Neil Young and Crazy Horse kicked off their 2013 world tour in Perth, Australia, this past Saturday, March 2. Several videos from opening night have turned up, but we're particularly fond of this powerful — and loud — rendition of "Hey Hey, My My."
"For that one, Neil just started playing it and we all joined in. I think right before we began, he said something like, 'You know, when we go to the verse it goes to these changes…' and he showed us. Nobody really knew when that was gonna happen, but we just followed along. And there might have been some rough spots. I might have dropped my guitar down a couple times. [laughs] But other than that, that was it. That’s the first take. For years I’ve been telling people that when we get together and jam, it’s just like that. But it was never recorded. "
From an impending apocalypse to the promise of a new Van Halen album with David Lee Roth, the bar was set high for 2012. Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus prophesied 2012 as being the end of the world, but who could have predicted Green Day's epic trilogy of new albums, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of 2012, or Joe Walsh's first solo effort in two decades?
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).
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.
A distinctly American album get a distinctly American tour. Neil Young & Crazy Horse have officially announced dates for a fall tour of the U.S., which includes a couple of warm-up dates it August at Colorado's Red Rocks. You can view the complete tour itinerary below.