Neil Young shares “Shut it Down 2020″ with COVID-19-inspired video
Neil Young has shared a new version of ecological anthem "Shut it Down," originally on last year's album with Crazy Horse, Colorado, that Neil says was inspired by fans reaching out to him online, expressing the increased relevance of the song since the coronavirus pandemic. This new version features Billy Talbot (bass / vocals), Ralph Molina (drums / vocals) and Nils Lofgren (guitar / vocals). It also comes with a new video, directed by Neil and his wife Darryl Hannah, that splices in performance footage around scenes of empty city streets and wildlife running free during these COVID-19 times. Says Neil:
These are uncertain times. I wish you all the best as you care for our sick, the young and old who we love so much.
Sending the best wishes to all the health care and government workers all over the world, to all the scientists who will learn and share with us the best ways to ensure survival in our world challenged. Let’s all work together and stay positive that we will find a way. With love to all, in all walks of life, all political persuasions, all colors. We will succeed working together for the good of our world as we are here together, hanging in the balance of nature.
Watch the video below.
Neil has also been sharing new "fireside sessions" filmed at his Colorado cabin (the third episode has been delayed), and he's opened up his Neil Young Archives subscription site, making it free for all during everyone's current isolation.