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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Photo: Olympics Soundcheck of Neil Young

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

Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young
(or is it Neil Young channeling Jimmy Fallon?)

Comedian Jimmy Fallon performs at the Whistler victory ceremony at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada on February 25, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch


Yep. We done been punk'd.

All week long there have been rumors floating around about how Neil Young will play at the Olympics' closing ceremonies. Neil will duet with Ontario Alberta's Joni Mitchell. A Canadian all-star musical tribute with Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Randy Bachman, Cowboy Junkies, Celine Dion and Neil Young. Yikes.

Crazy, made-up, baseless conjecture, outrageous speculation, nonsense stuff. All over the internets tubes.

Then, along came the rumored Neil sightings in Vancouver. And then photos surfaced.

Well, it seems that comedian Jimmy Fallon is in Vancouver doing his Neil Young impression and that has caused quite a bit of confusion, to say the least.

In the ever expanding bizzarro world where Jimmy Fallon's impression of Neil Young goes massively viral and Neil Young does impressions of Jimmy Fallon performing American Idol's "Pants On The Ground", no one seems to be able to keep track of who is who doing what.

Then you have Will Ferrell channeling Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant channeling Neil Young via Blue Oyster Cult, and we just don't know where the shark jumping begins and ends anymore.


Now why in the world would Neil Young play "Heart of Gold" at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada -- of all places -- they asked rhetorically? C'mon now. Don't you think "After the Gold Rush" would be a better anthem?

Oh, Canada.

So let's just stop all the speculation, rumors, dis-info once and for all. We will not tolerate it here @ TW. We have standards higher than TMZ. (Of course, that's not saying much). And that's the last word on this subject. Period.

In the immortal words of Pete Townshend, "We won't get punk'd again."

I'm a dreamin' man, guess that's my problem.


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

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At 2/27/2010 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe you...

-Bob Zimmerman

At 2/27/2010 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you lie

At 2/27/2010 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cmon trasher. Its crap like this that gives your cite such a bad rep.


At 2/27/2010 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

You know, you can pls some folks some of the time. But you can't pls all the folks all the time.

Well, we've been accused at times for having a lack of a sense of humor.

So it does seem that irony, satire & subtlety seem to be so hard for some to grasp.

why go for the gold if you already have it? Silver & gold & Bronze. win,place or show. All that matters is to be in the games.

For everyone else, Happy Olympics Weekend in the free world! :)

At 2/27/2010 01:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cmon trasher. Its crap like this that gives your cite such a bad rep."

Number 1: "cite"??? I know it's the interwebz, and internet "spk" goes, but that doesn't make a lick of sense.

Number 2: "bad rep"? To who? I've never heard anything but good things said about TW. And considering it is the best, most updated NY site on the internet, I dont think any Neil Young fan could give it a "bad rep".

What an a$$.

At 2/27/2010 03:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fallon playing "Silver & Gold" would be a better choice.

At 2/27/2010 03:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. Please not Celine Dion.


At 2/27/2010 05:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up dd, this whole Jimmy Fallon thing is hilarious, even Neil thinks so! Weird, very very weird, but hilarious!

I would just love to see a video clip of Neil doing Jimmy Fallon doing Neil...!

Thanks Thrasher, keep on bloggin` in the weird world!


At 2/27/2010 09:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW NBC promo just said Neil will be performing at the Closing Ceremonies. Just sayin'...

At 2/27/2010 10:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my gut tells me he'll play Helpless. If not Helpless, then his classic cover - Four Strong Winds.

It's all about Canada after all.

Or, even, Rockin' in the Free World.

At 2/28/2010 12:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just mentioned it again on the CTV broadcast of the Bronze medal game that Neil Young was spotted in the building last night watching the Canada/Slovakia hockey game.

At 2/28/2010 05:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is performing at the Olympic closing ceremony? AWESOME!

At 2/28/2010 05:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young, Nickelback, Avril Lavigne announced for closing ceremony?

At 2/28/2010 05:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's official!!!!

NEIL will play at the closing ceremony!!!!!

Because Sound Matters

At 2/28/2010 06:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, something else: we are a small country, and yes, we are proud with 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. But, hey, what happened yesterday. Mark Tuitert a gold medal winner earlier this week won bronze yesterday, and just a couple of hours after the race he was playing "Rocking in the free world" at the Holland Heineken House:
Couldn't find a video yet.

At 2/28/2010 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young will perform at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver. Which song should he play? Heart Of Gold, After The Gold Rush or Don't Be Denied?

At 2/28/2010 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this stuff sucks. We need the Horse to remember what the word Rock and Roll means. Neil, I'm sorry to say it, but this time you lose dude.

At 2/28/2010 10:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heart of gold, C'mon... That fuckin sucks. I thought there was a ditch between Neil and some bands like U2. I was wrong. Now, only crazy horse can wash this huge error.

At 2/28/2010 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not very rock and roll indeed, nor even ecological...

At 2/28/2010 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI's Ontario's Neil Young and Alberta's Joni can check their birth certificates!!!! :)))))))).

At 2/28/2010 10:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, he could play "Fuckin' Up" at the closing ceremony...

At 2/28/2010 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

think you were the one punked, T!


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