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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse @ New Orleans Jazz Fest 2024

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2024 
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Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse @ New Orleans Jazz Fest 2024.

Festival runs April 25 - May 5. 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest has announced its full 2024 lineup and Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Vampire Weekend will join as headlining additions to the Rolling Stones, who are headlining Thursday, May 2.

Weekend 1: Chris Stapleton, The Killers, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Jon Batiste, Vampire Weekend 
Weekend 2: The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Neil Young Crazy Horse, Hozier, Queen Latifah, Greta Van Fleet, Earth Wind and Fire
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are booked for the second week of the festival from May 2nd to 5th. The exact performance dates have not yet been determined and will be announced at a later date.

More on  Neil Young's "LOVE EARTH" 2024 Tour Starts in April. 

Also, see 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Concert Report: Neil Young + Promise of the Real.  

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Concert Report: May 1, 2016

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At 1/18/2024 04:30:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

This concert date is a confirmation that the upcoming April tour infact will be an outing of a supposedly rejuvenated Horse incarnation. I assume that the headlining bands will not play on the same day. Neil Young playing a borrowed tune with the best garage band in the world could be something for the ages I guess.

At 1/18/2024 06:18:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

correct Dionys. One headline per day.

Rolling Stones headlining Thursday, May 2.

*Maybe* Foo Fighters on Friday, Neil & Horse on Saturday & Earth Wind and Fire on Sunday

Will this be a Festival tour? Will Neil & Horse go international? Canada, Europe, AUS/NZ, & elsewhere?

don't spook the horse

At 1/18/2024 07:24:00 PM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

But my question is, will NYCH play an evening show in New Orleans also during jazz fest? That would make it even more worth the trip. In '99 I saw WSP headline Jazz fest on a Friday, and play another venue in NO on Saturday night.

At 1/18/2024 08:44:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Glad the Horse will ride, but, I don’t like seeing my favorite bands at festivals because the set is usually short. I will aim for a show with one opener at most. Boise is stuck in my mind, but is Outlaw Field at old penitentiary too small for the Horse? I say no.

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 1/19/2024 12:24:00 AM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

Saw posts on Reddit noting the festival is sponsored by Shell. Will this be a repeat of London, where Neil pulls out after he finds out he's supposed to perform under a banner of a fossil fuel company. Vampire Blues indeed.

At 1/19/2024 04:04:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Sponsored by Shell Oil? It was easier to reconcile NY & CH playing for a Billionaire fur trader as Ragged Glory was recorded live.

DH has a great photo of her hands covered in Amazon Oil. Environmental Protest is what it’s all about.

It’s pretty hard to Stand With Standing Rock with a shell Banner on the stage top.

Watch the film Killers of the Flower Moon. And then look in the mirror in the USA. It’s hard to reconcile what we did to the Natives.

The Snakes come marching in after the Osage struck Oil, worth more than all the gold in the Gold Rush, truly. $4 Billion.

Thank you Martin Scorcese for shining a light on the Truth. What will Neil Young do now?

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 1/19/2024 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Far out man ... too bad , was looking at ticket prices fer the New Orleans show . Times are a changing fer sure . Sure as hang can't afford to see Neil again . Too bad , once was a day when working class , everyday people that he once wrote songs about could afford to see him live as I and many have done fer forty five plus years . With the first ... Neil on a chair at Maple Leaf Gardens . I can afford an '' Earth " t-shirt that I will use this Spring in Algonquin Park , when paddling and run out of turlet paper after a feast of speckle trout . How Ironic , the hard working folks that can afford to see Neil live , are the folks that use polluting Danger Birds to go see him . The Hippie Dream ?

At 1/20/2024 03:34:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

There is no way Neil is gonna play that show if it is sponsored by Shell Oil.

I paid $130 last time on Coastal. I would do it again, if that is what it takes. But no Fest for me.

There’s more to the picture than meets the eye, I hope.

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 1/20/2024 03:36:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

PS- Neil, play Bend again. No need to buy a ticket. No need for a kayak either. The whole area has good sound outside the venue.

At 1/20/2024 03:50:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

We are proud to announce the upcoming virtual World Tour of Neil Young & The Moaners covering most of the Northern hemisphere and a handful select cities in the Unglobal south. Tour highlights include:
- a general demand for Neil Young concerts because Live Music is Better, albeit The Moaners tend to forget that any kind of touring is a challenge for persons in their 70’s
- the concept that a real Neil Young tour has to be a NY & CH tour, altough they are not the same anymore since Danny or Poncho have left the band or Rick, Nils, or Micah still have “to stand in”, even though they have been part of the circus for many years already
- advance moaning as soon as the first concert date is announced because of prohibitive ticket prices, while in fact the true cost for transcontinental air transport tickets and gas-guzzling clunker trips to the concert arenas and Back are paid by the planet and people elsewhere (insert any place or region that have never heard of Neil Young or the Moaners)
- a nauseating series of complaints about how difficult it is nowadays to acquire tickets at all
- a certain relief if a show in one’s own location is on the tour list, generating a feeling of superiority because one doesn’t live in the sticks, after all
- a wave of disappointment, complaints, and questions why one’s own preferred country, region, city, venue, or date have been left out of the tour schedule, although Neil Young and his audience really had had the best of their times the last time when they played “here”
- elaborate moans regarding the latest output and hopes that chestnuts will be played, especially those from deep down in the rust bucket
- once the tour will have started a general feeling that Heart of Gold had a much too prominent spot in the setlist
- once the tour will have started that Heart of Gold wasn’t played at all
- and on and on

It’s pretty amazing that tours of this kind can happen at all.
It’s also likely that this tour somehow will generate recordings to be cherished by the afterworld.
At this point in time I am grateful that this tour (and it’s follow-up legs in other parts of the world?) will spark interesting or even heated (?) debates and lots of entertaining anecdotal reports on this venerable blog.

And yes, that Shell logo on the poster for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is disturbing. How in hell these suckers always get a foot in the door?

At 1/20/2024 09:14:00 AM, Blogger Hambone said...

Here's something to buck the trend on negativity:

Posted on NYA yesterday - "As part of an upcoming tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 4th. NYA annual members will be able to purchase single day tickets for the concert on February 14th, two days before these tickets become Available to the public. Come back here to NYA on February 14th and follow the instructions to make your advance purchase."

So that seems to address the issue of availability of tickets and trying to keep costs down for a multi day event.

On the Shell links to the festival, I seem to remember after the Barclays/Hyde Park incident that there was an NYA post to the effect that Neil's team would be checking commercial links to venue, so if this one has slipped through the net expect some response pretty soon.

The alternative, though, is that there's an acceptance on Neil's part that Nothing is Perfect and that some compromises are needed to be able to get out and play. I'm mindful of the NYA post when Neil admitted to taking his family out for rides in his own gas-guzzlers, then doing a private indoor gig after looking for outdoor venues, championing vinyl and so on. Maybe he's decided that the Horse riding out matters more, right now, than an absolute adherence to principle. That he is allowed a tiny bit of climate hypocrisy to do something that he - and we as fans - want. That at 78 years old, it's time for the young to take touring to a new level rather than one old man try to make all the difference.

This is not necessarily defeatism, but more an acceptance of what someone can do, understanding the limit of their influence.

And maybe a splash of classic Neil cantankerousness at all those people telling him what to believe.

Just my thoughts,
Tony Hambone

At 1/20/2024 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

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At 1/20/2024 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

As far as festival ticket prices go, $240 for a 3-day pass with this caliber of a lineup is actually quite reasonable. But, sure, everyone has their circumstances and it's not for everyone's budget. It's nice to know there will be a single-day option; I'm not a big festival guy, so I don't think I'd be up for 3 days. But a single day sounds fun. #nomoaning

At 1/20/2024 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Julia said...

On NYA Letters in response to a comment about Before and After Neil says 'I have a similar electric one coming soon and it's got that same vibe.'

At 1/20/2024 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

Hi Hambone,

almost all you wrote I can agree with. My idea was more like a pre-emptive strike against all the banalities that typically show up here and there at the beginning of a tour. Oh, and Julia might appreciate that...
This cryptical LTTE announcement for the "Then + Later" electric album is intriguing.

At 1/20/2024 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...

Alan in Seattle,

I was about to say emotionally I totally agree with you, but I have this nagging doubt about how this situation might re-occur after all the discussion over Hyde Park/Barclays unless you go down a rabbit hole of questioning the efficiency of Neil's team.

And then noticed your post has been removed. I admire your certainty that this will be acknowledged and addressed


At 1/21/2024 03:09:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Thanks Hambone. Mostly I am just really happy NY+CH is touring.

I looked at my post and realized it was unnecessary.

I look forward to meeting up with some buddies out there on the Human Highway, perhaps a Rusted Out TW meetup!

Until then, I will maintain respiration. “Don’t Spook the Horse!”

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 1/21/2024 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@Julia : That response of an electric version with the same vibe was a response to my observations on Before and After, and I was absolutely thrilled as well. Hooray indeed.

As far as concert ticket prices go, I’ve been priced out ages ago. But I’m still thrilled to see Neil touring again regardless. If he appears close enough I’ll spend the money, but I can’t afford to travel too far. With over 30 live recordings now available on NYA, I can enjoy performances from around the globe. So if I need some NY&CH in concert, I have plenty of options.

I’ve had the opportunity to see Neil in concert several times, and in several different incarnations. For that; I’m grateful. If he never makes it close enough for me to go see him, I’ll still be grateful.

For those who can manage to make it happen, I can enjoy hearing about their experiences vicariously right here on Theashers Wheat.

Peace 🙏

At 1/21/2024 10:56:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Hambone - many thanks here.

fyi, look at posting 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Concert Report: Neil Young + Promise of the Real.

Look at the photo. You see Neil playing directly beneath Shell Corp logo.

To the right is a giant Acura banner. That's NOJF - for better or worse.

This is basic economics 101 for festivals.

It's deja vu all over again.

At 1/21/2024 04:00:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

But 2016 was before, since then Neil Young increasingly has been thinking about after the garden. Now the Scotzman has an item on his page trying to sort things out. Maybe he's right and a rendition of "Vampyre Blues" and "Be the Rain" performed underneath a Shell logo are more helpful than retracting from the festival circuit being sponsored by all kinds cannibal companies.

At 1/21/2024 06:36:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Gosh dang it ...we've invited Neil back up here to Fort McMurray Alberta Canada many a time since his last visit . Best I can figure , his old Lintvolt can't make the trip . Fer a lad born in Canada , he's been staying away " He feel Shame ". A flight to New Orleans from here , the cost of a ticket on the secondary market , a bullet proof vest and a handgun to protect from yer Americana mass shootings at such an event .... puts that there concert out of reach fer this everyday person .

At 1/22/2024 09:52:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Dionys on the heads up to Scotsman article.

While we all have the "Vampire Blues", a little perspective is in order here.

Linked and posted @
FLASHBACK - 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Concert Report: Neil Young + Promise of the Real

At 1/23/2024 08:24:00 AM, Blogger Hambone said...


Just to whet your appetite an audio recording of Cinnamon Girl from the 4/11/23 private gig is now on the Contrarian front page under the heading "FU##in' UP is coming!.

Beneath the audio link is box containing short phrases - some definitely lyrics - late one night, house of broken windows" and others more cryptic, like "feel's like railroad". Cue more discussions....

App Alert - just checked and the audio link is on the main website, but NOT on the Apple app, the latter seems to have a duplicate of the text box where you'd expect the audio link.

Tony Hambone

At 1/27/2024 04:47:00 AM, Blogger Hambone said...

Message for Fort Mac:

Despair not just yet. Latest batch of NYA letters title Canada Show.

The reply from Neil says: "We have more Canadian dates coming this year - a whole tour... announcements soon!"

Sorry fellow Europeans, nothing for us yet.
Tony Hambone (UK)

At 1/27/2024 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Still there is a slim chance for an European leg starting end of June, beginning of July. But then: The last time Neil Young was playing more than 20+ shows in one calender year was in 2016 with the much younger POTR as his back-up.

At 1/27/2024 08:14:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Hey there Hambone ... " Brother Billy has both guns drawn ...he ain't been right since Vietnam "


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