Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wilco's Nels Cline and Neil Young

An interview with Wilco's Nels Cline where he discusses the influence of Neil Young's music from Detroit Free Press:
Q: The last time Wilco was in town you were opening up for Neil Young at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Did you get to spend much time with Neil on the road?

Nels Cline: Not really. But I've been a huge fan of Neil's since his days in the Buffalo Springfield. His early solo work was the soundtrack to my teenage depression. His guitar style was crucial to me growing up.

On tour he was focused working on new material for his latest album, the one nobody likes ("Fork in the Road"). ... I sat and listened to every sound check and he seemed to be in a constant state of concentration on his new music. He seems like a total workaholic, with a super-powerful fierceness.

The last night of the tour for us with him was at Madison Square Garden, and he invited everybody onstage, including us and the band Everest. So we were all on stage with Neil doing "Rockin' In the Free World." I was so exhilarated watching Neil goin' at it I started crying.

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At 7/19/2009 10:58:00 AM, Blogger karen said...

aw snap, nels cline started crying?! i missed that, i was watching elsewhere, ; ), but nels, don't worry, you weren't alone ... i was there, and i was crying too : )

At 12/02/2009 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I can relate to that sort of moment inciting a tearful vibration. It's interesting how the lineage of reverie works.


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