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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Eye Another 2012 Album

If the new “Americana,” with its renditions of folks standards, isn’t exactly what you expected from Neil Young first new album with Crazy Horse in nine years, then stick around. Something more familiar is on the way.

Guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro tells Billboard.com that after Young and company wrapped “Americana,” “Neil just started playing a couple chords and jammed. I think we played for about 30 minutes, a whole bunch of stuff… And we’ve been recording since then.” The upshot, Sampedro says, is that “we have another record coming out behind it, and that one is more like a ‘real’ Crazy Horse album. It’s Neil’s songs — that’s the major thing lacking on ‘Americana,’ right?”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce Tour

The album is expected in the fall, but no release date or title have been announced. Sampedro, who resides in Hawaii, says he’s been back and forth to Young’s ranch and studio for more sessions when the moon is full, which is Young’s preferred time to record. “We’ll work five or six, seven days, then I’ll just fly home,” he explains, with Young, drummer Ralph Molina and bassist Billy Talbot handling “production stuff” between sessions. “Every time when I go back to work some more, everybody says, ‘Everything sounds great. This sounds fantastic,’ so we really seem to be onto something,” Sampedro reports.

The guitarist — who spent 18 years working for NBC’s “Tonight” show and as former bandleader Kevin Eubanks’ assistant between Crazy Horse stints — acknowledges that he was surprised and initially “a little disappointed” when Young pulled out songs such as “Tom Dula,” “Clementine” and “Oh Susannah” for the “Americana” sessions, as well as the Silhouettes’ “Get a Job,” which he felt “was a stretch” for the Crazy Horse. “At first it didn’t really go down that well,” Sampedro says of the “Americana” songs. “I wasn’t bummed or anything. I just thought, ‘Here we are playing. He’ll pull out some of his songs or some other songs,’ and the next time we came it was more folk songs and then the next time it was more folk songs… for about five or six months in a row.”

Ultimately, however, Sampedro feels that Young and the group turned the selections into Crazy Horse material. “I was jumping up and down and screaming and singing parts that I probably shouldn’t be singing and just having a good time — which is what we do,” he says. “In my mind there’s a little part of me that knows it’s not Neil and it’s not us. It’s something else. But at the same time, when I listen to it, I like it.”

Young and Crazy Horse celebrate “Americana’s” launch on tonight [June 8] with a show at New York’s Kaufmann Concert Hall. The group has a pair of shows Aug. 5-6 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver and begins touring in earnest on Oct. 3 in Windsor, Ontario, with an Oct. 13 stop at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
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new tour date: Tahoe

Tahoe date confirmed.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse confirm Tahoe date

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will perform Aug. 9 as part of the 2012 Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series, it was announced today.

Young, formerly a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and a solo performer in his own right for the better part of five decades, will perform at 8 p.m. at Harveys Outdoor Arena on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

This will mark the first time since 2004 Young has toured with Crazy Horse, which also consists of Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot.

The band is known for hits such as “Down By The River,” “Powderfinger,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cortez the Killer” and “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).” The band’s latest album is titled “Americana.”
Tickets, which will cost $59.50, $89.50, $125.50 and $150.50, will go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

NY/CH Hit The Road This Fall for First Tour in Eight Years

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Hit The Road This Fall for First Tour in Eight Years
–YOUNG, BILLY TALBOT, RALPH MOLINA, AND PONCHO SAMPEDRO LAUNCH FIRST CRAZY HORSE ALBUM IN NEARLY NINE YEARS – AMERICANA – AVAILABLE JUNE 5TH –Tickets on sale in select markets beginning June 8th at LiveNation.com

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Having already thrilled fans with the news that they will release “AMERICANA”, their first album in nine years, Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced that they will hit the road this fall for their first tour together since 2004.

“AMERICANA” is a rich collection of classic American compositions, some dating back 200 years or more and each has its own unique history veiled with multiple meanings and relatable, lyrical significance as applicable today as they were in the America of yesteryear. Have a look at the following video links for a view into our past as evidence: Oh Susanna, Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain), Clementine.

Crazy Horse: Young, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Poncho Sampredo will hit the road to perform for audiences across North America beginning October 3rd and continuing on for two months. The tour will visit cities from coast to coast, including stops to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

“AMERICANA” was produced by Neil and John Hanlon along with Mark Humphreys, and engineered by John Hanlon with John Hausmann and Jeff Pinn. It was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca by John Hanlon.

Fans purchasing their concert tickets on-line will receive a copy of the brand new CD – AMERICANA, available in stores Tuesday, June 5th, released by Reprise Records.
Tickets for Neil Young & Crazy Horse will go on sale starting June 8th in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. General admission floor tickets are available in all markets, with the exception of Los Angeles.

$1.00 from every ticket sold will go directly to benefit The Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.

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.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012
ITINERARY

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

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