Days after he told fans not to expect any future tour dates, Neil Young has had an apparent change of heart. The singer revealed that he will in fact set out on a new tour with Crazy Horse and keep things nostalgic by playing only historic, long-standing arenas.
“We have been looking at booking the Crazy Horse Barn tour,” Young shared on the Neil Young Archives this weekend. “Many of the old places we used to play are gone now, replaced by new coliseums we have to book year in advance and we don’t want to go anyway. That’s not the way we like to play. It sounds way too much like a real job if you have to book it and wait a year, so we have decided to play the old arenas – not the new sports facilities put up by corporations for their sports teams.”
Young continued the announcement by calling newer-built venues “largely soulless” and reiterated the extra cost that comes with performing in one.
The announcement post laid out an extensive list of all the major venues Young has headlined over the years, 30 of which have now been demolished. Existing venues on his list include Chicago’s United Center, Austin’s Frank Erwin Center, Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, LA’s Forum and Madison Square Garden.
“We wanted to play in a couple of months because we feel like it. To us it’s not a regular job. We don’t like the new rules. If you are looking for us on our Crazy Horse Barn Tour, we will hopefully be in one of the existing arenas.”
No official tour dates have been announced, however, Young shared that details are forthcoming.
The band will continue to support Young’s latest album, 2019’s Colorado, which marked his first album with Crazy Horse in seven years. The singer’s performance schedule is wide open for the remainder of the year. He will perform alongside Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills and others at Stills’ Light Up The Blues autism benefit concert in May. However, he has no other commercial gigs on his agenda yet.