Neil Young & Crazy Horse kicked off their summer European tour, playing for the first time ever in Iceland on July 7 at Reykjavik's Laugardalshöllin. The legendary Canuck singer-songwriter and long-time backing band's latest trek consists mostly of make up dates from last year's axed tour outings, following a hand injury suffered by guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, as well as handful of new additions.
According to an article posted on July 8 at Music-News.com, the two-time Grammy winner and company performed a 14-song setlist, which featured a brand new song titled "Who’s Gonna Stand Up And Save The Earth." Young also added a number of rare deep cuts, including Ragged Glory's (1990) "Days That Used To Be," Are You Passionate's (2002) "Goin’ Home" and the 1975 unreleased gem "Separate Ways."
The show also marked the debut of long-time Young associate Rick Rosas in the line-up, replacing Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot, who suffered a mild stroke in late June and had to sit out the tour on doctor's orders. The Los Angeles session player has performed with Young in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as the reunited Buffalo Springfield along with various Young solo line ups. Talbot's backing vocals are being supplied by Dorene Carter and YaDonna West, best known for their memorable work with their own group Mahogany Blue.
Young recently released a new studio album titled A Letter Home, which contains low-fi acoustic renditions of classic songs by a range of artists who influenced the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in his formative years. The "Heart of Gold" hitmaker has also released a live boxset with "on again - off again" bandmates Crosby, Still & Nash, titled CSNY 74, which hit shelves on July 8.
Young and Crazy Horse now head to the U.K. for a date on July 10 in Cork, Ireland at The Marquee and a headline appearance of July 12 at London's Hyde Park as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival's 10-day. See NeilYoung.com or AXS.com/UK for more details.
Did you know? "Neil Young" as portrayed by "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, teamed with Young's sometimes bandmates' Crosby, Still and Nash on the show last night to perform a send up of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." Check out the performance at YouTube.