Neil Young pi#ses on Nashville

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Neil Young pi#ses on Nashville

By Dave Carew

What is it with these washed-up rock stars?  Do they NEVER feel they’ve hosed the public enough? Do they NEVER feel they made enough coin?

Latest Exhibit A: The Tennessean is reporting Neil Young will be performing at the Ryman Auditorium solo on June 1. Great news, right? I would have thought so, since I own more Neil Young CDs, DVD’s, and books that you can shake a stick at. Then I looked at the price tag of this (presumably) nothing-but-guitar-and-vocal event. You ready for this? Cheapest seat: $92. Decent seat: $127.

Politicians, Wall Street, and other crooks put The Average Guy’s economy in the toilet…people who work hard and play by the rules are hurting everywhere…and this is how Neil Young responds. I hope on June 1 Neil’s looking over the footlights at rows and rows of empty pews. I know it will never happen. But it would be just.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.


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