Iconic rockers Neil Young and Crazy Horse wrapped up the first European Leg of their 2013 Alchemy Tour last night at the 02 Arena in London. The band busted out Red Sun from 2000′s Silver & Gold LP for the first time on the entire tour at Monday evening’s show and also performed Like A Hurricane for only the third time on the leg.
While videos of last night’s Like A Hurricane show off a pretty good version of the classic tune, we can’t stop listening to the monster 15-minute version of the song from Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s June 2nd show in Berlin. There’s fuzz, distortion, noise and powerful riffs throughout. From what we’ve heard, it’s the highlight of the just-completed European tour. See if you agree…
On June 2, Neil Young and Crazy Horse kicked off the current European leg of a tour that guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro warned may be the legendary band’s last. Neil and the band have changed up their setlists from previous legs ever-so-lightly by working in the occasional Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze and Welfare Mothers.
Also of note, Young has taken to performing a solo acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind at each of the European shows. Neil first played Blowin’ In The Wind on June 11, 1988 with Dylan himself and has since performed the tune a total of 63 times over the years.
Watch Neil Young’s Blowin’ In The Wind from June 5 in Amsterdam…
Legendary rocker Neil Young has never hid his love for his home country of Canada and his home province of Ontario. In fact, a track on Young’s latest album with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill, is titled Born In Ontario in which he sings “I was born in Ontario” over and over. On Saturday, August 31, Young and his band will get to perform in Ontario when they headline the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic.
In addition to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, acts set to play Greenbelt Harvest Picnic include Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Whitehorse, Rocco DeLuca and Trixie Whitley. More Picnic acts are expected to be announced soon. The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place at Christie Lake Conservation Area in rural Dundas, Ontario.
The first lineup announcement from the Interlocken Festival has just been made by our friends at Relix. Put together by H.O.R.D.E. co-founder Dave Frey and Relix publisher Pete Shapiro, the event will take place from September 5 – 8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Today, we’ve found out that Furthur, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Crowes and String Cheese Incident will be among the bands performing at the first of what we hope will be many Interlocken’s. In addition, country-rocker Zac Brown will team up with The String Cheese Incident at the fest.
We’re already digging on the lineup which makes us think of what the top of a 2013 Bonnaroo lineup would look like if organizers kept the focus on jam acts. According to the Interlocken website, “Many of the artists will be performing at Interlocken over multiple days, and will be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings – with additional artists to be announced soon.” With guys like Shapiro and Frey in charge, we know we’re in good hands and can’t wait to see the rest of the lineup and these “exciting artist pairings.”
“Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone — very eclectic with an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres,” says Shapiro in a statement to Relix. “With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct.”
Early-bird tickets go on sale May 23rd at 10AM ET.
Soulive’s annual Bowlive Run at Brooklyn Bowl continued last night in Williamsburg. Special guests included keyboardist Marco Benevento, Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, The Shady Horns and opening act The London Souls. For the encore, Soulive welcomed their guests up, with the exception of the horns, for a 20-plus-minute tribute to Neil Young.
Soulive, Benevento, Hidalgo and The London Souls kicked off the encore with the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young protest song Ohio sung by Tash Neal. The CSNY cover morphed into Neil Young’s Down By The River on which Tash shared vocals with Alan Evans. Once Tash, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno and Hidalgo were finished taking turns soloing, the Los Lobos guitarist stepped to the mic to deliver a verse of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth.
If you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Alchemy World Tour which began in August of 2012 and is currently slated to run through August ’13, you know that Ol’ Neil and his band don’t alter their setlists that much from night to night. That changed in a big way last night when the legendary rocker and his legendary band played the smallest room Young has ever performed at in Australia and treated fans to a scorching performance.
Last night’s show, which took place at the 5,000 seat The Plenary in Melbourne, was taped for a future concert film and extended past the three-hour mark. All in all, Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed 18 songs – three more than at any show so far this tour. Dangerbird, Barstool Blues and Sedan Delivery were each played for the first time on the Alchemy Tour and the show also featured the first version of Cortez The Killer since November.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse played their first show of the year last night, when they opened a brief Australian/New Zealand tour at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. While they mostly stuck to the same script as 2012′s Alchemy tour dates, there were a few surprises for the Aussie crowd.
For their fifth song of the 13-song main set, Neil and his longtime band debuted a new original called Hole In The Sky. According to our friends at Thrasher’s Wheat, the song references the ozone layer. At last year’s shows Young broke up his main set with an acoustic performance of The Needle and the Damage Done. Yesterday he substituted his classic song Heart of Gold which made its Alchemy Tour debut. Also of note, Neil and the Horse added a bit of a noise jam to the end of Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black). The group vamps on a new segment in which they sing “Don’t Say It’s Over” again and again. Check it out… (starts at 5:30 mark)
For this week’s Full Show Friday we take the Hidden Track Time Machine back to 2002 for a stirring performance by Neil Young with Poncho and The MGs. Ol’ Neil was headlining the Rock am Ring Festival in Nürburgring, Germany with a band that mixed Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro with Booker T. and The MGs and his whole set was broadcast on famed German live music show Rockpalast.
Young was in fine form on this night as he mixed his greatest songs such as The Loner, Cinnamon Girl, Cortez The Killer and Down By The River with what was then more recent material such as Sleeps With Angels and Let’s Roll. The quality of the footage is stunning, but you’ll stay for the performance.
Here’s the setlist…
When You Dance I Can Really Love / The Loner / Differently / Sleeps With Angels / Are You Passionate? / Goin’ Home / Cinnamon Girl / Cortez The Killer / Let’s Roll / Powderfinger / Quit (Don’t Say You Love Me) /She’s A Healer / All Along The Watchtower / Two Old Friends / Mr. Soul / Down By The River // F*!#in’ Up / Helpless
Earlier this month Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Alchemy Tour visited Bridgeport, Connecticut where according to our friends at Thrasher’s Wheat the legendary rockers took offense to a member of the crowd constantly using their smartphone throughout the start of the show. The situation came to a head during Fuckin’ Up when Young cursed at, pointed at and mocked the fan.
[Young Mocking The Fan]
You can watch most of the situation in this vid…
A fan who was on hand wrote about how it all went down…
Surprising news out of the Trey Anastasio camp this morning as it has been announced that Big Red will play a special solo acoustic set at a special benefit concert at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey opening up for Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Young put the show together to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Anastasio, a New Jersey native, will support his old friend (Phish teamed up with Neil at Farm Aid and the Bridge School Benefits in 1998). Let’s hope Trey rocks out with Crazy Horse during the main set.
Legendary rocker Neil Young has been a fixture at Farm Aid since he helped create the event way back in 1985. At the most recent Farm Aid, which took place in Hershey, Penn. on Sept. 22nd, Shakey played a set backed by Crazy Horse. Professionally shot footage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s five-song set from that evening has popped up on the official Farm Aid YouTube channel.
We’ve compiled a playlist of the five videos for your viewing and listening pleasure…
Neil Young famously quit Buffalo Springfield rather than make an appearance on The Night Show with Johnny Carson back in the ’60s, but ol’ Neil has come around on his distaste for TV. On the occasion of Jon Stewart’s 50th birthday, Neil Young stopped by The Daily Show to mainly talk about his new book – Waging Heavy Peace, but that was only the start of an interesting conversation.
Last week we told you aboutNeil Young and Crazy Horse dusting off the electric version of Helpless for the first time in decades. Well last night they did it again as an encore at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, a fitting place considering some of the local references within the song.
The video we showed off of the Helpless bust out in Calgary wasn’t great, but there’s a fabulous clip of yesterday’s take thanks to YouTuber carsoni4. We couldn’t help but share it. Take a look…
When Neil Young comes to New York City for a November 27th gig with Crazy Horse, he’ll make the most of his trip to the Big Apple by appearing on The Daily Show. Young will return to Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart-hosted program for the first time since 2006 on November 28th.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse are currently in the midst of The Alchemy Tour, their first excursion since 2003/2004. The tour visits The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba this evening.
The latest leg of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Alchemy Tour kicked off this past weekend in Seattle, but the first real bust out of the leg took place on Tuesday in Calgary. When the legendary rocker and his longtime backing band returned to the stage at the Saddledome for an encore, they lit into a revved up version of the 1970 classic Helpless.
[File Photo by Lee Fenyves]
While Neil has performed Helpless at Crazy Horse shows in the past, it was usually played during his solo, acoustic portion of the show. According to a commenter at Thrasher’s Wheat, Tuesday’s performance marked the first electric Crazy Horse take on Helpless since 1976. After hearing so many pretty, downtempo versions of Helpless, we dig this more fast-paced, hard-edged take…