Neil Young Tour

Monday, January 02, 2006

Mayer, Young Join Benefit
Star-studded lineup takes shape for Hurricane Katrina benefit
John Mayer, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Dashboard Confessional, Kid Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Paul McCartney, Motley Crue, Brian Wilson, Goo Goo Dolls, Audioslave, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Common, Simple Plan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Staind are among the artists added to "ReAct Now: Music and Relief," a concert to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, on September 10th on MTV, VH1 and CMT.
Other additions include artists with Lousiana and Mississippi ties including 3 Doors Down, Trent Reznor, the Neville Brothers, Marc Broussard, Cash Money's Baby and Lil' Wayne, and the Radiators. They join Green Day, Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Rob Thomas, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, David Banner and John Mellencamp. The relief concert will be staged simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta, with opportunities for viewers to phone in Red Cross donations.


Neil Young's Album After Nearly Dying
40. Neil Young
Prairie Wind
Recorded in Nashville after Neil Young's near-fatal brain aneurysm, Prairie Wind is a son-of-Harvest bouquet of steel guitar, dusty strumming and songs about mortality and responsibility. Embedded in Young's warm, fragile voice and his nostalgic images of Canadian geese and the iron horse are hard truths about wrong turns taken ("The Painter") and time running low ("No Wonder"). In the final hymn, "When God Made Me," Young ponders intelligent design and the thin line between our capacity for error and wisdom. The lyrics are in the form of questions -- "Did he create just me in his image/Or every living thing?" -- because life, short as it is, is for finding answers.

Bridge School Lineup Features Neil Young (Updated 10:05 PDT Thu, Sep 22 2005)
The initial lineup for the 19th Bridge School Benefit has been announced, with Dave Matthews, Norah Jones and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young topping the bill. The October 29-30 concert at Mountain View, Calif.'s Shoreline Amphitheatre will also feature Emmylou Harris, Bright Eyes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Good Charlotte, and Los Lobos, along with yet-to-be-named "special guests." Matthews will appear solo and only on the second day; all other announced artists are expected to perform both days. The annual event, founded by Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, benefits the Bridge School, a program for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. Surprise guests and impromptu jam sessions are hallmarks of the festival, which often ends with the entire lineup performing together.

Neil Young Hospitalized (Updated 06:14 PST Sat, Apr 02 2005)
NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm this week and remains hospitalized, although doctors expect a full recovery, his publicist said Friday. The 59-year-old rocker underwent a procedure to treat it Tuesday night at a New York hospital, where he was expected to remain for a few more days, publicist Bob Merlis told The Associated Press. Dr. Pierre Gobin, who performed the procedure with another doctor, said: "Mr. Young had a dangerous brain aneurysm and was treated successfully by the minimally invasive neuroradiology team here. He is now resting comfortably ... but we strongly recommend that he not travel for several days." Young had been expected to perform Sunday at the Juno Awards - the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. "I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to make it to Winnipeg for the Junos as I had hoped. I grew up there and was really looking forward to the show as well as spending some time with my old friends and family," Young said. "Thanks to my doctors, I'm feeling a lot better now so I hope I can get a rain check." The aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurry after attending the March 14 induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Merlis said. An examination by a neurologist detected the aneurysm and the procedure was scheduled. The veteran rocker is expected to resume normal activities soon. But for now, Merlis said, "He's got to take it easy."