The Rockets’ George Whitsell: “I was angry at Neil Young for taking my band”

George Whitsell has explained the impact that Neil Young had on him when the guitarist took most of Whitsell’s band, The Rockets, to form his own group, Crazy Horse.

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George Whitsell has explained the impact that Neil Young had on him when the guitarist took most of Whitsell’s band, The Rockets, to form his own group, Crazy Horse.

The Rockets first played with Young at Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go Go, but this surprise team-up turned out to effectively spell the end of the band.

“We’d already started recording a second Rockets album,” says Whitsell, “and the word I’d gotten from Billy [Talbot], Ralph [Molina] and Danny [Whitten] was that Neil was going to bring them back and help us complete it.”

This, of course, never happened, and Talbot, Molina and Whitten continued as Crazy Horse.

“I was angry at Neil for taking my band, or what I considered my band, because I’d helped them along so much.”

Read more on Whitsell’s story, including the announcement of a surprise second Rockets album, in the new issue of Uncut, out tomorrow (March 28).


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