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Tour Watch 2000
(Archive 20: 06/14/00 - 08/31/00)
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Tour-Related Rumors, Snoopings, News Releases

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Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 14:53:35 GMT
From: Greg Lichtenberg <glichtenberg@hotmail.com>
Subject: Potential second Santa Barbara show

On Beck's web site it states that he will be opening for Neil in Santa Barbara on both the 27th and the 28th. Currently Ticketmaster only shows the show on the 27th.

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 12:33:12 -0400
Subject: Pretender replacements

Beyond Denver, the Pretenders will be leaving the Music In Head tour. For the first show to follow (in Phoenix at Desert Sky), the opening act will be Sheryl Crow. At all subsequent shows the opener will be Beck.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 10:36:29 -0400
Subject: MIH Tour: West Coast Leg

That Santa Barbara date mentioned yesterday is now showing up in Pollstar, along with the other four dates that were previously set. So now this is the current status of the post-Denver west coast leg (on-sale dates are THIS week):

City/Venue Public
9/24 Phoenix/Desert SkyFriday
9/25 San Diego/Coors AmphitheatreThusday
9/27 Santa Barbara/S.B.BowlSaturday
9/30 Portland/Rose GardenFriday
10/1 Vancouver/GM PlaceThursday

I suppose that the 28th COULD still be a Bay Area show, but I wouldn't count on it. I'd guess that if the Santa Barbara show sells out quickly they'll add another there.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 10:01:01 -0400
Subject: Santa Barbara?

It's looking like that hole in the schedule between San Diego and Portland on the second West Coast leg of the tour is going to go to Santa Barbara. More details to come, as they materialize...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 17:35:02 -0500
From: Jason Gonulsen <gonulsen@SLU.EDU>
Subject: Naming the band

Neil had mentioned in Pittsburgh that he didn't have a name for the band. Well, he may have named the band last night in Columbus.....

He called it the "Friends and Relatives Band".

first and last

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 15:42:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Christmann <josenoruego@yahoo.com>
Subject: Phoenix News


Today's Arizona Republic announces that Neil will be playing at Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix on Sept. 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am through Ticketmaster.

Take care,
Joe (A happy man in Phoenix)

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 11:29:47 -0700
From: Mike Currie <currie@infomatch.com>
Subject: Vancouver Confirmation

The local radio station confirmed to me by e-mail this morning that the show will be happening, and that tickets go on sale this Thursday. I think this can now be considered almost 'confirmed', but I won't believe it until the tickets are in my hand.

They said other west coast and/or Canadian dates may be forthcoming also.

Lost Dog ... Hound that howls through the night!

Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 18:21:13 -0700
From: Mike Currie <currie@infomatch.com>
Subject: Vancouver news

Local radio station CFMI reported this afternoon that Neil Young "and his band" will be in Vancouver at The Garage on Sunday, October 1. Tickets supposedly go on sale on Thursday August 31. Now it looks like I will make my quota of six Neil shows this year.

Life just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Lost Dog ... Hound that howls through the night!

Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 15:39:26 -0400
Subject: MIH Tour: turning right at the coast?

There were recent rumors of Neil continuing west past Denver and hitting Phoenix and San Diego. The drift I'm getting is that those stops are starting to firm up. Doesn't look like he's going to do any stops further south (like Texas) along the way this time, though.

And now there are new rumblings about a NORTHWEST leg to fill in those gaps in his first pass out there. Probably Portland. Since by then he will have already hit Washington (i.e., the Gorge), hopping over it on up to Vancouver looks likely, too. Stay tuned.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 15:15:10 -0700
From: Dave.Cross@alza.com
Subject: Rage to play Bridge?

Back in March there was a report of Elliot Roberts wanting Rage Against The Machine to play this year's Bridge show. I've now heard a rumor that Rage will play that show. And a Rage news site seems to confirm that. Can't vouch for the accuracy of that page, though...

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 13:05:04 -0400
Subject: Lookout confirms Bridge dates

According to Billboard.com, reporting on Beck playing the Bridge shows on October 28th and 29th:

Dates for the Neil Young-organized event were confirmed by a representative of Young's management, who said this year's performers will not be announced or confirmed until the full line-up is secured.

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:40:08 -0400
Subject: Keltner talks

In a short article on Launch.com, Jim Keltner talks a bit about the current tour....
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 18:16:43 -0400
Subject: MIH Beyond Denver...

I'm hearing fairly strong rumors that Neil won't stop after Denver... Good chance of Phoenix afterward. And then on west to previously-rumored San Diego. Haven't heard anything about venues, or about any shows beyond that. Phoenixers and San Diegans, cross your fingers!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 13:51:01 -0700
From: Dov Golodner <dovdg@earthlink.net>
Subject: Bridge News

This year's Bridge show looks like it's set for October 28 and 29. And according to the news on Beck's website, Beck and his band have signed on to play both days.


Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 12:08:05 -0600
From: Tom Nash <tnash@tanning.com>
Subject: Red Rocks #3 confirmed

FYI... From my reliable Denver media source...

"They just officially signed the third night. Pretenders agreed to do the show after all. It goes on sale Saturday at noon..."
Tom (Music In Head)

Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 18:58:04 EDT
From: JGi5999858@aol.com
Subject: Red Rocks #3?

"The Fox" radio in Denver just announced a 3rd night of Neil at Red Rocks. Said the show has been added, and info coming soon.


Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 14:19:17 +0300
From: Heikki Kyllästinen <heikki.kyllastinen@kolumbus.fi>
Subject: Tegan & Sara at more shows

More tour dates in September have been added for TEGAN & SARA on the Music In Head Tour. They're now openning all shows except those final ones in LA and Denver (at which time they'll be touring Canada on their own).

If you wanna see them at the MIH shows, you better get to the concert ONE HOUR before what reads in your ticket. They've been playing at least a half-hour before the start time listed on tickets at many venues.


Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 12:02:18 -0400
Subject: Music In Head Tonight!

I case you've been under a rock for a couple of months, just want to remind you that the Music In Head Tour starts TONIGHT!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 22:40:08 -0400
Subject: Silver & Gold is history

Next week's tour is being billed as the "Music In Head Tour".
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 11:50:08 -0400
Subject: Big Island Transmission

Today on NeilYoung.com the "Rehearsal at Plywood" video will either be replaced or supplemented (not sure which) with the eagerly awaited rehearsal footage from Hawaii. It's my understanding that there will be 3 songs included, for close to a half hour of video. It's not currently on-line (as of the time I write this), but you can expect it later today, in the "Mirror Theater". Check it out!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 08:55:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa Barrett <lisabarrett_1@yahoo.com>
Subject: Big Farm Aid news

Just got a press release stating CSNY will be performing at Farm Aid on Sept. 17. Others named were Bare Naked Ladies, Travis Tritt, Arlo Guthrie, North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimmy Sturr, Shannon Surfman.

Tickets on sale THIS FRIDAY, August 4.

Also to be available this year: a double CD of 15 years Farm Aid performances!

By the Fire

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 22:57:08 -0400
From: Woodwards <ksrr@ispchannel.com>
Subject: More Farm Aid Acts

According to Pollstar, looks like a couple of Farm Aid performers have been added:

Kevin--Union Man

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 12:01:17 -0400
Subject: Tour Rehearsal Webcasts

Well it's not exactly "live" -- it's to be more like those daily summaries on the Big Brother TV show -- but Neil is going to be providing daily video footage of the Silver & Gold Tour rehearsals for about a week on NeilYoung.com. It's supposed to start today, but as of the time I post this news it hasn't shown up yet. Keep checking and it should show up eventually.

Today's footage will show earlier rehearsals at the ranch. Starting tomorrow there will be new rehearsal footage from Hawaii, and it is to be updated each day for about a week. You should be able to find it all here.

(HyperRust editor's note:Due to technical difficulties, the initial rehearsal video from The Ranch came on-line on Friday and will remain there over the weekend. The Hawaii updates will follow over next week...)

In addition to that footage, there will be a new clip added to the Archives Theater there, too. It will be called "A Visit To The Archives", and Neil himself shot it. This clip should stay around for a while.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 08:09:10 -0400
Subject: This week's on-sales

Reminder of shows on-sale this week:


Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 09:26:14 -0700
From: Don Ahrens <dahrens@cia-g.com>
Subject: More on Albuquerque

According to this morning's Albuquerque Journal, the show is September 6, and tickets to the general public go on sale 7/29/00.

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 13:30:04 -0400
Subject: Albuquerque show confusion

SFX, and the Mesa Del Sol Amphitheater site, too, are both now claiming that the Albuquerque show is going to be on AUGUST 6 instead of the previously reported (and still listed on NeilYoung.com) date of SEPTEMBER 6. If this is true, it would make it the first show of the tour, and they'll have to jump all the way from Phoenix to Virginia Beach in two days -- something not very likely.

I feel very confident that this change is a propagating typographical error. The fact that Mesa Del Sol is an SFX venue, and undoubtably gets their dates from the same source that the SFX site does, would tend to bear this out. Stay tuned...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 20:26:07 -0400
Subject: September 14th resolved...

The September 14th date that had been rumored as a potential Silver & Gold tour stop in San Diego, turned out to be wrong -- the show on that date will be a third stop at the Greek Theater in LA. Sorry about that, San Diego folks!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 12:01:02 -0400
Subject: This week's on-sales

Reminder of shows on-sale this week:


Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 20:32:40 EDT
From: Ohswtlady@aol.com
Subject: Tribute Report

Hi - went to hear Powderfinger Friday nite. The band is off to a really great start (it was their debut performance). They may be mostly the same guys as the CSN tribute band Deja Vu (plus a blonde lady on keyboard doing high harmony), but this was really much cooler than the CSN thing...

Dennis looked like a Weldish Neil -- wig, dark glasses, flannel shirt without sleeves, holey jeans. He really hits the notes! Blew some of the words, but then so does Neil... Gary plays superb lead guitar -- he really wailed on Southern Man (the show closer).

Here's the set list (way too short, imo):


Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 11:54:19 EDT
From: DTheWhiteKnight@aol.com
Subject: The Hit List

I checked the Pollstar "Most Requested Tours" list today, and Neil is Number 1 on the hit list!

Danny Sawicki

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 11:51:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gary Richardi <gary_pr@yahoo.com>
Subject: Neil Tribute Performance

Announcing the debut of our new SoCal, USA based Neil Young tribute band...

8pm this Friday, 7/7 at
6101 Reseda Blvd,
Reseda (at Oxnard), CA 91335

We'll do one 1-hour set! I know this is short notice but we just booked it yesterday! Here's a chance to see and hear some of Neil's classic tunes performed live with dueling guitars and full vocal harmonies. While this is a very new project, most of us have been playing together for 2 years with the CSN tribute band, Deja Vu.

--- Gary ---

Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2000 08:12:13 -0400
Subject: This week's on-sales

Reminder of shows on-sale this week:


Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 07:01:01 -0400
Subject: Red Rocks 2

According to Pollstar and other sources, a second Red Rocks show has been added for Denver on September 20. Tickets go on sale next weekend.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 07:31:14 -0400
Subject: Message from Chrissie

Here's a message from Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, as posted to the Pretenders Archive website:

    June 20, 2000 

    The Young/Pretenders tour is official as we kiss the 
    lotus feet of the master Neil Young.

    Expect to see us stripped back to a four piece (Zeb, 
    keyboards, on tour with Oasis), playing songs you 
    haven't heard for years, if ever.

    See you in August.

    Yours, Chrissie

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 17:37:47 PDT
From: Dave Schonfeld <giantant@hotmail.com>
Subject: S&G Tour already in Top 10

Neil's Silver & Gold Tour debuted this week on Pollstar as the #6 most requested tour, hopping over 'N Sync. This places him up with such illustrious company as AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Britney Spears and Korn.

Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 14:09:05 -0400
Subject: Tix sale date tweaks

On-sale dates have been officially changed for these shows:


Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 12:02:41 -0400
Subject: Opening Act

According to a report on the Reprise news page, the opening act for the August tour dates, playing ahead of The Pretenders, will be the Canadian twin-sister act Tegan & Sara. If I remember right, it was Amber Young who talked her Daddy into signing them to Vapor Records...

Apparently they'll only be opening through the August 31 show in T.O.. No word on whether there'll be a different opener for the shows beyond, in September.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 09:14:57 EDT
From: YogiTeddy@aol.com
Subject: Hershey Correction Correction

I work concert security for Hershey, so I can assure you that Neil's concert will be in the HersheyPark STADIUM!.

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 17:47:47 -0400
From: Gwen Davis-Story <dgbstory@desupernet.net>
Subject: Hershey Correction

I heard on a local radio station that Neil Young's concert in Hersheypark would be at the Star Pavilion rather than the Stadium. This is actually within Hersheypark Stadium, but has a much different atmosphere. The stadium seats 20,000+ while th Star Pavilion seats 7,200. Obviously a more intimate setting. It is outside with reserved seating and a hillside for blankets and beach chairs.

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 09:47:37 -0700
From: Sean Palmerston <seanp@cujo2.icom.ca>
Subject: Third act in T.O.

My music editor at the local arts paper here in Hamilton faxed me a press release this morning on the new Neil Young show announcement for Toronto. Most of it we already know. But besides The Pretenders, they list Tegan and Sara as also appearing...

Canuck Sean

Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 19:41:59 EDT
From: PLong27@aol.com
Subject: The Silver & Gold Band

Sunday's New York Times has an advertisement for the Jones Beach show. It lists the following band members:

Spooner Oldham
Ben Keith
Jim Keltner
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Pegi Young
Astrid Young
Looks like it's going to be a family affair!

Pat Long

Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 15:31:37 -0400
Subject: S&G Tour on-sale dates

Here are the on-sale dates I've been able to run down. They all look pretty solid, except the LA on-sale dates (at the Greek) aren't sure yet. I'll post about them again when I know for sure.


Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 21:00:01 -0400
Subject: Full tour FULL confirmation

The tour dates/cities/venues currently listed in Tour 2000 have now been officially confirmed. More details coming shortly.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 11:07:28 -0400
Subject: Full tour "semi-confirmation"

The Pretenders' management has released a tour schedule that matches what's currently listed in Tour 2000, except for these couple of items:

With this press release I'm going to move the S&G Tour listings to "Likely" status. I don't plan to mark them "Confirmed" until I see something official out of Neil's camp.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 23:28:19 -0500
From: William Wallace <braveh@swbell.net>
Subject: S&G Atlanta "confirmation"

Besides the Farm Aid 2000 date in September, Pollstar is now reporting a Neil Young date on 8/22 in Atlanta at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.


Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 22:14:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph kowalczyk <jekowalcz@yahoo.com>
Subject: S&G Denver shuffle

Word from the promoter at Red Rocks is that the previously reported September 11th date is NOT confirmed. This makes the September 19/20 date(s) on the leaked schedule look more possible...

Date: 14 Jun 00 13:25:12 PDT
From: Carey Danielson <IVERUSTED@netscape.net>
Subject: S&G Raleigh "confirmation"

Heard on the Raleigh radio today: Neil Young plus The Pretenders appearing at Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC on 8/23/00. Tickets on sale 6/24, prices TBA.

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