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Monday, February 01, 2010

Neil Young Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year - UPDATED

UPDATE: Musicares Neil Young Tribute BluRay/DVD now available to support musicians in need of financial and medical assistance. There is no better cause.


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Neil Young
MusiCares Person Of The Year - 2010
January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North Americaon on Zimbio


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"Broken Arrow"
Wilco



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"Comes A Time"
Emmylou Harris



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"Down by the River"
John Mellencamp



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"Long May You Run"
Stephen Stills and Sheryl Crow



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"Don't Let It Bring You Down"
Jackson Browne



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"Helpless"
Elton John, Sheryl Crow and Neko Case



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"Ohio"
Ben Harper



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"Tell Me Why"
Norah Jones



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Neil said...
"Just do what you want to do
Don't listen to anyone else"
(Jack Black w/ sign)



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"The Needle and The Damage Done"
Dave Matthews



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"As a philanthropist and humanitarian, you're one my heroes. I'll never forget your kindness."
Elton John



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"The Losing End"
Elvis Costello



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"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
Lady Antebellum
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood



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"Heart of Gold"
James Taylor



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"Revolution Blues"
Everest



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"Rocking in the Free World"
John Fogerty and Booker T. Jones



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Leon Russell


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"Human Highway" (for L.A.)
"We made some of the best music of our lives with you." - Crosby
Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby



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"Harvest Moon"
Josh Groban



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"A Man Needs A Maid"
Red Hot Chili Peppers



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Musicians Dave Matthews, guest, Jason Mraz, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and James Taylor onstage at the 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California


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"It's a shame he [Larry "L.A." Johnson, who died suddenly last week] couldn't be here. But I'm gonna keep on going, and I hope you do too."


From USATODAY.com By Edna Gundersen:
"The flustered honoree took the podium and thanked the night's many musicians.

'I forgot how many songs I've written,' Young said. 'It's been a great night. Wore me out.'

He expressed discomfort in gazing back, that it's difficult to recognize the prolific young artist who wrote Broken Arrow. And he wonders what's left in his quiver.

'I listen to some of those songs — who was that guy?' he said. 'Look at Tony Bennett. He rocks. I look at that man and say, 'I can do this.' I'm going to keep on going, and I hope you do, too.'"

After Crosby, Stills & Nash paid their respects and harmonized on "Human Highway," Young took a moment to acknowledge his friend and filmmaking collaborator Larry "L.A." Johnson, who died suddenly last week."It's a shame he couldn't be here," Young said. "But I'm gonna keep on going, and I hope you do too."

From AP:
Josh Groban said: "I've seen a lot of people win Grammy's that have gone on to really disappoint after that and then I have seen a lot of people that have not won any Grammy's, and I guess Neil's a perfect example, who continue to have honesty and integrity and strive to connect with the world in a totally unique way, and I am excited that they are finally honoring him tonight then."

Sheryl Crow said: "He seemed to marry folk music and country music and for me, where I was from in Missouri, it really sort of set me on course as far as a songwriter goes, and he also managed to interject really socially, politically, moving lyrics into rock songs and he still is for me the template that I hold up and hope to eventually accomplish the things that he's done."



From Spin Magazine Online by Kevin Bronson:
SETLIST:
John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, "Down by the River"

Ozomatli, "Mr. Soul"

Jackson Browne, "Don't Let It Bring You Down"

Stephen Stills and Sheryl Crow, "Long May You Run"
Lady Antebellum, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

Norah Jones, "Tell Me Why"

Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin, "Comes a Time"

Wilco, "Broken Arrow"

Josh Groban, "Harvest Moon"
Everest, "Revolution Blues"

Dierks Bentley and Booker T. Jones, "Cinnamon Girl"

Ben Harper, "Ohio"

Keith Urban, John Fogerty and Booker T. Jones, "Rockin' in the Free World"

Elvis Costello, "The Losing End"

Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin and the Grooveline Horns, "Lotta Love"

Dave Matthews, "The Needle and the Damage Done"

Red Hot Chili Peppers, "A Man Needs a Maid"

James Taylor, "Heart of Gold"

Elton John, Leon Russell, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow and T Bone Burnett, "Helpless"

Crosby, Stills & Nash, "Human Highway"

From CANOE -- JAM! Music: Neil Young tribute star-studded by DARRYL STERDAN - QMI Agency:
John Mellencamp & T-Bone Burnett | Down by the River

Young's FarmAid colleague opens the show with a slow-burning version of a classic from Everyone Knows This is Nowhere. His band consists of superstar producer T-Bone Burnett on guitar, Kenny Aronoff on drums and musical director Don Was on bass. (The latter two serve as a house rhythm section for most of the evening.)

Ozomatli | Mr. Soul

These Angeleno rockers add some heavy Latin grooves to this Buffalo Springfield oldie -- without sacrificing the fuzzy, Satisfaction-style riff-rock at its heart.

Jackson Browne | Don't Let it Bring You Down

Backed by Aronoff and Was, the troubadour turns in a rich acoustic-guitar version of this powerful cut from After the Gold Rush.

Stephen Stills & Sheryl Crow | Long May You Run

Crow dons a squeezebox and trades verses with Stills on a mellow version of this number cut by the Stills-Young Band in '76. Black needles Young for using such a boring band name, and makes up for it by christening the Stills-Crow ensemble Rocketnuggetthunderclaw.

Lady Antebellum | Only Love Can Break Your Heart

These quickly rising country-pop stars told me they were more excited about playing this event than they were about their Grammy nominations. They play this country waltz fairly straight, but their three-part harmonies add some layers to the melody.

Norah Jones | Tell Me Why

Another cut from Gold Rush, this time picked by Jones and a bandmate playing acoustic guitars. It's wonderfully simple. And simply wonderful.

Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin & Lucinda Williams | Comes a Time

The trio of roots queens join forces -- along with some steel guitar and accordion -- in this folksy chestnut. I wonder why Lucinda is wearing glasses. Then I notice the giant teleprompter screen behind me.

Wilco | Broken Arrow

If you can think of anyone more capable of handling all the intricate twists and turns of this shape-shifting epic from Buffalo Springfield Again, you let me know. Then again, don't bother. You're wrong.

Josh Groban | Harvest Moon

The popera sensation takes a seat at the piano for this gentle ballad, which he gussies up a little too much with all his technique and talent. Neil needs to be a bit ragged, you know?

Everest | Revolution Blues

Who? Well, put it this way: These L.A. roots-rockers are signed to Young's Vapor Records. Hey, throw Neil a bone: It's his big night. Besides, they crank out a smoking version of Revolution Blues. It's the heaviest performance so far.

Dierks Bentley & Booker T. Jones | Cinnamon Girl

Backed by frequent Young sideman Booker T. and his instantly identifiable organ, Bentley and his gruff pipes transform this immortal tune into twangy country-rock -- and lose a bit of the song's edge in the process.

Ben Harper | Ohio

The musical centrepiece of the show. Armed with his slide guitar and accompanied only by three female backup singers, Harper recasts Young's Vietnam-era protest song into stirring gospel-blues. Quite simply one of the finest, most moving versions of this song I've ever heard. It deservedly brings some attendees to their feet.

Keith Urban, John Fogerty & Booker T. Jones | Rockin' in the Free World

Another winner. Urban and Fogerty crank up the amps and blow the roof off the dump, trading solos and belting out the vocals on Young's slamming rocker. Urban is playing harder -- and grinning wider -- than I've ever seen before. And Fogerty still hasn't lost a step. Afterward, Black quite rightly tells the swells, "I know it's expensive -- but I think you're getting your money's worth. This is insane! Can you appreciate how insane this is?"

Elvis Costello | The Losing End

The roll continues: An acoustic-guitar toting Costello takes this lesser-known number from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and turns it into a country weeper that could have come straight from ole Hank's pen.

Jason Mraz & Shawn Colvin | Lotta love

A horn section and some organ add some soulful backing to Mraz and Colvin's duet. Still, it's not one of the evening's more memorable moments. Then again, they did have to follow Elvis.

Dave Matthews | Needle and the Damage Done

On the plus side: The singer-guitarist totally nails Neil's anti-drug ballad, right down to the mournful falsetto vocal. On the downside: He delivers a rambling introduction that makes him look like a goof.

Red Hot Chili Peppers | A Man Needs a Maid

Not surprisingly, the Peppers -- making their first public appearance with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer -- lace Young's Harvest track with their heavy, slogging funk. But that's not nearly as alarming as Anthony Kiedis's Mexican porn-star moustache.

James Taylor | Heart of Gold

Hey, I respect JT as much as the next guy -- but does the world really need an easy-listening version of Heart of Gold? The good news: Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Jason Mraz help out on backing vocals.

Elton John, Leon Russell, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow & T-Bone Burnett | Helpless

The stage is getting a little crowded at this point -- but really, the song belongs to Elton, who converts it into a work of classic country-pop vaguely reminiscent of his own Burn Down the Mission. Neko, Sheryl and Leon each get a turn at the mic.

Crosby, Stills and Nash | Human Highway

"We made some of the best music of our lives with you," says David Crosby before the legendary trio close the show by putting their gorgeous harmonies to work on this underappreciated '70s track. Neil's reaction? "Now I gotta go write some more songs." No argument here.

From Vancouver Sun: Rock’s storied performers gather to honour Neil Young By Jim Holt, Canwest News Service

Booker T. Jones: “He’s a huge influence on me,” Jones said. “His music is heartfelt. He’s always exploring and pushing the envelope.”

James Taylor: “His songwriting is the stuff,” Taylor said. “You hear his music and you know that’s the stuff.”

Jackson Browne: “I’ll be singing ‘Don’t let it bring you down’ which is a powerful song,” said Browne before attending the gala dinner. “Neil Young’s singular use of language is what amazes me,” he said. “It really raises the bar. Nobody but Neil would say, 'When you dance, I can really love.' He's got this powerful way of carving language in very simple blocks of meaning that go right to the core of you."

From Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Shirley Halperin:
While Wilco’s gloriously brash rendition of “Broken Arrow” prompted Elton John to give a standing ovation, which he proudly pointed out to the band backstage following the performance. Earlier in the night, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy told RS, ”We rehearsed this song for two days. The guys in our crew said it was the first time they’d ever seen us rehearse in three years.” He added that they’d chosen “Broken Arrow” because it’s “really episodic and strange and when you hear it, it’s pretty obvious that Wilco has taken a lot from this one song.”

Jack Black, who had to keep things moving even if the show went nearly an hour past its allotted time. How did he rate his own performance? “I was pretty nervous and started off shaky, but I eased into it,” Black told RS. “It was just a remarkable night of musicianship. You don’t see a bill like that very often. Everyone was so incredible, and it’s a testament to Neil’s influence and awesomeness that so many people wanted to be part of this show.”

"To that end, Crosby, Stills and Nash’s serenade of “Human Highway” couldn’t have been a more fitting closer. “We’ve done that song with Neil probably 200 to 300 times so it has special significance that he’ll know and we know,” said Crosby, who called his friend of five decades “the real deal.” “There’s been too much focus in recent years on surface rather than substance,” he said. “But Neil can really write a song that you’ll remember 20 years from now. I’ve played some of the best music of my whole life on stage with that man, there were many moments that were pure magic, and I love him.”"

“The first time I saw him sitting in a circle with his guitars and his harmonium behind him was a solidifying moment for me,” said Crow. “There’s something so soulful about that man. It’s when I knew, ‘That’s what I want to do some day — sit with my guitars and play songs.’”

From The Canadian Press: Neil Young's peers happy the Canadian rocker finally getting due from Grammy:
"Added Jeff Tweedy, whose Chicago band Wilco will perform at the MusiCares event: 'He's right up there in terms of a constant in my musical life as an influence and as a mentor. He's kind of just a force of nature. And I take him for granted sometimes like I take the sun for granted ... I'm really happy the sun comes up every day and I'm happy Neil Young keeps making records.'"

A lame -- and uncredited -- review: Honoree Neil Young fails to perform at music biz charity event | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters. (Incidentally, this the most Tweeted story of the event. As always -- lets find the negative on Neil and pound it home. Reuters. What a bunch of losers.)




More photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America on 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young - Show - Pictures - Zimbio

Report on rust : Message: MusiCares! I was Therez! (Rhyme) by Karen.

More highlight photos on Purple Words on a Grey Background.

PHOTOS 2010 MusiCares Tribute To Neil Young concert highlights : starcasm.net

PHOTOS: Grammy weekend begins with MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Neil Young - latimes.com





Musicares Highlights - Part #1


Musicares Highlights - Part #2


Musicares Highlights - Artisan News

Also, Interview Videos for 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute | GRAMMY.com with:
James Taylor
Elvis Costello
John Stirratt
Dave Matthews
Jackson Browne
Lady Antebellum

Thanks neilyoung.org - Neil Young links - reconnecting thoughts and actions!




Musicares Rehearsal photos

Arrivals @ Musicares: 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young - Roaming Inside - Pictures - Zimbio

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David Crosby & Elton John


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Neil Young & Tony Bennett


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Neil Young, Pegi Young and Elton John




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At 1/30/2010 10:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great event, wish Neil could've played at least a song or two, "I am a Child" maybe.

wish LA Johnson could've been in the audience, too.

Johnny Rocket!

 
At 1/30/2010 11:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a night on the town for Neil and crew.

 
At 1/30/2010 11:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. So how do we get a set list (and ultimately a recording) for the show?

 
At 1/30/2010 12:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Neil; you are part of so many peoples lives, and you have helped so many more. You deserve this award, and this recognition. I hope you and your team had a great night. It's a real shame LA couldn't be there with you all.

I have a feeling it could be a long stretch before we hear any news from Mr. Young but I really really hope I'm wrong.

The last 4-5 years have been crammed full of Neil, and keeping up with whatever his latest project/tour happens to be. And they have been incredible.

I really hope that Neil keeps writing, recording, touring, playing live, whatever. Because that's why we love the guy, there is no other quite like him.

I look forward to seeing you out there again someday, Neil. Congratulations again. And thanks for everything.

 
At 1/30/2010 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Young did get up from his table at the end to thank everyone, and to reveal that he was four or five songs into a new album. “I won’t stop and I hope to be able to continue for a really long time,” he said."

 
At 1/30/2010 12:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was the Horse ? I mean, it is the most important band in Neil's career. Without the Horse, there's probably no "NY, person of the Year".
Ben

 
At 1/30/2010 01:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was this broadcast anywhere? are we gonna get to see any of these performances?

 
At 1/30/2010 01:47:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Karen reported on rust that Billy and Ralph were in attendance.
Keith

 
At 1/30/2010 02:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Poncho ?

 
At 1/30/2010 02:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, I hope some day there's a way to see and hear more of what took place last night. Some of it is just too cool- Neil citing Tony Bennett as an inspiration? Tony Bennett, one of my other personal favorites? Wow. I'll have to bookmark this page and look at it another time when my internet connection is faster, don't have the time or patience to wait for photos to come up. I am both heartened and not surprised that Neil is 5 or 6 songs into a new album, and definitely not surprised about his statements concerning continuing to go on. It's a big part of who he is, and as long as we have him with us, he will keep producing, producing musical pictures of the most relevant to him things going on in his life at the moment. As Bill Shapiro said years ago, he is a modern day troubadour, he needs an audience to complete the alchemy that takes place between mind and music. What comes out in the end can be sublime or goofy and whacky side by side, or infuriating and impenetrable to some, but always meaningful, personal, unique, and heartfelt. And we get to be the audience? How cool is that? And how cool is it that it all comes out of the man that Neil Young is? By all means, give me any number of more FITR’s!- and PW’s and LWW’s and Greendale’s and RNS’s and EKTIN’s…

A lot of people continue to rightly bring up L.A. Johnson, and it makes me think of what it must be like for Neil to keep moving, and not curl up in a fetal position. How many life shattering moments has this guy been through, and yet he perseveres. It’s a big subject, but I guess for me the conversation could always begin and end with Neil’s admonition to: “Just do what you want to do. Don’t listen to anyone else.” It’s gotta be the thing that gets him through, and something I’m applying to my own life after all these years. Would that I have half the success Neil has had (warts and all- just to head off all the obligatory comments about how “our hero” does not rise to perfection, as if anyone does).

I guess a night like this also assuages the craven side of me that has always been irked by the lack of recognition for Neil by the music business as a whole. Sorry to repeat myself from past posts, but as respected and known across all lines as Neil is, he is virtually unknown by a larger audience beyond the same beat it into the ground songs that get played on the radio every now and then. It shouldn’t really matter, and I know full well how laughable Neil would find this, but I’m still human in silly ways, I guess. When even the cryptic minded David Letterman can ask out loud why more people don’t know about Neil, then… I’m just saying.

Anyhow, congratulations Neil. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but clichés are clichés for a reason- “Keep on rockin’ in the free world!”

Just another Neil sycophant- Greg M (A Friend Of Yours)

 
At 1/30/2010 03:20:00 PM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

Thanks for the link, Thrasher

 
At 1/30/2010 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Anon wrote
"And Poncho ?"

She didn't see him. He may have been there. Maybe not. Billy and Ralph were hanging together, apparently.

 
At 1/30/2010 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

More pictures at LAtimes.com
www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-grammy-musicares-neil-young-pictures,0,7764758.photogallery

 
At 1/30/2010 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave matthews playing needle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IKxZmZ_RwQ

 
At 1/30/2010 08:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done, Thrash, nice summary.

i rank this moment right up there, at the very top of Neil's career, a very, very special award that Neil fully deserved.

Just to nit-pick for a moment, i would have found a way to get Richie Furay on the stage, and also Crazy Horse.

Almost criminal that Crazy Horse wasn't up there, but, i guess if Neil wasn't planning to perform, what kind of role could they have?

anyhow, can't wait to see this one down the road...

 
At 1/31/2010 04:48:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Really many big artists for the well deserved event.Anyway, no Bruce or Bob.Maybe there's a bit of competition...

Andrea."So Tired"

 
At 1/31/2010 04:54:00 AM, Anonymous wiwa said...

Auch in Old Germany freuen sich alle Neil´Fans mit ihm für diese grosse Auszeichnung. Es lebe Neil Young !!

 
At 1/31/2010 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil 'CONGRATULATIONS' from Toronto. Thank you for being such a big part of my life since 1967. Thank You for what you do for our World and Children. Thank You Thrasher's Wheat and Karen for your fine reports. Neil and Pegi looked so happy in all the pictures, for that matter everybody looked like they were having such a good time. It must have been such an amazing night to be there. The only thing that would have made it a perfect night would have been if the late Larry L.A Johnson could have been there!Glenn LincVolt

 
At 1/31/2010 11:04:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

Thank you, Thrasher, for all the information of this big moment! Hope to see some more.
Congratulations to Neil!

Love, Liza

 
At 1/31/2010 12:17:00 PM, Blogger WBKM.org said...

It takes me forever to read all this, Thrasher you continue to do us all such a service.......a huge time investment for you on a daily basis....I hope you are finally getting a financial boost, cause you deserve it!

 
At 1/31/2010 12:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome. Can't wait to hear that Wilco version of Broken Arrow - sounds like they nailed it!

Thanks Thrasher - love the site!

- Love in Mind

 
At 1/31/2010 01:45:00 PM, Anonymous mr. grumpy said...

Maybe it was posted before...
There are some very interesting video excerpts from the event at this url:

http://tv.repubblica.it/copertina/concerto-tributo-a-neil-young/41962?video&ref=hpmm

Enjoy...

 
At 1/31/2010 02:49:00 PM, Anonymous mordred352 said...

Thanx Mr.Grumpy for the Link.

Can't wait to see the whole Show !

 
At 1/31/2010 04:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a memorable night...
The best spin I can come up with is that The Horse is so connected to Neil, so he didn't play, they didn't play ... surprised no Eddie Vetter either

 
At 1/31/2010 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Corey said...

That's Kate Markowitz between Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, currently labeled as "guest". She is a long-time singer in James Taylor's band.

 
At 1/31/2010 04:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope we all realize how fortunate
we are to be living during Neils' lifetime. Because a hundred years from now, fans are only gonna get
the recordings.

"Live Neil Young music is Better" bumper stickers should be issued!!!

 
At 1/31/2010 06:12:00 PM, Anonymous Marc C said...

not sure if this has been reported or not....but apparently Neil won his first ever Grammy award tonight!!!!

http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/music/2010/01/31/12687166.html

"Rock legend Neil Young and "Family Ties" actor Michael J. Fox are among the early Canadian winners at this year's Grammy Awards.

Young claimed a trophy for best boxed or special limited edition package for the first elaborately designed volume of his "Archives" collection. It was the Toronto-born singer's first-ever Grammy."

FINALY

and well-earned at that.

the Beatles box set was also up for the trophy,but it was nothing compared to the groundbreaking colossal machine that is the Archives!

-Marc C

 
At 1/31/2010 06:16:00 PM, Anonymous Marc C said...

also from the link above:

"The prizes were given out during the non-televised portion of the Grammy Awards, where the bulk of the hardware is handed out before the evening gala.

[...]

Young is also up for best solo rock vocal performance for the song "Fork in the Road." "

would be nice to actually SEE neil grab an award...but i doubt he'll win best solo rock performance hahaha

good to dream though!

-Marc C

 
At 1/31/2010 07:32:00 PM, Anonymous Simpson said...

Neil finally won a Grammy for The Archives!!! He lost best solo rock vocal performance however to Springsteen's "Workin' On A Dream."

 
At 1/31/2010 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish LA Johnson was here to see the Grammy win.

RIP Larry.

Congrats, Archives Guy, Neil and the rest of the team.

Johnny Rocket!

 
At 1/31/2010 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never worried much about Grammys as my favourite musos such as Alex Chilton, the Rubinoos, and Neil were never in with a chance against the manufactured product by the likes of Beyonce and Taylor Swift and all the pretty boy country guys.

So now they give Neil 2 one for his charity work and one for the colour and shape of the cardboard on the Archives Box. I would have preferred it if they gave him one for the quality of his MUSIC.

Beyonce can win 20 Grammy's but she'll never mean that much to me. I'd prefer to listen to Neil any day because his music is real.

Neil was wrong when he said that there was no best in music. Neil's music is the greatest and for it not be acknowledged as such by the Grammy's shows the lack of credibility of these awards.

How about the Grammy's with Neil and the Horse (or the Electric Band) blowing Beyonce and all that artifice offstage. Could you imagine Kanine West interpreting Neil?

Great to see the NYA getting some recognition but it is time that the Grammy's give Neil an award for his brilliant music.

Landing on Water from a great height

 
At 2/01/2010 01:38:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

What a great synopsis here. Can't wait to hear Wilco & Jackson Browne do Neil's songs. When this CD comes out, this is gonna blow all other sales outta the water. And whether you like her style of music or not, Beyonce is a very gifted singer & will go on earning more and more accolades in her lifetime. No one can fault her or the Grammy's if she attracts a much broader audience than Neil ever did.

 
At 2/01/2010 01:38:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

What a great synopsis here. Can't wait to hear Wilco & Jackson Browne do Neil's songs. When this CD comes out, this is gonna blow all other sales outta the water. And whether you like her style of music or not, Beyonce is a very gifted singer & will go on earning more and more accolades in her lifetime. No one can fault her or the Grammy's if she attracts a much broader audience than Neil ever did.

 
At 2/01/2010 03:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Beyonce that good? Why did not say Rolling Stone or any of the mainstream mags give her album 5 stars? I recall Robert Christgau did not like it either.

Compared to Aretha, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Howard Tate, Swamp Dogg, Al Green, Anne Pebbles, even Kayne West she rates last. Her music is not timeless. Extremely beautifullwith limited ability in my view. The Annette Funicello of the 21st Century? Wish her 15 minutes of Fame was up.

Landing on Water

 
At 2/01/2010 05:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Beyonce. Don't rate what she's doing now, but in the years between the 2nd Destinys Child LP and her first solo album she made some first rate pop music. Yeah, she's no Aretha but Annette Funicello is way too harsh. I'd say Tina Turner or Diana Ross would be fairer comparisons.

And I think all this awards stuff for Neil is a waste of space. Who in their right mind cares? In the year he released possibly his two finest albums, 'Zuma' and 'Tonight's The Night', they gave the best record Grammy to Olivia Newton John, and the best album to Stevie Wonder. Okay, maybe Stevie deserved it, but Olivia? Jeez. These people don't know shit, and if Neil's giving them time it makes me respect his current persona that little bit less.

 
At 2/01/2010 08:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and one for the colour and shape of the cardboard on the Archives Box"

Trust me, that grammy award is NOT based on the color and shape of the F@#$@#g cardboard box! Think CONTENT, as in that statment and thought from you have no content. You must either be joking, or truly misdirected.

That Grammy Neil Young won is for the MUSIC! All 128 cuts or so, and the content, the layout, the innovation, the muse, the F@#%g breakthrough of technology, the archival info! This is no lifetime acheivment award, dude. This is an acheivement of a lifetime award!

Don't discount the merit of his work or this award based on your interpretation of the significance or the lack thereof of past grammy awards and that Neil didn't get one. You think he cares?

Jeesh, you'd think it was undeserved. I suggest you think again.

- Not Rotten Johnny

 
At 2/01/2010 08:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil seems to forget the horse, and I think that's not fair.
Ben

 
At 2/01/2010 09:37:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

I don't agree Rocketman. The award was token, condescending, and patronizing, too. They waited how long to recognize him for his artistry? Why? Because they like his attitude better than when he was young and more controverial? Because he's not a liability to the music industry anymore? Because all the people who held grudges are dead or too old to remember how ridiculous and childish their grudges were in the first place?

The music cares award was a nice tribute but the musicians were carefully hand picked and certainly not reflective of the kind of career Neil had these past 40 plus years. When most of those people got heir (lucky)break they played by the rules. Most of them received their accolades & industry recognition before they were 30. Okay, Lucinda had to wait until she was 50, but do you get my point?

They like him now, but for all the wrong reasons. They recognize his contribution, but for all the wrong reasons.

 
At 2/01/2010 09:51:00 AM, Blogger designschicago said...

Career achievement award in the guise of a box set. Nothing less.

Congrats to Neil and the Archives team!

Now, let speculate the new music!

 
At 2/01/2010 09:53:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Discuss Grammies on Neil Young Wins First-Ever Grammy Award for Archives Box thread.

 
At 2/01/2010 10:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see Everest tackle Revolution Blues... nice song to play to a Hollywood crowd. Very Neil like...

It would have been nice to have Crazy Horse play a song (on their own), after all, they've been with Neil for god knows how long... but what a star-studded turn out ! Hope to see it on DVD soon.
-Jim
"Keep 'em hoppin' and keep on rockin'"

 
At 2/01/2010 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday morning, I watched Journey Through the Past from the Archives. Now adays, you forget how young and full of himself (in a good way, I guess) Neil was when he was the same age as most of the Grammy winners. What a different time - what a different vibe. Happily rolling a number for the camera. Red, bleary eyes and slow jamming in the barn.

Until about 3-4 years ago, Neil still seemed to be related to that person. Time is beginning to catch up with him. He's getting the lifetime acheivement awards now. He's putting out the anthologies and the histories before the others can get in and define him.

I'm getting older, too. I love the fact that Neil still is in the moment. But I see that changing now. Physically, you can see him changing. Four years ago, he still had that lean hawkiness to him. That hunger. He doesn't look hungry anymore. I feel some sadness for him, and for me (probably self pity).

Old Black

 
At 2/01/2010 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry wheats, I'm going with the artistic recognition of this award, and that's music related too. Any other position is demeaning to Neil and his crew.

If Neil thought this was bullsh$t, he would've nixed the whole damn weekend, tribute included of 'handpicked'artists selected to stroke hig giant ego, yeah right.

In the end, I'm not sure the F#$%g trophy means too much to him anyhow. But I'm not gonna say they just 'gave' in a and 'gave it' to him.


- Not Rotten Johnny

 
At 2/01/2010 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrasher,
Sorry to post this on two threads, but felt this subject is being discussed here:

All I can say that if the Grammy's, after 50 years of Neil rockin the rock n' roll industry, can only manage to give him a grammy for the artwork on his box set, it shows that the whole thing is a ridiculous farce ... I actually agree that giving him a grammy now for the art on the box set is insulting to him as an artist and at the same time it demeans the whole Grammys institution ... I mean, how can people like Taylor Swift (no disrespect meant to her or her work) or Beyonce walk away with an armload of awards, and this kind of thing has been happening for literally years and decades, and a true authentic artist like Neil has created tens of albums and hundreds of songs of all flavors, and genre's, Jeez he's probably created a few genere's in the process and they can't come up with one measly award for his MUSIC?? Sorry, its a joke, its ridiculous, you'll rarely see me ranting like this, but its preposterous, and it proves the whole Grammys thing is bankrupt, its bogus, its fake, its pretentious, its political ... otherwise its totally unexplainable ... Neil is a class act to show up and receive the art award ... he's a gracious person who doesn't need their false, pretentious accolades, but the whole thing when you think of it is so ridiculous ya can't do much more than call it out ... ten years from now these grammy winners and their carefully manicured songs will be long forgotten and Neil and his substantive music will live on, aging gracefully as always... Neil, Long May You Run!! You truly set the real standard.

Dan

 
At 2/01/2010 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Sorry but the Music Cares Award is over the rainbow for Neil.

This guy has been putting in brilliant stage performances the past 2 years working like a dog and this is all they can do for him. He's made a movie, done movie soundtracks, written musicals, and he gets a grammy for the design of the box set.

If you smell horsesh&*t at the end the rainbow, it's not because he left the horse in the barn or out to pasture too long.

They have no use for him in the blood sucking industry. Never did. What they have use for is b*ttkissers like Cheryl Crow who absolutely loves "with all her heart" every single music executive that ever lived plus every other guy she used to carve out her niche with the rest of the blood suckers.

So if you can't beat them, you join 'em, right?

 
At 2/01/2010 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Grammy was for the design of
the box and was given to the people
who designed it. Sure, Neils' name is
all over it, but the award went to Janice and Gary. Neil was there to pat THEM on the back!

 
At 2/01/2010 04:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost certain that this will air on pbs during on of their pledge drives.

 
At 2/01/2010 11:44:00 PM, Anonymous expecting2fly said...

From the blog entry above:

"A lame -- and uncredited -- review: Honoree Neil Young fails to perform at music biz charity event | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters. (Incidentally, this the most Tweeted story of the event. As always -- lets find the negative on Neil and pound it home. Reuters. What a bunch of losers.)"

Hmmm. Makes me kind of glad I'm not a tweeter (no offense to you twittering folks out there as I am sure there are many fine tweeters.) Personally, I'm very gratified that such a diverse set of artists gathered to pay respects to someone who has inspired so many and given so much through his art as well as with his heart to so many. Neil Young is, sure, a great artist. I certainly know that having listened to his albums and attended his concerts for so long. But his personal commitments to ideals and for just plain caring for his fellow human beings are very inspiring and admirable. I do so much respect him for what he has given and I am so glad MusiCares honored him and that so many artists donated their performances in his honor.

Mike

 
At 2/02/2010 12:54:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Mike, I think you're right about the level of sincerity there that night.

It's funny though, in order to protect the artistic integrity of his work for all these years, he did his best to distance himself from the absurdities, phoniness and celebrity that comes naturally with the fame of becoming a legend. And now to find him bathing in the spotlight surrounded by people who see him as their inspiration.

One thing for sure we know about Neil more than any other artist there, he can walk away from it any time, and do just fine without it.

 
At 2/03/2010 03:10:00 PM, Blogger Dmitri Karamazov said...

WOW!
WOW! WOW! WOW!

I just hope this glorious event was recorded!

 
At 2/03/2010 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Dmitri Karamazov said...

I didn't watch the Grammies -- Screw them!!! Screw everything they stand for, which is mediocrity and stupidity in music.

I spent my evening listening to Fork in the Road and Chrome Dream 2

I was very happy, indeed!

Neil LONG MAY YOU RUN!

 
At 2/05/2010 02:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this is broadcast on TV at some point or even a DVD that could be bought. Seems like an interesting show.

Would like to have seen Lucinda Williams do a Neil song without sharig the stage. I think she could do justice to alot of NEils songs.

Also, hope Dylan was at least invited.Would have loved to see Bob do " Hey Hey My My " !

 
At 2/10/2010 01:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The auction was awesome!!! they raised like $150,000.00 on three items. Elton John bought a private booth for the Taylor Swift concert. The auctioneer even sold the Neil Young sign, with Jack Black, for $40,000. Does anyone know who he is or how to get a hold of him? We are having an auction in December and are looking for someone of his caliber...Help, Thanks

 
At 2/11/2010 01:31:00 AM, Anonymous ELIKA MAHONY said...

Its amazing to see how Neil Young has struck up musical collaborations throughout his career. From Buffalo Springfield to Crazy Horse to Crosby, Stills, & Nash -- these have been his most renowned influences and inspirations. myspace.com/elikamahony

 
At 9/26/2011 10:19:00 AM, Blogger viper said...

Where were Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam?

 

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