(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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I got this letter today from Gopher Publishers:
Oktober 24, 2001
We'd rather inform you that the biography Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young was ready by now, but unfortunatley that's not the case yet. The good news is that Crosby, Stills and Nash are reading the biography now and when they are ready we will have an authorised biography, which is something we are very happy about. But it will be some time before they've read it, and we cannot do anytyhing else but wait.
We hope that before the end of this year parts of the book set will be ready, and that we will then be able able to proudly present the result of ten years of hard work. Thanks for your patience, and your belief in the project.
ROCK BAND CAUSES RIFT IN COALITION
"Urgent" meeting of European leaders confirmed
November 16, 2001
London AP - British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other European leaders are outraged at reports that American rock band Crosby Stills Nash & Young will not tour Europe in the coming new year. According to sources close to Blair, the Prime Minister received numerous emails and phone calls the last few days from members of an internet chat group devoted to the band. Upon hearing the news, Blair reportedly called President Bush to confirm the reports. When Bush replied in the affirmative, that indeed the band would only tour in North America, a source reported that Blair became enraged and told the American President, "I'll pull the plug on your whole damn coalition Georgie boy. I've been waiting a quarter century to hear Almost Cut My Hair live!". Blair reportedly slammed the phone down at this point and ordered a conference call with other European leaders.
A spokesman with the Prime Minister's office confirmed a meeting of leaders will be held sometime early next week.
When asked about a possible collapse of the President's coalition over the lack of a CSNY 2002 European tour, Presidential spokesman, Ari Fleischer said, "The President is aware of the situation, but because of the security issues involved here I won't at this time comment further except to relay to you the President's admiration for the band. But beyond that I can't comment any further, except I know for a fact that the President, and I believe Vice President Cheney as well, are particular fans of Mr. Crosby, who was a resident of Texas for a time."
The reports of coalition problems began to surface Tuesday when rumors of the "super group's" new tour surfaced on numerous internet sites. Within hours, leaders in most European capitals reportedly were angered by the news and threatened to pull out of the American coalition as a result.
When asked today in Hollywood how he felt about the situation, group
member, Neil Young replied, "How ya doin'?".
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 15:01:40 +0000
From: Family Jules <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Subject: MOJO on Neil DVDs
In December's MOJO, here's some of what they have to say about Neil's In Berlin DVD:
"A third of the set is drawn from Trans - of which Transformer Man is best, while Sample And Hold and Computer Age are plain atrocious. Similarly, the abundance of vocoded singing and Devo-esque "I am a robot" moves are compelling viewing, though musically have gained nothing with age. Thankfully, Young and the band [lists band] spend the remainder tackling vintage material, most of which proves it doesn't matter which decade Young is in, he always does the old chestnute well."Mojo also reviews Music Scene: The Best Of Volume 1/Volume 2 1969-1970, a various artists DVD which includes:-
"Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rip through Down By The River at the peak of their rural revolution."Jules Upon the Sea
I read this at BlabberMouth.net, a great source for Metal news. This could be brutally bad, or not. I'll take a listen if it ever comes out...
"US hard rock label Metaledge Records is currently seeking submissions for its upcoming tribute to Neil Young, and the proposed collection has allegedly received the blessings from Young's Lookout Management." (Late 2002 release.)Chip
For those Rusties in the Philadelphia, area I would like to mention the WMGK Rock Art Expo at Liberty Place. The expo is a silent auction for AIDS research.
I was at the opening last night and they had two Neil pieces there, as well as several CSN pieces. The first Neil item is a signed limited edition Henry Diltz photo of Neil from 1969 -- it's a beauty. The more expensive item ($700 minimum bid), is a Lionel train car signed by Neil. If anyone wants more info contact me.
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 14:03:10 -0500
Subject: Gilmore Girls talk Neil
Apparently last week there were several cases of Neil Content on the WB network's Gilmore Girls show. Here's a description written by a fan of the show, who has written up the entire episode (this is on page 6 of a 14 page transcription, on the "Mighty Big TV" site...
Lane, CuteDean, and Rory sit on a couch watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony... ...Rory points out that Neil Young looks cool in a tux. CuteDean says that Neil Young looks cool because he's Neil Young and not because he's wearing a tux. I think Neil Young looks like Creepy Uncle Neil who walks into your room and holds your teddy bear just out of your reach and won't let you have it back until you start crying. But that's just me. Because I didn't grow up listening to Neil Young. Because I'm not in my thirties yet.Ouch... There are a few other similar mentions of how Neil looks in a Tux at other points in the show...
Blue Rose Records has released an excellent CD Single
(Special Edition, ticket format) of Elliott Murphy & Iain Matthews
with Olivier Durand. On it they cover the songs Cortez The Killer
by Neil, and I Don't Want To Talk About It by Danny Whitten.
The songs were recorded live at the Bürgerhaus in
Heilbronn-Bröckingen, on 27.05.2001.
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 00:43:41 EST
Subject: NeilInfoWeek Daily
Hello, Rusties! Got this tech newsletter via email at work today, and look who's quoted!
Good morning! Today is Nov. 13, and this is the InformationWeek Daily. Business innovation powered by technology, brought to you by InformationWeek. **************************************** - TODAY'S HEADLINES - ** COMDEX: Gates Touts 'Digital Decade' ** AMD Price War Could Lower Laptop Prices ** Microsoft Goes Small With Financial Software ** Crystal Decisions Sees 30% Increase In 1Q Sales ** TECH STOCKS: Jittery Investors Bounce Back - QUOTE OF THE DAY - "In a strange game I saw myself as you knew me/When the change came and you had a chance to see through me/Though the other side was just the same/You can tell my dream is real." -- Neil Young, from "On The Way Home"I have no idea why they quoted that Neil song today! It's definitely not their usual type of quote.
~in the quiet slipstream~
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 17:23:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Tori's tribute
Just thought I'd share a bit from last night's Tori Amos show in Oakland. She announced that she was going to do a song by a man who "we all have very great respect for" (or something like that). She then played on keyboards The Needle and The Damage Done. It was quite good...fairly close to the original in style and sound (except for being on electric piano, one once owned by Country Joe & The Fish, instead of guitar).
If you haven't heard it yet, check out her version of Heart of Gold on her latest album. It is totally, incredibly great and can't possibly be played too loud. It screams. It's awesome. It is the only version I ever want to hear again.
Date: 13 Nov 2001 09:22:08 -0800
Went to see Texan raucous rockers and banjo abusers Slobberbone last night in Glasgow. Great gig. The icing on the cake was a blistering version of Powderfinger played in tribute to Neil on his birthday. Nice!
Hey Hey, Bri Bri
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 19:01:50 EST
Subject: Rhino: We don't know
Here what Rhino Records says is the latest on Neil's archives...
Subj: RE: Announcement for NY Archive release date?
Date: 11/12/2001 1:52:55 PM Central Standard Time
We don't have any current plans for future Neil Young releases, but thanks for your input. I'll forward your letter to our suggestion box.
Neil got a mention on BBC Radio 2 today, in the regular Pop Master quiz. Ken Bruce played Heart of Gold, then the question was who sang that and has a birthday today? Of course the guy got the question right! Good thing -- otherwise I might of thrown something at the radio!!!
Happy Hatchday Neil!!!
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 00:01:00 -0000
Subject: Happy Birthday
Birthday, Neil Percival Young
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 18:35:13 +0100
Subject: Report on Austrian tributes
On Thursday 11-08, the Tucson-based band Friends of Dean Martinez played at the Chelsea in Vienna, and they did an excellent Cowgirl and a fascinating Cortez. Look for more shows by them in Germany this month.
Then on Friday 11-09, the Austrian band Royal Cat Club played the Neil birthday tribute there. Lasted more than 2 hours, and about 450 people got something "bigger than life". Even the Viennese music critic Chris Duller had this to say about it: "It was irreproachable. It was a celebration."
And the next day the show moved to Weyer in Upper Austria. The town may only have a population of 2000, but it increased by at least 150 for this show. It was excellent too, a great sequel.
Royal Cat Club are on their way to becoming one the world's most serious Neil cover bands. Their next date: 12-26 at Steyr in Upper Austria (home of the Steyr - Meannlicher guns!!!)
howling with wolves
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 14:01:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tribute show in Ohio
Come check out Ragged Glory, a Neil Young Tribute band based out of Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday Nov. 17th, 9:30 pm at the Yukon Tavern in Avon (just 20 miles west of Cleveland). The phone number to the Yukon is 216-934-0235. If you need directions call the bar or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We'd love to have you there to help us celebrate Neil's birthday and rock out to Neil's great music! Neil Young is the best stress relief drug in the world. Thank you Neil for everything you've done, and happy birthday -- with many more to come!
Curt Vigg - Ragged Glory Neil Young Tribute Band
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 07:15:08 +0100
Subject: Tribute shows in Austria
Austria is celebrating Neil Young's birthday TONIGHT at the Chelsea in Vienna. It'll include a video show (Eurotour's Munich show and the Rock in Rio show), DJs, and a live band: Royal Cat Club plus friends.
The show stops again at WEYER (Upper Austria) on November 10th. You'll never again have a chance to take part in the Alpine's largest Neil Tribute ever !!!
howling with wolves
(and behind the turntables)
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 16:22:43 -0500
Subject: Neil Sampled
I caught The Samples at Northern Lights in Cliftin Park, New York last night. During their set, front man Sean Kelly did a brief solo acoustic bit that included a medley of CSN/CSNY tunes Find the Cost of Freedom and Daylight Again.
But the highlight of the evening was the encore: a smokin' version of Rockin' in the Free World. It included snippets from the Star Spangled Banner. This was accompanied by a video of clean up crews at the site of the WTC disaster and a waving American flag.
A visit to the Samples
website will find multiple references to the profound influence Neil
has had on their music. It also has a picture of
Sean with Neil.
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 13:50:34 -0500
From: Joel Sensenig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Heroes date
Looks like Neil's next officially-released recording will be out before Christmas. The America: a Tribute to Heroes double-disc CD and an accompanying DVD/VHS is scheduled to be released Dec. 4, according to an article on Billboard.com.
Of course, the show features
Neil doing Lennon's Imagine,
as well as Neil, Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready doing The Long
Road. It also features Neil backing up Willie Nelson and
everyone else and their brother on America the Beautiful.
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 06:53:06 -0800
From: Jeff Kern <email@example.com>
Subject: Shallow Goldrush
For all you completist out there, After the Goldrush is on the soundtrack to new Jack Black movie Shallow Hal. It sounds like it's the studio version.
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 05:33:11 EST
Subject: Widespread Soul
The encore at last night's Widespread Panic show
was Mr. Soul...
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 17:33:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Jim Baskin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Shotgun Neil
So I'm browsing through the latest specials catalog from the Sportman's Guide (lotsa outdoors/camping stuff at decent prices)... In it there's this ad for a shotgun case that features a rust inhibiting compound impregnated into its lining. The tagline under the ad states:
Advice from a rock icon of the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s... 'Rust Never Sleeps!' But you can INHIBIT it!
Just a minute ago On the Jim Rome radio show, Barry Zito -- the Oakland A's pitcher -- was about to perform a song on his guitar. Rome asked what Zito's musical tastes were. Zito mentioned he likes acoustic stuff like James Taylor, etc. Rome breaks in and says, "Maybe a little Neil Young?" Zito replied, "You know, I don't know much Neil Young." Rome says, "Ah, you're too Young, probably."
first and last
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 18:41:34 +0100
Subject: Tribute concert in Italy next week
Info & booking: 035/363180 email@example.com
Here's some info from René of the CSN Tribute band Change Partners...
On Saturday the 3rd of November, the CSN Tribute Band CHANGE PARTNERS has the great honor to perform at a double concert together with the NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE tribute band RUSTY CAGE in Meppen, Germany (near the Dutch border), at the Kossehof.
Pre-show gatherings with Lee Shore and Rust List members will take place before the show. All income and fees for this show will be donated to the victims of the Ground Zero disaster...
Hope to see many of you there!!
Widespread Panic played Cortez The Killer for the first time last night. Lordy....
They also played Joe's Garage and Ball Of Confusion.
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500
Subject: Neil Young Appreciation Society
Just a reminder that the November issue of Broken Arrow, the Neil Young Appreciation Society magazine, will be coming out soon. Scott "surfer joe" Sandie has very ably taken over the reins of NYAS and Broken Arrow from Alan Jenkins, and shows every sign of making the NEXT 20 years of NYAS even better than the first 20.
Those who put off renewing their membership (or joining for the first time) during the run-up to the International RustFest and the Bridge School Benefit, there's still time to get your membership activated before the next issue is shipped. Membership details are available on the now under construction new NYAS website.
The NYAS needs YOU, too! Help keep it alive...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 07:49:37 -0800
From: Paul Stevens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Bridge Suggestions
There's an article in today's San Jose Mercury News which is a list of rock writer Brad Kava's suggestions for future Bridge School Benefit performers.
One entry on the list suggests they invite some rappers, but then goes
on to say "the hyper rust crowd would probably head for the
HyperRust Editor's note: Brad Kava invites Rusties to send him their comments about the list, to his email address linked from the article...
Michael Stipe from R.E.M. and Moby did Helpless at the New Yorkers Against Violence benefit/peace rally last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.
Full story on the REM HQ site.
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 17:32:23 -0400
Subject: Neil Slackdaddy
I'm a big ol rustie and the webmaster for the Athens, GA band Slackdaddy. Last Christmas, they recorded three Neil Young songs (Hurricane, Cowgirl and a psychedelic After The Gold Rush) as a special present for me. Originally, they didn't want them to get out at all, but they've seen the goodness and allowed me to put them up on the website. Check out the Rare, Live and Unreleased part of the Music section on the website.
If you don't have Flash, you can get the
directly (but please check out the site while you're at it).
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 09:56:06 -0400
Subject: What Ben's up to
USA Today has an article about the Bridge School, what it does, it's graduates, etc. Lots more detail than the short shrift that is given in the articles about the benefit concerts.
One interesting comment within the article is an update on what Ben Young is up to these days. It says...
At 22, Ben Young, Pegi and Neil's son, runs a local delivery service and owns a 150-chicken organic egg farm with his dad.RE*AC*TOR
There's an interview with Heather Nova in a Belgian magazine today, where Neil is mentioned. Here's a translation:
Interviewer: Is your song If I Saw You In A Movie inspired by Neil Young's A Man Needs A Maid ?Peter aka Pitn
Heather Nova: I can't see the connection.
Interviewer: Neil sings: 'A while ago somewhere I don't know when....'
Heather Nova: (continues) '...I was watching a movie with a friend/ I fell in love with the actress/ She was playing the part that I could understand'. (surprised) Yes, both songs do have the same subject, but that's pure coincidence. There must be more songs about this subject. Everybody must have fallen in love with the star of a movie at some point. People wish that their lives were as perfect as Hollywood films. Movies are a nicer version of reality.
Check out the new November issue of San Francisco magazine for a
nice article about Neil, starting on page 111. It's titled
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 23:34:10 -0700
From: austinpickers <email@example.com>
Subject: Rusty Kershaw, RIP
Saw this on Yahoo's music news (slightly edited)...
Rusty Kershaw, of Rusty & Doug, Dead at 63
By Edward Morris
Kershaw, who was born in Louisiana Feb. 2, 1938, joined his brothers Doug and Nelson ("Pee Wee") in 1948 to form the Cajun band Pee Wee Kershaw & The Continental Playboy. He was the group's guitarist. From 1953 to 1955, the Kershaws performed on KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, La. They also began appearing on the Louisiana Hayride in 1955 but moved the following year to become members of the Wheeling Jamboree on radio station WWVA in Wheeling, W. Va.
Rusty Kershaw's first record with Doug was "No, No It's Not So," recorded in the early '50s for Feature Records in Crowley, La. Now performing as Rusty & Doug, the brothers came to Nashville and signed with Hickory Records, an Acuff-Rose affiliate. Their first single on Hickory, "So Lovely Baby," was released in 1955 and went to No. 14 on the country charts. For their follow-up two years later, they did a cover of Jill Corey's 1957 pop hit, "Love Me to Pieces." It too reached No. 14. Rusty & Doug joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. Over the next three years, the Kershaws charted three more singles for Hickory, the highest one being "Louisiana Man," which went to No. 10. The duo signed to RCA Records in 1963. The next year, however, Rusty left the duo.
Continuing to record and perform on his own, Kershaw released the album "Cajun in the Blues Country" (which featured Charlie Daniels on fiddle) on Cotillion Records in 1970. He figured prominently in Neil Young's 1974 album, On the Beach, playing fiddle and slide guitar and also providing the liner notes. Young later returned the favor by performing on eight tracks of Kershaw's Big Easy Award-winning 1992 album, Now and Then, on Domino Records. Also playing on that album were Art Neville and Ben Keith.
Kershaw's wife, Julie, told country.com that her husband remained active in music until his sudden and unexpected death. She said he played his last show Sunday in New Orleans.
Rusty Kershaw's other survivors include a son, Troy, and a daughter, Sherry.
The October 2001 issue of EQ magazine has a profile on producer Rick Rubin. Here's a quote from Rick:
"Neil's been working on tracks for his new album and asked me to come up and lend an ear. It's really thrilling for me just to be in the room with him because I love him so much."
Last night during Tori Amos' solo tour stop in Philadelphia, she performed Neil's Philadelphia. It's the only time she's ever played it...
first and last
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 21:12:11 -0700
From: Gus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Canada rocks the free world
The big Music Without Borders concert just ended in Toronto, and what a glorious ending!!! All of the artists joined together onstage at the end, and ALL OF CANADA SANG TOGETHER... KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD...
One of the most ragged versions I've ever heard -- just pure joy and some of the most down and dirty ragged rock'n'roll Canadians have ever witnessed!!! Tragically Hip were the main band, with Bare Naked Ladies and Bruce Cockburn and Allanis Morrissette playing key roles. What a groove.
The singing was close to terrible, but the rockin' groove was amazing, and the whole dog-gone place was singing and bouncing and celebrating. An awesome moment in Canadian music history!!!
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 15:45:33 +0100
From: Nigel Minchin <email@example.com>
Subject: More Junkie Neil, upon request
Last night I saw the Cowboy Junkies at the Stables near Milton Keynes, here in the UK. A fine set. When they came back for the encores the place fell silent. So I politely requested Powderfinger, even adding a pretty please.
They quickly conferred and played a very beautiful version, with a gorgeous mandolin solo. A friend picked up a copy of their intended setlist from the stage, which did not contain Powderfinger. So, ask and you (may) get! Thanks Junkies!
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 16:47:07 -0700
Subject: Tribute Reminder
Jimmy Muffin here from Los Angeles. Just a reminder of the upcoming LONG MAY YOU RUN SALUTE TO NEIL YOUNG on November 17. Mark your calendar now!
It'll be at the Highland Grounds, at 742 N. Highland in Hollywood, a half block north of Melrose Avenue. The show starts at 8pm.
Ask anyone who's been in the past -- this show rocks!
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 12:26:36 +0000
Subject: MOJO's essential Neil
Sylvie Simmons picks her 10 essential Neil CDs in the new MOJO mag. Here's some excerpts...
Neil Young: Mapping the folk-rocker-cum-grunge-annihalator's heroically uneven catalogueSo, no Freedom and no Sleeps With Angels! On The Beach, I repeat, is missing due to its unavailability on CD.
There's a handful of musicians - "The Awkward Squad" as Charles Shaar Murray dubbed them - whose collective work is so impossible to classify that each is essentailly a one-person genre. Topping the list is Neil Young, so capricious, quixotic and downright difficult that his own record company once sued him for making "unrepresentative" records...
...the deletion of Time Fades Away (1973) and On The Beach (1974), is a scandal of the CD age....
[Sylvie's 10 recommended purchases for the neophyte follow]
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
- After The Gold Rush (1970)
- Harvest (1972) - "If he was laid-back at this time it was simply because spinal surgery had made him literally so - after the operation he was physically too weak to play electric guitar."
- Tonight's The Night (1975) - "One of the most bleakly beautiful rock albums ever made... Miles from the consumer-friendly Harvest."
- Zuma (1975) - "Legend has it that during its recording, Bob Dylan -- himself newly single -- was lurking in producer David Briggs' driveway checking what his rival was up to."
- Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
- Live Rust (1979)
- Ragged Glory (1990) - "When an earthquake struck during recording, legend has it no one noticed."
- Harvest Moon (1992)
- Unplugged (1993) - "...probably the best place for a novice to start."
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 11:25:57 -0400
From: Ashley O'Kurley firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Bio to see light of day
Neil's finally settled with Jimmy McDonough over the lawsuits involved in the cancellation of the biography Jimmy had written. The book, to be called "Shakey: Neil Young's Biography", is due in May of next year.
I saw the report this morning on the Canadian press. The full article, that includes a funny cartoon of Neil, is also on the Entertainment Weekly site.
Talking 'bout eternity
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 06:08:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Charlie Macon <email@example.com>
Subject: Pete's "Neil Young Noise"
Hey y'all... On a recent foray into a bookstore I purchased what is turning out to be a really cool book called Guitar Player Magazine Presents SECRETS FROM THE MASTERS. It's sort of a compilation of interviews with some of the greatest guitarists. (Neil isn't a showcased guitarist in this, unfortunately -- what an oversight!)
Anyway here's a quote from Pete Townshend that I thought would be interesting to you folks:
Guitar Player: Do you have a favorite period in your career, where you feel you broke down what you regarded as guitaristic barriers?Cool, eh?
Pete: I think the significant moments have actually had a lot to do with guitars, actual guitars. Like being given an orange Gretsch Country Gentleman and an Edwards volume pedal by Joe Walsh, and being told exactly how to set up the amp to produce that amazing NEIL YOUNG noise, and using that sound on Won't Get Fooled Again and Bargain.
Take care, Charlie