What can be said about Neil Young that hasn’t been said countless times before? The man has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice (as a solo act and a member of Buffalo Springfield); he’s been awarded a couple Grammys and several Junos (Canada’s Grammys); he’s been named in a notable spot on more than one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest of All Time” lists; and if you’ve never heard his name or his music, you’re either confused, mistaken or you might live under a rock and have never listened to the radio.
In short, Young, who is in fact Canadian, is one of the most iconic and lasting figures in American Folk and Rock music from the past half-century. His music, as well as the social activism that has consistently been a large theme in his lyrics and life, have had an influence on innumerable musicians throughout the decades since he first made his mark in the industry. This has been in part due to his endless exploration of the different faces of music. While many know Young for his powerfully personal Folk tunes like “Old Man” or “Heart of Gold,” he’s successfully written in countless other styles, including Hard Rock (for which some call him the “Godfather of Grunge”) and even Electronic music.
Now riding on the tail of his 36th studio release, The Monsanto Years, an activism concept album that just came out on June 29, the 69-year-old singer/songwriter continues to add to a discography that would take days to listen to and years to fully comprehend. In celebration of the new release, Young and Promise of the Real — his backing band for the album, which includes Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah — hit the road July 5 for a 12-show tour. And we’re lucky enough to have it stop right here in our backyard.