Happy Birthday to Neil Young, who turns 71 tomorrow (November 12th)!!! Young will release his latest album, titled Peace Trail on December 9th, and premiered three of the new tracks -- "Peace Trail," "Show Me," and "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders" during last week's Bridge School Benefit concerts in Mountain View, California. During the Benefit shows, Young joined special guests Metallica for an acoustic reading of his Buffalo Springfield classic, "Mr. Soul."
Rather than using his most recent band Promise Of The Real as he had on this year's Earth collection, on Peace Trail, Young enlisted the help of Paul Bushnell on bass and the legendary solo Beatles sideman Jim Keltner on drums. Once again, joining Young behind the boards is longtime engineer and co-producer John Hanlon, who made his bones back in the mid-'70s, working with Dennis Wilson and the Beach Boys. Peace Trail was recorded at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios.
The tracklist to Peace Trail is: "Peace Trail," "Can’t Stop Workin,'" "Indian Givers," "Show Me," "Texas Rangers," "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders," "John Oaks," "My Pledge," "Glass Accident," and "My New Robot."
A definitive biography on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is in the works from Rolling Stone contributing editor David Browne. The book, which is due out through De Capo Press in time for the group's 50th anniversary in 2019, follows Browne's other tomes on the era, including the critically acclaimed books Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY And The Lost Story Of 1970; and So Many Roads: The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead. Publishers Weekly stated the bio "will be stand as the first true narrative biography 'of a band that came to represent the highs and lows of the ’60s dream.'"
In September, Neil Young released four of his '70s classics on vinyl. Although they were released in remastered editions back in 2014 as a part of a limited edition box set for Record Store Day, fans can finally snap up individual copies of 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On The Beach, and 1975's double shot of Tonight's The Night, and Zuma.
Also reissued in 2016 was Neil Young's 1979 concert film Rust Never Sleeps and his 1982 comedy Human Highway are getting long-awaited DVD releases on April 29th.
- Although Neil Young has tried extremely hard to keep his life private over the course of his career, he wants it known, he’s hardly a recluse: "The fact that I don’t, y’know, that I don’t go out of my way to be seen and go to places where I know that my picture’s gonna be taken and things like that makes them think that I’m hiding. I’m not hiding from anything. I’m just not interested in any of it. I have other things that I’m more interested in that don’t have to do with getting my face on People magazine."
- Neil Young will next perform on April 14th in Tyagarah, Australia.