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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Neil Young: "We are looking for venues for next summer." | NYA + Billy Talbot Interview | The Aquarium Drunkard

Letters to the Editor | Neil Young Archive 
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Per a response to a Letters to the Editor on Neil Young Archives, regarding a future concert tour, Neil writes:

"We are looking for venues for next summer." 

(thanks RoadDawg Mike!)


Aquarium Drunkard: These past three Crazy Horse records have Nils Lofgren back into the band, even though he obviously goes way back with you guys. How does he change Crazy Horse? 

Billy Talbot: Well, he’s a very versatile musician. He’s got a lot of energy. Good energy. He’s thoughtful. He just wants to add to the mix. Neil is gonna play acoustic or he’s gonna play electric or he’s gonna play the piano or whatever. And Nils will figure out the best thing to add. He plays all these different instruments. It’s just a matter of finding the right one to blend in with us, to help it sound like it should. 

AD: How’s it different from when Poncho was in the band? 

Billy Talbot: Poncho is a real “earth” sign. Actually, he’s not an “earth” sign, but he’s a real earthy guy [laughs]. He’s grounded. He plays great rhythm guitar parts that are just strong. We had a good thing going with Poncho and I and Ralph for years. We really miss him. But he needed to retire, and he did. I’m happy for him. 

AD: And how about Ralph? You two have been this team for so long now — what is it that you love the most about playing with him? 

Billy Talbot: He’s like my brother. He is my brother. He’s like water that comes into the music but he’s [still] so solid. He feels it and he adds that feeling to the music. And it’s beautiful. He sings incredibly well, too.

Full interview @ Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview. 

Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot - 2017
Photo by Ellen Goffin
(see Ralph & Billy - 2017

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At 12/03/2022 01:29:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Oh, that's interesting (innaresting): Billy Talbot talks about a record (or a digital only album) with songs by all current members of Crazy Horse including Neil Young to be published on NYA next spring.

At 12/03/2022 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Not seeing that letter and response in the latest batch; did they remove it? Did the Horse get spooked?

At 12/04/2022 03:23:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Given Nils touring schedule with Bruce for 23/24, I just can't see that happening.


At 12/04/2022 05:32:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

I saw the letter and Neil's response, but Tomatron is right - it's gone now!

At 12/04/2022 06:46:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

At 12.44 pm European time it's still there on my screen and it's not the version out of the cache.

At 12/04/2022 01:18:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

With the mobile device version of NYA not all of the letters are published. I could not find it either on my cell phone's version of NYA.

At 12/04/2022 02:23:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Tomatron - just checked. still there.
it's under a 12/2 letter w/ SUBJECT on Health by Linda.

At 12/04/2022 02:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Andrew - Neil said in a recent interview that he spoke w/ Micah filling in for Nils.

Micah is in! A new Poncho, sort of.


At 12/05/2022 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Yup, there it is! I’d go see ‘em with Micah, even though I’d rather it was Nils. W/ Poncho is the only way I’ve seen Neil, just the once. On the PP tour, with Poncho’s foot flying up mid-jam to boot Neil in the bum.


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