Happy Birthday Neil from your friends at NYFAQ!
The concert begins at 5pm Pacific Time, Saturday October 26 2013.
Neil Young’s Live At The Cellar Door – originally rumored to be released last month – has now been officially announced for release on December 10, according to a press release issued by Warner Brothers earlier today. The announcement also included what appears to be the cover art for the set, which can be seen in the image above.
Recorded over the course of a six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, Live At The Cellar Door is also the latest installment in the ongoing Neil Young Archives Performance Series (or NYAPS).
The album, recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Neil Young, features solo acoustic performances of songs from his then current album After The Gold Rush (“Tell Me Why,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Birds,” “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” and the title track), as well as gems like a rare version of “Cinnamon Girl” performed solo on piano.
As with Young’s previous releases in the Archives Performance Series, Live At The Cellar Door will be released digitally, on CD, and on 180-gram vinyl (mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany).
In other Neil Young news, today marks the 35th anniversary of Neil Young’s 1978 album Comes A Time, and we have written an article about it that you can find over on Ultimate Classic Rock.
The track-listing for Live At The Cellar Door is as follows:
Tell Me Why
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
After The Gold Rush
Expecting To Fly
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
I Am A Child
Down By The River
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
Okay, so our last attempt at posting live 1976 video with Crazy Horse didn’t go exactly as planned. Since then, we found this gem from the 1976 Budokan shows in Japan on YouTube, and figured we’d give it another try.
We’re being a little quieter about this one, but enjoy while you can.
With his most recent 2012/13 “Year of the Horse” apparently now concluded (albeit prematurely due to Frank “Poncho” Sampedro’s hand injury), the burning question on the minds of many Rusties is “What’s Next for Neil Young?”
Here is what we currently know.
After getting two new studio albums with Crazy Horse out in 2012, it appears unlikely there will be a new Neil Young album (at least of new material) in 2013. It is however, still entirely possible that the latest volume of the Archives Performance Series, Live At Cellar Door 1970, could be in stores before the year is out (although the rumored September release date has obviously come and gone).
What is also known is that some of the just concluded Alchemy tour shows were filmed (most notably in Australia) for a possible live CD/DVD release.
While Neil Young’s artistic muse often tends to pull him in multiple directions at the same time, his two live performances during September may also provide a few clues. A brand new song, apparently titled “Drive My Car” made its live debut during a surprise appearance at a Pegi Young club show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA on 9/11/13.
Neil also seems to be refocusing on political issues like climate change, as evidenced during his acoustic set at this year’s Farm-Aid. Interestingly, the Farm-Aid setlist also focused heavily on cover songs like Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe” and this version of the late, great Phil Ochs song “Changes.”
During his pre-song rap, Neil also talked about Ochs’ death by suicide, comparing it to the premature death of a musician he knew (Kurt Cobain?), and becoming visibly irritated when someone in the crowd yells “C’mon, let’s go.”
There is also the potential of a Crosby Stills Nash & Young reunion. What we know for sure is that CSNY will be performing an acoustic set at this year’s Bridge School concerts. There is also the long anticipated 1974 “Doom Tour” boxed set, which is expected to see the light of day early next year.
Could a full-on CSNY reunion tour also be in the works? Recent history with the Buffalo Springfield reunion – short lived as it turned out to be – suggests it’s at least a strong possibility.
Adding to the possibilities which may lie ahead are the expected 2014 launch of the Pono music delivery system, and the always lingering possibility of a 2014 release for the second volume of the Archives. With Neil Young, things of course can, and often do change on a dime.
The lineup for the annual Bridge School benefit show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA was announced yesterday, and it looks to be a doozy.
Topping the bill will be the reunion of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, performing together for the first time since their infamous Freedom Of Speech tour in 2006. Following the recent Buffalo Springfield and Crazy Horse reunions, it only makes sense that the “other” big anticipated reunion associated with Neil Young would eventually happen, though many fans probably didn’t expect to see it until 2014.
With the long anticipated 1974 Doom Tour box set also expected to be rolled out early next year, rumors of a full-on CSNY reunion tour have been making the rounds for months now.
Could the Bridge School show be the warmup for just that?
The rest of the loaded lineup for this year’s Bridge shows – which take place Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 – is a typically eclectic mix, including Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, The Killers (Saturday only), fun., Diana Krall, Heart, and Jenny Lewis. As always with the Bridge School concert format, all of the artists involved will be performing acoustic sets.
Tickets, available through Live Nation, go on sale Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Call it “The Past. The Present. The Future…and perhaps, The End.”
Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Alchemy world tour – which began roughly one year ago – came to a premature end yesterday, with the following official statement, issued through a press release by Young’s American record label, Warner Bros.
(Burbank, CA) – Neil Young & Crazy Horse regretfully announce that in addition to canceling the remaining dates on their European tour, they must also cancel their upcoming U.S. tour dates due to a hand injury sustained by guitarist Poncho Sampredo, whose doctor has indicated that Sampredo’s hand requires additional time to heal properly.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear,” the band has said in a statement. “As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events.”
As noted in yesterday’s press release, this follows the cancellation of European dates earlier this month due to the same hand injury. It was expected at the time, that American concert commitments would still be honored, although the cancellation of the remaining European shows added considerable fuel to comments already made by Sampedro earlier this year, that the Alchemy run could be the last hurrah for Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
There are currently no plans to reschedule any of the remaining shows either in Europe or North America (at least, none that we are aware of).
The tour dates that have been cancelled are as follows:
8/31 Dundas, ON Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
9/02 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
9/04 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Folk Festival
9/07 Arrington, VA Interlocken Music Festival
Whether or not Crazy Horse will appear with Neil at the upcoming, expected annual Farm-Aid and Bridge School benefit shows remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, persistent rumors suggest both a possible live album and concert film from the Alchemy tour, as well as the latest entry in the Archives Performance Series – Live At The Cellar Door 1970 – as being the most likely new Neil Young releases coming this fall.