Updates on Neil Young's Gulf Coast Concerts
Neil Young's Gulf Coast 2010 Tour Poster
via Neil Dancer on Facebook
As we've reported recently, Neil Young has announced a series of concerts in the Gulf Coast region impacted by the BP oil gusher disaster.
It now seems clear that there will be a charitable aspect to these concerts.
The hunger relief effort is the result of the long-standing friendship between Neil Young and John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, Inc.
From Bad News Beat (Thanks Kathryn "Cinnamon Girl" & bh!)
"Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse," said Young. "I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. John is truly a 'southern man' with a 'heart of gold'. We both encourage concert-goers to spend money locally and support local business."
"Neil and I have known each other for many years and both wanted to do something to help those whose livelihoods have been damaged by the oil spill," said Tyson. "We decided it made sense to combine Neil's widely-known musical talents with our company's ongoing commitment to hunger relief."
Tyson Foods plans to donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products in conjunction with special concerts Young has planned in late September in Mobile, Alabama; Panama City and Pensacola, Florida; and Biloxi, Mississippi. The food will be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
In addition, concert-goers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will subsequently be given to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of unique, limited edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.
Just another reason why Neil Young was honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year.
Also, please note top ticket prices for Leg#3:
Panama City: $50
Now, with this said, we've already seen a few snarky remarks about this whole tour leg. So before folks start throwing their hatred down here @ TW, look in the mirror. What have you really done today to make a difference?
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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, July 19, 2010
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