We know this sometimes tends to sound somewhat redundant, but thanks for sticking with us despite the recent lack of updates.
Between this busy holiday season, and the fact that things have been somewhat quiet in the Neil Young camp lately, there just hasn’t been that much to report.
Fortunately, all of that changed this past week, meaning that it’s time for a long overdue update to the blog.
The biggest news is of course, the long-awaited release of Live At The Cellar Door 1970.
We’d be lying if we said we haven’t heard some of the complaints that this archival live acoustic recording mines the same familiar territory as previous Archives Performance Series volumes like the Massey Hall and Canterbury House sets.
But it also represents a unique snapshot of one of the more pivotal stages in Neil Young’s career. CSNY had just quietly split up, and Neil Young himself was about to break wide open as a solo artist with the classic After The Gold Rush album.
Drawing from 6 shows recorded at the tiny Cellar Door (capacity 200) in Washington, D.C. on November 30th, and Dec. 1, 2 1970, this set captures Neil at a unique juncture – connecting with his audience in an intimate setting, and in ways that served him quite well before making the move to bigger theaters, and eventually to arenas as a solo artist.
Yes, we’d still like to see an official release for legendary Crazy Horse shows like the Catalyst, and the Freedom era shows with the Restless. But this is still essential stuff for any Neil Young fan, and the acoustic versions of “Cinnamon Girl” and “Down By The River” are not to be missed.
Neil Young has also announced something of a 2014 mini-tour to take place early next year.
The shows are expected to be in a solo acoustic format, but with Neil Young one can never really tell.
They begin with an already announced four-night run at Carnegie Hall on January 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th. These will be followed by a short series of benefit Canadian shows announced this past week, that Neil is calling “Honor The Treaties.”
Per the official press release from Warner Brothers:
Neil Young has announced that he will perform four benefit shows in his native Canada to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. The “Honor The Treaties” concert dates are listed below. A very special guest, Diana Krall, will also perform on each of the dates. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday December 13th (today).
The ACFN refer to themselves as K’ai Taile Dene, meaning “people of the land of the willow.” A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the ACFN’s legal challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights.
“Honor The Treaties” Canadian Tour Dates:
Sun Jan 12 Toronto Massey Hall
Thur Jan 16 Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall
Fri Jan 17 Regina Conexus Arts Centre
Sun Jan 19 Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
According to a Rolling Stone article, Neil Young & Crazy Horse have also scheduled a short run of European “makeup” dates, following the hand injury of Frank “Poncho” Sampedro that cut short last year’s Alchemy tour.
According to the same report, so far these include London’s Hyde Park on July 12th and Ulm, Germany, on July 20th. There have been no reports of further shows either in Europe or America.
If all of this is true, this would obviously seem to put the heavily rumored 2014 CSNY tour on hold, at least for now. However, the release of the 1974 Doom Tour boxed set is still a go, at least as far as we know.
But speaking of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, we’d like to extend our congratulations for their Grammy nomination for Psychedelic Pill in the Best Rock Album category. Now, there’s a potential win that is long overdue.
Happy holidays everyone.
And don’t forget that Neil Young FAQ makes an excellent gift for that ever-so-picky Rustie on your list.