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More on the 11-22-2003, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia concert and setlist. Thanks Matt!
Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp photo from Rocky Mountain News
Farm Aid 2003 Broadcast
Young's line "We're losing boys every day 'cause we didn't have a plan" in "Rockin' in the Free World" was edited out of the broadcast.
In comparison, John Mellencamp's comments were removed entirely from the broadcast.
More on Farm Aid broadcast on Thrasher's Blog.
Young & Old band covers Neil
First the highlight. REM's Mike Mills led all the performers including Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Tom Morella and others in a rousing version of Neil Young's 'Ohio'.
Mills introduced the song by saying:
Playing acoustic guitar, Mills then launched into an angry cover of 'Ohio' and changing the lyrics to:
From Undercover article "Neil Young Greendale tour ends on a damp note" by Paul Cashmere:
Greendale needed an intimate environment to be properly appreciated. The sets were so big that they blocked the big screen at the back so people at the left and right of the stage couldn't see what was happening with the story. The screens on the side were too small so people in the general admission area had no concept of detail.
In the right location, the show itself would have been one of the most stunning performances of the year. "
More of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Greendale show, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, November 22, 2003 review and excellent concert photos from Undercover.
For more on the Australia 2003 tour and more on Greendale concert reviews and setlists see the Krazy Kangaroo page and the Greendale Concert Reviews page. Also, see Neil Young Greendale Reviews.
Fresh Wheat - 11/21/03
Neil and Crazy Horse Down Under in Australia
Dave from Australia reviews the Brisbane concert on Rust:
2nd Set: MMHH into Watchtower was great which then pretty much morphed into LAH. Literally no gap between all three songs, it was 1/2 an hour (give or take a few minutes) of the most intense music I have ever witnessed. I was buggered by the end of it and all I did was watch! Although I did have to pick my jaw off the floor quite a few times! You could feel Hurricane in your chest, it was that powerful."
For Brisbane setlist, the Australia 2003 tour and more on Greendale concert reviews see the reviews of Greendale Concerts page. Go here for all of Neil Young's Greendale reviews of concerts, the album, DVD and film.
Crosby, Nash Eyeing First Album Since 1976
From Billboard (November 20, 2003) an article by Wes Orshoski:
The regularity with which the foursome has performed in recent years is somewhat of a surprise, considering the feuding its members have endured with one another. Though it may seem Young is getting more and more nostalgic, Crosby says that's not the case.
"He doesn't look at it as nostalgia," he says. "He looks at it as one more facet of the jewel, one more way that he can go out and work and have it be fresh. Because when he gets done with us, he'll take, like, three days off, and go out again with the Horse, or with [his latest album] 'Greendale,' or something, because, truthfully, man, that's all he does is work. He really loves to work and so do I."
New Book on Neil Young's Harvest
There is a new book series called Thirty Three and a Third based on classic albums. One of the first featured albums is Neil Young's Harvest by Sam Inglis. From the flap jacket:
And here's an excerpt from the book:
Danny Whitten Remembered
Hong Kong Concert Review
Uncle Michael has photos of Neil in Hong Kong, the concert ticket copy and a news cutting from the most popular Chinese newspaper of Hong Kong, Oriental Daily News having picture of Neil arriving at Hong Kong International Airport with his wife, Pegi.
Crazy Horse Interview - Poncho on The Archives
Greendale as a Novel?
He embeds the story line in musical arrangements sufficiently stripped down to recall the idea of a Homeric bard accompanying himself on his harp. The music supplies and modulates the tone of the work Mr. Young's familiar chiaroscuro palette or sometimes goes a little further to capture a lyrical feeling the words can't fully express: in the description of Mr. Young's accompanying text, "you can't tell by listening to the songs, you have to listen to the instrumentals to get this." While the songs themselves dramatize the narrative's scenes, the printed text handles exposition and summary transitions, in an idiosyncratic manner that allows Mr. Young to speak directly to the reader."
Bell concludes by summing up Greendale for the major achievement that it is for commenting on today's times.
More on reviews on the Greendale album page. Thanks Kevin.
Greendale Album Design
'The idea was to make a piece of art that could work everywhere,' said Gary Burden, the art director for 'Greendale,' who has designed album covers for Neil Young for 35 years, as well as classic covers for The Doors, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne. The map is presented in varying levels of detail as an icon, a CD cover and in interactive form at neilyoung.com."
Happy Birthday Neil!
Neil was born on November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario and is 58 years young. Keep on Rockin', Be The Rain and Long May You Run Neil!
Fresh Wheat - 11/11/03
Osaka, Japan Setlist - Neil Young and Crazy Horse
11-10-2003, Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan
1. Falling From Above
2. Double E
3. Devil's Sidewalk
4. Leave The Driving
7. Grandpa's Interview
8. Bringin' Down Dinner
9. Sun Green
10. Be The Rain
11. Hey Hey, My My
12. Crime In The City
14. Love And Only Love
15. Cinnamon Girl
16. Cortez The Killer
17. Fuckin' Up
Here's the Hong Kong setlist for 11/6/03:
1. Love To Burn (14 min)
2. When You Dance I Can Really Love (6 min)
3. The Loner (5 min)
4. Fuckin' Up (7 min)
5. Hey Hey My My (7 min)
6. Love And Only Love (15 min)
7. The Needle And The Damage Done (3 min)
8. Heart Of Gold (3 min)
9. Harvest Moon (5 min)
10. Sugar Mountain (7 min)
Back To Electric
11. Like A Hurricane (12 min)
12. Sedan Delivery (7 min)
13. Powderfinger (8 min)
14. Be The Rain (9 min) With Sun Green Solo Dance!
15. Rockin' In The Free World w/Taps (11 min)
A Hong Kong review from The Star.com titled "Long may rock run" by Daryl Goh:
More reviews on Greendale Concerts page.
See October 2003 news for more on Neil Young's Greendale Concerts.
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