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Neil Jacobs, Amerikas berühmter 12-Seiten Gitarrist, trat in Deans letzter Show 1986 in Leipzig auf. In den letzten Monaten vor Deans Tod verband beide eine aufrichtige Freundschaft. Sie drehten zusammen den Film "American Rebel", fuhren zusammen nach Prag und trafen sich 1985 in Moskau und in den USA. Heute lebt Neil Jacobs in Spring Lake, Michigan (USA).

Neil Jacobs, Dean Reed 1985 in Estes Park, Colorado Neil Jacobs, Dean Reed 1985 in Estes Park, Colorado Neil Jacobs 1986 in Dean Reeds Show
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1986 Dean Reed und seine Lieder 1986 Dean Reed und seine Lieder 1986 Dean Reed und seine Lieder
1986

"Neil makes his 12-string guitar sounds like an entire orchestra."
Dean Reed

Neil Jacobs has had a colorful and unconventional musical career. In 1984 his "fusion" group, "Coldfish", toured with acts such as Spyro Gyra, Alan Holdsworth, Janis Ian, Jeff Lorber, and the late Herbie Mann performing original music considered ahead of its time. Neil gained valuable experience and inspiration associating with these talented and innovative artists. His enigmatic debut CD, "Coldfish" is the product of this period. After disbanding the group in 1985, Neil began work on Academy Award winning filmmaker Will Roberts' film, "American Rebel", which chronicled the incredible life of expatriated American and Eastern Bloc superstar, Dean Reed. Neil accepted an invitation to travel to Moscow to attend the Moscow Film Festival in the Soviet Union. The improbable adventure continued after Neil was invited to stay to perform at Moscow University and Mosfilm Studios, as well as being selected to represent the U.S. as a member of the Cultural Delegation to the World Youth Festival. Neil's extended stay in Moscow coincided with the historical moment of Gorbachev's ascendancy to power, as Neil became a witness to the beginning of a new era in Russian history. Neil was also introduced to fascinating new forms of folk and world music from numerous countries, a well as the folk and popular music of Russia. During his stay in Moscow, Neil also developed his friendship with Dean Reed, and later that fall they attended the Denver International Film Festival premier of "American Rebel". Following in the footsteps of Dean's friend, Phil Everly (who also had divergent political philosophies from Dean), Neil accepted Dean's invitation to Berlin and Leipzig in 1986 to perform on his popular yearly television special, "Der Mann Aus Colorado" (later to be re-named "Dean Reed und seine Lieder" after his untimely death). Neil's guest performance on the TV special was seen by audiences estimated in the hundreds of millions. This surreal Eastern Bloc Cowboy Show, proved to be Dean's final performance, for soon after he met with a mysterious and controversial death.

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