Farm Aid is coming to Chicago.
According to Rolling Stone, the annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on September 19th at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island near downtown Chicago. In addition to board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the show will feature Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots and Blackwood Quartet.
“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said in a statement. “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”
Tickets for this year’s Farm Aid — ranging in price from $49.50 to $189.50 — go on sale Monday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. CDT at FarmAid.org.
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Review of first Chicago show. Neil plays again tonight, Tuesday April 22. More reviews from Human Highway roving reporter to come.
Chicago Tribune review of the Monday, April 21 Neil Young solo acoustic show starts:
“His eyes shaded by a black fedora, Neil Young strapped on a guitar that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr. and leaned in, as if ready to whisper in someone’s ear.
‘Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say,’ he sang near the end of his sold-out concert Monday at the Chicago Theatre.”
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-04-22/entertainment/chi-neil-young-concert-review-20140421_1_neil-young-buffalo-springfield-chicago-theatreRead the entire review here:
2014-04-21 Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA
01. From Hank To Hendrix
02. On The Way Home
03. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
04. Love In Mind
05. Mellow My Mind
06. Reason to Believe
10. Old Man
the second set opened with some sort of spoken “Hippy Beatnik” poem by Neil
12. Cortez The Killer
13. A Man Needs A Maid
15. Southern Man
16. Mr. Soul
17. Harvest Moon
18. If You Could Read My Mind
19. After The Gold Rush
20. Heart Of Gold
Tour: 2014 Solo Tour
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Thanks to Tom Hambleton at Sugar Mountain:
Neil Young will play in two shows in Chicago next month at the Chicago Theater.
Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22.
Check out: http://www.neilyoung.com/tour.html
Pre-sale starts on Wed. March 19th at 10am EST. Public on-sale starts on Sat. March 22nd at 12pm EST.
Get tix here: http://tix.concertmaps.com/neilyoung/
Shar is happy!
Said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Sometime after the Dolby shows. Date not yet announced
What else do you have going on this year? I got that record we talked about. I’m playing the Dolby Theater in L.A. in a couple of weeks for four nights. It’s a beautiful acoustic hall, so I’m playing there solo acoustic. Then I play Dallas a couple of weeks later, they have a beautiful concert hall there. Then I go up to Chicago, just solo acoustic. This summer I play with Crazy Horse and I do the Pono thing.
This is a fun statement:
I was thinking about another time when you were dissatisfied with sound — there’s a story that you bought 200,000 copies of Comes a Time in 1978 and then destroyed them. Oh, that was because it was a mastering error. The tape got damaged when it went through the airport or something. I had to go back and use a copy of the master — it was a copy, but it had better-sounding playback than the other one.
Did you take a shotgun to the albums? No, no, I made a barn roof out of them. I used them as shingles.
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A howling Neil Young rocks United Center
Neil Young and Crazy Horse play at the United Center Thursday. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune / October 12, 2012), Greg Kot Music critic, 9:59 a.m. CDT, October 12, 2012
Frank “Pancho” Sampedro, the longtime guitarist in Crazy Horse, is a barrel of a man. He wears the look of a retired linebacker who has put on a few pounds. But he went airborne Thursday at the United Center as he and Neil Young squared off and stomped around the stage.
Instead of hunching over his guitar, bending at the waist as he normally does, Young turned his instrument into a machine gun, his legs splayed, straw hair flailing. “I (messed) up again and again,” he roared, first raging, then pained, as if he were reliving some trainwreck moment from the past.
By the end, the singer was a demon-eyed street oracle howling at the audience. “They give you this, but you pay for that,” he spat, turning “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” into an Occupy manifesto.
* Photos: Neil Young at United Center
Young and Crazy Horse have been an off-and-on proposition for more than 40 years, but Young has indisputably made some of his best – and most violent – music in the company of Sampedro, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina.
Now they’re on the road for the first time in nearly a decade. A few props were resurrected from the late-‘70s “Rust Never Sleeps” tour – the giant amplifiers and parade-float-sized microphone serviced by lab-coated roadies. But that was about it for nostalgia. The quartet has released two new albums this year, and the set list Thursday brimmed with new songs, rejiggered arrangements and feverish intensity.
Make no mistake — the past kept creeping into the songs. The passage of time and how it twists perceptions and tests relationships is a major theme in Young’s new work. Wistfulness oozed from several songs, including the 17-minute “Ramada Inn,” in which a couple finds that even love isn’t enough to keep them from drifting apart. He shuts down, she pulls away, and time rolls on.
But there was nothing particularly genteel or overly familiar and comforting about this music. Like one of Young’s beloved trains, Crazy Horse is a large beast that tends to ease into its work. But once it gains its bearings and picks up speed, it’s awfully difficult to slow down. At least five of the 13 songs performed Thursday surpassed the 10-minute mark. “Love and only Love” began like an extended exhale before finding its pace, with Young, Sampedro and Talbot huddled in front of the drum riser. Whereas most bands spread out to fill a big stage such as the United Center’s, Crazy Horse bunches together, as if defending their home against invasion.
The group works itself into a trance-like frenzy, Young’s guitar piercing through a thicket of bottom-heavy tones and rumbling drums. For the relatively pithy “Cinnamon Girl,” the feedback that shut it down lasted nearly as long as the song itself. The band turned the period psychedelia of Young’s old Buffalo Springfield hit “Mr. Soul” into churning acid-punk. Molina’s drums on “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” pumped like pistons in a factory.
Normally, the encore is a time of a celebration, of release. But Young and Crazy Horse instead shook loose the ghosts of the harrowing “Tonight’s the Night.” Expanded to 10 minutes, the song became a long, lonely howl for fallen friends, a séance. “Tonight’s the night,” Young whispered. “Yes, it is.”