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Photos from Farm Aid by Paul Natkin and Ebet Roberts for sale, to benefit Farm Aid

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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www.ifonly.com

Limited edition prints of iconic Farm Aid concerts, autographed by Farm Aid Board members autographed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and More.  Photos taken by two accomplished photographers who have been documenting Farm Aid since it’s beginning:  Paul Natkin and Ebet Roberts.

To commemorate the 30th annual Farm Aid Concert in Chicago on September 19, IfOnly is offering moments of the legendary festival from two of music’s most celebrated photographers: Ebet Roberts and Paul Natkin. They have been capturing the Farm Aid stage since the very beginning. Farm Aid is releasing these rare photos printed on archival, acid-free paper, and signed by the artists in the photos and the photographers themselves. Not only a remarkable piece of rock memorabilia, these offerings also help support American family farms and the Good Food Movement.farmaid4

To see all the great photos, and purchase your favorite:
http://www.ifonly.com/music/product/5433/limited-edition-prints-of-iconic-festival-moments-autographed-by-willie-nelson-neil-young-john-melle

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Announce Fall Rebel Content Tour Schedule

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

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http://exclaim.ca
by:  Alex Hudson

Neil Young and his backing band the Promise of the Real recently issued their politically charged album The Monsanto Years, and now they’ve announced plans to spread their anti-corporate message with a North American fall tour.

The relatively modest outing runs through the first half of October. It favours the western half of the continent, and includes a number of shows along the Pacific Coast including an appearance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 5.

All told, the group have 11 shows booked. See the itinerary below.

For a taste of what the band sound like live, watch the hour-long performance film for The Monsanto Years at the bottom of the page.

Tour dates:

10/01 Missoula, MT – Adams Event Center
10/02 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
10/04 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
10/05 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/07 Portland, OR – Earle Chiles Center
10/08 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
10/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
10/13 La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
10/14 Inglewood, CA – Forum
10/17 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

Neil Young’s letter to Promise of the Real

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

“Thanks to Promise of the Real for making this tour such a wonderful experience in my life.

I love all the bands I have played with, but this band (and the multi generational thing) is epic!

The ?#?RebelContentTour? was an experience I will never forget.  Once in a lifetime.

The guys, Lukas, Micah, Corey, Tony and Tato are the greatest!

Amazing how easy and natural it was to rock on the old songs and the brand new ones – from Cortez to Big Box, from Wolf Moon to Out On The Weekend.”

— Neil Young

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Guitar Pick

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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“I sent these up to Lukas, POTR, and Neil also…  They did not know they were coming in the package, Christmas arrives early in my neck of the woods…
Have a great and safe weekend..!”

— Guthrie

Neil Young and Promise of the Real in concert tonight!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Canadians, here’s your chance to see the Rebel Content show!  You are in for a treat.

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real / Sam Smith / Kendrick Lamar / alt-J / Modest Mouse / Hozier / Bassnectar / The Decemberists / Passion Pit / Brandon Flowers / St. Vincent / Girl Talk / Vance Joy / Future Islands / The Sheepdogs / Run The Jewels / Odesza / The Gaslight Anthem / Walk the Moon / Kaytranada / Hey Rosetta! / G-Eazy / Sylvan Esso / Danny Brown / Cold War Kids / Manchester Orchestra / Courtney Barnett / The Rural Alberta Advantage / Big K.R.I.T. / July Talk / Timber Timbre / The Lone Bellow / Django Django / Fucked Up / The Growlers / Thousand Foot Krutch / METZ / Alvvays / Yukon Blonde / Sloan / Delta Spirit / Broods / Rhiannon Giddens / How To Dress Well / SZA / Viet Cong / Com Truise / Dwayne Gretzky / Chad VanGaalen / Broncho / Slow Magic / Bear Mountain / Evening Hymns / Lowell / The Highest Order / Dear Rouge / Highs / Brave Shores / Kevin Garrett / Weaves / Ascot Royals / The Beaches / Tomi

“A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony Logerfo, and Corey McCormick (Camden, NJ 7/16/15)

Friday, July 17th, 2015

One of the songs from Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s epic 3 1/2 hour show last night @Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ 7/16/15. Thanks to Rick McGraw for posting this video.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Neil Young: On Tour!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

www.theoaklandpress.com
by: Gary Graff

As Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson grew up with Neil Young around and feeling like “family.”

But he and the other members of his band, including younger brother and fellow guitarist Micah, are still pinching themselves about backing Young on his new politically charged new album, “The Monsanto Years,” and being on the road with the iconoclastic rocker this summer.

“It’s pretty incredible. It’s epic,” Nelson, 26, says by phone from the group’s tour bus. “I feel like there’s a natural flow between us, and that’s really nice. He’s a good friend and we look up to him, and it feels like we’re getting an experience that is beyond rare.”

It also brings things full circle for Nelson and Promise of the Real.

The group actually took its name from a lyric in Young’s song “Walk On.” Nelson met drummer Anthony Logerto at a Young concert during 2008 in Los Angeles and decided to start the group after that.

“I remember seeing (Young) playing there and just wanting to be out on that stage so badly and jamming like that,” Nelson recalls. “We started the band after that, based on our love for Neil. We would just jam Neil Young songs. I was writing a lot and we would play our own material, but Neil was a huge influence as well as my dad, Stevie Ray Vaughan, (Jimi) Hendrix.

“Now here we are, eight years later, still doing it — with Neil.”

Music, of course, was inextricably in Nelson and Micah’s DNA. A Christmas Day baby born in Texas to Nelson and his current wife, Annie, he was raised partly in Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 study at Loyola Marymount University. He’d started playing guitar when he was 12, but remembers that “before I started playing music I wanted to be a professional swimmer, and then I got into skateboarding and was pretty good at that — but not good enough. Music just captured me, and I flew away and didn’t think about anything else.”

Promise of the Real has released two albums — 2010’s self-titled debut and 2012’s “Wasted” — as well as an EP, and has recorded a third, “Something Real,” that’s due out later this year. Lukas also played on his father’s 2012 release “Heroes” and frequently plays in his live band. “He’s very good,” Willie Nelson says of his son. “He’s got that young, fresh energy but he knows the tradition, too.”

Lukas, meanwhile, affirms that “any chance I get, I love being with my dad.”

“That’s the greatest feeling in the world, being up there with him. There’s nothing comparable to that — even being out here with Neil, which is the greatest experience in my life, in some ways. But it’s just a different feeling being up there with dad and supporting him.”

Promise of the Real’s connection with Young started with a impromptu performance with Lukas and Micah at last September’s Farm Aid concert. Young tapped the full band shortly after that to play with him at the Harvest Of Hope concert in Nebraska protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Backing Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit concerts the next month in California locked in the relationship, and then Lukas received an email from Young saying, “‘I got some songs. Do you want to go in the studio?’ We said ‘sure,’ so we spent six weeks doing that, and it came out great.”

Nelson says he and Promise of the Real are in total sympathy with the “Monsanto Years” slams against corporate greed, which single out Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Safeway and, of course, the Monsanto agrochemical company, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and Citizens United. But they’ve also been happy hitting the road and dipping deep into Young’s catalog, playing rarities such as “Hold Back the Tears” and “Out in the Wasteland” as well as Buffalo Springfield’s “Flying On the Ground is Wrong.”

All told, Nelson figures Promise of the Real learned nearly 80 of Young’s songs, rehearsing on its own for a solid week and a half before it even got in a room with Young.

“It’s amazing to be playing these older tunes and stuff he hasn’t done in years,” Nelson notes. “We all have a lot of reverence for Neil and are just in general awe. But I feel like the vibe out here is just perfect.

“They’re Neil’s tunes. He wrote them all. We’re going out there and just trying to be the best supporting band we can be. It’s a really great thing for us. We’re learning so much. We’re just trying to absorb all the knowledge that we can, and hopefully we’ll get to do it again.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gary Graff is a longtime Detroit-area music critic and rock and roll reporter. Reach the author at gary.graff@oakpress.com or follow Gary on Twitter: @GraffonMusic.

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Promise of the Real at Red Rocks (July 8, 2015)

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

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photo: Janis Tillerson

Thanks so much to Janis Tillerson for her great photos of last night’s show at Red Rocks, with Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony LoGerfo and Corey McCormick at Red Rocks. What a great show! It rained most of the day, until about 8:30, right before Neil and the band came on. It was cold, but we all warmed up when they started their set. They played for three hours. Old favorites, and new albums off new Monsanto Years album.

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“The Monsanto Years” — Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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www.wisconsingazette.com
by:  Bill Lamb

Backed by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah of Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years sounds much like many of Neil Young’s best-loved albums with Crazy Horse.

At age 69, the legendary singer-songwriter is still angry about injustices in the world, with attacks on chemical giant Monsanto and its genetically modified foods along with other corporations like Starbucks and Wal-mart. Not a happy message, but the heavy rock has the melodic crunch long-term fans of Neil Young will love.

Neil Young and the Promise of the Real will close Summerfest 2015 as Marcus Amphitheater headliners on July 5.

 

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Neil Young donates tickets to Lincoln, NE concert with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real to support Bold Nebraska — July 11, 2015

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert + Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” on July 11th.

Our hero and fellow Pipeline Fighter Neil Young is coming to Lincoln on Saturday, July 11th to perform a concert at Pinnacle Arena with the band Promise of the Real — which includes Lukas and Micah Nelson.

For anyone who attended the “Harvest the Hope” concert last fall, Promise of the Real stood out as a force. Rock legend Neil Young teaming up with the Nelson boys is a show that cannot be missed!

Neil has generously donated a batch of tickets to his July 11th concert to Bold Nebraska, which we have put on sale as a part of a fundraiser that also includes admission to our pre-concert “Politics + Pints” event with speakers, local musicians, and Special Guests.

Click here to purchase tickets.

(**Your concert tickets will be held for pick-up at Vega during the pre-concert “Politics & Pints” event**)

YOUR $80 DONATION TO BOLD NEBRASKA INCLUDES:

  • 1 ticket to the Saturday July 11th Neil Young & Promise of the Real concert at Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, NE
  • Admission and a guaranteed seat at the Bold Nebraska Pre-Concert “Politics + Pints” event at Vega (2-minute walk from Pinnacle Arena)
  • 1 “Harvest the Hope” concert poster (must be picked up at Vega pre-concert event)
  • WHAT: Bold Nebraska “Politics + Pints” Event
  • WHERE: VEGA: 350 Canopy Street #220, Lincoln, NE 68501
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 11th 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • MUSIC: The Bottle Tops and more to be announced soon
  • SPEAKERS: Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska); Shane Davis (founder Fractivist.org); Greg Grey Cloud (Wica Agli); Art Tanderup (farmer and host of Harvest the Hope); Special Guests; more to be announced soon
Neil’s new album is called “The Monsanto Years,” and his current tour is focused on the risks that corporation brings to farms and our food system. The “Politics & Pints” event will focus on issues around Monsanto and other threats to our land and water.

(You may also RSVP to attend the “Politics & Pints” event if you’re not going to the Neil Young concert, but the only way to be guaranteed a seat is to purchase a ticket through the Bold Nebraska website.)

Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert and attend Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” pre-concert event at Vega.

Looking forward to rocking out again together with Neil!

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team

Neil Young and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (June 29)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

“The Mission” directed by Don Hannah an excerpt of The Monsanto Years documentary

“I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO.

“I’d like to start my day off — without helping Monsanto.”

      — Neil Young

         #BoycottStarbucks

 

THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
THE MONSANTO YEARS
PRE-ORDER AT WWW.NEILYOUNG.COM — AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JUNE 29TH

More on Promise of the Real and our sessions making The Monsanto Years. I can’t wait to hit the road again with The Rebel Content Tour, playing songs from throughout the years, from solo acoustic to full on electric.
See you soon
Neil

 

Neil Young & Promise of the Real, “The Monsanto Years”

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
EVERYWHERE JUNE 29TH
Pre-Order Now and Get“A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop,”“A New Day For Love”and “Big Box” Instantly

Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real, “The Monsanto Years”

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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www.theboot.com
by: Gayle Thompson

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”

 

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Neil Young wants the world to know it’s time to #OutgrowMonsanto

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

www.RollingStone.com
by:Jon Blistein

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.