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« on: April 22, 2006, 02:59:25 PM »

Neil Young's protest album heads to Internet first
By Steve Gorman

22 April 2006
01:46 GMT
Reuters News


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Neil Young's newly recorded protest album
"Living With War," including a song calling for the impeachment of
President Bush, will be posted for free Internet streaming next week,
his label said Friday.

Starting April 28, fans can log onto Young's Web site,
www.neilyoung.com , and listen to the 10-track collection in its
entirety, free of charge, said Bill Bentley, a spokesman for Warner
Music Group's Reprise Records.

The album will first become commercially available as a digital
download beginning May 2, "and we plan to get it into retail stores
as soon after that as we can get them manufactured," Bentley said.

He said the label anticipates getting the album into retail outlets
between May 5 and May 15. "Neil wants this album out there as soon as
possible," Bentley added.

The Canadian-born Young, 60, who has tackled social and political
themes through four decades as a singer-songwriter, wrote and
recorded his latest studio offering over a two-week period this
month, backed by a 100-member choir, according to his longtime
manager, Elliot Roberts.

Much of the album conveys a sense of outrage, vowing repeatedly in
the title track "to never kill again," mocking Bush's conduct of the
Iraq war in "Shock and Awe" and calling for his removal from office
in a provocative song titled "Let's Impeach the President."

The album also strikes a chord of empathy with soldiers separated
from their families, and features lyrics ridiculing America's
consumer culture, political corruption and religious fundamentalism.

Juxtaposed to "Let's Impeach the President" is one of the album's
more hopeful selections, "Lookin' for a Leader," with such lyrics as:
"Someone walks among us ... and I hope he hears the call. And maybe
it's a woman, or a black man after all."

The album closes with an a capella version of "America the Beautiful."

Young, who voiced support for Bush's efforts to expand
law-enforcement powers in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks, acknowledged in published remarks Friday the provocative
nature of his latest work.

"You're always going to rub someone the wrong way when you sing,
'let's impeach the president,"' he told the Los Angeles Times. "But
that's what this country's all about -- being able to express your views."

Young's new set comes just seven months after the release of his last
album, "Prairie Wind," which has sold about 450,000 U.S. copies,
according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2006, 10:21:29 PM »

Cool. Neil Young is one of my favorite artists. Talk about productive! he is the anti-Axl. He puts out an album a year consistently, and they are good, not shit. And he has experimented  with  different styles. Truely, he is a music genius.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2006, 02:54:14 AM »

That was quick!  Shocked Didn't Praire Wind (great album by the way) come out in January?! Awesome, I can't wait.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2006, 01:28:17 PM »

Cool. Neil Young is one of my favorite artists. Talk about productive! he is the anti-Axl. He puts out an album a year consistently, and they are good, not shit. And he has experimented  with  different styles. Truely, he is a music genius.

sure is, and a great lyricist too!
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006, 01:23:56 AM »

Neil has put out several Crap albums.  the last one was pretty good but greendale was just mediocre and the one before that i didn't even bother with. 
but it is nice that some artists are putting a lot of material out there..
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2006, 10:53:15 AM »

I've heard a few records of this guy and I gotta say is just amazing  ok
Hoping to hear this album too  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2006, 03:37:37 PM »

I have not heard any of his new work.  Embarrassed I have heard a lot of his old work and like very much.  That is cool how you can hear the new songs for free on his webiste. I think I'm going to check it out.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2006, 02:36:03 PM »

Love the music

Hate the subject matter that will be on it

Puts me in a tough spot
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2006, 02:38:18 PM »

Love the music

Hate the subject matter that will be on it

Puts me in a tough spot

Well if it makes you feel any better, he was behind the president at first.........before he was able to admit he was duped.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2006, 04:23:29 PM »

Love the music

Hate the subject matter that will be on it

Puts me in a tough spot

Well if it makes you feel any better, he was behind the president at first.........before he was able to admit he was duped.



Not really my friend. If I buy an album of a band/ artist that I admire, if it's got a few songs on there politcally opposite of what I believe, no big deal.
I can live with it. But when I hear beforehand that there's actually a song called impeach the president, I can't say that I'll be on line to buy it -
That's all I mean
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2006, 09:14:25 AM »

Some reviews:

In a move that deliberately echoes the rush release of "Ohio" in the wake of the Kent State shootings, Neil Young bashed out his 2006 protest record Living with War in a matter of days, sometimes recording songs the day they were written, and then seized the opportunities of the digital age by streaming the entire album on his website only weeks after it was recorded, with the official digital and CD releases trailing several days later. It's the best use yet of the instant, widespread distribution that the Web has to offer, and it also hearkens back to the days when folk music was topical, turning the news into song. But if the ballads of the 19th century were passed along gradually, growing along the way, or if the protest tunes of the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s grew in stature being performed regularly, gaining strength as singer after singer sang them, Living with War captures a specific moment in time: early 2006, when George W. Bush's approval ratings slipped to the low 30s, as discontent sowed by the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, rising gas prices, and much more turned into a general malaise in the country (or in political shorthand, it was the moment when George W. turned into Jimmy Carter). To some, the specificity of Young's writing on Living with War will forever date it, but that's a risk with any topical folk, rock, or pop, from "We Shall Overcome" to "We Are the World" -- or "Ohio," for that matter. Young is aware of this and embraces the allegedly short shelf life of his songs for Living with War by directly addressing the political turmoil in the U.S.A. in 2006 and the real human wreckage it has left behind. As such, it will function as a vivid document of its era, as much as any journalism of its time, but Living with War isn't rock-as-CNN: it's a work of art, and it's a canny one at that, with Young drawing on familiar words and music to create both historic and emotional context for his songs. It's not merely clever that "Living with War" quotes "The Star Spangled Banner," or that "Flags of Freedom" consciously reworks Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" -- it helps tie Young's work to the past and gives his new work greater resonance. And nowhere is that more true than on "Let's Impeach the President" and how its melody recalls "The City of New Orleans" to help underscore what was lost in the government's bungled reaction to Katrina's devastation to the legendary American city. With a grandstanding title like that, along with its George W. soundbites, "Let's Impeach the President" is the flashiest song here, and it crystallizes what's good about the album: sure, it pulls no punches and it's angry, but it's not just ranting; it's artfully written and effective, as is Living with War as a whole. It's not perfect, but it has a vitality lacking in Young's recorded work of the last 15 years or so, and its blend of Greendale's loud, meandering guitar rock and the bittersweet mournful, aging hippie vibe of Prairie Wind is not only appealing, it's better executed than either of those good yet flawed records -- and that execution not only applies to the ragged glory of the recording, but to the songs themselves. They manage to be unified in a way that Young wanted Greendale to be but didn't quite pull off, yet they also stand on their own and are, overall, more memorable than those on Prairie Wind. And that's the reason why, politics aside, Living with War stands as a very strong, effective Neil Young album that will continue to have a punch long after the George W. Bush administration has faded into the history books.

source: allmusic.com

In a time of crisis, subtlety is not an option, and speed is essential. Neil Young recorded the nine original songs on this album in six days, just a month ago. He wrote four of those songs on the day he cut them. And in all nine, Young charges the current president and his administration with, among other things, lying, spying, waging war with no right or reason and dereliction of duty to the nation's founding ideals. He then calls for the most extreme judgment available to the American people in "Let's Impeach the President," with rusty-fuzz guitar, the righteous muscle of a hundred-strong choir, a trumpet playing "Taps" and the self-incriminating voice of Bush himself.

Living With War is one man's opinion: Young reports, you decide. But it is an indictment of the sorry state of open debate in this country -- and its rock & roll -- that the most direct, public and inspiring challenge to the Bush presidency this year has been made by a sixty-year-old Canadian-born singer-songwriter who, even at his most apoplectic, can't resist a line like "trippin' down the old hippie highway" ("Roger and Out"). It is also an impressive measure of Young's refusal to burn out or fade away that he states his case with clarity as well as dirty garage-trio momentum. For me, the most damning lines in "Let's Impeach the President" have nothing to do with Iraq and everything to do with Washington's shameful delinquency at home: "What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?/Would New Orleans have been safer that way/Sheltered by our government's protection?"

Young has stuck his neck out before, not always in the expected direction ("Even Richard Nixon has got soul," he noted in "Campaigner"). But he has not written and recorded with such emergency since "Ohio." You can hear the haste in the sometimes odd balance of Young's strangled tenor and the gospel army behind him. And many songs are built on mantralike repetition: Young's chanting of "Don't need/No more lies" in "The Restless Consumer," the circular worry in the melody of the title song. But much of the album is set to the rhythm of Vietnam repeating itself. In "Flags of Freedom," a young girl watches her brother march off to certain death to a chorus that echoes Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom." And since the White House ensures that we don't see the soaring price of Iraq -- the coffins coming home -- on the evening news, Young has trumpeter Tom Bray blow a bruised, elegiac solo for the dead in "Shock and Awe," against sandstorm guitar and the harsh splash of drummer Chad Cromwell's cymbals.

Right-wing foghorns will go to town with the fact that Young is not a U.S. citizen, even though he has lived here since the late Sixties and has three American-born children who will have to live through the consequences to come. But at the end of the album, Young lets America speak for itself, in the choir's Sunday-prayer-meeting delivery of "America the Beautiful." There is no irony, anger or guitars, just faith and a final warning that until we truly live up to the perfection in the final verse -- "Brotherhood/From sea to shining sea" -- no one has the right to say, "Mission accomplished."

David Fricke

source: Rolling Stone

Even if you don't agree with Neil Young's politics, you can't help but be daunted by the intersection of his genius and ire on his second album in less than seven months. It is the very rare artist who is able to channel indignation and moral disgust in such a coherent and forceful way--without sacrificing any of the vivid imagery, passion, or the high level of musicality that we have come to expect from him over the past four decades. But that's not what elevates this album: it's his pure, naked, visceral reaction to the Bush administration's foreign policy, building on a canon of outrage that he began with 1970's "Ohio," penned in the wake of the Kent State student deaths. But here he goes one better, filling in the lines that he began to draw on 2003's Greendale about a family caught in changing times. But Young's done with musing about lost ideals. On Living with War, he demands much more from his audience, and himself. This is nothing less than a call for fearless action in extraordinarily fearful times. --Jaan Uhelszki

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2006, 11:21:43 AM »

I wouldve appreciated a less obvious, dated approach to most of the subjects ("Maybe its Obama, but they say hes too young") and I dont care much for the sing-along for "Lets Impeach The President" but overall I like the album.  The music is great and so is its spirit.
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2006, 11:33:15 AM »

I read where he wanted someone from this generation to stand up and make an album like this but sadly it's yet to happen.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2006, 11:30:14 PM »

Aside  from the politics, how  is the music? The last album, I even forget the name, was too sappy for me. Neil is better  than  that, so I hope he can still rock.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2006, 02:09:52 PM »

The music is rockin' and for the entire album process to have on;y taken a couple of weeks makes it even more impressive.
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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2006, 01:54:08 AM »

Love Neil Young (see the avatar) but I havent checked this album yet.
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2006, 06:33:37 PM »

its coming out next week! Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2006, 12:00:49 AM »

Cool. I am a big fan (note the avatar).

Neil Young is one of the few artists I dont mind seeing doing their stuff in old age. Hes actually making new stuff thats good and isnt just going around doing 30 year old favs to please the crowds (like the Rolling Stones).
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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2006, 02:03:00 AM »

right on man, yeah i think the stones now suck compared to neil young!!

Cool. I am a big fan (note the avatar).

Neil Young is one of the few artists I dont mind seeing doing their stuff in old age. Hes actually making new stuff thats good and isnt just going around doing 30 year old favs to please the crowds (like the Rolling Stones).
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2006, 08:49:29 AM »

Just got the album the other day. I fucking love it. I assumed this would be another Prarie Wind, slow, soothing and mediative but instead its rocking! And man he sounds young, pissed and intelligent. My favourite record of the year so far.

Neil has the midas touch. Sure, hes put out some real bombs, but most of his catalogue is really capativating whether its slow folk, country, rock or whatever (just as long as its not that electronica thing from 1982).

Fuck yeah, Neil Young is the man and he proves it everytime he releases an album, but for different reasons.

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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2006, 06:23:33 AM »

This is still showing at niche cinemas here in Sydney -went and saw it this afternoon.

It was utterly beautiful. The most touching and warm thing Ive seen in ages. I somehow convinced my girlfriend to watch the movie with me and she had a great time.

Stunning stuff.
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2006, 06:49:28 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2006, 11:09:25 AM »

I was there Cool

What was the mood like through the Prarie Wind songs?

I didnt listen to the album heaps, but watching the movie I was captivated. I hung on every word and felt the songs. The stage arrangement was beautiful too. I didnt think Id say this, but I enjoyed hearing Prarie Wind more than the classics. Its a lovely album and I cant stop listening to it.

Especially in When God Made Me, the performance just stunned. It was amazing.
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2006, 12:40:56 PM »

Anyone see this yet? I watched it last night. There is some good stuff on it, especially when he plays some of the old acoustic songs. But some of the new songs off Prairie Wind are good too. Neil Young is one of the greatest musicians of all time. He could choose one song from each of his albums and have a 30 song concert. He can play and perform either a mellow acoustic show or he can rock out. He is the godfather of grunge. He has so many good albums, I don't know which is best, but I guess I would have to go with Harvest, although that is doing a disservice to so many of his other great great albums.
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« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2006, 08:56:38 AM »

More than 30! Hes released like 51 albums (including 4 compilations I think).

But yeah, cool guy, cool concert, cool DVD.
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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2006, 12:54:28 PM »

I guess there are not many Neil Young fans on this site. Too bad, he has produced some of the best music ever made, and he continues to go strong.
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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2006, 07:13:52 PM »

I love him bigtime - I think everyone already said their piece in the other thread about the film.
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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2007, 06:02:57 PM »

Sorry if there's already a Neil Young thread.

But I'm getting into him lately, and I'd like some recomendations (sp?).

I have his greatest hits and like it a lot, but I wanted to know which album should I buy. Which one is his "Appetite for Desctruction"?

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« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2007, 10:45:34 PM »

Start with "Harvest"
"Decade" is great as a greatest hits.
if it is true  he put out 51 albums (which  I kind  of doubt) the list is too long.
others  come to mind:

Live Rust  (live album)
Weld
Comes a time
Everybody knows this is  nowhere
Ragged glory
Stars  n bars  (uneven, but some great  songs)
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« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2007, 02:16:23 PM »


I heard "Like a Hurricane" on the radio this past weekend... the guitar solos in that song are beyond amazing.

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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2007, 06:11:24 AM »

I love comes a time, after the gold rush. I know harvest is his big album, but its my least fav, although Old man is my fav neil young song. Gettin into him changed my life.
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« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2007, 08:38:52 PM »

Neil Young Polishes 'Chrome Dreams' For October

Neil Young is borrowing the intended title for a 30-year-old shelved album for his next release. "Chrome Dreams II" is due Oct. 16 via Reprise. The 10-song set includes three previously penned tunes and seven new cuts. Two unnamed songs run well past the double-digit mark, at 13:00 and 18:30, respectively.

Young recorded the album quickly with assistance from Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, and only played it for Reprise reps last week. The project is the follow-up to 2006's "Living With War" and will be supported by a North American tour set to begin around Oct. 13, according to Young's publicist.

The original "Chrome Dreams" was scrapped in 1977 for unknown reasons, but a number of the songs pegged to appear on it become Young classics after being released on later albums, including "Pocahontas," "Sedan Delivery," "Powderfinger," "Look Out for My Love" and "Like a Hurricane."

According to Young's Web site, "all original documentation and art for this album was lost in a fire that destroyed Neil's Malibu home in early 1978."

Meanwhile, the first volume in Young's "Archives" boxed set series is holding steady with a Feb. 18 release date, however, the project's arrival has shifted countless times in recent years.
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« Reply #32 on: August 21, 2007, 02:39:30 AM »

YESSSS! great news!!

my fav albums btw are:

On the Beach
Zuma
Tonight's the Night
Harvest
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« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2007, 02:26:30 PM »

Neil Young Tourdates!!!! woo hooo!


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« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2007, 01:48:53 AM »

Anxious to hear Chrome Dreams II. I am still holding out for just a balls out rocking record with Crazy Horse one day. I have been ona Neil kick all day must be the colder fall like temps we got yesterday. I hope to catch him on tour this time around because it is defintely gonna be sooner than later when old Neil hangs up the touring. I still wish he would get 'Time Fades Away' out on cd. It is well known Neil doesnt like tht album but i personally love it. I like all of his stuff minus the "Geffen Years" but below is my list of faves:

Zuma
Tonight's The Night
Everybody Knows
American Stars and Bars
Comes a Time
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Harvest
On The Beach
Rust Never Sleeps
Ragged Glory
Harvest Moon
Mirrorball

Unfortunately after Mirrorball i havent got any of the newer stuff although i have heard some stuff. I do have Greendale , that was my only time seeing Neil live, it was good but i wanna see him in a regular setting without the skit deal
 What do you guys recommend after Mirrorball. I have like i siad heard different stuff as my best driend is a hardcore Neil fan. I ask him but he is into it all. What is some of the better later day stuff Huh?
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« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2008, 08:26:48 PM »

Saw Neil Young close the Way Out West festival here in Sweden tonight.

It was the perfect ending to the festival.


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Love And Only Love / Hey Hey, My My / Powderfinger / Fuckin' Up / Cortez The Killer / Cinnamon Girl / Oh, Lonesome Me / Mother Earth / The Needle And The Damage Done / Unknown Legend / Heart Of Gold / Old Man / Just Singing A Song Won't Change The World / Get Back To The Country / "Sea Change" / Words / Rockin' In The Free World // A Day In The Life



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« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2008, 09:06:28 PM »

Just saw Neil a few days ago @ Helsinki. No big surprises on the setlist, 'cause I saw him at Roskilde prior to Helsinki.
The gig at Helsinki was pretty awesome too, though someone had decided to put CHAIRS on the floor, which really set the mood down.

Thats just wrong. Seeing an old man jumping and going full at it, and then some half his age people sat and stare in the first row. Well, what can you do.
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« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2008, 09:37:38 PM »

I love it when he closes his shows with A Day In The Life.

Rust Never Sleeps is my favorite.
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« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2010, 10:33:20 PM »

Press Release Source: Warner Bros. Records

Monday February 22, 2010, 9:32 am EST

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Neil Young Trunk Show ? a concert film starring Neil Young ? will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Reprise Records later this year. The film is the second in director Jonathan Demme?s planned trilogy about the legendary rocker. Demme also directed the 2006 Young documentary Heart of Gold. Following that film?s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rolling Stone called it ?an unconscious, raw, in-the-moment concert movie that respects the immediacy of creativity and the creator.?

Shot on hand-held HDCam, HDV, and Super-8mm cameras, Neil Young Trunk Show features scenes from two shows that Young performed at the historic Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, on his 2007 Chrome Dreams II theater tour. Fans are treated to acoustic and electric tracks that span his entire songbook, including rarely performed songs like ?Mexico,? ?Kansas,? and ?The Sultan,? the classics ?Cinnamon Girl,? ?Cowgirl in the Sand,? and ?After the Gold Rush,? and more recent work including ?The Believer,? and an astonishing 20 minute version of ?No Hidden Path.? The film also features some offstage and behind-the-scenes footage. Demme?s film credits include the Oscar-winning dramas Philadelphia and Silence of the Lambs, and the more recent Rachel Getting Married.

Theatrical screenings of Neil Young Trunk Show will be held across the country for one week beginning on March 19th. A list of cities and theaters is below. Watch the trailer here: http://www.trunkshowmovie.com/?trailer


Beginning Mar 19:

New York, NY ? Sunshine Cinema

Los Angeles, CA ? Nuart Theatre

Cambridge, MA ? Kendall Square Cinema

Detroit, MI ? Maple Art Theatre

Philadelphia, PA ? Ritz

Seattle, WA ? Landmark Theaters

San Francisco, CA ? Landmark Theaters

Berkeley, CA ? Landmark Theaters

Chicago, IL ? Music Box Theatre

Washington, DC ? E Street Cinema

Denver, CO ? Chez Artiste



Beginning Mar 26:

Portland, OR ? Cinema 21

Minneapolis, MN ? Landmark Cinema
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« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2012, 03:00:38 PM »

New details on his upcoming double album with Crazy Horse!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-and-crazy-horse-reveal-album-release-date-tracklist-20120911
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« Reply #40 on: August 01, 2014, 08:04:15 PM »

Hate to necro an old thread but had the privilege of seeing Neil Young and Crazy Horse a couple of weeks or so back in Liverpool,UK,what a show the noise he put out was sublime easily the loudest gig i've been too at that arena,he and the band where in great form the solo's he played bordered on genius at times and a bit of feedback is always welcome to these ears,if you get the chance go and see them,failing that see Young on his own he is excellent.
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« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2020, 10:37:22 AM »

Neil Young Planning Crazy Horse ‘Barn Tour’

Neil Young said he was planning a Crazy Horse “barn tour,” a week after telling fans he wasn’t planning to hit the road in the near future.

Responding to a fan comment, Young said “don’t expect anything” in terms of live appearances. “I am not focused on playing," he noted. "I am taking care of my music.” But in a new post on his website, Young revealed he was aiming to perform “in a couple of months, because we feel like it.”

“We have been looking at booking the Crazy Horse barn tour,” Young wrote. “Many of the old places we used to play are gone now, replaced by new coliseums we have to book [a] year in advance and we don’t want to go [to] anyway. That’s not the way we like to play. It sounds way to
  • much like a real job if you have to book it and wait a year, so we have decided to play the old arenas – not the new sport facilities put up by corporations for their sports teams.”

He described those new buildings as “largely soulless” and said they “cost a fortune to play in." “We don’t like the new rules,” Young added, along with a listing of 30 venues that have been demolished as well as 31 that haven't. “If you are looking for us on our Crazy Horse Barn Tour, we will hopefully be in one of the existing areas. Hope to see you there. News coming pretty soon!”


I think this is a pretty cool idea.
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