You Know How Time Fades Away? And Drummers? And Bass Players? And...
Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Set Lists
Here we are in the years.
We certainly seem to be entering a period where some of our great long time musicians are moving along to that great gig in the sky.
Just within the past few months, we've lost:
As we noted last week, in the post In Memory of The Stray Gators: Gone But Not Forgotten, Neil Young is now the sole surviving member of The Stray Gators. But we've known all along that Neil Young is the quintessential survivor.
Which brings us to the statistics on the ever so indispensable site Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Set Lists. As you can see in the chart above, Neil Young has already lost quite a few of his long time collaborators. (You can see the full list of the 100+ band members at Sugar Mountain. As a side note, we did find a few of the entries a bit surprising like Larry Cragg with 382 performances and Joel Bernstein with 209 performances. Thanks Babbo B for the heads up!)
The loss of Ben Keith was definitely Neil's biggest loss in recent years, but otherwise Neil's top 20 bandmates remain intact -- aside from those noted above and the late Donald "Duck" Dunn.
We admit this is our least favorite aspect of blogging the Neil Young news and truly hope we're finished writing obituaries for 2015. We can only hope because you know how time fades away...
Rick Rosas & Ben Keith
Cutting Room, NYC, NY 07-19-2007
Photo by Johnny Marr
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