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Thursday, February 01, 2024

"10 Days with The Loner": Neil Young in Amsterdam - 1974

from Decade album by Joel Bernstein

A recent comment by Art Symbol sent us over to a link by Dutch journalist Constant Meijers from Neil Young's time in Amsterdam following the final CSNY 1974 tour show at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Joni Mitchell w/ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Wembley Stadium, London, 1974-09-14
(details @ Photo of the Moment)

Constant Meijers had intimate access to Neil's entourage as Neil tried to figure out his next move following the massive success of the CSNY 1974 stadium tour.  Meijers is the author of the concert review of Neil Young's Tonight's the Night tour in London, 1973, that was part of the album's liner notes.


"Welcome on Miami Beach, Ladies and Gentlemen!"
from Neil Young's Tonight's the Night liner notes 
(Liner Note translation from Dutch to English)

During the compiling of the Decade album, Neil Young did not forget his brief stay in Amsterdam in September 1974. One of the innersleeve photos, showing Neil and his guitar on a bed, was taken in a hotel room at the Amsterdam Memphis Hotel by official CSN&Y photographer Joel Bernstein. (see top photo)

​This is an account of Neil’s stay in Amsterdam, told by Constant Meijers, which was published in Muziekkrant Oor, giving an exclusive, albeit shortened, version of his account of Neil Young’s stay. It was originally intended to be published as a chapter of The Loner - A Biography Of Neil Young.

This article has been painstakingly translated into English by Peter Didderiens. The pictures were taken by Gijsbert Hanekroot.

Here is the story of "10 days with The Loner"  by Constant Meijers.

Neil Young on CSNY 1974 Tour
 Oakland, CA - 7/13 or 14/74
Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot
(More on The Story Behind The Photographer: Neil Young & Gijsbert Hanekroot)

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At 2/01/2024 10:55:00 AM, Blogger mshare said...

Fun read! Wonder if he trimmed those sideburns?

At 2/01/2024 11:07:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

definitely some history from back in the day.

and yep, he did trim those sideburns ... and everything else.

we recall seeing the RNS tour and going "is that Neil"?? He was so clean cut w/ short hair and fresh shave. No scruffiness at all.

The sideburns came back w/ a vengeance for Shocking Pinks tour.

We sort of did the same time then. "is that really Neil"?? He looked like some sort of Elvis impersonator.

if you check out Neil pictures, he's never looks the same in any 2 images. quite uncanny.

At 2/01/2024 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Interesting read - thanks to Art for flagging. I'm particularly intrigued by mention of Neil having a saxophone! Don't remember that coming up before...

At 2/01/2024 02:35:00 PM, Blogger Ron said...

I'm also wondering if all of the 37 new songs he had at that point have now been made available to us either on subsequent albums or on NYA? All the ones that are named have I think, but 37 is a big number.

Some great insights in there on the origins of, influences on, and inspirations of the likes of Vacancy, Love/Art Blues, Frozen Man and Only Love Can Break Your Heart too.

At 2/01/2024 04:06:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Ron - good question on the sax.

As for the 37 songs, a possible exaggeration? Altho this timeframe has always been known as Neil's most highly prolific phase where is was writing far faster than he could record the songs.

we're pretty blessed that these obscurities like Vacancy, Love/Art Blues, Frozen Man finally saw official releases. The Old Homestead Vol#2 disc was a real watershed/motherlode of obscurities that we return to often.

as updated above, there has always been a question of who is looking on in the background of the top photo. Could this possibly be Mazzeo??

At 2/01/2024 05:57:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

The top photo on this thread? Isn't that Danny Whitten? It's a picture from the Decade album, yes?

At 2/02/2024 05:11:00 AM, Blogger GordonHobs said...

Yes that's Danny Whitten. Same photo is in Waging Heavy Peace, before Chapter 49: "Formal portrait, sitting in the Big Chair at home in Topanga Canyon, with Danny Whitten behind me, while recording Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969." Photo was taken by Tom Wilkes, a similar one, e.g. here:

At 2/02/2024 10:05:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Richie - right, from Decade. But we have an error here on our part.

@ Gordon - thanks for correction. Updated. Posted wrong photo from Decade. Took a little while to track down. This image is inside the insert sleeve and we missed when looking earlier.

Probably worthy of an updated post on Tom Wilkes.

Of course, we have a special fondness for Wilkes, as he designed Harvest cover which we use as the font for TW.

At 2/03/2024 01:52:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

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At 2/03/2024 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

What a fascinating story, and it all happened the week of my eighteenth birthday. Neil’s affection for antique cars is remarkable. And him being so nonchalant about loosing $90,000.00 absolutely cracks me up. He clearly cares more about his music than money. Thanks for posting this.

Peace 🙏


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