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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Neil Young Tribute Set For Vancouver Winter Olympics

UPDATE 2/28/10: Neil Young News: It is Official! Neil Young Will Play Olympics Closing Ceremonies

UPDATE: See Concert Reviews of Vancouver Olympics Tribute to Neil Young.

UPDATE: Also, see The Neil Young Project: Vancouver Tribute by Hal Willner


Ho-hum. Another day, another Neil Young tribute.

"Members of Broken Social Scene, Iron & Wine, Sun Kil Moon, Ron Sexsmith and Joan As Police Woman are among the artists confirmed to appear at a concert celebrating the music of Neil Young as part of the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The event will be held Feb. 18 at the city's Queen Elizabeth Theatre and will be produced by Hal Willner, a veteran organizer of multi-artist tribute shows. The concert will dig 'deep into Young's massive catalog to illuminate hits and obscurities alike with magical pairings of song and singer,' according to planners."

The Vancouver Winter Olympics tribute will come shortly after Neil Young is honored by the Academy as MUSICARES Person of the Year in January 2010.

It's just so hard to be a Neil Young fan these days it would seem. Poor us. Only 17 CDs released thus far this year.


UPDATE: Also, see The Neil Young Project: Vancouver Tribute by Hal Willner

UPDATE: See Concert Reviews of Vancouver Olympics Tribute to Neil Young.

UPDATE 2/28/10: Neil Young News: It is Official! Neil Young Will Play Olympics Closing Ceremonies

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At 12/02/2009 02:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil goes for the gold!

At 12/02/2009 03:43:00 PM, Anonymous punkdavid said...

Neil deserves a proper "NeilFest" concert with a TRUE all-star lineup.

At 12/02/2009 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If by True you mean big stars, they would just butcher the songs. Just watched the 25th aniversary of the Rock and Hall of Fame. Just terrible. Especially CSN. And Springsteen's a joke.
Mark Kozelek will do a better job than any True All-star can.

At 12/02/2009 05:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's an idea that's innaresting if not actually do-able...a day-long tribute to Neil featuring nothing BUT tribute bands...the money would go to the Bridge for the R&R HOF anniversary, I hope anon 05:08 is not a "Who" fan--as a vocalist Daltrey is FINISHED...CSN was not all that bad...and "Springsteen's a joke" ? WOW... asg

At 12/02/2009 07:48:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Can't you just picture as an encore, "the Flying Elvis's" parachuting into Vancouver on snowboards singin' "flying on the ground is wrong" or "expecting to fly"?

Yep, lets not hold back here with this extravaganza!!...

...then Neil comes down behind them in a silver spaceship silhouetted by the yellow haze of the sun!!... this could be bigger then Woodstock!!


At 12/02/2009 08:20:00 PM, Blogger And Forever Young said...

As I may have suggested elsewhere, it is imperative that we realize that NY is an elder statesman. He is a giant and a genius, but he is finite and will end. I love the fact that Neil himself supports and appreciates up and coming acts, and that many of them respect his work and his life enough to pay tribute. And again as I said in reference to the Bridge benefit, the torch has to be passed. Stay forever Young.

At 12/03/2009 12:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't mean to imply that the Who were part of the R&R HOF Concerts...but if the VH1 Honors Show was any indicator,Daltrey should give it up...didn't MUSICARES honor Neil? or is that 2010? that must have been (or will be )innaresting...asg

At 12/03/2009 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so....will it be on TV?

At 12/03/2009 10:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil and the Olympics? A marraige made in hell me thinks. If the canadian people want to honor Neil at the Olympics, then HE should play, not some funking wanna be's who will use his name and his music to 'honor' themselves. Brings piece of crap to mind.

- Not Rotten Johnny

At 12/03/2009 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Not Rotten Johnny,


peace & love

At 12/03/2009 11:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If the canadian people want to honor Neil at the Olympics, then HE should play, not some funking wanna be's who will use his name and his music to 'honor' themselves."
i would hardly call Ron Sexsmith a "wanna be".

At 12/03/2009 01:25:00 PM, Anonymous punkdavid said...

@Anon 12/2/09 5:08PM:

I think the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert was pretty fantastic top to bottom, with performers ranging in age from mid-20s to about 70 all performing Dylan's songs beautifully. There were folk singers one might barely know about, young rock musicians, and stars older and bigger than Bob himself.

I see no reason why the same couldn't be done for Neil.


At 12/03/2009 01:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Rotten Johnny - I doubt that Neil Young would sign a contract that demands that as a condition of participating at the Olympics artists must refrain from making any negative or derogatory remarks concerning VANOC, the 2012 games, and the Olympic movement and sponsors. Too bad so many have.

punkdavid - Yeah, the only multi-act tribute that ever worked Bobfest - one for the ages.

At 12/03/2009 03:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Bobfest? Fine, as long as Neil plays like Bob did. I can't agree more that the Bobfest was excellent. It just doesn't 'sound' like something uncle Neil would promote. Seems a bit glamorous and commercial to do it as a "Canadian" National Exhibit.

- Now Rotten Johnny

At 12/04/2009 01:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooops...well, I knew I read it(MUSICARES honors Neil) SOMEWHERE...asg


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