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Tour dates: Rolling Stone also lists a Dallas date / omits others

Neil Young And Crazy Horse Set U.S. Tour Dates
After brief warm-up in August, tour kicks off in early October
Neil Young performs with Crazy Horse at the MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute to Paul McCartney event in Los Angeles.

By Andy Greene
June 4, 2012 6:35 PM ET

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will launch an American arena tour in early October that will run through early December, according to tour dates that appeared on Ticketmaster on Monday evening. There are some gaps between shows at the moment, and it’s highly likely that the complete itinerary will be announced shortly. Ticket prices range from $47.00 to over $255 and go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Young and Crazy Horse haven’t performed a full concert together since their Greendale tour wrapped in March of 2004, making this their longest hiatus since forming in 1969. The group reformed last year to record a series of folk covers for the disc Americana, which hits shelves tomorrow. They have also recorded an album of original material, which should surface sometime later this year. “There are lots of instrumentals, lots of excursions,” Young says in the next issue of Rolling Stone, on stands this Friday. “But they’re real songs. It has one that’s 26 minutes long … [the tour] is going to be [songs from] the past, the present and the future.”

Though the bulk of their tour dates are in October and November, Young and Crazy Horse will play the Red Rock’s Ampitheater in Morrison, Colorado, and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco in August.

Here are all of the known dates for Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s U.S. tour:
8/5 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
8/6 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
10/08 Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
10/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Center
10/11 Chicago, IL – United Center
10/17 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10/25 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/10 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
11/11 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
11/13 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
11/16 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
11/19 Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre
11/26 Boston, MA – TD Garden
11/27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/30 Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
12/04 Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena

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Other known tour dates are here.

Album Review: The Globe and Mail

Neil Young reinvents songs the old-fashioned way
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 01 2012, 5:00 PM EDT, Last updated Saturday, Jun. 02 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

Long before sampling came along, there was an even more dynamic process for reusing and rearranging the materials of existing songs. It was called folk music.

Folk music in that sense began to disappear when scholars started noting down songs that had existed only in people’s shared recollection. The ancient ballad known as The Maid Freed from the Gallows had several other names in other languages, and other tunes and lyrics too, before the Harvard folklorist Francis Child studied its American variants in the 19th century.

Neil Young’s new disc with Crazy Horse celebrates the fluidity of the folk process, and implies that a good transformative cover carries on that tradition. The album includes heavy blues-rock versions of genuinely old songs such as Clementine and Gallows Pole (Young’s version of the ballad studied by Child), and of fifties radio hits such as Get a Job and Travel On.

Young’s Clementine is a towering, doom-laden number with only a ghostly trace of the lilting dance rhythm most people know. He focuses your mind on the fact that the narrator’s darling ends up dead – the latter half of this lengthy track is one long lament. In Tom Dula (a.k.a. Tom Dooley), Young simplifies the familiar rhythm and bears down for eight minutes on the murder and the execution that will pay for it. For Oh Susannah, he sets aside the jaunty Stephen Foster original and covers the raw variant recorded as The Banjo Song by the Big Three in 1963 (cunningly reworked as Venus by Shocking Blue in 1969). Jesus’s Chariot goes back to the spiritual that became She’ll Be Coming ’Round the Mountain, with a simplified melody and lots of heavy grinding on the song’s tonic root.

Throughout the album, Young’s vocals strive for something primal and true beneath the songs’ familiar surface. His slurry yet precise electric-guitar solos move powerfully through the darkest lyrical moods.

After a few of these intense, gloomy performances, you sense that this project is partly a belated retort to the mellowing tendencies of groups like the Kingston Trio, whose wistful Tom Dooley was a No. 1 hit in 1958. Lead Belly’s 1939 recording of Gallows Pole, by contrast, was about as raw and scary as they come. Young’s version, while still dark, has a jauntier gait and an almost comic feeling when he yelps out the repeated line, “Did you come to see me hang?”

In This Land Is Your Land, Young foregrounds Woody Guthrie’s seldom-heard political verses, and omits the more pastoral ones. But surely Guthrie’s point in combining the two was to contrast the beauty of the land with the ugliness of what sometimes goes on there.

The newest numbers, Get a Job and Travel On, feel stodgy compared to the Silhouettes’ 1957 version of the former, and Billy Grammer’s live rockabilly performances of the latter. Crazy Horse fans will probably get a kick out of hearing this revered and rugged ensemble sing doo-wop, but their tools aren’t the best for the job.

The closing number, God Save the Queen, seems like a surprising choice for a disc called Americana, till a children’s choir chimes in with verses from America (“land of the Pilgrims’ pride”) that were laid on the English tune in 1831. It would have been fun to hear Young sing a little of the German variant: Under Kaiser Wilhelm II, this song was known as Heil dir im Siegerkranz and was used as the German anthem right through the First World War. How’s that for a transformative cover?

Neil Young & Crazy Horse 2012 Tour Itinerary

Note: August dates at Red Rocks and Outside Lands Fest are not considered to be part of the tour.


Oct-3 Windsor,ON WFCU Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Oct-5 Kingston,ON K-ROCK Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Oct-6 London,ON John Labatt Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Oct-8 Cleveland,OH Wolstein Center with Los Lobos On Sale June 8

Oct-9 Pittsburgh,PA Petersen Events Ctr w/Los Lobos On Sale June 8

Oct-11 Chicago, IL United Center w/Los Lobos On Sale June 11

Oct-13 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival On Sale now

Oct-14 Tulsa, OK TulsaConventionCtrArena w/Los Lobos On Sale June 9

Oct-17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl w/Los Lobos On Sale June 10

Nov-10 Seattle, WA Key Arena w/Los Lobos On Sale June 9

Nov-11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Nov-13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Nov-14 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Nov-16 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Nov-19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre w/Los Lobos On Sale June 15

Nov-23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre with Patti Smith On Sale June 16

Nov-24 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place with Patti Smith On Sale June 15

Nov-26 Boston, MA TD Garden with Patti Smith On Sale June 8

Nov-27 NY, NY Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith On Sale June 10

Nov-29 Phila, PA Wells Fargo Center w/Patti Smith On Sale June 8

Nov-30 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center with Patti Smith On Sale June 8

Dec-4 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard w/Patti Smith On Sale June 8

Swedish Americana review

by stefan from fyrafyraettett:

Neil Young & Crazy Horse has been in the studio again. At last!

This time the result is a collection of songs, cover versions – one might say, of old American folk songs. Songs available in the U.S. It makes the album is initially hard to understand for those not versed in Americana, folk and other traditional music from the United States.

Young & Crazy Horse takes his choice of songs and ”crazy horses” them. Drums and guitars all over the place. Not as much feedback as expected, but .. yes, it still sounds good on the guitars. It’s hard and heavy. No remorse at all, this is not. It should not be beautiful, it must be like being stuck in a barbed wire and out comes the farmer and turns on the power .. it is ”Crazy Horse”.

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Album Review: Chicago Tribune

Greg Kot Music critic
9:27 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2012, 3.5 stars (out of 4)

String together songs such as “Cortez the Killer,” “Pocahontas,” “Like an Inca,” “Powderfinger,” “Goin’ Home” and others from throughout Neil Young’s career, and you get a Howard Zinn-like alternative history of New World conquest, an accounting of what has been lost by indigenous people and the environment to violence and greed.

With “Americana” (Reprise), Young funnels that worldview through a series of folk standards, some so ancient and familiar that they are now thought of as quaint, children’s songs, ingrained in the heads of kindergartners by the million. But these songs also tell a deeper story about how America was built, and the album lays it out without sugarcoating.

…more on Chicago Tribune/Greg Kot.

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Neil Young\'s new musical novel - it\'s far too linear and literal to be called a concept album - is underproduced, overconceived, and equal parts annoying, intriguing, and gratifying. In other words, vintage Neil Young.
by Joan Anderman, Boston Globe, 22 Aug 03.

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