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Young plays rarities at private show in Paris

Neil in Paris





Mystery surrounds the private show Neil Young and Promise of the Real performed in Paris the evening of Jan. 25, 2016.

According to UNCUT the event at Theatre Mogador  was hosted by Carmignac, who describe themselves as “one of the leading asset managers in Europe” on their Twitter feed. And apparently billionaire Eduardo Carmignac joined Neil & musicians on stage.

Among the surprises in Young’s set the After the Goldrush track “Til the Morning Comes” made its live debut, 46 years after the album’s release.

Another cut from the same album, “Cripple Creek Ferry,” was played for the fourth time only, and the first time since 1997.

The set also included Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

Thanks to Tom Hambleton at


Neil Young and Promise Of The Real have announced a batch of UK tour dates as part of their Rebel Content tour.

Young announced he would play Belfast (for the first time ever) and Dublin, as well as shows on mainland Europe – Leipzig on July 20 and Berlin on July 21.

The itinerary has now been expanded to take in Glasgow, Leeds and London.

The tour dates are:



Fan review from Red Rocks

Here’s a great review of the Red Rocks show from a fan. Enjoy….
neilarmsIt had been pouring rain all day long.  The parking lot was red mud as we trudged up to the south entrance of the amphitheater.  The woman at the gate told us that the show was barely half sold that evening.  In the steady rain, we watched Band of Horses perform.
As Band of Horses closed out their set, the skies parted.  A beautiful rainbow appeared in the eastern sky, and then, two women came out onto the stage.  Tossing seeds and watering sunflowers, they seemed intent to let it grow.  Only a distraction to me, and everyone else, as after a few minutes watching these two women, somebody had snuck out onto the stage behind the old upright.  Our spiritual leader had arrived.
 If Red Rocks was only half sold out that evening, someone might want to explain why as Neil started performing After the Goldrush the entire place was on their feet, clear up to the back row.  The venue was packed to capacity.
Neil set out on a tremendous solo acoustic set, later to be joined by Willie’s kids and the Promise of the Real.  There was something for everyone at these shows.  From longstanding hits to songs pulled from the dustbins of history, nobody, and I mean nobody could have been disappointed by Neil’s performance Wednesday night.
When was the last time you heard Hold Back the Tears and Peace of Mind in one show?  How about Bad Fog of Loneliness and Flying on the Ground is Wrong?  For goodness sakes, even after better than a couple hundred Neil performances over the past 35 years, I was blown away.  For the hardcore fan, Neil pulled out songs like Words (Between the Lines of Age), Don’t Be Denied (1st song of the encore Wednesday evening) and Double E (2nd song of the encore Wednesday evening).
The Monsanto Years was certainly heavily promoted in the show, as those of us who know Neil would anticipate.  We weren’t there to see him perform Heart of Gold or Old Man (although he did!).  We were there for the obscure and the new.  We got everything we bargained for, and then some.  Wolf Moon is an absolutely beautiful song, and Neil pulled it off impeccably.  While the new album is focused on corporate farming practices, this is nothing new coming from Neil.  He has stayed the course over virtually his entire career.  Just listen to After the Goldrush, Field of Opportunity, or Mother Earth as examples.  This thread is nothing new to Neil, and we as his fans largely support it.
The setlist was incredible, spanning from the Buffalo Springfield to the present day.  I for one was stunned at the number of Stray Gators songs Neil performed, considering that all members of the Stray Gators have sadly passed away.  There is no replacing the soul of the Stray Gators, Ben Keith, but Lukas & Micah Nelson sure tried on slide guitar and using a bow on the guitar.  Also surprising was the number of Crazy Horse songs performed.  With only one exception, they all came off incredibly well.  That exception was Cowgirl in the Sand.  It just seemed like the band didn’t have the sound balanced properly during the jams in between verses.  Perhaps that was just my perception.  But White Line, Love & Only Love, and Double E came off just great.  In any event, seeing Neil do Cowgirl in the Sand cannot be easily discounted.  It WAS fantastic, thank you Neil!
After nearly 3 hours, the show ended with Don’t Be Denied followed by Double E.  If there was anyone disappointed with this show, perhaps they should consider never leaving their house again, as it’s been a long time since I have seen a Neil performance this moving and energized.
The second night was equally exciting.  This time however, the weather decided to be a bit less cooperative.  While the day was gorgeous, Neil’s performance was rained on.  Actually, it poured.  And candidly, it didn’t matter.  Thursday evening was packed to the rafters.  Fortunately, the real fans knew to bring their rain gear, and we needed it.  Neil came out of the box a little rough on his vocals with After the Goldrush, but he quickly gained his composure.  His set while shorter than Wednesday evening, had some incredible highlights.  As Neil broke into Winterlong, the emotions of the second day were overwhelming.  It is a song that is so moving and personal that I felt as if he performed it in my honor.  I have lived the storyline of Winterlong, and it is painful.  It was a great version, very moving, and just phenomenal.
Again, hearing Words performed was just unbelievable, not to mention one of the best Down by the River’s I have heard in years, possibly decades.  Neil didn’t do Cowgirl the 2nd night, but the Down By The River had 10,000 plus people in the pouring rain cheering as he pulled off one of the most incredible solos I have ever heard him do.  Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was late in the show, which is odd as he often performs that song early in the performance when I have heard it on prior occasions.  The encore Thursday night wasn’t a real barn burner, but we had almost 2 1/2 hours of Neil, non-stop in the pouring rain with lightning illuminating the night sky around Red Rocks.  No complaints whatsoever.
“Well all you critics sit alone…”  I read a review by a fellow named Matt Miller.  He must have been at a different Red Rocks this week and seen a different Neil Young.  When 10,000+ people are on their feet getting pelted by heavy rain, cheering at the top of their lungs during virtually the entire show, sorry Matt, but I’d say you might reconsider your statement “…the fans lost interest from the long concert and the new, preachy songs toward the end from the new album.”  Judging from what I saw, nothing could be further from the truth.  
Consider the following – there are 12 shows on this tour, 2 were at Red Rocks, and nobody walked away disappointed.  A woman next to me Thursday night broke down into tears.  It was her very first Neil show, she flew to Denver from Sausalito, and she couldn’t believe how good he was.  Sadly, she didn’t bring her rain gear – typical Bay Area concert goer.  There were fans in attendance from coast to coast.  I met people from the midwest, the east coast, the west coast, and points in between.  The real Neil fans knew this was going to be a special week at Red Rocks, and Neil let nobody down.
For those of us musicians, Neil used the old upright (you know the old beat up upright), the foot pump pipe organ, the old Martin D-28, the White Gretsch, and Old Black.  I don’t recall him using any other guitars.
As for the Stray Gators portion of the show, it was great.  The Stray Gators were one of the best bands Neil ever recorded and performed with in my opinion.  We were fortunate that they came back together 20+ years ago for a stint.  Let them all rest in peace.
With regards to the Crazy Horse songs, they were good.  But Neil, this is to you personally – it’s time to let the Horse out of the barn.  I have a hard time seeing Love & Only Love, White Line, Down By The River, Cowgirl in the Sand, and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere performed by some other band when Poncho, Ralph and perhaps Billy are ready, willing and able to rock n roll.  There is no substitute for Crazy Horse, especially when the guys can pull it off.
Finally, for those concerned with Neil’s wrist, it was wrapped the 2nd night, but not the first night.  Obviously it’s causing him some pain.  Maybe that’s why the 2nd show was a bit shorter than Wednesday evening.  Regardless, show me a musician who can captivate an audience for close to 3 hours, with no intermission, have them engaged and on their feet, cheering, singing, crying and totally into every word and note.  The greatest singer/songwriter/musician we have ever seen is thankfully still with us, and he continues to bring us timeless music in a relevant manner.  Nobody can do what Neil does, nobody ever will.   
Long May You Run Neil.
Michael Golden
Truckee, California

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"MORRISON, CO - JULY 8: Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 8, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)"

“MORRISON, CO – JULY 8: Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 8, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)”

Matt Miller at Hey Reverb starts his review of the Red Rocks Show in Morrison, Colorado this way:

 “He used to say 1970s,” my dad leans over and tells me as Neil Young opens his set at Red Rocks on Wednesday. The song is “After The Goldrush.” Young is playing it on his own, lit by a single spotlight with dramatic shadows hanging from his hat as he’s singing, “Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st century.”

He writes that the fans lost interest from the long concert and the new, preachy songs toward the end from the new album, “The Monsanto Years.” Still, Miller said, there were some very special moments.

It took nearly half the set, but Young and his band finally got some space to stretch on Young’s “Words (Between the Lines of Age), Miller writes.

“Here with extended jams and those crunchy guitars, Young and this band seem to be grown from the same seed (pardon the farming pun). Though Young is twice their age, they all look and sound like a ’70s garage-rock jam band, wasting their nights in loud rooms, half-deaf from feedback and blaring one-note solos.

“Which is why the few Crazy Horse tracks that Young played on Wednesday made for some truly special moments. “Cowgirl in the Sand,” near the latter half of the set, was a squealing vintage rocker, with Young dueling solos with the Nelson brothers and dragging out psych-fueled grooves. You could hardly tell the difference between this version at Red Rocks and the ‘Live from the Fillmore East’ version that plays at Sancho’s Broken Arrow three times a day.”

He said the band stayed pretty loud and Young continued to rage? about environmentalism, but most of his fans up front seemed to lose their steam.

“A man with a tie-dyed shirt covered in a white Red Rocks-brand poncho, who had been smoking a joint on his own only an hour earlier, looked bored. The fans who had been singing 25-year-old track “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)” during Young’s first few solo songs seemed to be longing for the car.

“But that’s Neil Young for you. Even if his fans are tired and fizzling out, he’ll keep fighting as he always has. That’s what he did on Wednesday. And as he neared the third hour and 30th song of his set, you couldn’t help but think that with this guy on her side, Mother Nature might just have a chance.

“So many iconic musicians his age are still dragging themselves on tour (or being dragged on tour) for nothing other than a money grab. Not Young. Young has something to say — he’s been saying it for decades — and he’s not going to quit now. He doesn’t care if you want to hear the classics. Not while Monsanto is still around.”

"MORRISON, CO - JULY 8: Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 8, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)"

“MORRISON, CO – JULY 8: Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 8, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)”










Day 1 Setlist


Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA



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Day 2 Setlist – shorter concert due to rain
Neil Young

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA
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. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
15. Walk On
16. Winterlong
17. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
18. People Want To Hear About Love
19. A New Day For Love
20. Down By The River
21. Workin’ Man
22. Big Box
23. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
24. Monsanto Years
25. Love And Only Love
26. If I Don’t Know

Setlist source: Tom Hambleton at


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

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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


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Big Box Offers Big Sound

neil-young-the-monsanto-yearsHere’s an audio of the song “Big Box” from Neil Young’s new album “The Monsanto Years.”

Reminiscent of the narrative songs within his musical “Greendale,”  told in the form of a ballad.

Troubadours include Lukas & Micah Nelson, The Promise of the Real. The band name is said to have come from Young’s “Walk On,” off the classic “On the Beach album.”

From the chorus:

“Ooh baby, that’s hard to change
I can’t tell them how to feel.
Some get stoned, some get strange,
But sooner or later it all gets real.”



Random Quote

Like Bob Dylan, with whom he is most comparable, Young periodically falls in and out of favor with public taste, but at no point in the past has that stunted his ambition.
by Mark Guarino, Chicago Daily Herald, 29 Aug 2003.

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