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Tour Watch 2002
(Archive 28: 8/26/02 - 12/31/02)

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Tour-Related Rumors, Snoopings, News Releases

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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 08:41:36 -0500    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Heath Keane <neilpyoung@hotmail.com>
Topic: Neil & The Stones

Well, he WATCHED the show, anyway...

A fellow rustie Mr. Speek has been kind enough to send me a great photo taken by a Mr. Tom Ball of Neil at the Stones' recent Wiltern Theatre show. It's here. Enjoy!

Date:    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Impressed Vanessa

Here something Vanessa posted to her website Sunday morning...

just thought I'd share some moments with you guys via good old technology. My tour is a dream. You guys that make it out are my down home peeps. Thank you. I shared the stage yesterday with, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jack Johnson, Thom Yorke and the Foos. Neil is an actual fan of mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's unbelievable. It was such an honor. I get to do it all again today. Tonight I'm singing with neil and company...

Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 23:55:05 EST    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Bridge Shows Wrap-up

Check it out...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 07:36:30 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jim Beller <jimbeller311@hotmail.com>
Topic: Bridge "Predictions"

This was in the Contra Costa Times today:

Around 11 on Saturday night at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Neil Young's famous friends will walk onstage to end the first day of the 16th Bridge School Benefit show with the climactic sing-along. Think We Are the World, without LaToya Jackson (who, sadly, will again miss this year's show). It's one of the Bay Area's most dependable musical moments, ending its most trusty annual rock event.

But what if, just once, something went haywire.

Picture the group lovefest getting Tenacious D's heavy-metal madman Jack Black twitching like John Belushi on bad cough syrup. He grabs James Taylor's acoustic guitar and smashes it over Thom Yorke's head, crumpling the serene experimental rocker into a heap.

In her haste to get to the wounded Yorke, Vanessa Carlton yells "Move over, BRYAN" to Ryan Adams, who in turn goes berserk and starts chasing her around the stage screaming "It's $#$?&@ R-Y-A-N!"

Adams crashes into the Foo Fighters, who begin a group pummeling of "GoodFellas-like proportions. LeAnn Rimes breaks down sobbing. Taylor screams "Hey. I'll be there . . . you've got a friend... we're all friends here. No Nukes. No Nukes."

It could happen.

Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 07:26:56 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Happy Birthday IRF

Five years ago tonight, under the redwoods in "The Grove" at Saratoga Springs campground in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, a bunch of Rusties from across the globe gathered to experience the first International RustFest "Jam".

Next week will be the sixth one. Unfortunately this will be the first IRF that I won't be able to make it to.  :-(  But all indications are that it'll be as big and as fun as ever, even without me...  :-)

Those who are on their way to your first IRF this year, I envy you: lots of new experiences lie ahead for you, and you'll find it hard to resist going back again and again. Those who have worked hard to help this year's IRF come together, I salute you. And all of you who attend the IRF and the Bridge shows this year, I'll be there with you in spirit.
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 13:17:51 +1000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Andrew Patterson <apat2323@bigpond.net.au>
Topic: Down Under Update

This might be drawing a long broken arrow, but there was a rumour back in August that Neil might be coming to the first Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival in Feb 2003. At the time it appeared that the festival might have been having difficulties getting up and running, but it seems that it is really a goer now.

The Melbourne Age has a story this morning about the launch of the festival, and tucked away toward the end it says ..

A top international act, believed to be Bob Dylan, is expected to be announced soon to headline the Saturday night. A "major American guitar hero" will be announced as co-headliner on Sunday night with (Billy) Thorpe."
Got my fingers crossed for my favourite major American guitar heros name being announced on Sunday. But weve been let down so many times before, so Ill try not to get my hopes up too high.

Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 17:57:18 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Ck14Duke@aol.com
Topic: Neil at Bonnaroo II?

Buying from a vendor at the football game today when I noticed his Bonnaroo t-shirt. As always I asked him if he was there and talked to him about how great a time we had.

He and his fellow vendor guy friend said that they'd vended there and were goin' back for Bonnaroo II. Then they dropped that the Bonnaroo folks already have Phish and Neil Young signed!

Obviously it's just a rumor but I figure maybe its possible that these guys knew what they were talking about. Only time will tell...

Charlie K.

Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:37:46 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Neil a Tahoe Suprise?

Got a tip from someone who tells me that they SWEAR that they saw a newspaper article that claims that Neil will be appearing with "NPR" (Graham Nash backed by Pevar & Raymond of CPR) for one or both of his Lake Tahoe shows this weekend. But the person can no longer find the webpage with the story on it. It's a long-shot, but if you were thinking about going to see Nash during this tour, it might be something to check out.

Note that apparently the Saturday show is already sold out. Hmmm, I wonder if some other people have heard something...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 07:00:00 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: Farm Aid 2002 Wrap-up

Check it out...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 08:44:56 -0700 (PDT)    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: J McElwee <jmcelwee@yahoo.com>
Topic: Bridge additions confirmed

The San Francisco Chronicle this morning confirmed the report that LeeAnn Rimes and Vanessa Carlton have been added to the Bridge lineup.

Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 23:47:41 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: ANDREW GRAY <awgrayarea@msn.com>
Topic: Farm Aid info

According the people at Star Lake:

Andy Gray
Out on the Main Line

Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 15:09:58 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Lou W. Cheffy <lwcheffy@napleslaw.com>
Topic: More Bridge Acts?

I just looked at the TM site and Leann Rimes and Vanessa Carlton are listed for the bridge concert... Did I totally zone out on the San Jose list that came out a few days ago, or were Rimes and Carlton only recently added??

By the way, given that many of us complain about high ticket prices, I am totally amazed at the LOW price of $48.50 for a seat ($38 lawn) to this concert...

lou, more to the picture...

Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 11:32:54 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: Donate to Farm Aid and get...

According to the Farm Aid website, here's what you'll get if you donate these amounts:

I wonder if all artists will be signing the pass?

Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 16:38:38 +0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: SpearMan@hotmail.com
Topic: Potential Bridge "suprise" guests

Looks like Tegan and Sara (opening for Ryan Adams) will be at the Fillmore 10/24 and they have a gap in their touring schedule on the Bridge weekend.

There's also Ani Defranco, who's playing Santa Cruz Civic on Sunday Night. She could do a Saturday slot or early Sunday.


Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 22:52:44 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Four Strong Winds <twobase@shaw.ca>
Topic: Allison & the Kid

Here's a Rolling Stone article about a planned duet featuring Kid Rock and Allison Moorer at Farm Aid.

fRed Sun

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 10:06:30 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: "M Segelman" <jgb100@hotmail.com>
Topic: Bridge line-up announced

According the an article in the San Jose Mercury newspaper, these are the acts to be playing at this year's Bridge Benefit:

The article also confirms that tickets go on sale Sunday, September 22.

Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 00:43:08 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Ragnar Andersen <RANDERS1@CHELLO.NO>
Topic: Tutt to back Neil?

When the TCB Band played here in Oslo on Saturday, one newspaper carried a story about the band. It that said the reason why usual drummer Ronnie Tutt wasn't playing their show was because he was working with Neil in his backing band.

Ragnar in Oslo

Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 09:57:14 -0400    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jon Ice <jice@bellsouth.net>
Topic: Jack at the Bridge

According to his website, Jack Johnson is confirmed for the Bridge School concert. It also lists the on-sale date as Sunday, October 22.

Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 00:57:45 -0000    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: bjsleeman@hotmail.com
Topic: More Farm Aid acts

This was in today's Post-Gazette:

The Farm Aid lineup for Sept. 21 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion is starting to fill out. Kid Rock, Lee Ann Womack, Gillian Welch, Los Lonely Boys, Anthony Smith and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have been added to the bill. More acts will be added closer to the date.

The Farm Aid concert is sold out, but will be broadcast live on CMT: Country Music Television.

I hope this doesn't mean that we'll only be seeing 20-minute sets...

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 13:17:28 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RE*AC*TOR
Topic: The Other Ones?

Got this in the mail today:

Please quote me anonymously but I have heard from the Grateful Dead management that there will be an acoustic GD set at the Saturday Bridge concert.
This looks reasonable since the Ratdog tour ends October 18, and The Other Ones are planning a tour starting in mid November...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 22:13:13 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: CherrySun@aol.com
Topic: Neil in Connecticut?

Last Spring a Connecticut promoter was talking about wanting Neil to play at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Today I heard on the local rock station here in CT that Neil will be coming there sometime in February.

Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 18:34:14 EDT    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: RicBert@aol.com
Topic: Will Neil remember?

There has been a rumor in the Bay Area (San Francisco) that Neil Young will be one of Greg Kihn's "special guests" at a free show called "San Jose Remembers", on Sep 11th in downtown San Jose...


Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 22:45:25 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: MikeCoe@msn.com
Topic: Farm Aid Addition

Just saw on Pollstar that Tegan and Sara have been added to the Farm Aid line up.

Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 14:01:01 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Jim Beller <jimbeller311@hotmail.com>
Topic: Burning Rumor

Neil at Burning Man? That's what the KFOG radio DJ, Rosalee, said a few minutes ago! Said that Neil was going to play Rocking In The Free World at Burning Man...

I don't believe it, but it was too good a rumour to pass up passing on.

Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 19:43:54 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: MikeCoe@msn.com
Topic: Urban Farm Aid

Keith Urban has been added to the performer list for Farm Aid.

Man, talk about taking their time to sign up acts...


Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 10:53:03 -0700    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Doug Modie <dmodie@lucasarts.com>
Topic: Official Bridge Confirmation

The Bridge School now has official confirmation of this year's Benefit show on their website. It says:

The 16th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert will be held October 26 and October 27, 2002 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View.

We will post information as it becomes available regarding the line up. (Please do not contact the Bridge School directly.)

Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 22:28:45 +0200    Tour Watch 2002
Reporter: Cornell <cornell@kabelfoon.nl>
Topic: Down Under Rumor

Here's a translated Danish news article that I read today:

Down under with Kylie, Dylan, Bowie and Santana!

It has just been confirmed that Kick The Kangaroo is the first Danish band that will play at the Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival in February 2003, together with, amongst others, BB King, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, JJ Cale, Pat Benatar, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Lauren Hill and from Australia, amongst others, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes & John Farnham. More info will follow soon.

The Kick The Kangaroo band list this gig on their website, but I can't find any other mention of it on the web.


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