earth album preorder ad.jpg  



Neil Young's new album EARTH released on June 17th. The album with The Promise of the Real, is from the 2015 tour. Pre-order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link . Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Friday, May 29, 2009

Our Deepest Condolences

It is with tremendous sadness and tears falling on our keyboard that we bring you the following from Liza, the recent winner of the "Johnny Magic" Video Contest:
Just wanted to let you know, that sometimes big happiness and deep sorrow can be very close, too close.

On Tuesday, 26th, my deeply loved husband for almost 18 years, father of my four wonderful boys, died suddenly and without any warnings at 8.30 am in his office because of a heart attack.

He left the house like every morning and never came back again....

The funeral will be on Tuesday, June 2, and I don't know how to get through the days and nights....

He was the one who made the video and that day we laughed so much and had fun together. This day will always be a very special memory for me.

Now I won't attend Neils Concert in Cologne, Germany, but with my heart I will be there that evening.

Maybe Neil could sing Harvest Moon for me and Michael, like he did for the Australian family a couple of month ago.....many of my friends will be there and could tell me about it.....

Thanks so much for listening,
regards to all of you
Love, Liza

Bless you Liza and your family. The Neil Young fan community's heart goes out to you.

We're all here for you Liza and anything you ever need.

All we can say is that we have always found Neil's music comforting in difficult times.

Once an angel
Always an angel
You're as close to heaven
As I'll ever be.

You're as close to heaven
As I'll ever be.

ONCE AN ANGEL (from Old Ways )

"Johnny Magic" Neil Young contest entry from Liza Piontek on Vimeo.

That's Liza's husband holding Linc-Volt and camera.

Links to this post:

Create a Link


At 5/29/2009 12:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liza we love you.

take care of yourself and the boys.

At 5/29/2009 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Burnzy said...

Very sorry to hear this. You have my condolences.

At 5/29/2009 02:23:00 PM, Anonymous thom said...

liebe liza, obwohl wir uns nie getroffen haben und uns wahrscheinlich nie treffen werden, sende ich dir auf diesem weg mein tiefes mitGEFÜHL (nicht mitLEID). ich hoffe, dass du in dieser schweren stunde leute in deinem umfeld hast, die dir gebührend zur seite stehen..

alles liebe, thomas p., wels, österreich

At 5/29/2009 02:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Hearts go out to Liza. Here's to a time when all the Happiest moments come to mind before any other thoughts.

At 5/29/2009 03:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people only dream of angels...
you held one in your arms.

At 5/29/2009 04:10:00 PM, Blogger karen said...

liza, words cannot begin to say. i am so sorry. a giant embrace from one mom to another, with much love. karen

At 5/29/2009 05:11:00 PM, Anonymous Liza said...

Thanks so much to everyone for all your kind words and for your deep sympathy.

But Thrasher, there is a terrible misunderstanding, it is not Rainer who died, he is a very good friend of mine and he is doing fine.

The name of my late husband is Michael.

Thanks for the song "Once an angel", I've always loved it.....

Love, Liza

At 5/29/2009 06:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family's thoughts are with you in this difficult time Liza

At 5/29/2009 07:27:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


On behalf of myself, the Archives team and the Lincvolt crew I like to express our sadness at your loss.
Words aren't much at a time like this, but our thoughts are there with you.

I hope that when you receive the jacket, it brings good memories back for you and covers you in warmth.

-Archives Guy

At 5/29/2009 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Liza - please email

At 5/29/2009 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liza, So sorry for your loss. Always remember the good times because thats all that matters. Life is a series of experiences that usually end too soon...but the good part is you'll always have the memories, the feelings and the love....forever.
my condolences.

At 5/29/2009 11:13:00 PM, OpenID insidetherain said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. My uncle passed away in a similar way, a sudden heart attack that took us all by so much surprise. But we remember him for the best he was. My thoughts are with you and your family.

At 5/30/2009 03:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously we all love you and support you. You have many hearts behind in this struggle as we can never understand your loss. My heart and soul are devoted to your cause and I hope you find can somehow find happiness again. If you EVER need anything, the rusties are here for you!


At 5/30/2009 03:59:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Liza, my deepest condolences..I know how it feels to lose a loved one.....I buried my Dad yesterday.
He was 92. I had the joy of his company for all those years. He had a long and colourful life. He goes with good memories in my mind.
I will treasure them always.

Your best mate however has been taken from you too early in life, your hopes and joys as a full family have been cut short. I know no words and sympathies will bring him back,but try and fill this hole in your life with the fond and happy memories of your life together. As I have found, this is a time when your family and friends
need to share and support you in your grief.
You sound like a beautiful, compassionate person and I know that all "Wheaties" would be there for you..let it out and try to be strong through this hard time in your life.
Luv Dip.

At 5/30/2009 05:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liza, so sorry to hear this.
My deepest condolences.
Take care of yourself and your boys.

At 5/30/2009 07:25:00 AM, Blogger Robert said...

My deepest condolences to you and your boys.

At 5/30/2009 01:35:00 PM, Anonymous Susann & Joerg said...

Hallo Liza,
obwohl wir uns nicht kennen, es tut uns so leid... es gibt nicht genug Worte... wir wuenschen Dir Kraft und Staerke und viele liebe Menschen in Deiner Naehe, wir hoffen Neil spielt Harvest Moon in Koeln, wir werden an Dich denken wenn wir es hoeren

At 5/30/2009 01:51:00 PM, Anonymous Roland said...

Liebe Liza,

es ist einfach unfassbar...
Mir fallen keine Worte ein, von denen ich meine, dass sie Dich irgendwie trösten könnten.
Wir sind in Gedanken bei Dir und wenn es irgendetwas gibt,
was wir für Dich tun können, lass es uns wissen. Wir werden es tun.

Es grüßen Dich lieb
und seine Familie...

At 5/30/2009 06:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our sincere condolences on your loss from Everett, Washington.

At 5/31/2009 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

So sorry to hear the news. I just watched the video and am glad that it brings back warm memories at such a tragic time. I hope Neil does play Harvest Moon for you.

At 5/31/2009 12:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear this. You have my deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you and your family.


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Don't Be Evil !

The Lesser of 2 Evils Is Still Evil

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising

This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


This Blog's For You!

Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

Farm Aid

Stop factory farms
Go family farms!

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV

2014 Neil Young Year in Review:
Yes, Only Love Can Break (& Fix) Your Heart

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel


Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?




(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul