Showing posts with label NEIL YOUNG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEIL YOUNG. Show all posts

Monday, June 22, 2015



Neil Young

Donald Trump's presidential announcement really caught the attention of the world on Tuesday, but not all of them were Trump supporters.

The Donald's use of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" did not go un-noticed by the singer himself, who declared he's no fan of Trump.

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," said a statement from Young's management company. "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."


 "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.

Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs.

But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate - I would have said no.

I am Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the peoples.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

These Corporations were originally created to serve us but if we don't appropriately prioritize they will destroy us. Corporations don't have children. They don't have feelings or soul. They don't depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing - the bottom line.

I choose to speak Truth to this Economic Power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.

Such is the case with the reaction to my new album The Monsanto Years, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like Freedom of Choice.

But Freedom of Choice is meaningless without knowledge.

That's why it's crucial we all get engaged and get informed.

That's why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process.

I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.

- Neil Young

Friday, September 26, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Neil Young

YOUNG’S STORY --- Neil Young will release another album in November, called Storeytone, his second for 2014.

Young previewed new songs on his recent European tour and a staple of the tour was “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” in his encore. The song is the lead track from the album and released in three versions, Live with Crazy Horse, orchestral and solo acoustic.

“I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one microphone. I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that’s a challenge and it’s a sound that’s unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way,” Neil told Billboard in March.

Storeytone will be Young’s 35th album not including his live albums and archives, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stills Young Band and Buffalo Springfield records.

And, yes, he’s still hanging with actress Daryl Hannah.

SLATTS GONE --- John Slattery, a television newsman who reported on New York City and its environs for 35 years, covering stories from petty crimes to the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, died suddenly late Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N. Y. He was 63.

WCBS, the local station where he had worked for three decades, said the cause was a heart attack. He had appeared on a news broadcast on Wednesday, reporting on a 72-year-old Bronx man who was attacked while trying to stop a mugging.

John was even-tempered and plain-spoken on screen, with a seemingly imperturbable presence even in the face of calamitous events. In 1980, at WABC (Eyewitness News), where he began his career in New York, he contributed to the station’s Emmy-winning coverage of the murder of John Lennon.

At WCBS, in addition to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, he covered the first World Trade Center bombing, in 1993; the blizzard of February 1994; the 1996 World Series, in which the Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves; and Hurricane Sandy.

He interviewed the so-called subway vigilante Bernard Goetz and, seven years after his resignation as president, Richard M. Nixon. Away from New York, he reported on the first Persian Gulf war from Saudi Arabia and covered the execution, in Terre Haute, Indiana, of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

“NYC has lost a great journalist,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.

Slattery was born on Sept. 28, 1950, in Springfield, Mich., and grew up in Glenview, Ill. His father was an announcer who did voice-over work.

After graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Slattery worked at radio and television stations in Illinois and later at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where he was a reporter and weekend anchor. He spent five years at WABC before moving to WCBS in 1984.

His survivors include his wife, Suzy; two daughters, Kathleen Hirdt and Meghan Patterson; a son, Patrick; and three grandchildren.

Adam Lambert

SHADES OF ADAM --- Adam Lambert's fans have earned a reputation for their fierce loyalty to the American Idol star and chart-topping singer. Photographer Christopher Ameruoso experienced that passion first-hand after he and Priscilla Presley published the best-selling book Shades of Elvis," which features more than 75 celebrities wearing Elvis' personally owned iconic sunglasses, including Johnny Depp, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, Robert Plant, Cher, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and Willie Nelson.

Of all the A-list artists' fanbases Ameruoso heard from, Lambert's was the loudest.

"I was definitely taken aback," said Ameruoso. "He said, 'My fans are the most loyal, you'll see,' and a lot of artists say that, but he was right. His fans are absolutely the most supportive and loyal."

Lambert recently wrapped up a concert tour as the new singer for Queen, and last week it was announced that the flamboyant performer will be a guest judge for American Idol’s upcoming season, filling in for Keith Urban due to the recent passing of the father of Urban's wife, Nicole Kidman.

During the process of making Shades of Elvis, Lambert not only impressed the photographer with his talent and humility, but he also made quite an impression on Elvis' former wife Priscilla.

"First and foremost he's very talented," she said. "He's a full-fledged entertainer and he isn't afraid to take risks. He's a showman from the inside and out."

So would The King have been a Glambert, a name Adam's fans have given themselves?

"Elvis liked anyone who was beyond good at what they did," Priscilla says. "Adam challenges himself. Always striving to be the best he can be at anything he does. He's passionate about his work and it shows. How can anyone not appreciate that in a performer?"

CLOSING NOTES --- Did those recent photos of record producer Phil Spector look positively scary (Golem)? Listen, he’s made some great records, but anyone who knew him, and even if you didn't, he seemed like one odd duck. Shooting off guns in recording studios and treating women not nicely … so sad …

My mate, radio-personality KWXY’s Don Wardell was nominated twice in palm Spring’s annual Best Of The Valley/Desert poll. Great guy (even if he is from across-the-pond), super-talented; vote for him HERE.

NBC’s Blacklist returned Monday with a vengeance. The #1 new show of last season, Monday’s ep (Lord Baltimore) just upped everything. It started with a bang and didn't let go till the end. Continued kudos to the magnificent James Spader (and, Peter Stormare as the enemy Berlin) for continuing his brilliant turn on the character of Raymond Reddington. One critic noted that everything looked darker … and, it did! Superb show! …

And, lastly, from playwright Vincent Amelio, whose How Alfo Learned to Love Women, is one of this season’s runaway hits: “I wrote Alfo in a burst of energy in 5 weeks when I was 37 years old and a lost, searching, confused bachelor living alone in my studio in Manhattan. The play healed me of my commitment issues. I simply wrote my pain and my passions into the play. Years later, I am married with a family.".

And, Derek Jeter? What an ending to his last game last night at Yankee Stadium. Considering what's happening in sports today, Jeter always stood heads-and-tails above almost everyone else as a role model. Bravo Derek!

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Neil Young

Neil Young is finally ready to roll out releases from his long-rumored "Archives Performance" series. First up is "Live at the Fillmore East 1970," due Nov. 14 via Reprise. The album features six as-yet-unannounced selections from Crazy Horse's March 6-7 runs at the New York venue, at a time when guitarist Danny Whitten, who died in 1972, was still a member of the band."Fillmore" will also be available in a CD/DVD edition featuring a high-resolution audio mix, photos from the show, Young's handwritten song lyrics and press articles from the era...