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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Elton John's "Unforgettable Moments" with Neil Young

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Elton John
Rolling Stone - February 2011


Elton John on the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone Magazine with some thoughts on "unforgettable moments" including first meeting with Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Elton John: There’s nothing like when your heroes rubber-stamp what you’re doing. In 1970, Neil Young came to my apartment and played the whole After the Gold Rush album on my piano until three in the morning.

How are you ever going to forget that?

Thanks Harold at National Bob Dylan | Examiner.com!

Also, see Elton John Performs for Neil Young as MusiCares Person Of The Year.

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Elton John and Neil Young
1973 - Backstage at Roxy Theater before Neil's performance


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At 2/04/2011 11:22:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

From one 'piano man' to another.

Brings to mind somthing. I have never seen discussion of Neil's piano playing abilities, like people speak and write of his guitar. Obviously the guitar being the main deal and his main weapon of musical assault. But to me, his piano playing, and harmonica playing, are vastly underrated and underappreciated. Never heard about the origin of him learning it or anything like that. Oh well....carry on.

 
At 2/05/2011 01:06:00 AM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

The genious of Neil Young is dicipline and restraint. With Neil, The whole package beginning with his songwriting, his vocals, and whatever instrument he chooses to express himself, is 'hardwired' directly to his soul. Although his vocal technique would no doubt make a professional trainers eye twitch, any attempt to polish it would surely be at the expense of that raw, honest, emotion-drenched expression of feelings that evokes simular emotions from the listener with an intensity far greater than most singers who merely recite lyrics. With Rap Music as a possible exception, the success of a song isn't measured by how many words you can fit into a givin verse. The same can be said as far as how many notes can one fit into a guitar solo. By Neil's own admission, he never claimed to be one who blistered the fretboard of a guitar. If anything, he's more likely to be known more for his 'one note solo' as heard in the classic stomper 'Cinnamon Girl'. Once again, his ability to exercise restraint further proved his successful formula that 'less is more'. This same successful formula is not unique to his vocals and guitar playing but extends to his piano playing abilities as well as in his signiature harmonica playing style. On whatever instrument he may choose to accompany a particular song, The method that is typical in the structure of the majority of Neil's records is restraint. Whatever it takes to compliment the song. No 'one' instrument should overwhelm, dominate, or become the focal point of the song.

 
At 2/05/2011 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Powderfinger said...

I've always felt that neil's piano playing style is very simple, but of course beautiful.

Rick A
Chrome it if you own it....

 
At 2/05/2011 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@SONY, BIGCHIEF, PF/Rick: Great comments! Thanx!

 
At 2/05/2011 08:30:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

Doesn't it just do your heart proud that an artist of his stature such as Elton John and many others look to Neil as a 'Hero'? While in the commercial world he still may get confused with Neil Diamond, many of Neil's peers like Elton and Paul McCartney know the value of Neil as an artist. I remember once when Elton attempted to sing a duet with Neil and he said he was in such awe and so nervous that he nearly "pissed himself"! At the Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame the night Neil was inducted, during the jam session afterwards, the great Jimmy Page could hardly strum a note as he himself stood there as Neil obviously stoled the show. Although there has been many tributes as of late, I guess as it usually goes, Neil's contribution to the music world will probably go un rewarded until after his passing which is so unfortunate.

 
At 5/01/2011 12:18:00 AM, Blogger LittleRaggie said...

BigChief.

Don't mention the future, it has a habit of coming earlier than anticipated. Everything will come to pass in time as we all will. It's just not mentioned...

His contribution to music has already been acknowledged countless times worldwide and will continue for years to come.

He is "The Natural Beauty"

 

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