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(Archive 29: 1/7/03 - 3/22/03)

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Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:48:59 -0300 (EST)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Ben Brigman <jharyd1@usweekly.com>
Topic: CC lists Summer Tour shows

In addition to the Coral Sky show, the Clear Channel website now also lists a Tampa show the next day (June 9).

On the Carousel

Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 10:02:09 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Dial-a-Croc Dundee <nick@birchfamily.demon.co.uk>
Topic: Still waiting on Glasgow

Latest I've head from the London-based booking agent at ITB is that they are waiting for Neil to confirm Glasgow, but they are still hopeful. He said it won't be at the SECC if it does go ahead. That's good by me! I hate the black aerodrome.

Still hoping, Nick.

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 20:48:48 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Crazy Horse Tour Confirmation?

According to the schedule on the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach) website, Neil will be playing there on June 8th. No mention of Crazy Horse there, but with Bonnaroo just 5 days later, there can be no doubt.

Tickets on sale next Saturday.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 20:58:42 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: giovanni.pompili@fastwebnet.it
Topic: Spain not in the cards?

Here's an article from a Spanish news website, translated with help from Babelfish, regarding the possibility of a show in Spain:

Neil Young will initiate an acoustic tour

Neil Young will shortly initiate a tour of Europe without accompanying musicians, accompanied only by his guitar. He will be playing acoustic, intimate shows in medium size venues.

The tour will begin the 22nd of April in Stockholm and will complete in Paris the 24th of May. When he concludes his European tour, Young will return to the United States to continue his acoustic tour.

The sad news for all Spanish fans of the mythical musician is that at the moment Spain does not appear in its plans of tour.

Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 14:54:33 +0100 (CET)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Reinhard Lengauer <lranger@diddl.warum.net>
Topic: Austria show announced

Yesterday, the Austrian newspaper DerStandard announced a Neil Young concert:

Reinhard Lengauer, Vienna, Austria

Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 08:19:12 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: jah4168@yahoo.com
Topic: Bonnaroo wisdom

I went to Bonnaroo last year and had a blast. However many pitfalls await those who will be spending some time in Manchester, TN this year.

Some may be planning to attend JUST Neil's show. Let me state emphatically that this is a highly risky plan. There is only one road in and out of Bonnaroo (REALLY!). As you can imagine, that road, and the roads leading to it, get quite congested. We arrived at 6:30 AM on the morning of the first day of the festival and were in line ALL DAY.

Then, once you get into the festival grounds, it is very difficult to navigate the sea of humanity and vehicles to get to an exit. Even if you get to an exit, the one road is often blocked from leaving for one reason or another. My suggestion, is to plan an extra DAY before the festival (to sit in line) to get in, and to give yourself plenty of time to get home. Camping near an exit is a REALLY good idea if you don't want to spend 10+ hours trying to get out after the last band.

If you plan on arriving a couple hours before Neil goes on, you will definately miss him. Even after getting into the grounds, you will also have an extremely difficult time parking.

More tips:

Well, you get the drift... It's a really BIG festival...

I'll take a pass this year (even with Neil), but would recommend everyone check this out once. GOOD LUCK!!

talking in rhyme...

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2003 17:10    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Scott Sandie <surfer-joe@nyas.org.uk>
Topic: More on Glasgow, Sheffield

There has been a problem with venue involved in the proposed Glasgow date, which as far as I am aware hasn't yet been resolved (although I don't know what the problem is or where the venue is). It's fingers crossed that they get it resolved and the gig goes ahead. The word is that Neil remains very keen to play there.

As far as I know there is NO Sheffield gig in the schedule. That said, there remains a tempting gap for more UK shows between the last Dublin show and the first night at Hammersmith. Can't believe he's going to have 4 nights off in a row.... Talk about sleeping on the job.....

With a bit luck Glasgow will turn out to be Friday 16th or Saturday 17th. Saturday night in Glasgow with Neil solo acoustic would be ultra cool...

Scott Sandie
surfer-joe "he caught the big one but he let it go"

Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 08:57:47 EST    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Dbarton856@aol.com
Topic: Crazy Horse in SoFla?

According to "Big 106" (FM 105.9) here in West Palm Beach, Neil (with Crazy Horse, I think) will be playing at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in June.

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 04:28:45 EST    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: GILLANIAN@aol.com
Topic: Manchester date confirmed

In addition to the London dates, the May 21 show at the Apollo Manchester are confirmed. They're actually on sale now.
Cheers, Ian

Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 18:54:49 +0000 (GMT)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Tom Moran <tommoran_2000@yahoo.co.uk>
Topic: London dates confirmed

According to the Ticketmaster site, Neil Young solo tour tickets will be on sale Friday, 14th March 2003, for shows at the Apollo Hammersmith, on May 18 and May 19. Internet sale will start at 0900h.

Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:47:20 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: joe_dumont <nishernosher@hotmail.com>
Topic: No show in Rome?

In response to a note I sent to the promoter of the Italian Solo shows, I just received this message about the show in Rome:

    Dear Joe
    Sorry, but the date in Rome has been cancelled because
    of production problems.  The only date in Italy will be
    in Milan, May 3 at the Teatro Smeraldo.
      Best regards,
      D'Alessandro e Galli

Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 07:16:13 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: heyheymymy@poetic.com
Topic: Belgium show confirmed

Here's the confirmation of the Antwerp show. Tickets will be available by phone at +3290000311. Prices up to max of € 129. The venue is the Koningin Elisabethzaal.

All the best,

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 20:28:57 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Room To Grow <r2g@thesauros.nl>
Topic: Belgium show rumor

Amongst Belgian and Dutch Rusties, rumors about a show on May 23 at the Koningin Elisabethzaal in Antwerp, Belgium are circulating. It's supposed to be formally announced next Tuesday. The original source is said to be well-informed...

Take care,

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 15:10:01 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Andrew.Woods@eei.ericsson.se
Topic: Dublin sell-out speed record

Regarding the three Neil shows in Dublin, Hotpress.com says:

Neil Young's three landmark shows in
Vicar St sell out in fifteen minutes

Neil Young has broken the Vicar St. house record by selling-out not one, not two, but three shows in 15 minutes.

The first of these shows, for which the ticket price was set at EUR105, sold out an amazing five minutes after going on sale this morning at 9am. When tickets for two previously unannounced additional dates were immediately made available due to the phenomenal demand, they too were near-instantaneously snapped up in a further ten minutes.

That means 3,000 people will get to see the Canadian legend when he sets up shop in the Liberties from May 11 to 13.

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 09:19:29 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Thor.Henning.Bugsett@broadpark.no
Topic: Fast sell-out in Sweden

On Saturday both the Norwegian shows were sold out in about one hour. But in Stockholm today, I got through 1 second after 9 o'clock and only got 10th row. 3 minutes past 9 everything was completely sold out!

Is that a new record? About 1500 seats sold out in 3 minutes!


Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 09:12:47 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: David Fallon <loughhouse@eircom.net>
Topic: Dublin date added

Ticketmaster is now showing a THIRD night at Vicar Streeet in Dublin: Tuesday 13th May.
  David Fallon

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 09:09:19 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: David Fallon <loughhouse@eircom.net>
Topic: Fast sell-out in Dublin

Neil Young sold out both of his Dublin concerts (May 11 and 12) at Vicar Street within minutes of going on sale at 9am on Monday 10th, May. I know, I didn't get any tickets, despite trying my best....

Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 15:24:58 -0800    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Chris Lawrence <mustang@islandnet.com>
Topic: Bonnaroo date

I'm told Neil will be playing at Bonnaroo the same day as Sonic Youth: June 13th.


Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 12:34:00 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Mark Giles <ml.giles@virgin.net>
Topic: England rumors

I've received second hand info that ITB (who promotes shows in England) is saying that Neil will play the Apollo Hammersmith in London. Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield will also be visited as well.


Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 09:45:18 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Ragnar Andersen <RANDERS1@CHELLO.NO>
Topic: Fast sell-outs in Norway

Tickets to the Oslo and Bergen shows in Norway sold out in no time this morning. The internet booking system didn't work and phone lines were jammed. There were nowhere you could stand in line to get tickets.

Ragnar in Oslo

Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2003 16:28:00 -0800    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Andy Gadiel <andy@jambase.com>
Topic: Crazy Horse at Bonnaroo!

Just got the following news about this year's Bonnaroo Festival:

    From: Bonnaroo Music Festival <info@bonnaroo.com>
    Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 4:27 PM
    Subject: Bonnaroo Mailing List 3/7/03



    We are proud to announce the following
    additions to the Bonnaroo 2003 line-up:

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    Alison Krauss & Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas
    The Flaming Lips
    Emmylou Harris
    Funky Meters
    Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon 
    Ben Kweller
    Robinella & the CC String Band
    Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey
    The Slip
    Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
    Vusi Mahlasela of Amandla! 
    My Morning Jacket
    DJ Spooky
    Jason Mraz
    Polyphonic Spree
    Drive-By Truckers
    Kaki King

    More artists to be announced soon.


    Only a very limited amount of tickets remain
    for the festival and we expect the event to
    be sold out very shortly. Once the remaining
    allotment of tickets have been sold no other
    tickets to the event will be released.
Peace, Andy Gadiel

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 12:52:30 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Euro Tix

Several of the Euro shows are already on sale, at least via the net. Some without actual notification. If you're planning to get to a show, better go ahead and check on-line or by phone to see if your show's tix are already being offered. You'll probably find the numbers or links in the Tour2003 pages. If you find links or info that's not in there, pass the word to me.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 12:02:11 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: David Fallon <loughhouse@eircom.net>
Topic: Second Dublin date added

According to Ticketmaster.ie, Neil will be playing TWO nights in Dublin's Vicar Street venue. As posted already, he'll play on Sunday, May 11th. But now an extra show on Monday May 12th has been added.
David Fallon

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 11:13:40 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Holland date retraction?

The Amsterdam date has disappeared off of the Heineken Music Hall website. Let's hope that's just temporary...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 11:01:57 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Mark Dubbeldam <mdubbeldam@hotmail.com>
Topic: Holland date announced

According to the Heineken Music Hall website:

A Very Special Evening With Neil Young
08 May 2003 20.00 h.
€ 89 / € 83 / € 78/ € 72
On sale 15 March
Cheers, Mark

Date: 06 Mar 2003 11:19:09 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Jens Nielsen <jens@cobit.dk>
Topic: Denmark date announced

Neil solo is confirmed to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 27. in this news story.

Neil Young
When: Sunday, April 27, 20:00
Where: Falconer Salen, Falconer Centret, 2000 Frederiksberg
It's also mentioned on the promoter's site.

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 18:42:51 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Twilight <brigitte.genevee@wanadoo.fr>
Topic: France date announced

According to a promoter's site, Neil will play in Paris at the Palais des Congrès on the 24th of May. :-)


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 12:40:10 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Bill <zuma_aiko@yahoo.com>
Topic: Tour rumor (non-Europe)

Just off the phone with a "friend" from the Jones Beach box office, who confirms that Neil is definitely in the mix for a show there this summer. This is a normally reliable source who has worked at the facility for a bit.

Unfortunately, this has Clearchannel written all over it.

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 12:36:50 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: drutherford@firstireland.ie
Topic: Ireland date announced

Just a quick note to advise that Neil Young has been confirmed to play Dublin, Ireland on the 11th of May, at Vicar Street. This is a small venue, should be fine for an ascoustic set. Tickets on sale Monday.


Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 12:29:34 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: shamrock_bones <e7daniel@etek.chalmers.se>
Topic: Sweden date announced

According to this news article, Neil Young will play a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 22nd of April, at the venue Cirkus. Tickets will be released on Monday.

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 12:16:17 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Mr. Grumpy <m.grumpy@tin.it>
Topic: Italy dates announced

Breaking news (officially confirmed by the promoter):

Neil Young in Concert (solo acoustic):
May 3 - Milan - Teatro Smeraldo
May 4 - Roma - Auditorium S.Cecilia
All the best,

Mr. Grumpy

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 10:15:34 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Jone.Fredriksen@kongsberg-seatex.no
Topic: Norway dates announced

Two Neil solo concerts in Norway this Spring have been confirmed. The concerts are said to be solo with Neil only bringing his guitar(s), harmonica and pump organ.

April 23: Oslo KonsertHus, Oslo
April 25: The Ole Blues Festival, Bergen

Ticketprices in the range of 1000-1200 NOK (ca $125-150). All seated venues, with 1500-2000 seats.

Best regards
Jone Fredriksen

Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:14:50 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: heller-elspass@t-online.de
Topic: Tix for German dates

Regarding the Alte Oper show, I actually ordered tickets on that site this morning (before it disappeared) and got an confirmation email. The price was 115 Euro (~120 US greenbacks). Not bad for a one-man-show!

Later when I found out that Neil had disappeared from the site, I phoned their hotline. They told me that the ticket sale was open "by a kind of accident" or something like that, but that I wouldn not have to re-order.

Regarding the Berlin show, there are rumors that tix will go on sale today.

I hope Neil will not do that ham-sandwich or Brixton routine again.

greetings from germany

Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 11:41:08 +0000 (UTC)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Roel van Dijk <rdvdijk@sdf.lonestar.org>
Topic: German date retraction?

After being there yesterday, Neil has now disappeared from the Alte Oper site...

Let's hope this is just a mistake...

"Obviously Doing Well"

Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 18:24:21 +0000 (UTC)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Roel van Dijk <rdvdijk@sdf.lonestar.org>
Topic: German date confirmation?

This page on the Frankfurt Alte Oper site does show the listed date!

"Obviously Doing Well"

Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 17:54:09 +0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: FrankB <frank@neil-rocks.de>
Topic: "Official" German Neil dates?

According to this official-looking German Neil site: www.neilyoung.de, the following tour dates for Neil in Germany are set:

29. 4. Hamburg, CCH 1   [details]
30. 4. Berlin, Tempodrom   [details]
1. 5. Frankfurt, Alte Oper   [details]
5. 5. München, Philharmonie   [details]
7. 5. Stuttgart, Liederhalle   [details]
9. 5. Hannover, Kuppelsaal   [details]
Compared to the earlier rumor, this tour leaves out the previously mentioned Dresden and Düsseldorf dates, but adds München and Hannover.

~feel no evil~

Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 20:30:41 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: fishersdave <old_green_plymouth@hotmail.com>
Topic: Touring in Summer?

According to Mark Brown of the Rocky Mountain News, Neil is among the acts touring (the U.S.) this summer.


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 20:24:41 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Scott Sandie <surfer-joe@nyas.org.uk>
Topic: Neil in Japan rumor

I've just been told that Elliot Roberts has been in Japan this month, trying to book halls for a summer tour with Crazy Horse. The source is purely unofficial, but reliable. If he's doing Japan, he'll do Australia too.

Better start saving now.......

Scott Sandie
"he caught the big one but he let it go"

Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 09:00:53 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Neil guests at the Fox

Got the following short Neil report yesterday from a Rustie who was at the Lyle Lovet, John Hiatt, etc, show at Redwood City's Fox Theater on Friday. He had seen Neil in attendance at the Theater prior to the show.

After they {Lyle Lovett, etc} all played a while, LL invited Neil to perform. He came down from the balcony, climbed on stage, and played Love and Affection (very appropriate for Feb. 14th). The crowd loved it, of course.

LL was great, John Hiatt was really good! It was a fun nite!

I doubt Neil will be back tonite. I know we are goinig to bed early!

Anybody at the second show last night?
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 01:57:29 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: fishersdave <old_green_plymouth@hotmail.com>
Topic: Touring in March?

Someone on the "dylanpool" list posted this on Feb 7, while we were all talking about golf. Thought I'd share it...

"I hear {Neil} is touring in March for the new album. Ralph on drums, Billy on bass, Ben Keith on steel, and that's all I've heard. Watch out for shows in late Feb. at the Fox in Redwood City, CA."
BTW, remember that marketing poll on NY last year from the bay area? Some of my ideas were that Neil should tour Dylan style, playing smaller cities and towns. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway. I think it's so cool to watch a show in out of the way places rather than the large metropolises. And with the ticket price similar to Bob's shows as well...

SackOf Dreams

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 15:43:48 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: heller-elspass@t-online.de
Topic: Rumored German dates "postponed"

I´ve just received mail that tells me:

"The planned March tour with Neil Young is postponed to a still not known date."
Sorry about that...

greetings from germany

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 16:46:28 EST    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Connfused@aol.com
Topic: Neil in Connecticut rumor

Yesterday on WPLR 99.1 in New Haven, Connecticut, on the "Mike and Jimmy Show", Jimmy Koplik of Clearchannel answered a caller's question about whether Neil has any plans to tour. Koplik stated that Neil would probably stop at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in late June or July this year. He stated that he had previously booked him there twice last year, but that he had canceled twice. Let's cross our fingers for this year, and hope it's with Crazy Horse.

Dwight C.
Higganum, CT

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 16:23:28 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Matt Segal <iggy-man@rogers.com>
Topic: Neil in Detroit rumor

A close friend of mine is a season ticket holder at the DTE Energy Music Amphitheatre in Detroit, and he said that among the acts that are scheduled to be playing there is... NEIL YOUNG!!! No dates given as of yet...

"I still can't remember when or how I lost my way"

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 15:57:34 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Romas Bielke <romasb@web.de>
Topic: Neil in Germany rumor

I just got my hands on the newest edition of Marek Lieberberg's press info magazine, which lists TENTATIVE solo Neil dates for Germany! They do point out that none of the dates have been confirmed. Here are the dates:

Neil Young solo
12.03. Hamburg, CCH
14.03. Dresden, Kulturpalast
15.03. Berlin, ICC
23.03. Frankfurt, Alte Oper
24.03. Stuttgart, Liederhalle
30.03. Düsseldorf, Philipshalle
If it's a hoax, it wouldn't be first, right? But since MLK are one of the biggest concert promoters in Germany, there might be some truth to it. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

(Goettingen, Germany)

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 02:24:53 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: StephenTheSoxFan <cskm@aol.com>
Topic: Neil in Pittsburgh rumor

I found this interesting. The Station Square Amphitheater in Pittsburgh is trying to sell season tickets for this summer. Neil is listed as touring this summer.

Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 18:31:31 -0600    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Dennis Widdows <CHICAGOTWOWAY@prodigy.net>
Topic: Neil in Spain rumor

Just found this article on a Spanish website about efforts toward a Neil show in Bilbao, Spain. They also want Tom Jones and Mike Oldfield...

Strictly rumor???

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 12:02:06 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Bill <zuma_aiko@yahoo.com>
Topic: Neil tour rumor

Just off the phone with my friend from the left coast. I asked her to check with our friend "X" who works/worked for Warner in Burbank (is that vague enough?) and can get still get "details".

X says there is a gear up for a spring-ish tour, but there is uncertainity whether it will be with Booker T & the MGs, with Crazy Horse, or solo. Europe again being considered. X even said perhaps two tours. If so, then one definitely solo.

Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 05:30:08 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Tour of America #11

According to a Pollstar article, in gross ticket sales, the 2002 CSNY Tour of America came in at #11 last year. Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones topped the list. Full list is here.

This is the first time in the past 20 years the Stones have toured the US and *not* come out on top. Their average ticket price was $119 - Macca was at $130. Dave Matthews was at $40, and came in at number one for the largest attendance - over 1.5 million tickets, more than 400,000 ahead of second place.

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