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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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As the first leg of the Crazy Horse reunion tour wraps up, we just want to say "Thank You" to all of our loyal, dear readers who have so generously supported our endeavors and allowed us to bring you past, present and future Neil Young news coverage.

If you've supported us in the past, we truly appreciate it. And even if you haven't we appreciate your just visiting, reading, and contributing. That -- after all -- is what makes this all worthwhile.

We've been thrilled to give away Neil Young concert tickets, books, posters, magazines and other stuff. But the best of all is sharing what we call Neil Stories -- those which "emotionally resonate" with us all and make it such a joy to be part of the community of global rust.

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Here at TW we're not just non-commercial. We're anti-commercial. We feel that quality blogs and corporate advertising just cannot co-exist. We also choose to refrain from forcibly extracting money from you by charging subscription fees. We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed so generously over the past few years. We quite literally couldn't do it without you.

And, as always, we understand that contributing money is just not an option for some of you. That's fine. All posts, feeds and services at TW are open to everyone, and we will do everything in our power to keep it that way.

Again, thanks everyone for their contributions. But mostly thanks for all the reviews, photos, links, videos, and comments. And your kind and supportive words, especially. We truly enjoy sharing the Neil love around the world. We've been doing this on & off for 18 years on Rust/HH/RH and 15 years on TW and we'd really like to continue -- readers willing.

So by helping us out, you'll also help out to spread the Neil love around the world. And -- maybe in some small way -- it all helps the Bridge School, Farm Aid, Musicares, and the LincVolt project. Because we all want to light a candle, make a difference, be the rain, and be the change.

Be the wheat.
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pss - stand by for a major TW announcement later this week!


At 8/14/2012 08:28:00 AM, Anonymous growl said...

Sounds reasonable to me.

At 8/14/2012 08:59:00 AM, Anonymous Growl said...

Just sent you a few bucks and can confirm it was quick and painless! I think I may even have enjoyed it.
I am envious of you guys stateside right now and wait impatiently for news of a UK tour. I saw NY at Hammersmith, London in 2008 and since then have been delving into his back catalogue, discovering each album as if it was freshly minted just for me. A good 75% of these songs I was encountering for the very first time. I still have the Springfield & CSNY albums to add to my collection. And another Crazy Horse offering in the pipeline. While the Jimmy Donut biography has been something of a road map on my journey, Thrasher has been an invaluable guide. Always there with essential info and unbias views. Long May You Run.

PS. If the UK Tour is not announced soon I may just have to cross the Atlantic - would Austin City Limits be a good place to catch the Horse?

At 8/14/2012 09:39:00 AM, Blogger Celtglass said...

No problem at all! For what you do and what we get from this blog, it's absolutely worth it.

At 8/14/2012 09:42:00 AM, Anonymous Barbara said...

No problem at all! For what you do and what we get from this blog, it's absolutely worth it.

At 8/14/2012 09:55:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Growl. It means that much to us to mean that much to you .. and others.

As for coming over? Absolutely. We've never been to ACL but everyone says its great. Austin's a real music town so you can catch a lot of great music.

But if you're coming mainly for Neil & The Horse, you may want to consider catching a full show on the tour. The festival shows tend to be abbreviated and less adventurous.

And as with all things being equal, it comes down to time & $'s.

Either way, we're sure it'll be worth the trip.

Last we checked, they're not making anymore CH tours these days. ;)

At 8/14/2012 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just sent some help! Thanks for all you do.


At 8/14/2012 12:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Growl. Come to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Oct 14th. You can still buy floor tickets for $62. It's close to selling out but there's still tickets and the capacity is only 7,900. You're not going to find another venue that intimate by a long shot.

Thrasher, as always, thanks for everything you do!! The check's in the mail. We just love you. We just love you. (going to CS&N tonight!!)

Steven James

At 8/14/2012 03:12:00 PM, Blogger RedSun Dunn said...

Thanks for everything you do on the site. This first leg truely was epic for me. The Crazy Horse I have waited 10 years to see and feel. Even with the set the same both Red Rocks shows were totally different for me. Now, can you pull some strings and get Neil's crew to bring him to the Surf Ballroom in Iowa? Willie comes all the time!!

Thanks Again,

At 8/14/2012 05:33:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Here is a link to RS article with Poncho on new NY & CH album to be titled Psychedelic Pill

At 8/14/2012 05:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrasher, many of us have enjoyed your efforts for years and years and have done nothing to support TW financially. I was one of them until today. I have run a blog and know what a commitment it is to keep it rolling.

You do a fine job keeping us up to date with our Neil fix and a small token of appreciation once a year is not much to ask. Thank you so much!

At 8/14/2012 06:31:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks everyone for your support.

It's truly appreciated and keeps us going.

Folks, stand by for a major Thrasher's Wheat announcement coming tomorrow, Wednesday at Noon!

Don't Be Denied.

At 8/14/2012 10:20:00 PM, Anonymous wmcgurn said...

Many thanks for this labor of love. Just sent you some support. Your timely info and updates help keep me on top of whatever Neil is doing, and I appreciate it. Got me in the right frame of mind for my first 2 shows at Red Rocks. Similar shows; different jams. Plus I got to see "over & over" for the first time. Never realized that it was such a rarity. Don't miss this tour if you can help it! Neil & the Horse are rocking their garage-band asses off. On a completely different tangent: I'm wonderin' if Neil's similar set lists on these last two tours is a way to discourage folks seeing multiple shows, thereby making it easier for more people to witness the craziness. Long May You Run

At 8/14/2012 11:14:00 PM, Blogger TomCrac said...

What a fantasitic job you do Thrasher/Thrasherette.... Best wishes, always.


At 8/15/2012 01:37:00 AM, Anonymous FromArticCircle said...

I just did a little donation.

Thank you (and for all of you out there) for your work to give us news from Neil's world..

At 8/15/2012 06:08:00 AM, Anonymous beserkleyboy said...

Thrash and Thrashette,

A few $$ to keep you well. Always enjoyed and greatly appreciated. BTW, Do you think this tour will get to Aus? Thanks again

Jim (formerley in Bowral NSW now 'sea changed' to Shoalhaven Heads!)


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