Archive for August, 2013


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 SeriesLive At The Cellar Door 1970 – as being the most likely new Neil Young releases coming this fall.

Stay tuned.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse have cancelled the last seven European dates of their Alchemy tour, due to a hand injury suffered by guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro. Further details on the nature of the injury are unclear at this time, although there were some reports that he broke his hand.

A tour source was quoted by Rolling Stone as saying, “It’s a mild fracture. He’s expected to make a complete recovery in time for the North American tour.”

Good news for American fans who purchased tickets for what are expected to be the final shows of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Alchemy tour. Those begin August 31st (at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario), and run through September 7th (at the Interlocken Festival in Arrington, Virginia). Unfortunately, the cancelled shows in Europe are currently not expected to be rescheduled.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse released the following statement through the artist’s official website today:

Due to an accident involving Crazy Horse, the remaining dates on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour of Europe and the British isles have been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear. As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events.

– Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The Alchemy tour began last fall with a series of North American arena shows, before continuing on to Australia and Europe throughout 2013.

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According to several internet reports published Monday on websites like Thrashers Wheat and Noise 11, Neil Young’s next official album, Live At Cellar Door 1970, will be released on September 6, 2013 on Warner/Reprise.

Although we were unable to obtain any confirmation of this through official channels, sources like the ever-reliable Thrasher in particular are most often spot-on when it comes to these things. So, while we have to stop just short of reporting this as “official,” the credibility of the primary source lends a certain air of legitimacy.

According to Thrasher, Live At Cellar Door 1970 has been on and off Amazon’s main site for the past several months, but is currently listed as a pre-order item on Amazon’s German site.

Taken from 6 shows recorded at The Cellar Door, Washington, D.C. on November 30th, and Dec. 1, 2 1970, the album will be released as part of the ongoing Neil Young Archives Performance Series (or NYAPS), tied to the larger overall, ongoing Archives project.

Previous stand-alone releases in the NYAPS series have included Live At The Fillmore East 1970 (with Crazy Horse), Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 and Massey Hall 1971.

One track from the shows, “See the Sky About to Rain,” has already appeared on Archives Vol. 1 (Disc 6).

Here is the complete track listing for Live At Cellar Door 1970, according to Thrashers Wheat:

1. On The Way Home
2. Tell Me Why
3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
4. Old Man
5. Down By The River
6. After The Gold Rush
7. Expecting To Fly
8. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
9. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
10.See The Sky About To Rain

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