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
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
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
I have yet to get around to writing my second review for last
week’s Radiohead show at White River Amphitheatre (here is
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:
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.
informed that the Neil Young/DeathCabforCutie concert at Comcast Arena At
Everett Events Center on Tuesday, October 21 was mistakenly
announced. DeathCabforCutie has yet to be confirmed for the show.
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.
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
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.