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Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 18:47:20 -0400    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Art Carey <gaspar17@msn.com>
Topic: Mohegan: Don't worry

Regarding the Mohegan show, Jim Koplik, who handles all the concerts in the area for Clear Channel, confirmed on the air (WPLR in New Haven) that Neil IS playing the Mohegan Sun on 6/28. After Mike Labatino indicated then that Pollstar no longer listed a Neil appearance at that venue, Koplik responded with: "Neil Young - Mohegan Sun - June 28."

This was at about 5:15 this afternoon (Thurs).

Throw strikes,
Art Carey

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 18:17:17 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Ian Lockyer <ian@ilockyer.freeserve.co.uk>
Topic: Third London Show!

This just arrived in my inbox....

Dear Ticketmaster music fan,

We thought you should know that Neil Young has announced an extra London show at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith on Saturday 17th May 2003.

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 16:19:59 -0400    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Bob <helpless@nycap.rr.com>
Topic: What's up with Mohegan?

The Mohegan Sun lists Sammy Kershaw on their schedule for June 28th, the date Neil was supposed to be there.

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 22:25:08 +0200 (CEST)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: young montse <ambertomas@yahoo.es>
Topic: Barcelona in September?

In a TV program on Canal 33 TV from Catalunya, they said that in September Neil Young will play at the Forum Of Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain. Aleluya!

Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 21:15:52 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: DeniseDailey@yahoo.com
Topic: Picnic Confirmation

Looks like Neil really is coming to Austin! Just got this note from "Direct Events":

The Friday, July 4th line-up features Willie Nelson, The Dead (Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Rob Barraco, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Chimenti, Bill Kreutzmann, Joan Osborne), Pat Green as well as special guest Toby Keith. Saturday, July 5th will feature Willie Nelson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Billy Bob Thorton. More acts will be announced soon.

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is a Texas tradition. The event attracts people from around the state and around the nation. After a two-year hiatus, this year's event has evolved into a two-day festival and the booking of legends The Dead and Neil Young to share the stage with American icon Willie Nelson.

The beautiful new Two River Canyon Amphitheatre provides the perfect setting for this amazing weekend. Designed as a collaborative effort between Direct Event's Tim O'Connor and land owners James Hebert and Willobee Carlan, the venue incorporates the same indigenous details as O'Connor's nationally recognized and award winning Backyard Live Oak Amphitheatre but in a larger, natural setting. Overlooking the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country, Two River Canyon is just 30 minutes from Austin.

Two River Amphitheater is located at 11750 Highway 71 West in Spicewood, Texas. The venue is 15 miles West of 620 and 9 miles East of US 281 on Highway 71.

INTERNET PRE-SALE: Saturday, April 12th 10am - April 19th
PUBLIC ON SALE: Saturday, April 19th at 10am

Tickets: $40 per show (plus service charge) through 5/9
Tickets: $49 per show (plus service charge) 5/10 - 7/5
TWO DAY PASS: $80 (plus service charge)

Star Ticket Outlets 888-597-STAR or 512-469-SHOW www.startickets.com
Camping available: 1-866-646-CAMP
More info: 512-263-4146

What a treat! I already had my Dead Tickets for Friday, now just need to get tickets for Saturday!

Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 18:34:33 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Dial-a-Croc Dundee <nick@birchfamily.demon.co.uk>
Topic: Glasgow no-go confirmed

Sorry MacRusties, I just got some sad, sad news about the rumored Glasgow show:

Sorry, Scotland is not happening.
  Barry Dickins
  International Talent Booking
  Ariel House

Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 11:07:24 -0600    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Steven Austin <austins@boulder.lib.co.us>
Topic: Denver details

Regarding the shows announced "without further details", in Denver the Rocky Mountain News announced that Neil will be playing at Red Rocks on both July 29 and July 30.

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 18:50:32 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: walty.babe@btopenworld.com
Topic: Glasgow off?

I've seen an e-mail from Neil's European Tour booking agent stating that Neil won't be playing in Glasgow this tour. Bummer.

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 08:24:28 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: William Wallace <bravenewplatypus@austin.rr.com>
Topic: Neil at Willie's picnic?

The Austin American Statesman reports that Willie's "Picnic" (concert) this year will be two days long, July 4th and 5th. They're claiming that the lineup includes The Dead, Neil Young, Beck and Toby Keith.

Since Neil will be in New York on the 4th I would imagine getting the Horse's gear down in a day would be hard. But he does not have another show scheduled until the 16th, so I suppose this is within the realm of possibility,

A solo show perhaps? Official announcement should be "next week".

-William Wallace

Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 10:10:00 -0700    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Bill <zuma_aiko@yahoo.com>
Topic: West Coast Farm Aid

According to this story about Willie's 70th birthday and his plans for this year...

Nelson remains passionate about Farm Aid, which has raised $15 million for family farmers since it began in 1985. He says small farms are failing at an alarming rate. "A lot of people say what's the use of doing it (the concerts) if it's not doing any good," he said. "But I like to think we're calling attention to it every time."

This year's concert is still in the works, but Nelson says it will be in the San Francisco area in the fall.

<peace> b

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 19:00:00 -0400    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Atlanta, St.Louis details

In addition to all previously announced shows, these two shows have now been announced:

At this point, these are the remaining cities from the original tour press release that have not had show details announced: RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 15:24:57 -0400    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: ANDREW GRAY <awgrayarea@msn.com>
Topic: Pittsburgh details

According to a press release I just saw, the Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake show is official:

Monday, June 16 7 p.m.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Lucinda Williams
$65, $45.50 and $29.50 pavilion, and $22.50 lawn
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 14.
Andy Gray
Out on the Main Line

Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 16:17:56 EDT    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Jngland@aol.com
Topic: Minneapolis details

I read in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today that tickets go on sale this Saturday for a June 20 Crazy Horse show at the Target Center.


Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 23:18:26 +0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: scottforester@attbi.com
Topic: Chicago details

Regarding the shows announced "without further details", in Chicago WXRT just announced that Neil will be playing the United Center on June 17.

Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2003 17:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: More shows announced

Three more Crazy Horse dates/venues have been added to those previously announced:


Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 00:09:09 EST    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: EFried4225@aol.com
Topic: Other openers possible?

My friend says he had heard on a radio station that Wilco and The Flaming Lips were opening up for part Of Neil and the Horse's tour this summer.

Erik, Oakland
"After the next goldrush"

Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 08:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Lots of Crazy Horse tour news

A number of shows have now been announced by various sources (venues, Clear Channel, etc) and some have tickets going on sale right away. There are also some cities that have been announced with no further details yet. Here's an update...

Shows on public sale this Friday, April 4:

Shows on public sale this Saturday, April 5:

Shows on public sale next Monday, April 7:

Other announced/scheduled shows not previously announced:

And the following new cities have been announced, without further details:


Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 22:37:28 +0100    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Scott Sandie <surfer-joe@nyas.org.uk>
Topic: Still hope for more UK dates

For those still anxiously awaiting news of the potential Glasgow and Sheffield shows, the latest is that they are both still very much possible. I'm hearing that there is no longer "a problem with venues", and it is expected that a final decision will be taken this week.

The decision would appear to be in Neil's hands. We need the power of some positive thinking from all UK rusties to make these shows happen.....

Scott Sandie

Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 15:39:04 EST    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Connfused@aol.com
Topic: Connecticut rumor solidifying

Regarding the rumor I reported a couple of months ago, I just got a e-mail from a very reliable source that the boys will be at the Mohegan Sun Arena on June 28. No word on tix, but I'm sure it will be soon.

Good place to see a show, 10,000 seats all with very good views. Who knows, you bring an extra 40 or 50 bucks to play with in the casino and the whole night might not cost you anything. Be quick, I'm sure tix will sell out quick.

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 09:18:54 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Brandon Barker <z0s022@yahoo.com>
Topic: More Bonnaroo tips

An earlier report contributed some wisdom on Bonnaroo, and I'd like to add my $.02 worth. Much of what was says is true, such as there only being one road in. I waited in traffic for roughly 3 hours last year.

I am assuming that if people were only going to see Neil they won't be camping, but if they are, campers are the ones who REALLY have to wait. There were some 12+ hour waits last year, I heard.

But I wasn't camping, and once I got to the festival, parking was not a problem... I pulled up, parked, and went to the stage I wanted. And departure wasn't a problem either -- I drove straight out. Of course if one was to be there until the last act finishes on Sunday, it will be brutal. The campers pulling out kill the flow of traffic.

About Neil's show, he'll basically be the only one playing on the main stage, probably 7:00pm-ish. They will allow him as much time as he wants. Bands played until 4AM last year, so it is going to be totally up to him to see how long he wants to go.

Good luck to everyone...

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 15:00:59 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: kevrw@yahoo.com
Topic: LA shows announced

Today's L.A. Times reports Neil and The Horse will be at The Greek on July 22 and 23rd! Opening act is Lucinda Williams.

Giddy Up!

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 08:51:35 -0330    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Fred Tucker <ftucker@morgan.ucs.mun.ca>
Topic: Opening act is...

The venue website for the Toronto show says that Lucinda Williams is special guest at that Neil concert on June 23rd!!!

That's My Style

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 06:34:36 -0000    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Sheffield/Glasgow hints

Got this message from an anonymous source...

Regarding the potential Sheffield show -- it was tentatively scheduled for the 15th, at Sheffield City Hall. It is up in the air at the moment, as Neil may have to fly back to the States at that time. So Sheffield and Glasgow may not happen. They are still trying to find a new date if he has to fly home, though.

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 16:28:43 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: Jeffrey.Doyle@sodexhoUSA.com
Topic: SPAC tix

My friend works for State Farm Insurance in the Saratoga Area, and their company is a sponsor at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He just got order forms for Neil at SPAC, on July 4th. The ticket prices were listed at $79 and $54 inside and $24 lawn.


Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 16:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Toronto announced

Today a Neil Young and Crazy Horse show in Toronto, at the Air Canada Center, was announced. Tickets will go on sale next Monday for a June 23 show.

Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 20:13:29 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: gordon shirk <psychoteacher@msn.com>
Topic: Detroit show likely

WDET radio in Detroit today announced that Neil will be at the DTE Energy Theatre on Sunday June 22. Tickets will be going on sale soon.

Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 10:37:26 -0500    Tour Watch 2003
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Billy Talbot News

From Billy's news column on the Billy Talbot Band website...

  I haven't said anything on our site lately because I've been waiting
  for the time to be right -- when I would be able to report something
  significant to you.  Now is the time...

  First off, I've been finishing and mastering the Billy Talbot Band
  album, and that's now finally complete.  Soon we will announce the
  album's release date -- probably early June.  

  Though the new version of Security Girl on the album is 11 minutes
  long, we are going to provide a shortened "single" version (4:28)
  of the song exclusively for downloading. Watch for an announcement
  when that's ready.

  In other news, I've been working with Neil and Ralph on a new album.
  The album, which is also going to be a DVD, is finished and should
  be out in the next couple of months. I really love this record...

  Also, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be touring this summer, as
  many of you already know.  Hope to see you on the road.....

  Before I wrap this up, I'm moved to comment on recent world events.
  I'd really LIKE to say something positive -- however, I feel a great 
  sadness in my heart.  Once again man has sunk to his lowest common 
  denominator, resulting in war.  Hopefully, this will come to a swift
  conclusion, and the promises that are being made in regards to the 
  rebuilding and restoring of Iraq will be fulfilled.

  However, in my heart I feel that, at this time in the evolution of
  man and humanity, our leaders should never have to resort to war.
  This should be one of man's highest aspirations.  Unfortunately we
  haven't made it there yet...

  We should all pray for peace, and for wisdom in our leaders' hearts.

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