Music and spit: Neil Young gets extreme closeup

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 8:20 AM
Music and spit: Neil Young gets extreme closeup

Neil Young's latest concert film is so up close and personal it leaves the audience viewing the rocker through his own spit.

"Neil Young Journeys" premiered Monday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Afterward, Young joked with the audience that a tiny camera mounted on his microphone for the concerts "scared the hell out of me."

The camera was so close that it caught a glob of the singer's spittle, creating a blotch on the lens that gives the footage a bit of a psychedelic tinge.

Director Jonathan Demme told the audience he decided to include that sequence in the film, quipping that it was like a "hundred-thousand-dollar special effect."