Young tells writer David Carr that he’s stopped smoking pot and drinking, and has been straight for a year. “He decided to do it sober after talking with his doctor about a brain that had endured many youthful pharmaceutical adventures, in addition to epilepsy and an aneurysm. For someone who smoked pot the way others smoke cigarettes, the change has not been without its challenges.” Carr offers this excerpt from the book: “The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself.”
Like fellow folkies Dawes, Mumford & Sons seems to be one of the most predominant new acts to be name-checked by rock’s royalty. Let’s take a look at which other musical icons have endorsed Marcus Mumford and his mates.
The album features mostly songs penned by Ms. Young: one song, “Doghouse,” was written by her legendary husband. Another, “I Don’t Want To Talk About It,” is a cover of a classic written by one of his late bandmates, legendary Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual event: an all-acoustic concert headlined by Neil Young, it always attracts a wide variety of artists. This year’s lineup includes Guns ‘N Roses, Jack White and Steve Martin. In the past, artists as diverse as Metallica, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have performed at the concert. But what is The Bridge School?
Neil Young and his long time-band Crazy Horse are about to release their second album of the year: Psychedelic Pill will follow Americana by less than five months when it is released on October 30. Psychedelic Pill, as previously reported, will be a double album (or a 3 LP set), and there will be a video for each of the album’s songs.
Axl Rose may have to stick to a schedule for once: he and Guns N Roses have signed on to perform at this years Bridge School Benefit Concert, and the young audience have a curfew to stick to. Also on the bill: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, comedian Steve Martin and his bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang and Gary Clark Jr.
In honor of NBC’s Neil Young/Neil Armstrong mix-up this weekend, here are five other rock star death rumors through the years.
Confirming wide-spread rumors, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their second record of 2013 this October, a double album called “Psychedelic Pill.”
Young has famously resisted leaning too much on his greatest hits when he tours. While he generally plays a couple of his well known songs, he has never been tethered to any song in particular when he performs. And when he has new material, he’s generally pretty enthused about it. But so far, just one Americana song has made the setlist: “Jesus’ Chariot.”
All-American rock and roll legends Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young & Crazy Horse topped the bill at this year’s Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco with lots of volume, scores of classic songs and even some good, old-fashioned love.