In an appearance last night (June 7th) in New York City, Neil Young revealed that contrary to rock legend, there was no ill will between him and the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ever since Young was called out by Skynyrd in the lyrics of "Sweet Home Alabama" because of Young's song "Southern Man," there's been an assumption that the two musical camps were bitter rivals -- but Young made some enlightening comments to the contrary.
Young was appearing along with director Jonathan Demme to promote his latest album with Crazy Horse, Americana, and for Journeys -- a new concert documentary starring Young and created by Demme that was filmed in Ontario. The interview, conducted by public radio's Leonard Lopate, got around to the subject of the Skynyrd-Young war of the words, with Young wryly commenting, "They weren't criticizing (me) . . . they noticed me. It was nice to be noticed. . . nice to know that I had an affect."
- Young's comments seemed a little sarcastic until he also pointed out that he and Lynyrd Skynyrd would have actually collaborated if their infamous and fatal plane crash hadn't happened. Young explained that he actually gave Skynyrd his song "Powderfinger" to record, and that the band was set to do the song. But after Skynyrd was decimated by the plane crash on October 20th, 1977, in which six people in the band's entourage were killed, the collaboration was put on ice.
- "Powderfinger" eventually found a home two years later on Young's 1979 album, Rust Never Sleeps.
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour dates (subject to change):
August 5, 6 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Neil Young solo)
October 3 - Windsor, ON - WFCU Centre (with Los Lobos)
October 5 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre (with Los Lobos)
October 6 - London, ON - The John Labatt Centre (with Los Lobos)
October 8 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center / Cleveland State University (with Los Lobos)
October 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center (with Los Lobos)
October 11 - Chicago, IL - United Center (with Los Lobos)
October 13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park
October 14 - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Convention Center Arena (with Los Lobos)
October 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl (with Los Lobos)
November 10 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena At Seattle Center (with Los Lobos)
November 11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena (with Los Lobos)
November 13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome (with Los Lobos)
November 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 19 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (with Los Lobos)
November 23 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre (with Patti Smith)
November 24 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
(with Patti Smith)
November 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden (with Patti Smith)
November 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena (with Patti Smith)
November 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
(with Patti Smith)
November 30 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center (with Patti Smith)
December 4 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena (with Patti Smith)
- Neil Young's Americana, which was released Tuesday (June 5th), features hard driving re-workings of such classic folk tunes as "Oh Susannah," "Clementine," "Gallows Pole," Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," along with a pretty straightforward cover of the Silhouettes' 1958 chart-topper, "Get A Job."
DID YOU KNOW???
- In addition to the newly released Americana, back in January while speaking during a masterclass at Park City, Utah's Slamdance Festival with Jonathan Demme, Young revealed that he and Crazy Horse had an additional album currently in production.
- There's been no word as to whether the album was also a covers project or whether Young is planning it as his next release.
CHECK IT OUT: Neil Young's September 1975 demo for "Powderfinger":