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Neil Young's new album EARTH released on June 17th. The album with The Promise of the Real, is from the 2015 tour. Pre-order here
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Linz, Austria Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 23, 2016

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, July 23 - Austria, Linz, Castle Clam.

This is the final concert of Europe 2016 tour.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

Also, see Neil Young + Promise of the Real 2016 Concert Tour Dates for reviews, photos, videos and more.

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CONTEST: Uncut Magazine - Neil Young Cover, August, 2016

Neil Young Cover - August, 2016
Uncut Magazine
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Neil Young is on the cover of the new issue of Uncut magazine, dated August 2016 and thanks to the good folks there, we have a few copies to giveaway in a contest. Details below.

Young is on the cover, and inside he discusses his time on the planet, his new live album Earth and his future. “I don’t guarantee anything,” he tells Uncut's Jaan Uhelski in Malibu Canyon.

Meanwhile, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Promise Of The Real pass judgement on the current state of their capricious friend. “Where do I think Neil is at this point in his life?” says Lukas Nelson. “I think this is where the space ship is taking off in ‘After The Gold Rush’.”

“I’m the same as I was,” says Young. “I know what I want and I won’t accept less… I still do see the vista. I feel good. That’s my way of knowing that I can still continue. There’s no reason to not continue, because I can still see where I’m going. Can’t see it clearly, but I know it’s out there.”

Neil Young has discussed the future of Crazy Horse in an exclusive interview in the new issue of Uncut, out now and available in shops and digitally.

In the feature, the songwriter, who released a new live album Earth last week – read Uncut Magazine review here – explains that his oldest group are still a going concern.

“Crazy Horse is still out there,” he explains. “There still is a Crazy Horse. Billy [Talbot] is doing great. Playing with them? That’s in the future, we’re all lucky.”

Currently, Young is performing with Promise Of The Real. “They’re an unbelievable band,” he enthuses. “They go as far as I want to go. They don’t have to be taught anything. They already know it. They know the same things I know, they speak the same language. They are the real deal.”

Discussing ‘making peace’ with the tragic death of early Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten in 1972, Young denies that, for him, the loss is resolved.

“I don’t have to make peace with anything,” he says. “Danny’s unresolved. Such a great waste. Sad. But not resolved. Everybody has ghosts like that. It’s part of life. It’s ok. Just have to let them be. Some things you can’t change. You don’t want to try to change, but they’re everywhere. There’s no escaping them.”

Also in the extensive cover interview, Young discusses his live album Earth, the future of his music and the state of the planet, while old friends and collaborators including Stephen Stills and Graham Nash pass judgement on the current state of Young.

The new Uncut: in UK shops and available to buy digitally by clicking here.

Uncut Magazine - Neil Young Cover, August, 2016

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Comment of the Moment: Promise Of The Real & Crazy Horse - Never Say Never with Neil Young

Neil Young
July 15 - Italy, Rome, Bath of Caracalla
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The TW Comment of the Moment is from Neil Young & Promise Of The Real concert at July 20 - Germany, Leipzig, Völkerschlachtdenkmal Open Air by the intrepid Scotsman:
For me, any one of Neil's bands that doesn't feature Poncho Sampedro is going to be somewhere short of 100%. Kind of like seeing the Rolling Stones without both Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. It's the combination of the two that is exciting; the chemistry.

I think Neil needs that massive punchy rhythm sound; his own lead playing falls a little flat without it. It flies, but it doesn't soar. The chemistry between Neil and Poncho's guitars (and their personalities) is world-class, and quite unique. Magic. That's what people pay to witness.

That said, POTR have a sound very different to Crazy Horse, as is evidenced on Earth. And that's why they succeed: they play by a different set of rules. Trying to out-Crazy Horse Crazy Horse can only lead to disappointment. If anything, the three-guitar combination of POTR seems a little forced; at any one time, one of the guitars is almost always redundant. 'More' is not equal to 'better'.

Worth noting too that Neil's most exciting bands have rarely been the most versatile. Crazy Horse, The Blue Notes, Lost Dogs, International Harvesters etc all had a particular niche of music they specialised in. Whereas the jack-of-all-trades bands like "Friends and Relatives" and the Trans Band were fairly dull, to be quite honest. The spark wasn't there. Self-imposed restrictions have almost always made Neil's music more powerful.

Nowadays the weak link in Crazy Horse tends to be Ralph. He's still good, but he's less reliable than he once was. Whereas Poncho still has it nailed. He's still razor sharp. Billy is unpredictable as always, which is part of what makes him great. There's a thrill to seeing Crazy Horse that isn't there with any other band. They walk a tightrope.

I think we will see another collobaration with members of CH within the next couple of years. Regardless, their legacy is established. You only have to put on a random bootleg from 1991 or 1996 to hear just how world-class they really were. Everything else sounds like mickey mouse in comparison, really. And the wonderful thing about music is that it retains it's power. The version of Like A Hurricane from L.A 1991 still gives me chills every time I hear it. Put on a bootleg from Old Princeton Landing and it might as well be happening now. Age hasn't diluted it at all. How wonderful.

Thanks Scotsman! Never Say Never... not that you did. Stay fearless and intrepid... forever.

More on July 20 - Germany, Leipzig, Völkerschlachtdenkmal Open Air and Neil Young & Promise Of The Real 2016 Europe concert tour reviews and commentary.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Shirt of the Moment: Berlin, Germany Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 21, 2016

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Berlin, Germany Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 21, 2016
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Here is the Shirt of the Moment of Uriel and Michal in Berlin, Germany Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 21, 2016 .

Uriel and Michal (longtime, loyal TW readers) flying their colors with a Thrasher's Wheat 20th Anniversary Shirt.

Danke Uriel and Michal!

Thanks so much for sending! And so awesome that you got a magnificent Neil + REAL concert.

And thanks to all who have sent photos so far from tour. We'll have more in the coming days to feature.

Also, if you recently ordered a shirt on the 2nd round of Thrasher's Wheat 20th Anniversary Shirts, here is the latest update. The order has been compiled and submitted to Geoff & his shirt folks out in Hawaii. It will take a few weeks to complete the printing and dying process. The shipment to TW HQ and then back out to you good folks. So hopefully we'll have these out to folks in August.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Berlin, Germany Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 21, 2016

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, July 21 at Waldbuhne 21, Berlin, Germany.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Völkerschlachtdenkmal Open Air, Leipzig, Germany Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 20, 2016

Another amazing setlist, per Sugar Mountain

06. Saddle Up The Palomino (first time played since 1984)
07. Hawaiian Sunrise (first time played since 1974)

+ a full-band "I Am a Child"

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, July 20 at Völkerschlachtdenkmal Open Air in Leipzig, Germany.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CONFIRMED NEW DATES: Neil Young + POTR - Telluride, Colorado, 9/30 & 10/1

Earlier this year we posted on a potential Neil Young + Promise Of The Real concert in Telluride, Colorado this Fall (Bringing Neil Young to A Town in Colorado: Telluride Town Council Holds Hearing on Concert ).

Apparently, bringing Neil to a relatively small town in the high altitude ski area of the Rockies necessitated the Telluride Town Council to hold hearings.

Now comes word that an approval has been received and dates are confirmed for 9/30 & 10/1.

These concerts are warm ups for the big Desert Trip Festival in October when Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will open for Paul McCartney.

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"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

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"Thinking about what a friend had said,
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