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(Archive 53: 12/14/01 - 1/29/02)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 22:16:22 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: austinpickers <approd@pacbell.net>
Topic: CSNY cancel Tonight Show

After the CSNY listing disappeared from RockOnTV, Graham Nash said on his online forum yesterday that they were too busy rehearsing to do Leno.

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 23:53:07 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: SpottyDog@powergate.ca
Topic: Hunk victory

Congratulations Rusties! We did it!

Today on Toronto radio station Q107's website, in their "Hunk" poll, Neil pulled even with Stompin' Tom late today and with the last surge of votes from everyone, Neil pushed ahead at the buzzer (at about 11:30PM or so).

The battle has only begun, for Tuesday, Neil goes up against George Clooney. Be sure to visit their website, and vote. Let's keep Neil out front!

Spotty Dog

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 10:16:07 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Quinn <cbquinn@mediaone.net>
Topic: Riding with Rhythm

In Saturday's Boston Globe Automotive section there's an article titled "On The Road Again: Riding with Rhythm", written by Automobilia writer Royal Ford. He cites Neil's Unknown Legend as one of his favorite road songs. He says...

"Riding Free, Flying with the wind, leaving a world of trouble behind. There's the essence of motorcycling..."
Brian From Boston

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 07:40:19 -0600    Evening Coconut
Reporter: SteveDittman@hotmail.com
Topic: Date for Bio

Regarding Neil's "official" biography, Barnes and Noble website is listing the book Neil Young, written by N. Young and J. McDonough, as being available on May 7th.

A Man from Mars

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 09:31:37 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: J McElwee <jmcelwee@yahoo.com>
Topic: The Voice, on Let's Roll

Interesting article in the Village Voice by Christopher O'Conner, title Ragged Glory, about Let's Roll. Here are excerpts...

It took him a few months, but Neil Young, curveball artist, is pitching for peace, freedom, and all that good stuff in the wake of the attacks on America. Per his tradition, he's also shaking off the signs and offering his own brand of remembrance. A political idealist in the early 1980s (he espoused diplomatic might on 1981's Re-ac-tor and endorsed Reagan in 1984) and a fatalist by decade's end (1989's Freedom indicted Reagan's failings), Young turns humbled realist on Let's Roll...

...The lyrics are Neil Young bad—add that to the pop glossary. And yet Let's Roll is Neil Young brilliant...

...Young may not write sentimental battle hymns, but he stays true to the terror of the moment with Let's Roll, which makes the song just as patriotic.

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 22:28:53 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Buy one from the Car Barn

A guy is offering a cherry 58 Lincoln on eBay and says that he's selling it for Neil. The pictures in the listing, and those on the "more pictures" site, show it sitting in front of the Car Barn at the Ranch. There's even a pic of the current title, with "Neil Percy Young" on it.

According to those handling the sale, the buyer will be able to take delivery of the car at Neil Young's Car Barn on his Ranch.

At the time of this posting, the current bid is $6000. They'll sell it to you right now for $30K. Otherwise the bids continue through January 30th.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 18:54:32 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RalphRuok@yahoo.com
Topic: Patriotic Let's Roll

National Public Radio ran a show this morning about patriotic music, and concluded their program by playing a snippit of Let's Roll. They also included the Hendrix version of Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock.


Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 19:04:30 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: JMarr43106@aol.com
Topic: CSNY TV

According to the RockOnTV website, CSNY will be on Leno on Thursday January 31st.

Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 12:46:05 -0600    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Craig Vanderah <anitav@frontiernet.net>
Topic: Minneapolis Neil music

We are Hungry Horse, a Minneapolis band with an original song playlist that pays a heavy nod to Neil Young's Ragged Glory, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and American Stars 'N Bars. We always do covers like Revolution Blues or Words or Love And Only Love at our gigs.

We have an upcoming gig this Thurday, January 24th at 9PM, at the Terminal Bar in Minneapolis.

If you are a Neil Young fanactic you will dig our songs. Our lead singer Kevin Kadidlo's voice is a dead ringer for Neil's. Steve Earl, Son Volt, and James McMurtry fans will also find a home with Hungry Horse.

Craig Vanderah

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 16:52:33 +0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: David Walsh <davidwwalsh@eircom.net>
Topic: Passionate Euro-date

Cd-wow.com has added the new album to their pre-release section, with a release date of March 25th.

Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 13:31:41 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: John Peale <rocksinsb@hotmail.com>
Topic: Passionate date

Today's Billboard News says...

Rock legend Neil Young has given his next Reprise album the working title Are You Passionate?, and is shooting for a March 26 release, according to a spokesperson.

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 10:03:23 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Passionate tracks

An article on Yahoo talks about the new album, including the names of the songs included. Looks like Crazy Horse WILL be represented on the new album, too (assuming the track listing and info there is accurate). Here's the article, slightly reformated...

Neil Young Gets 'Passionate' On New Album

(1/14/02, 10 a.m. ET) -- Although no date has been officially determined, Neil Young is planning a spring release for his next solo album, currently titled Are You Passionate?

The 11-track collection features Young working with a band that includes Booker T. & the MGs alumni Booker T. Jones on keyboards and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Crazy Horse's Frank "Poncho" Sampedro on guitar, and Steve "Smokey" Potts on drums. The full lineup of Crazy Horse reportedly performs on one of the album's tracks, too. Jones, Dunn, and Potts will back Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their upcoming tour, which kicks off February 6 at Michigan's Palace Of Auburn Hills.

Young has already previewed Are You Passionate? with the rush release last month of Let's Roll. The ominous rocker was inspired by the story of Todd Beamer and United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers attacked the plane's hijackers, who were allegedly planning a suicide assault on Washington, D.C.

The Are You Passionate? tracklist, which is subject to change, includes:

  • You're My Girl
  • Mr. Disappointment
  • Differently
  • Don't Say You Love Me
  • Let's Roll
  • Are You Passionate?
  • Goin' Home
  • When I Hold You In My Arms
  • Be With You
  • Two Old Friends
  • She's A Healer
-- Gary Graff, Detroit
Should be pretty obvious which one the Horse plays on. And other than that one (Goin' Home), Let's Roll, Don't Say You Love Me and When I Hold You In My Arms, the rest don't appear to be anything that's been previewed or leaked (unless the title is different than what we've used before.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 21:11:13 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Neil & Ronnie on NPR

Yesterday morning on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition on National Public Radio, the final story on the show had host Scott Simon interviewing Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-by Truckers about their new album Southern Rock Opera. It was 10 minutes long and included some clips from the album.

They did get into a short talk about the so-called "feud" between Neil & Skynyrd, and they told the version that we all know (about how the Skynyrd folks were big Neil fans and how Neil liked Sweet Home Alabama, etc). Listen to the interview yourself here.

And pick up the album Southern Rock Opera by Drive-by Truckers. You won't regret it...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 21:45:28 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Eric Myers <elric@homerocker.com>
Topic: Kiss My Ass Neil

Just got finished reading the new Gene Simmons autobiography KISS AND MAKEUP. In the book Gene says the first person he called to ask to participate on the KISS My Ass tribute CD was Neil! He got as far as Elliot Roberts who could only say "You want Neil Young on a KISS Tribute????" - Gene goes on to say he got the feeling Elliot thought he was on crack...

It got me thinking - I bet Neil and the horse could do a mean Shock Me!

Eric "RnR" Myers

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 11:56:50 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Tribute To Heroes proceeds

According to an AP article, the Tribute To Heroes telethon itself raised $112 million -- and of that, $102.3 million had been distributed specifically to victims and families by the end of 2001.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:08:20 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Crazy Horse not on "The List"

Spin mag recently named the top 50 bands of all time. They left off Neil & Crazy Horse! On the big Canadian Jam Music entertainment site, they're having a reader poll of who's the most glaring omission from the Spin list. Their poll includes the Horse (others they recommend are Booker T & The MGs, The Byrds, The Doors, The Jam, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Pixies and Capt Beefheart & His Magic Band).

Of the 7, Neil & CH currently have 20% of the vote. Only The Doors are higher, way up at 48%.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2002 06:49:33 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: kisshermind@gmx.net
Topic: Gelb still covering Neil

The new album by Howe Gelb called A Cover Magazine (the retirement issue) will feature a version of Neil's Out On The Weekend. The album will also feature covers of Nick Cave & Johnny Cash songs, among others. It's due on March 18.


Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 08:45:41 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Ray m00n <patdc@club-internet.fr>
Topic: French Neil Bio

I know that a lot of Rusties all over the world speak French, and for those who are interested in a brand new French biography of Neil by Alexis Petridis that's just coming out, you'll find more details on my Neil news page.
Ciao & Happy New Year
Ray "hectiqueGirl" m00n

Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 22:34:42 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Linda Nadolski <nadolski@pacbell.net>
Topic: Still more Almost Famous Neil

I got the "Bootleg Edition" Almost Famous this weekend and found another Neil reference beyond those already mentioned. In the deleted scenes section, there is a scene where the band is doing a radio interview and the DJ (played by Kyle Gass of Tenacious D) is stoned out of his mind and falls asleep. The band shrugs it off and keeps talking on the open mic. In the running commentary, Cameron Crowe says at this point how this really happened to Neil Young and that Neil kept talking for a while also, and then just left.

... went to the radio interview,
but I ended up alone at the microphone
...she just slips away

Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2002 21:41:31 +0100 (MET)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Daniel Persson <e7daniel@etek.chalmers.se>
Topic: Neil: Really cool!

I was reading the internet edition of the swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and saw an article that stated that Neil Young was one of the coolest people in 2001...

In another article in the very same issue, Neil Young's concert in Stockholm last summer was hailed as the best concert performance in 2001.

Keep on rocking...

Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2002 01:42:34 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: SweetSweetSmile@aol.com
Topic: Ground Zero Let's Roll

Yesterday I went into New York City with my friend and her son and my son, to go to a Broadway show. My friend & neighbor Judy insisted on going to "Ground Zero" and paying respects to our "lost" neighbor and friend. SIGH.........

As we approached on the last street you are able to drive on, a cell phone rang. It wasn't hers, it wasn't mine -- it was coming from the radio... This was the first time I heard Let's Roll on the radio.

Strange how Neil is Everywhere...

Judy, being rather clueless to Neil, said that's a strange start to a song... I hushed her and said LISTEN! We did, in the stopped traffic. The kids hardly breathed and the effect was unreal -- as was the smell in the air and the dust flying around. Strange day indeed.

Later in the evening, looking down towards the empty sky line and hearing Neil in my head, it was still unreal. Seems reality is like that these days. We can only have hope for our future! Bless us one and all...


Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 06:29:45 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: GuyHaslam@aol.com
Topic: Heads Up: Retro-CSNY coming

Picked up the UK magazine Uncut (Feb issue) magazine yesterday... and there are some good Neil moments, a fine free CD sampler (including Jay Farrar, Josh Rouse, Whiskeytown, Jim White and Ryan Adams), and an excellent Classic albums revisited piece on Stills' Manassas album by Adam Sweeting.

But what got my juices going is the ad for next month's issue (on sale Feb 7) which looks like it has a hefty CSNY retrospective. Under a good old pic of the boys (including Nash wearing a "Be Friendly" button/badge ;-) - it says, "At one with the world, at war with themselves. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The inside story of the American Beatles."

Not sure about that comparison, but looks like it could be a goodie.

Brand New Guy

Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 13:51:57 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Let's Roll on radio charts

On the "AAA" format radio chart ("Adult Album Alternative", the format that focuses on music from albums rather than on "singles") for week ending 12/19 (the latest available that I can find), Neil's Let's Roll placed at position 36 on the "Combined" chart (which combines both commercial and non-commercial AAA stations). On the "AAA commercial" chart, it sat at position 28 (just above Bob's Love & Theft album). It didn't place on the "AAA non-commercial" chart.

There's also a "AAA Singles" chart, and Let's Roll debuted there at position 27 -- with the largest increase in "spins" (total number of times the song is played) of any song on the chart.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 18:52:30 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: MartinAndersen79@hotmail.com
Topic: Name for new album!

According to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, Neil Young's new album will be titled Are You Passionate?, and will be released in March. Since no specific date is set, Rusties know that means it'll probably be out in July... : )


Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 16:48:06 +0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Family Jules <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: More Waltz?

According to Spin CDs there will be a re-edited Last Waltz reissue on both DVD and triple CD due out soon. It'll be a longer edit than before. More Neil perhaps? Hopefully it'll bring at least bring in his Four Strong Winds performance there...

Jules Upon the Sea

Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 13:27:25 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Curt.Vigg@LNOCA.ORG
Topic: Tribute show in Cleveland

Okay... Here goes my pitch again about our next gig near Cleveland (west side).

Who: Ragged Glory - Neil Young Tribute Band
When: Saturday night, Jan. 5th, 2002 @ 10:00 pm
The Yukon Tavern/Pub
Rt 254 and French Creek Road
37399 French Creek Rd
Avon, OH
(small town, ~20 miles west of Cleveland off I-90)
Phone: 440-934-0235
Cost: No cover

I know it's cold outside but we'll keep you satisfied...
Curt Vigg

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 15:18:50 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RyanWalk34@aol.com
Topic: Year's Great Performance

I was excited to learn, while reading Entertainment Weekly's Year in Review issue, that Neil's Imagine had been chosen as one of the year's Great Performances, among performances from all aspects of art and entertainment during 2001.

Here's the complete item:

NEIL YOUNG on 'America: A Tribute to Heroes' telethon:

Imagine a tragedy so horrific it renders a nation practically speechless. Imagine Neil Young sitting at a piano, channeling John Lennon. "Imagine all the people/ Living life in peace" never sounded better.

It seems that, between Imagine and Let's Roll, Neil has been inadvertently thrust back into mainstream national pop culture for the first time in a long time.

Between shows,

Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 20:33:18 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Neilsoldestfan@aol.com
Topic: Let's Roll over Mellencamp in Indy

An Indianapolis radio station has a "cage match" where 2 songs are played and listeners vote on the best song. Over the last nine matches Neil's Let's Roll had not been beaten.

Tonight Neil was up against local hero John Mellencamp, and Neil got NINETY-TWO PERCENT of the votes! A fine feat In Mellonhead land.

The things the people were saying about the song were impressive...


Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 09:24:20 -0800 (PST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jim Baskin <planna_x@excite.com>
Topic: Neil for Prez

In today's Salon.com, Amy Reiter's Nothing Personal column features its third annual Readers' Choice Awards, wherein Salon's avid gossip fans make their predictions for 2002.

Under the heading titled, "The celebrity who'd get your vote for U.S. Prez," Neil is an honorably-mentioned (Martin Sheen wins). The prediction goes on to state: "Rockin' in the Free World becomes new national anthem and Crazy Horse is appointed to fill the Cabinet. Plus, we'd finally have an 'official weed of the United States'."

Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 06:13:45 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: J McElwee <jmcelwee@yahoo.com>
Topic: Single of the year

Robert Hilburn of the LA Times today named Neil's performance of Imagine as most "compelling" single of the year. Here's an excerpt from the article:

For providing a remarkable moment of inspiration during a time of national gloom, Neil Young's recording of John Lennon's Imagine was the most compelling single of 2001. In both his choice of the song and in his moving performance of it on the telethon to aid victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Young demonstrated the bold artistry that is a hallmark of great pop.

The rock veteran could have performed one of his own songs of comfort and hope during the Sept. 21 telecast, but he no doubt realized that because the 1971 composition is already an international anthem of peace, it would build a more immediate bond with the show's millions of viewers....

... The impact of Young's performance was so poignant that this album track would have topped the list regardless, but the selection took on added power following the death last month of George Harrison. In the days after the former Beatle's passing, there was a lot of talk about the end of an era in pop music. But the continuing power of the Lennon song is just one sign that the legacy of the Beatles and of rock 'n' roll is still alive.

Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 07:02:09 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jim Beller <jbeller@sirius.com>
Topic: In a different light

A San Francisco Chronicle article discusses songs that gain meaning from that awful day -- both new works and older pieces seen in a new light. Besides Let's Roll, it includes notes on new songs by Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and a few others. Excerpts:

Three decades ago, Neil Young heard about the National Guard shootings at Kent State and was moved to write a song about the tragedy (Ohio). Much more recently, the songwriter read the accounts of Bay Area resident Todd Beamer and his fellow passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, whose struggle with terrorists led to the plane crash in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. "Let's roll," Beamer reportedly said as he put the phone down after calling his wife. Young borrowed the now-famous phrase for the title of his latest topical song, recorded Thanksgiving week with Booker T. and the MGs.

There have been perhaps a few dozen songs written by established performers in direct response to the terrorist attacks, with Young's the most prominent...

Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 07:48:31 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: NRAIV@aol.com
Topic: REM Bridges Christmas again

I received my REM Fanclub Holiday Package yesterday, and the holiday single includes has their Let Me In performance from this year's October 21 Bridge Benefit Concert. (It also includes Find The River from this year's October 16 surprise show in Athens.)

This is only the second year that they've done a CD single -- the last one in 1999 held their 1998 Bridge Benefit concert performances of Ambulance Blues and Country Feedback, both with Neil.

Have a nice Christmas,

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 14:50:01 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: robert wall <wallrobert15@hotmail.com>
Topic: 9/11 Reactions

In today's New York Times (page E2), Jon Pareles' Critic's Notebook contains a discussion of pop music's reaction to Sept. 11. Neil's picture is featured on the front page of this section. The article discusses both Let's Roll and Imagine. Excerpts:

So far the best musical results arrived soon after the attacks, when feelings were confused and unguarded -- a moment documented on America: A Tribute to Heroes, recorded at the Sept. 21 telethon -- and most recently with Mr. Young's Let's Roll. In between, opportunism and pop professionalism have reappeared.

Mr. Young's Let's Roll may be the first song to envision the events from inside. It is a long way from the wistful generalities he sang a few months earlier with Imagine. Making his narrator one of Flight 93's passengers, he sings in a gruff, choked voice. Beginning as a topical song, Let's Roll turns into a moral parable.

Popular culture is always most at home in a clear-cut conflict between good guys and bad guys. Music has now enlisted in a role that has been unfamiliar for as long as most of its stars have lived: providing not just solace, but solidarity.

Peace to all,

Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 17:05:45 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: austinpickers <approd@pacbell.net>
Topic: Loving Neil (Reprise)

I got a Christmas phone call from an old friend in Nashville yesterday. He shall remain OH SO nameless...but, he's on Music Row, knows his facts and has been dead on for Neil news ever since I met him years ago. I've shared his tips here in the past and they were right on. He gave me some good info and after thinking about it, I called him back this morning to get some more details and to see if it was cool to share it here. It's cool...

Up until a month or so ago, Reprise (Warner) didn't give a damn about Neil. To the corporate bigwigs, Neil was an old hippie who, at best, had a cult following and couldn't provide the numbers anymore (not my words man!). They couldn't wait for Neil to fulfill his contract so they could show him the door. I guess there was a list of reasons Reprise wanted Neil gone. And I'm told 2002 is going to be a "bloodletting" year for the major labels.

Then Let's Roll happened! I'm told the main reason the single went out so fast was that Neil's management didn't want the Warner big shots to know what they were doing, because they would veto the very idea. Now, as we all know, it has snowballed into a media event. And, all of a sudden, Reprise loves Neil Young.

They are rushing Neil's new album containing the "hit single", with a big marketing campaign. Reprise is TRYING to get it into stores in early February (that's pretty fast, we'll see!). Warner is also actively pursuing a new contract with Neil with options for Neil's special projects: I'm told a CSNY live set & DVD, and a Neil box set in 2002.

Now remember, this is ALL from the label's point of view...what happens is totally up to Neil. The contract dance could last a long time. But, Neil is now, for the first time in years, in the driver's seat... And, for the first time in years, Neil has LOTS of options. Love it!


Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 12:01:18 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jim Beller <jbeller@sirius.com>
Topic: Let's Roll: California

The Contra Costa Times has an article titled Neil Young still letting his music do the talking, primarily about Let's Roll. A few excerpts:

"It's the No. 1 phone record since we started playing it," said Haley Jones, the assistant program director at KFOG-FM 104.5. "(Listeners) are surprised to hear it from Neil. He's a guy who was against war early in his career. It's a different message."

We don't quite know how Young feels about his increased public profile since Sept. 11. The spokesman at his label, Reprise Records, giggled out loud at the idea of tracking down Young to comment for this story. "He comes out to talk (to the media) every few years," says Bill Bentley, a senior vice president at Reprise.

So how does Neil feel about all this? "I wouldn't dream of knowing," Bentley says, as the laughter dies down. "I've never interpreted Neil Young."

"Neil has a real direct line on taking the events of the day and making music," Bentley says. "He changes, but he stays the same in his character. He always lets his music speak for him."

Date: 18 Dec 2001 10:25:11 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Brian_Inglis@altavista.com
Topic: Let's Roll: Scotland

In what must be a first, I just heard on BBC Radio Scotland News an article about Neil, or more specifically about Let's Roll, and its impact and popularity in the States. The piece started and finished with clips of the song itself, and included a 3 or 4 minute discussion about the origins and motivations of the song, as well as the apparent contrast with perceived "old" Neil attitudes re war etc.

The song must be making waves in the US to have made it onto the Scottish national radio news, that's for sure!

Brian Hey Hey, Bri Bri

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 06:42:30 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Fliprollum@aol.com
Topic: Let's Roll: Ohio

FM Station WAPS serves the Akron public schools. Here's part of their play list for the week of Dec 17:

> Plays per week on The Summit this week
>  23      Paul McCartney  Freedom (Capitol)
>  23      William Topley  Back To Believing (Lost Highway)
>  22      Garbage         Breaking Up The Girl (Interscope)
>  22      John Hiatt      Everybody Went Low (Vanguard)
>  15      Remy Zero       Save Me (Elektra)
>  15      Neil Young      Let's Roll (Reprise)
>  14      Cousteau        One Good Reason (Palm Pictures)
i take MY orders from fools

Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 09:33:34 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Let's Roll: NPR

National Public Radio's All Songs Considered site features Let's Roll among other "inspired songs" by Louden Wainwright, CSN, and others. Neil's "real media" stream is here.

There's also a half-hour slideshow with all of the inspired songs as accompaniment, here.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 06:43:57 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Mike Cordova <expecting2fly@yahoo.com>
Topic: Let's Roll: Washington

There's a good article about Let's Roll in today's Washington Post, featuring most of the lyrics and quotes from Booker T. Excerpts:

"Neil and I have a pretty good understanding of each other," says Jones, 57. "You don't have to figure out what to do on a song like that. We were just able to pull it off."

"We have been working on a project for a while here," Jones says from his home near San Francisco. "We had some other songs that had already been recorded." Young played the new song for everyone and "it kind of changed the way the album was going."

Expecting To Fly

Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 05:20:45 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Mark Williams <jake@gis.net>
Topic: Let's Roll: Boston

A Local Boston TV channel (according to my wife, I didn't see it) was playing Neil's Let's Roll, and they said that a local radio station reports it is the most frequently requested songs on a daily basis now. One DJ says he gets 15 requests a day for Let's Roll. (And none of these was me. : )

I listen to 92.9 out of Boston at work and they have been playing Let's Roll 3-4 times during my shift over the last week or so. (Of course I don't allow anyone to change the station. : )

I also turned on the MSNBC cable channel the other morning, and on the "Imus In The Morning" show they were playing Let's Roll along with images of 9/11. So it seems Boston and Imus really like Neil's new one.

Rust Well,
Mark Williams

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 08:28:57 +0100 (MET)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Daniel Persson <e7daniel@etek.chalmers.se>
Topic: Neil vs Frodo

Read a funny artcicle with the title Neil Young saved me from the Orchs today in the online edition of the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper. It tells the story of how Neil Young's music turned a man's interest from Lord of the Rings to rock music. Unfortunately it's in Swedish.

/Daniel, Neil fanatic

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