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Monday, October 13, 2014

CLIPS: Neil Young on Howard Stern, Oct. 14



Neil Young interview clips.

YOUNG: The things that we don't know, you know, we can do little things to fight climate change. And yet our army and our armed forces are the biggest CO2 providers into the world, they just...it's amazing. And yet we are fighting what? ISIS...

STERN: What do you think about that?

YOUNG: ...al-Qaeda. And we are fighting these wars against these organizations and their carbon footprint has got to be like 1% of our huge army and our navy and all of this stuff that have with all our big machines. We're doing more damage to the earth with our wars. And you try to find out? Hey, freedom? No, freedom, you don't get it. You can't find out what that carbon footprint is of the military. It's not available for us.

STERN: Are you upset about what's going on in the Middle East? I mean of course you're upset about, everyone is...

YOUNG: You know, I don't like war and I, you know, I think it's all about energy. In the end, it's all about energy. That's what's about. And it's going to be about water.

STERN: We're over there because there's so much oil. There's a lot of hotspots...

YOUNG: We ought to just start getting smart and use what we have: renewable energy. There's energy from the sun. Hello? It's right there. You go outside and if you don't wear a hat, you can burn a hole in your head. There's something there. Let's use it.

From 12 Things We Learned From Howard Stern's Interview With Neil Young | Rolling Stone:
3. He wasn't kidding last week when he said he's never going to perform with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ever again. "Playing with Stills and Nash in that band was really great," he said, intentionally leaving out a certain other member. "I wish [Crosby] the best with his life. There's love there. There's just nothing else there. [A reunion] will never happen. Never happen, no, not in a million years….You have to think about things before you do them. If you make a mistake, you have to fix it right away. [A reunion] will never happen. You don't have to worry about it. It's easy to say 'no.'"

5. Even 45 years later, he's still pissed about all the cameras onstage at Woodstock. "They didn't have to be right there on the stage," he said. "They're cameras, hello! Use zoom, dickhead. We were playing music and there's some jerk standing there in black clothes. We're playing music, get out of there."

7. Bono gave him advice about how to write more commercial music. "I sung all the songs in Greendale," Young said. "And Bono commented that the songs needed hooks that went over and over again and more people could hear them." Young didn't take him up on the advice.

8. He's tremendously disappointed in President Obama. "He just opened up the Gulf of Mexico to fracking," he said. "Like the Gulf of Mexico didn't need a break…Politicians are empowered by the system to do nothing but take money from the corporations that control them. Obama campaigned on change and hope, and they're fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. Barack, hello! Wake up, buddy."

9. The first batch of Pono players are sold out. "We're going to try and make more in January," he said. "We're starting to build and scale up, but the demand for them was awesome…We're making this for people that want it. We're not making it for people that don't want it, but they may not know then want it until they hear it. It's a gentle revolution. We're not trying to bowl over the world. We don't think success is anything you can tangibly see. It's a smile."

12. Sharing a Toronto apartment with Rick James in 1966 was nonstop fun. "We did some wild things," he said. "It's all very hazy to me now. I'm glad I made it through that stage. It got a little dicey. There were some drugs going on. I remember singing one song for about a day and a half."


Neil Young on environment: "You look at these leaders like Stephen Harper up in Canada where they have the tar sands in Alberta," Young said. "And the leaders in Russia and our own leaders here. Although we had this huge thing in the (2008 U.S.) acceptance speech back there in Chicago. 'I'm going to take on climate change and everything.' Obama just opened up the Gulf of Mexico to fracking for all the oil companies and gave all the rights away. This was like three weeks ago or something.

"I just don't see the prescience, I don't see the wisdom in that. Maybe it's that, 'Well there's only 10 per cent of the fish left anyway so it's not really going to hurt that many fish.' And that's a sick joke. So when all this crap starts coming out of people's faucets and they can catch their water on fire and people are dying and people are sick because of fracking, then the solution is, 'Let's do it on the bottom of the ocean because nobody will be bothered by it, they won't see it.'"

"Realize that if the United States of America is the leader of the free world, why is it that we are saying we can maybe have two per cent solar energy by 2020 and Germany has 50 per cent renewable energy right now," Young said. "It's because of leadership in this country but even more than that it's because of corporate control of democracy. In America it's hard to make a change against the corporate powers that are in control of us. They're in control of all the politicians, everybody that we elect they are all tainted.

"Why do we have Hilary Clinton when she was Secretary of State going to Europe to convince the little European countries, 'Don't get your oil from Russia! Don't do oil, we'll give you this fracking technology and it's really great. You can frack and you can get your oil and energy right out of the land.' These are our Democrats, these are supposed to be the saviors. None of them are empowered by the system that is here now to do anything other than take money from corporations and be controlled. I don't know one politician that isn't controlled to some degree by the amount of donations from corporations. That's who paid for their campaigns. All these laws are wrong. They made it legal for corporations to be people, corporations aren't people."

Neil Young will be on the Howard Stern Show tomorrow morning, Oct. 14.

Anyone can listen for free with a free trial from SiriusXM, @ SiriusXM.

Listen to Howard Stern reveal the news:


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At 10/14/2014 02:03:00 AM, Blogger Old Neg said...

The real news here is that Bobo had to pay extra to have his Howard Stern Shrine moved to Florida!

 
At 10/14/2014 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Shamrock said...

Complete interview
http://youtu.be/YIwWAX6bHwI

 
At 10/14/2014 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Shamrock said...

Interview from Mad Money on CNBC
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102084076

 
At 10/14/2014 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous The Zuma Band said...

Well, David Crosby as a recurring piñata during the show...I guess he won't expect a Christmas card from Neil this year. Oh well, dis the GF in haste , repent at leisure.

 
At 10/14/2014 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did I miss the Ms Hannah subject that started off the Crosby discussion? No Neil CSNY haven't made any great music for 40 years so what's the relevance now?

 
At 10/14/2014 06:05:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Great interview. Thanks for posting!!

 
At 10/14/2014 10:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Neil/Crosby rift is a bummer. During all Stephen and Neil's spats, and Nash's general dislike for him, Crosby and Neil had a real love for each other. Crosby always talked about him with respect, and Neil would smile huge when greeting Crosby onstage. Music is Love. Too bad..

 
At 10/15/2014 01:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much of that we've heard and read about before, apart from the Crosby rift. We only wanted one question aired, what's happened to Pegi?

 
At 10/15/2014 02:22:00 AM, Blogger dickie said...

Agree totally with Anonymous about Neil/Crosby. Sure, they had a troubled relationship ever since the Eighties and Crosby's downward spiral cos of cocaine. But that was remedied, after much effort from Neil. On stage the two seemed to have something special, in the way they affected and complementee each other, Neil brooding and intense, Crosby always completely swept up by Neil's music. You can watch it happen on the CSNY 1974 dvd, playing "Pushed It Over The End". Wonderfull stuff, and without the edgy competitiveness between Young and Stills on that tour. Seems very much a shame Neil now is apparently unforgiving about Crosby's derogatory remarks about his new girl friend. Well, yeah, even at 65 plus, such things hurt..
On the same topic: why are we not hearing more on the recent turmoil in Neil's life here? Thrasher and us Rusties seem embarassed, avoiding the topic; for instance, Neil's separation from Pegi wasn't clearly noted here, which seems strange. Also, on a smaller note, point number 6 from Rolling Stone's summary of Neil's Howard Stern interview (where Neil puts down Crosby again and again and implicitly refers to his remarks about Daryl Hanna) is absent in the summary over here. Why not give it some more air play and discussion Sure, we don't wanna pry into Neil's private life, but changes such as these have always been relevant to his music. And it's out there!

 
At 10/15/2014 02:27:00 AM, Blogger dickie said...

PS: Thrasher DID pay a subtle, and very beautful tribute to Neil and Pegi's divorce, with a range of clips from live performances. I just remembered. That was moving, so thank you. Still, it seems we're all cirvling around the painful topics at the moment...

 
At 10/15/2014 06:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dickie well said. All very odd.

 
At 10/15/2014 07:44:00 AM, Anonymous ed said...

Neil and Croz will get back together again, once he and his new old lady end this shit

 
At 10/15/2014 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous Alfonz said...

Neil couldn't even bring himself to say who he'd choose to record with or be around out of Crosby vs Charles Manson. As much has there might be a rift with Crosby, he could have at least given him the benefit of doubt over a mass murdering psychopath. Thought that was poor form from Neil.

 
At 10/15/2014 01:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed very childish.

 
At 10/15/2014 04:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:58 + 1:43

It's a comedy show, and Neil has a wry sense of humor, if you haven't noticed.

 
At 10/15/2014 04:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Neil showed a lot of restraint since, you know, Crosby is a big douche bag and all.

 
At 10/15/2014 05:03:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@dickie - thanks for the observation. much as indicated in the above interview,yes, we've sidestepped the latest Neil drama.

we saw NY play 2 nights solo in Philly last week. His setlist told us more than we ever wanted to know.

your probing the subject is a symptom of a culture where someone like Stern asks Neil semi-seriously "Who would you rather play with more? Manson or Crosby?"

 
At 10/16/2014 01:58:00 AM, Blogger dickie said...

Thanks Thrasher, always nice to be put down as a symptom of something.. (a disease maybe? Then it must be Neil Youngitis.. severe case, I caught it once, years ago, and it won't go away..) But frankly, I don't think there's anything wrong with reporting on changes in Neil's life, like RS does for instance. The row with Crosby has got nothing to do with probing, or digging up private dirt - it's all out in the open! Hence interesting for Rusties, as a matter of record, I would say. Sure, Stern can be a jerk (he seemed poorly up to date concerning Neil's doings), the Crosby/Manson question was disgusting and insulting (to Crosby and to Young). On the other hand, Neil did not seem to mind at all - guess it was in tune with his own, sometimes dark sense of humour.

 
At 10/16/2014 02:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering what the title of the song played in entirety, after the interview on Stern is?

 
At 10/16/2014 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Escarlamonde said...

The real elephant in the waiting room is that every single Kurd in #Kobane is expendable to Neil Young. He doesn't get genocide is not sustainable. Neil's never been the sharpest tack in the drawer. Two points to consider: 1. We still are fighting over whose gas pipeline wins. The Iran / Russia pipeline, or the Saudi / Qatar pipeline? Both require Syria for coastal access and a prefered route into Europe via Turkey and the old Soviet Georgia and into the region of, you guessed it, Ukraine. 2. One of the limits in ramping up Iraqi oil extraction is the limited amount of infrastructure available for exporting oil from Iraq. If pipelines through Syria could be added, this might alleviate part of the problem in getting oil to international markets. Fossil fuel is is.

 
At 10/18/2014 05:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stern-Young Band: Long May You Talk

 

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