Archive for the ‘Neil Young’ Category

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1985)

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

Neil Young won’t play Farm Aid 2021, due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Neil Young has announced that he will not be playing at this year’s Farm Aid in Hartford, Conn. due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

“Lots is going on in our world right now,” wrote Young on his website. “I find myself wondering whether Farm Aid will be safe for everyone with the Covid pandemic surging. I worry about that. I don’t want to let anybody down but still can’t shake the feeling that it might not be safe for everyone.

All you people who can’t go to a concert because you still don’t feel safe, I stand with you,” Young continued. “I don’t want you to see me playing and think it’s safe now. I don’t want to play until you feel safe, and it is indeed, safe. My soul tells me it would be wrong to risk having anyone die because they wanted to hear music and be with friends. No matter where you are, I am with you. Do what you must, but think it through. We will be back. There is much work to do together.”

Young also voiced his concerns about the rise of cases of the virus affecting children, “There are already too many children in hospitals.” Farm Aid is a notably family-centric festival.

Festival founder Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are still set to perform at Farm Aid on Sept. 25. “While I respect Willie, John and Dave’s decisions to stick with it and play, I am not of the same mind. It is a tough call.”

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Monday, June 14th, 2021

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Farm Aid Heroes

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, “Light up the Blues – Autism Speaks” at Greek Theater (4/10/21)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Tickets available starting at $55
by: Ilana Tel-Oren

Rock ‘N Roll legends are teaming together for a great cause on April 10, 2021 at the Greek Theatre. With your ticket purchase, you’ll be able to see Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Lucius, Fantastic Negrito, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Will Breman and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests while giving back to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and families.

The annual benefit show is headed by Young’s former bandmate and veteran rocker Stephen Stills (also on the bill) alongside his wife Karen. The annual event was initially scheduled to take place on May 30 but was postponed due to Covid-19. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.

Neil Young really needs no introduction. The rock legend has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1995 as a solo artist and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. He’s received several Grammy and Juno Awards, and his 21 albums and singles have been certified Gold and Platinum in U.S by RIAA certification. Same goes for Willie Nelson, the most well-known artist in country music. This lineup of rock legends will be hosted by comedian and fellow rock-n-roller Jack Black, who is sure to make the night fun and interesting.

Grab your tickets and get ready to Light Up the Blues!

Tickets available starting at $55

Location: The Greek Theatre
Address: 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Farm Aid 1995)

Monday, December 14th, 2020

“Harvest the Hope” (9/27/2014)

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

photo:  Matt Ryerson
by: Carolyn Cunningham

The setting may seem strange, but this past Saturday, Willie Nelson and Neil Young transformed the middle of a cornfield into Harvest the Hope benefit concert. The concert organized by Art and Helen Tanderup at their farm in Neligh, Nebraska hosted 8,000 people who flocked to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young sing in protest of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would travel 1,179 miles from Alberta to southern Nebraska, would go straight through the Tanderup farm, and the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears”.


Six years ago is when TransCanada first proposed the Keystone XL pipeline and since then farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, and environmentalists have held multiple meetings to oppose the pipeline. The biggest fear is that there would be a spill that would cause irreversible harm to the Ogallala Aquifer. “As caretakers of our land, family farmers know best what’s good for it,” said Willie Nelson, Farm Aid co-founder. “We stand with these family farmers fighting for their land, livelihood and community.”


Both Nelson and Young have fought for the rights of farmers through out their careers. Between the two men they have thirteen Grammys, nine Juno awards, an Oscar nomination, one induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Nelson and Young along with John Mellencamp started Farm Aid in 1985. Farm Aid is a non-profit organizations whose main goal is to help farmers stay on their land. With that in mind Nelson and Young’s opposition to the pipeline does not come as a surprise, because of how it would displace farmers like the Tanderups’.

Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!

Opening for Willie Nelson and Neil Young was Frank Waln a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The pipeline would also go through the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s land. Waln was there to show his opposition to the pipeline as well as perform. The twenty five year old Columbia College grad credits his roots as a major influence in his music. Waln, who was raised by a single mother, brought his mother on stage to perform a song that he wrote for her called “My Rock”. All of the songs Waln performed were inspired by some part of his life growing up as a part of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Performing in front of 8,000 excited fans Willie Nelson and Neil Young performed songs from their earlier albums as well as newer material. Neil Young wrote a new song specifically for the occasion rightfully titled “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”. Young’s new song was the finale of the concert where he asked the crowd to join together and sing with him. As the final notes closed out the song a sense of hope filled the corn field as 8,000 people stood together to fight against the pipeline.


Press Conference

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Farm Aid Heros

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Willie and Neil

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

New albums from Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Join Stephen Stills for Autism Benefit

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
by: Bobby Duncan

The benefit concert, which Stills and his wife have organized every year since 2013 (with the exception of 2019), raises funds for Austism Speaks – the largest autism advocacy organization in the United States. The Stills’ son Henry, is on the autism spectrum.

The show will take place May 30th at L.A.’s Greek Theater with tickets going on sale February 14th.

Stephen Stills recently revealed to Rolling Stone that it is in part thanks to Neil Young that the benefit is taking place again this year. After taking a break in 2018, Stills says Young arrived at his house one day insisting they start planning for 2020.

“He just came roaring in one day,” Stills told the magazine. “He said, ‘You’re going to do it and I’m going to be there. If you need anything, just call.’ Of course, it’s like trying to call Howard Hughes. But he’s always there for me. God bless him.”

In addition to Willie Nelson and Neil Young, the lineup will also feature Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who will also serve as the house band, Luscius, Fantastic Negrito, and several artists who themselves are on the autism spectrum including The Voice’s Will Breman.

Actor Jack Black, who has been involved in Light Up the Blues since the beginning, will be the emcee for the evening.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019