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Cool show alert: The Neil and the Damage Done, a Neil Young tribute night, at the Crocodile Apriil 1

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Neil Young is rock ‘n’ roll icon and on April 1 several local musicians will be paying tribute to the man who is perhaps the greatest Canadian musical export ever (sorry Bryan Adams) at the Crocodile as part of The Neil and the Damage Done.

Truckasaurus, Spanish for 100, See Me River and Feral Children are a few of the locals on the bill. I’m particularly excited to hear what Spanish for 100 has up their sleeve in regards to a Neil Young cover. Maybe if I ask them nicely they will give one of their Neil Young covers a test run at their next local show, which happens to be the first night of Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash 2010 on March 13 at the Sunset Tavern.

Headlining the show is the My My Hey Heys, a group consisting of Mike Spine (At the Spine, Global Seepej Records, etc) on guitar and vocals, Swiss/Argentinean guitarist Martin Flowers, drummer Jeff Gall (Annunaki), and Aaron Semer (The Plains) on bass and backing vocals. The band was formed last year during the first Neil Young Tribute night, which was held at the Tractor Tavern. According to a press release, the My My Hey Heys play “vintage, edgy, and generally more concise interpretations of Crazy Horse-era Neil Young songs.” The full lineup and ticket info is posted after the jump.

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VIDEO: Neil Young & Paul McCartney “A Day In The Life”

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

This is perhaps the oddest, yet awesomest, rock collaboration in years:


VIDEO: Radiohead covers Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I have yet to get around to writing my second review for last week’s Radiohead show at White River Amphitheatre (here is my first review in case you missed it), but that doesn’t mean I forgot about the show.

One of the highlights of the show was when Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood flubbed up “Faust Arp” twice and after one of the mess ups they broke into Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why.” The funny part about that song was Thom mumbling the lyrics because he didn’t know all of them.

Well, Radiohead played in San Francisco a few days after blowing me away (again) at White River and the performed a cover of “Tell Me Why” in full. Here’s the video:

 
Radiohead :: “Tell Me Why” (neil young cover) from gorilla vs. bear on Vimeo.


About that Neil Young/Pearl Jam show

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

In my haste to declare Pearl Jam the opening band for Neil Young’s upcoming Everett show I overlooked something.

That particular something can be seen of you read between the lines of the below e-mail I received yesterday from a publicist with Atlantic Records.

Dear Media,

Please be informed that the Neil Young/Death Cab for Cutie concert at Comcast Arena At Everett Events Center on Tuesday, October 21 was mistakenly announced. Death Cab for Cutie has yet to be confirmed for the show.

Thank you.

While I didn’t necessarily forget Death Cab is headlining Bumbershoot, I did forget to think that it is likely DCFC was announced then un-announced as part of the Everett show likely because promoters don’t want to hurt Bumbershoot sales by over-saturating the market with Death Cab. In my opinion that is something that was done a long time ago.

However, I am guessing that if the average conertgoer had to choose between a $35ish ticket to Bumbershoot to see Death Cab or a $200ish ticket to see Death Cab and Neil Young the former choice would be made.


Neil Young coming to Everett, Pearl Jam to open?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

You may have noticed that Spin The Black Circle was missing in action the last few days. Well, unfortunately, there were some issues with servers over at the Sun that caused a temporary problem with my access to STBC. But now everything is fixed and all is well, so here’s some news about Neil Young’s upcoming Everett show that you may or may not already know.

The legendary Neil Young will perform at Comcast Arena in Everett on Oct. 21. Local boys Death Cab For Cutie were scheduled to open for Mr. Young, but according to Pitchfork the Everett show is the one show on the half of the tour that has Death Cab for support where DCFC is not opening.

That begs the question: Who is opening for Neil Young?

Tickets for the show range between $45 and $250 so you know the opener has to be pretty good, or at least be somewhat of a big name, to merit ticket prices that high.

Wilco is opening for Neil Young on the second half of the tour, so maybe it is Wilco. Or, maybe it is some local band that has close ties to Neil Young. A band that considers Neil Young to be their rock ‘n’ roll uncle. A fairly large band that has played a few shows this year but hasn’t played any Northwest shows in 2008. What band could that be?

If I had to guess, and this is based on no inside information whatsoever, I would guess Pearl Jam.

But like I said, I have no inside info on this so this should be considered strictly a rumor.


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