Reviews for the Jones Beach show of Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Tuesday, July 21 have been hard to find, but here is one from The Brooklyn Vegan’s Blog.
Fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy and Norah Jones‘ country band Puss N Boots opened.
Andrew Sacher writes that last night’s set was filled with favorites.
He writes: “What were highlights was seeing Neil come out by himself at the start of the night to play ‘After the Gold Rush,’ ‘Heart of Gold,’ ‘Long May You Run’ ‘Old Man’ and ‘Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)’ consecutively on either piano, acoustic guitar, or organ. It wasn’t until after those five that the band even came out, and it wasn’t until even later that Neil picked up an electric guitar for the first time.
“Promise of the Real obviously aren’t Crazy Horse or anything, but they did a great job backing him. They brought a lot of energy to the show, and they basically played all the songs the way they sound on record. When they locked into the extended jams on ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Love and Only Love,’ they were on fire.
“Another treat was he gave us a good amount off one of his best ‘latter day’ albums, Harvest Moon, including the title track, ‘From Hank to Hendrix’ and ‘Unknown Legend.’ Plus he sprinkled in even more from his most classic era, including ‘Out on the Weekend,’ ‘Words (Between The Lines of Age)’ and ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.’ Really an incredible show.”
Reverend 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.”
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.
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
Farm Aid will return to New York for the first time since 2007 this September, when the annual benefit concert takes place at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21.
This year’s line-up will feature Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp as well as Farm Aid regulars Neil Young and Dave Matthews. More artists will be announced soon.
A FarmAid.org pre-sale for tickets begins on Tuesday, June 18, at noon EDT. The general onsale will take place Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT. Farm Aid is the longest running series of benefit concerts in America. Organizers have raised over $43 million to benefit family farmers. The first Farm Aid concert took place on September 22, 1985 in Champaign, IL. Last year’s concert was held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA.