The Charitable Mr. Neil Young Keeps On Giving & Giving & Giving
MusiCares 2010 Person of the Year
Rarely -- if ever -- has a single artist supported so many causes, for such a sustained period, raising considerable funds and awareness while reaching out to millions and millions around the world.
Earlier this year, Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles, two days before the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. An impressive roster of musicians lined up to honor Young which included Booker T. Jones, Jack Black, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Everest, Patty Griffin, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leon Russell, James Taylor, Wilco, and Lucinda Williams.
Recently, we started to update a list of benefit concerts that Neil Young has played over the years that we posted on the Rust list back in 1994. And the diversity of causes is particularly striking. Of course, the two primary beneficiaries of Neil's generosity have been the Bridge School Benefit Concerts and Farm AID. The Bridge School concerts began in 1987 and are to benefit the school for children with severe speech and physical impairments. The Farm Aid concerts began in 1985 and benefit the small American family farm. Farm Aid is the longest running event of its type in music history.
Neil has performed annually at both the Bridge and Farm AID shows and has raised considerable sums for these causes. The performances at these two annual benefits are well documented.
The Farm Aid 4
Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young
But what about the other benefits and causes of the charitable Mr. Young?
Here's what we've found from perusing the indispensable Ghosts On The Road - Neil Young In Concert by Pete Long.
Bob Dylan, Rick Danko & Neil Young
Neil Young at 2006 Farm Aid Press Conference
Photo by Kim Buchheit
Paul McCartney and Neil Young
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
Bridge School Benefit Concert - October 23, 2004
Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
Photo by Kim Komenich of San Francisco Chronicle
photo by Buzz Person
Neil Young Performs "Imagine" on 9/11 Tribute
St. Paul, MN - October 5, 2004
photo by Muriël Kleisterlee and Jos Westenberg
Hurricane Katrina Telethon: React Now - 9/2005
Neil Young and Fisk University Jubilee Choir
Neil Young, Buckcherry's Josh Todd & Gordon Lightfoot
photo by Evan Agostini
Dave Matthews and Neil Young
Covering Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken”
Hope For Haiti Telethon
Screen Grab by Patricia
Certainly this is only a partial listing as there are surely many undocumented causes and performances that Neil has supported over the years. But you get the idea. He's got a heart of gold.
Pegi & Neil Young at Bridge 2005 Concert
photo by Craig Abaya