By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen Fresh from September’s Farm Aid in New York, Neil Young will kick off a North American tour Oct....

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Fresh from September’s Farm Aid in New York, Neil Young will kick off a North American tour Oct. 18 – Dec. 13, in support of his upcoming album “Chrome Dreams II.” The album drops Oct. 16 and is a collection of eight new and two classic Young songs recorded last summer in Northern California.

While on tour, which includes multiple nights in Chicago, Toronto and New York, Young will play host on Oct. 27-28 at the 21st annual Bridge School Concerts in Mountain View, CA, which will also feature appearances by Metallica, John Mayer, Tom Waits with the Kronos Quartet, the trio of Eddie Vedder, Flea and Jack Irons, among others.

Ticket purchases of three tickets or less per transaction will receive one copy of Young’s new CD; those purchasing four tickets per transaction will receive two copies of the CD. Ticket purchases are limited to four per person. This offer applies only to those tickets ordered through the Internet or by phone. The CD’s will be shipped before the show so fans will be able to hear “Chrome Dreams II” before Young performs selections live. Concert tickets must be purchased at least six business days prior to the concert date to ensure pre-show delivery . . .

The “free” CD offer is not novel. Bruce Hornsby recently gave away a boxset to concert goers, and Prince has distributed his CDs on his last two tours, both domestically and in London, England. Prince did it as a thank you to his fans for buying concert tickets, but the fans did not realize that the cost of the CDs was included in the ticket price as promoters were forced to purchase the CDs from the record label. Separately, the Purple One also gave away CDs with newspapers in England.

Live Nation’s The Next Adventure is the tour’s promoter.

Tour dates:
October 18; Boise, ID, Morrison Center
October 20; Spokane, WA, INB Performing Arts Center
October 22; Portland, OR, Keller Theatre
October 23; Seattle,WA, Wamu Center
October 30; Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live!
November 5; Denver, CO, Wells Fargo Theatre
November 8; Minneapolis, MN, Northrop Auditorium
November 10; Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
November 12-13; Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
November 15; Washington, D.C., D.A.R. Constitution Hall
November 18; St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
November 26-27; Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
December 2-3; Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
December 5; Wallingford, CT, Chevrolet Theatre
December 9; Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre
December 12-13; New York, NY, United Palace