BG: Young’s LincVolt To Blame For Blaze

Last week we reported the unfortunate news about the three-alarm fire that severely damaged parts of a warehouse housing Neil Young’s personal memorabilia, vintage cars and other materials from throughout his career. Authorities have identified that the cause of the fire came from a faulty wall charging system, used to power the 1959 Lincoln Continental, which Young had converted into a hybrid that he dubbed the LincVolt – the project that was the inspiration for his 2009 album Fork In The Road.

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While the cost of all the damages from the blaze will total somewhere around $1 million, the good news is that 70% of what was housed in the storage facility was saved. In a statement to the BBC Young said he was committed to rebuilding the damaged car which he converted to promote fuel efficiency, and runs on batteries and a bio-diesel-fueled generator.

Finally, next spring legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon will release his latest studio album So Beautiful Or So What. Simon will release the record’s first single, Getting Ready For Christmas Day, next Tuesday, November 23. The bouncy, holiday-infused song, which features a sample of preacher-gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates recorded in 1941, carries a message directed to all of our troops that are serving overseas and will be spending the holiday season away from their families. You can give a listen to the tune on Simon’s website.

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