Skip to comments.Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel Israel concert amid conflict (from Palestinian rocket attacks)
Posted on 07/16/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have cancelled a 17 July concert in Israel, citing "tensions which have rendered the event unsafe". As the region shudders with rocket explosions and missile attacks, the musicians said they "look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace".
"It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert," Young and his band said in a statement. Some 30,000 people had bought tickets to the gig at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park the singer's first Israeli show in almost two decades.
According to Reuters, the decision to call off the concert was made by Tel Aviv police, who feared for the physical safety of Young and his fans. "[We did not want] to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk", explained police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
I can’t say that I blame them.
Why have none of the so called peacenik Lefties written any songs against the Palestinians “war”?
Shouldn’t they be called upon to lay down their weapons?
Shouldn’t they be called baby killers?
Neil Young had caught flack from Pinko Floyd for daring to perform in Israel (the uber Left has called for a boycott).
"Oh, to live on... Sugar Mount'innnn... With the barkers and the colored balloons..."
“I wanna live with a Kennedy girl”
Cinnamon Girl alternative lyrics...sung by an old shipmate of mine whose parents were “swells” in the D.C. political arena, late 70s.
There’s a cat in heat in my neighborhood that sounds just like Neil Youuuuuuuuung in his prime.
It’s true Young’s voice is far from the best (or even average), but on the other hand only a tiny percentage of performers could come up with albums on the level of ‘Harvest’ or ‘Rust Never Sleeps’.
In an era where musical ‘artists’ only lip synch and dance around to pre-recorded music, performers like Young deserve credit for actually performing their music live.
I don’t agree with Young on almost anything politically, but he’s one of my favorite artists, period.
Neil Young romanticizes human sacrifice. Let’s stop romanticizing rock stars just because we liked them when we were teenagers and didn’t know any better.
“They offered life in sacrifice
so that others could go on.”
— “Cortez the Killer”
Young should move the concert to Gaza. Make things interesting.
Some very interesting statements from Neil:
AMSTERDAM INTERVIEW - 1989
INT: You have been known to support Reagan, which a lot of fans thought you were going right wing, and then I think in Rolling Stone you said you weren’t very fond of Bush. I was wondering why you apparently changed political views?
NEIL: Because that’s only an apparent thing. I don’t have a view, I have an opinion that changes because everyday is a different day. I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m not like that. With Reagan, some things he did were terrible, some things he did were great. Most people tend to take a president and say you hate...he does one thing you really don’t like. Like he builds excessive amounts of warheads or something. So you write him off completely. Which I think is completely stupid. And I think, is very narrow minded.
Anyone can have an opinion and be right, like you don’t want warheads on earth. I agree with that, but that is a decision that he made to do that and I disagree with that. On the other hand there are other things that he did that I agreed with. And because I had the ability to say what I feel, people only write part of it, because its news that I would agree with Reagan. So they say Neil Young supports Reagan, so .... ‘em, I don’t care what they do.
Everyday is different. Sometimes I like George, sometimes I don’t like George Bush.
MTV “FAMOUS LAST WORDS” INTERVIEW - 1990
MTV: At one point when you were sort of in a country mode, you were sort of making noises about Ronald Reagan was a good guy...you sort of come around from that position too?
NEIL: I never made, you know, I was never a Reagan supporter in a total blanket sense. I was one of those who felt that some ideas he had were good ideas. He had one point that he was stressing in the first six months of his job that he thought the people in the communities and neighborhoods should pull together and try to do things on their own more than depending on government to do it for them. And I thought that was a hell of an idea and here’s this old guy and he’s kind of got this image, of this fatherly image, telling all these people in their neighborhoods to pull together and get your own daycare centers happening, and get this and that happening.
I thought that was a cool thing, I thought it was a good thing. So then I’m on my bus, someplace in some hell hole somewhere, playing some show and the good part of it is when I’m on stage and the bad part of it is the rest of it. And these two dorks come on my bus, I don’t know how it happened, I swear to God, two jerks from some press service come on my bus and start asking me these questions and I just kind of burnt.
And these guys starting putting down Reagan left and right and everything and I looked at the guy and I said “You’re an asshole, you know, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about cause you probably put down every damn president, you know, that ever lived. You’re a president basher, that’s all you do is if they win, they lose.”
So I said the guy’s got some good ideas, I stand behind the way he feels about this and that, and I told him...I said, I think you’re full of .... for dismissing a person completely in every idea he has because he happens to be president and he makes some really stupid moves on one level, that I would never think of making. That doesn’t mean that the guy didn’t have some good ideas somewhere along the line maybe yesterday about something else.
So with the press, it’s so hard, even though print is in black and white, it’s so hard for them to make it clear what’s really happening.
So here I am - Reagan supporter! [Neil throws up hands in mock humor sort of way while shrugging and shaking his head in disbelief.]
Given the propensity of Hamas to indiscriminately lob missiles into Israel, I don’t see how Pink Floyd’s leftist insanity plays into this.
Neil Young committed to play, but decided not to given the security situation. That appears to be a prudent decision on their part.
“Even Richard Nixon has got soul.”
According to Reuters, the decision to call off the concert was made by Tel Aviv police, ...
“Theres a cat in heat in my neighborhood that sounds just like Neil Youuuuuuuuung in his prime.”
You’ve expressed it better than I ever could. Why does anyone think Young can sing.
The Guardian piece pointed out how other music groups had already condemned Neil Young’s tour into Israel in the first place.
Roger Waters was specifically quoted.
It was the most awful two hours an 11-year old boy should never have to endure.
I agree with Neil. I’m glad Obama pulled the trigger on UBL. I support him 100 percent on that bit.
Clinton reformed Welfare. I’m not sure an R could have done it.
I can’t think of anything I supported Carter on - maybe the peace process between Egypt and Israel. Israel gave up so much to get that deal, and the Egyptians kept their word.
Reagan’s amnesty is why we are where we are today. Nixon created the EPA. Bush I stopped at the gates of Baghdad. W is the second big reason why we are where we are today with illegal aliens.
Every Neil Young song you’ve ever heard (Dana Carvey)
“I hope Neil Young remembers, A southern man don’t need him around any way”.
Sounds like it wasn't his call.
Too hard to rhyme pancake and Corrie?
It's old but it's good.
I’m not blaming Neil Young, and it is safer this way.
Are you sure that cat isn’t Bob Dylan or Buffy Sainte-Marie?
“Bush I stopped at the gates of Baghdad”
Bush pere didn’t drink the utopian ‘democracy will convert the heathen’ koolaid and had enough sense not to try.
Understood, but it seems like some people are.
> Too hard to rhyme pancake and Corrie?
If I could do it, they can too:
(To the tune of “Landslide,” by Stevie Nicks)
I took my bullhorn, took it down
Helped terrorists in Gaza Town.
I saw my reflection on a bulldozer blade,
and the landfill’s where I stay.
Oh, choppers in the sky,
What is dumb?
Can I play chicken with Israelis?
Can I face down heavy equipment?
Can I take sixty tons on my chest?
Well, I’ve been afraid of flattening,
‘Cause a D-9 can hurt you.
But morons are bolder,
Flag-burning gets older,
And IHOP is calling too...
Oh, mail me home, flat rate’s fine,
Fake some photos, moan and whine.
If you see my reflection in a bulldozer blade
Well the landfill’s where I’ll be...
If you see my reflection in a bulldozer blade
Well the landfill’s where I’ll be...
Bush pere didnt drink the utopian democracy will convert the heathen koolaid and had enough sense not to try.
That is not why he stopped at the gates, and I suspect you know that.
The Coalition did not support regime change, it was about getting Saddam back inside of his borders.
revisionist history looks no better on the right than it does on the left.
I hope Neil Young remembers, A southern man dont need him around any way.
Ronnie loved Neil Young, “let Mr. Young remember that too!”
There’s nothing ‘revisionist’ in what I posted. Bush 41 surrounded himself with foreign policy realists, Brent Scowcroft being a significant example. His goal was to push Saddam back into Iraq and punish him for attacking Kuwait. And having achieved that he stopped.
Bush 41 never expressed regret that he failed to conquer Iraq. An essay he cowrote with Scowcroft mentions the danger of trying to do exactly that:
“Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in “mission creep,” and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs.
“Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well.
“Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.’s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish.
“Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different—and perhaps barren—outcome. “
Bush 43 was unimpressed with his father’s good judgement and his own crackpot utopian streak was on full display in his second State of the Union address, where he tasks the United States with ending tyranny in the world. It’s a vision Woodrow Wilson would have been proud to proclaim.
“So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. “
I'm a longtime fan.
Hey, hey, my, my
Rock and Roll will never die
(except if you’re in Israel and getting bombed everyday)
What a cave-in from Mr. “Keep on rockin in the free world”
But I still like ol Neil no matter what leftist garbage he spouts
Kind of dittos. What pissed me off about Iraq war #1 was that George Bush called on the Shiites to rise up against Saddam. We then let them get slaughtered by Saddam. We did not give them weapons they were led to believe we would help them when we encouraged them to revolt.
A huge betrayal! Aside from this George Bush senior showed better tempered judgment than George Bush junior when it came to Saddam/Iraq and making war
BTW Brent Scowcroft was brought in later on to advise GWBush as the Iraq war turned sour
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