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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Nils Lofgren Confirms Crazy Horse Gig: Santa Monica Flyers Reunite*!

Nils Lofgren is confirming via Twitter that he will be performing with Crazy Horse on their upcoming gigs.

Yesterday, we reported that Neil Young & Crazy Horse will perform two concerts in Fresno, CA in May. So it's official: Santa Monica Flyers Reunite*! (*Obviously, no Ben Keith this time around.)

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At 4/24/2018 03:21:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

It's looking like maybe we'll be hearing the Santa Monica Flyers reunite and play Tonight's The Night album?!

Are we dreamin' men & women or what???

At 4/24/2018 03:56:00 PM, Blogger Paul OnTheBeach said...

I dunno about that. Do the SM Flyers exist without Ben Keith?

At 4/24/2018 04:19:00 PM, Blogger Adam2 said...


At 4/24/2018 04:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Ok, fair point on Ben.

So what might we have? Santa Monica Horse? Crazy Flyers? Neil, Nils, & CH?

At 4/24/2018 04:29:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Crazy Neil and the Flying Horse sounds about right.

At 4/24/2018 05:53:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

Too late to go back and reunite the Flyers, but this is as close as we're going to get. Pretty freakin' cool!!!!
Does Poncho play slide? :)

At 4/24/2018 06:59:00 PM, Blogger Paul OnTheBeach said...

Well, before the SM Flyers there was Nils, Danny, Ralph and Billy on After The Gold Rush. And Nils on the first CH album. His involvement with CH predates TTN by three years. Plus, that’s him with Trans band (with Ralph), on Sample and Hold (live, see Berlin).

I think we should expect just about anything CH related that Nils may or may not have been involved with...TTN tunes, ATGR tunes, I Don’t Want to Talk About It? Remember though, this is not a rehearsed gig, so who the hell knows, eh!😀

At 4/24/2018 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Paul OnTheBeach said...

Maybe what we have here is how Neil cryptically announced the shows: NYCH. Horse of a Different Color.

At 4/24/2018 07:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is fantastic news.

Listened to Paradox yesterday, pleasant enough without being particularly engaging, and POTR continue to find their niche.

Roxy? My gut instinct is it is one of the greatest Neil Young records I have ever heard.


At 4/24/2018 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Andy said...

This actually is stunning news. Nils is a fantastic player. Wonder what we will get next week. The unrehearsed part is the juiciest part of this announcement.

At 4/24/2018 09:14:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

they will do some sort of rehearsing before Fresno. the cheapest Fresno ticket is 85 bucks. but a warm up gig by definition is a rehearsal show. I almost pulled the trigger on a ticket today. but 500 miles a day over 2 days drive, plus equal that coming back. 60 bucks Motel 6. walking distance to venue. Im very tempted. 299.00 RT flight to San Jose. 2 hr drive to Fresno. still mulling it over

At 4/24/2018 10:07:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

This is... cool (understatement). For me, Nils's piano has always been integral to Southern Man and When You Dance. Especially the former track: the angry, breathless urgency really undergirds the whole rhythm and attitude of the piece, not unlike a keyboard version of Neil's one-note solos. Or maybe a big stone anchor hitting the beach.

I suppose it's evident that I associate Nils Lofgren heavily with the ATGR material, but just about anything from the early Horse days is good value. Haven't gotten to Roxy yet, I regret to say, but I look forward to it. For the last month or so, I've had pieces of Paradox floating around my brain. It's as fragmented as any other NY soundtrack you can name, and--apart from the POTR Cowgirl Jam--I'm not sure how well it would stand apart from the movie. Being a soundtrack, it's probably not mean to be a completely standalone piece.

And... still holding out hope for a number of other archival Horse releases that need not be named for the 3,005th time. *Cough*Toast*cough.

At 4/25/2018 12:48:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

The 1st CH record is a classic but I Don't Wanna Talk About It

At 4/25/2018 10:10:00 AM, Blogger Tamara in Montana said...

it's a mental illness we all share - wanting to make this show at any cost. we are in montana on our way to portugal end of next week from LA and bogged down with work yet i am determined not to miss what is happening in fresno. pulled the trigger on the cheapest seats, $69 (at my husband's request in case we don't make it) and now regretful i didn't buy the great 3rd row seats instead that were available! i am going to get there...somehow. life is short. this fresno gig is astonishing news and can't stand the thought of not witnessing it!

At 4/25/2018 10:36:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Nils did I Dont Want to Talk About it at the last Bridge School 2016. Pegi on backing vocals. I loved his set. and what about Jack Nitzsche? lets not forget that old character.

At 4/25/2018 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Paul OnTheBeach said...

Jack N was a classic character. RIP. Btw, that’s him on piano on When You Dance....

At 4/25/2018 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

West coast tour?

At 4/25/2018 12:01:00 PM, Blogger ForeverYounger said...

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At 4/25/2018 12:03:00 PM, Blogger ForeverYounger said...

How 'bout a LIVE STREAM......There Is A HUGE Demand for this one, I'd Imagine......

At 4/25/2018 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Syscrusher: Nils plays slide (and latest rumblings are no Poncho).

At 4/25/2018 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Adam2 said...

I think the title of this post is kind of wrong. It's NOT that this is a Santa Monica Flyers "reunion" without Ben. It's that WITHOUT Ben, there ISN'T a "Santa Monica Flyers"...

At 4/25/2018 05:31:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

Nice! (and interesting...)

At 4/25/2018 06:00:00 PM, Blogger Adam2 said...

Neil's new post on NYA pretty much proves my previous point... this is a original Crazy Horse reunion

At 4/25/2018 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Andy said...

Yeah no Poncho :( I hope he is okay. The show will be great but have grown up with Crazy Horse as Poncho, Neil, Billy and Ralph. Love Nils though...couldn't think of a better replacement. Show in Bakersfield too? Or is that just facebook rumour?

At 4/26/2018 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Senor said...

Driving in from Oregon to this event.
I can't stand his recent out put and absolutely DO NOT DIG POTR.
But this is different. I hope one of them doesn't pull a Col. Bruce Hampton onstage.
And the Roxy


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