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Neil Young

Live Nation announced today that music icon Neil Young will embark on a North American tour commencing October 14th in St. Paul, Minnesota and continuing for eight weeks, culminating at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 15th. The new tour comes on the heels of Young's hugely successful 2008 European tour that brought him before audiences in 14 countries over the course of three months...

...The concerts will feature Young with the same band that so ably backed him in Europe -- Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Anthony Crawford and Pegi Young. Song sets are expected to be eclectic, featuring both newer material and classic Neil Young hits. Death Cab For Cutie and Everest will support dates from October 14 through November 5; Wilco and Everest are on the bill for dates starting November 29 through the tour's conclusion, with the exception of the December 9 Chicago date which will feature (TBD) and Everest in support.

All shows for this tour will be general admission floor with reserved seating in the stands. General admission tickets will be prices at $75.00 with reserved stand tickets ranging in price from $45.00 to $250.00 (plus all applicable service charges).

That means NYC gets Wilco. MSG tickets go on sale September 15th. Other dates go on sale even sooner. Death Cab's next NYC show is at Radio City Music Hall. Wilco's last NYC show was at McCarren Pool. Neil Young's last NYC shows were at United Palace. All Neil Young tour dates below...

Neil Young - 2008 Tour Dates
Tue 10/14 - Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center *
Thu 10/16 - Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre *
Sat 10/18 - Regina, SK Brandt Centre *
Sun 10/19 - Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome *
Tue 10/21 - Everett, WA Comcast Arena At Everett Events Center
Wed 10/22 - Vancouver, BC General Motors Place *
Wed 10/29 - San Diego, CA Cox Arena *
Thu 10/30 - Inglewood, CA The Forum *
Sat 11/01 - Reno, NV Reno Events Center *
Tue 11/04 - Kansas City, MO Sprint Center *
Wed 11/05 - Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha *
Sat 11/29 - Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre +
Mon 12/01 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre +
Tue 12/02 - Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place +
Thu 12/04 - Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre +
Sun 12/07 - Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills +
Tue 12/09 - Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena ^
Fri 12/12 - Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum +
Mon 12/15 - New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena +

* Death Cab For Cutie and Everest will support dates from October 14 through November 5;

Death Cab is not playing the Everett, WA show.

+ Wilco and Everest are on the bill for dates starting November 29 through the tour's conclusion,

^ with the exception of the December 9 Chicago date which will feature (TBD) and Everest in support.

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Comments (88)

Neil Young will be the first to tell you that we can't drill our way out of this problem.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 8:46 AM

Northern Man don't need him 'round neither.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 8:51 AM

Listen, Neil Young will rip your throat out and stomp on your nuts if you talk like that again.

Posted by Donkey Boner | August 19, 2008 9:11 AM

sweet!!!

Posted by wembley | August 19, 2008 9:13 AM

so glad that i won't have to deal with Death Cab.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:19 AM

It's true. Thanks 8:51.

Posted by Northern Man | August 19, 2008 9:29 AM

Neil Young and Wilco makes sense. Neil Young and DCFC? not so much.

Posted by grace6697 | August 19, 2008 9:50 AM

if this is true for MSG its a pretty good deal:


All shows for this tour will be general admission floor with reserved seating in the stands. General admission tickets will be prices at $75.00

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:51 AM

"Neil Young and Wilco makes sense. Neil Young and DCFC? not so much."

I think it makes sense. That way the whippersnappers get the chance to experience Neil Young, a ticket they probably wouldn't have bothered to buy if Death Cab wasn't on the bill. Then Neil Young sells more tickets and Death Cab gets to play to a new audience too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:57 AM

does no one remember when sonic youth opened for neil?

everest is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:15 AM

Are they really making the entire floor of MSG general admission? Seems unlikely.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:20 AM

Nice to see the price gouging that occurred at United Palace abate a bit. GA for the entire floor of MSG will be a complete shit show, however.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:23 AM

man, i was hoping for MGMT as opener.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:32 AM

daft punk is opening the chicago show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:41 AM

"GA for the entire floor of MSG will be a complete shit show, however."

If you mean due to the fact that GA tix will be $95 with Ticketbastard fees, people are going to be REALLY pissed off when assholes shove their way through to the front, then yeah. Might be fun to watch from the stands between acts, though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:47 AM

Usually when tours that have GA floor come to MSG, it's only front four (going across the stage) that have GA, then the rest reserved, so it drives up the price of that 75+ charges ticket to 300 in the aftermarket.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:58 AM

Fcuk yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 11:00 AM

Neil Young is for Mccain!!!

Posted by Everybody knows this is Mccains term | August 19, 2008 11:25 AM

11:00 I doubt Neil Young likes French Connection products.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 11:36 AM

Neil always had terrible taste in young bands.

remember when he did a record with Pearl Jam?

That was painful

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 11:39 AM

Yeah terrible taste.

Pearl Jam
Wilco
Death Cab

What an awful selection.

PS - Eat penguin shit and die.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:19 PM

What time does Daft Punk go on in Chicago?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:41 PM

11:39 - mirrorball is a great album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:50 PM

12:50 you are insane

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:06 PM

pearl jam, wilco, death bad for cutie

all "important" bands *if* you get all your information about rock bands from the pages of Billboard magazine and the like...

not a one of those hack bar bands is fit to share a stage with the Neil Young who recorded Tonight's the Night, or Zuma, or On the Beach, or Rust Never Sleeps...

They can share the stage with Mirror Ball Neil Young, you guys can have that garbage

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:11 PM

Purely Decadent coconut milk mint chip 'frozen dessert > Neil Young

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:12 PM

if you can believe it, I didn't intend to type "death BAD for cutie," despite it's appropriateness

Freudian slip!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:12 PM

wilco with neil young. i'm going to every damn show.

Posted by willie | August 19, 2008 1:18 PM

Neil always had terrible taste in young bands.

remember when he did a record with Pearl Jam?

That was painful


This is so comical that I almost was going to avoid addressing this. But since you have no idea what you are talking about, let me educate you. Check out any of the live tapes with Neil and Pearl Jam, and you will hear all of these guys stretching it out and putting out amazing sound.

I also guess that when he had Sonic Youth and Social Distortion open up, they were awful as well. Anyway, this is the double bill of the year. Some cool stuff in November/December between Neil and Wilco and the Hold Steady and Drive By Truckers.

Now only if Nels Cline goes and jams with Neil...

Posted by Adam | August 19, 2008 1:24 PM

Wilco, they pit out exactly one one halfway ok 8 years ago. Even 8 years ago their live show sucked though. Bar band.

Uncle Tupelo was a good band though, get those dudes back together and they can open for Neil Young

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:25 PM

Wilco, they put out exactly one halfway ok record 8 years ago. Even 8 years ago their live show sucked though. Bar band.

Uncle Tupelo was a good band though, get those dudes back together and they can open for Neil Young

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:29 PM

The only thing that will save Neil Young's career at this point is a duet with Method Man.

Posted by Big Perm | August 19, 2008 1:36 PM

What Would Neil Young Do?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:38 PM

actually, 1:24 I know an awful lot about Neil Young

knowledgeable fans will recall that Neil Young famously neither watched the opening sets or even INTRODUCED himself to the bands when Sonic Youth / Dinosaur Jr / etc opened for him back in the early 90s.

Social Distortion is garbage so I won't even address them!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:38 PM

Obviously 1:29 never saw Wilco in concert and the album from 8 years ago was halfway decent? Which Summerteeth? That was 1999 and is not like any of their other albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:38 PM

"What Would Neil Young Do?"

The magic that makes Neil, Neil, of course!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:40 PM

Wilco only have one below average album which is Ghost is Born. Still has many classic tracks but their weakest. All the other albums are pure brilliance! Long live Wilco!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:40 PM

I was speaking of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot AND that record is 60% filler AND I saw them at the Mercury Lounge on that tour AND they were boring as shit AND they have only gotten worse and worse

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:41 PM

They haven't played Mercury Lounge since 1996. You clearly don't know what you are talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:43 PM

someone is a dedicated fan of these overrated Chicagoans! but he's also incorrect...

they played a late notice "secret" show at the Merc in 2001 or 2002

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:45 PM

Sure and the Wilcobase which list ever single show of theirs wouldn't have it on their. Fat chance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:49 PM

why oh why would anyone care so much about such a boring bunch of Chicago schmoes anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:52 PM

Everest / Wilco / Neil Young? Three great flavors that go great together.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:53 PM

1:52 it is not about caring but it is about people who make up opinions with no knowledge of said bands. People comment either without ever seeing the band live or having any of the albums. Or if in the rare instance they saw them years ago base it on their poor expierence in seeing them ages ago. It doesn't just happen here it happens with most post on this website.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:57 PM

Tis very true anon 1:57!

Posted by Dave | August 19, 2008 1:59 PM

actually 1:57, what it is, is superfans who're too eager to discount the opinions of people who disagree with them about the "importance" of dull, has-been bands.

They latch onto any shred of what they think is mistaken minutia info, and run with that to say that anyone who doesn't share their maniacal focus on said talentless douchebag band (Wilco here), doesn't have any grounds to talk about the band's music.

The sad fact is Wilco is WILDLY overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:09 PM

Thus proving my point 2:09 you have never seen them and you don't own any of their albums. Thanks for your opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:17 PM

it seems a lot of you here can't enjoy rock. like regular rock..the sort of music that does not get some hyperspecialized subgenre.

maybe stop fucking posting and go to your stupid hipster loft parties where you can BEEP BOOP BOP BEEP BOP on your macbook pros and jerk each other off all night long reminding each other how fucking cool you are.

IDIOTS.

Posted by grace6697 | August 19, 2008 2:26 PM

actually 2:17, that proves nothing.

can't a guy have seen and heard Wilco and not liked it much?

seems like that eventuality is beyond your fanatical devotional understanding

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:30 PM

2:26 is right!

anyone who says they doesn't like Wilco is an elitist hipster phony!

Wilco are the most important band in the history of rock music!

You all need to go back and give your computers handjobs or something!

you're all dumb stupid stupiddumbheads!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:35 PM

You all can talk smack about Wilco and not like them that is fine. Point being they have been touring for 13 years and their audience keeps on growing. They also continuously put out albums with a different style and mix things up to keep it fresh. It may not be for everyone.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:41 PM

the problem with Wilco is the hubris.

how many articles have been written about these guys? there's honestly just not much there to get so excited about. They're nothing special.

Half of it is the way they are revered as geniuses in Chicago. That town treats Wilco like they won the world series or something, and honestly the band is just another average rock band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:48 PM

$75 for any rock show is just plain ridiculous.

you're a fool if you've convinced yourself that's reasonable.

you're gettin ripped off, ya idiots!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:57 PM

In this day and age, when touring (and merch sales) is likely a band's biggest source of revenue, I think a bill with 3 bands for $75 is quite reasonable, particularly when 2/3 of them are big time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:04 PM

anon 2:57, I am well aware that there are many great shows that i could go to for far less money (and i usually do) but i don't think anyone really needs you to determine what price they should pay for a rock show. in my mind, $75 for neil young and wilco at a show in which i could (potentially) be front row is well worth it.

just curious, at what price for a rock show do you believe one becomes an idiot? what is the cutoff?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:05 PM

easy, $30

why does neil young need to make that kind of money? he's pretty damned rich already.

you (and I) may be in the top half of the income curve, but there are millions who aren't.

unless you believe our economic system to be fair and equitable, it's just plain unconscionable to ask that kind of money of regular folks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:13 PM

since when does a website called Brooklyn Vegan attract an argumentative cadre of neocon libertarian types?

you're actually defending high ticket prices??

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:15 PM

$75 isn't cheap unless you're used to paying $200.

This show should be $40 tops.

In a world that hadn't gone insane (unlike 2008 America) the show would be $25 and they'd shooting to have more people come out, for lower prices...

instead of the shooting to make same money for themselves by just attracting the wealthy and/or the stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:28 PM

As someone who paid $ 120 to sit through Greendale at the Garden, a real Neil Young show for $ 75 sounds wonderful!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:33 PM

that's a lot of caveat you got there, 3:33

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:37 PM

Death Cab for Cutie actually aren't on the Everett show. Bummer.

Posted by AM | August 19, 2008 3:42 PM

tweedy said he was coming back after their new album was done

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 4:39 PM

For all you Wilco haters, I'd gladly trade Death Cab in my town (Regina) for Wilco in your town.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 5:39 PM

This really is an awesome bill! Can't wait...Wilco, Neil Young and My Morning Jacket all in the same month. New Yorkers really have it made. And $75 is not unreasonable at all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 6:20 PM

are they gonna split the bill? or is it gonna be just an opening act for wilco?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 7:45 PM

I can understand the hatred of the Wilco-worshipping-frat-boy-hipster type that frequent their shows. They annoy the hell out of me with their constant chatter thoroughout their shows. But damn they are a GREAT band fully worthy of sharing the stage with the immortal Mr. Young.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:25 AM

5:39 your town's name rhymes with vagina!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 4:38 AM

Just as a heads up- The US is getting away lightly. It always makes me laugh with people saying $70 dollar shows are expensive....when the same shows in europe are more like $120 per ticket.

The Tom Waits tour in particular, the cheapest UK tickets were more expensive than the most expensive US ones.

I'm not saying that $75 dollars is reasonable (because it clearly isnt), but you have it a lot better than in the UK. Even the small (100 capacity and less) shows in the UK translate on average as about $17 dollars per show (for one signed band). The average show cost in london is closer to $19 for even a small band.

For example: Some up coming brighton show prices converted to dollars:
Stephen Malkmus (300 capacity venue)= $32
bowerbirds (120 capacity)=$12.50
Islands=$16
Jeff Lewis=$16
Okkervil River=$24
Fujiya and Miyagi=$17

So, there you go- before you complain quite so loud, spare a thought for those in the uk who get ripped for EVERY show they go to

Posted by ro | August 20, 2008 8:32 AM

I like death cab and wilco. Does that make me the worst person ever?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 8:39 AM

Ro those prices are cheaper than most NYC shows! Most NYC club shows are $20-40.Australia on the other hand is crazy! Cut Copy was $50 in Brisbane when I was there! That is crazy!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 9:02 AM

I wholeheartedly disagree with some of the negative dissing of Wilco. They are a great band. I may not like Death Cab For Cutie but they are good at what they do. They are not my cup of tea but I respect them and most other bands or artist that make new music. Some of these negative post reflect the unwillingness of the baby boomer generation to advance and move on. Some Gen-xers may also fit into this category. That's why we have these nauseating stations with names of animals that play the same sogs from 1972 over and over again. And, you people just accept it. Do you know if you had 5 cebts for evertime Rhiannon was played you could buy every Wal-Mart in the US and still have millions left over? There's nothing that can be said to change the ways of you old coots. Just get out of the way! Do not go to the show! And, if you do go, I hope Neil Young plays Greendale and nothing old just to spite you old boring geezers! Neil is an artist who believes in change and forward advancement. He's passed you all by.

Posted by DENNIS | August 21, 2008 9:49 AM

"Some of these negative post reflect the unwillingness of the baby boomer generation to advance and move on."

You think there are many baby boomers who read this site? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 10:15 AM

Opinions on bands, are like assholes. Everyones got one.

Here's mine!

When you call a band boring or over rated etc. Are you referring to what you personally feel, or based on market forces of a band becoming wildly known. Because I band you don't care for, might be actually be on a technical or academic level very talented regardless of it's appeal to one small, tiny, insignificant piss-ant of a human turd. Like me, or you, or anyone here.

For instance, DCFC (whom I don't like) are pretty tight, have interesting melodic ideas, and their drummer is very very talented.

Wilco- A band (outside of the two 'original' members) that essentially consists of pro session/classical musicians having fun playing,well, yea bar band american rock and roll music. But it's really well, again, you might not like it. But that doesn't make it bad. At least they actually are performing and making a lot of people happy. Is there something wrong with that?

Neil Young- I love Neil Young, the dude is gonna die in like 10 years. He wants to help show some new faces, whats wrong with that?

Pearl Jam-I hate them. But guess what? That doesn't mean they suck or are terrible or are over rated. And their political and have something to say, which a lot of rock is missing frankly.

Sorry, but I had to get that off my chest. It blows my mind how purile some of these comments are, without anything to support their claims.

Jay Farrar smokes cock.

Posted by Actually | August 21, 2008 10:34 AM

I actually think Jay Farrar is a very good songwriter who has chosen to keep the folk-country rock sound. Im not dissing Tweedy for choosing to go beyond that style. It worked for him. But, Farrar has done well sticking to his method even though he has'nt sold as many cds. One day soon Farrar and Tweedy will hug each other and make up.

Posted by Dennis | August 21, 2008 11:32 AM

anyone find a hint of irony to the fact people are slamming wilco for having pretentious fans where actually neil young's fanbase sorta invented said pretention about an artist being 'better' than the rest?

it's all rock and roll.

pretention is a part of it.

if it weren't, they'd all come off like hootie or huey lewis.

deal.

Posted by keith | September 3, 2008 12:31 PM

Anyone take advantage of the presale today?

I snagged a GA floor.

Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:20 AM

presale starts Fri 9/12

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:29 AM

wrong. presale started at 10am today. 2 GAs cost $199.90 including all fees, ouch

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:35 AM

Got 4 part way up the side - at the "mid-level" price range. Should be fun.

Posted by drewo | September 9, 2008 10:36 AM

took a while but got 2 GA tix for nyc. good times!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:37 AM

are the nyc tix really on sale? how?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:03 PM

anyone get the presale pw for Friday yet?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:34 AM

The presale for MSG was September 9, the public onsale is September 15.

Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:41 AM

There was a presale thru neil's fan club, but that is closed for msg. can anyone figure out what the presale on ticketmaster is for? that starts tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:44 AM

Neil Young fan site presale was 9/9. Ticketmaster presale is tomorrow. General public sale is 9/15. I would not be surprised if an second show was added.

Posted by drewo | September 11, 2008 10:44 AM

Wilco, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, and the White Stripes are the top five bands in the world today.

Posted by Connor Cowan | November 18, 2008 5:04 PM

I saw the Phila show tonight. I've never seen Wilco before - kind of juvinial. They looked liked kids playing guitar in the mirror. I enjoyed Young, but he should shorten some of the bombastic song endings.

Posted by bb | December 13, 2008 1:29 AM

I had to leave in the middle of Cortez last night (MSG). I was very sad. Wilco was ok, They are a great band but Neil really out shined them. He was outstanding. His sound was ferocious. I wonder how the show ended.

Posted by David | December 16, 2008 8:21 AM

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