Over the weekend, Neil Young headlined his 26th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. The annual acoustic concert always features a diverse lineup, and that was certainly true this year, as the lineup featured Young with Crazy Horse, Guns ‘N Roses, Jack White, psychedelic rockers Flaming Lips, bluesman Gary Clark Jr., Steve Martin with his bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, alt-rockers Foster The People and singer/songwriters k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Ray LaMontagne and Lucinda Williams.
This weekend, Neil Young is holding his annual Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The all-acoustic concert will feature Young playing with his usually-electric band Crazy Horse, as well as Guns N’ Roses, another band more well known for loud, electric music.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have been on a tear lately: besides releasing two studio albums this year, they’ve put out a lot of music videos lately. This week, they’ve released two new music videos for songs from their upcoming album Psychedelic Pill.
A short news item says “The third episode of A Rust Trilogy, which began with Rust Never Sleeps in 1978, and continued with Weld in 1990, now concludes with Alchemy in 2012. Things have changed, yet they stay the same. Alchemy, like Rust and Weld, finds the boys at another stage of life’s journey. Time has taken its toll, yet the spirit seems unstoppable.”
At a press conference before this year’s Farm Aid, Neil Young said that saving family farms should be considered “A mission from God!” Throughout the day, Young certainly spoke, and performed, as if he was, indeed, on a divine mission.
The album features mostly songs penned by Ms. Young: one song, “Doghouse,” was written by her legendary husband. Another, “I Don’t Want To Talk About It,” is a cover of a classic written by one of his late bandmates, legendary Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten.
Neil Young and his long time-band Crazy Horse are about to release their second album of the year: Psychedelic Pill will follow Americana by less than five months when it is released on October 30. Psychedelic Pill, as previously reported, will be a double album (or a 3 LP set), and there will be a video for each of the album’s songs.
Axl Rose may have to stick to a schedule for once: he and Guns N Roses have signed on to perform at this years Bridge School Benefit Concert, and the young audience have a curfew to stick to. Also on the bill: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, comedian Steve Martin and his bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang and Gary Clark Jr.
Confirming wide-spread rumors, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their second record of 2013 this October, a double album called “Psychedelic Pill.”
Young has famously resisted leaning too much on his greatest hits when he tours. While he generally plays a couple of his well known songs, he has never been tethered to any song in particular when he performs. And when he has new material, he’s generally pretty enthused about it. But so far, just one Americana song has made the setlist: “Jesus’ Chariot.”