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Tour Watch 2002
(Archive 27: 4/8/02 - 8/23/02)

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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 16:19:56 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Ed Ingraffia <eji@SkyStream.com>
Topic: Bridge Cheese?

There was an earlier hint that String Cheese Incident were going to play the two Bridge show dates (October 26 and 27). But now their website shows them playing Greek Theater in Berkeley on the 26th (and the 25th, also). I suppose they COULD play an earlier Bridge set that day then do a full show of their own that night 40 miles away. And they do still have Sunday open. We'll see.

- Ed

Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 01:30:46 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: JMarr43106@aol.com
Topic: Farm Aid TV

Farm Aid TV broadcast times (on CMT) have been set for 5:00pm to 12:00 midnight Eastern Daylight Time.

a dog that bites

Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 14:57:54 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Rick Lewandowski <rlrs@attbi.com>
Topic: More Bridge clues

According to the main Ryan Adams fansite, Ryan will be playing the Bridge School Benefit on October 26 and 27.

Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 14:28:10 -0230    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: David Murphy <hcc.murdavid@hccsj.nf.ca>
Topic: '03 Tour?

Spoke to Elliott Robert's office at the end of last week and I was told Neil will begin his next tour in February 2003. No details on the band or musicians...

"Red Lights Flashin"

Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 15:25:51 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Tour clues

I've heard second-hand from a promoter well east of California that the previously rumored Neil tour next year, with Lucinda Williams involved, is really in the works. Hopefully that'll actually end up coming off!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 17:09:24 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: M Segelman <jgb100@hotmail.com>
Topic: Bridge clues

It looks as if this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert is tenatively set for October 26 & 27, with String Cheese Incident making an appearance there. I found that if you go to their tour dates page, and click on the "Stay Tuned For Details" dates in October (listed as being in San Francisco), the pop up window tells you that the dates are for "Bridge School".

Looks like fun! Let's just hope we can all get tickets.


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 12:07:48 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: B A <lonvor@yahoo.com>
Topic: Truckers at Farm Aid

I just read on the Drive-By Truckers' website that they are playing Farm Aid!

Patterson Hood is a pretty cool guy and a big Neil fan. His song Ronnie and Neil (from the DBT album Southern Rock Opera) is a real tribute to both Skynyrd and Neil. It'd be cool if they play it at Farm Aid...

Tired Eyes

Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 00:48:20 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Solo Dave at Farm Aid

According to the official Dave Matthews Band fanclub, Dave will be performing solo again at Farm Aid this year, just as he did in 2001 and at last year's Bridge Benefit. Makes the chances are pretty good for a Dave/Neil combo on a song or two...

Wonder who else may be showing up - I'm guessing Martina McBride again, or someone else to further represent the country genre. Lucinda maybe? How great a show would that be?

Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2002 22:04:59 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Steven Sloop <meona@bellatlantic.net>
Topic: Farm Aid presale

Besides the Farm Aid tickets that go on sale to the public on Saturday, according to a press release to "Friends of Farm Aid", there will be an internet presale this Thursday, August 8th.

Steven Sloop

Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 13:51:33 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: macgeo@mac.com
Topic: Farm Aid tix this Saturday

Just been notified by the Dave Mathews "Warehouse" website that tickets for Farm Aid go on sale this Saturday, August 10, at 10am.

Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 03:38:20 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Lee Galsecretary <lgalsec@hotmail.com>
Topic: Farm Aid announcement coming

One of the local radio stations reported that an announcement will be made this week (of August 5), perhaps around the middle of the week, regarding Farm Aid (ticket prices, possibly added acts, etc).

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 12:49:18 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: JWOL16@aol.com
Topic: With Lucinda? In Feb?

According to a fan page with a review of a recent Lucinda Williams concert, it's noted down toward the bottom that Lucinda Williams may be touring with Neil in February. If true, this would almost certainly be a U.S. tour, as Lucinda fears flying and rarely tours outside the states.

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 10:20:25 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jonathan Criswell <letsrolljc@yahoo.com>
Topic: Touring next year?

Hey, just heard from Neil's sister Astrid:

"...as far as I know the tour has been pushed back to january '03, but who knows for sure? Not me."
Well, that might answer some questions. Looks like I'll have to do with Farm Aid this year...

Cheers, Jon

Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 07:56:37 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Johnny Jensen <prv.joj@ci.kk.dk>
Topic: No other tour this year?

In her travel diary (on her web site), Astrid Young includes this within the long passage from July 12...

"Looks like the Neil USA-tour that was potentially going to start in the fall will probably not happen, of course this could change."
Forever Young
Johnny Jensen

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 20:15:52 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Farm Aid press release

This is from the Farm Aid people...

July 23, 2002

Becky Marquis


Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Headline 
Fifteenth Family Farm Benefit Concert 

SOMERVILLE, Mass.— Get ready Pennsylvania!
Farm Aid 2002 is heading your way.

Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson announced today that the 
family farm advocacy organization will hold its 15th benefit concert 
on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in western 
Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. 

"We're glad to bring our first Farm Aid concert in the northeast to 
Pennsylvania," said Nelson. "We know Pennsylvania farm families work 
hard on their land, and Farm Aid 2002 will celebrate and honor their 
efforts. The enthusiasm and support for family farms in this part of 
the country inspires us all to keep working to strengthen family 
farmers who produce healthy food for all of us." 

The stellar Farm Aid 2002 lineup features co-founders Nelson, John 
Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Farm Aid's newest board member 
Dave Matthews. More artists will be announced soon, along with ticket 
prices and the concert's on-sale date. 

So what can first-time concert attendees expect from Farm Aid's mega-

"We're always fortunate to have top artists who donate their time and 
talents to support farm families," said Farm Aid Executive Director 
Carolyn Mugar. "The wide range and combination of music from the Farm 
Aid stage always guarantees a unique and exciting show. You won't 
want to miss a minute of Farm Aid 2002." 

Farm Aid is coming to Pennsylvania at a critical time for the state's 
agriculture. Just as Pennsylvania family farmers are embracing 
sustainable agriculture practices and creative partnerships with 
urban consumers, rural communities are fending off the advances of 
factory hog farms that are trying to gain a foothold in many areas of 
the state. Nelson says these corporate-run operations have polluted 
many previously healthy rural areas across the country, and he 
believes it will take continued strength and resolve for Pennsylvania 
farmers, consumers and policymakers to oppose the companies' 
initially appealing offers. 

"People in Pennsylvania know how much family farmers contribute to 
the state's health, food quality, economy and environment. Farm Aid 
2002 is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the perseverance of 
farm families and stand strong with them against the growth of 
factory hog farms in rural Pennsylvania," said Nelson. 

For the fifth consecutive year, Farm Aid 2002 will be telecast live 
on CMT: Country Music Television. CMT, America's No. 1 country music 
network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts 
and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music 
artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive 
videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV 
Networks, reaches 60.2 million households in the United States. 

Event sponsors include: Texas Roadhouse Restaurants, Whole Foods 
Market, Organic Valley, Allegro Coffee and Natural Touch. 

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first 
Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family 
farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave 
Matthews joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001. Farm Aid has 
raised more than $24 million to promote a strong and resilient family 
farm system of agriculture. Through public education and direct 
grants, Farm Aid supports national, regional and local efforts to 
promote sustainable agriculture, fight factory farms, advocate for 
fair farm prices, and provide credit counseling and direct assistance 
to farm families.

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 09:30:49 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jcstevens55@cs.com
Topic: Farm Aid announced

Took a week after HyperRust announced it, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Willie has confirmed the Farm Aid date and location...
Jason Stevens

Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 19:19:17 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: HipyGrlSml@aol.com
Topic: Farm Aid to be on...

Here it is, kids: Farm Aid will be on.... <drum roll here> September 21st.

Peace and Farm Aid, Hippy Girl's Smile

PS: It was passed to me that poor Willie didn't know where Burgettstown was exactly... He will find out that it is rural indeed.

Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 10:42:54 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: HipyGrlSml@aol.com
Topic: Farm Aid to be at...

Just got a message from my Farm Aid connection... Here it is, kids: Farm Aid will be at....<drum roll here> the Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA (formerly known as Star Lake).

No date was given to me, but will pass that on as soon as I know.

Only a 5 hour jaunt for me -- YAY !!!!!!!!
Kathy Hippy Girl's Smile

Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 14:04:06 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: ECR712@aol.com
Topic: Jersey?

Think I'll whip up a little frenzy here on a hot Holiday weekend...

Going into work here in NJ on Monday, the electric Rockin' In The Free World is on the local radio dial (a great way to start the day). After the song, is over, the DJ sez, "RITFW, Neil Young. Look for Neil to perhaps be in our area in August..."

These guys are ususually right on the money with these things. And checking the calendar, except for a couple of odd dates early in August, there's 5 open dates the last week of August at the PNC in Holmdel. Nothing firm, just rumor and speculation.

Discuss, and have a great weekend.

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 13:39:03 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Felix <goldrush@bluewin.ch>
Topic: Rock im Park am TV

German TV channel BR 3 will broadcast 45 minutes of Neil at Rock im Park next tuesday. See their website.

at the end of the day

Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 00:32:36 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Marty Kenlon <martay@earthlink.net>
Topic: Neil & Los Lobos?

A snippet from the Los Lobos Mailing List. This is from a posting by the city editor of the Anchorage Daily News, who interviewed members of Los Lobos before a show in that town:

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
"We walked in, introduced ourselves and sat down next to Louie and had a nice conversation. I told him I loved the new album....

I asked about the upcoming tour, and -- here's the news -- he said there's talk of touring with Neil Young in the fall. If it doesn't happen, they'll probably just keep touring on their own, he said."
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =


Man, on man! Los Lobos does killer versions of Down By The River and Cinnamon Girl, just for starters! Those two bands would burn down every venue they played in!!!

Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 14:53:50 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Chris.Broadway@blueyonder.co.uk
Topic: No Brixton reschedule

Just received this from my Brixton Academy ticket supplier:

"We are writing to inform you that NEIL YOUNG at Brixton Academy, London on 22/05/2002 has been cancelled, and will not be rescheduled."
Chris Broadway

Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 10:28:02 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jason Gonulsen <harvestmoon8@hotmail.com>
Topic: Inside Info

Just read Astrid's travel log for today, where she talks about what happened in Brixton. She reports that Neil was sick with a sore throat and congestion, and should be at home by now.

She also says that there is a possibility that the dates (more than 1 perhaps) will be made up in August (when Pegi needs to go to Copenhagen anyway).

Looks like no US dates till late August/September if at all.


Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 08:16:37 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: danny <heyheymymy@poetic.com>
Topic: Probably no CSNY in Italy

Regarding the Norwegian Newspaper mentioning a CSNY gig at the Arezzo Festival in Italy: I have no idea about the newspaper's sources, but the website for the Festival doesn't mention CSNY at all. It's doubtful there will be a CSNY gig there.

Too bad.


Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 19:00:00 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Second Brixton gig cancelled at last minute

Reports are coming in from Brixton that the second show there has been cancelled "due to illness". More details coming as the story develops.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Update: A "press release" has been issued, explaining that the show was cancelled due to a throat problem for Neil. It also claims that the show will be rescheduled for a later date...

Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 16:21:10 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Bjarte Rambjør Heide <Bjarte.Heide@chello.no>
Topic: Itallian CSNY rumor from Norway

According to a big Norwegian newspaper, CSNY will be playing at the "Arezzo" festival (?) in Italy, which runs July 3 - to July 7.


Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 17:51:02 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Graeme Macdonald <gj_macdonald@yahoo.co.uk>
Topic: Other opening Act

I checked with the Brixton Academy, and apparently the support for the Wednesday show will be Spiritualized.

From Scotland to Brixton,

Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 11:03:42 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Chris Boland <chris1977@ntlworld.com>
Topic: Opening Act

NME is running a story saying that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been hand-picked by Neil to open the Tuesday Brixton show in London. Hope the Wednesday support is as good (that's when I'm going).

Chris Boland

Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 16:18:37 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Where's Neil?

Don't freak about Neil not showing up on the Rock am Ring webcast right at the time that his set was scheduled (10pm local time, 4pm Eastern US time).

For example, Star Sailor (who just began, unscheduled, on the Webcast at about 10:10 local time) were scheduled to have started their set at 9:30 (3:30 EDT) on the Alternastage. So at least THAT stage is running behind right now, by at least 45 minutes.

It's a safe bet that the Main stage is also running behind. Assuming Neil hasn't nixed the webcast, I'd expect it to begin in a little while. Or maybe they'll just record it and play it back later. Keep checking in!
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 17:55:23 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Ricky <viemme@viemmecostruzioni.it>
Topic: Neil in Italy?

I just heard on Italian radio that Neil will be in Italy after the London shows or later. In a few days we will know the details...

I hope this is true!!!
Bye bye, Ricky

Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 13:52:44 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jim <zooey91@dikel.net>
Topic: NO surprise show tonight

Well, I just called the Great American Music Hall box office and asked if they would be selling tickets for tonight's rumored show.

The response was "Neil Young is not playing here."

Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 18:27:22 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Dyre <dyre09@yahoo.com>
Topic: Surprise show TONIGHT

Neil is playing a "surprise" show tonight, May 10th, at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City, CA. Tickets went on sale at 3pm today after being announced by KFOG today at 2pm. Wish I could go...
- Dyre

Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 13:36:59 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Maik Lenze <mlenze@more-radio.de>
Topic: Neil on the web

It´s now confirmed that ALL gigs of the Rock am Ringfestival will be streamed from the RockPalast site.

Just a reminder that Neil is playing the Center Stage at the festival on Saturday, 18th May at 10 p.m. Central European Time.

Have fun with the stream -- I'll be at the concert...


Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 14:11:24 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: ken <dylanland@yahoo.com>
Topic: Neil & Bob?

Received an email from a student of mine saying that both Dylan and Neil are going to do a show in Trinity County (that's in Northern California...the wildwood area). She said it'd be in August, though in checking Bob's date pages, he's not around the area then. However he does get close to there in September.

There is an annual event in the area at Hayfork, at the site of the County Fairgrounds. It's alled the Tribal Stomp, and occurs the second weekend in September... Acts over the last couple years have included Jefferson Airplane and David Grisman. Maybe they have the power to get Neil & Bob there?


Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 15:01:46 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: ADKaye@aol.com
Topic: "Special Shows"

I also called a local Bay Area radio station last week to find out if they had any information about the shows on May 11 and May 13, and they said they had heard rumors about Neil playing at the Warfield Theater in the coming weeks and had also heard the rumors about the Great American Music Hall, but could not confirm them. I called the GAMH today, and the gentleman I spoke to said that Neil is absolutely NOT playing there. A woman at the Warfield said he is not playing there either, as "we are totally booked" (which is not actually true according to their website).

Interpret as you wish....


Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 20:52:12 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Cor van der Giessen <corgiess@cybercomm.nl>
Topic: Euro-Astrid

After the Neil 4 stop Euro tour Astrid will be touring in Holland and Belgium from May 25th through June 16th. It's a solo Acoustic tour, sometimes acompanied by a Dutch singer-songwriter Ad van der Veen. When the tour is all arranged it will be announced on Rust.

Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 01:18:25 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: shtupidgirl@yahoo.com
Topic: Astrid says...

Here is the latest Neil news, from one who should know:

Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 11:44:47 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: WeldedRust@aol.com
Topic: Guitar data

People have wondered what guitars everyone was using on the CSNY 2002 tour. Here, to the best of my memory from the Philly show, is what they're playing (with some example songs)...

Hang The DJ

Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 11:07:33 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Connfused@aol.com
Topic: CT reversal

Yesterday here in Connecticut on 99.1, on WPLR's Mike and Jimmy Show, Jimmy Koplik of Clear Channel was asked by a listener if Neil would be coming back to CT this summer. He replied that he would probably book him at the 10,000 cap. arena at Mohegan Sun Casino. He gave no date, but said that he doubts that it will be a solo tour.

I guess with the amount of email that he received on his earlier comment about giving CT a rest from Neil, that he reconsidered booking him. I guess Jimmy couldn't pass up the bucks that he'll make from another Neil appearance.

More words when I hear more!!!

Let's roll!
Dwight C.

Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 21:07:29 +0100    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Donna Parkes <MOGSTOO@BTINTERNET.COM>
Topic: Win Brix Tix

For those in need - I just accessed the Brixton Academy website and was offered the chance to win tickets to see someone called Neil Young.

Don't know if anyone is interested...? :-)


Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 08:45:52 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: norbert.ritz@vdr.de
Topic: German show televised?

German Television (ARD) will be broadcasting highlights of the Rock-am-Ring festival show on Saturday night, 19 May 2002. They will start at 0.45 a.m. (Middle European Time).

There's info on the Rockpalast website.

Normaly Rockpalast broadcasts whole shows. Hope that they'll do so for Neil's set this time. Also, sometimes they make a live stream for internet viewers. I don't know if they will do so with Neil's show.

Keep on truckin'!

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 09:10:38 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Chris Horn <chorn@qrs.com>
Topic: Second "Special Show"?

I called a local Bay area radio station over the weekend to see if they knew anything about the May 11th Great American Music Hall show rumor in San Francisco. I spoke to one of the musical directors (I think) at the station. We had a short conversation along these lines.

Me: "So have you heard anything about the Neil May 11th GAMH show?"

Her: "We are not getting involved with that, I don't know any details since that night we have our own big concert event."

Me: "Oh yea, that should be a lot of fun."

Her: "We might be getting involved with the other one on the 13th though."

Me: "The other one.....?"

She does not know any details yet, but looking at the GAMH website, the 13th is also listed as a "Private Event". Granted this possible date is not documented like the WMMM contest but we can only hope it's true.

CW Cannoneer

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 13:48:07 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: robertjj@merr.com
Topic: What IS this "Special Show"?

OK, like WNCX, our WMMM radio in Madison, Wisconsin is announcing a contest to win a trip to see Neil in San Francisco. But they have more info about their contest on their website. They say, "Neil Young is back on the road and you could be our guest to see him in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday May 11th."

Checking the website for the Great American Music Hall, that night is listed as a "private event". What's the deal with that?

Broadcastin' from Sauk City, Bob

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 13:36:07 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Curt Vigg <Curt.Vigg@LNOCA.ORG>
Topic: "Special Show" rumor

In Cleveland on 98.5 radio WNCX, they've been announcing a contest to win tickets and airfare for a 'special' Neil Young show this summer, along with 24 cds of Neil. They're not saying where it is or when.


Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 15:04:49 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: rickrentler <rick@smartlink.net>
Topic: Late summer at the earliest

At the CSNY show in Oakland, Elliott said we will have to wait until September to see Neil again in the US...


Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 12:09:31 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: It's a Mini-Tour

I've heard from a reliable source that the 4 Euro-shows already booked (Nürburgring, Nürnberg, Brixton 1 & Brixton 2) are going to be all for this year's European excursion. If you were on the fence about grabbing one of the rapidly disappearing Brixton tix (thinking that more shows would appear), better grab quick.

It's looking like after the CSNY tour it'll be a couple of weeks rest then a hop over the pond for about a week-long mini-tour, then back home with plenty of time to plan for SOMETHING this summer. Those US tour rumors are looking more likely...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

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