Happy Birthday to Neil Young, who turns 67 today (November 12th)!!! In addition to publishing his long awaited autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace this year, Young has scored two back-to-back Top Ten albums with his side band Crazy Horse -- Americana, which was released in June and peaked at Number Four and the recent Psychedelic Pill, which just entered the Billboard 200 charts at Number Eight.
Young told us that there's no real pattern to the music he records, and that the songs themselves tell him how things will go: "There's no real logic to it. I may do two rock n' roll albums in a row at some point, or I may do two soft ones in a row, or I may do some different kind of album that everybody wonders what the hell I did that for. I mean, y'know, I could do that. Y'know, it just depends, and there's no plan. I'm just going with the songs. The songs dictate the direction."
Graham Nash says that making music with Young as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young has always led to fascinating results: "I love to make music with Neil. It's very different with Neil. Y'know, it's a very different band -- there's more edge, it's darker, it's funkier. It's just different."
Longtime friend and fan Jimmy Page feels that with Young's voice, guitar work, and songs, he presents a perfect musical package: "We've all loved Neil Young, probably since the very first time accessing him in the Buffalo Springfield. I do love people that you know who they are straight away -- especially with guitar players, as well. You can recognize their guitar playing. To be able to recognize a guitar player -- which you do with Neil. I mean, you just know Neil Young's guitar style, and then you know his vocal, and his songs are profound. Y'know, and he's got such a fine, fine body of work that you can do nothing more than just. . . I told it to his face, he's the artist's artist."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour dates (subject to change):
November 13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome (with Los Lobos)
November 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 19, 20 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 23 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre (with Patti Smith)
November 24 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
(with Patti Smith)
November 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden (with Patti Smith)
November 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena (with Patti Smith)
November 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
(with Patti Smith)
November 30 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center (with Patti Smith)
December 3 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
December 4 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena (with Patti Smith)