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Saturday, November 12, 2005

A Big Happy Birthday to Neil!!!

Neil at Bridge School Benefit Concert October 29, 2005
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Neil Young is 60 years young on Saturday, November 12. So Happy Birthday Neil!!!

And what a year for Neil. There were some definite highs and frightening lows. Most importantly, Neil is still here and making music.

During 2005, Neil had quite a few memorable moments:

- Neil suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent successful surgery,

- Neil lost his father Scott Young, renowned Canadian journalist,

- inducted The Pretenders into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

- concluded the telecast for the Live 8 Benefit to "Make Poverty History"

- recorded and performed "Prairie Wind" in Nashville for the upcoming Jonathan Demme film,

- performed on "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast" and MTV's React Now telethons to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims,

- musical guest for entire week on the Conan O'Brien TV Show, and

- hosted and performed to benefit Farm Aid and the Bridge School .

So another busy year.

So if you want to celebrate with other Neil fans, here's a few happenings:

- London Celebration Fest,

- Neil Young Day in Rome, Italy,

- Japan Neil Fest Special - Osaka

- The Rust Never Sleeps Tribute Band in Brookline, New Hampshire, and

- radio stations around the world plan broadcast tributes (see comments), including Rust Radio, which will be playing a mix of Bridge School Benefit 18 (all artists), 19 (Neil's set) and Farm Aid 2005.

So, is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

Just ask fans of Kurt Cobain...

Leave Neil a birthday message by clicking on the COMMENT button below. Then scroll all the way down for "Post a Comment".


At 11/10/2005 10:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil. May you run long.
Else, Sao Paulo

At 11/11/2005 12:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil you are by far the best musican in my world. I hope you the best. Keep the music comming.

God Bless

At 11/11/2005 12:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neils' birthday is November 12, 1945 as per web site below which makes him 60 on Saturday. Happy birthday and thanks for the music.
Gary, Cambridge Ontario.

At 11/11/2005 06:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and many more. you are great - How about a trip to South Africa to celebrate! PLEASE

At 11/11/2005 08:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, you fuckin' rock. Happy Birthday. Look forward to seeing you in 2006.

Doug, Ohio

At 11/11/2005 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

walk on, neil!
keep on rockin' and do it for many more years.
happy birthday.

and come to europe again!

At 11/11/2005 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil.You are the best and thanks
for the Music.
Holger Hainichen Germany Sachsen
und Frank ,Riesa Sachsen

At 11/11/2005 11:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil
don't stop ,keep changing
hope to see you in London sometime

At 11/11/2005 11:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil, you give me so much joy with your music. Keep doing what you do!! How about that Uk tour though? Its been too long!!

Andy Birmingham UK

At 11/11/2005 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthdayto one of the best writers of songs I have ever listened to. Keep the old guitar playing

Best Wishes to you

Rich Morgan
Pittsburgh, PA

At 11/11/2005 01:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11/11/2005 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Neil,

Happy 60th Birthday! Here's hoping for a 60 date Canadian tour in celebration of the big 6-0. Thanks for so much amazing music.


At 11/11/2005 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Neil,

Happy Birthday from France.

You are by far the greatest songwriter of all, so keep on playing.

What about a great French tour in 2006, we miss you.


At 11/11/2005 03:20:00 PM, Blogger lazerlou said...

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At 11/11/2005 05:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil, let's go for another 60 years of great music.


At 11/11/2005 09:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young,You have given me a wonderful impression of who you are, by your music and songs you have created and shared with this world. Happy birthday to you! I knew your birthday was any day,and by chance I ? it. Found out that it was today! Coincedence. My birthday is Nov.22,1960. I wish I could meet you so I could ask you some ?s. You are the gold in my heart.

At 11/12/2005 12:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

60?! On to 100 Neil! You rock, man!

At 11/12/2005 12:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil! Thanks for the beauty and truth...

At 11/12/2005 02:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are having a celebraton party tonight in New Delhi. Bring your CDs.

At 11/12/2005 04:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil. You're the greatest ever!
Stefan, Uppsala Sweden
Ps. 60.It's the Prime of Life, for the King himself.

At 11/12/2005 05:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comes a time, when we're driftin'. Happy Birthday Big Brother.

At 11/12/2005 05:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comes a time when we're driftin'. God bless you BIG brother. Young Live Long

At 11/12/2005 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for you inspiration on the path. When God made you, He was thinking of us. Happy Birthday,

At 11/12/2005 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Thank you for you!!!

At 11/12/2005 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 60TH Birthday "NEIL". From the beginning you were great,now you are the best. Your music has touched my life and will be lifelong to the grave.Never stop your tours until your fingers can no longer pick that guitar.How about coming to Norfolk,Virginia soon,ok. Take care and God Bless.


At 11/12/2005 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil from the country of UKRANE! Your music has touched my heart since i was a kid! It goes right through the soul and right to the heart. And what i like most is that your music is full of life spirit and beautiful life phylosophy. Be happy on this day and always, keep on flying high just like a bird and never stop.

Kateryna Bykova

At 11/12/2005 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Bithday Neil!! Your music has provided the soundtrack for my life. You are the greatest. Keep on Rockin'
Geno Aguilar
Boise, Idaho

At 11/12/2005 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil.

Thanks for all the superb music!


At 11/12/2005 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday great Neil!
Your music is life,
Your guitar is an icon.
Mario, Lecco (Italy)

At 11/12/2005 11:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your secret safe and still well kept"

Happy 60th Birthday, Neil!!

Your music provides me with inspiration, energy, smiles, love, hope, glory, comfort, ideas and so much more!! Stay true to your muse and yourself cuz you know that time fades away.

Best always!! Dan Weiss

PS My son's middle name is "Young" after you.

PPS I hope that Archives comes out soon.

At 11/12/2005 12:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil, you are my lifelong inspiration - not a day goes by that I don't think of you and all of your great accomplishments - both musical and personal. You are my "God" - I love you - keep on Rockin' or whatever you feel like doing! Its all one song! Your #1 fan - Brenda Aranda, Lindley, NY

At 11/12/2005 02:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Young!
Thank you for sharing.

At 11/12/2005 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I got faith in you,
It's a razor love
that cuts clean through.
I got faith in you,
It's a razor love
that cuts clean through.

A most Blessed 60th Solar Return to you Neil. I hope you know just how much you mean to so many of us. You are a cherished, beautiful gift.

Keep on Rockin' for a long time yet to come.

With much love and respect,

At 11/12/2005 03:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada's best artist and no celebration in this county? It's kind of sickening. Well guess I'll just jam to Mr. Young today in his honour.

Happy Birthday
Jon Braun

At 11/12/2005 03:40:00 PM, Blogger Lili said...

Happy, happy birthday, Neil. I wish you all the best.

My son Neil- who was named after you- was born on November 10, 1994, and even though I consider myself one of your biggest fans, I had no idea until now that your birthday was so close to his until now!

At 11/12/2005 04:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEIL! First discovered you in '69. Your music is part of who I am. THANK YOU! Long may you run!

At 11/12/2005 04:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday NEIl!

I hope you have a big party with your family and friends!Many thanks for the great music over the years,you make me happy!

I wish all the best for you and hope we see as soon in Germany!
Best wishes,Hans Jörg!
A great fan from Germany

At 11/12/2005 05:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Neil! Happy Birthday! Tonight's the night... gonna be all right
Chuckg, Cairo,GA

At 11/12/2005 06:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Neil all the best for your birthday, from all of us in Australia, your wrting just gets better man, as the years go by,I write to so, I know how you express yourself, cheers gary.

At 11/12/2005 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a great birthday to a musician I have followed and loved since the 60's!

At 11/12/2005 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply, Thanks for a life time of emotion. If I could have lunch with anybody you would be second right behind my dad.

Luv Ya
Bryan in Snowball

At 11/12/2005 07:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drop over anytime Neil;the guitars are all tuned and ready to go. The Pump Organ would like you to play "When God Made Me"on it; and Oh! You say its your Birthday; well theres a little gift of new guitar strings for "Old Black waiting for you! Happy Birthday Bud! See you soon.
Greg, Kitchener, Ontario

At 11/12/2005 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil from a fan that always wanted to run into you at Zuma Beach. Topanga Canyon was home. Now living in small town Oregon, I never miss seeing you in concert. I'm alot like you were.

At 11/12/2005 08:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil! Keep on rockin' with us for another period of 60 years!
Take care,

At 11/12/2005 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much love and respect.

Vancouver, BC Canada

At 11/13/2005 12:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Think I'll go out to Australia,
Weather's good there in the fall.
I got some friends that I can go rock for. "

Happy b'day, pls come visit with the Horse and make this century a Young event

Gary, Sydney, Australia

At 11/13/2005 12:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil keep on, keepin' on. I can't wait to hear the next album and see the movie.
It would be the biggest kick in the world to get to play trains with you someday.
God bless you and your family.

At 11/13/2005 02:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, you are a beautiful creation; you continue to share your vision of love and activism; thank you for your workaholic nature and uncompromising craftmanship. You are unique and exceptionally gifted. Keep changing!

At 11/13/2005 09:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil..First of all Happy 60 yrs Young!
You don't even know how you have influenced my life. But you are my true inspiration!! The tears I've shed over your melodies...That's what song writing is all about..The way it moves you...Your songs have helped me through many heartache, in a postitive way..I love you man...Please keep playing..wish you well!

At 11/13/2005 01:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Hey Neil - Big Happy Birthday to ya man!

I must say I was so honored to see you in (my hometown of) Nashville at the Ryman; it was one of the best surprises I've had in a long time. What a wonderful show you and the whole crew put on. A perfect venue for the sound. Thank you so much for the old music we love and the new that's starting to stick with me in continuous loops.

My honey has always accepted that you are the only man I'd ever leave him for (now the only 60yr-old man I'd ever leave him for!). I turned 40 this yr - we can hit the big milestone birthdays together.

Stay healthy & keep the creativity flowing! Walk on.....

At 11/13/2005 02:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Neil, thanks for all the beauty you created, thanks for the meaning you gave to my life.

At 11/13/2005 03:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday neil, what your music has done for me could never be put into words. thanks for everything and enjoy your birthday.

At 11/13/2005 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Neil! SIX OH and more to go!

Thanks for all you (yours) are doing for our society. The farmers, the school kids, the model railroaders and all of us that are spinning CD's of your wisdom for fun or getting though the hard times are grateful for the effort you are putting into making this a much better place.

GM in the Northwest where Rust Never Sleeps.

At 11/13/2005 09:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in winter of 1972, I was with some friends driving around on a Colorado winter day, in my friends 1968 VW bug. He had an 8-track tape player, and it had Sugar Mountain on it. I kept asking to have that song player over and over again. First time I had listen to Neil's music. A year later when I decided to learn to play the guitar, the first song I learned how to play was "Cowgirl in the Sand". Now many years later, I'm still playing my old Martin guitar and 1/2 of the songs I play our Neil's songs. I have followed your career most of the time, a few times I didn't follow you on the side roads, but over the past 10 years have gotten and listen to most of your music. Your latest album is on of your best. Your song you wrote for your daughter has caught my ear, and I hope to have my daughter (whose 13) learn the words and sing while I play (she sings a lot better than I do!). We have sung Silver and Gold and Tell Me Why together a few years ago and its time for her and I to do a new song together.

So happy Birthday, Neil. You've had an influence in my music and the music I have past onto my children, and now the appreciation they have with artists they listen. But when friends are over and I'm playing one of your songs, they are quick to tell their friends, "My Dad is listening to Neil Young!"


At 11/14/2005 12:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Neil! You'll never burn out OR fade away.

At 11/14/2005 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also understand that he published a book under a pseudonym "N. Jay Young"!! A friend of mine had it and the photo on the back sure looked like Neil. It is called "A Ship's Tale" published by Boson Books.

At 11/14/2005 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also believe that he published a book using the pseudonym "N. Jay Young"! A friend had it and the picture on the back sure looked like Neil! It was published by Boson books and was a terrific read.

At 11/14/2005 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also believe that he published a book using the pseudonym "N. Jay Young"! A friend had it and the picture on the back sure looked like Neil! It was published by Boson books and was a terrific read.

At 11/14/2005 05:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first heard your record in the seventies when I was a little girl and I would sneak into my older brother's bedroom and listen to 'Rust Never Sleeps' over and over and over again. My favorite song to this day is still 'Thrasher.' I have seen you in concert dozens and dozens of times and I still haven't heard you play it. One of these days!

Happy Birthday - your music enhances my life daily, thanks for all the years of GREAT music.

At 11/14/2005 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'v been listening to you since preschool when i played my dads old records im 19 now, but your still my favorit musical artist. Keep up the good work ;)

At 11/18/2005 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, Sorry I'm late. Just found this site. Every year on your birthday I typically listen to your music all day. My mom passed away on the 10th from Alzheimers and I just wasn't listening to any music or tv for several days. It didn't matter....on the 12th, I heard you singing in my ear as if I had the music playing. You wanted me to hear you whether I wanted to or not. Thnaks for the comfort your music has been to me over the years. I hope you had a great birthday. I know it's been a trying year for you too!
Betsy in Pittsburgh, PA

At 12/30/2005 12:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Neil! Yer gonna be younger next year but that's ok! You are always growing younger, I can't figure it out. Eddie Vedder said that! You wear me out just watching your life go by. I said that! Some lives are train wrecks, others are'nt. Yours ain't. I said that too! Archives be damned. We can read it on the radio. You said that! When God made you he had a hell of a plan! Next October, I'm goin'to Half Moon Bay, pick a pumpkin outta the patch, make a pie out of it and eat it on your 61st birthday! Like I say, God had a hell of a plan!

At 4/21/2015 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Many Happy Birthday Wishes to U Neil

At 4/01/2016 11:43:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Belated Birthday wishes to Neil, hope to Wishing you a one of a kind day filled with good times and great memories


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