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Young & Stills at Light Up the Blues

Neil Young at Light Up The BluesNeil Young and Steven Stills performed “BlueBird” together at the Light Up the Blues concert Saturday night that benefits Autism Speaks.

The concert was held at the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Clif.  hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills.  They have a son with autism who has become a highly-talented filmmaker.

Chris Stills says his brother is his main inspiration and why he became a producer of the concert.

Jack Black was the emcee for the annual event’s third year in raising awareness and money for the cause.

Also joining the jam were talented artists with autism, such as Nick Guzman.

Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Don Felder, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, The White Buffalo and Chris Stills team up for the 3rd Light Up the Blues Concert to benefit Autism Speaks!

 

 

 The evening celebrated Autism Awareness month.
 According to Tom Hambleton at Sugarmountain.org the song line up is as follows:
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA
Light Up The Blues Benefit
Neil Young & Stephen Stills
 
1. Long May You Run          (acoustic guitar)
2. Human Highway          acoustic guitar)
3. I Don’t Know          (acoustic guitar)
4. Virtual Here & Now          (electric guitar) [new Stills song]
5. Don’t Want Lies          (electric guitar)
6. For What It’s Worth          (electric guitar)
7. Bluebird          (electric guitar)
8. Mr. Soul          (electric guitar)
9. Rockin’ In The Free World          (electric guitar)
 
 
Neil Young & Stephen Stills together for all songs playing with a house band that including Doug Pettibone. 
Rockin’ In The Free World included Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, Chris Stills and others.

 

Audio of Neil at SLO Brew Performance

Neil & Promise of the RealThe audio to songs performed by Neil Young and Promise of the Real are up on Michael Goldberg’s Blog: “Days of the Crazy Wild” and up on You Tube.

He writes:

“Some of the songs, such as the one that may be called “If I Don’t Know,” is quite good — one of his best in some years. Others are more like political rants that, at least on initial listen, don’t hold up. It’s admirable that Young wants to use the platform he has to deliver political messages, but at times his songs suffer because it seems the message is more important than the song. Also, while GMOs are an issue, they pale besides the horrendous impact of animal agriculture on climate change and out environment and I wish Neil Young would get him to the biggest cause of climate change and focus some of his political energy on it.”

Or is that just too hot a topic for Neil Young to address.

Read more here: http://www.daysofthecrazy-wild.com/audio-neil-young-willie-nelsons-sons-live-at-slo-brewing-co-full-set/

Here’s one of the audios: “Big Sky Wolf Moon”

 

 

Neil talks at “The Monsanto Years” movie premiere

Promise of the Real

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Young at the premiere screening of the movie “The Monsanto Years” on Wednesday, April 22 and the IFC Center in New York.

 

 

 

“It’s a move about making a record.” N.Y.  Not rated, 59 minutes.

 

A very special work-in-progress screening, this is a document of the recording of the upcoming album ‘The Monsanto Years’ with Neil Young & Promise of the Real. “No auto tune or vocal booths were used, and no ears were harmed in the making of this record.” – Shakey Pictures

“Neil Young and Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah, will hit the road this summer in support of their upcoming album together, The Monsanto Years. Young’s new LP will reportedly arrive on June 16th according to a press release sent to promoters, while the Rebel Content Tour itself will kick off July 5th at Milwaukee’s Summerfest…. In January, Young revealed that he was working on an album called The Monsanto Years, but the rocker appeared to be joking about the title at the time. ‘I’m working on another album now that I’m going to be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,’ Young said. ‘It’s an upbeat review of the situation.’ At a surprise concert April 16th at San Luis Obispo, California’s SLO Brewing Co., Young and Promise of the Real debuted 11 new tracks that might appear on their joint LP. Those songs boasted protest-minded titles like “Monsanto Years,” “Rock Starbucks,” “Seeds” and “Too Big to Fail,” fan site Sugar Mountain reports. Young had previously teamed with the Nelson brothers at Farm Aid and the Bridge School Benefit.” – Rolling Stone

 A Bernard Shakey Movie.

 

And his Q & A with the audience at the Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective

 

 

Neil Young made a special guest appearance at the week-long Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective, held at IFC, NYC, April 17-23. Following showing of the film Muddy Track (ahem, perhaps the TOP Neil film ever created), Neil was interviewed on-stage by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and also fielded questions from the audience. Neil then returned a little while later and talked about his upcoming album, titled The Monsanto Years. A film that captured the recording of the album in the studio was then shown at IFC. It’s a rocking, soulful album but, as the title might indicate, relies heavily on environmental tones.

Thanks to Rustes Televisione YouTube channel

From IFC:

Long one of folk and rock’s most respected artists, Neil Young—under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey—has also been making films for over four decades, from concert movies JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST (1974) and RUST NEVER SLEEPS (1979), to GREENDALE (2003) and other fiction features. This weeklong survey offers a rare opportunity to discover another side of Young’s creative genius, both behind and in front of the camera. The program includes weeklong NYC theatrical premiere engagements of MUDDY TRACK (1987), a one-of-a-kind chronicle of a European tour with Crazy Horse, and the newly restored director’s cut of HUMAN HIGHWAY (1982), a wildly anarchic satire of Cold War America starring Young, Dean Stockwell, Sally Kirkland, Russ Tamblyn and Devo. Also screening are Young’s two collaborations with Jim Jarmusch: DEAD MAN (1995), for which Young provided the stunning, feedback-heavy score, and YEAR OF THE HORSE (1997), a kaleidoscopic doc portrait of Young and Crazy Horse during their 1996 world tour.

Ohhhh ohhh Mon-san-to

NeilYoungRebelTourThe word is out that Neil Young is putting out a new album called “The Monsanto Years,” and will be sharing songs from the album on his new tour with the Nelson brothers.

Rolling Stone is reporting that Young is teaming up with up-and-coming band Promise of the Real to record an album called “The Monsanto Years,” which will be full of songs critical of the company.

Young first teased the possibility that he would write an album called “The Monsanto Years” in January, but it seemed, at first, to be a joke, according to The Huffington Post.

Turns out it’s not. According to a press representative at Warner Brothers Records, Young will release “The Monsanto Years,” and promote it on a joint tour with Promise of the Real, this summer. (He said that the exact release date had not yet been finalized.) Songs on the album are said to carry such provocative titles as “New Day For The Planet,” “Rock Starbucks,” “Too Big To Fail” and “Monsanto Years.”

Tom Hambleton at Sugarmountain.org reports the following NEW songs (Titles not certain) were recently played by Young & the Promise of the Real band on April 16 at SLO Brewing in San Luis Obispo, Calif: “People Want to Hear About Love,” “New Day for the Planet,” “Too Big to Fail,” “Rock Starbucks,” and “Monsanto Years,

The album will gain some anti-corporate credibility from two of the members of Promise of the Real: Lukas and Micah Nelson, the sons of Willie Nelson. Nelson père is an outspoken critic of Monsanto and other large agribusinesses, which have been accused of putting profits ahead of human health and environmental sustainability in the development of new crop varieties and agricultural chemicals.

Reached by The Huffington Post, Monsanto didn’t immediately provide comment on Young’s new album.

Neil to perform April 25 at Autism Speaks benefit

Neil autismNeil Young is among a line-up of special guests who will be performing on Saturday, April 25th at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the 3rd Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

According to Look to the Stars, the line-up includes Shawn Colvin, The White Buffalo, Steve Earle, Chris Stills, emcee Jack Black,  Spencer Harte featuring Petra Haden, Nick Guzman and Matt Savage.

The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27th at 10am through Ticketmaster outlets and Pantages Theatre Box Office.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.

“We are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for the third time and, this year, at the iconic Pantages Theatre. The last two years’ Light Up The Blues benefits were such incredible, life-changing events for all involved. We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community and to support Autism Speaks,” said Kristen & Stephen Stills.

“It is a night to celebrate the gifts of music and community,” Autism Speaks’ President Liz Feld said. “Autism sings again! Light Up the Blues is home to the most special talent we have – from Stephen Stills and Neil Young to Matt Savage.”

Read more: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/13307-neil-young-and-steve-earle-to-light-up-the-blues-for-autism

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by -- Neil Young

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