(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Pittsburgh Tribune Review story about Lionel,
it mentions how a train fan who wanted to put out a 100th anniversary
medallion for Lionel got nowhere until he met Neil in a parking
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 08:00:33 -0800
From: Steve Washick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Joint Neil cover in Atlanta
Caught a great double bill in Atlanta last friday - Bloodkin, and Barbara Cue. Both bands are from Athens, GA. Barbara Cue is a side project of Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance. His band has that alt country/no depression (or whatever they are calling it this week) sound.
Bloodkin is dirty, evil, Georgia music with the best songwriter you've never heard of - Danny Hutchens. If Neil smoked crack, he'd prolly write songs like Bloodkin. ; ) They are very loud and kinda sound like early Stones with that nasty Keith Richards heavy-bluesy guitar sound. I've been driving to Georgia every other weekend for the last few months to see them and still can't get enough.
After each band played their own set, both bands took the stage for few songs together. They closed the show with Neil's Winterlong. HeHe, i sang two verses to myself before i realized the reason i knew the words was because it was a Neil song. I think I was the only person not onstage who knew it was a Neil song. ; )
laid back and laughing,
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 16:21:21 -0800
From: Rich Lewy <email@example.com>
Subject: Lesser-known Neil on Public Radio
I was listening to the public radio program World Cafe last night and the program closed with Neil's Round and Round. The announcer said "if you know who the background singer is, you read too many liner notes." I'm guilty of knowing it's Robin Lane.
"sometimes i'm good then i'm bad."
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 21:48:49 +0100
Subject: Neil Song poll in Germany
Glitterhouse Records (in Germany), a small independent label specializing in 'Americana' music, did a Neil-poll. Members of their mailing list were asked to name their favourite Neil-song. the results are:
Peter Dees, Holland
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 09:32:13 -0800
From: Andrew Ditmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Zakk Wylde to cover Neil
Guitarist Zakk Wylde, best know for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, will be
releasing a cover of Heart Of Gold on a bonus CD which will be
included with an upcoming live album from Zakk's band Black Label
The live album will be available through
and will be released on May 22nd. The bonus CD songs are all
acoustic/electric in the vein of Book of Shadows.
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 20:12:54 -0800
From: Luciano Abdo <email@example.com>
Subject: Yo La Tengo does multi-Neil
It's 2 A.M. and I just got back from the second Yo La Tengo gig in Sao Paulo. Just wanted to tell you, before I go to bed, that they did a great version of Don't Cry No Tears, followed by . . . Prisoners of Rock'n'Roll !!!! Amazing isn't ?
They have made my day!
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 05:04:27 -0800
Subject: The Rock Star Index
Money magazine, along with VH1, has compiled a ranking of Rock/Pop music stars. It's mainly based on how much money they earned last year from touring and CD sales. But merchandising was factored in with a "money-power" rating (from 1 to 5). Also factored in was a subjective rating called "star-power" (from 1 to 5), purporting to measure their "fan loyalty" and "cross-over appeal" (I'm sure that this part was VH1's contribution).
Of course NSYNC was at #1 (with over $260,000,000 earned, lots of "star-power" and "money-power"). #2 was Dr.Dre and Eminem (who they lumped together due to them touring together last year) with $250,000,000 and high star-power and money-power ratings. #3 was Britney Spears.
Scanning down the list, you'll find CSNY at #22. The
ranking was primarily based on their successful CSNY2K tour.
They had the lowest CD sales ($7,100,000) of all on the list, but
were 8th in box office (at $42,100,000). That combined $49,200,000
might have raised them higher on the chart, but they were rated
lowest (along with Jimmy Buffett and Phish) in "star-power".
Their "money-power" was also rated low (but still higher than
Creed or Destiny's Child).
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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 04:11:06 -0800
Subject: Neil on another PJ Release
Pearl Jam seems to like including some Neil on their live releases. They used Fuckin' Up on their Live On Two Legs album, and most of their plethora of tour CDs have a Neil song on them (usually RITFW). Now they'll be releasing a DVD of their 2000 Tour, and it -- like many of the shows on the tour -- will close with them performing Rockin' In The Free World. It's due out on April 10.
The DVD is called Pearl Jam: Touring Band 2000, and is 3 hours
long. Besides 28 songs from the tour, it'll also have backstage
footage, a few jams from their Binaural album sessions,
and an unreleased video from way back in the Ten days.
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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 12:41:55 -0800
Subject: Oh What A Feeling track
Neil's track on the Oh What A Feeling 2
box set that's to be released on February 20th,
will be Heart Of Gold.
The set has been called a "Celebration of Canadian Music".
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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 11:51:08 -0800
Subject: Sound+Vision article now on-line
The Sound+Vision Magazine article
discussed last month is now up on their web site
for your perusal. It's 7 pages long...
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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 10:49:34 -0800
Subject: California Music Awards
What USED to be called the "Bammies" (after the now-defunct BAM magazine) is now the "California Music Awards". This year's awards show will be held April 28 in Oakland.
Neil's nominated in these categories:
Though it's hard to get an official notice, it appears that the
Audio DVD version of the
Road Rock album has
slipped again, this time to Feb 27. That's about the third or fourth
slip -- something is going on...
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Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 08:02:01 -0800
Subject: Neil mania on Argentine Radio
Let no one doubt that Neil has made an impact in Argentina. Check out ESTUDIO 89 dj Martin Sassone's review of Neil's show there, for one example. (Note that it's in Spanish.)
Martin is the dj that recently put on almost two hours of Neil
(Saturday, January 27th) on Radio 89 in Buenos Aires. The show
been archived in RealAudio format. Check it out!
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Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 07:36:26 -0800
Subject: Another South American interview
Somehow back during the South American shows I missed an interview in the La Guia newspaper. It's somewhat deeper than the other Spanish interview (where he talked about controlling the internet) that was published down there last month. But this one mainly focuses on the past. If you're up for a translation session (or a Babelfish interpretation exercise), give it a look...
A couple of interesting comments from it (warning, this has been translated from Neil's English to Spanish to Babelfish English, and interpreted by me, so don't trust this 100%):
The play Barking Sharks, which just opened at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City, opens with a flashback by "Eddie", the protagonist:
...a particular moment in his youth, when he and two friends had a band called the Barking Sharks. The term "band" is a generous one; the play opens with a flashback scene in which the Sharks sing Neil Young's Down by the River, and, frankly, they sound like whining cats.Neil Genzlinger, the New York Times reviewer who wrote that, didn't like the play much.
Former Pixie Frank Black played Philadelphia recently, and the local paper (Bucks County Courier Times) did a pre-concert write-up on him. Here are excerpts from the article...
Frank Black leaves Pixies in the dustI know how ya feel, Frank.
...Most of the material is reminiscent of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young. "There's no doubt that a lot of the songs from those guys had a big effect on me," Black said. "Neil had the most profound effect on me. I couldn't get Zuma out of my car's tape deck. The songs just sunk into me and came out."...
Todays edition of the LA Times has a "From the Vault"
titled "Tracking Neils Zigzag Course Through the 80's".
It includes reviews of Neils 80's Geffen releases.
Nice way to start the day, a little coffee with Neil.
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 22:36:14 -0800
From: rick shearer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil in latest Rolling Stone
There are two articles in the RS mag that arrived in the mail tonight. In Random Notes they talk about the Warfield shows. They say he "opened with guns blazing, hitting on high points of his four decade career, including Cinnamon Girl and a very feedback-heavy Like A Hurricane." They say Dustin Hoffman was in the audience. Also Mike Gordon from Phish and Les Claypool from Primus. They quote good ol Les: "It's amazing to see Neil up there tromping around making huge hairy monstrous guitar sounds. Its inspirational to see some veterans putting forth that much energy."
In a much larger article about Rock in Rio (which, by the way, praises Guns and Roses highly) they say: "Headliners provided the highlights of the festival's final weekend: Neil Young and Crazy Horse delivered snapped-string, feedback-drenched renditions of such classics such as Like A Hurricane".
Feedback-drenched. If I had a dollar for every writer that used feedback-drenched when referring to Crazy Horse...
Rick, cliche-drenched 'proto-rustie'
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 13:39:37 -0800
From: Fabio Augusto <email@example.com>
Subject: Rock In Rio stimulates Neil demand
Neil is not such a well known artist in Brazil, and very few of his CDs have been released here. None of the classics.
Well, there's been some interest in him after his performance at Rock in Rio. Because of that, 10 classic Neil CDs are being released here!
The list includes: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Tonight's The Night, Comes A Time, Live Rust, Ragged Glory, Weld, Harvest Moon, Sleeps With Angels, Silver And Gold, and Road Rock.
As you can see some true classics have not been released yet (Harvest, Zuma, Freedom) and my personal 2 favorite Neil albums (Rust Never Sleeps, After The Gold Rush) are not on this list. Well, it's something, at least. Maybe later we'll have all of them here.
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 07:26:25 -0800
From: John Kitamura <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil included on a DVD
Here's a new DVD coming down the pipe....
Tower Of Song: The Epic Story Of Canada And Its Music ID: ID9695CDDVD - $24.99 - Not Rated UPC: 014381969528 - 92 min. - 2001 Preorder: 3/20/01 - Image Street: 4/17/01 - Music Full Frame - Color - English - Stereo "Tower of Song," a remarkable story set to an extraordinary soundtrack, is a two-hour television special spotlighting the 30 artists currently in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Shot on location across Canada, "Tower of Song" places the artists and their music in the context of their homeland as the camera catches the changing panorama of Canada's vast landscape. An inspiring set of musical portraits created and voiced by the country's greatest singers, songwriters and musicians: Paul Anka, The Band, Lenny Breau, Wilf Carter, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Leonard Cohen, The Crew Cuts, The Diamonds, Denny Doherty (The Mamas and the Papas), Gil Evans, Maynard Ferguson, Maureen Forrester, The Four Lads, Glenn Gould, The Guess Who, Ian and Sylvia, John Kay (Steppenwolf), Moe Koffman, Gordon Lightfoot, Guy Lombardo, Rob McConnell, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Oscar Peterson, Rush, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hank Snow, Domenic Troiano, Zal Yanovsky (The Lovin' Spoonful), and Neil Young.
The Image Entertainment DVD News update of 1/26 says that the Neil Young In Berlin DVD is going to be in 5.1 Dolby Digital! Yessssssss!
:-< Ted Gocal
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 22:26:25 -0600
Subject: Miracles and Neil
HOB aired a sports documentary tonight on the 1980 USA Olympic hockey squad -- the one that won the gold medal after upsetting the Soviet team. It's called Do You Believe In Miracles?
At the end of the show, as the credits roll, Long May You Run plays. Right at the end of the credits it says "Long May You Run performed by Neil Young."
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 10:02:45 -0800
Subject: Slobberbone does Neil
Slobberbone did an excellent cover version of Powderfinger in the encore of their show at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis this past Saturday. They played it roughly twice as fast as Neil and the Horse do it. Someone told me that they've covered other Neil songs in concert too. If you like the Bottle Rockets, Blue Mountain, Wilco, or the Jayhawks, you should check them out.
Peace. -Ben Jammin'
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 09:27:47 -0800
From: Jeff Kern <email@example.com>
Subject: Sweatin' to Neil
While working out at my neighborhood gym this weekend, an aerobics
class was in session. After several of the usual "up-tempo, get the
heart rate up" tunes (bad 70's disco tunes), out of nowhere came
Rocking In The Free World, followed by Cortez for the
cool down. I spoke with the instructor afterwards, and turns out she
is a huge Neil fan. This was her first time incorporating his music
into her routine. Picked my spirits up for sure....
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 15:07:23 +0800
From: Ranga John <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: NeilYoung.com repairs
At Neil's hompeage, on the Archives page, -- the Volume 1 section is no longer marked as "being repaired"! That link now takes you to a new version of the page that used to be there -- featuring the rear sides of the vehicles (with trunks that open when selected) who's fronts are featured elsewhere.
We again have an "Early Years" track list, all Squires material. Won't tell you anymore - just check it out.
Movement - finally!
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 06:19:24 -0800
Subject: A little bit of Neil with the golf
Got home late last night and switched on the tube. On CBS, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tourney "highlights" were showing. The background music? Good to See You.
Just discovered that the remastered (a year or two ago) re-issue of the Meat Puppets eponymous debut album added enough extra tracks to squeeze 32 songs onto the 47 minute CD. A highlight for Rusties might be the added very punk version of Neil's I Am A Child. The album also features several other covers (Everybody's Talkin', Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Hair and others).
By the way, they'll be at the 9:30 Club in DC tomorrow night...
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Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 18:12:31 -0800
Subject: Ladd praises Neil
Well, I guess this is old news, as it happened about two weeks ago, but I thought better late than never. Anyway, Jim Ladd has this time on his KLOS radio show called Group Therapy. For one hour they take votes from listeners for who's extended set they'd like to hear. Well, I guess you've figured out that Neil was the winner the last time I heard this show. (It was cool that JUST as I decided to listen to the radio, it was an eight song set of Neil.)
Before he started playing his selections, Jim Ladd talked on and on about Neil and how great he was. I took some notes that night... He said things like "I've met Neil twice (and I doubt he would remember), and the guy is not the kind of person who puts on a mask for the public." Jim also said, "I have had much respect for this guy over the years. He has given all of us great music, but never followed fashion. He has stayed true to himself. I would describe Neil Young with one word: INTEGRITY."
The DJ's Daughter
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 11:33:32 -0800
Subject: Neil music on Argentine radio
Heads up to Buenos Aires Rusties... Got this note from Martin Sassone at Estudio 89 in San Isidro/Buenos Aires, Argentina:
> Hi my name is Martin Sassone. I´m a big fan of Neil and > here we had the opportunity to see him live two weeks ago > here in Argentina. The concert was awesome. And is gonna be > difficult to forget. Besides that i have a radio show. It's > about blues and rock. But the other day we made a whole > show dedicated to Neil. It´s gonna be ready on friday. > > Keep on rocking!!! > > Martin SassoneTheir pages also feature a Real Audio "Neil Block" (with Spanish language commentary). The 22 minute block starts with some talk (with Horseshoe Man playing in the background), and then they play Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, followed by Carry On from Deja Vu. There's then some more talk (with Distant Camera playing in the background), followed by Heart of Gold and then Barstool Blues. More talk (Without Rings in the background) and the block closes out with White Line. Pretty cool...
Another block off
page that says it features a Neil tune, but the link doesn't work
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Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 00:10:32 -0800
Subject: A little bit of Neil on Belgium TV
On Wednesday evening, the band supporting Patrick Riguelle
(yes, the one from the 5 notes ;-) provided musical
support for the daily TV talk show The Last Show.
At the end of it, they played Long May You Run.
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 13:06:04 -0800
From: Omar Zia <email@example.com>
Subject: No more mysterious "Vol 2"
On Neil's website, the reference to "Road Rock Vol2" that had been included on the ROAD ROCK page, has been changed to "Tour Video - Coming soon". Note that this seems to be a different entity than the the Red Rocks Live DVD.
I wonder what it could be... ...maybe more streaming video? Or a new product??? Who knows... But references to Road Rock Vol2 are gone.
HyperRust editor's note: The "Tour Video - Coming soon" reference has also been removed now.
That's the headline that Launch.com has put onto
own story that quotes his interview with La Nacion while
he was down in Argentina (previously reported
here), even though Neil never mentions Napster in the interview.
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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 13:29:13 -0800
From: Dave Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Rusties, beware Colin Powell!
The cover of today's Chicago Tribune reads:
Powell's aim: Remove 'rust'--Punkdavid
An old friend who now works for one of the majors in the UK, has news concerning the imminent release of Buffalo Springfield material...
There is a 4 disc box set due for release in - you guessed it - July. Alongside this boxset, there will be single CD album re-releases of the main BS albums, which will run in stereo and then go into the original mono mixes.
There will also be a limited vinyl release of the albums (in stereo) but with no extra material. The material is all apparently out of Neil's hands, it's all been cleared previously and he cannot insist on delaying the stuff for DVD or anything.
Release On The Beach!
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 04:38:35 -0800
From: brian quinn <email@example.com>
Subject: A little bit of Neil in the museum
If you are anywhere near Boston, check out the Museum of Fine Art's exhibit "Dangerous Curves, Art of the Guitar". It features over 130 guitars including those owned by John Lennon (his first), Hendrix, Les Paul, Prince among others. But no Neil guitars.
It is narrated by James Taylor with experts providing additional commentary. Stephen Stills adds his thoughts on the Martin D-45.
But there is a Neil presence: As you walk into the lobby, there are several guitarists' photos on the wall. One is of Neil. It looks like it's form the 70's -- he's playing a national steel, or some kind of guitar with a resonator. I've never seen him with this guitar before.
The exhibit ends February 25th. Check it out.
Brian From Boston
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 23:32:08 -0800
Subject: A little bit of Neil in a French Film
On the Sundance Channel, I was watching the French film "Beau Travil" and much to my surprise, Neil's Safeway Cart was played in a scene near the end.
time was just a joke
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 13:54:43 EST
Subject: Broken Arrow Auction result
The winning bid in the auction of the Broken Arrow magazine for the benefit of Bridge School was $120.00. The high bidder was Jim McQuaid.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this auction.
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 04:57:44 -0800
From: Weickert <DaveW@nationalvideocenter.com>
Subject: A Feeling for Neil
Got this info from Rolling Stone:
NEIL YOUNG, SARAH McLACHLAN and RUSH will share CD space on the new double-disc Canadian music anthology, Oh What a Feeling 2, due February 20th . . .
I checked an online shop -- I think it was Amazon.de -- for the Red Rocks Live video DVD and they had it scheduled for February 26. Also an online musicstore in Holland had it scheduled for end of February.
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 13:26:42 -0800
From: Joose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Claypool at the Warfield
There is an interview on JamBase.com with Les Claypool, of Primus and Frog Brigade. At the end of it he talks a bit about seeing Crazy Horse at a Warfield show.
in a matter of time
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 09:50:42 -0500
Subject: Red Rocks UK update
The release of the
Live video in the UK has been slipped from
January 22 to February 5.
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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 07:21:59 EST
Subject: Broken Arrow Auction update
The current bid on the Broken Arrow magazine
is $100. All bids must be in by tomorrow!
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 19:15:54 -0800
From: Ted Gocal <email@example.com>
Subject: Road Rock audio DVD delayed
The Road Rock Audio DVD release date has been pushed back to January 30th. Don't know why. I read it on the Image DVD site.
:-> Ted Gocal
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 11:51:21 -0800
From: j.n.hoffmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Neil to the Max in Rio
A respectable Brazilian newspaper attributed the maximum rating (6 stars) to the Neil Young and Crazy Horse performance at the Rock In Rio Festival. Among more than 100 artists that came, Neil was the ONLY ONE to receive the maximum rating.
Here are some of their ratings:
* = dreadful (Papa Roach, Guns'n Roses, etc) * * = passable (Britney Spears, James Taylor, NSync, Dave Mathews, etc) * * * = it "held the wave" (Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, etc) * * * * = it "ordered" very well (Oasis, Grave, Silverchair, etc) * * * * * = "nectar of the gods" (Iron Maiden, REM, Foo Fighters, etc) * * * * * * = "beyond any criticism" (only Neil Young & Crazy Horse)
According to a news article on Yahoo, Reprise Records might be merging with Warner Records soon as part of a reorganization after the Time-Warner merger with AOL. Across the Warner Music Group, 600 people will lose their jobs.
There's a a good possiblity that Bob Merlis, the Reprise guy
who's always being quoted with regard to Neil stuff, will retire
from there. Also label chief Howie Klein.
I wonder how this will affect Neil's next contract....
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Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 09:21:40 -0800
From: Sean Palmerston <email@example.com>
Subject: Juno nominations
We just got the list of Juno Award nominees. Neil is nominated twice! Take a lookie! (I left the whole list off except for relevant points)...
2001 Juno NomineesIncidentally, Joni Mitchell is also up for an award in the jazz category.
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