Neil Young performs “Long May You Run” with Willie Nelson live at the Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Illinois on October 4, 1997.
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Pete Seeger made a surprise visit to Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, and invited the Farm Aid Board Members on stage to sing “This Land is Your Land”, including a new verse (“New York is meant to be frack free”).
Thanks to photographer and friend Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos with us here.
Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse perform “All Along the Watchtower” live at the Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994.
by: Andy Greene
“I, coincidentally, had been trying to reach him through our offices to tell him that I thought he was great,” Young wrote in his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. “And he should do exactly what he thought he should do and fuck everybody else . . . So when he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside me. It fucked with me.”
Young refused to publicly comment on Cobain at the time, opting to pour all of his emotions into his new LP Sleeps With Angels. He didn’t promote the album with any press or even a tour, choosing to only play at a few benefit gigs that year. The biggest one was Farm Aid in September. The show was held at the Louisiana Superdome and featured newer bands such as the Spin Doctors and the Gin Blossoms and veterans including Kris Kristofferson and the Neville Brothers, along with Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse were one of the highlights of the night. They mixed in Sleeps With Angels cuts “Piece of Crap” and “Change Your Mind” with classics “Down By the River” and “Country Home.” They also covered “All Along the Watchtower” with Willie Nelson on acoustic guitar. Here’s video of that performance.
Along with Tonight’s the Night, Sleeps With Angels remains one of Young’s darkest albums. He’s performed virtually none of the songs in the past two decades.
Thanks to CMT for posting entire show this morning.
Willie Nelson & Friends on CMT’s Crossroads on tv tonight.
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Neil Young performs “Heart of Gold” with Willie Nelson at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky on October 1st, 1995. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001
The Willie Nelson & Friends special airs 6/23 on CMT.
CMT Crossroads is a series of specials that aims to connect country-music luminaries with friends from across musical divides, but it usually just combines different flavors of cheese. (The last episode, for instance, paired Rascal Flatts with Journey.) But the show’s next episode promises to be something special. Willie Nelson taped his Willie Nelson & Friends special at Jack White’s Third Man Records, and he brought a roster of guests that included Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, and Ashley Monroe. And in what must’ve been a show-stopping moment, Nelson’s fellow free-spirited reedy-voiced legend Neil Young joined Nelson onstage to perform an absolutely shattering acoustic version of the 1976 Stills-Young Band classic “Long May You Run,” with no further accompaniment. Watch it below, and try not to let that hug at the end absolutely destroy you.
photo: Ebet Roberts