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R.S.’s Greene revisits “Alabama”

Ronnie-Van-Zant-Neil-YoungRolling Stone’s Andy Greene posted a flashback to 1977 when Neil Young covered “Sweet Home Alabama,” just weeks after Lynard Skynard’s tragic plane crash.

Green wrote: (According to legend, Ronnie Van Zant was buried in a Tonights the Night T-shirt, though this remains a hotly disputed topic.) Just weeks after the accident, Young played a show in Miami to raise money for a children’s hospital. Near the end, he played a medley of “Alabama” and “Sweet Home Alabama” as a tribute to the band. There’s no video, but you can hear an audience tape right here.

Young has not played “Alabama” a single time since that night. “‘Alabama’ richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record,” Young wrote in his 2012 book, Waging Heavy Peace. “I don’t like my words when I listen to it today. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, too easy to misconstrue.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-neil-young-covers-sweet-home-alabama-in-1977-20150120#ixzz3PqyfmlvQ

Young will perform at Dylan’s MusiCares event

Bob-and-NeilFormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter will present Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honor next month in Los Angeles.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White will perform at the pre-Grammy event on Feb. 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to The Associated Press.

The star-studded gala will also include performances by Jackson Browne, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Beck, Norah Jones, the Black Keys, Stills & Nash and John Mellencamp, among others.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Bono, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel and Quincy Jones. The event is in its 25th year.

The 57th annual Grammys Awards will take place Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The awards will air live on CBS

Bradley Cooper plays air guitar to “Down by the River”

 

 

Bradley CooperThis has certainly been making the rounds in the Neil Young community.

Actor Bradley Cooper performs on  ‘The Tonight Show,’ playing air guitar to a Neil Young classic while wearing an Afro wig.

The whole thing happened thanks to host Jimmy Fallon, who not only outfitted Cooper with his ridiculous headgear — in honor of Cooper’s 40th birthday on Jan. 5 — but fed him a question about how the actor has “a little” musical talent.

As it turns out, that talent only goes as far as the air guitar, and Cooper’s mastery of the invisible instrument is mainly centered around his prowess when fake-playing the solo to Young’s ‘Down by the River.’

“Neil Young’s guitar solos are all sort of off, and oddly,” Cooper laughed to Fallon. “So the fact that some kid was memorizing it … it’s something to memorize how to play, but just to air guitar it? It’s so meaningless!”

 

Read more at: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bradley-cooper-air-guitar/

No Hidden Path

Neil Rocking Rio 2008Throwback Thursday…

No Hidden Path ….WOW.

Rock In Rio Madrid, Argranda del Ray, Madrid, Spain.  2008.

“How you change, how you change,  how you rearrange everything that touches me.”

Thanks to the HH  German list for the reminder of this gem.

 

 

Rock in Rio is an event originating in Brazil. It is a series of music festivals held in three cities: Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid in Spain. In 2015, Las Vegas will be the fourth.

Five incarnations of the festival were in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011 and 2013, six in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, and three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  In 2011, Rock in Rio returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up of singers and groups.

Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festival in the world, with 1.5 million people in the first edition, 700,000 in both the second and fourth editions, about 1.2 million in the third, and about 350,000 people in each of the 3 Lisbon editions.

See plans for 2015 and a partial line-up here: http://rockinrio.com/usa/

Taylor Swift???Ok….

 

 

PBS aired Bruce Tribute, Neil performs “Born in the USA”

Neil Young at Bruce Musicares

The 2013 “A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen” aired for the first time on Friday, Dec. 5 on  National Public Television.

The show ran from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The tribute was in honor of the rock icon’s influence and philanthropy over the years, and subsequently his MusicCares Person of the Year award. Neil plays “Born in the U.S.A.”

PBS used the event as a fund-raiser for public television and sold the CDs.

 

 

 

Here is an all-star line-up finale on “Glory Days.”

 

The 2013 ceremony  did air earlier this year on the AXS TV cable network, and clips from many of the individual performances have been floating around YouTube for awhile.

The lengthy show features 16 Bruce tunes covered by Sting, Elton John, Patti Smith, Neil Young and much more, as well as few songs performed by Springsteen himself.

Many of the performances were amazing. Atlantic City for one, was haunting…

(Manuela – you will love this).

Lineup:

  • Adam Raised a Cain – Alabama Shakes
  • Because the Night – Patti Smith
  • Atlantic City – Natalie Maines, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
  • American Land – Ken Casey
  • My City of Ruins – Mavis Staples and Zac Brown
  • I’m On Fire – Mumford and Sons
  • American Skin (41 Shots) – Jackson Browne and Tom Morello
  • My Hometown – Emmylou Harris
  • One Step Up – Kenny Chesney
  • Streets of Philadelphia – Elton John
  • Hungry Heart – Juanes
  • Tougher Than the Rest – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad – Jim James and Tom Morello
  • Dancing in the Dark – John Legend
  • Lonesome Day – Sting
  • Born in the USA – Neil Young with Crazy Horse
  • We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Death to My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band & cast ensemble

 

See previous post on BNB: https://www.bad-news-beat.org/2014musicares-tribute-to-springsteen-includes-neil-ch

 

 

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A hip drag queen and a side-walkin\' street wheeler, Comin\' down the avenue.
by -- Neil Young

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