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Tour Watch 2002
(Archive 26: 1/4/02 - 4/5/02)

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Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 18:05:44 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: PaulAndNic@docweb.freeserve.co.uk
Topic: Euro Band

The Brixton gigs are advertised in the London Evening Standard tonight. The advert says:

Brixton Academy
in person
Neil Young
with a picture of Neil looking thoughtful with his hands cupped over his mouth. Below are jagged patches with each of Booker T, Duck Dunn, Poncho, Steve Potts, Pegi and Astrid, with name and picture. Looks like an old fifties advert.

That solves any doubt about the band, eh?


Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 14:15:19 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: William_Robins@3i.com
Topic: Brixton on-sale

Tickets for the Neil Young Gigs (May 21 and May 22) in Brixton Academy will go on sale at 9:00am UK time this Friday, April 5.

The Academy is a small venue so expect a sell out...

Long may you run

Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 11:55:58 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: chrisboland <chris1977@ntlworld.com>
Topic: NME says Brixton happening

According to NME, Neil will be playing Brixton Academy on May 21 & May 22. Tickets 35. No further details there...

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 10:54:06 GMT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jules Gray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: More on Brixton

I just received the following info about the potential Brixton Academy shows from another UK Rustie. He's given me the go-ahead to pass it on...

"I telephoned a booking agent prentending to be someone in the know. The lady I spoke to was very cagey about confirming anything, but from what she said I think your source could well be right.

"Looking at the bookings in May there is a gap from the 5th to the 10th...could Neil be filling a few of these? Lets hope so."

Jules Upon the Sea

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 01:09:02 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: JMarr43106@aol.com
Topic: Biggest tour of the year

In a San Diego Union-Tribune interview with Croz ahead of the CSNY show, they say:

Their current tour, which stops tomorrow night at the San Diego Sports Arena, is the highest-grossing of the year. The group earned more than $7 million for just seven performances last month, according to Billboard's Boxscore, which tracks all North American concerts.

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 12:45:54 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Mark Fochesato <ctdeadhead@snet.net>
Topic: No Neil In Connecticut

I heard Clear Channel Promoter Jim Koplik on his weekly radio call-in show on WPLR (New Haven) last night. Someone asked if Neil would play Connecticut this summer and his answer was a flat out "NO". He says it's because CSNY just played Hartford, and they don't want Neil to overplay this small market.


Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 14:02:28 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: chrisboland <chris1977@ntlworld.com>
Topic: Glastonbury Rumour

On the eFestivals site, Neil Young is listed as a "strong rumour" for the Glastonbury Festival. It's well known that it's an ambition of organiser Michael Eavis to have Neil play the event. Neil was forced to pull out in '97, and ever since tour plans have not fitted in with the festival. Things seem more likely this year.

Chris Boland

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 08:54:51 GMT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jules Gray <J.A.Gray@bham.ac.uk>
Topic: London shows?

This is from a source in the UK media which I can't disclose but...

There's talk of two shows at Brixton Academy in May, with Booker T, Donald Dunn and Steve Cropper...

This one does come from a very good source...

Jules Upon the Sea

Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 13:39:33 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: No Tomorrows

According to Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth), who personally selects the acts to appear at the All Tomorrow's Parties concert in LA, regarding how some of the acts that will play are more "mainstream" than the mostly "underground" acts that play the festival:

"The idea is to have music that may have a lot of success in the mainstream that we generally do like. You know, Neil Young -- he's a mainstream artist, we'd love to have presented him, and he was willing to do it, but he was committed to touring with CSN&Y."
That would have been pretty cool if it had happened. I wonder what band would have played. Probably the MGs... RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 17:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Tacoma & Portland Shows Rescheduled

According to Tacoma Dome, Ticketmaster and Clear Channel sources, Friday night's CSNY Tour of America show in Tacoma has been rescheduled to April 28. And Sunday night's show in Portland has been rescheduled to April 29. Existing tickets will be honored on those dates. Presumably refunds can be requested from Ticketmaster.

A press release says that the postponment is due to Neil having the flu. There were reports of him having some voice problems at the last show, so it appears that he's going to take advantage of the upcoming extended break to heal up, by going home now instead of next Monday.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 07:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: CSNY 2002 half-done

After last night's show in Minneapolis, the CSNY Tour of America is half-way through. Twenty down, twenty to go. 544 songs have been performed, of well over a thousand that they'll do before the tour is over.

They've performed 39 different songs on the tour so far. Pre-tour, Croz was saying that they've rehearsed about 40, so maybe they'll still pull one or two suprises out of the hat.

Two more shows this week-end (Fri & Sun) and then they'll be taking about a week off.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2002 15:22:56 -0500 (EST)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Joel Healy <jhealy@submail.net>
Topic: Solo Tour rumor

My mom just heard on Q107 radio in Toronto that Neil is going to be touring solo this summer.

Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 23:03:51 -0800    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: beecee34a@netscapeonline.co.uk
Topic: Scotland rumor

According to an article in the Glasgow Herald, either CSN or CSNY will play Edinburgh, scotland midsummer!! I have spoken to various promoters in the area and it is looking to be a sure fire gig.


Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 17:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: CSNY 2002 show #40 added

The final show to be added to the CSNY Tour of America is April 20 at the Baltimore Arena. Tickets will go on sale this coming Saturday February 23 at 10:00am.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 02:52:33 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Tour Swag

While I have a minute, I'll chime in for a bit on the tour merchandise. Given the price of tickets, you shouldn't be all that surprised at the prices of the merchandise. Here's what I remember:

I remember thinking after I shelled out my $50 for t-shirt and program that it cost me less than that for my program and *ticket* to Roger Waters' "In the Flesh" '99 (the ticket price there was $32.50, no matter where you sat).

Hope this helps...

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 13:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Tour Cross-Reference

For those who haven't noticed, the "at a glance" CSNY 2002 Tour of America tour cross-reference is online for your convenience...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 6:00:00 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: And they're off...

The Tour Of America is underway...

Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 19:36:08 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Neil talks tour

In a Reuters article by Gary Graff, both Graham and Neil have a few comments about CSNY's Tour Of America. There have been a number of previous interviews with Nash, but these are the first Neil comments about the tour that I can recall:

"It just felt like a good time for CSNY to go out and play. CSNY's been around for a long time. People of our generation, I think, might get some kind of feeling of comfort or something from coming to a show of ours and seeing that we're still here, and everybody's still here, and we're still doing what we do."
Regarding a comment by Nash about Neil's being in charge:
"I don't run it -- I don't want that responsibility!" he said with a laugh. "The reason I play with CSN is because ... I don't have to sing every song, because I like playing with them. I like being with guys I've known for 30 years that have gone through so much with me. It's a rewarding experience. It's fun to look around and see those guys."

Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 10:18:20 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Euro-tour looking likely...

Regarding the afterthought mention of Neil going to Europe after the CSNY tour, the hosts of the "Rock im Park" and "Rock am Ring" rock festivals feel confident enough that Neil will be playing those big German rock festivals that they're broadcasting it big bold red in the schedules on their websites...

Looks like the guys who did such a great job promoting Neil shows in Germany last summer have convinced him to come on over there again almost immediately after the CSNY tour is over....
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 8:53:35 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Bum <dharmabum@roadrunner.nf.net>
Topic: Nash ready to roll

Here are some excerpts from an article in today's Toronto Sun, where Graham Nash talks about the CSNY tour (which starts tonight).

...Nash says they really had no choice but to perform, given the events of Sept. 11.

"I believe when Neil called and gathered the group together here (in L.A.), I think that he believed, and quite rightly because we all agreed, that it was time to go out. That it was time to play music because, of course, music is quite healing in its way and can take you out of your troubles and transport you to another place for a few hours. I think that might be very valuable." ....

...CSNY held "intense" rehearsals for about two weeks last month. Nash said they rehearsed roughly 40 songs...

...Nash said CSNY has maintained the form of the 2000 show, with two electric sets sandwiching an acoustic set, but they will be playing new songs this time out.


Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 15:50:10 +1100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Mark Sullivan <harvesting@hotmail.com>
Topic: Euro-Summer with Booker T?

This was on the Australian Warner Music site...

CSNY Preps New Songs For Tour
Monday, February 04, 2002

Launch - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is slated to arrive in Michigan on Monday (February 4) for final preparations for its upcoming tour, which kicks off Wednesday (February 6) at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. The quartet and its accompanists--keyboardist Booker T. Jones, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and drummer Steve "Smokey" Potts--will rehearse in nearby Saginaw before moving down to Auburn Hills.

Nash tells LAUNCH that CSNY is planning a set list that will vary from the shows the quartet played on its 2000 tour, including several songs from Neil Young's upcoming album, Are You Passionate?, which is scheduled for release during the tour. "We're probably gonna do Going Home, Let's Roll, Two Old Friends, You're My Girl -- there's four from Neil right there -- and stuff we've never done before. Wasted On The Way, we've never done, ever -- we just never did it. Military Madness, this band has never done."

Jones, Dunn, and Potts all play on Are You Passionate?. Young is planning a European solo tour with those players after the CSNY tour wraps in April.

Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 07:00:00 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: On-sale this week

One more CSNY Tour of America show to go on sale this coming Saturday...

Atlantic City, Taj Mahal Arena (Mar.9 show)

Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 15:11:03 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: JasonColannino@yahoo.com
Topic: Backstage Passes

For $500 a ticket, the Guacamole Fund (a charity recognized by David Crosby) is offering sixth row seats and backstage passes for some of the upcoming CSNY shows...

Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 07:51:54 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: MrBtee@aol.com
Topic: Croz's promise

In an article in the Detroit Free Press, Croz promises a great show. Here's an excerpt...

"If I told you how good it's been you'd think I was trying to hype you," Crosby enthuses after the final rehearsal at Young's ranch in northern California. He attributes much of this to a dramatically revamped backing band compared to the one on the 2000 tour, which brought all four of them together for the first time in about a quarter century. Duck Dunn returns on bass, but he's brought along associates Booker T. Jones on keyboards and percussionist Steve Potts. Add their Memphis spice to the California confections of CSN&Y and the result, according to Crosby, is mind-blowing.

"They're so solid and strong internally," he says, "and it just jelled right away with our internal thing. It was the best first two days of rehearsal I've ever had with any group. We were bouncing around the stage like teenagers, we were so happy. It's an unbelievable band."

This will be reflected in a set list that has also been overhauled. "When we went into rehearsal this time, we reached back for things we hadn't done for a while. Like Wooden Ships, one of our best songs. Or Deja Vu, the title song of our best album. Plus we'll have new songs in the set as well. Neil especially has been writing some incredible stuff."

Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 19:00:28 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: GMROMELL@aol.com
Topic: CSNY on another 'board

Regarding concert billboards, I just returned from Phoenix, where a huge CSNY billboard is prominently displayed on Interstate 10 -- it looks great. It's the Tour Of America background...

3 more days until Detroit!

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 18:14:15 -0600    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jason Gonulsen <harvestmoon8@hotmail.com>
Topic: Details from Stills & Nash

At 5 pm today, K-Hits 96 here in St. Louis interviewed Stills and Nash over the phone for about 10 minutes. Some of the highlights...

All in all, Nash and Stills seemed VERY excited about having Booker T and the MGs as the backing band.

first and last

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 12:46:56 PST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: approd@pacbell.net
Topic: Neil Impetus

There's a Launch news article titled Neil Young Was Impetus For Latest CSNY Tour. An excerpt, quoting Graham Nash...

"We got a call from Neil, who was talking about maybe it's a good time to go out and play some music for the folks, and that it was most appropriate post-September 11. It seemed to make sense to us -- it was a little earlier than we had planned in our lives, but so what?"

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 07:40:19 -0600    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: SteveDittman@hotmail.com
Topic: CSNY on the 'board

I was walking around Milwaukee last night and saw a billboard promoting the CSNY concert at the Bradley Center. I wonder if there are billboards promoting the tour at the other venues around the country as well. I can't recall having seen too many billboards for concerts before...

A Man from Mars

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 10:37:11 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: CSNY in the Taj Mahal

The rumor about CSNY playing a date in Atlantic City has gelled. The show will be on March 9, and tickets will go on public sale on Feb 9.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 08:33:58 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: mt brook <mike@emptybrook.com>
Topic: The usual Glastonbury Rumor

It seems that each year the Glastonbury Festival puts Neil on their list of potential performers. Here's part of the rumor list for this year's festival, which will be held June 28-30...

  Pyramid Stage - day 1
      Moby - rumour  
      The Prodigy - rumour
      Dido - strong rumour  
  Pyramid Stage - day 2
      Coldplay - strong rumour
      Starsailor - strong rumour  
  Pyramid Stage - day 3
      Red Hot Chili Peppers - strong rumour  
      Rod Stewart - strong rumour
      Neil Young - strong rumour
  Pyramid Stage - day unknown
      Beta Band - strong rumour
      Radiohead - strong rumour
      Roger Waters - strong rumour
      Rolf Harris - strong rumour  
      The Who - strong rumour

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 17:00:01 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Coming CSNY on-sales

The remaining scheduled shows go on-sale this coming weekend. Beyond these there's currenly only one other strongly rumored date (Atlantic City), though there are a few holes where more shows could be added. These are going onsale on Saturday, January 26:

San Diego, CA     (Mar.27 show)
Las Vegas, NV     (Mar.29 show)
Austin, TX            (Apr.10 show)
Philadelphia, PA   (Apr.19 show)
And these on Sunday, January 27:
Oakland, CA        (Apr.4 show)
San Jose, CA       (Apr.5 show)
Barely two weeks now until opening night!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:50:46 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Neil Tour Caveat

I think it's best that we not all jump the gun about thinking of the circulating non-CSNY Neil tour reports as an "announced Neil tour". The Billboard report said (emphasis mine):

Young is EXPECTED to tour this summer in support of the new album. Beforehand, he will....
That's clearly a rumor. ArtistDirect has sent out some spam for their Neil-related products, and tried to make it look like something official (by sticking a link to the now dormant NeilYoung.com official site at the bottom of the page), and accompanied it with this variation on that same statement (emphasis theirs):
Neil JUST announced the release date of his new album Are You Passionate?. On March 26th, Neil will release his album which will include the single commemorating the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks entitled Let's Roll. The album will be followed up with a tour by Neil, dates are still to be announced.
The statement "album will be followed up with a tour" could be taken as an official statement if you assume that ArtistDirect speaks officially for Neil. THEY DON'T. Just because the NeilYoung.com site is connected with ArtistDirect doesn't make news that they send out "official". And they didn't say WHEN, anyway.

There are also reports that the source of this rumor comes from "Neil's publicist". It must be noted that said "publicist" is actually a Reprise Records executive, and Reprise has not issued any press releases that announce such a tour. We really have not seen the actual words that this "publicist" has used, except as interpreted by news reports. Until the publicist issues a press release and/or we see an actual quote on the topic, I wouldn't take such reports too seriously.

At this point, that tour must be considered to be a rumor. Could very well happen, but we really don't have any idea when. I wouldn't make any decisions now based on the rumors...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 11:07:39 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: David Lowman <dlowman@hunton.com>
Topic: CSNY at JazzFest?

A rumor is going around that CSNY will be the main headline act for the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazzfest, probably on May 4th...

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 13:38:35 -0600    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jason Gonulsen <harvestmoon8@hotmail.com>
Topic: Summer Neil Tour?

Here's an excerpt from a Billboard article that focuses on the upcoming new Are You Passionate? album...

Young is expected to tour this summer in support of the new album. Beforehand, he will kick off a previously announced tour with his bandmates in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Feb. 6 in Detroit.

Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 14:35:39 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Christine.Young@gartner.com
Topic: Atlantic City?

I just heard from a friend with an inside connection that CSNY will be playing the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on March 9.

One more for the rumor list...
Christine Young

Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 17:12:33 -0600    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: William Wallace <braveheart2323@hotmail.com>
Topic: Austin looking likely

Regarding the rumor of a CSNY tour stop in Austin, Pollstar is now showing an Austin, TX show at the Frank Erwin Center on April 10th!


I have found no ticket information on this yet.


-William Wallace

Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 16:09:25 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Upcoming On-sales

This coming weekend is a big week, covering most of the remaining CSNY Tour of America dates. Only a few shows will go onsale later.

The shows below go on sale this coming Saturday, January 19 (except the two California dates, marked with "*", which go on sale on Sunday the 20th).


Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 07:25:39 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: brake_shoe@yahoo.com
Topic: Another Philly show?

I have heard from an inside source a second CSNY show may be added in Philly -- possibly on a Friday night in April.


Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 15:24:15 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: DrConcert@aol.com
Topic: Another Chicago show

CSNY will be returning to Chicago's United Center on April 25th.


Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 10:19:06 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Joseph K. Coffey <COFFEYJ@RJRT.com>
Topic: Greensboro added

CSNY are going to play the Greensboro, North Carolina, Coliseum on April 16. Tickets on sale January 19. This was confirmed by phone with the coliseum office.

J. Coffey

Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 12:36:51 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Heads-up: CSNY Tour extended

An April 22nd show at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York has been added. Tickets will go on sale THIS weekend (Saturday, Jan 12, 10am).

Note that this is 5 days after the previous "final show" in Atlanta. Looks like they'll be filling in some Northeast venues on the tail end of tour...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 12:15:54 -0800 (PST)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Charlie Macon <planosol@yahoo.com>
Topic: Austin?

My wife just overheard the KGSR (Austin radio station) DJ mention A POSSIBILITY that CSNY may be coming to Austin, TX!!! I just called the DJ to confirm, and she did say it is a possibility... Spread the rumor if you'd like, I wasn't sure if I should spill the beans until we heard further.

CSNY in Austin: cross your fingers... HOOODOGGGIES!

Take care, Charlie

Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 07:31:50 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Portland added

The Rose Garden website now lists a CSNY show in Portland on March 17.
. . .RE*AC*TOR

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 19:19:58 -0800    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Bill Smith <smithart3@attbi.com>
Topic: Tacoma?

Potential good news for us NorthWestern Rusties. Talked to a contact at the Tacoma Dome today and was told that CSNY have been penciled in for March 15th for quite a while and that confirmation should be coming any day. So, given the long layoff between Minneapolis on 3/12 and Phoenix on 3/26 there are lots of show opportunities up here. I would expect at least a Portland or Vancouver BC show the day before or the day after. Damn, there goes the trip to Vegas!
Driving Way Too Fast

Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 17:52:21 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Upcoming On-sale dates

Here are the shows going on sale next Saturday, January 12:

Other known (to me) upcoming on-sale dates:

Other upcoming on-sale dates NOT known (to me) yet: All other shows are already on sale.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2002 09:59:06 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Josh Brown <JBrown@stm.southam.ca>
Topic: CSNY in Copps?

Here's one for the rumour files...

I was chatting with the music critic at the local paper in Hamilton, Ontario and he mentioned that CSNY were thinking of adding a show at the Copps Coliseum hockey arena. He didn't tell me his sources but this is the same reporter that found out U2 was playing in Hamilton weeks before it was officially announced. Keep your ears open if you're in Southern Ontario. Neil has played Copps before.


Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 14:32:13 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Dallas added

According to Ticketmaster, a CSNY Tour of America show in Dallas has been added. It'll be in Reunion Arena, on April 11.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

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