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How Crazy Horse jump-started Neil Young’s Career

20130422-neil-x600-1366664493Andy Green of Rolling Stone has been writing about Neil Young a lot these days. This time he looks at the 1969 release of “Everybody Knows this is Nowhere.”

He travels down the history of Neil Young road that dates back to “The Rockets.”

Greene writes: After years when he’d labored over each and every song he recorded, Crazy Horse helped teach Neil the value of working very quickly. “In a single day we did  ‘Cinnamon Girl,’ ‘Down By The River’ and ‘Cowgirl In The Sand,'” bassist Billy
Talbot told Rolling Stone in 1979. “There wasn’t much need to discuss  it.”

He lists EKTN as one of the top 500 albums of all times.

The guys in Crazy Horse didn’t know what kind of future they had, but the songs  they cut with Neil were finally getting a huge audience. Slowly, Everybody  This Is Nowhere started to climb the charts, eventually reaching Number 34.
“Cinnamon Girl” was finally released as a single in April of 1970 and many radio  stations put it into heavy rotation.

The little white puppy on the album cover might show up in Neil’s new car/dog-theme book he said he’s been working on.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-crazy-horse-jump-started-neil-youngs-career-20130423#ixzz2RO1XJXpt

Poncho says it could be the end of the trail

201304011-niel-x600-1365729134In a new Rolling Stone interview Frank ‘Poncho” Sampedro  says his gut is telling him this may be the last Crazy Horse/Neil Young tour.

After all, he is 64-year old and the “baby” of the band.

Those words are heartbreaking, leaving a lump in the throats of devoted fans who have followed the Horse and Neil for decades.

In a Q & A format Andy Greene at RS interviews Poncho, and when Green asks about playing “Hurricane” during a  torrential downpour in Australia, Poncho replies:

“Oh, that was so crazy. It was raining off and on, kind of sprinkling all day there. Then we we started playing “Hurricane” and a torrential downpour came. I mean, literally the organ stopped working it go so wet. I had to play guitar on that song for the first time in history.

  “All that gear took a hit. It almost looked like hail was falling. I was drenched, and I couldn’t move because I was attached to the organ. Those guys got to take a step back and everyone was quickly covering all the amps. The monitor console got totally soaked. A lot of things stopped working. It was crazy, but it’s not the first time that happened during that song. It’s amazing.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/crazy-horse-guitarist-frank-poncho-sampedro-my-gut-tells-me-this-is-the-last-tour-20130417#ixzz2QkjopiVU

Poncho: ‘My Gut Tells Me This Is the Last Tour’

Crazy Horse Guitarist Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro: ‘My Gut Tells Me This Is the Last Tour’
An in-depth discussion about Sampedro’s 40-year history playing alongside Neil Young

Frank “Poncho” Sampedro and Neil Young perform in New York City.
By Andy Greene
April 17, 2013 2:15 PM ET

Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro has been playing with Neil Young for 40 years, but he’s worried their current world tour might be the last one. “I just think once it stops it’s going to be kind of hard to get it rolling again,” he says on the phone from his home in Hawaii. “My gut tells me this is really the last tour. I hate saying their ages, but I’m 64 and I’m the baby of the band. I love playing and we’re playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us.”

Young and Crazy Horse have been touring heavily since last August, playing gigs that sometimes stretch beyond two-and-a-half hours. “Our shows are physical,” says Poncho. “It takes a lot of energy to play that much. It just seems at some point something is going to break. I already had an operation on my thumb. Neil’s wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. You can’t fool time. You can’t count on this happening again in five years.”

Read more: rollingstone.com/music/news/crazy-horse-guitarist-frank-poncho-sampedro-my-gut-tells-me-this-is-the-last-tour-20130417

new Euro tour date: Pukkelpop Festival

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Eminem, Neil Young and The xx to headline Pukkelpop 2013

Belgian festival announces first raft of names for August bash

The Belgian festival takes place in Kiewit between August 15-17. Joining Eminem on the line-up for Thursday, August 15 will be Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, Deftones, Fall Out Boy, TNGHT, Mac Miller, Baauer, Solange, Fucked Up and Danny Brown.

Meanwhile, Neil Young and Crazy Horse lead the main stage on Friday August 16 along with The Prodigy, Polica, Fun., Daughter, Mount Kimbie, TEED, Chvrches, Frank Turner and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

The xx will close the festival on Saturday, August 17 performing on a bill that also includes Franz Ferdinand, The Knife, Alabama Shakes, Foals, Bat For Lashes, Julio Bashmore, Lamb of God and The Family Rain.

Tickets for Pukkelpop 2013 will be available from Wednesday March 27 with a presale starting on Monday 25 and ending a day later. Weekend tickets cost £140 with day tickets, priced £71, also available.

| NME | Pukkelpop website |

 

Surfer Joe

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse play “Surfer Joe”

Live on March 21, 2013 at the Vector Arena

Auckland, New Zealand

 

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We\'re having a good time tonight, but we\'re going to kill a lot of people next week.
by -- veteran rocker NEIL YOUNG, departing from his scripted on-stage remarks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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