Usually, this is where I bitch about the horrible state of the music industry and what slim pickings there are for true guitar hounds … but this year was actually jolly good fun. A lot of veterans stepped up to the plate (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Edward Van Halen), and so did a few new, impressive hot shots (Periphery, Gary Clark Jr., HAARP Machine).
I guess you could say this about any recent year, but 2012 often felt a lot like the late '70s. We got high-profile studio releases by Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rush, Kiss, Joe Walsh, Asia, Ringo Starr, Alvin Lee, Jeff Lynne and two members of The Jam, plus a live Led Zeppelin album and a pair of new songs by The Rolling Stones.
Last night, Neil Young was the featured guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The legendary rocker made an appearance to discuss the writing of his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, and much more. Watch the video below.
Next month, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their new album, Americana, via Reprise records. The album contains interpretations of American standards like "Clementine ," "Gallows Pole" and yes, even "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain."
According to Rolling Stone, Neil Young & Crazy Horse have set a June 5 release date for a new album, Americana. The album — Young's first record with the full Crazy Horse lineup in over 15 years — features the band taking on classic American folk standards.
While last night's 54th Grammy Awards was the week's biggest music event, the show had something of a dry run Friday night, when Paul McCartney was honored at the 22nd annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles.
At 49 – an age when so many veteran rockers put themselves on the summer tour greatest hits treadmill – Young is still rocking with a fury, opening new vistas in his amply celebrated 30-year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.