Neil Young To Tour With Pretenders

Singer/songwriter also to play Farm Aid concertin September.

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=",_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" (


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,

color="#003163">Pegi Young.

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. 11–12; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre

Sept. 17; Bristow, Va.; Nissan Pavilion (Farm Aid 2000)

Sept. 19; Morrison, Colo.; Red Rocks Amphitheatre