Happy Birthday to Neil Young, who turns 73 today (November 12th)!!! Yesterday (November 11th), Young blasted President Trump for his remarks regarding the still burning California fires, posting on his official website (NeilYoungArchives.com): “California is vulnerable — not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it. . . It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so. Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.”
This past Election Day (November 6th), Young asked Trump to once again refrain playing his music at campaign appearances. Young posted on his official website: “DT does not have my permission to use the song 'Rockin’ In The Free World' at his appearances. Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes.” Back in 2015, Young first took issue with Trump’s use of the 1989 classic when it was played at a campaign gathering for Trump in New York. He went on to give his full permission for Democratic primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to use the song his campaign appearances.
In October, Young and his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, released a newly produced live clip of Young performing his 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic “Ohio” in deference to recent massacre victims and in support of tougher, “common sense” gun laws. The video, which features Young in concert playing his legendary Gretsch White Falcon electric guitar, intersperses images and sounds from the May 4th, 1970 Kent State University attacks where four students killed by National Guardsmen during anti-war protests on the Ohio campus.
Coming on November 30th is a previously unreleased collection of acoustic Neil Young performances from November 1976. Rolling Stone reported the new set, titled Songs For Judy, was put together by journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe — who was covering the jaunt at the time for Rolling Stone — and CSNY photographer and archivist Joel Bernstein.
Neil Young will release a 35-minute movie to accompany his 1982 futuristic album Trans. 35 years ago the film was sidelined by a lawsuit with his then-label Geffen Records, who had filed suit against Young for releasing non-commercial music that was uncharacteristic of his classic catalogue. Now, with then help of Willie Nelson's son Micah Nelson who performs with Promise Of The Real, which often back Young onstage and in the studio, Young has completed the long unfinished film for the album. No release date has been set for the movie.
Last June, the new Buffalo Springfield's boxed set, What's That Sound: The Complete Album Collection was released. The collection featured the band's entire catalogue “newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the auspices of Neil Young.” The set features the band's three albums — 1966's Buffalo Springfield, 1967's Buffalo Springfield Again, and 1968's Last Time Around. The package includes stereo mixes of all three albums, plus mono mixes for Buffalo Springfield and Buffalo Springfield Again, and is available as a five-CD set and on digital download and streaming services. High resolution streaming and downloads will be available through www.neilyoungarchives.com. Buffalo Springfield was comprised of Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin, and Palmer's replacement, Jim Messina.
In May, out of the blue, Neil Young and Crazy Horse reunited for
three shows each at California's Warnors Theatre in Fresno and Bakersfield's Fox Theatre. The band was joined by Young's frequent sideman and longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren.
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.”
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