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Rev. Billy talks about playing with Young at Jones Beach-Earthalujah!

revbilly650Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir opened for Neil Young Tuesday, July 21 at the NYC-venue Jones Beach. Accompanying Young is the band “Promise of the Real,” with Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of Willie Nelson.

The Stop Shopping Choir are singing activists who began their life doing things like singing against the hordes of consumers at Macy’s front door on Black Friday, the doorbuster ritual. They see the religions of consumerism as, obviously, an ethical problem.

Here’s an interview with Rev. Billy conducted the eve before the show by Stefanie Spear at Ecowatch.

Billy: “Neil Young is breaking an American taboo, which is that famous celebrities do not name corporations who are criminal. Neil Young with his companion Daryl Hannah is naming Monsanto, Starbucks and Walmart and their Earth-killing behavior, as we in the Church of Stop Shopping have for many years. We are gratified that they have invited us onto their stage. Earthalujah!”

Billy: “There is a feeling in the air with this tour “The Monsanto Years.” It’s different when you have that engagement in the world, risky, high energy politics. From the road, Young put up $100,000 to oppose Monsanto and Starbucks in the battle of truth-in-labelling in Vermont. And he’s hilariously debating Donald Trump, of course. Daryl Hannah invited radical Earth groups to greet ticket buyers at the lobby of the arenas—they call it an Eco-Village. She engaged Charris Ford to invite the First Nations activists at Idle No More, young farmers at the Greenhorns, Institute for Responsible Technology, Earth Island Institute, Move to Amend and many more. Rock matters again!  Music can create the feeling of change like nothing else.”

Read more at: http://ecowatch.com/2015/07/21/neil-young-monsanto-years/

 

Apache activists open for Neil Young

Apache Stronghold activists. Joseph Huff-Hannon

Apache Stronghold activists. Joseph Huff-Hannon

Rolling Stone writer Joseph Huff-Hannon a cross-country caravan called the Apache Stronghold, made up of dozens of activists and supporters of the Arizona San Carlos Apache tribe. The group is calling out a mining industry land grab rammed through Congress last December.

Starting at Red Rocks earlier this month, and in venues across the country since, the Apache have been linking up with Neil Young on the road, sharing their stories and singing prayer songs to thousands of audience members.

 

Young joins Vermont’s Fight against GMO

 

GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

 

Young holds news conference prior to the Vermont show Sunday, July 20.

He meets with Gov. Peter Shumlin, wants to help him beat Monsanto.

The GMO labeling controversy…….

He said he is just a rock ‘n roller who wants people to know what they are eating.

Vermont Food Fight Fund has so far raised $450,000 and Young has agreed to kick in $100,000 from ticket sales.

 

Food manufacturers have filed a lawsuit arguing upcoming law violates their free speech rights on labels.

The new law to label GMO food in Vermont is set to go into effect in July 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young turns on power in Vermont, donates $100,000 to fight lawsuit

Neil Young in Vermont

GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

A review from the Burlington Free Press  staff writer Brent Hallenbeck says Sunday’s show July 19 in Essex Junction was Neil Young’s first-ever headlining show in Vermont. He played with Promise of the Real for the ninth show of the tour.

Prior to the show he spoke at a press conference  in favor of Vermont’s GMO labeling law. Activist booths were set up outside the concert.

Hallenbeck writes that Young was driven in large part by his support for the state’s law requiring food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The Grocery Manufacturers Association has filed suit against Vermont over that law, and Young announced Sunday that he’s donating $100,000 to the fund helping the state fight that lawsuit.

Here’s a clip from the review:

“Given that impetus behind the show, though, Young’s nearly two-and-a-half-hour concert was largely restrained about politics – for instance, he didn’t talk about the presidential candidate he favors, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – and focused on the music that has made him one of rock’s top songsmiths for nearly half a century. He came out in blue jeans, a dark brimmed hat and a black T-shirt reading “Earth” and began with quieter tunes featuring his naturally strained, upper-register voice on top of acoustic guitar (with occasional harmonica interludes).

This was not the angry 69-year-old man raging against the corporate machine on “The Monsanto Years.” This was calm, reflective, often celebratory Neil Young as he played old favorites such as “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man.”

Lukas Nelson  moved from guitar to piano as he played “Moonlight in Vermont,” an old standard his father often covers, even singing it with a warm, wavering tone like Willie Nelson employs. The crowd gave Nelson one of its heartiest ovations of the night.

 

Read more at http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/entertainment/2015/07/20/neil-young-turns-power-vermont-gig/30402735/

 

 

Neil Young
2015-07-19
Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont, USA
w/ Promise Of The Real

01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Long May You Run
04. Old Man
05. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
06. Out On The Weekend
07. Unknown Legend
08. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
09. From Hank To Hendrix
10. Harvest Moon
11. Wolf Moon
12. Words
13. Lookin’ For A Love
14. Moonlight In Vermont (cover) Lukas Nelson on lead vocals and piano
15. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
16. People Want To Hear About Love
17. A New Day For Love
18. Country Home
19. Down By The River
20. If I Don’t Know
21. Workin’ Man
22. Monsanto Years
23. Love And Only Love

Tour: 2015 Rebel Content Tour
Band: Promise Of The Real

Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, pump organ,
harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, piano, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion

Thanks to Tom Hambleton at http://www.sugarmtn.org/

 

Bethel, New York Show: Long May he Run, setlist, videos

PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEVIN FERGUSON/BETHEL WOODS

PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEVIN FERGUSON/BETHEL WOODS

Neil Young and Promise of the Year have been tearing up the stage at each venue they hit on this Rebel Content Tour.

He’s another positive review from Steve Israel at the Times Herald Record. He calls the show “Riveting” that was held July 18 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.

Read on: “About 45 minutes into his riveting three-hour show at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Friday night, Neil Young talked about the first time he played the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, 46 years ago, with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Back then, the sloping hills of Max Yasgur’s dairy farm were a muddy mess, blanketed with 450,000 young, sweaty long-hairs, many of whom got in for free.

“On Friday, Young stood on the stage of the plush pavilion, where the top ticket cost $204.50, on grounds where the crowd of some 13,000 – many with gray hair – could wander on manicured lawns amid the flowing streams and blue stone walls of the arts center.

“I was here a long time ago,” he (Neil) said, after he and his muscular yet lithe band of youngsters, Promise of the Real, finished the 1992 gem, ‘Unknown Legend. “It was very different. I’m not saying good or bad. Just different.”

“Then, as if this relentless warrior of musical and social change couldn’t help himself, he slyly suggested something radical.

“He invited Woodstock veterans to the stage and, tongue in jowly cheek, mused that they jackhammer the cement in front of it so the crowd and Young could get closer to one another.”

Israel writes that the music on this summer night ranged from sweet, heart-aching solo acoustic tunes like “Harvest Moon” to the pulverizing electric power of guitar jams like “Cowgirl in the Sand.”

And, he said, the protest tunes from the new “The Monsanto Years” album may have paled next to the classics, substituting clunky platitudes for timeless poetics. But Young and Promise of the Real played them with a physical and emotional ferocity that often made the cliches vanish into the sweet summer air.

 

Read more at: http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150718/NEWS/150719394

 

 

Neil Young
2015-07-17
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, New York, USA
w/ Promise Of The Real

01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Long May You Run
04. Old Man
05. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
06. Hold Back The Tears
07. Out On The Weekend
08. Unknown Legend
09. From Hank To Hendrix
10. Harvest Moon
11. Wolf Moon
12. Words
13. Winterlong
14. Walk On
15. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
16. People Want To Hear About Love
17. A New Day For Love
18. Cowgirl In The Sand
19. Workin’ Man
20. Big Box
21. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
22. Monsanto Years
23. If I Don’t Know
24. Love And Only Love

25. Roll Another Number

Tour: 2015 Rebel Content Tour
Band: Promise Of The Real

Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, pump organ,
harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion

Thanks Tom Hambleton at  Sugar Mountain.org

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by -- Neil Young

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