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The Global Festival aims to mobilise more than 50,000 people to take action in support of ending extreme poverty, and to secure more than $100m in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners. Beyond that, the Global Festival is being run to help shine a spotlight on the progress that's being made fighting extreme poverty, and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals who are doing it.
The Black Keys at Catalpa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan will share the stage at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on September 29th as part of the Global Festival, a concert designed to bring awareness and funds to the cause of ending global poverty.As all shows on Central Park's Great Lawn must be free with tickets distributed by lottery, the system for getting them involves you earning points by "learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty." Details of how it works are at the Global Citizen website.
"We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts - we didn't want it to be the same as, say, Live 8," Hugh Evans, co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, tells Rolling Stone. The team organized Global Festival in conjunction with Goldenvoice/AEG, the veteran team behind the landmark Coachella music festival. "We wanted to do something unique for our generation."
Adds Rick Mueller, concert promoter at Goldenvoice,"Central Park is iconic." The venue has hosted legendary concerts from the likes of Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and, more recently, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas. "It's a worldwide platform, one that few get to play, so it's the perfect stage for a charity and a cause - especially considering the caliber of artists involved. I don't know if there's been a rock show this big at Central Park; it's a cohesive lineup that really makes a statement." -[Rolling Stone]
The Central Park show is a month before Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour returns to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Band of Horses meanwhile are touring with My Morning Jacket.
Patti Smith at Castle Clinton in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, Patti Smith will be supporting Neil Young on his late fall tour which hits NYC on November 27 at MSG and December 3 at Barclays Center. As usual, Patti takes part in other NYC events throughout the year in addition to her larger concerts (like the ones with Neil) and her next will be TONIGHT (8/6) at
Community Book Store Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of their "Books Beneath the Bridge" series (brought to you by Community Book Store). She'll be doing a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Tonight's reading starts at 7 PM.
In more related news, Patti Smith contributed vocals to Helen Burns, the new solo EP from Red Hot Chili Pepper/Atoms for Peace bassist Flea. The EP is out on the Silverlake Conservatory website and you can download it for any price ranging from $0 to $500. It was also pressed on 180 gram vinyl, but those have since sold out. Regarding the EP, Flea writes:
Hi people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho! Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record "Helen Burns" I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website.All Patti Smith tour dates are listed below.
Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home. I am putting it out to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music a community based non profit music school that i am an integral part of. There you have it. See you all soon i hope!
Neil Young Journeys, the new film documenting Neil Young's 2011 tour which was made with Jonathan Demme, will be opening in theaters today (6/29) in NYC and LA. It's the third film that Neil has made with Jonathan Demme (after Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show), director of such other music films including Stop Making Sense and Storefront Hitchcock, in addition to Hollywood films like Silence of the Lambs, Something Wild, and others. AV Club reviewed the film, giving it an A-:
As on Le Noise itself, the overcranked echo of Young's distorted guitar dominates the songs, captured via Young's trademark "PureTone" process. (For the film's première, held in Massey Hall during last year's Toronto Film Festival, Young trucked in his own sound system.) It's fascinating to hear old chestnuts like "Cortez The Killer" and "Cinnamon Girl" cut loose from their rhythm-section moorings, left to find new shapes or simply drift on a chord as thick and rough as a granite slab.Neil Young Journeys opens in NYC today at Landmark Sunshine Cinema (tickets) and AMC Empire 25 (tickets). It will open in other theaters across the country within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for the full release schedule, which will appear on the website. The trailer is below.
As mentioned, Neil Young will be touring with Patti Smith later this year. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at MSG on 11/27 and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 12/3. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
The film's trailer is below.
Tickets are on pre-sale now for the Neil Young & Crazy Horse show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Live Nation password = amplify). General sale begins Monday at 10am.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have expanded their previously announced tour, which hits NYC on November 27 at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith (tickets), to also include a Brooklyn show at the new Barclays Center on December 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (6/25) at 10 AM. No opener is listed for this show at the moment, but it falls in the middle of Neil's run with Patti Smith, so it won't be too unlikely if she's playing this one as well.
Updated dates are below.
As mentioned, Neil Young and Patti Smith are going to head out on a tour together in the fall, both supporting new albums that came out this week. But the two met up even sooner (this past Wednesday to be exact) when Patti interviewed Neil at BookExpo America about Neil's new memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," which is due out in October. Patti has also released a book, "Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. Here's a bit about the interview via New Yorker:
From there, the conversation wound pleasantly through a variety of topics, much as Young's book sounds like it might. The two of them discussed songwriting, history, money, memory, and technology. Smith asked about the circumstances surrounding Young's composition of the 1970 protest anthem "Ohio," a story that has been told several times but that Young obligingly told again, noting that the song came together in a rush when he saw John Filo's famous picture of Mary Vecchio crying over a student shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State. "When we put the song out," he said, "it was kind of the social networking of the day, the way it could get played on radio so quickly. We had pressed it on acetates, so you only got seven or eight plays out of them." That led to one of several moments of productive nostalgia, as Young remembered rock-and-roll radio. "There were no programmers," he said. "d.j.s played what they wanted, and they had a personality." He paused. "We have to be careful here. I'm liable to go off."Neil Young and Patti Smith's tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed MSG show on 11/27. Presales (internet presale and Live Nation Mobile App) for that show begin today at 10 AM and run through 3 PM. General sale starts Sunday (6/10) at noon.
Patti Smith covers Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" on her new album, Banga. Have a listen to that below...
Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album Americana is out today (stream it in full HERE) and he's just announced a fall tour, part of which is with Patti Smith (Yes it's the Godfather of Grunge together with the Godmother of Punk). That tour brings Neil and Patti to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Tickets to the MSG show go on sale June 10 at noon with a presale happening Friday, June 8 at 10AM.
Patti Smith also has a new album out today; it's called Banga and it's her first new album of original material since 2004's Trampin'. Check out a stream of the title track below (via Rolling Stone) and a spotify stream of the full album, along with a list of all dates and a video trailer for Neil Young's Americana.
PS I Love You at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Carioca @ Barbes
* Dither @ The Stone
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Casual Hearts @ XPO 929
* Dylan Fest @ Irving Plaza
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Ski Beatz @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Dig, Taurus @ Glasslands
* Xray Eyeballs (DJ) @ Manhattan Inn
* Lalah Hathaway @ Highline Ballroom
* Manitoba, The Naked Heroes @ Maxwell's
* Static Summer, Skaters, Threats @ Pianos
* Mike Doughty, Susan Justice @ City Winery
* PS I Love You, Army Girls @ Mercury Lounge
* Soft Spot @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* John Butcher, Twistycat @ Issue Project Room
* LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, Lakutis @ Knitting Factory
* Mason-Jam-Ja Band @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Stefano Scodanibbio Tribute Concert @ The Stone
* Psychic Ills, PC Worship, Ex Cops @ Death By Audio
* Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Kalabalik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* We Are Scientists, Kuroma, Beach Arabs @ Union Pool
* Traxman, Howse, Octo Octa, Naka Naka, Rezzie @ 285 Kent
* Deviated Instinct, Dresden, Koward, Nomad @ The Acheron
* Soltero, Phantom Buffalo, The Sanctuaries @ The Rock Shop
* The So So Glos, Lost Boy?, Life Size Maps, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
* Bok Bok, Kingdom, Rizzla, Rem Koolhaus @ Santos Party House
* Great Lakes, Frank Smith, Bright Brown, Scrapers @ Union Hall
* The Dearloves, Nathan Xander, Painting Soldiers @ The Gutter
* Hoots & Hellmouth, Tall Heights, Darlingside @ Mercury Lounge
* Dangermuffin, American Babies, Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl
* O'Death, Tim Fite, Gimme Drugs, Chris Lecompte @ Asbury Lanes
* Church of Misery, Rwake, The Gates of Slumber @ Cameo Gallery
* Pedestrian Deposit, Pregnant Spore, Decimus, C. Lavender @ La Sala
* that dog., Kurt Braunohler, Baron Vaughn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clear Plastic Masks, Lunic, Flyin Fisch, Isle of Rhodes @ Knitting Factory
* Amen Dunes, Gary War, Highlife, Francisco Franco, Woodsman @ Shea Stadium
* Bad Indians, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Cake Shop
* BAIO (DJ), Autobot (DJ), Full Nelson (DJ) @ Le Bain at The Standard
* The Can't Tells, The Denzels, Big Ups, Deathrow Tull, Twitchers, Kung Fu Crime Wave @ Spike Hill
* Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, JDH & Dave P, Alex English & Rekles @ Webster Hall
Your movie options for Memorial Day Weekend include Wes Anderson's latest exquisite whimsy Moonrise Kingdom and Men In Black 3, the latter of which has gotten surprisingly good reviews.
A Place to Bury Strangers and Blood Orange both released new videos, and they're oddly similar. Check them out below.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their cover of British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," with found footage of the queen herself. Check it out below.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Like they did at Sundance, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme will have a chat in NYC at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 8 pm....
Join rock legend Neil Young in conversation with acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Rachel Getting Married) and see an excerpt from the forthcoming film Neil Young Journeys, their third collaboration, in which Demme follows Young on a road trip to his hometown in Ontario for the last nights of his world concert tour.Tickets are still available.
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
Pegi Young & The Survivors are currently out on the road supporting a new release entitled "Bracing For Impact". That tour brought Neil's better half and band to Jimmy Fallon the other night, and has them back in NYC for an early show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (4/9). Watch the Fallon video with a list of all dates, below...
Crosby, Stills and Nash have an extensive amount of upcoming international tour dates for 2012, including a Northeast run in June which includes dates in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. None of those shows are in NYC but a few of the NJ shows come pretty close. At the end of the month the band will play Wellmont Theatre on June 26 and 27 in Montclair, Count Basie Theatre on June 29 in Red Bank, and Borgata Spa & Resort on June 30 in Atlantic City. Tickets for the 6/26 and 6/27 Wellmont shows go on sale Friday (3/23) at noon. Ticket info for the other shows is not available yet. All dates are listed below.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
In related news, Neil Young, who is not currently acting as a member of CSN(Y), he recently announced the release of Americana (due out June 5), his first album with Crazy Horse members since 2003's Greendale and first with the full band (Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro) since 1996's Broken Arrow. That's the artwork above. The album features reinterpretations of traditional American folk songs including "This Land Is Your Land," "Oh Susannah," "Clementine," "High Flyin' Bird," and "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain." A press release explains the album's concept:
"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist," says a press release announcing the new album."The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what's going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written."Rolling Stone mentions that though Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed live for the first time since 2004 last month at a Paul McCartney tribute in LA (they played "I Saw Her Standing There"), they have no touring plans. Check out the tracklist below.
All CSN dates and Neil Young tracklist below...
Georgia band Dead Confederate will take on Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night"... tonight (9/22) at Brooklyn Bowl. FREE before 7pm, though note there are two opening bands and the whole show starts at 8pm. If you want to win a free pair of tickets, email your first and last name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject "I want free Dead Confederate tickets". You'll be notified if you win. Dead Confederate play Poppped! Fest in Philly tomorrow.
The B Street Band celebrates Bruce Springsteen's birthday
on a Rocks Off boat at BB KIng's tonight.
Tragedy: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, who have played Brooklyn Bowl many times, and who have a member who runs Rocks Off, will play Bowery Ballroom on 11/12. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Friday.
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute play Mercury Lounge on 11/18. Tickets are on sale now.
Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo (via WNCX)
Crosby, Stills and Nash's previously mentioned show at Beacon Theatre is sold out. They've since added a second date the next night (8/31) at the same venue which still has tickets available. They also have a show coming up in Mountain View, CA with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello and others to support disaster relief efforts.
Buffalo Springfield (Furay, Stills and Young) went on their first (short) tour since 1968 leading up to a headlining slot at Bonnaroo this year. They told Rolling Stone they'd do a 30-date tour in the fall which would hit LA, NYC, and other cities. The tour, which was still never officially announced, is now postponed until 2012. According to a post on guitarist Richie Furay's facebook:
"For those of you getting excited about the Buffalo Springfield fall tour - word has just come to me that it has been moved to the first of next year," he wrote. "I'm not going to spend a lot time here with details as you speculate among yourselves - there's nothing to speculate about, the tour has simply been moved."Meanwhile, Neil Young wants to work with Justin Vernon. Though the serial-collaborator may be on the verge of slowing down:
"I think the easiest way to explain it is that before, when I had other jobs or whatever, all I ever wanted to do was play music all of the time. So now whenever anything comes along - a Peter Gabriel cover, or recording Hadestown with Anaïs, it's like yes! Of course! And then you get tired, and you think, 'Well, I'd better say no to everything from now on.' But then the Kanye thing happens. Or ... Neil Young called two days ago, and I'm almost like: 'Oh fuck,' because whatever he's going to say I'm going to want to deal with, you know?"Maybe Neil will give Justin a break and collaborate with Taylor Swift, who he is reportedly a fan of, instead.
Updated CSN dates (all three of them) below...
Crosby, Stills & Nash at Jones Beach last year (photo by Buzz Person)
Crosby Stills & Nash will play Beacon Theater on August 30th, their only current tour date before Stephen Stills hits the road for a still-unannounced Buffalo Springfield fall tour. Tickets are currently on fan presale, and go on regular sale Saturday (5/14) at 10AM.
Meanwhile, Crosby-Nash is currently on tour and will play NYC at Town Hall on Saturday (5/14). Tickets are still available. Their May 22nd CT will also be broadcast live on HDNet. Buffalo Springfield, who reunited for Bridge School Benefit in 2010, have announced dates scheduled out West in June, and are playing Bonnaroo the same month.
In related news, Buffalo Springfield member Neil Young, who just swung through town on a solo tour, is the subject of a new DVD documentary which is out on June 21st, Here We Are In The Years. The disc "traces the astonishing musical journey of Neil Young from the day he first heard Elvis to his most recent offerings". Check out a clip from that DVD, alongside all Buffalo Springfield & Crosby-Nash dates, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Charles Bradley in LA -- 5/4/2011
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band are in the midst of a whirlwind West Coast tour that includes a date in Oakland on 5/6 which is the same night they'll appear (again) on Carson Daly (they'll be doing "Golden Rule"). Last night (5/4), they played The Echo in Los Angeles and pictures from that show adorn this post.
This week also marks the digital release of Charles Bradley's new soulful cover of the Neil Young classic "Heart of Gold". Released in April as a 45 via Daptone Records (where you can preview it and buy it in both formats now), you can now also get the song on iTunes. Bradley also recently released his album No Time For Dreaming.
After a tour in the EU in June and July, Charles Bradley will return to NYC and play a free, headlining show with The Menahan Street Band in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on July 26. Soon after that he head heads to Canada to play Osheaga and Sappy Fest, and in August he returns to California for Outside Lands. Check out all tour dates and more pictures from The Echo below.
"Guitar hero, acoustic balladeer, country bumpkin, grunge pioneer, electronic dabbler: Neil Young has played all these roles in his 45 year career. But at Avery Fisher Hall Sunday night - for the first of two sold-out shows - he melded two into something winningly rare.Bert Jansch opened the show and he does again tonight (4/25). Last night's setlist below...
Appearing alone, as he periodically does, Young roamed between acoustic and electric guitars, as well as piano, pipe organ, and harmonica. But the most interesting pieces found him mashing up two roles he usually keeps apart: solo performer and electric jammer. Some songs that Young might commonly have rendered as full-on band rave-ups with Crazy Horse, like "Ohio" or "Cortez The Killer," he delivered with just a lone, purposely distorted electric guitar." [Daily News]
DOWNLOAD: Black Dub - Last Time (live) (MP3)
It was the official Canadian music-industry consecration of Arcade Fire at this year's edition of the Juno Awards, with the Montreal alt-rockers nabbing four trophies, more than any other artist. Arcade Fire won album of the year for "The Suburbs", group of the year, songwriter of the year ( for "Ready to Start", "We Used To Wait", and "Sprawl II"), and alternative album (also for "The Suburbs").Congrats to Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Caribou, Katy Perry ("Best International Album") and Daniel Lanois on their Juno wins.
The Juno Awards, Canada's music awards, were doled out at a ceremony at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sunday (3/27) night, with the show broadcast live on the CTV Network.
The multiple wins for Arcade Fire follow the ultra-hot outfit's recent win for best album at the Grammy Awards, a win that took many by surprise. Shortly after the Grammys, Arcade Fire also won for best international group and international album at the Brit Awards in London.
... Canadian pop star Justin Bieber also won two Junos, for pop album (for "My World 2.0") and the Juno Fan Choice Award. Bieber was in Rotterdam Sunday, on tour, and accepted his awards via pre-taped video acceptance speeches.
Canadian rock icon Neil Young was voted artist of the year, which led him to quip on stage: "What year is this?" Young was also given, as previously announced, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and his moving acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night. On Saturday night, in a non-broadcast ceremony, Young also won for adult alternative album for "Le Noise". Daniel Lanois also won as producer of the year for both "Le Noise" and his own project, the self-titled Black Dub album. -[Variety]
Lanois will head back out on the road with his Black Dub project in May and June. The newly announced set of dates inclues a NYC show at Webster Hall on 6/15 with Rocco DeLuca. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wed (3/30) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
All dates, all Junow winners and some videos below...
Tickets are now on AmEx presale (through Friday, March 25 @ 10pm) for the two Neil Young shows happening at Lincoln Center's very Fisher Hall in April. Bert Jansch has been announced as the opener.
Neil Young will hit the road solo on April 15th, stopping for two nights at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall along the way. Neil's new album was released towards the end of 2010. His Warner Brothers-affiliated label points out that:
"The eight-song Le Noise, among Young's most critically-embraced albums, is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. Le Noise was released by Reprise Records on September 28th, 2010."Keep an eye on Lincoln Center's website for the NYC show tickets. All tour dates are listed below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!
Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.
Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Conor Oberst and crew might have co-opted the Monsters of Folk moniker, but they've only grown to their current size by standing on the shoulders of even larger mythical beings. Two more likely candidates for that title, Bert Jansch and Neil Young, graced the Bell House Wednesday night. The two didn't perform together, but the long-standing connection between the six-string
English Scottish troubadour and the American Canadian highwayman was noticeably present through their music.
Young made the surprise guest appearance as part of his wife Pegi's backing band, the opening act, and kept to the shadows most of the night. Bathed in dark crimson light, he filled in his wife's rollicking, twangy sound with subdued yet accented guitar licks, that unmistakable gritty rhythm style, and on one occasion harmonica. Even in just a supporting role, his focus was impenetrable. When Neil Young raises his guitar neck and dons that irascible stare, it commands attention like a force of nature. Pegi finished off her set with a version of Neil outtake "Doghouse," graciously letting her man share the spotlight as he sang backup and finally splayed out a solo.
But the highlight of the show was Jansch; his complex acoustic ruminations sprang to life like a Celtic fable, and his vocals, softer with age, tranquilly voiced stories that were equally anguished and joyous. For the most part Jansch's newer work blended seamlessly with his old material as one singular vision. The wistful classic "Rosemary Lane" from his eponymous 1971 album never felt out of touch with more recent songs like "My Donald," from 2001's Crimson Moon. That song was about his departed friend, the "hardest man in Scotland" who was both a failed lumberjack and a real whaler. As he told the stories behind his numbers in between songs, he sounded like Michael Caine with a guitar; understated, satirical, and spotlessly adorable. One song he wrote after a series of gigs with maligned rock star Pete Doherty. With deadpan wit, he noted, "I don't think he's allowed in your country."
More pictures from the Bell House show below...