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(Archive 55: 3/11/01 - 4/13/02)

(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)

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Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 09:00:20 -0700    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Harry Oesterreicher <harryo@bigstepdown.com>
Topic: The Expert has spoken

Yesterday I attended the previously mentioned panel session at the Pop Music Conference held at Experience Music Project in Seattle. Among the three 'experts' on the panel was William Echard (who wrote his PhD thesis on Neil Young).

Echard's paper addressed the disparate and divergent directions Neil has taken musically throughout his career. He talked a lot about genre and sub-genre, and how genre is central to the image/identity of the author. He basically said that Neil has remained a rock and roll musician, who at times narrowed his focus to 'sub-genres that are marginalized, but still part of the family' such as rockabilly, country and western, etc. By incorporating these 'destabilizing sub-genres' into his milieu, he becomes a 'hyper-rock' musician... Another quote I liked from Echard, went roughly like this: "Neil Young is aligned with the past and future of rock music, and so has remained at it's center."

He did mention the Rust List early in his presentation, saying that he participated on Rust during his PhD research 6 years ago.

Echard described Neil as having qualities of 'waywardness' and exploration which I thought was cool. He also pointed out that for most of his career, Neil was perceived as a self-destructive, oddball loner, and that it has only been since the 90s that he has been seen as a powerful figure of integrity, self-reliance and determination.

My two cents: Echard did not reveal any startling conclusions about Neil Young that any one or three Rusties couldn't come to over a pint or a campfire -- the difference is that he used a lot of 'high brow' language and cited references as one must in order to receive a PhD. Still and all, I admire the guy -- it's pretty hip (and it was probably a lot of fun) to write your doctoral thesis about Neil, dont'cha think?

HarryO - victory for the heart

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:47:48 -0400    Evening Coconut
Reporter: JoeWerfelman@aquarianresources.com
Topic: AYP & Archives in USA Today

There are two articles on Neil in today's USA Today newspaper. One focuses on the writing of Let's Roll, the other is an interview about Are You Passionate? Excerpts from the later...

"I really wanted to play some of these new songs with Duck, with a beat that was uplifting and more related to the blues and soul music," Young says during a late lunch at the Bel Air Hotel. "I still wanted Poncho, someone familiar with my rock 'n' roll, to make sure the scales didn't tip too far."

How big is {Archives} project? "It's way too big," he says. The first chunk, an eight-CD volume that spans four years, "is almost done," he promises. "It's a content-heavy, chronological journey. You get the good, the bad and the ugly. In the information age, there's no reason not to offer the whole document." The painstaking process means Young may be toiling on this task for the rest of his life.

Young plans to issue vinyl versions of all past and future recordings, including Passionate and the archives, on his Vapor label.

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 10:17:42 +0200 (CEST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Joost Groen <jsg@xs4all.nl>
Topic: More "sometimes Y" details

My earlier message mentioned a planned party with the authors of CSN and sometimes Y. It's to be in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on Monday, April 22nd, celebrating the release of the new (now only in Dutch, later also in English) biography on CSN and sometimes Y. Details are now on the web.

That page includes a link to order the book on-line!

Joost, I am a child

Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 21:00:14 +0200    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jesper Källström <ridemylama@hotmail.com>
Topic: Passionate Swedish vinyl

Official vinyl release in Sweden is May 5th. First time in years a new Neil record is easily available in Sweden on vinyl -- usually you have to order from Germany. It's also equally priced as the CD. Usually the vinyl LPs are a lot more expensive. It's great for us vinyl lovers!
Jesper, Sweden

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 19:42:25 +0900    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Hiro Nishiyama <hhiirroo@tkb.att.ne.jp>
Topic: No bonus track

I can confirm now that PunkDavid was right. The Are You Passionate? CD released here in Japan has no bonus track. :-(   :-(   :-(

Hiro Nishiyama
one of Ordinary People

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 18:38:19 -0700 (PDT)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: shtupidgirl@yahoo.com
Topic: TV Guide Neil

On that scroll channel on TV with all the listings rolling -- the top half of the screen just showed Neil blasting out Goin' Home while an announcer told us to go out and buy Are You Passionate?.

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 16:59:22 +0100 (BST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Brian <blindsummit@yahoo.co.uk>
Topic: Inventive Neil

According to an article in the Sunday Times (here in the UK) this last wekend about celebrity inventors, our very own NY was in there. It seems Neil has filed a patent at the U.S. Patent Office for a "six part, easy to assemble excercise machine"! So that's what he's getting up to backstage these days.

Hey Hey, Bri Bri

Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 06:30:00 -0400    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Passionate Day

Today's the day, folks. Are You Passionate? hits the streets in North America (it hit Germany last week, other European countries yesterday).

National Public Radio just ended the 6:00am-6:30am half-hour with an announcement that "Morning Edition is brought to you by Reprise Records, and the new album Are You Passionate? by Neil Young.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 15:39:04 -0700    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Harry Oesterreicher <harryo@bigstepdown.com>
Topic: Neil Young "Expert"

Following are excerpts from an article in the Seattle Weekly...

Hey hey, my my
Neil Young expert participates in EMP pop conference.

William Echard, assistant professor of music at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a panelist in the Experience Music Project's discussion titled "Artists in Review," has devoted much of his research and evaluation time to studying fellow Canadian Neil Young's career. Through Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, CSNY, and the various solo and group adventures before and after those bands, Young's career has waxed and waned through country, folk, blues, rock, and even skinny ties and crappy pop. And Echard has dissected it all.

"As for why [Young] continues to seem more relevant than some other people of his generation, who knows?" poses Echard. "Part of it is productivity and frequency of touring. Part of it is probably the fact that he had created such a wide range of styles and repertoire for himself that it's easier to be fresh even if only playing the old material. I think another key thing is the way that [Young] was always an insider/outsider in rock culture. The way that he would sometimes challenge and reject aspects of rock ideology allowed him to blend a little more smoothly into the punk and post-punk eras. But at the same time, the way that he questioned rock while still being a rock icon left his access to the classic-rock crowd intact."

Echard's panel is at 4 p.m. on Fri., April 12 at Experience Music Project

--Laura Learmonth

HarryO - victory for the heart

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 09:26:22 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Nic Arp <nic-arp@uiowa.edu>
Topic: The Times blows it

This snippet of an art review from the New York Times on Friday commits a classic Neil snafu...

A Horse With No Name
Matthew Marks
523 West 24th Street, Chelsea
Through April 20
The extravagantly talented Ugo Rondinone has more creative energy than he knows what to do with. Here he follows up his last wildly heterogeneous show of video, painting and whatnot with a more focused but still disjunctive installation and an outdoor rooftop sign. Visible from the street, the sign spells out the show's title - also the name of a Neil Young song - in a rainbow arch of candy-striped letters.

Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 12:54:28 +0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: ed tombs <cocaine_eyes@hotmail.com>
Topic: In Q

I just got this month's Q magazine. There's a very unfair review of Are You Passionate? (they only gave it 2 stars). But more interesting is a Neil Young "Buyer's Guide" in the back, where they describe Neil as the most significant American artist in the last 30 years! It makes an interesting read.


Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 08:19:01 +0200    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Henry Moon <henrymoon@noos.fr>
Topic: EVERYTHING on vinyl

Long, cool report/interview/review in today's UK Guardian/Observer. Neil talks about some stuff you rarely hear him talk about.

Near the ends there's this tidbit...

His label will this year start to re-issue his entire body of work, liner notes intact, on vinyl. "I'm really getting into it," he said.

Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 13:14:04 -0600    Evening Coconut
Reporter: "Dave Green <punkdavid40@hotmail.com>
Topic: Bonus Track? I doubt it...

I do NOT believe that there will be a bonus track on the Japanese release of Are You Passionate?. I think that somebody saw the back cover with Gateway Of Love in the picture, and never bothered to actually listen to the disc before they posted the announcement in Japan some weeks back.

In other words, I'll believe it when I hear it.

Check out this Japanese Tower Records page. Note that there are 11 tracks on this disc (even if you can't read Japanese).


Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 16:38:58 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: jim donny <boommictraders@yahoo.com>
Topic: Neil: Massive in LA

As was seen in Sacramento, I just saw some awesome Are You Passionate? advertising around Los Angeles:

  1. Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard: I dont know if you have seen the size of the album billboards at your local Tower but man oh man I would say its about as big as a mini-van, maybe bigger. With the Key AYP art. It is is in PRIME advertising real estate, pointed directly at oncoming Sunset Blvd traffic. Definitely worth the trip to check it out. It is in perfect location for posed pictures!

  2. Aron's Records on Highland Ave.: Same large album art billboard, however the colors seemed to have a bit more value and light to them. Located again in prime advertising space pointed towards both directions of Highland.
That's all I've found today, I will attempt to get pictures in the near future.

Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 21:30:41 -0600    Evening Coconut
Reporter: William Wallace <braveh@swbell.net>
Topic: Tenacious Neil-stuff

Just got back from the String Cheese Incident/Tenacious D show in Austin tonite. Didn't stay for all of SCI (due to school and work tomorrow) but it all sounded pretty good.

During the Tenacious D set, their stagehand was invited to the mic, and the three of them played Find the Cost of Freedom and Ohio. Harmonies sounded pretty darn good. If C, S or N quit the tour, I think they should look for these guys as replacements.

Neil finds his way into everything.

-William Wallace

Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 13:46:48 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Alex Marsh <amarsh@mindspring.com>
Topic: Last Waltz redux

Here's an article on the imminent re-release of The Last Waltz movie and album...

Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 11:41:51 +0200 (CEST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Joost Groen <jsg@xs4all.nl>
Topic: "and sometimes Y" coming

As many of you know, a new book on CSN and sometimes Y is long overdue. But the first two of the threesome-boxset will appear shortly. Passing this on for one of the authors, Lucien van Diggelen....

Next Monday night Lucien will be the guest of the Dutch KRO radio show Niemandsland (No man’s land) , between 01:00 and 03:00 am. The host of the show is Niek Nieuwenhuizen. In the show Lucien will tell about the writing of the book, using anecdotes, impressions and stories about the interviews they did. He will also highlight the importance of the internet to the book project. Of couse the interview with Lucien will be interspersed with CSNY music.

In the near future, Lucien will also be the guest of Mart Smeets and of Hans Schiffers on Dutch radio, dates of which will be announced later.

Co-author Herman Verbeke will feature on Belgian radio a few times shortly as well, dates have not been set yet either.

Very shortly the first two books of the box set in Dutch language will appear: “The early years” and “1968-2002”. The third book (an extensive discography/gig-ography etc) will follow a few months later, as will the English translation of the first two books. Currently a lot of effort is being put into the correction of the English translation.

Very shortly also a special day will be organised for the release of the Dutch books, which will be a sort of fan club night, on which the books will be presented to those who have pre-ordered them. Later that night the CSNY cover band Southern Cross will perform. This party will be held in the café Stairway to Heaven in Utrecht. The exact date depends on when the books have actually been printed. The dates will be set as soon as possible, and all CSNY fans are welcome to attend.

Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 18:52:01 -0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Macca: Me and Neil

Within a USA Today article on Paul McCartney, Paul is quoted:

"People like me and Neil Young and Bob Dylan and even U2, we're from a time you just played live, and the idea of playing with tapes is something you'd never consider. Today, the excuse is, 'Well, we've got to dance a lot. We're out of breath, so we can't sing.' Well, Fred Astaire could. Time it so you can do both.
Great article, check it out...

Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 14:46:26 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: guyhaslam@aol.com
Topic: Beeb on Neil

Just heard a small 'essay'-type piece about Neil on BBC Radio Four's Front Row arts show. David Hepworth, the long-time music journo, broadcaster and publishing mogul, did an amusing but informed five-minute look at Neil and his music. It was spoilt only by what's become the usual superficial reading of Let's Roll. (Annoyingly, this segment doesn't seem to be one that you can hear again at the BBC website.)

Brand New Guy

Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 12:40:26 +0200    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Stephan Sprang <s.sprang@vhb.de>
Topic: AYP Released!

Finally and at last, it's out. I just bought a copy of Are You Passionate?, which was released yesterday in Germany. It's in a nice digipack.

From the sunny streets of Frankfurt,

Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 17:02:34 +000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Chris Scoffield <chrisdscoff@hotmail.com>
Topic: Neil on the Web

I just got the April copy of the U.K. magazine Record Collector. One of the regular features in the magazine looks at artists' web presence. This month it looks at Neil. Although it really isn't anything new to Rusties. But it's refreshing just to read an article that doesn't bash Neil or his music.

The article rather looks critically at the design and usefulness of many of the Neil-related web sites out there.

Chris Scoffield

Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 12:11:20 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: shtupidgirl@yahoo.com
Topic: Enormous Neilface

Right now on the roof of the original Tower Records in downtown Sacramento there is a huge billboard promoting Are You Passionate?, featuring the album cover and an enormous Neilface. So much for the idea of Reprise not supporting their greatest star. I wonder if there are billboards like these in other cities?

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 20:41:34 +0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: paul bronstein <pbronstein@hotmail.com>
Topic: Neil's Pulse

Neil is the cover story with a 5 page article in the April 2002 issue of Pulse magazine (the in-house magazine from Tower Records). Mostly about Are You Passionate?, with sidebars on The MGs and about Trains/Trans/Technology. Neil talks about Ohio, being passionate, the evolution of AYP, listening to radio station WLS (in Chicago) from Winnepeg, Tribute To Heroes/Imagine, and about individual songs on AYP.

Well worth a trip to your local Tower Records.
Paul B.
cuts clean thru

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 18:28:05 +0400    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Larry Burnett <laburnett@earthlink.net>
Topic: Neil a top guitarist

It's from 2000, but I just found a feature on Guitar.com where the top 100 guitarists "of all time" are ranked. Neil's at position 21. They say:

The godfather of grunge, Young is all message and no brown-paper wrapper. His naive guitar style carries an "I don't give a damn what you think" attitude that continues to free rock from its corporate leanings. Like the best blues men, he grabs one note and fills it with harsh tone and spit, in essence sounding a rallying cry to every DIY kid in America. It's his ability to infuse intensity and passion in his playing that has kept him so relevant in guitar circles.

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 10:24:39 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Quadrophe@aol.com
Topic: Sailors Rock In The Free World

On this morning's Today Show, there was a live report from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt as it returned to Norfolk. As the reporter walked along interviewing sailors for the cameras, the ship's loudspeaker system was blaring music loud and clear for all to hear:

"Keep on rockin' in the free world..."
Gotta love it.

Bruce in Naples

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 21:22:41 +0000    Evening Coconut
Reporter: paul bronstein <pbronstein@hotmail.com>
Topic: Westwood Neil

Neil Young was the featured artist on last weekend's Westwood One Superstars Concert Series. The 90 minute (2cd) show is half from England's 1996 Phoenix Festival (Big Time, Slip Away, Like A Hurricane) and half from last year's Farm Aid (Don't Cry No Tears, Love And Only Love, When I Hold You In My Arms, Rockin' In the Free World).
Paul B.
cuts clean thru

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:14:19 +0100 (MET)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: brandy <brandy.mehl@gmx.at>
Topic: Passionate song 12?

Regarding the rumour of a bonus track on the Japanese version of Are You Passionate?, I got my hands on a promo copy of the album. Though it only has 11 songs, on the back cover is a picture with 12 song titles hand-written on 12 pieces of paper. The 12th song title is Gateawy of Love (a song that Neil & Crazy Horse played through-out last year's European Tour).

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 20:04:22 -0800 (PST)    Evening Coconut
Reporter: scott kohn <kohns5@yahoo.com>
Topic: Everclear Neil

I just got back from a solo acoustic show by Art Alexakis (he's lead the singer/guitartist of Everclear) at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. As Art took the stage, a few people sardonically shouted, "Free Bird," to which Art replied that he wasn't doing that, but he would a play a Neil Young song. Art then proceded to play a unique version of Harvest. Punked up a little, but still frought with honest emotion...

Scott Kohn

Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 10:11:26 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: franneilnereau@wanadoo.fr
Topic: On the Soundtrack

A French film called La Bande du Drugstore (The Drugstore Team) opens in April and the original soundtrack has the Buffalo Springfield version of Mr Soul on it. The film tells the story of several friends in their teens around 1966/67 who share a passion for girls and music (now, that's original... ;o). The soundtrack is released both on vinyl and CD, but Mr Soul is only on the CD.

Palomino Nero

Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 13:34:16 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Kevin Stauffer <kstauffer@therestaurantstore.com>
Topic: Neil Sports Radio

On the sports talk radio station a minute ago, the syndicated Sporting News Radio (simulcast across the country), came back from a commercial playing Motorcycle Mama. It was to tie in with talk about baseball player Jeff Kent who supposedly was injured while riding his motorcycle, which is forbidden according to his contract. Kent denies hurting himself this way, so the story has been in the news lately.

Then, as the two hosts, Chet Coppock and Mike Mulligan, began speaking after the break, they were saying they should get that song off the radio and play another appropriate Neil Young song about Kent State. (Kent State University is in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA hoops tournament tonight). On demand, in about two seconds, they played about 30 seconds of Ohio and the two co-hosts were singing the tune word-for-word out loud!!

After some further banter, the producer of the radio show jumped on the air and mentioned that Ohio knocked Teach Your Children out of the #1 spot after its release.

This was hysterical. All hell broke loose for about two minutes. Quite the flurry of Neil on sports radio!! It was all-Neil radio. It certainly perked me up out of my office chair.

Kevin S.

Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 10:54:24 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: shofheinz@aol.com
Topic: More on the German Rolling Stone interview

The German Rolling Stone special has three articles about Neil, Are You Passionate?, and about patriotism. And it's all kinda overshadowed by Let's Roll, as an expression of some weird patriotism that we in Germany obviously can't handle.

People here tend to interpret the lyrics as an unconditional affirmation of Mr. Bush's war-rhetoric. The German public was really worried about his speeches back then. "Evil", "Satan", "Cowards", "Wanted dead or alive", "Smoke them out"..." All that talk wasn't very well received. So when confronted with this more European point of view, Neil got a little pissed: "Oh, that. There is a certain amount of cynicism in this song that seems to escape people." Well...

He goes on explaining that Let's Roll is all about heroism and human tragedy and has nothing to do with Mr. Bush and his rhetoric. He also talks about Rockin' In The Free World as a song nobody would seriously call a patriotic one.

(Seriously? I happened to be in New York City and I saw both CSNY concerts. With the first chords of Let's Roll the audience started shouting, "USA, USA!!!", and when RITFW closed the first night, someone handed an American flag over to Graham Nash...)

I guess Wolfgang Doebeling, Arne Wilander and some other guys didn't buy Neil's words. They adore him, but they can't get over Let's Roll. According to the magazine, after the interview Neil's management cancelled all meetings with the German press that were confirmed before.

So, please don't send me flames. This is not my opinion about Neil, Let's Roll or patriotism. This is what I see in the German Rolling Stone special. (And I think Willander and Doebeling still love him to death, anyway.)


Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:47:14 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Charles W. Zepp <cwzepp@jonesday.com>
Topic: Metallic Neil

A while back it was mentioned that Metaledge Records was putting together a tribute to Neil. They now have a page on their website about it.

It states "This album takes classic Neil Young tracks and rearranges them to the hard rock and metal genres of today. Hard music purists will enjoy hearing Cinnamon Girl in an industrial fashion. Latter part of 2002 release."

They also mention, "It may even please a die hard Neil Young fan." We'll see!

In case you're interested, they also state that they are still accepting submissions. They promise 8 tracks and say they are still looking for 3.


Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:10:57 GMT    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jules Gray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: Jamming the Waltz

Rhino now has a web page about the upcoming Last Waltz DVD. To quote, in part:

"A never-before-seen 'Jam Footage' segment has been edited by Scorsese and mixed by Robertson specifically for this DVD. This footage includes never-before-seen performances by The Band, as well as guests Butterfield, Clapton, Dr. John, Radle, Starr, Stills, Wood, and Young."
Jules Upon the Sea

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 22:34:35 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Klaus.Krosse@online.de
Topic: Lotta Neil in German Stone

I have received today the April issue of the German Rolling Stone magazine. It has Neil on the cover and includes a 16 page special on Neil. It includes an interview by Wolfgang Doebeling in Boston during the current tour.

Among other things, they talked about...

There is also a discography and some very short book reviews.

German Rolling Stone has Are You Passionate? as album of the month (but only with a *** rating).

... Listening To The Radio

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 09:29:26 -0800    Evening Coconut
Reporter: J. <chapin254@earthlink.net>
Topic: Promo single arrives differently

Well, I got my promo cd reward in the mail yesterday, and it's NOT Goin' Home... It's an edit of Differently...

free-roaming soul

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 17:43:30 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Neilsoldestfan@aol.com
Topic: Weak Link

They had a "Celebrity" version of the Weakest Link show with soap stars on TV last night. One of the contestants was a boy about 10. He got the question "Who did Harvest and Harvest Moon? He guessed "Elvis"...

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 12:03:08 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Jeff <jak@cstone.net>
Topic: Promo single arrives

My Neil promo single arrived this morning from The MindClick Group (the people who did that Neil survey last month). I had totally forgotten about taking the survey and I was a bit surprised when I opened my mailbox and found it there.

In case you want to know, it is an edit of Goin' Home...

Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 13:04:24 -0600    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Paul Drewry <pdrewry@excel.net>
Topic: Hurricane Jezebel

Gene Loves Jezebel just played in Milwaukee, and when the band was almost finished with their set, the lead singer announced "here's one of my favorite songs." And the band launched into Like A Hurricane. They did it slow and moody, which was interesting...

Paul "burned my credit card for fuel"

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 13:29:58 -0330    Evening Coconut
Reporter: John Brophy <brophy@nf.sympatico.ca>
Topic: A what? from north Ontario?

I noticed last night while watching SportsCentral on SportsNet (on CTV in Canada), that as they were showing what would be coming up on the show, as they showed the Curling team from North Ontario, the guy commented, "Didn't Neil Young write a song about a skip from north Ontario?"
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 03:36:16 EST    Evening Coconut
Reporter: andrewbyrom@aol.com
Topic: Passionate Vinyl

I've found Are You Passionate? on double vinyl LP. I've ordered a German release of it from a UK firm called Heyday. It retails for about £18.

Andrew Byrom

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 00:52:14 -0700    Evening Coconut
Reporter: MarcPerlman@hotmail.com
Topic: Blender'ed Neil

Two pieces of Neil content in the new Blender magazine (which is a music spinoff from Maxim magazine) with Shakira on the cover. The mag is pretty horrible, but alas, I spent $6 on a year's subscription.

On page 62, in the Dear Superstar section, Elvis Costello answers questions. In reference to the 9/11 disaster, he says, "There was Neil Young's performance of Imagine on the [America: A Tribute to Heroes] telethon -- a song I can't stand made to mean something by his supernatural performance."

On page 110, in the The Guide: New Releases section, Are You Passionate? is the featured review. It gets a full page. On page 111 is a picture of Neil looking sinister and evil (and (I'm pretty sure its NOT new) with the caption "When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not".

The review gives AYP 4 out of 5 stars (which means diddly squat since Blender is pretty arbitrary, it seems, in its reviewing standards). The subtitle of the article is "The Maverick: Neil Young sounds fresher than he has in a decade." The reviewer argues that since Sleeps With Angels in 1994, Neil has provided "a level of reliable customer service that befits an establishment founded 35 years ago, but at the cost of the pulse quickening frisson that once accompanied a Young album purchase: Oh, dear God, what's he done this time?"

I wouldn't have expected Blender to give Neil 4 stars, much less such a positive review. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars, from what I can discern, is "on Mr. Disappointment he tries a gruff, low register without much success." It's actually a rather witty column with lines such as "When a band breaks ranks, it's controversial and headline grabbing: RADIOHEAD RELEASE ALBUM IN STYLE DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS RECORD; FANS HORRIFIED, SADDENED." And, "His attempt at Jamaican patois on Live Rust's Cortez the Killer remains the stuff of nightmares".   : )


Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 07:00:00 -0500    Evening Coconut
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: NY.com metamorphosis

Last night, the NeilYoung.com web site finally moved beyond just holding a static ad for Are You Passionate? (with Let's Roll playing in the background). It now has a good deal more AYP material and a few other goodies:

Interesting stuff. Check it out...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 10:22:31 +0100    Evening Coconut
Reporter: Thor Henning Bugsett <tbugsett@online.no>
Topic: Euro-Passion date revision

On the official Norwegian Warner Music site, the release date is now listed as April 8th. It was April 2nd for a while (and before that it was March 25th for a while). The site now says, "new and hopefully definitive release date is April 8th."


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