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Neil Young, other big-name bands coming to Nelson County festival

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:15 am

Neil Young & Crazy Horse is listed among many top-name bands coming to Central Virginia in September as part of a new four-day music festival in Nelson County. Already months into the planning process, Interlocken Music Festival is scheduled to take place at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington from Sept. 5 to 8. Producers have said they expect a turnout in the tens of thousands.

In addition to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, producers have said some of the confirmed bands are: Furthur, made up of Phil Lesh and Bob Weir from The Grateful Dead along with five other members; Zac Brown from the Zac Brown Band; The String Cheese Incident; and The Black Crowes. Event publicist Ken Weinstein said in an email that they are planning to announce more bands Monday or Tuesday.

According to a press release for the festival, the bands will play in “unique and exciting artist pairings.”

“Interlocken’s conceptual theme will touch all elements of the event: ‘when something ends, another begins,’” the release states. “This simple yet powerful ethos of sustainability will be integrated into camping, lodging, food, drink, transport offerings as well as specialized onsite activities.”

Another part of this theme will be captured by an emphasis on quality over quantity, as there will be fewer bands that will play in continuous two-hour sets on two main stages so that the music never stops. Several of the bands will play multiple sets on different days.

While Oak Ridge Estate will serve as the site for the event

The festival will take place on Oak Ridge’s racetrack, which is the length of six football fields, according to the press release.

“We are very excited to welcome the Interlocken festival to Oak Ridge,” Oak Ridge owner Rhonda Holland stated in the press release. “Several concert promoters have approached us in the past about using the track. We have always been concerned about the impact that this would have on the surrounding community and the land. Dave and Peter have a history of caring about the communities and land where they produce events. We look forward to working with the Interlocken team for many years to come.”

“Hopefully, this will become the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival of Central Virginia,” Frey said at the meeting. “That’s our goal.”

Weinstein said all bands announced so far have been confirmed to play at the festival. Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Furthur both have listed the festival listed among their tours on their official websites.

The Black Crowes and The String Cheese Incident did not have the festival listed on their official websites.

Want to go?
When: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 5-8
Where: Oak Ridge Estate, 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington
Details: Artist pre-sale tickets will go on sale starting at 10 a.m. May 22 and general early bird tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. May 23. They can be purchased via the festival website.

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For more info: Visit the event website at www.interlockenfestival.com
Contact Katherine Lacaze at (434) 385-5542 or klacaze@newsadvance.com.

http://www.newsadvance.com/nelson_county_times/news/article_6c326d8e-bf5d-11e2-8cc2-0019bb30f31a.html

Outside Lands Show Review

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Mix the Old and New at S.F.’s Outside Lands Festival
By Ian S. Port, Sat., Aug. 11 2012 at 12:25 AM

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco

Better than:
Any Pearl Jam concert.

While he’s putting everything into a solo, Neil Young’s face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but venerable; geologic. On the chilly, windy opening night of San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival, Young the legend and his old group of noisemakers treated the sold-out crowd to a demonstration of rock as dinosaur music: gray hair and ancient, howling amplifiers, unapologetic nostalgia, 15-minute jams, the singer’s O.G. nasal twang spooning out at times a bit too much lyrical honesty to keep the buzz going. (Even if they then built it back up.) It was the exact opposite of today’s byte-sized, hyper-compressed, we’ll-do-anything-to-hold-your-attention music culture. And it was great — occasionally.

Most bands giving a headlining performance at a major festival would keep their set list to the greatest hits side of things. Or perhaps play a bunch of songs off the record they just released. Not Neil Young and Crazy Horse. They spent nearly half of their two hours last night trying out new tunes from their upcoming album — songs no one except Young obsessives have heard yet. “Ontario” and “Walk Like a Giant” both sounded like classic, dirty Crazy Horse dirges, but our favorite was the new acoustic song about hearing Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for the first time. There wasn’t a single selection from the album of Americana covers Young and Crazy Horse put out this year.

Young never apologized for the set list, but he did obliquely quip about its newness: After a long, bleak new tune about alcoholism, he said, “I wrote this one this morning” — just before launching into “Cinnamon Girl.” You could feel a collective sigh of relief from the shivering masses. “Fuckin’ Up” brought a familiar, reckless joy, and Young trading middle fingers and sumo-dancing in sync with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, his longtime guitarist. All four musicians spent the show close to one another, often maintaining eye contact, which contributed to the feeling that the performance was more for benefit of the guys onstage than the tens of thousands watching.

Until the end, that is. Young and his mates aired a towering version of “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” that nearly keeled us over with its power. The song — which has Young laying down a guttural riff and insisting, “Rock and Roll will never die” — confirmed the larger theme of the set. When he sang, it’s “Better to burn out/ than to f-f-f-f-fade away,” dragging it out and leaning over to taunt the crowd, it felt like all of Golden Gate Park was on the receiving end of some very rare and hard-earned wisdom. Here, with his snarling visage and snarling guitars, Young’s age was a trump card, an exalted status only he and his bandmates possessed. They may not have done what most fans would’ve wanted. But they’d certainly earned the right not to.

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The author is obviously unaware of Sugar Mtn or BNB. Check out his setlist: blog.

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

Buffalo Springfield Tour Scheduled for 2012, says Spokesperson

Rick Rosas posted this link on FB:

Buffalo Springfield Tour Scheduled for 2012, Says Spokesperson

Last month, many drove hundreds of miles and waited hours just to see Buffalo Springfield, fresh off a 40-plus-year hiatus, play Bonnaroo. The wait was worth it as Buffalo Springfield — surviving founding members Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young plus bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Joe Vitale — played classic tracks ‘For What It’s Worth’ and ‘Mr. Soul’ like they hadn’t skipped a band practice since 1968, the same year their last studio album, ‘Last Time Around,’ was released. But fans waiting to see Buffalo Springfield on the 30-date fall tour hinted by Furay and Stills earlier this year in a Rolling Stone interview, are going to have to wait a little longer.

On Thursday (June 30), Furay posted a message on his Facebook page informing the tour would not kick off until the beginning of next year. “I’m not going to spend a lot time here with details as you speculate among yourselves,” Furay wrote. “There’s nothing to speculate about, the tour has simply been moved.”

Today (July 1), a spokesperson for the band confirmed to Spinner that the tour was, in fact, still a go: “The Buffalo Springfield tour has been scheduled for 2012. Richie, Stephen and Neil remain incredibly excited about the tour. As soon as routing and dates are confirmed, Buffalo Springfield will announce all details to the public.”

The classic rockers reunited last October at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. Since that evening, they have played only half a dozen shows together, including their epic Bonnaroo headlining spot that left thousands of people thirsty for more. Don’t believe us? Just check out footage of the band jamming out to ‘Mr. Soul’ from the fest below.

:: from Spinner.

Review: Buffalo Springfield added “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong” at Bonnaroo

At least according to this review at spinner.com

Buffalo Springfield Have Their Greatest Night Ever at Bonnaroo

“We’re Buffalo Springfield . We’re from the past!” shouted singer Richie Furay at the top of his lungs, when the recently reunited band took the main stage at Bonnaroo on Saturday night. And he was right: this band has been gone for a very, very long time. Their last studio album was released in 1968. It’s been decades since their last tour. But that didn’t matter for this show. No, at this performance, it sounded like the classic rock legends had never taken a forty-plus-year break.

Playing almost exclusively from their three studio albums — ‘Buffalo Springfield,’ ‘Buffalo Springfield Again,’ and ‘Last Time Around’ — the group sounded in sync the entire night; surviving Buffalo Springfield members Furay, Neil Young and Stephen Stills showed exactly why the group was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. From ‘On the Way Home’ to ‘Flying on the Ground is Wrong’ to ‘Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It,’ they looked like they were having a blast up on stage, entertaining the tens of thousands that had come out to see them rock out.

But unfortunately, the set was not without its problems. The main complaint heard from the crowd was that the volume just wasn’t high enough. When you are pretty close to the stage at a concert for one of the more influential rock groups ever, there is no reason you should be able to have a clear and coherent conversation with your neighbor without screaming. Alas, you actually could, causing many annoyed Springfield fans to start chants of “Turn up the volume” and “Louder.” In the end, it didn’t work, and everyone had to live with what the current decibel level was at.

Yet that shouldn’t distract from the band’s overall performance. While it did lag a bit toward the middle, renditions of ‘For What It’s Worth’ (which fans didn’t immediately recognize in the beginning because it sounded a bit different) and Young’s ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,’ showed why Buffalo Springfield was a breeding ground for other iconic classic rock groups ( Crosby, Stills & Nash , Poco and Young’s many other projects and bands).

And from how Young put it at the end, it was as much an important night for Buffalo Springfield as it was for the fans: “It’s great to see you all here,” he said. “We’re lucky to be here with you. This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done.”
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Thanks go to Randy S.

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I\'d rather walk a new kind of thing
Than talking about these things

by --Neil Young

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