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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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Monday, May 30, 2016

A Guiness World Record for Number of Musicians Playing ""Rockin in the Free World" by Neil Young?

So is it a Guiness World Record for Number of Musicians Playing ""Rockin in the Free World" by Neil Young?

An attempt was made yesterday in Haarlem, Netherlands. From Haarlems Dagblad:
HAARLEM - Crush barriers Sunday at the Market for an unusual event. More than two hundred and fifty musicians formed together in Haarlem, The Greatest Band in the Netherlands.

Forty drummers, bassists forty, eighty guitarists and a hundred vocalists played together on the Market the song Rockin 'in the free world of Neil Young. A motley collection of tools and people, from little boys behind the drums to enthusiastic singing women behind the microphones.

The occurrence ask the musicians focus on the Youth Culture Fund, which is dedicated to children in poverty who want to follow music lessons. ,, The biggest Band Netherlands namely wants everyone can make music '', say the promoters.

The idea for The Greatest Band in the Netherlands comes from Alain Timmers after he saw on the Internet a video in which hundreds of Italian musicians and vocalists together to play a song by The Foo Fighters. Timmers this so liked that he had gathered together over two hundred musicians in no time to Facebook to make music together.

The band was Sunday conducted by Jaco van der Steen.
By Danja Koeleman - 29-5-2016, 16:31 (Update 30-5-2016, 15:30)

Thanks Hounds That Howell!


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bob Dylan and Neil Young: Musicians who keep a-changin

Neil Young and Bob Dylan - 1986

As long time readers of TW know, we have been following the musical intersections of Bob Dylan and Neil Young for literally decades now.

And with the upcoming Desert Trip Festival in October featuring mega acts -- along with Bob Dylan and Neil Young -- such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters, the inevitable compare and contrast Bob & Neil game will carry on.

So let the games begin. Here's an opening round from that ever so well respected musical publication The Economist with an article "Musicians who keep a-changin'" by J.T.:
Mr Dylan’s motivations may not have been entirely sales-driven, but he did what any shrewd businessman would do: assess the performance of his most successful rivals, and innovate accordingly.

This strategy has served many musicians well, allowing them to prolong their careers. Neil Young is one such. In the seven years after he released “Harvest”, a gentle harmonica-infused album that topped the American charts in 1972, Mr Young’s sales plummeted. By 1979, Americans were buying the soundtracks to “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever”, while the Clash and the Sex Pistols had caught the ears of British listeners. Mr Young borrowed the raw sound of the latter for his album “Rust Never Sleeps”: the title alluded to his slowly decaying career, and its format mirrored Bob Dylan’s 1966 concerts, beginning with folk and finishing with grungy rock. The final track name-checked Johnny Rotten and influenced a young Kurt Cobain.

The record became Mr Young’s first to sell more than 1m copies since “Harvest”.
So after coining the phrase "Neil Young is the second most influential singer-songwriter of the 20th century still performing today" 20 years ago, the accolade still stands unchallenged by all the fans of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters, etc.

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Bob Dylan and Neil Young
Madison Square Garden, New York City - 1992

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Friday, May 27, 2016

TONIGHT: Preview of Neil Young's New Album 'Earth' New York City's Museum of Modern Art

Neil Young
Los Angeles's Natural History Museum on May 6.
Photo by Carl Pocket | Buzzbands

Similar to an earlier playback session of Neil Young's New Album 'Earth' at L.A.'s Natural History Museum , another playback session is scheduled for tonight.

On Friday, May 27th at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, WFUV will present the playback of Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real's upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio. Young will introduce the evening with his insights and explanation of the making of EARTH via an interview with WFUV's Carmel Holt.

This event will take place in the Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture garden during "UNIQLO Free Friday Nights". Admission is free from 4:00 - 8:00p.m. The line for UNIQLO Friday Night tickets begins at the Museum's 54th Street entrance (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Your UNIQLO Friday Night ticket permits entryto all Museum galleries and exhibitions as well as this special event, space permitting. NOTE: Tickets are issued on a first come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden will close when it reached maximum capacity. This is a listening playback experience and not a live performance.

EARTH features performances of songs from a range of Young's albums, including last year's The Monsanto Years, 1990's Ragged Glory, and 1970's After the Gold Rush. The audio was captured during Young's 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) - Willie Nelson's sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show.

More on Neil Young's New Album 'Earth' at L.A.'s Natural History Museum .

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

UPDATED - Neil Young on Late Show With Stephen Colbert


"Unreconstructed individualist hippie love-booster Neil Young teaches Stephen that love is still the answer, and that his music sounds better on Pono. "

Regarding why Young wouldn't allow Trump to use his music at campaign rallies:
NEIL YOUNG: "The misogyny and the racism … those two key facts are something you can't really ignore."

Things really get popping at The Late Show when Neil Young meets our intern, Corn Man.

Regarding latest study purportedly vindicating GMOs:
NEIL YOUNG: "That must be a Monsanto study that didn't notice the terrible diseases and all of the things that are happening. Why these things have been banned throughout Europe and throughout the world. Why 38 countries banned GMOs; they didn't just label them. They're concerned, those governments, about the people that live in the country. They want to protect them.

I don't generally like to label things, but you're [Corn Man, an intern] so dangerous and you're dangerous to me personally and my family and the rest of the planet."

October 14, 2014

Tonight, Late Show With Stephen Colbert will have Neil Young as a guest.

Neil Young's last appearance with Stephen Colbert was on The Colbert Report on October 14, 2014.

“Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”
Neil Young & Crazy Host

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

REVIEW: Light Up The Blues 4th Annual Concert w/ Stephen Stills, Neil Young + Others - Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2016

Neil Young performing "Thrasher" at the 4th Annual Light Up The Blues benefit concert for Autism Speaks at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (thanks Deb!)

Here's a nice review we received from Britt for 4th Annual Light Up The Blues benefit concert for Autism Speaks at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Lookin’ for a Love (but I haven’t found her yet)

I pulled into a parking spot and let the harmonica fade down at the end of From Hank to Hendrix before pulling my keys from the ignition. To my delight an hour later, Neil Young would serendipitously open his set at the Dolby Theatre with the same song. It was March 29, 2014, I was 20 years old, rocking 1974 Neil sideburns, a mop of greasy hair, and a pair of reflective mountaineering glasses to keep out the harsh light of the parking garage sub-basement: I was about to see Neil Young perform for my very first time.

Having overshot my proper birth date by about 47 years, I found myself at a loss for companionship on this pilgrimage to the holy land that lies within audible distance of Neil’s acoustic guitar. Oh well, it’s only castles burning… besides Neil gives the concert solo, I can receive it in the same style.

Drawing closer to the theatre entrance, I recognize more and more Neirds (a term describing those of us that suffer from Youngdipsea, or the thirst for the music of Neil Young) around me and the bad fog of loneliness faded to not.

Scouring the balcony for my seat my eyes land on a 20 something blonde, sitting beside my empty seat. My heart skipped several beats. A beautiful girl… At a Neil Young concert… Sitting next to me?! I quickly patted my pockets in search of an engagement ring, but decided to play it cool, smoothing my burns down the sides of my face and checking my breath.

I sat beside her and attempted to hide some mild staring behind a yawn. I could practically smell cinnamon wafting from her hair and imagine sandy boots on her feet. She looked up from her phone and caught my eye. “I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold” I offered, with what must have been the goofiest grin in existence. She answered, “What does that mean?”

Only love can break your heart, and this wasn’t an ensuring start.

Turns out she had been dragged there by her parents on their anniversary and couldn’t give Neil’s music the time of day, spending most of the performance on her phone(the parents were pretty groovy and we discussed at length the likelihood of hearing Flying on the Ground that night). I’m not bitter… we just weren’t operating on the same plane. As she checked her Facebook page, Neil pulled out Thrasher after 30 years in his back pocket, and I wept into my binoculars.

Headed to where the sun hits the water and the mountains meet the sand, I guess I’ll keep on lookin’ for the Neirdy blonde of my dreams.
Thanks Britt! Nice review and glad you enjoyed the show. And all for a good cause.

And we would've wept in our binoculars also.

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