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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Interview: Crazy Horse Bassist Billy Talbot | Rolling Stone

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A lengthy interview with Crazy Horse Bassist Billy Talbot in Rolling Stone by Andy Greene.

Here's just one interesting comment that says a lot about the whole Neil deal...

Q: It would be so easy to play two hours of hits and then one or two new songs. That's what most other bands do in your position.

Billy Talbot: When we were in Australia, we were in the same hotel with Kiss. We heard that one of them said, "I have the best gig in the world. I've been playing the same 17 songs for 35 years." We heard that and it didn't sit right with us.

Our job isn't easy. It's not meant to be easy. Our job is to keep the edge, be out on the edge, always seeing, exploring the limits of what we do and who we are, never letting up. Spiritually and cosmically, not to sound all hippified, but we don't sound good unless we're really connected and on the edge of everything.
More of Billy Talbot interview in Rolling Stone.

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At 7/25/2013 06:05:00 AM, Anonymous Nemouse said...

That's very cool. Confirms what I thought they must be thinking. To some extent they are swimming against the tide of human nature. It adds a whole new dimension to the current incarnation of NY&CH. For me it is very inspiring and life affirming in terms of what is possible as one gets older.

 
At 7/25/2013 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is happening all the time with Neil, but it's still somehow unbelievable to read. Is there any other rockstar who does release a recording of the first time they perform a song?

Q: "I want to jump to "Ramada Inn" from Psychedelic Pill. I really love that one".
Billy Talbot: "I felt that it was a long overdue song. We played it once, and that's what we have as the recorded version. We've played it live at every show. I can only think of two occasions out of all them where it didn't work out very well. It's not just the song. It's when we go into these instrumentals together. Neil is playing in a certain way, and the dynamics occur. Emotions rise and fall. When I say it doesn't work twice in 50 or 60 songs, I mean it didn't connect as well as we had liked".

Q: "The album version is actually the first run-through of the song?"
Billy Talbot: "Yeah. The recorded version is a version of the song. It's a fine version, and I think it does connect. As a matter of fact, when I heard it the first time I cried. That's because of the song itself and what it was saying and what it's about. I think that we effectively carried it out. We've probably played it many times better than that recording".

 
At 7/25/2013 09:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RS talks about "his new solo LP On the Road to Spearfish"
I can only find On the Road to Spearfish as digital MP3 files on Amazon and iTunes? No CD or vinyl available?

 
At 7/26/2013 04:32:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

now we need to hear from Ralph...

 

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