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
Name: Neil Percival Young
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
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
Name: John Anthony Gillis
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