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The Monsanto Years tour launches in Milwaukee

Tonight Neil Young takes his tirade tour against GMO’s, The Monsanto Years , to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Neil launches tour in MilwaukeeFirst Neil Young Concert for The Monsanto Years at Milwaukee Summerfest tonight.

Tickets are still available.

He’s with the boys, Lukas and Micah Nelson and Promise of the Real.

Neil Young has donated concert tickets to help GMO Free USA to  raise funds to cover the cost of tour expenses and printed educational materials.

You can enjoy a great show and support our nonprofit by purchasing tickets, which will be auctioned to the public at www.biddingowl.com/gmofreeusa

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/NeilYoungGMOFreeUSA

Here’s the rest of the tour:

Tour Cities & Dates. Click on links to see ticket auctions:

July 08 @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Denver, Colorado (auction closed)
July 09 @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Denver, Colorado (auction)
July 11 @ Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska (auction)
July 13 @ Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (auction)
July 14 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan (auction)
July 16 @ Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey (auction)
July 17 @ Bethel Woods Center, Bethel, New York (auction)
July 19 @ Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont (auction)
July 21 @ Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York (auction)
July 22 @ Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts (auction)
*July 24 @ Wayhome Festival. Oro-Medonte, Canada

 

→→Stayed tuned for Tom H.’s setlists at: http://www.sugarmtn.org/

 

Neil Young supports ((((LOVE))))

Neil and LoveNeil Young posted a simple message on his Facebook page:

“Love between two people is a human thing.”

His post follows a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement. The  Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday, June 26  that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

This is a far cry from when Young made this statement:

Neil Young blamed homosexuals for AIDS:
In an interview with Melody Maker in 1985, Neil Young backed Reagan’s gun control policies and said of AIDS, “You go to a supermarket and you see a faggot behind the fuckin’ cash register, you don’t want him to handle your potatoes.” Needless to say, Young almost certainly regrets that horrific statement and quickly moved away from right-wing politics. He wrote the furious anti-George H.W. Bush screed “Rockin’ in the Free World” in 1989 and was one of George W. Bush’s most vocal critics in the 2000s.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/michelle-shocked-not-the-first-artist-to-betray-her-fanbase-20130320#ixzz3eSXdZXfM

In celebration, let’s listen to a vintage,  classic Neil tune:

Critic says Neil Young shows how not to write a protest song

JORGE DIRKX/AFP/Getty Images

JORGE DIRKX/AFP/Getty Images

Neil Young’s new album, “The Monsanto Years,” aims to shine a light on the chemical company’s manipulation of our food supply, but the songs are so awful that no one is likely to listen.

A new music review of Neil Young’s new album “The Monsanto Years’ that appeared Friday, June 26 in the New York Daily News says the songs leave on wondering why  he didn’t choose a quicker, clearer and simpler way to get his message across. Hadn’t he thought of writing an op-ed?

The new album, the author writes, sinks decent riffs and an earnest message in unlistenably didactic lyrics.

Quoting the article: “The band supporting Young has some appeal. The 69-year-old star worked with musicians decades his junior: Lukas and Micah Nelson, the guitar-playing sons of Willie Nelson. They brought in some of their young friends from their band Promise of the Real.

“Even so, no melody or chord progression can survive lyrics like “When the people of Vermont voted to label food with GMO/so they could find out what was in it/Monsanto and Starbucks sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people’s will.”

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/neil-young-monsanto-years-one-star-debacle-article-1.2272246

 

Trump calls Neil a hypocrite

Donald-Trump-and-Neil-YoungPresidential candidate, controversial businessman Donald Trump, fired back at Neil Young with a series of tweets, called Young out as a hypocrite.

When Trump played Young’s  “Keep on Rockin’ In the Free World.”  twice during his presidential announcement rally, Young reacted with this statement:

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” a statement from Young’s manager read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

Not one to take a licking sitting down, Trump called out Young for coming to him a few months back, all smiles, looking for some money to back his PONO endeavor.

See tweets below:

 

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

.@Neilyoung A few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal & called me last week to go to his concert. Wow!

For the nonbeliever, here is a photo of @Neilyoung in my office and his $$ request—total hypocrite.

Young gives “Rockin’ in the Free World” to Bernie Sanders

neil-youngWhen Donald Trump’s presidential campaign kicked off  in front of a crowd of partially paid supporters to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” (and while riding down on an escalator, no less), it did not go over well.

Young said in a statement that Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement.” The statement added that, “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

Trump’s camp claimed they paid both ASCAP and BMI for rights to the song, but would cease from using it out of respect to Young. The singer, meanwhile, out of respect to his own political beliefs, has turned around and given Trump’s opponent Sanders permission to use “Rockin’ in the Free World”.

Sanders, the Democratic candidate from Vermont, walked out to the track at a rally in Denver attended by an over-flow audience of 4,500 people. Folks were reportedly standing in the atrium and lacrosse fields outside the auditorium to hear Sanders speak; as far as we know, none of them were paid to be there.

Watch footage of Sanders’ “Rockin’ in the Free World”-aided entrance below (scroll to the 5:00 mark).

From the website Consequence of Sound: http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/06/neil-young-snubs-donald-trump-gives-rockin-in-the-free-world-to-bernie-sanders/

 

 

Random Quote

\"\'Crazy Mama\' by JJ Cale is a record I love. The song is true, simple, and direct, and the delivery is very natural.\" (The song was the closest thing Cale had to a hit single, peaking at No. 22 on the Billboard chart in 1971.) \"JJ’s guitar playing is a huge influence on me,\" Young continued. \"His touch is unspeakable. I am stunned by it.\"
by -- Neil Young in \"Waging Heavy Peace\"

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