The song features representatives from every key landmark in Young's career to that point. In addition to Stray Gator Ben Keith on hand drums, there's Ralph Molina of Crazy Horse playing drums and Graham Nash of CSN&Y on electric piano.
It's intriguing to imagine that Young assembled this cast consciously for this song about musical fame, but Young has never said anything to validate the idea. As with Rockets guitarist George Whitsell performing on "Vampire Blues
," Young's reasoning for selecting backing musicians is a mystery.