
Note that, in Billboard magazine, Harvest is on the "catalog" chart! Wonder why now? Change in pricing? People fired up about the MIH Tour shows? Buzz building for Road Rock's debut at number one?
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 11:58:39 EST
From: Christopher Hickey <email@example.com>
Subject: YOTH on IFC
The Independent Film Channel is going to be showing
Year Of The Horse as part of an "IFC Rocks Film Festival",
beginning November 24th. It will run through December, I believe.
The commercial shows the old clip of Neil playing Hurricane
and then lists the "festival" movies at the end.
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 08:35:12 -0500
Subject: Road Rock NOT delayed
I've now gotten several anti-confirmations that the rumor of the Road Rock album being delayed is not true. I still don't know why CDnow sent out those "delayed to January" notes, but they are again showing it for November 21 like most all the rest of the on-line stores.
Note that I've now also seen more confirmations of the
Red Rocks Live, Friends & Relatives video release
date of December 5th. I still don't feel comfortable enough to
state categorically that it'll be out on December 5, but it's
looking more and more likely.
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Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 11:48:50 -0500
Subject: Road Rock delayed?
I'm told that CDnow is telling people that
Road Rock has been
delayed until January. Indeed CDnow no longer list it on their
site (AT ALL). Nor at CDworld or CDuniverse. However
Amazon, Tower Records and Barnes & Noble all
still list it for November 21. Hard to say what's going on here yet...
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Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 15:11:40 -0500
Subject: Crazy Horse in Top 40
VH1 has another of those lists of theirs, this time it's the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". Selected by a bunch of (presumably) hard-rock "expert" performers, including:
1. Led Zeppelin 21. Pearl Jam 2. Black Sabbath 22. Deep Purple 3. Jimi Hendrix 23. Judas Priest 4. AC/DC 24. Iron Maiden 5. Metallica 25. Cheap Trick 6. Nirvana 26. Motorhead 7. Van Halen 27. Iggy Pop / The Stooges 8. The Who 28. Rush 9. Guns N' Roses 29. Motley Crue 10. KISS 30. Red Hot Chili Peppers 11. Aerosmith 31. Def Leppard 12. The Sex Pistols 32. The Doors 13. Queen 33. Rage Against The Machine 14. Soundgarden 34. Alice in Chains 15. Pink Floyd 35. Jane's Addiction 16. Cream 36. Frank Zappa 17. The Ramones 37. Yardbirds 18. Ozzy Osbourne 38. MC5 19. The Clash 39. Neil Young & Crazy Horse 20. Alice Cooper 40. Stone Temple PilotsVH1 will be dividing up the list into 5 parts, showing them over the week of November 13-17. The first showing of the list with #40 through #21 will be on Thursday, Nov 16 at 10pm. Neil & The Horse would be on that near the beginning of the hour. They'll run that hour again on Friday night at 9pm.
Last night Honeyslide and I walked down to the Alexis Hotel here in Seattle and saw Henry Diltz give a slide show and exhibit his amazing photos. Really cool. Free wine... Nice big pictures of Neil's cows! There were a few Neil pics that have never been shown anywhere before.
Unfortunately the signed prints were usually $800. There were several people with smoking credit cards as they walked out of there..
Diltz said that Neil's dog "Art" (of "Love Art Blues" fame) is the black and white one with dark ears -- NOT the white dog on the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere cover.
I asked him about the Buffalo Springfield and Neil archives and he said he has a lot of photos in both. He said the archive box is HUGE -- and he held out his arms to show the size! Said he's actually seen it and there are DVD's, CD's and a huge book. Really amazing. Hope WE get to see it...
If this exhibit comes to your town DO NOT MiSS IT!
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 10:15:13 -0500
Subject: More Geffen Re-issues
Apparently, on December 12 Geffen will re-release in the US the other three non-re-issued 80s albums: Trans, Landing On Water and Life. (They re-released Old Ways and Everybody's Rockin' a few months ago.)
For some time now US purchasers had to buy expensive European
imports of Trans, so maybe this will introduce the album
to some who balked at the high price. The other two have been
on "bargain" import prices for a while now, so this US re-release
won't make a big difference, probably.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 02:12:38 -0800 (PST)
From: caryn rose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Ed and Paul Allen and Neil and Nixon
Tonight at Pearl Jam's show in Portland's Rose Garden, while introducing Soon Forget, which he dedicated to Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft, current owner of the Rose Garden and a lot of other stuff), Ed managed to work a quote from Neil's Campaigner into the intro:
"Are you here, Paul? You'd think he'd be here... he can get in for free! He's kind of money conscious... but he's not evil, I mean -- You know, Neil Young had a quote about Richard Nixon, 'even Richard Nixon has got soul' - I could never figure that line out."For further Neil-Content, the show was closed by Fuckin' Up. : )
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 23:14:43 +0100
Subject: Road Rock on vinyl
I hear from reliable sources, that (in Europe) the Road Rock Vol.I album will also be released on double-vinyl, on the same day as the CD.
One place it's listed is JPC in Germany.
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 21:31:49 +0100
Subject: Lotta Neil in German Stone
Four mentions of Neil in the German edition of Rolling Stone...
howling with wolves
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 13:41:47 -0500
Subject: Ghosts On The Road available
In case anyone is interested, the reference book Ghosts On The Road -- Neil Young In Concert is now available on NeilYoungDirect.com.
HyperRust Editor's note: the books sold out almost immediately but are being re-ordered right away. If you missed getting one, check back soon...
A Wembley concert where Oasis covers Hey Hey My My
will be released on video (DVD & VHS) and on CD on the 14th of this
month. It's to be called Familiar To Millions.
Details on their website.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 22:18:21 -0800 (PST)
From: Paul Tomita <email@example.com>
Subject: J.Dylan: "No trendy Neil photo shoots"
I was leafing through the November issue of Interview magazine and came across this Neil mention in the Jakob Dylan interview:
Interviewer: "When you have a new project, you do have to remain visible to keep it on top. Since youíre uneasy with the promotional aspects of the job, do you worry a lot about maintaining artistic integrity?"Looking forward...
Jakob: "You can only hope that at some point youíre allowed to be more resistant to those things that keep the profile high. Certainly Neil Young doesnít show up at [trendy menís magazine] for a photo shoot. [pauses] You know what? Leave that magazineís name out of it. [laughs] I just did a photo shoot with them."
I'm hearing (from early reviewers) that the Road Rock album is mixed somewhat like a bootleg. A lot of bottom end, loud crowd noise, etc...
I'm still not positive, but it's looking pretty sure that there will be a separate "DVD-audio" release of the music that's on Road Rock. A separate higher-fidelity product, like a "super CD" for playing on a "DVD-audio capable" DVD player.
If true, this'll be the first of a new line of "product" from
Neil -- what'll ultimately replace the CD line of product. My guess
is that it'll also be the format on wich the Archives will eventually
see the light of day...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 13:55:34 -0500
Subject: Red Rocks DVD
I've seen a track listing for the
Red Rocks Live DVD songs,
and it's the exact same sequence as
the first Denver show
(9/19). There's been talk that the show was going to be equivalent
to the webcast show (9/20),
but that can't be the case with this track-list (if it holds).
. . . RE*AC*TOR