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See Neil Young and Promise of the Real in Telluride (September 30, October 1)

Friday, August 26th, 2016
 

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will play back-to-back shows in Telluride, Colorado this September 30th and October 1st. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. Get your once-in-a-lifetime tickets today and be a part of music history.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Tour

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS
TOUR: SOMETHING REAL TOUR
08/13/16 BEND, OR BIGSTOCK TICKETS
08/19/16 TEMECULA, CA WEIN’S FAMILY CELLARS
08/20/16 MISSION VIEJO, CA LAKE MISSION VIEJO
09/03/16 SALT LAKE CITY, UT THE STATE ROOM
09/04/16 HUNTSVILLE, UT SNOWBASIN BLUES, BREWS, & BBQ TICKETS
TOUR: SOMETHING REAL TOUR
09/05/16 SUN VALLEY, ID SUN VALLEY PAVILION TICKETS
10/01/16 WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN KILBOURN CITY LIVE

LUKAS NELSON & SHOOTER JENNINGS

DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS
09/10/16 THE WOODLANDS, TX TOWN GREEN PARK TICKETS

Neil Young & Promise of the Real Show in Telluride (Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2016)

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

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Sep 30 – Oct 1 · Telluride

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow to headline Outlaw Festival in Scranton, PA (Sept. 18, 2016)

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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photo:  Gary Miller

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by:  Joseph Hudak

Outlaws never die; they just headline new music festivals. On Sunday, September 18th, the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival gets underway in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with preeminent rebels Willie Nelson and Neil Young topping the bill.

A daylong celebration of artists who go against the grain, the concert also features Lee Ann Womack, Brothers Osborne, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Sheryl Crow, with more performers to be announced at a later date. As usual, Nelson will be joined by his Family Band, while Young is backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. The group has been supporting Young throughout his summer tour.

The Outlaw Music Festival will be held at the Pavilion on Montage Mountain, a site that has become a destination for music fans throughout the Northeast. Since 2012, it’s hosted the Peach Music Festival, the Allman Brothers Band’s annual gathering. This year’s Peach, featuring Gregg Allman, will be held August 11th through 14th. Nelson headlined last year’s event.

The outlaw-country genre remains one of the most popular — and profitable. On February 26, 2017, the second Outlaw Country Cruise, with Blackberry Smoke, the Mavericks, Shooter Jennings and Steve Earle, will depart Tampa for Cozumel.

Tickets for the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival go on sale Friday, July 29th.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Concert, Sun Valley Resort (Sept. 5, 2016)

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
You gotta come see us in Sun Valley .. Sept 5..
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Willie Nelson sits in with Neil Young and Promie of the Real, in Italy

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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by:  Scott Bernstein

At Neil Young & Promise Of The Real’s first show of 2016 back in April, the band was joined by the legendaryWillie Nelson in Texas. Last night in Rome, Willie came out towards the middle of the show to sit-in with Neil & POTR, which features his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, on two songs at Terme di Caracalla.

Willie Nelson emerged 11 songs into the set to lend a hand on “Are There Any More Real Cowboys” and then led the group through the Neil & POTR debut of The Red Headed Stranger’s “On The Road Again.” Both of Willie’s guest spots came after his son Lukas fronted the ensemble on another version of the Italian classic “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu,” aka “Volare.” There were plenty of other highlights in Rome including the year’s second “Mr. Soul,” the rare “Vampire Blues” and a jammed-out “Rockin’ In The Free World.” But the show will also be remembered for Young finally dusting off one of his most beloved songs with Promise Of The Real.

Last night’s encore in Rome was “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black).” While Neil Young has played the Rust Never Sleeps rocker over 500 times in his career, Friday marked the first time he teamed with Promise Of The Real on the song. It also was Neil’s first performance of “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)” in any form since his Summer 2013 Tour with Crazy Horse. The tour continues tonight in Lucca, Italy.

Watch fan-shot footage of “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?” and “On The Road Again” from Rome:

Here’s the Neil & POTR live debut of “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)”:

[Hat Tip – Rolling Stone]

Setlist

Neil Young + Promise of the Real at Terme di Caracalla

  • After the Gold Rush  
  • Heart of Gold  
  • The Needle and the Damage Done  
  • Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)  
  • Out on the Weekend  
  • Hold Back the Tears  
  • Unknown Legend  
  • Human Highway  
  • From Hank to Hendrix  
  • Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)  
  • Are There Any More Real Cowboys?  
  • On the Road Again  
  • Winterlong  
  • Words (Between the Lines of Age)  
  • Alabama  
  • Love to Burn  
  • Mansion on the Hill  
  • Powderfinger  
  • I’ve Been Waiting for You  
  • Mr. Soul  
  • Western Hero  
  • Vampire Blues  
  • After the Garden  
  • Country Home  
  • Seed Justice
  • Monsanto Years
  • Rockin’ in the Free World  
ENCORE
  • Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)  

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Anthony LoGerfo, in Italy

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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“All smiles in Lucca Italy. Homegrown” — Anthony LoGerfo

Willie Nelson joined Neil Young and Promise of the Real on stage in Lucca, Italy.

Neil Young with Lukas Nelson, & Promise of the Real on tour

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Billboard for tonight’s show in Belfast.

NEIL YOUNG WITH PROMISE OF THE REAL

DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS
06/07/16 BELFAST SSE ARENA TICKETS
06/08/16 DUBLIN 3ARENA TICKETS
06/10/16 LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA TICKETS
06/11/16 LONDON THE O2 ARENA TICKETS
06/13/16 LILLE ZENITH ARENA TICKETS
06/15/16 LYON HALLE TONY GARNIER TICKETS
06/16/16 MARSEILLE LE DOME TICKETS
06/18/16 MADRID MAD COOL MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS
06/21/16 TOULOUSE LE ZENITH TICKETS
06/23/16 PARIS ACCOR HOTELS ARENA TICKETS
06/24/16 ANTWERP SPORT PALAIS TICKETS
07/05/16 RÄTTVIK DALHALLA TICKETS
07/07/16 LARVIK STAVERNFESTIVALEN TICKETS
07/09/16 AMSTERDAM ZIGGO DOME TICKETS
07/13/16 PADOVA VILLA CONTARINI TICKETS
07/15/16 ROME TERME DI CARACALLA TICKETS
07/16/16 LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL – PLAZZA NAPOLEONE TICKETS
07/18/16 MILAN ESTATHÉ MARKET SOUND TICKETS
07/20/16 LEIPZIG VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL OPEN AIR
07/21/16 BERLIN WALDBUHNE TICKETS
07/23/16 LINZ CASTLE CLAM TICKETS

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Denver (May 16, 2016)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Lukas Nelson on guitar and vocals, Tato Melgar on percussion, Anthony Logerfo on drums, Corey McCormick, on bass.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played at the Bluebird in Denver last night.  What a fantastic show!  The guys just get better and better and better and better, and they are so good already, that’s hard to believe.

The crowd was full of fans, lots of fans from Colorado, and also other Realers from California, Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond.  Their fan base grows and grows and grows.  It was fun to stand in the audience and listen to fans sing along with the hits.

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Karlee Escobar, from Colorado, took these great photos, of Lukas and his new guitar he bought that day, and Corey on bass.

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I took this one of Lukas.

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The band has a new album out, and covered some of them last night.  They sound great!

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  1. Surprise
  2. Something Real
  3. Set Me Down On A Cloud
  4. Don’t Want To Fly
  5. Ugly Color
  6. I’ll Make Love To You Any Ol’ Time
  7. Georgia
  8. Everything Is Fake
  9. San Francisco

They are in the middle of their POTR tour now.  And bonus — on a few of the shows, Chicago and Nashville at least, his niece Raelyn Nelson and her band will be openeing for POTR.   Next month, the will join up again with Neil Young for some dates on Europe.   Check out their tour dates, and go see them if you can!

Tour Dates

Keep in touch with their website  www.PromiseoftheReal.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat, too.

I took this one.  Lukas does an acoustic set before he invites the band out to rock with him.  Take a look at this set list:

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Stephen Colbert Show (May 3, 2016)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

See Lukas Nelson and Promise of the real on the Stephen Colbert show tonight! (May 3, 2016)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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That’s CBS!

New Neil Young and Promise of the Real album, “Earth”

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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EARTH
hearing this record, its hard not to realize that music is actually all around us all the time; one only needs to stop and listen

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Young described his latest project on social media:

We made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up. Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy. Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony. Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real! The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks. EARTH does not fit on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all really be heard that way anyway) No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won’t. Neil

EARTH consists of recordings from Young’s tour last year with the band Promise Of The Real for his preceding album, The Monsanto Years. AlterNet described Young’s 36th studio album, as a “concept-based criticism” of Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, and also a condemnation of other multinational agriculture giants like Syngenta, Dow, Dupont and Bayer that have also, like Monsanto, “garnered control of global seed production.”

Promise Of The Real guitarist Lukas Nelson lauded the new LP. “I just listened to our new record EARTH with Neil Young … One of the single greatest audio experiences I’ve ever had,” he wrote on Instagram.

The world premiere of EARTH will be hosted by the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on May 6. And, according to anannouncement about the event, it’s sure to be spectacular:

Against the backdrop of the Museum’s blossoming outdoor Nature Gardens, musician and icon Neil Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio, before its June 17 release. The album features “After the Gold Rush,” “Vampire Blues,” and an explosive 29-minute version of “Love & Only Love,” and includes some unexpected accompaniment—the sounds of many different kinds of wildlife.

The Grammy Award-winning artist and environmental crusader said in a press release that EARTH “flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”

Young also told Rolling Stone last year that EARTH is “like nothing that I’ve done. It’s more like a giant radio show.”

“It has no stops,” he continued. “The songs are too long for iTunes, thank God, so they won’t be on iTunes. I’m making it available in the formats that can handle it … Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on Earth. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments. It’s not conventional, but it is based on live performance.”

On Tuesday, Young kicked off his 2016 world tour with Promise Of The Real in New Braunfels, Texas with guest star and legendary rocker Willie Nelson.

The tour then stopped by Nashville, Texas’s Ascend Amphitheater yesterday. The concert received rave reviews from local publication, The Tennesseean:

At 70 years old, the rock icon hasn’t lost a step. His voice is still in fine form, and the audience sang along reverently to every word of classics like “Heart of Gold” and “Long May You Run.” After an opening set from singer-songwriter Steve Earle (whose debut album “Guitar Town” turned 30 this year) and half a dozen of his own solo songs, Young brought out his backing band Promise of the Real: Five rootsy rockers including Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson—and played another 90 minutes.

Willie Nelson joins Neil Young and Promise of the Real onstage for Tribute to Merle Haggard

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Neil Young & Promise Of The Real’s first show of 2016 featured a Willie Nelson sit-in, a tribute to Merle Haggard, at Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX.

Breckenridge Ski Resport hosting Free Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Concert Tomorrow!

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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Breckenridge Ski Resort continues its Spring Fever free concert series Saturday, April 16 with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Trombone Shorty & Orlean

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by:  Heather Jarvis

>When Lukas Nelson was a kid, he had a dream that changed his outlook on life. He was onstage, singing in front of a large crowd and he was terrified. As he began his ballad, he started to shrink into himself, and his awareness all went into the center of his chest.

“I started to look out at the audience through my chest, instead of through my head, through my eyes,” he said from a hotel room in Springfield, Missouri, while traveling with his father. “I started to sing basically from where my heart was.”

He describes it as a metaphorical dream, where he was able to sing and see from his heart, and the crowd went wild. He wasn’t afraid anymore, and it taught him at a young age to not only sing, but to “live my life by my heart, and not by my head.”

Living by his heart is apparent in his work, and he isn’t afraid to put it all out there. And why would he be, with a famous father well known for not only his music, but also his active vocalism for legalizing marijuana back when the stigma against the plant was still in full force. He isn’t afraid to write about wealth inequality or express his passionate views against GMOs, as reflected with his work on Neil Young’s 2015 album, “The Monsanto Years.” He will eagerly express his own theory about the company and doesn’t feel like musicians should ever be afraid to write what they believe.

“I don’t care if I lose fans because I’m speaking my mind, because I don’t agree with somebody,” he said. “If they don’t want to listen to my music because of that, then that’s just their problem.”

But it isn’t all about expressing himself politically, and growing up with Willie Nelson as a dad instilled in him a deep love of music at a young age. He picked up the guitar at 10 and almost immediately began writing songs, even producing one at a young age, “You Were It,” that impressed his father enough to put it on one of his albums.

These days, he’s touring with his band, Promise of the Real, as well as backing Neil Young, and just released a third album in March. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will play a free show on Peak 8 for Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Spring Fever festival on Saturday, April 16.

SOMETHING REAL

Promise of the Real formed seven years ago when Lukas met the drummer, Anthony LoGerfo, at a Neil Young concert, hitting it off and putting a band together.

“We just loved Neil, so we named the band Promise of the Real after one of his songs,” he said.

Lukas had met Young as a teen through his father, and when Promise of the Real formed, Young began following their work, eventually asking the group to be his band. “The Monsanto Years” was released in 2015, followed by the launch of Neil Young + Promise of the Real’s Rebel Content Tour, which included performances at Farm Aid 30 and at the 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert event last year.

“So it’s kind of full circle,” Lukas said.

The Something Real tour with him and Promise of the Real has tour dates throughout May, before the band hooks up with Neil Young again for a string of dates in the summer. Promise of the Real consists of Nelson and his brother Micah Nelson on vocals and guitar, bassist/assistant engineer Corey McCormick, percussionist Tato Melgar and drummer LoGerfo.

It’s been said more than once that Lukas’ voice bears a striking resemblance to his father. He realizes that Willie Nelson has giving him a leg up in the music world and doesn’t discredit the advantages it has provided him.

“He’s my best friend, and I’ve had a lot of opportunities because I know a lot of people in the industry and in the business who have helped me,” he said. “I realize how lucky I am and try to appreciate it every day and work hard in order to take advantage of the opportunities that I’m presented with.”

“Something Real” is the band’s third album, released in March from Royal Potato Family. Describing it as “cowboy hippie surf rock,” the album was recorded two years ago at San Francisco’s William Westerfeld Mansion. Young also makes a guest vocal appearance on the track “San Francisco.” Even with Lukas’ connections, it took awhile for the record to find a label, but Lukas said he is still very happy with the songs two years later.

“I’m stoked that it came out the way it did, and I really like that it stands the test of time really, and those songs are really good,” he said. “They are good no matter what point in my career I am.”

He said the album reflects the growth of the band as musicians and songwriters. The band has been working on dozens of songs since recording “Something Real,” with about 30 songs written and 25 recorded.

“I have a lot of music right now that I really want to put out,” he said, adding that he wants to put out some songs for free download.

Lukas is also said he is in “full steam,” working with his father in the cannabis business, with the company Willie’s Reserve, and said the product is some of the best out there.

“Wait till you try it,” he said. “We’ve hand-picked our favorite people to be part of this team, and you won’t be disappointed. Nobody ever is.”

Lukas Nelson talks with Rolling Stone about touring with Neil Young and Promise of the Real

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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photo:  Suzanne Cordiero

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by:  Patrick Doyle

About seven years ago, Lukas Nelson went to see his hero, Neil Young play in Los Angeles. At the show, he happened to meet a drummer named Anthony LoGerfo. They took the party to a friend’s house, where they surfed and played music late into the night. Soon, they’d formed a band, Promise of the Real, their name taken from a lyric Young’s  1974 epic “Walk On:” (“Some get stoned/ some get strange/ but sooner or later, it all gets real.”)

Now, for the last two years, the “cowboy hippie surf rock” band has been Young’s band on the road and in the studio, backing him on last year’s The Monsanto Years. “You couldn’t write it in a book,” Nelson says. “The vibe is perfect, and it’s real. We’ve learned from each other, and we’ve gotten so tight. I don’t want to stop, and I don’t think Neil does either. There’s transcendental experiences on stage with Neil. Like, you’re looking down at yourself and you’ll be like, ‘Oh my God. I’m down there, and I’m up here. What’s going on?'”

For Nelson, this chapter is the culmination of years of hard work and hard touring for his band, which includes LoGerfo, bassist Corey McCormick, percussionist Tato Meglar, plus Lukas’ brother Micah on guitar and other instruments – when he’s not touring with his own project, Insects vs Robots. Lukas grew up on the island of Maui, Hawaii, a student of the island’s jam band scene and his guitar teacher, gypsy-jazz virtuoso Tom Conway. There was also his dad, Willie Nelson. By 14, Lukas was playing guitar with his father on summer school breaks, occasionally sitting in with his dad’s touring partner, Bob Dylan. Willie’s Number One rule at home while Lukas was growing up: “Don’t be an asshole.”

“My dad and I are alike in a lot of ways,” he says. “I’ve always looked up to him, and I’ve always wanted to be like him, in terms of being a human being, and also in terms of being a musician. I’m lucky to have such a great example.”

To record their new album, Something Real, Nelson and his band moved to San Francisco, living and working in a 19th-century Victorian mansion. “The vibe was so deep and heavy,” Nelson says. “It used to be a Russian embassy. It was one of the first places ever to have a radio signal come out of. It could have been the first radio signal ever to come out of a tower there, in the mansion. And I mean, it’s got old gramophones in it.” They built a studio and utilized the house’s equipment, like a century-old pump organ, which can be heard on their menacing album closer, a cover of Scott McKenzie’s 1967 classic “San Francisco,” with vocals from Young himself.

Nelson pulled from his experiences in San Francisco while writing the LP. The song “Forget About Georgia” is about a woman named Georgia he met during his time in the city. “She kind of broke my heart,” he says. “And I felt like, ‘Wow. This girl twisted me around.’ And I was in love with her.” Nelson’s heartbreak worsened when he hit the road with his father, and he had to play “Georgia on my Mind” on stage every night. “We’d play that song, and I’d be thinking about her. And I’d be like, ‘Fuck, I can’t forget about this girl. I just wanna let it go.'”

Another defining moment came one day when Nelson was walking in the Tenderloin neighborhood, and he overheard a homeless man say, “Today was an ugly color.” It inspired him to write the seven-minute ballad, “Ugly Color,” about the cruelty in the world from the perspective of the man, which peaks with a searingly melodic solo. “There was a period during that guitar solo that something else took over, and just came through the band,” Nelson says. “It was like we were channeling some deep-seated sorrow and longing, from the city of San Francisco itself.”

In June, Promise of the Real play a handful of dates with Young (including New Orleans’ Jazz Fest) before a longer run in Europe. Earlier this month, Young said he was nearly finished with his second album with the group, calling his connection with them “effortless.”

“I feel really good and amped and energized,” Young says. “And I feel like I’m doing something I’ve never done before. It’s not just music. It’s a soundscape. It’s kind of like flying around and listening to things with your eyes closed.”

Nelson says he’s certainly learned quite a bit from Young. “Neil is one of the sharpest tools you’ll ever meet. He’s detail-oriented. It’s cool to watch him be so involved, to tell the crew that they’ve gotta dress up and put a hazmat suit on and all that. I love watching it. I love being a part of it.”

“We’ll warm up vocally 30 minutes before every show,” says Nelson. “Doesn’t matter what show it is, doing it causes you to really lock in with your band, too. You just lock right in, and you go right out to stage. Neil, without fail, will do that every show, and I think it’s brilliant. I think it really brings people together.”

But before that, the Promise of the Real will head out in May on their biggest headlining U.S. tour yet. Nelson is looking forward to building the connection he’s forged with his audience. “I went and saw this psychic one time, and she told me that I was good at bringing people into this holographic bubble of energy,” he says. “I don’t know that a psychic is something that I would base my life decisions on, but I do think it was cool, the way she described it. It’s like you’re creating your own virtual reality area for the three hours that the music is playing, and you’re bringing all these people into this little holographic world where everybody kind of feels similar. You just get lost.”

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