Anyone paying attention knows that Neil Young, the hipster's favorite classic rocker, can plug in and shread with the best of them. But there was a different, quiet, kind of power on display at his solo acoustic show at the Dolby Theatre (best known for hosting the Oscars) on April 2.
His voice strong and clear, Young riveted the packed house for two hours, playing a variety of guitars, keyboards and harmonicas during the moving 22-song set.
Young ambled across the stage throughout the night, like a grandfather leading the kids on a tour of a cluttered attic, moving from instrument to instrument, at times telling stories, before launching with conviction into another heartfelt song.
Setting aside his reputation as "the godfather of Grunge," Young's perfomance was a testament to the enduring impact of what an accomplished artist can do with just a song, an instrument and a spotlight.
It was announced today that Neil Young will be performing 4 benefit concerts in Canada in January of 2014.
The concerts are to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN)Legal Defense Fund.
Very Special Guest, Diana Krall will also perform on each of the dates. Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 13th.
The concert dates are:
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
Neil Young will be releasing a live collection of a six night stand he did at an intimate Washington D.C., venue in 1970. "Live At The Cellar Door" will be released on NDecember 10th!
Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on December 10th on Reprise Records. The album collects recordings made during Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album After The Gold Rush in August. Of the many unique gems found on Live At The Cellar Door, a rare solo version of "Cinnamon Girl" performed on piano rather than guitar is a particular treasure for Neil fans (the full band version appears on Young's 1969 second solo album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere).
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music announced today that its founder, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and bandmate/front-man Anthony Kiedis will host a benefit for the school on Wednesday, October 30th in Silverlake, CA featuring special performances by Neil Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Proceeds from the evening will contribute to the Conservatory's goal of purchasing a permanent facility and expanding their scholarship program.
"Going into our 13th year of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, flourishing with 700 students as a non-profit community music school, I could not be more grateful for all the people who have helped us out along the way," said founder Flea. "Having one of my favorite musicians Neil Young perform to help out the school is the greatest blessing! This is gonna be the funnest fundraiser ever! All of us working together, making L.A. a better city, and educating the kids! Yay!"
Jon Stewart has been tapped to host the MusicCares Person of The Year Tribute To Bruce Springsteen. Also announced is a bevvy of musical talent that will perform at the event.
The performers will be Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris,Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young.
Previous MusicCares Person Of The Year Awards have been given to Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
The event will take place Grammy Weekend on Friday, February 8th.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Who will sing "Thunder Road"?....
Here is Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young performing "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" Theme song.
Highlarious! Check it out.-Dr.FB