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Video: Neil Young, Nicolette Larson Sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’

Neil Young, 1991.

Here’s a 1991 performance by Neil Young and Nicolette Larson at the 1991 Bridge School benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.

They duet on Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”

Young plays his old pump organ.

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Video: Neil Young Spars With Stephen Colbert; Sings ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ With Show Host

Last night Stephen Colbert squared off against Neil Young in a mock argument about climate change related matters.

Watch now:

And then watch them sings “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” with new lyrics by Colbert.

For more details of this story, head to Rolling Stone.

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Video: Listen to Neil Young Talk to Howard Stern About Why CSNY Is History, & Much More

Neil Young on the Howard Stern Show.

Neil Young was on the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM this morning talking for over an hour.

Rolling Stone picked out 12 highlights and you can read about them here.

Two highlights have to do with David Crosby.

“Playing with Stills and Nash in that band was really great,” Young said, purposefully not saying Crosby’s name. “I wish [Crosby] the best with his life. There’s love there. There’s just nothing else there. [A reunion] will never happen. Never happen, no, not in a million years….You have to think about things before you do them. If you make a mistake, you have to fix it right away. [A reunion] will never happen. You don’t have to worry about it. It’s easy to say ‘no.'”

At this point it appears that whatever relationship he had with Crosby is dead. What happened between them? “There’s nothing to apologize for,” Young said. “It was fixable, but it didn’t get fixed.” When Stern asked if it was Young’s fault it didn’t get fixed. “Absolutely not,” said Young. “I did everything I could to make sure it got fixed…We were together for a long time. We did some good work. Why should we get together and celebrate how great we were? What difference does it make? It’s not for the audience. It’s not for money, either. When you play music, you have to come from a certain place to do it and everything has to be clear and you don’t want to disturb that. I like to keep the love there, and if the love isn’t there, you don’t want to do it.”

Listen to the interview right now:

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Video: Watch Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ with Orchestra

Check out Neil Young singing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ with full orchestra.

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Audio: Neil Young’s ‘Storytone’ Double Album To Include Solo & Orchestral Versions

For Neil Young’s upcoming album, Storytone, there will be two versions of the ten-song set: the two album deluxe package will include one album in which Young performs the songs himself, and another in which he is accompanied by an orchestra.

The orchestral version was cut live with no overdubs. Young sang in the same room as the musicians. The album will be released on November 4, 2014.

“It’s the most different thing that I’ve ever attempted,” Young told Rolling Stone.

Back in early September I reported that the album would be called Storytone.

According to a Warner Bros. press release: Standout tracks from the album include the bittersweet album opener “Plastic Flowers,” the bluesy swing of “I Want To Drive My Car,” the aching “Tumbleweed,” or the heartfelt “When I Watch You Sleeping.” Each song evokes an entirely different feel within the context of its presentation.

More from the Rolling Stone story:

The orchestral Storytone is the first Young album where he plays no guitar or piano – he let other musicians take on instrumental duties so he could focus on his vocals. Two music-industry vets, Michael Bearden and Chris Walden, conducted, arranged and co-produced the album. He took himself out of his comfort zone,” says Bearden, who worked with Michael Jackson and is currently Lady Gaga’s musical director. Young gave the arrangers considerable freedom: “He basically told us to do what we felt,” says Bearden. Young had originally planned to take the concept even further, recording the orchestral versions with a single microphone, but he relented on that point.

More from the press release: All of the Storytone music was produced by The Volume Dealers (Neil Young and Niko Bolas), recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt with additional co-production, arrangements, orchestration, and conducted by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.

The songs:

1. Plastic Flowers
2. Who’s Gonna Stand Up?
3. I Want To Drive My Car
4. Glimmer
5. Say Hello To Chicago
6. Tumbleweed
7. Like You Used To Do
8. I’m Glad I Found You
9. When I Watch You Sleeping
10. All Those Dreams

Three versions of “Who’s Gonna Stand UP?”

Orchestral:

Acoustic:

Live with Crazy Horse:

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Video: Neil Young, Booker T & The MGs Do Raging ‘All Along The Watchtower’

Neil Young, backed by Booker T and the MGs, does “All Along the Watchtower” at Finsbury Park, London, July 11, 1993.

Young is in great form on this one. Terrific soloing.

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Audio: Neil Young Shares Awesome Orchestral ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ On Climate Change Protest Day

Today, a day when over 300,000 people reportedly assembled in New York for the People’s Climate Day March to voice their concerns that serious work needs to be done to stop climate change, Neil Young released an orchestral, studio recording of his protest song, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”

The musically stunning anthem attacks big oil and the “big machine.”

But what Neil Young doesn’t address in his song is that animal agriculture — factory farms and the whole system of meat production — is the biggest contributor to climate change. This is the elephant in the room.

As the new documentary “Cowspiracy” shows, environmental groups, for the most part, ignore this ‘inconvenient truth.’ If you haven’t seen the film, google it and find a showing near you. Or wait until early November and you can get the DVD. It’s a must-see film.

Today I spent three hours at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater with the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition at the huge Bay Area People’s Climate Day event and we passed out 100s of brochures detailing the impact of Factory Farms (and eating meat, or products made form animal secretions such as milk) to mostly unaware environmentalists.

Two activists at the Oakland People’s Climate Day event.

I would love for Neil Young to see “Cowspiracy,” or for someone, anyone, to get some information to him. It’s great what he’s doing but there’s this big hole, it would seem, in his knowledge of what is contributing to climate change.

Plus acoustic version:

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Video: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, ‘Don’t Cry No Tears,’ Japan 2001

Good performance of one of my favorite Neil Young songs, “Don’t Cry No Tears.”

This took place at the Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan, July 28, 2001.

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Video: Neil Young Sings ‘Standing In The Light Of Love’ with Revised Political Lyrics at Farm Aid + ‘Heart Of Gold’

Neil Young at Farm Aid 2014.

Yesterday Neil Young played a new version of an old song, “Standing In The Light Of Love,” at Farm Aid 2014.

According to Thrasher’s Wheat, a version of the song was first played in 2001, and Young began playing it earlier this year in Europe.

The lyrics to the 2014 version of the song have been overhauled somewhat to reflect Young’s anger at big oil and corporate America for destroying the earth.

This is very powerful.

The fan who shot the video was using a cell phone so the image is sideways, but the sound is awesome and the video is great too.

Just turn your head, or turn your computer.

“Standing In The Light Of Love”:

“Heart Of Gold”:

“Stand In The Light Of Love”:

Lyrics to “Stand In The Light Of Love”:

In a world with so much anger
In a world with so much hate

Stand in the light of love

In a world with so much sadness
How will you feel at Heaven’s Gate

Stand in the light of love

Rising from the deep blue sea
Drowning in the long parade
Still you will find the answer
Standing in the light of love

Stand in the light of love

By the wealth of corporations
Must the earth bow down to greed?

Stand in the light of love

In a world controlled by oil
How much power do they need?

stand in the light of love

Drowning in the deep blue sea
Still you need not be afraid
For you will find the answer
Standing in the light of love

Standing in the light of love

[instrumental]

Stand in the light of love
Stand in the light of love

Every day the earth is damaged
In the endless search for oil

Stand in the light of love

Ancient ways of life are broken
As we suck it from the soil

Stand in the light of love

Swimming in the deep blue sea
Drowning in the long parade
Still you need not be afraid
Standing in the light of love

Stand in the light of love

Stand in the light of love

I don’t want to get personal
And have you put me on the spot
I don’t know how you feel
But for me it’s getting hot

I got to get somewhere
I got to [unclear word] against the grain
Fighting for tomorrows children
Against the power and the pain

Standing in the light of love

Stand in the light of love

Stand in the light of love

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Audio: Neil Young Releases Free Live ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ – Listen Now!

Neil Young, Liverpool, July 13, 2014.

Neil Young is encouraging people to watch the documentary, “Under The Influence,” which is about how “corporations have usurped democracy by using their vast wealth to influence politics and silence the citizen voice in government.”

And he’s made available his new song, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” which was recorded live in Liverpool on in July of this year.

This is all good. However, I’m disappointed in Neil Young because he, like many others who claim to be environmentalists, ignores the biggest cause of climate change in the world, which is the eating of meat and animal secretions (such as milk) and the use of products made from animals.

It would be good for Neil to watch the new documentary, “Cowspiracy,” and then encourage his fans to watch it too.

And if Neil gave up eating meat, he’d set a good example and he’d feel a lot better too.

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