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Clash of the Titans

Neil Young & Crazy Horse (Saturday, 8pm, Bud Light stage) vs. Jack White (Saturday, 8pm, AMD stage)

By Jim Caligiuri and Austin Powell, Fri., Oct. 12, 2012

Clash of the Titans
Photo by Gary Miller

Neil Young

Name: Neil Percival Young

Age: 66

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Height: 6 feet

Other Bands: The Squires, the Mynah Birds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Career High Point: 1972 No. 1 "Heart of Gold"; inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1995

Biggest Fuck You to the Music Industry: 2009 box set Archives Vol. 1: 1963-1972

Essential Concert Film: Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

Number of Grammys: Two

Local Connection: Founded Farm Aid with Willie Nelson in 1985

Notable Austin Gig: 1984 Austin City Limits taping

Number of Albums: 33 studio, eight live, four soundtracks, six archive series entries

Important Collaborator: Stephen Stills

Inspired Cover: "Blowin' in the Wind"

Duet: "Star of Bethlehem" with Emmylou Harris

Best Forgotten: Trans

Song He Has To Play: "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"

Song He Shouldn't Play: Anything from Americana

Favorite Guitar: 1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, nicknamed "Old Black"

Longest Solo: "Down by the River"?

Go-To Hat: White Panama

Band Members: Frank "Poncho" Sampedro (guitar), Billy Talbot (bass), Ralph Molina (drums)

Supermodel Girlfriends: Carrie Snodgrass

Clash of the Titans
Photo by Gary Miller

Why One Over the Other? A set with Crazy Horse always blows your hair back. Authentic balls-out rock instead of faux blues from a confused diva.

– Jim Caliguri


Jack White

Name: John Anthony Gillis

Age: 37

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan.

Height: 6 feet, 2 inches

Other Bands: The White Stripes, the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather

Career High Point: White Stripes' Elephant, 2003

Biggest Fuck You to the Music Industry: Third Man Records

Essential Concert Film: Under Great White Northern Lights (2009)

Number of Grammys: Six

Local Connection: Produced White Denim's Live at Third Man Records

Notable Austin Gig: White Stripes, SXSW 2001

Number of Albums: 11 studio

Important Collaborator: Danger Mouse, Alicia Keys, Wanda Jackson, Stephen Colbert

Inspired Cover: "Death Letter" (Son House), "Love Is Blindness" (U2), "Conquest" (Corky Robbins), "You Know That I Know" (Hank Williams), "Goodnight, Irene" (Leadbelly)

Duet: "Portland Oregon" with Loretta Lynn

Best Forgotten: Trying to get into White's SXSW 2012 showcase

Song He Has To Play: "Seven Nation Army"

Song He Shouldn't Play: "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy"

Favorite Guitar: 1965 JB Hutto Montgomery Airline

Longest Solo: "Ball and Biscuit," White Stripes

Go-To Hat: Trilby or pork pie

Band Members: It's complicated

Supermodel Girlfriends: Renée Zellweger, Karen Elson (divorced)

Why One Over the Other? Jack White might be the last real rock star, touring with two complete bands: the Buzzards, a powerful all-male ensemble, and the Peacocks, a softer and more Americana-hued all-female group.

– Austin Powell

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