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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Neil Young & Barclays Bank: The Concert Sponsor and The Damage Done

The #BoycottBarclays movement continues to pickup speed after this weekend's outraged passion pledge by Neil Young over the Hyde Park concert sponsorship.

Neil Young: "There’s no doubt about it - Its been a massive fuck up!
Subsequently, the NYA team has had many ‘Come to Jesus’ meetings."

Image via NYA

In a 2018 report by the Rainforest Action Network on fossil fuel funding, Barclays "The Dirty Bank" scored a D+ on tar sands, a D in Arctic oil, and a B- in the coal mining category.

Neil Young continued his campaign against Barclays' fossil fuel funding in a posting titled: BARCLAYS BANK : Dark Decisions at the Top.

"BARCLAYS BANK : Dark Decisions at the Top"
via NYA T-C

Many Neil Young fans seemed to solidly support his taking a strong stand -- even at the risk of this potentially jeopardizing the whole affair. A comment on Neil Young is Pissed: Poor Coordination on Hyde Park Gig with Dylan by Dwayne:
I've seen Neil Young at Hyde Park before, but what I don't remember, and what truly sickened me about this gig, is the segregation between members of the audience as per the "Diamond Circle" and "Gold Circle".

When I saw Neil Young at Hyde Park formerly - and at other similar large events, the ticket price was pretty much a flat fee, and if you found your way to the front, then so much the better. Separating people on the basis of what they're prepared to pay means that only a privileged few will get anywhere near to the stage. That is not acceptable and is about as far from rock and roll as you can get.

Frankly, I'm elated that Neil Young has taken a stand on this. It clearly shows that he's a man of integrity who genuinely cares about his audience. As it is, the UK is completely blighted by these greedy and nauseating companies ripping off the concert-going public. How refreshing to see Neil Young challenging their behaviour. I don't know how this situation will play out ultimately, but hearing about this has made my day.

And well done to the staff of Thrashers Wheat for also playing their part in restoring my faith.
Many thanks Dwayne and couldn't agree more that enough is enough. As Neil writes: "Dark decisions, once safe, may now have dark consequences." We hope hope not either.

As noted yesterday, Neil Young "will be taking the rap" for this debacle.

Neil Young: "I Will Be Taking The Rap"

But is there a bit of irony here? Or possibly the dreaded "hypocrisy"?

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 2014
Photo by David Fallon Media

"Things that used to be alright are not alright anymore," Neil writes on Dec. 8.

More on the upcoming Bob Dylan & Neil Young Concert: Hyde Park, London - 12 July 2019, Neil Young's reaction and Neil Young's long time manager Elliot Roberts apology to fans.

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At 12/11/2018 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Paul • Maybe a red man said...

Great comment Dwayne!!

At 12/11/2018 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Great comment! Love how Neil is dedicated to fighting this injustice!!

Looking through
The window at a silhouette
Trying to find something
I can't find yet
Imagination is my best friend
Got to look out for
The greedy hand, greedy hand

At 12/11/2018 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Hounds That Howl said...

"There must be someway outta here said the joker to the thief. There's too much confusion I can't get no relief...." No worries in this corner of Rustlist, I know the two riders who will be approaching and the wind....

At 12/11/2018 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Sounds like a Monty Python sketch

At 12/11/2018 02:25:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Neil's only choice is to cancel, unless he really doesn't believe what he says.

At 12/11/2018 03:29:00 PM, Blogger Shamrock said...

NYA is happy to announce that the Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclays as a sponsor. We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show! NYA tickets to all tiers will be available today. We will have the announcement and ticket sales up very soon.

At 12/11/2018 04:57:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

That works for me! Previous post can be ignored.

At 12/11/2018 05:54:00 PM, Blogger hannsolo74 said...

Cant wait for the midwest solo tour dates to be announced.
Cmon Crazy Horse 19!!

At 12/12/2018 12:52:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

too bad Neil doesn't really come to Jesus instead of kneeling at the altar of so-called climate change...

At 12/12/2018 01:56:00 PM, Blogger hannsolo74 said...

@Jonathan "Up in the rainbow teepee sky- no ones looking down on you or I"

At 12/12/2018 05:13:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

he's doing pretty well by everyone considering his home just burned to the ground


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