Neil Young, who toured this year as
part of the Crosby, Stills, Nash &
Young revival, will head out with his own band for a tour
starting Aug. 8 in Virginia Beach, Va., and concluding Sept. 19 with a
show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.
Opening the concerts will be new wavers the
color="#003163">Pretenders. Young also will appear Sept. 17,
without the Pretenders, at Farm Aid 2000 in Bristow, Va.
Young will be touring behind his Reprise album Silver & Gold,
which was released in April to a mixed response. Silver & Gold is
a typically idiosyncratic effort from the singer, songwriter, guitarist
and harmonica player, whose work has swung wildly from the country-folk
of 1972's Harvest (and its "sequel" two decades later, Harvest
Moon) to the metal-machine music of 1991's Arc Weld.
Begun in 1997, the current album reaches back as many as 20 years to
compile 10 songs that Young saw fit to finish only recently.
"They're written in the same state of mind, I think, over the years,"
Young said earlier this year. "It's all unified. They all got put aside
for one reason or another. The ones that are old that had to wait
until now to come out."
Notable among the older material is "Razor Love" (
href="http://media.addict.com/music/Young,_Neil/Razor_Love.ram">RealAudio excerpt), an edgy, complex, six-minute acoustic ballad that
belies its origins in the days when Young was exploring the futuristic
music that ended up on one of his less heralded side trips, his
computer-aided 1982 album, Trans.
Young also reminisces about his fabled late '60s rock band on "Buffalo
Springfield Again" (
href="http://media.addict.com/music/Young,_Neil/Buffalo_Springfield_Agai n.ram">RealAudio excerpt
n.ram">RealAudio excerpt): "Used to play in a rock 'n' roll
band/ But they broke up/ We were young and we were wild/ It ate us up."
Young who recorded the classic album Everybody Knows This Is
Nowhere (1969) and the punk-era Rust Never Sleeps (1979) with
the rock band Crazy Horse and the
1995 Mirror Ball with
color="#003163">Pearl Jam will be backed on the Silver
& Gold Tour by a band that will include, according to advertisements for
some of his New York dates, pianist Spooner
Oldham, guitarist Ben
Keith, Booker T. & the
MG's bassist Donald "Duck"
Dunn, plus vocalist Astrid
Young (Neil's sister) and Young's wife,
Neil Young tour dates:
Aug. 8; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 9; Camden, N.J.; Blockbuster Sony Center
Aug. 11; Hershey, Pa.; Hersheypark Star Pavilion
Aug. 12; Mansfield, Mass.; Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 14; Hartford, Conn.; Meadows Music Theatre
Aug. 15; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17; Wantagh, N.Y.; Jones Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 19; Holmdel, N.J.; P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Aug. 20; Burgettstown, Pa.; Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
Aug. 22; Atlanta, Ga.; Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Aug. 23; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug. 25; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris Amphitheater
Aug. 26; Clarkston, Mich.; Pine Knob Music Theatre
Aug. 28; Cincinnati, Ohio; Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 29; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Blossom Music Center
Aug. 31; Toronto, Ontario; Molson Amphitheatre
Sept. 2; Bridgeview, Ill.; The World of Golf Dome
Sept. 3; Milwaukee, Wis.; Marcus Amphitheatre
Sept. 6; Albuquerque, N.M.; Mesa Del Sol Amphitheatre
Sept. 8; Nampa, Idaho; Idaho Center
Sept. 9; George, Wash.; The Gorge
Sept. 1112; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre
Sept. 17; Bristow, Va.; Nissan Pavilion (Farm Aid 2000)
Sept. 19; Morrison, Colo.; Red Rocks Amphitheatre