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.
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.