More information, including a track listing, is emerging about The Monsanto Years, the highly anticipated album from Neil Young and Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson‘s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson.
The nine-song album, which also comes with a DVD, will be available on June 29; a track listing is available below. The Monsanto Years will be available in a special CD / DVD package, on vinyl and through iTunes and PonoMusic. (Vinyl copies will not be available until August.)
Young hinted earlier in the year that he was working on an album with the Nelsons, noting at the time that The Monsanto Years would be “an upbeat review of the situation.” The project began as a result of Young’s advocacy against Monsanto, a company that produces food additives that are included in many foods, including items allegedly sold at Starbucks, which led Young to boycott the famous coffee chain.
“Still no latte for me,” Young says. “No more Starbucks at all until the giant corporation stands up and comes clean.”
In support of the upcoming record, Neil Young and Promise of the Real are launching the joint Rebel Content Tour, which will launch on July 5 at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. All dates are available at PromiseoftheReal.com.
Pre-orders of The Monsanto Years are currently available at NeilYoung.com. All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of “Big Box” and “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.”
Neil Young and Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years Track Listing:
1. “A New Day for Love”
2. “Wolf Moon”
3. “People Want to Hear About Love”
4. “Big Box”
5. “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”
6. “Workin’ Man”
7. “Rules of Change”
8. “Monsanto Years”
9. “If I Don’t Know”
Neil Young and his recent collaborators, Lukas and Micah Nelson — the sons of country great Willie Nelson — performed an acoustic rendition of their new protest song, “The Monsanto Years,” during an anti-GMO event in Maui this weekend, Stereogum reports.
Just like the song — and forthcoming album of the same name — the Outgrow Monsanto event sought to raise awareness of the agrochemical giant’s unhealthy and environmentally unfriendly practices, especially their propagation of genetically modified foods and seeds.
“The Monsanto Years” specifically looks at the issue from the perspective of a farmer who resorts to growing Monsanto-manufactured crops, but thinks often of his mother and father and the untainted farming traditions they passed down. Young and the Nelson brothers’ performance has an impromptu, communal feel as their steely acoustic guitars overlap over rhythms meted out on the bottom of a bucket.
Later that same day, Young and the Nelson brothers did away with their acoustic guitars and blasted through a rendition of “Down By the River,” off Young and Crazy Horse’s 1969 classic, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Backed by the bellows of the audience, the performance remained true to the original and Lukas held his own during the enviable — but certainly not easy — task of trading solos with Young.
Thanks to Jenny Thompson, for capturing screen shots from the Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Show last night. The band performed with Lost Lonely Boys, in the State Room, in Salt Lake City, and the show was streamed live, which was so nice, because fans could watch it everywhere. I am really starting to like this streaming stuff.
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real will perform at the ARISE festival in Loveland this summer, August 7 – 9, 2015. Westword Magazine in Denver is having a contest to win two VIP tickets to the show.
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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Doobie Decibel System (Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Aaron Redner (Hot Buttered Rum, Grateful Bluegrass Boys) and other California musicians will perform at A Benefit for Music Heals International on May 26, 2015. The concert will be at the Sweetwater Music Hall, in Mill Valley, CA
Tue, May 26, 2015 Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35 Advance/$40 Day of show/$60 VIP
The show is all ages.
Lukas Nelson says his famous father has inspired him on his current career path.
The son of country music legend Willie Nelson says although it was tough at times, the upbringing he has received from his dad was great.
“I was happy to see how he affected people and people love him,” he said over the phone from Maui last week. “It was inspiring to me to see him work and see him do what he does, and now I’m inspired to do something similar.”
Lukas now fronts and plays guitar for rock band Promise of the Real, which also features Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Corey McCormick (bass). The band has released two studio albums, two live albums and an EP, and has shared the stage with John Fogerty, B.B. King and Neil Young. The group will be making a stop in Medicine Hat, opening for Los Lonely Boys at the Esplanade May 14.
Following the tour with Los Lonely Boys, Promise of the Real, along with Lukas’s brother Micah, will be backing up Young for a summer tour for Young’s new album, “The Monsanto Years,” which is expected to arrive this summer. Lukas says he has played with Young a couple of times at Farm Aid (the benefit concert started by his father, Young and John Mellencamp) and he invited them to play on the new album.
“It was one of the coolest moments of my life to get that e-mail,” said Lukas.
The band backed up Young at a protest concert for the Keystone Pipeline in Nebraska and at a secret show in April in San Luis Opisbo, Calif., where they previewed new tracks.
As the title indicates, the album is focused on agricultural corporation Monsanto, which Lukas describes as a “pretty messed up” corporation.
“Their latest effort is to try and make it so you don’t have to label foods with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on them, because people are afraid of GMOs, and they won’t buy (food) if they have GMOs” he said. “That’s their latest effort, but honestly, I think they’re going down. That company is archaic and I don’t think genetically modified foods are really great and I think people are getting hip to that.”
In addition to the album with Young, Promise of the Real has also recently recorded its third full-length album, and is in the midest of figuring out distribution.
“It’s kind of closer to our first release (self-titled, 2012),” said Lukas. “It’s great, it’s wonderful, it’s really fun, we worked hard on it, and I’m proud of it.”
Lukas, who says his dad has given enough advice to fill a book, says he has been blessed to have the opportunity to perform on stage with his father.
“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” he said.
Nelson and Promise of the Real will be opening for Chicano rock band Los Lonely Boys during the show in Medicine Hat. The band, made up of brothers Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, reached No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart with its debut single Heaven, and has released six studio albums and three live albums.
“They’re great, I love them,” said Nelson. “They actually came to Maui a couple of times before they were famous, and dad was a big supporter of theirs and they’ve come out to hang out with us there, and they’re good friends, so I can’t wait to see them.”
Tickets for the show are $39.50 plus service charges, and available at tixx.ca, the Esplanade box office or the Medicine Hat Mall. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real have a new album out soon!
Last September, just before he took the stage at Farm Aid Neil Young was hanging out on his tour bus with Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas. Out of nowhere, he asked if they wanted to come out and join him on “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the end of his set. “We were like, ‘Fuck yeah, dude,'” says Micah. “It felt great, like we’d been jamming together forever.”
Lukas and Micah both play guitar and have their own bands. Lukas, 26, fronts Promise of the Real, while Micah, 25, plays with Insects vs Robots and occasionally plays solo under the name Particle Kid. They have known Young as far back as they can remember. “He’s ‘Uncle Neil,'” Micah tells Rolling Stone. “But until a couple of Farm Aids ago, we never had a chance to just hang out and get a vibe from each other. At the same time, I feel like I’ve always known him forever through his music because it’s so honest.”
In the fall of 2007, Lukas met his future Promise of the Real bandmate Anthony Logerfo when they both caught Young’s show at Nokia Live in Los Angeles. “After the show, we went back to his place and went surfing in the night with a bunch of his buddies,” says Lukas. “I got stung by a stingray, and that night I had to sleep on his couch with my foot in a bucket of hot water to neutralize the [venom] protein. He brought me this huge pile of weed and I knew we’d be best friends after that.”
They called their new band, which features Logerfo on drums, Tato Melgar on percussion and Corey McCormick on bass, Promise of the Real after Young’s line, “Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real” from 1974’s “Walk On.” “We listened to Neil Young every day when we started the band,” says Lukas. “And ‘Walk On’ has always been one of my favorite songs.”
“Monsanto is the poster child for the problems we’re having with the corporate government,” Young recently said.
Two weeks after last year’s Farm Aid, Young and Nelson headlined the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh, Nebraska to protest the proposed Keystone Pipeline. “We were playing as my father’s band that night,” says Lukas. “And Neil called us onto his bus and worked out a few songs he wanted to play with us. All of us just had a blast.”
The Bridge School Benefit came about weeks later, and once again Young called out Micah, Lukas and Promise of the Real to back him on a few songs. “We didn’t know that was going to happen,” says Lukas. “But we brought our instruments just in case he wanted us to join him. It went really well, but after that we didn’t talk for a while.”
Sometime in December, an e-mail arrived from Young. “He was like, ‘Hey, I wrote a bunch of new songs,” says Micah. “I want you guys to come do the record with me. Love, Neil.” They were stunned beyond belief. “I was so stoked,” says Lukas. “I can’t even describe how elated I was.”
The weeks passed and no plans came into place, but on January 7th, Rolling Stone asked Young about his next album at the International Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “‘I’m working on another album now that I’m going to be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,” he said. It’s called The Monsanto Years. It’s an upbeat review of the situation.” The album is set for release in June, but at the time, this was news to more people than just Young fans. “That’s how we knew it was real,” says Micah. “With Neil, we’ve learned not to expect anything until it’s actually happening. Once it’s in print in the press and he said it, that was the moment where we knew it was for real.”
Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson
photo: Mary Francis Andrews
by: Katie Delong
MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2015. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real (with special guest to be announced) will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 5th as the closing performance of Summerfest.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 16th via Reprise Records. The politically/ecologically-charged album will be released via participating digital retailers and Young’s online music store PonoMusic.com, as well as on physical CD and vinyl in stores and on Neil’s official web store: http://neilyoung.warnerbrosrecords.com/.
Promise of the Real is an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), along with Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions. For the first time, they have recorded and will now tour together under the banner of the Rebel Content Tour. For further information on Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, visit: http://www.promiseofthereal.com/.
The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real will kick off on July 5th at Summerfest.
Every ticket purchased will include the choice of a standard physical CD or standard digital copy of his new album, The Monsanto Years. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.
The Rebel Content Tour dates:
July 5 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
July 8 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 9 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 11 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
July 13 Riverbend Music Center Cincinatti, OH
July 14 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
July 16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
July 17 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
July 19 Champlain Valley Expo Essex Junction, VT
July 21 Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
July 22 Xfinity Center Great Woods, MA
July 24 Wayhome Festival Oro-Medonte, Canada
Tickets for the Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Sunday, July 5th go on sale Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. CDT and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 1.414.273.2600, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at Ticketmaster.com to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.
PLEASE NOTE: To purchase Marcus Amphitheater tickets in person at the Summerfest Box Office on the day of the on sale, patrons must visit the temporary location at the Mid Gate on the corner of Harbor Drive and Chicago Street. Parking will be available across the street.
Summerfest fans get access to “Stay Connected” Pre-sales before tickets go on sale to the general public when they subscribe to receive Summerfest News email alerts at Summerfest.com, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real presale will run Thursday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT or until pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.
Summerfest 2015 will take place June 24th – 28th and June 30th – July 5th from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, June 29th.
Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit Summerfest.com.
by: Matt Fountain and Sarah Linn
Legendary folk rocker Neil Young stopped Thursday in San Luis Obispo for a secret show.
The Grammy Award winner took the stage at SLO Brewing Co. at 9 p.m., backed by rock band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and played until midnight.
The spur-of-the-moment concert was presented by Good Medicine Presents and Numbskull Productions. Good Medicine co-owner Todd Newman said he and his wife, Korie, have been working with Nelson, son of country star Willie Nelson, since 2007.
“Lukas contacted us last week and asked to work on a secret show,” Todd Newman wrote in an email. “He didn’t offer many details. He simply said, ‘Let’s plan for a concert Thursday and we are going to bring something special to Good Medicine and SLO.’
”It wasn’t until shortly before the show that we found that Neil was the special surprise.”
San Luis Obispo resident Jason Hill was sipping a beer at McCarthy’s Irish Pub at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a friend sent him a text message about the Neil Young concert.
“I dropped my beer, ran to the show and got right in line. And then I realized I had no cash,” said Hill, who borrowed enough money to purchase pre-sale tickets for himself, his friend and their fathers.
“It was the best show in San Luis Obispo at SLO Brew,” Hill said. “Because it was a total surprise — and it was Neil Young.”
When Mike Johnson, who lives a few blocks from downtown San Luis Obispo, heard about the show after work, he, too, raced to SLO Brewing Co.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Johnson said. “Seeing Willie Nelson’s son’s band play backup for Neil Young in a tiny venue at the spur of the moment? It was one of the more entertaining things I’ve ever experienced.”
Concertgoers paid just $10 to hear Young play two sets that included a nearly 10-minute long version of “Down By the River” as well as favorites such as “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” and “Ordinary People.” The energetic crowd that packed SLO Brewing Co., which has a capacity of 457 people, ranged from college students to older folks.
Young announced in January that he is working on a new album with Lukas Nelson and his brother, Micah Nelson.
Known for a long string of hit songs that includes “Harvest Moon,” “Old Man” and “For What It’s Worth,” Young helped shaped the sound of the 1960s and ’70s as a member of two bands — Buffalo Springfield and rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s also enjoyed a successful, decades-spanning career as a solo artist.
Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo musician in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
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