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Milwaukee show gets solid reviews, next stop Red Rocks

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal’s review of Neil Young’s performance Sunday night, July 5 at the Marcus Amphitheater on the Summerfest grounds along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. The tour is backed by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Next stop is Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado July 8 and 9. See tour schedule at: https://www.bad-news-beat.org/tour-dates

Written by music critic Piet Levy, with photos by Rick Wood, Piet said while the crowd may have been braced for a lecture, they did not receive one.

 

He writes:

“The first sight on stage may have confirmed some fears, as two people dressed as farmers tossed seeds onto the stage and watered sunflowers. But it was actually a ruse to distract the audience as Young sneaked behind a battered piano for “After the Gold Rush,” from the 1970 album of the same name. That, too, is a song with a message — ‘Look at mother nature on the run’ he sings — but the surreal words are captivating.

“So was the presence of the hunched-over rocker, dressed in black — including a wide-brimmed hat that concealed his face — as a lone spotlight beamed down from above him. It was a simple image, but powerful; the most striking visual I saw during all of Summerfest, or at any concert this year. It suggested Young wasn’t going to be a lecturer; he was going to be a showman.

“That he was, performing “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man” within the first few minutes on acoustic guitar. Watching him perform the latter with quiet anguish — his face visible for the first time Sunday as he lifted his head, veins snaking across the back of his wrinkled left hand as he strummed the guitar — took on greater resonance.

“After performing a mesmerizing “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)” on organ, men in hazmat suits appeared, spraying the stage with “pesticide.” But again, the show wasn’t making a statement so much as preparing the stage for Real’s entrance (along with Lukas’ brother Micah).”

The only thing Neil said to the audience the first 75 minutes was, “How are ya?” And when Young did play two of “Monsanto”‘s preachiest tracks, “People Want to Hear About Love” and “A New Day for Love,” people just wanted to hear Young sing, no matter what it was he was singing about.

Print deadlines prevented a full review of Young’s set. The show ran about two hours and 45 minutes.

Read more at: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/neil-young-at-summerfest-b99521205z1-309877721.html

 

Setlist from Tom Hambleton at Sugarmountain.org:

Neil Young
2015-07-05
Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Summerfest
w/ Promise Of The Real

01. After The Gold Rush (solo)
02. Heart Of Gold (solo)
03. Long May You Run (solo)
04. Old Man (solo)
05. Mother Earth (solo)
06. Hold Back The Tears
07. Out On The Weekend
08. Unknown Legend
09. Peace Of Mind
10. Field Of Opportunity
11. Wolf Moon
12. Harvest Moon
13. Words
14. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
15. Walk On
16. People Want To Hear About Love
17. A New Day For Love
18. Down By The River
19. Big Box
20. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
21. White Line
22. Workin’ Man
23. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
24. Monsanto Years
25. If I Don’t Know
26. Love And Only Love

27. Don’t Be Denied
28. Double E

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

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.

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It\'s better to burn out than it is to rust
by -- Neil Young

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