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Friday, April 01, 2011

Free Neil Young Warmup Concerts Cancelled

Sadly, the recently rumored free Neil Young warmup concerts have been cancelled.

Just before the announcement of Neil's Spring U.S. Tour Dates, rumors began to fly that something was in the works.

In an exclusive Thrasher's Wheat interview with Young's manager, Elliot Roberts of Lookout Management, Roberts discusses the reasoning behind the cancellations.

TW: Thanks Elliot for taking the time to speak with us. I know you're kind of busy.

Elliot: Sure. No problem.

TW: So you've been managing Neil's career for how long now? 35 - 40 years?

Elliot: Something like that. Although there's really only one true manager of Neil's career.

TW: And that would be Neil's muse?

Elliot: Yes.

TW: So these rumors about Neil playing some warmup shows? Would this have been something like the stealth OPL gigs back in '96?

Elliot: Well, we weren't really that far into planning before Neil decided to pull the plug on the idea. But, yeah, something like that.

The idea would've been to play a few small places. Just announce the location at the last minute. Word would go out on the grapevine. No tickets.

TW: So the warmups are totally off?

Elliot: Right.

TW: And can you say why?

Elliot: It's complicated. As are most things. But I think Neil was thinking that some warmup shows would be a good idea. He wanted to keep it low key. Also, I think the free gig thing intrigued him.

It would've been a way to give back to his fans. Particularly those struggling economically.

TW: How so? I mean do fans really factor into his thinking?

Elliot: Actually, more than you might imagine. He's quite sensitive to the whole vibe.

Look. Here's the thing. He makes choices like we all do.

He really likes doing the solo gigs just because it's so much simpler logistically. He can play small venues. The upfront planning time horizon is much shorter. He can play whatever he wants without rehearsing a band. So there's a lot of upside.

He's in a zone where he likes this format. He can experiment and play lots of different instruments.

TW: That's great to hear.

Elliot: Yeah. So the challenge has always been making this work. Look -- to be frank -- the audiences aren't always too cooperative.

You have to go back to the Beacon shows back in '92.

TW: The 6 night stand in New York City with the Harvest Moon material?

Elliot: Right. 5 or 6 nights or whatever it was.

I mean go back and listen to those tapes. The audiences were incredibly rowdy for a solo acoustic show.

TW: I remember folks were yelling requests continuously. Powderfinger. Hurricane. Cortez. Guess that annoyed Neil?

Elliot: It did. It did. You can hear him on the NYA box talk about it.

TW: With Joel [Bernstein, Young's archivist]?

Elliot: Yes.

TW: Neil's saying something like "I was out of touch with the audience. The audience was out of touch with me. They came to hear one thing but I came for another. Neil said something like "fuck the audience".

Elliot: In so many words. He's just going to do what he wants regardless of their expectations.

But Neil loves his audience. He doesn't want to walk alone. He's saying walk with me.

He's not in some bubble oblivious to the world around him. He's keenly aware of where we're at as a civilization and knows it's time to move to some sort of Plan B/After The Goldrush.

Look, I gotta get going here. I've probably said more than I should already.

I know you're going put this up on your little bloggie internet thingie or whatever. But you might want to pass along to your buddies that -- as hard as it may be to believe -- Neil's not charging top dollar here purely for the money. Or to cash in or soak his fans. That's not the objective.

If it was about the money, he'd play larger arenas. We'd charge less for tickets, but gross higher at box office.

TW: Or he could tour sponsored by a beer company and charge less, maybe?

Elliot: That's bullshit. Not gonna happen. Neil's locked into a successful formula and he's not going to mess with it at this stage.

TW: OK. I know you gotta go but can you clarify this? It's important.

Elliot: When I told Neil I was going to talk to you, he said "go tell'm to listen to the A side of On the Beach, Track #4.

TW: Uhhh. "For The Turnstiles"?

Elliot: Damn. You guys are fuckin' freaks.

TW: We'll take that as a compliment.

Elliot: Figures (grumbling).

TW: Hey Neil's a quirky cat. He attracts quirky fans.

So. "For The Turnstiles"? Watch out for the greedy hand? You pay for this, but they give you that? Keepin' manager's alive?

Elliot: [Sigh] Like he said, listen to "For The Turnstiles".

TW: I still don't see how this is all about canceling the free stealth gigs? What did the ' 92 Beacon shows have to do with this?

Elliot: Alright. Look. The back row seats are like $59 or something for Neil & Bert. Small intimate venue. Solo. And yes, the first few rows are $200+.

The idea was to offset the free concerts with the revenue from the regular shows.

TW: Oh? Hmm.

Elliot: And there's another reason. As we've raised the seat prices, it's helped weed out the yahoos. The folks who fill up on beer, go to the bathroom during an acoustic song, call out requests, and behave like general assholes.

As much as we might hate having high ticket prices as a gating factor on the audience, it's the only practical solution. If seats are cheap, for some, it becomes less special. When folks are making a serious budget decision, they're more likely to behave responsibly.

TW: So you're saying that the high ticket prices is really a mechanism to create a better atmosphere? A better experience for the audience?

Elliot: You might say so.

TW: Some of the shows we saw last year, you could literally hear a pin drop. The audiences were spellbound. It was pretty special.

But I suppose you're aware that a lot of folks aren't too thrilled about these prices...

Elliot: Definitely. We're very aware of the displeasure.

Of course we'd love to have hard-core rusties down front and the wealthy elite assholes in the back. But no one's been able to figure that model out... yet.

But you got to remember that folks are keying off the top ticket price. Do you have any idea what percentage of the tickets are in the top bracket?

TW: I dunno know? 20%?

Elliot: Lower. Much lower. 5-10% depending on venue.

That's what folks are getting outraged about. 5-10% of the seats! That's it.

It's like folks who have their team going to Super Bowl and going ballistic about the price of skybox seats. Did you ever hear a Green Bay Packer fan outraged that skybox suite seats were $100,000? That thought it wasn't fair that he couldn't afford Super Bowl seats?

TW: No idea. We don't really pay too much attention to sports.

Elliot: We've got a complete range of prices that people have an option to choose from based on what they can afford. 4 different price points. 4!

Like I said, $59 for Neil & Bert in a small intimate venue, solo is not unreasonable.

Yes, folks complain. But they also probably complain that Mercedes Benz's are too expensive. It's not being realistic.

There's always negativity. Especially on the internet from what i understand.

You hear a lot of false equivalencies like I saw Band X for Y $'s in the Year such & such. There's just simply no comparison.

Look. Neil is not into the whole big star trip. But the man has been nominated for an Academy Award. He's headlined the biggest global telecast ever -- Live 8. He just won a Grammy. Musicares Person of the Year. Junos Humanitarian Award.

He played the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics for god's sake. 100 million global viewers.

He's got the whole LincVolt thing going. He's very serious about this and has poured tons of money into it.

The guy is not just some run of the mill aging musician coasting along on a victory lap playing his greatest hits. He's still at the top of game.

Frankly, judging by the market we're seeing in the scalper market, it appears we still haven't hit the ceiling yet.

TW: You're leaving money on the table?

Elliot: Yeah, big time. but that's totally cool. That's perfectly OK.

But look at the spread even now -- $200, $300, $400, $500 and up over face value out on scalper sites.

It's insane. Sad. Neil's not trying to gouge anybody. We don't sit around the Ranch scheming how we can screw over the fans, as some seem to think. If anything, we scheme to screw over the scalpers. heh.

Sure he'd like every hardcore fan to be able to make it. We did these pre-sales very stealth-like precisely to minimize scalpers.

TW: Oh really?

Elliot: Yes. Stealth pre-sales are today's equivalent of the old days where you stood in line at the box office for hours.

Here are the facts. The higher the price the fewer tickets end up in scalper hands. Therefore, it increases the odds that average fans have the access -- at the pre-set price -- and not at what the market will bear. It's a fact.

These complainers? They're experts right? They've been in the concert business for decades? They understand promoters? Venues? Licensing? Merchandising? Tour logistics? They have all the data to analyze to second guess us, eh? Right.

TW: OK. So how does this all line up with Neil's "hippie values"?

Elliot: C'mon?! Hippie values? What does that mean?

Get real. Look around. Think about it.

Woodstock days were a moment in time. An amazing magical moment where the moon and stars aligned.

That was then. This is now.

TW: Well, I think when folks talk "hippie values" it's more an anti-corporate, anti-capitalist stance. They're referring to when the music wasn't all about the money.

Elliot: And it still isn't!

You know how much time he puts into Farm Aid? The Bridge? Other benefits. He just played a benefit for a Children's Hospital. He's done these types of things his whole career.

There's a reason they're called benefits. He isn't paid anything other than expenses. He volunteers his time and reputation for the causes he believes in.

Last year's Gigs For the Gulf tour leg. Tickets were like $50. We only wanted to break even on that leg.

Did you hear anyone complain about the prices? Or more to the point, did you hear folks praising what Neil was trying to do for the devastated coastal communities?

Seriously. Ask some of these complainers how much free work they do? How much volunteer work they do? Community involvement? Helping others?

It's like some say, "I want Neil to play these songs, with this band, at this venue, at this price. Oh, and I want to be in the front row, too."

Neil doesn't owe anything to anybody except to be true to his music.

The sense of entitlement some feel is absolutely astonishing.

That attitude, my friend, is not a hippie value.

TW: [awkward pause] Well, umm. You know, we've struggled quite a bit with these types of issues on the blog in the past.

We're truly empathetic to those who are struggling to make it and love Neil's music. It's been heart breaking struggle for us to balance the competing views.

Elliot: You need to lighten up. You guys take this stuff way too seriously. It's only music.

Neil's just a musician. He's not an economist. Or a politician. Or a CEO.

Your musical hero can't be the solution to your problems.

So let me ask you a question. Do you have a life? What's the deal?

TW: Oh yeah. I'm happily married man and all that good stuff. We feel quite fortunate and lucky to do what we do. To give back to the Neil community all the love and affection they've given to us over the years.

Thankful for all that we've learned from our fellow fans that have helped to try and make us all better people.

You know. Celebrate the music. The passion. The community. The love.

It's actually a lot of fun. That whole "keep on bloggin' 'til the power goes out. Battery's dead. Twist & shout."

That sort of idea.

Elliot: No, really. Seriously. C'mon. Why?

TW: Well, in a way, Neil changed our lives.

I've never really discussed this before. But long ago, someone broke my heart. I found a lot of solace and comfort in his music. His songs helped me make it through a difficult time.

I know this sounds corny. I just kept searching for a heart of gold. I truly believed she was out there and that I could be happy the rest of my life with her once I found her.

And I did find my heart of gold one day. And I've never been happier since. Love and only love.

Elliot: Well, good for you both.

So, are you recording this and going to bootleg this also? (bemusedly)

TW: No, probably just put it up on my little bloggie thingie...

Elliot: Huh-uh. By the way, that New Year's Day post you guys did was rather ...ummm ... shall we say ... prophetic...

Do you have connections or something?

TW: Between you and me, some things are just best left mysterious, you know.

Thank you Elliot for your time. One last thing. Anything you can say about the setlist?

Elliot: Ha! No way. Some things are just best left mysterious. (chuckle) All I'll say is, new songs and old songs.

TW: Thanks Elliot! It's all one song.


Well, we never expected that in a million years...

Sometime you just have to walk in someone else's shoes to understand where they're really coming from.


Happy ARC Day!


At 4/01/2011 03:07:00 AM, Blogger Stringman said...

What a scoop. And that interview is so current. 1st April I believe. :)

At 4/01/2011 08:44:00 AM, Anonymous Trevor said...

Interesting interview...well done. Thrashers Wheat...always a good read on all things Neil. Keep up the good work Mr. "T"! With thanks, Trevor (Youngtown Museum / Omemee)

At 4/01/2011 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous Tequila Cowboy said...

Interesting read.

Some of it makes a lot of sense. Of course the guy has some serious market value and doesn't owe anyone shit. I get that, but when you spend your entire career, more or less, keeping prices down, being fan friendly and then turn around and start charging $200 for the best seats people are going to notice and be pissed. They talk about keeping the tickets away from the scalper, and the stealth sales make sense from that angle, but keeping prices high so that they're not attractive to scalpers and saying that's for the fans? Yeah that's a load of crap. You don't want the ticket brokers to make a shit ton of cash so you price your tickets higher to put more cash in your pockets, not theirs, I get that but saying it's for the fans it bullshit to justify an economic decision. Through all of that though it's this statement that troubles me the most:

Elliot: And there's another reason. As we've raised the seat prices, it's helped weed out the yahoos. The folks who fill up on beer, go to the bathroom during an acoustic song, call out requests, and behave like general assholes.

As much as we might hate having high ticket prices as a gating factor on the audience, it's the only practical solution. If seats are cheap, for some, it becomes less special. When folks are making a serious budget decision, they're more likely to behave responsibly.

High ticket prices as behavior modification? Come on dude did that statement taste like the shit it is coming out of your mouth? Really that is the most pompous rationalization I've ever heard. Hey dude ever here of security? A serious budget decision makes you behave more responsibly? What are you the fan's dad? Fuck you man that's garbage.

Listen I understand the motivation to make money. Neil is involved in a lot of things, some of them very good things, and he wants more cash. I understand that, truly I do. I'm not one of these guys that thinks he owes me or anyone anything, he most certainly does not, but this little rant by his manager is completely disingenuous. Neil has always had a problem with people making money off him when he perceived that others were making money on his good will, he got rid of tapers long ago for that reason, and it's a perfectly valid concern. More money in his pocket lets him do the things he wants, again I get it, but stop pissing on our collective legs and telling us it's raining. it's unbecoming to one of the greatest of the greats in rock & roll.

At 4/01/2011 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Doonerak said...

Well played, Thrasher!

At 4/01/2011 10:14:00 AM, Blogger TomCrac said...

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At 4/01/2011 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Maria in OB said...

I totally fell for it! Best April fools ever.

At 4/01/2011 10:21:00 AM, Blogger TomCrac said...

Thanks TW...excellent get. I don't know Tequila, I don't think security is the answer. Are they going to toss people out for yelling out requests? Would security be all over people for hooting and howling at in opportune times?....seems like that would realy be disruptive...It's a tough call when he plays smaller venues...points on both sides, but I tend to lean more twords Elliots camp the smaller the venue. I still go back to my experience seeing Neil at MSG NYC about 2 yrs. ago. I called up ticketmaster as soon as they went on sale...asked for the most expensive seats in the house (thinking that they would be the best...wrong)...Don't recall the exact price other than somewhere around $200. I was bummed. Then I learned that the front half of the floor was General admission for (what I thought was a very reasonable ) $70. I got there on the early side and what do you and my friend ended up front row on the rail...It's nice to know that in a large venue like that, the little guy (me) had an opprtunity to see Neil front row for $70.00. Smaller, more intimate venues come with a different set of challenges. I'll be there at AFH in NYC...I scored front row orch right and a friend scored front row orch left for $150.00just by picking up the phone...I kinda find it hard to complain.

Hope you get to enjoy a show.

I had no idea that Neil was thinking of doing some stealthy warm up shows...Imagine being in some bar and its that would be a great story...Sorry to hear they are cancelled before they even got started....Unless its April fools and they are just trying to throw us off the scent :)

At 4/01/2011 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Sharry said...

Excellent interview, Thrasher. You held your own against Elliot and sounded very knowledgeable.
At the back of my mind I was thinking that this may be a very well executed April Fool's joke.
Either way, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks!

At 4/01/2011 11:46:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Thrasher, has your smart Elliot Roberts stolen the Treasure too?

So Tired.

At 4/01/2011 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous Rick Ahlgren said...

I thought we behaved quite well in Panama City on Sept 20, 2010, for $60 a seat -- ours were 2nd row, dead center. Not too many drunken a-holes, and a very quiet audience, except for applause, of course.

We all pretty much knew what we were going to hear, and were damned appreciative of it.

And Neil was most gracious after the show, shaking hands and signing autographs.

At 4/01/2011 01:24:00 PM, Anonymous Nan said...

Rick, you weren't at the Oakdale show. The most obnoxious audience ever and top tickets were ~$175. The Hanover show was good, and Panama was OK, but I've been to WAAAAYYY too many shows up here with halls full of drunken yahoos who don't know when to STFU. It's as if paying that price ENTITLES them to sing along and act like jerks. (The girl behind me at Oakdale actually said that. "I paid for this seat I can do what I want". Thank God Neil stopped singing songs she knew 4 songs in... :-)

At 4/01/2011 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Ticketmaster site the exact moment tix for the 2 Wiltern Shows went on sale at 10 am this morning. I mean I was there and on top of it! All the $89 seats were already gone seconds after going on sale - if there were ever any to sell to begin with. Same with the $150 seats - also gone. All that was left were single $250 seats on the floor and, at $552 for two out the door with all the Ticketbastard surcharges, who can afford that! So, I was able to score 1 $150 ticket ($171.00 OTD) for Sunday's show becase all the $89 ($105 OTD) were also gone! While I had hoped to bring my girlfriend to the gig to see The Springfield, I'll be going alone - which I don't mind, but it would have been cool to have been able to score 2x$89 seats for the both of us. I know this is a big gig, but selling out in seconds? Where did all the cheap seats go? WTF?

At 4/01/2011 02:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here on TW is the only place Neil fans justify and excuse his prices.
All my Neil fan friends are disgusted at this point at his greed in recent years and dont bother buying tickets, regardless of how good ( or bad ) a show might be.It's greed.You're all so blinded by your loyal devotion to Neil.You folks are like cult followers. If tix are $ 500 next time and $ 1000 the time after,you'll support the bullshit with bullshit.Why do you think Neil keeps doing it ? He knows there's people like you !

At 4/01/2011 03:18:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Can't fool Mother Nature, dude!

Happy April Fool's Day, Thrasher!

At 4/01/2011 03:28:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

if I had enough money to go SEE Neil, I'd spend it on NYA V1 or the allegedly upcoming Beach Boys SMiLE Box...

At 4/01/2011 03:33:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

The girl behind me at Oakdale actually said that. "I paid for this seat I can do what I want".

THAT'S why I don't enjoy going to concerts anymore...For the cost of a ticket these days I shouldn't have to listen to some drunken asshole (or even a sober one) singing Neil's songs,I'm paying to hear NEIL sing Neil's songs...

At 4/01/2011 04:12:00 PM, Anonymous beantownbubba said...

It's all about demographics.

Hippies are now aging baby boomers/early stage senior citizens. They are the last demographic group to broadly do well financially. Music remains a high priority for many though of course not in the same way as when they were younger. So any musician that either goes back to that time or appeals to that demographic can charge a lot of money for tickets. These are also people that want all the conveniences from preferential ordering to comfy seats at the show and are willing to pay for that stuff.

If memory serves, it started w/ the Eagles, was taken several steps further by the Stones and they've been followed by pretty much every one who can. Basically, any band whose tickets are readily scalped for high prices is going to try to capture at least some of that money for themselves (which i think is generally fine). There are plenty of Neil Young fans who can afford the 200 bucks so there will never be anything approaching a boycott of his shows. However, fans of mid level acts and acts that appeal to younger demographics have gotten killed the past couple of years trying to charge even moderately high prices (say $75 or so) and those tours have been canceled or been re-priced or been moved to smaller venues so the market can work when there isn't that "overhang" of ex-yuppies to scoop up the high priced tix.

There are very few musicians that appeal to both that group and younger demographics. Neil Young is one, so his fans feel the pain particularly acutely. It's similar for Springsteen, not so much across age groups as across class: Bruce's broad appeal covers everyone from the country club set to the bluest blue collars so there's been plenty of grumbling about pricing for his last few tours, but he's never pushed it to the max anyway.

Check out the prices for acts like James Taylor, Carole King, Elton John and the other remaining dinosaurs. There's a market willing to pay the price, so artists are happy to take their money.

At 4/01/2011 05:43:00 PM, Blogger Dug said...

Thrash, you've got too much time on your hands.

At 4/01/2011 07:21:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Thrasher, you ARE a wag- but no April fool, and you managed to slip in some real nuggets, too, that will survive the spoof.

A Cult Follower... I mean, A Friend Of Yours

At 4/01/2011 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Elliot Roberts really this big of an arrogant asshole, or is this an April Fool's joke? 6 months ago I would have thought a Buffalo Springfield tour would be a prime contender for an April Fool's, so I really don't know anymore.



At 4/01/2011 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Raincheck said...

Hey, I hate to say it, but I have been next to some miserable yelling drunks at Neil shows. Yelling and singing crappy at the top of his lungs. Ruined shows for me. Far more than any other act I have seen.

I looked at what Elliot said and I thought, fuck yeah, I'd pay more if it kept that guy out so I could enjoy the show. It's not behavior modification, as somebody here said, it more of a selection process.

If I'm going to be next to an asshole, give me a rich quiet one. Sorry, man.

At 4/01/2011 08:41:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


I have just spent the day listening to Neil and Crazy Horse Broken Arrow. How I'd love to hear Big Time or Changing Highways or Scattered at an earlier arena in Durham a day or two before the solo show. Screw California, come to the 3rd least toxic city (or close by anyway) and we'll talk electric cars and the Incas. Can't wait to see you guys again and the music!!

Love, Terri & Donna

At 4/01/2011 08:41:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 4/02/2011 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Shane said...

Gee I wonder why ticket prices are so high now....

Album sales - much lower than in the past. Artists are not making money off of album sales, it's all off of tours.

Gas prices - unfortunately, Neil has not figured out how to time travel, or flap his wings and fly, so transporting from town to town, continent to continent, is more expensive than it has ever been before.

But because he is an artist he shouldn't make any money off of this, despite the fact none of the people who complain know how much he is or is not making off the ticket prices, they are all experts regardless. Should tell everyone who is making money at their job to ensure that they are not making too much money.

At 4/02/2011 02:09:00 AM, Blogger Paul Dionne said...

Oh, and assholes don't buy $250 top tier tickets? Funny- I thought that that was exactly the type who do buy those tickets; anyway, if this is really elliott, why do I feel like neil & elliott are smirking at us every step of the way; and if it's not. if it's really a spoof - my hat's off to you thrasher - brilliant....

At 4/02/2011 05:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey its great to see that Neil is touring this year, but man the ticket prices are so high anymore us working class folk can't afford to see him anymore!!!!!!!!! Have seen him about 5 time though and he rocks it out everytime! is worth every penney if you can afford it! This economy sucks!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4/02/2011 06:19:00 AM, Blogger tuned4life said...

Please tell Me that the June 10th release of "It's a Treasure" isn't an April fools joke! That would be to cruel. Doug S. Warsaw N.Y.

At 4/02/2011 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Mike Cote said...

I have seen Neil at least a dozen times over the years and if I had to I would work a second job to go see his shows. I respect him for all the great charity work he does. Keep on Rockin Neil. I hope to see you with Springfield this time around. MikeC

At 4/03/2011 04:51:00 PM, Blogger Thos said...

What's the deal Thrasher?

"Lose the Treasure story and I'll give you an exclusive interview"

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?


At 4/05/2011 03:03:00 PM, Blogger Bruno said...

Hey Mr Roberts, thank for your comments. Not sure about the argument to raise ticket prices to avoid idiots and bad behaviour.
So why not releasing now "Trunk Show" on BD/DVD for those poor europeans who can't go to see Neil !
I promise to behave really well in front of my flat screen ;-)

At 4/05/2011 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Thos said...

Sorry Thrasher, just been over on the rust list and seen what all this is about, not sure I agree with it but I understand where you're coming from. I guess we'll just have to add it to the wish list along with Toast, Trunk Show, Archives vol 2.....


At 4/19/2011 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sanctimonious, condescending, arrogant, hypocritical, greedy, pseudo-hippie raging capitalist a**hole. How could Neil even associate with this guy, let alone have him as a manager?

There's only one thing that could explain this... April 1st. You totally got me. I guess I wanted to believe that Neil wasn't completely responsible for the excessive ticket prices. Now I could point the finger at Elliot too.

Okay, Thrasher it's time to come clean. I haven't shared this with my other "Neil" friends, because I didn't want to ruin their upcoming concert experience. After reading this "interview", I was seriously considering making this tour my last show. I know this is just a blog, but you obviously fooled a bunch of us. Jokes over. Time to come clean and give us the story behind the story.

At 8/12/2012 09:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the interview. I agree that the audience needs to shut up and listen. I have never been able to understand why anyone would pay good money to come to a concert of someone they supposedly like and spend the time talking over the music, yelling and generally ruining the experience for others around them. Neil is going to play what he wants to, and quite frankly, I want to hear what he wants to play. I have seen him do all the old stuff already (except "Don't Be Denied" - hint, hint), and although still enjoy hearing them played, I would like to hear his new offerings...without listening to some drunkin' idiot scream out the title of another song, or make other obnoxious noises. I with there was a way to prevent the sale of alcohol at concerts!


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The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
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Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

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.
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which helps musicians in need of
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"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



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 & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

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

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Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

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

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

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

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

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?"
Full Disclousre Now

"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."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

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

"greed is NOT good"
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

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

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

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat