Elliot: You need to lighten up. You guys take this stuff way too seriously. It's only music.
Neil's just a musician. He's not an economist. Or a politician. Or a CEO.
Your musical hero can't be the solution to your problems.
So let me ask you a question. Do you have a life? What's the deal?
TW: Oh yeah. I'm happily married man and all that stuff. We feel quite fortunate and lucky to do what we do. To give back to the Neil community all the love and affection they've given to us over the years.
Thankful for all that we've learned from our fellow fans that have helped to try and make us us all better people.
You know. Celebrate the music. The passion. The community.
It's actually a lot of fun. That whole "keep on bloggin' 'til the power goes out. Battery's dead. Twist & shout."
That sort of idea.
Elliot: No, really. Seriously. C'mon. Why?
TW: Well, in a way, Neil changed our lives.
I've never really discussed this before. But long ago, someone broke my heart. I found a lot of solace and comfort in his music. His songs helped me make it through a difficult time.
I know this sounds corny. I just kept searching for a heart of gold. I truly believed she was out there and that I could be happy the rest of my life with her once I found her.
And I did find my heart of gold one day. And I've never been happier since. Love and only love.
Elliot: Well, good for you both.
So, are you recording this and going to bootleg this also? (bemusedly)
TW: No, probably just put it up on my little bloggie thingie...
Fascinating exchange between Neil Young's manager and best known fan blogger. It starts off with a detailed discussion of ticketing issues on Neil Young tours: the proportion of tickets that are priced highly, what impact this has on touts, and on audience attention. Then the manager turns the tables...