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Neil Young Surprises Pearl Jam at Toronto Concert With 15-Minute ‘Keep on Rockin’

While many were speculating that either Chris Cornell or U2’s Bono would join Pearl Jam onstage during their Sept. 11 in Toronto as both rockers were in town for TIFF festivities, it was Canadian crooner Neil Young who surprised the stadium-sized crowd by taking the Air Canada Centre stage with the Seattle group.

Pearl Jam — in town to kick off their latest Canadian tour as well as premiere their ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ documentary at TIFF — were closing their 26-song, 150-minute set with a cover of Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ when the iconic singer came onstage to help bring the track home. Young would make the most of the cameo, extending the song well into what seemed like the 15-minute range. The response from the sold-out audience was nothing short of deafening.

“Uncle Neil,” as Eddie Vedder called him, then harmonized with Pearl Jam’s frontman — who actually seemed quite surprised by Young’s appearance — on one microphone before rounding things out with a huge finish and hugging it out with the band, who played on his 1995 album, ‘Mirror Ball.’

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TIFF festival – Neil movie by Demme

We all wish that Sharry, who has tix for the show, will take notes on pen and papers, in particular the Neil/Demme conversation, but also the movie in itself.

TIFF: Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young and Katrina Docs, Exclusive Clip — Thompson on Hollywood

New York filmmaker Jonathan Demme is heading for the Toronto Fest with the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, Neil Young Journeys [formerly known as “Neil Young Life”], which follows 2006’s Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009.

And Demme’s love of Neil Young goes back to the start of his music-making in the late 60s. Young wrote the end-title song for Philadelphia; Demme met the musician soon after, who told him he’d love him to shoot a music video someday. “Then I saw Greendale,” says Demme, and contacted Young, who called him again six months later. He wanted to turn Greendale into a film, but Demme was already in pre-production on The Manchurian Candidate.

Later Young called Demme and told him he was finishing his album “Prairie Wind,” which became the basis of their moving Nashville concert movie Heart of Gold. “That show was never performed anywhere else, only the two nights,” says Demme. “The whole thing was hand-crafted. It was just magic.” The costumes and backdrops in the show were custom-made.

Demme also shot four shows of the 40-city Chrome Dreams world tour for Trunk Show. Warners has yet to release the DVD. “It’s frustrating,” Demme says.

…more on:
blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/09/07/jonathan_demme_talks_neil_young_festivals/

this in advance of their onstage meeting @ TIFF this weekend.

 

The Neil Journeys

tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/neilyoungjourneys

This past May, Neil Young brought his solo tour to Toronto’s Massey Hall, an iconic venue in the city of his birth. Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the two nights, which highlighted new songs from the album Le Noise, produced by Daniel Lanois, mixed with classics like “Ohio” and “I Believe in You.” At sixty-five, Young retains a youthful vitality and musical curiosity that balances his wisdom and experience.

It’s no wonder he’s been an inspiration to the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth. In Neil Young Journeys, Demme intersperses the Massey Hall concert footage with brief scenes from a road trip through Ontario.

Driving a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, Young visits the rural town of Omemee, where he spent a key part of his formative years, and reminisces about his former neighbours and their daughters. As he drives past bulldozers transforming the landscape, he remarks, “It’s all gone… it’s still in my head.”

Also Pearl Jam @ TIFF:
tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/pearljamtwenty

‘Neil Young Life’ Documentary to Premiere at TIFF

‘Neil Young Life’ Documentary to Premiere at TIFF
Posted on on Spinner on Aug 23rd 2011 3:29PM by Jenny Charlesworth

Neil Young fans will be clamouring to get tickets to to the TIFF premiere of Jonathan Demme’s latest flick about the ‘Harvest Moon’ crooner. Demme, whose previous films include ‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’ and ‘Neil Young: Trunk Show’ (not to mention a little flick called ‘The Silence of the Lambs’) outs himself as a full-on fanboy with this third doc.

‘Neil Young Life,’ which debuts Sept. 12 in Toronto and is based on a pair of performances the Canadian folk-rocker did in the city earlier this year at Massey Hall, is the latest music-related film to be announced as part of TIFF’s 2011 programing. As Spinner previously reported, docs on both Pearl Jam (directed by Cameron Crowe) and U2 will also be screened during the film fest. These films will be pretty tough to get into unless you’ve got a hook-up, so you better start scanning your Rolodex now.

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Ed Note: Neil is also planning to speak at this event.

Neil Young concert documentary ‘Neil Young Life’ coming to TIFF 2011

Hollywoodnews.com says: We’ve been telling you for years that the Toronto
International Film Festival rocks, but this year it will be louder than ever.

After revealing that the 36th annual TIFF would open with the world premiere of David Guggenheim’s U2 documentary “From the Sky Down” and also screen Cameron Crowe’s Peal Jam doc “Pearl Jam Twenty,” THR reports that TIFF programmers are poised to announce the addition of Jonathan Demme’s latest Neil Young documentary to its musical lineup.

The trade said this concert video will complete Demme’s trilogy, which also includes “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” and “Neil Young Trunk Show.”

As the trade states, Demme’s concert film “was shot last May over two nights at Massey Hall in Toronto, and captured Young’s Le Noise solo tour produced by Daniel Lanois.”

This builds on the classic-rock icons TIFF has brought to the superior film festival over the years. Anyone who attended last year’s Bruce Springsteen interview, conducted by Edward Norton, knows that at TIFF, movies and music often share a harmonious, creative marriage. Now that U2, Pearl Jam and Neil Young are on the docket, there’s no reason to believe TIFF 2011 will be any different.

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Ed2 note: Where is the “Trunk show” ???

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