(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
The newest report comes first. Scrolling down takes you backward through time... Note that much of this report is drawn from the Rust List, so some of it may not make a lot of sense when taken out of that context. Subscribe to the Rust List to get ALL of the info...
On Saturday's National Hockey League telecast, there was a story on
Brett Hull. I know from back in his days with the Dallas Stars that
Hull is a big classic rock fan. He likes his Neil and listens to his music
all the time. In the story, Brett said that the song Old Man made
him think alot of his relationship with his father, Bobby. The spot even
included several pictures of Neil.
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 20:58:11 -0000 Evening Coconut
Topic: Something Happenin' Here
This week's installment of Hunter S. Thompson's column on ESPN.com is written around the lyrics of For What It's Worth. Check it out yonder.
barrel of laughs
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 21:19:05 -0800 Evening Coconut
Topic: Give her the chair
Watching that new TV show "The Chair" (with John MacEnroe), one
question asked was "Who sang John Lennon's Imagine on
the 9/11 tribute show?"
The guest got it wrong! (I can't remeber who she guessed had sung it.)
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 21:18:21 -0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Scott Sandie <email@example.com>
Topic: NYAS News
Broken Arrow Issue 85 has been out for around 10 days now. It is an 80 page Tonight's The Night retrospective special, with another stunning cover. Along with an impressively detailed look back at TTN it includes an exclusive interview with George Whitsell covering his 30 year involvement with The Rockets, Crazy Horse and Neil Young. It also includes several excellent contributions from the Rust List.
As usual it's fully illustrated, with some lovely old photographs. Reaction so far to this issue has been overwhelming -- if you enjoy the music of Neil Young it is not to be missed.
There are now only 35 copies of this issue left and it won't be reprinted. As RE*AC*TOR has said, this is the best $27 that you will ever spend! Subscription details at www.nyas.org.uk.
If you are thinking of joining please don't wait any longer or you'll miss this great issue.
Cheers for now,
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 07:33:43 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Stills cover coming
According to Sony records:
Due May 7: STEPHEN STILLS - "Turn Back The Pages: The Best of Stephen Stills" (Columbia/Legacy)RE*AC*TOR
First-ever compilation of Stills' years at Columbia Records. Features six previously unreleased tracks -- four are live recordings, two are studio demos. The studio demos include a solo version of Southern Cross and a cover of Neil Young's Human Highway.
I received an offer today for the Japanese CD of Are You Passionate, giving the same release date as in the US: April 9th. It stated that there will be a bonus track on it. When I called to get an information about this mysterious track, I could not get any details. I hope I get one soon, so I can share it with you all.
But remember: Warner Japan also announced in September of 2001 the release of Reactor on CD. The information was of course erroneous. So don't jump in the air right now, and don't order any Japanese CD of AYP yet. Stay tuned, I'll try to get more info.
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 00:39:45 -0800 (PST) Evening Coconut
Topic: Bio synopsis
Here's a synopsis of the upcoming Shakey biography, from British Amazon:
Neil Young is one of rock 'n' roll's most important, influential and enigmatic figures; an intensely reticent artist who has granted no writer access to his inner sanctum - until now. In this biography, McDonough tells the whole story of Young's life and career.
Starting with his Canadian childhood, it covers the founding of folk-rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield, the bleary conglomeration of Crazy Horse and the simultaneous monstrous success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, trawls through the depths of the Tonight's the Night depravity and the strange changes of the Geffen years, to Young's unprecedented 90s comeback with Ragged Glory and Harvest Moon.
No detail is spared - not the sex, drugs, relationships, breakups, births and deaths, nor the variety of chameleon-like transformations that have enabled Young to remain one of the most revered musical forces of our time. "Shakey" (the title refers to one of Young's many aliases) is not only a detailed chronicle of the rock era, it is also the compelling human story of a lonely kid for whom music was the only outlet; a driven yet tortured figure who learned to control his epilepsy via "mind over matter", an oddly passionate model train mogul who, inspired by his own struggle, became active in the quest to help those with cerebral palsy.
This work is based on dialogue with hundreds of Young's associates as well as extensive exclusive interviews with Young himself, who puts his biographer through some unforgettable paces while answering the question: "Is it better to burn out than to fade away?"
There's a great article on the Neil and the Ducks in this morning's Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2002 15:11:02 -0500 Evening Coconut
Reporter: robert wall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Topic: Neil joining Joni?
Entertainment Weekly (3/8/02) notes that the recording sessions for Joni Mitchell's new album are the subject of a film documentary currently being shot. On the album, she is said to be paired with the London Symphony Orchestra on "Circle Game" and various "day players" including Ry Cooder, Wayne Shorter, Billy Preston, Herbie Hancock and ... "(tentatively) Neil Young".
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 15:23:01 +0100 Evening Coconut
Topic: Broken Arrow #85
Just found Broken Arrow issue number 85 in my mailbox! It's a Tonight's The Night retrospective special, and it looks great. Been reading it for the last hour and I guess it will be a great reading for everyone of you all who are Neil Young Appreciation Society members. And for those who are not, well, don't lose much more time and join.
Thanks again to Scott Sandie for the great job he does, following Alan Jenkins who had done a great job too...
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 22:40:07 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Delayed Passion
The NeilYoung.com promo page now states that the release date of the upcoming Are You Passionate? album is April 9th -- a two week slip. Let's hope it doesn't become "July"...
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 11:41:03 -0800 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Stephen Barncard
Topic: Barncard Uncut
I felt it was necessary to rebut my characterization in the UNCUT magazine article. Though the comments were correct, they were taken WAY out of context.
First of all, the interview with me was supposed to be about the Deja Vu album sessions, and the comments I made about the current band was really an aside. I had no business commenting on the current situation -- Who the hell is Barncard, anyway? It was just my opinion.
As presented in the finished article, there was flowing praise about the band from David and Graham and Ahmet, but only negative comments from me. It really makes me look like a Neil-basher, which I certainly am not.
What is remarkable is what they DIDN'T print, as I talked to the interviewer in two hour-long sessions. But they needed a "naysayer" for contrast, so they picked my worst comments and ignored my ones of praise.
Also my interviews were conducted last summer, way before 9-11 and this new tour. At the time, my only source of information to comment on about recent CSNY was Looking Forward and the 2000 tour. As you may remember, the CSNY2K set list featured Neil's songs way more than the other guys -- almost 50 percent! (See stats). The set lists are much more balanced on the current tour -- and that's a great thing.
Although I regret using the word 'sappiest' in regard to Looking Forward in the article, I'll have to say that it was not their best effort. It seemed to me by the song choices the guys (or Neil) made were all about saving their best songs for their own solo or alternate band records.
And Neil: he's a great talent, there's no doubt on that, and the fan response to him is unmistakable, and for whatever the reasons, the rest of the band concurs. It's because of this 'happy agreement' that it all works. The fans win big -- and it's not likely that Neil will bail this tour- he seems to be having a great time as well.
CSN could never find the "right" producer, because there was nobody that could be heavy enough -- as they themselves were master record makers -- and wrote the book on modern vocal recording methods (my gurus). So it would seem that Neil would be the only cat on earth that would fit the bill for producer. But it seemed like on Looking Forward that everyone was so busy trying to make Neil happy (or just to get along without strife) that the music suffered.
Not present was the 'fire' that happened on Deja Vu. That record was no doubt fueled by the competitive tension and one-upmanship that was part of their mode of working that I was witness to many times. But how does a band conjure up the creative tension while at the same time maintain civility and consistency?
So yes, Neil deserves all the praise he's gotten, and it's his duty to come in and kick ass, because nobody else can -- CSN had become a little too comfortable, and Neil's job is to throw a monkey wrench in the works -- such as the new backup band, Booker T., and the banter-less stage presence and professional presentation.
All in all I'm impressed with todays CSNY presentation.
sqb -- http://barncard.com
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 11:19:40 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Becker's Neil show
There was a Neil/Anti-Neil reference on the CBS TV show Becker last night. Becker was going to an Anti-Neil concert and his friends were giving him flack about how un-cool the show would be. So he asked his young office assistant Linda what she thought about Neil Diamond. She replied something like...
"I think Neil Diamond is really cool. He's way better than that boring rhinestone-studded, forever in blue jeans Neil Young guy."Neil is everywhere -- even in sit-com land.
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 11:20:41 -0800 Evening Coconut
Reporter: minesRUSTEDshut <email@example.com>
Topic: Walton early to the Garden
While watching an NBA basketball game this morning, there was an exchange amongst the game commentators that had real Neil content...
During the first half of the contest at Madison Square Garden, the Lakers were handily beating the Knicks and Marv Albert made a comment about the Knicks' Latrell Sprewell not playing well in games with an early start time. In response, motor-mouthed basketball anthropologist and deadhead Bill Walton remarked that he himself was ready for this game. He said he in fact had showed up to the Garden a full day early and had been "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rockin' In The Free World all night long." He added, "would you like a setlist Marv?"
Hoops, hockey, music, love; pick your poison, it's all one song---
Cosmo aka rustINhead
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 16:15:10 -0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Bob Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Topic: LA Nowhere?
In today's Daily Mail (UK) there is a travel article about Los Angeles called The Sun Never Sets On The Strip. It includes an "ultimate LA Playlist" of 10 songs about, and inspired by Los Angeles and California. Of the 10 songs, one is Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, and another is Neil's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
The final quip in the article says, "Whatever Neil Young's thoughts... LA is very definitely somewhere."
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 11:53:20 -0500 Evening Coconut
Reporter: John Kitamura <email@example.com>
Topic: Sunny Girl
The guitar riff Neil is playing on the tour in the new song
You're My Girl is the same
as in This Note's For You's
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 18:19:21 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Neil in Japan in Canada
Looks like Neil's going to pop up on Much Music on Canadian TV this week:
Thursday, February 21, 9pm, 1am & 8:30am ETSet Your VCR
Fuji Rock Festival '01 (90 min)
**NEW** Taking place annually in Japan at the base of Mt. Fuji, 2001 hosted top acts Oasis, Eminem/D12, Manic Street Preachers, Alanis Morissette, Travis, Neil Young, Strereophonics, Echo & The Bunnymen, System of A Down and many, many more.
[Does NOT air on MuchUSA]
I just noticed that on John Sakamoto's Alternate Top 10 list, (also known as the "Anti-Hit List") on the Canadian Jam Music site, Neil's Two Old Friends was at position 8. He must have heard the song on the Detroit mp3s. Here's what he says about it:
Debuted on opening night of the current CSNY tour, the penultimate track on Young's upcoming Are You Passionate? album describes an encounter between a preacher and God. The latter's advice? To shun nostalgia. "They found faith in the way things are / And the way things change ..."
The SpinCDs site has the full tracklisting for the updated Last Waltz and it does add Neil's Four Strong Winds performance.
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 14:51:26 -0500 Evening Coconut
Reporter: David Wilburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Topic: Hear it all
According to the NeilYoung.com page that's now basically just an ad for the forthcoming album, they've added a comment to the bottom of the page:
COMING SOON - HEAR THE WHOLE ALBUMJust thought I'd pass it on.
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 13:33:06 -0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: julesalexgray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: More Hero Neil
In the same Mojo (#100) that the Express article was reporting on, Gaz Coombes of Supergrass and Emmylou Harris also nominate Neil as their hero.
Gaz recommends Decade as a starting point, celebrates his unwillingness to get pigeon-holed, and says (amongst other things):
"Although he was a brilliant acoustic guitarist, a really technical acoustic guitarist I think, his electric guitar playing was loads more rugged, which I definitely admire."Emmylou recommends Harvest, mentions her respect for him as an artist and a family man, applauds his work for The Bridge and says (again I'm cherry picking my quote here):
"I love the fact that he... well, he put it better than anyone when he said: "I work for the Muse.""Jules Upon the Sea
A pretty decent researcher (Bob Oswald) at the Chicago Sun Times
has compiled 100 "Fun Facts" about CSNY. The article is called
"Just some fun before you go", Check it out
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 11:52:07 EST Evening Coconut
Topic: Hero Neil
The UK newspaper Daily Express (14/02/02) ran an article about who the "stars" say were major influences on their lives and their music. Noel Gallagher said Neil was his ultimate pop idol:
"He's still going strong and still relevant, he's still got his voice and he's still got his enthusiasm".Nice one Noel.
Really nothing we haven't already heard, but Billboard has
article with some details about Are
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 13:57:37 +0100 Evening Coconut
Topic: Italian Passion
I spoke today with the Italian Reprise/Warner Bros. press office, and they told me that the Italian "street date" release for Neil's Are You Passionate? is March 22.
So... we Italians won't see CSNY2K2, but at least we'll have the new Neil's CD in our players 4 days before the Americans... (what a tiny consolation!!! ...LOL)
All the best
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 03:23:37 -0500 (EST) Evening Coconut
Reporter: Roel van Dijk <email@example.com>
Topic: Neil obscurity details
Here's an article with background on Neil's appearance on that old song on the Elyse Weinberg album. Here's an excerpt, where Elyse talks about the recording session involved...
Later, Weinberg invited Young to record the guitar lead for her song, Houses. "I remember we sat in the production room itself, right next to the console. I was sitting next to him, with my arm around him as he played. He said something like, 'Sit next to me,' so I did. I guess he just felt comfortable that way."
The Neil Young Appreciation Society book Neil Young & Broken Arrow: On A Journey Through The Past is a cool read. Since I took over at the NYAS I have given the book away free to all new members as a small thank you. You too can have it! Basic details at www.nyas.org.uk.
Broken Arrow issue 85 is alive and well, and will dropping through members' letterboxes at the end of February. It's another cracking read, with a cover to die for. This issue is a Tonight's The Night retrospective special and is an amazing 80 pages this time! It includes some excellent Rust contributions, probably the biggest contribution yet from Rust. Thanks everyone, these contributions are much appreciated, as is the support from Rust in general.
For anyone who is still thinking about joining, drop me a line and we'll sort something out. You'll find that the people at the NYAS are warm, friendly and have a sense of humour - a lot like Rust in fact. We also publish a lot of interesting things about Mr Young. Subscribing to the NYAS is not expensive, and if you are keen on the music of Neil Young it is indispensable. Don't take my word for it, ask new members like Pauline, or Tim Hopper, or Tom Veldran, or Lou Cheffy, or...
Cheers for now,
PS: See you in New York!
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 21:26:02 EST Evening Coconut
Topic: Last Waltz soon
Came across a short article in USA Today with details on the upcoming Last Waltz releases. There's to be a theatrical release of a fixed up version of the film, there's a new 4 CD box set and a DVD release. All due out shortly.
So Neil will be on-screen soon in at least a some areas, and we'll get
some new Neil DVD video, too...
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 11:15:46 -0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: julesalexgray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: Uncut stupidity
Besides the big CSNY article in the current issue of Uncut magazine, there's a less Neiltastic item in the issue. It's a scathing review of the Tribute to Heroes CD, in which Neil's Imagine is described as 'pointless'.
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 10:15:29 -0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: julesalexgray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: Let's Roll the bomb
On the front of the TV guide that comes free with the saturday issue of Britain's Guardian newspaper is an illustration of a war plane, focussing on the bomb under one wing. On the bomb are the now familiar words:-
"Let's roll for freedomIt's for an article written inside called "Bomb the bass - Rock goes to war", about the current crop of war and anti-war songs being written. There's a couple of paragraphs about Neil's Let's Roll. The writer focuses on Neil's strident attitudes to terrorism and pegs him as a supporter of Bush's anti-terrorist policies.
Let's roll for love
Goin' after Satan
On the wings of a dove"
Jules Upon the Sea
<---I'm with Stupid
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 07:15:11 +0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: rick shearer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Topic: 4 star Crazy Horse
Hi Rusties, in the new Rolling Stone magazine that came to the house tonight (with Creed on the cover) they have a "HALL OF FAME" review of the eponymous Crazy Horse album from 1971. They give it 4 stars out of 5. Here are a few excerpts from it:
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 15:22:11 +0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Martin Fustes <email@example.com>
Topic: CSNY on UK radio
Tonight (7-10pm GMT) there is supposedly going to be a large segment
on Virgin Radio (1215AM/105.8Mhz) in London that will be
dedicated to CSNY. Unsure exactly what, but expect some music
and a fair bit of discussion.
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 13:39:54 -0800 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Paul Tomita <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Topic: NPR's "Most Influential"
In response to a recent list in Spin magazine, National Public Radio's call-in show Talk of the Nation had a segment on the 25 most influential rock bands of all time. Listener votes put "CSNY/Neil Young" at position 11 on the list. The commentator said that Neil deserved a spot of his own.
Here's the full list from their web site:
TOTN Listeners' Top 25Looking forward...
Most Influential Bands of All Time
1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
5. Pink Floyd
6. The Velvet Underground
7. The Ramones
9. The Doors
10. Grateful Dead
11. CSNY/Neil Young
12. Bob Dylan/The Band
13. Jimi Hendrix
14. The Who
15. Beach Boys
16. The Clash
17. The Sex Pistols
18. Eric Clapton
19. Elvis Presley
23. Black Sabbath
24. The Byrds
25. Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Just looked at NeilYoungMusic.com promo site and found this pic there. Could it be the album cover?
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 07:00:30 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Hunk Heaven
Regarding the daily poll on the Toronto Q107 radio station's web page, on Friday Neil went up against the Leaf's Curtis Joseph on Friday and won, for the fifth time straight!!! That puts him in "Hunk Heaven" -- the first contestant to make it there.
I am sure Neil will treasure this prestigious honour one day out on the front porch up at the ranch! :-)
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 21:23:38 GMT+00:00 Evening Coconut
Topic: Neil for the dead
Just read an article in the English "Mail On Sunday" colour supplement to the newspaper. Within it, best-selling novelist Tim Lott said, in speculation about his funeral...
"I am a traditionalist, so I'd have a hearse, but I'd also want some stylish cars for the cortege. During the service, I'd have the Neil Young song Helpless played. We fantasise that we're powerful, but we're at the mercy of so many things."It got me thinking what I'd like played at my funeral...
~Custers Last Stand~
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 15:47:31 CET Evening Coconut
Topic: CSNY Uncut
The upcoming issue of UK magazine UNCUT (out on Feb.7) is going to feature a CSNY cover-story. Expect a nice issue!
Last month they had a special issue dedicated to the Rolling Stones, sold in 2 special collectors' editions with 2 different covers and 2 different attached CDs of covers of RS songs...
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 08:06:52 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Hunk Victory #4
Okay people four down, one to go! Yesterday Neil got more than twice the votes as Harrison Ford in Toronto's Q107 "Hunk" poll. If Neil wins today, for the 5th day in a row he, gets into their "Hunk Heaven"!
The new challenger isn't up yet, but whoever it is, if we all vote Neil can sweep. Just go to Q107's website and click the poll link in the upper left, then vote for Neil...
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 23:36:01 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Definitely no CSNY on Leno
Just in case they pulled a fast one on us, I checked
the start of Leno's Tonight Show and saw that the musical guest
was the band Lifehouse. Then I quickly switched back to
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 07:18:16 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Hunk Victory #3
Neil keeps on rolling in the Hunk poll on Toronto's Q107 radio. Yesterday he crushed Tom Cruise! Today he goes up against Harrison Ford.
Remember, if Neil gets enough of votes today and tomorrow he'll get into Q107's "Hunk Heaven". So go to the Q107 website and vote...!
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 01:25:41 +0000 Evening Coconut
Reporter: Elwyn Chow <email@example.com>
Topic: Neil on Manson
In an article in Australia's The Age newspaper, Neil is quoted about Charles Manson. The article is about "rock's flirtion with the devil". I confess, I didn't read the whole thing because it wasn't tabloid enough (ie, I found it boring). Anyway, here's the Neil part...
As for murder, Charles Manson's relationships with the LA rock fraternity are well known. They go far beyond the Beach Boys, who recorded his tunes. In Barney Hoskyns' excellent history of LA rock, Waiting for the Sun, a glance at the index under Manson reveals a number of instructive entries. "A lot of pretty well-known musicians around LA knew Manson, though they'd probably deny it now," Neil Young recalled. "The girls were around, too. They'd be right there on the couch with me, singing a song." Young was impressed enough by Charlie to recommend him to Warner Brothers. The only impediment seemed to be that Charlie didn't have a band.Bye
Young met Manson at the Benedict Canyon home of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson...
Rhino Records is now promising that the rerelease of The Band's Last Waltz will be 4 CDs (previously they'd said 3) and will be complete. If this is true then Neil's shaky Four Strong Winds from that show will be on there, warts and all...
Release date is set for April 16th.
Jules Upon the Sea
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 13:02:11 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Hunk Victory #2
Toronto's Q107 radio continues their daily "Hunk" contest, and Neil has now won twice - he beat George Clooney yesterday! Today he goes up against Tom Cruise.
If Neil gets lots of votes today, tomorrow and Friday he'll get into their "Hunk Heaven"!
So go to Q107's website and vote. Thanks to everyone who has been voting so far, please keep the votes coming!!!
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:03:25 -0500 Evening Coconut
Topic: Yorke's last song
Just came across an interview from last summer's June/July issue of Blender magazine, with Radiohead's frontman Thom Yorke. It's a Q&A feature -- here's the last question:
Blender: Which song would you end your last concert with?
Yorke: Neil Young's Fuckin' Up!
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