Neil Young and Crazy Horse are ready to hit the road again after an eight year hiatus. The band announced yesterday, June 4, that they will be embarking on a North American tour scheduled to kick off this fall.
Young and Crazy Horse — consisting of Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot, and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro — start things off at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario on October 3 and are currently scheduled through December 4 when they will wrap things up at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Notable stops along the way include Los Angeles and New Orleans in October followed by Boston and New York City’s Madison Square Garden late November. Updates and a full listing of the tour dates can be found by visiting Young’s official website.
The last time the band was together for a full performance dates back to March 2004 when they ended their Greendale tour. Since then they have only shared the stage once, back in February of this year for a MusiCares Gala. The band played a cover of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” at the event held in honor of Sir. Paul McCartney, according to jambands.com.
The band’s announcement comes just as their highly anticipated new album “Americana” hits store shelves today, June 5. “Americana” is the first album for Neil Diamond and Crazy Horse since 2003’s “Greendale.” The album is described by Rolling Stone as “filled with gritty, ragged and rocking renditions of American folk classics.” Young’s website goes on to explain that the songs on this album “may have been referred to as ‘protest songs’, ‘murder ballads’, or campfire-type songs…relatable tales for everyman.” The band has released a video for “Oh Susannah” the lead track off the album.
Rolling Stone also reports that Young and Crazy Horse recorded another album with original material that could be released later on this year.
For fans wondering what to expect during the North American tour Young told Rolling Stone that ” [the tour] is going to be [songs from] the past, present and the future.”
In addition, concert goers will see either Patti Smith or Los Lobos setting the stage for Young and Crazy Horse. Los Lobos, a veteran latin rock band from Los Angeles, will be with the tour through November 19. Taking it from there will be Patti Smith who also released an album today “Banga.”
According to Rolling Stone tickets range from $47.00 to over $255 on Ticketmaster. Presales are available for select shows starting Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Jambands.com reports fans who purchase tickets to the show online will receive a copy of “Americana” at no extra charge.
In a press release from Live Nation, it was announced that tickets will go start to go on sale June 10 at noon. There are general admission floor tickets available for all of the stops with the exception of Los Angeles. $1.00 from every ticket sold will benefit The Bridge School.
Prior to starting their tour, you can see Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform early August at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Ouside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA.