Neil Young played Bernie Sanders digital rally, planning his own fireside sessions
Neil Young's Crazy Horse tour is likely on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Neil will be combatting the mass social distancing and quarantining by livestreaming fireside sessions from his home fireplace with his wife Daryl Hannah filming.
"It will be a down-home production, a few songs, a little time together," Neil wrote on the Neil Young Archives website. "We will soon be announcing the first one right here at NYA in the Times-Contrarian and on the Hearse Theater schedule, as well as social media except Facebook. As we have previously announced, we are dropping Facebook very, very soon, so if you rely on FB to contact us, prepare for a change."
Last night (3/16), Neil did an acoustic performance of "Heart of Gold" beside his fireplace during the digital Bernie Sanders rally, and he, Daryl, and their dog made an appearance later on as well. My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Anderson .Paak's backing band The Free Nationals also performed on the digital rally. You can watch the entire thing HERE and watch Neil's "Heart of Gold" performance below.
Neil previously endorsed Bernie on the Neil Young Archives website, writing: "I support Bernie because I listen to what he says. Every point he makes is what I believe in. Every one. In 2016, if Bernie had run instead of Hillary Clinton, I think we would not have the incompetent mess we have now."
Neil's former CSNY bandmate David Crosby has also endorsed Bernie, and he apparently asked Neil to reunite the band to play a concert for Bernie, but said, "I got no answer at all ...dead air ..so my hopes for that are on hold ...painfully." Croz also addressed the economic impact on musicians like himself from the coronavirus in an interview with GQ, saying: "Truthfully, if I lose the tours, I probably will lose my home."
Bernie also did a fireside chat this past weekend.