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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Clean Air Benefit Concert

poster-clean-air-2004.jpgNeil Young performed for a Clean Air Benefit Concert in Duncan, Canada on September 17, 2004 along with the Barenaked Ladies, Randy Bachman and his son Tal Bachman.

A review from Victoria Times refers to the concert as a "well-behaved crowd as the sweet smell of marijuana filled the air."

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Pocahontas, Harvest Moon, Journey Thru the Past, On the Way Home, Cowgirl in the Sand, Don't Let It Bring You Down, Birds, Human Highway, Goin' Back, Old King, Four Strong Winds, Field of Opportunity, Comes a Time

Here's the the story behind the Clean Air Benefit Concert:

An environmental benefit concert has just been announced for Sept. 17 that will feature Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies, and Randy Bachman according to via BNB.

The benefit concert is being held to help residents of the town of Crofton on Vancouver Island, Canada fight emissions from a pulp mill that they believe are poisonous.

The Crofton Airshed Citizens Group's is sponsoring the concert, along with Bachman. Residents are fighting a proposal by the company Norske Canada to burn "alternative fuels" - including coal, tires, and creosote-laden railway ties. 'The current emissions are significant and dangerous,' says group spokesman Michael Ableman. 'To switch fuels is really switching poisons that are coming out of the stacks.'

"I called some friends of mine, went to visit Neil Young, called Barenaked Ladies. They said, 'We're there!'" Bachman said in an interview with "I think it's probably going to be the biggest concert ever on Vancouver Island. Just to get Neil Young alone on the Island is really great!"

A company spokesman issued the following statement: "We've come to an understanding. We've used too much science, and not enough listening in engaging the community. We need to listen better, be respectful of the feelings of the people in the community, and give them the facts as to what we are doing and what we propose to do. We're all for the same thing. We're after clean air for the community and the neighbours we live and work with. And if they want to do a concert for clean air, we certainly have no objection."

Bachman told the Gulf Islands Online - News that when hearing about the burning of tires and railway ties that:

"I sat in the audience numb and stunned at the stories coming from different people in Crofton. I went to see my dear old friend Neil Young and he was performing this project he's got called Greendale, which is part of a dream he had about an organic farmer fighting a big pollution-making mill and the government and all the hassles he's had."

The concert is in a 2,500 seat venue at Duncan's Cowichan Centre and is expected to sellout rapidly.


At 5/05/2011 02:52:00 PM, Blogger Pootle said...

Neil Young did a Clean Air concert? I've been a great Neil fan for oh, not much less than forty years, but this concert was hypocritical. When Neil and his band were rehearsing at BC Place in Vancouver, BC, about seven years ago they had a row of massive motorhomes parked outside and they idled all day, every day, spewing diesel exhaust... I was working nearby and had to walk past them on my way to and from the Skytrain. If NY really cared about the air he'd do more than just sing about it.


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