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Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Dave Matthews tells the story of Neil Young 'repo man' adventure | Goldmine

Neil Young & Dave Matthews 


In a recent interview, Dave Matthews tells a story to Ezra Koenig on Apple Music 1 about an acquaintance repossessing a boat for Neil Young, via

Dave Matthews: "A buddy of mine was repossessing a boat of Neil's that some guy had.

My buddy builds boats. And a buddy of his called him and said, 'Look, we got to repossess this boat. This guy bought this boat from Neil Young, down in the Bay Area. He hasn't paid for it.' But I guess maritime law says if someone's on a boat you can't take the boat. You got to wait till they get off the boat and then you can take the boat. But if they're on the boat, it's like some kind of maritime squatter's rights. So he called my buddy. So they figured out the guy who was on the boat had a dog, and he was parked in Seattle somewhere, docked or whatever you call it. And the guy had called my friend and said, 'Okay, I know when he leaves the...' They'd been staking him out. This is so cool. The guy was going to repossess the boat.

"So he's been watching the dude and the dude every morning would have to take his dog... But the dude knew that someone was coming to get the boat. So the guy had his suspicions. So they had to figure out a consistent time that the guy wasn't on the boat. So they'd call my friend and say, 'Come down. When he walks his dog we're going to take this boat.' And so my buddy can drive any boat. So the guy gets out, takes his dog and he's walking down there. In my mind, I maybe I'm making it up, the guy's paranoid. He's looking around like someone's trying to get him. And then he gets far enough away from the dock. So then these guys go, they're trying to look casual, walking down the dock and then they hop on the boat at which time the guy notices them. But then they got to figure out how to start the boat. They got to get the (beep) out of there. And then they start going, the guy's running down the pier with his dog and he's trying to get back on the boat and they're shoving him. He's trying to grab and they're shoving him off and everything. 

"But the funny part of the story is when they told Neil they're going to get the boat, it was that morning. Sorry, I kind of jumped over it 'cause I got excited. Neil said, 'I'm coming up there.' He's going to come... They're like, 'No, we don't need you.' 'No, I'm coming up there. I'm going to help you guys.' And he's like, 'We don't need you, Neil. You just stay at the ranch and we'll bring your boat back.' But I just love the idea that Neil's like, 'Yeah, I want to get a couple blows in on that guy.' He's an angry hockey-playing Canadian that sings pretty songs.

"But I guess cooler heads prevailed and Neil stayed down at the ranch and those guys got his boat back."

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At 4/05/2023 04:47:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

On an unrelated note, I saw a copy of Time Fades Away on CD at my local Barnes & Noble in southeastern PA last weekend or thereabouts. So apparently, it is a thing that exists. None of which makes Neil's recent statements on the issue any less confusing. My impression is that the reissue has quietly taken place.

As I've said before, it's been available as well through itunes for some time. Hopefully the matter can be laid to rest at this point.

At 4/05/2023 08:33:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Good to hear from you Meta Rocker. It's been awhile.

Yeah that whole TFA thing was a bit puzzling. Almost like an early April Fool's joke. But we did go back to the TFA petition and update to clarify the subsequent releases which have occurred in the various formats - box, vinyl, CD etc

Had been thinking about doing an April Fool's joke around that with Neil being confused about the release status. Except it wasn't a joke?! he really seemed confused on the subject.


At 4/05/2023 09:50:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Neil is a hockey player ? Which team ?

At 4/06/2023 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Neil always sides with the best of the best, so he must be a Bruins fan.

At 4/06/2023 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I can’t reveal my source, but Neil Young is a HUGE Seattle Kraken fan! Something about his adventures at Sea or something. 4/1/23

I bought TFA on CD when it became available within the last year, I believe. Never mind that I have owned it on CD since 2000. An old NY fan named T-Bone ripped it for me from Virgin vinyl. So I owned it then, even if it “didn’t exist” anywhere else. My copy had a bonus of Reactor on same disc, also from vinyl.

I also got On the Beach ripped to CD from T-Bone too.

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 4/06/2023 03:57:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ YBAIS - cool.

btw, were you part of the repo OP? If not, would you have been like Neil? Let me get a shot at this guy.

Your Brother thrasher in Greendale

ps - we might need to revise our plans for beers @ next neil concert

At 4/07/2023 12:45:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

@ Thrasher : I can neither confirm nor deny being part of a cunning mission to repo Neil’s stolen boat. But if I did it, I would have felt seasick after setting sail.

Ya, Thrasher, I would settle on Wilco or Jeff Teeedy solo. He is touring solo this summer. My fantasy is to meet up in Boise to make it easy on Dan (and I, mileage-wise. But I am totally down with it. Another idea would be a show at Red Rocks. But the season headliners failed to Spark much interest from me. Tweedy is playing a local WA feat but I would rather see him headline a smaller venue. I have seen Wilco many times, & Tweedy, the Band. And Golden Smog!

When the time is right and my wallet is fatter, we shall do it, somewhere.

Nice to hear from you in Greendale. Your brother Alan in Sesttle

At 4/07/2023 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

@ Thrasher : a Steve Earle show would be great if you are a fan. A Dylan show?! I had a great time last timeI saw him, my 7th or 8th time, and I kind of decided to end on a high note. Dave Alvin is selling out everywhere. Oh, I got it, come join me at Weezer in Seattle, on the lawn, Sunday August 20th. We have some great local Ales and distilleries. Absinthe, etc. or head to the head shop!

What other show would be good? Willie Nelson. Lukas Nelson & PotR! They put on a great show.

Other bands? -Bro Alan

At 4/07/2023 09:31:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

yo Bro - yeah, got a bunch coming this summer.

tonight, Marty Stuart & Fabulous Superlatives.
next week, Booker T Jones

later, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Jason Isbell & S.G. Goodman, Taj Mahal & No. Mississippi All Stars

bunch of others going into fall.

we'll see you down the road, on the rail
beers on TW


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