Neil Young Returns with Passion

His new album slated for release March 26.

He’s been referred to as the godfather of grunge, and his often
teeth-rattling live shows date back to when Papa Roach were in diapers. On
his upcoming release, however, Neil Young is showing his mellow side.

His new album, tentatively titled Are You Passionate?, is scheduled
for release March 26, and those who have heard it have called the record an
eclectic batch of heartfelt love songs. Some of the tracks were apparently
inspired by the family bonding and priority re-evaluation many people
experienced in the weeks following September 11.

The disc also includes “Let’s Roll,” the song Young wrote about the heroism
of Todd Beamer, the United Airlines Flight 93 passenger who led fellow
passengers to fight back against a group of terrorists trying to take over
the plane that ultimately crashed in Pennsylvania. That track was released
to radio late last year.

Young recorded Are You Passionate? with a diverse group of musicians
including legendary bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn (Otis Redding, Muddy Waters,
Wilson Pickett) and keyboardist Booker T. Jones from the venerable Stax
house band Booker T. and the MG’s, guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro from
Young’s frequent collaborators Crazy Horse and Al Green’s ’80s drummer Steve
“Smokey” Potts. All of Crazy Horse play on the track “Goin’ Home,” Young’s
publicist said. The diversity of the lineup appears to have fueled the
variety of styles found on the disc, which is said to run from Memphis soul
to folk to full-on guitar rock.

Young will tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young starting February 6 in
Michigan at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dates are scheduled through April 25
in Chicago. Jones, Dunn and Potts will play in the group’s backing band.
Young plans to tour for Are You Passionate? this summer, his
publicist said.

Tentative track list for Are You Passionate?, according to Young’s
publicist:

  • “You’re My Girl”

  • “Mr. Disappointment”

  • “Differently”

  • “Don’t Say You Love Me”

  • “Let’s Roll”

  • “Are You Passionate?”

  • “Goin’ Home”

  • “When I Hold You in My Arms”

  • “Be With You”

  • “Two Old Friends”

  • “She’s a Healer”