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Neil Young to be Honored by Recording Academy

Legendary singer Neil Young is set to be honored by officials at the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing.

The revered musician will follow in the footsteps of previous honorees Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones in January, when he is celebrated for his “commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music”.

A statement from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reads, “It is with great honour that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community.

“The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist.”

The seventh annual ceremony will take place at Village Studios in Los Angeles in the week leading up to the 2014 Grammy Awards.

This will not be the first time Young has been feted by the Recording Academy — in 2010 he was named MusiCares Person of the Year and honored with a tribute concert featuring performances by Elton John, Wilco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Neil Young Kicks the Habit

Rocker Neil Young says he’s given up drugs and alcohol for good after decades of use.

The Harvest Moon hitmaker retired both his bad habits last year and is now celebrating his sobriety.

He tells the New York Times, “I did it for 40 years. Now I want to see what it’s like to not do it. It’s just a different perspective.”

But the 66-year-old insists it has been no easy feat – in his upcoming memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, he writes, “The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself.

“I need a little grounding in something and I am looking for it everywhere.”

Le Noise Film Follows On The Heels of Young and Demme’s Previous Concert Films Heart of Gold and Trunk Show


Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme will film the final twoshows of Neil Young’s critically acclaimed Le Noise concert tour, which takes place tonight at Young’s former stomping ground, Toronto’s Massey Hall. The footage from tonight and tomorrow night’s show at the samevenue will become part of a film chronicling Young’s 2011 tour in support of his Grammy-and Juno Award winning album Le Noise. The film, expected for release later this year, is the third and final film in a series of Neil Young concert movies shot and directed by Demme. The previous two films are Heart of Gold, released in 2006, and received critical praise followed by the equally applauded Trunk Show, which screened internationally in 2009. Demme’s film credits include the Oscar-winning dramas Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs, and Rachel Getting Married.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold was filmed over two nights in August 2005 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and documents songs from his album Prairie Wind. Neil Young Trunk Show featured scenes from two shows that Young performed at the historic Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, on his 2007 Chrome Dreams II theater tour.

Neil Young Announces Spring Solo Tour

Legendary rocker Neil Young will embark on a solo tour that will kick off on April 15th in Durham, NC, and conclude on May 7th in Chicago. The tour, which will include stops with a pair of nights at Boston’s Wang Center and two shows at the prestigious and intimate Avery Fisher Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center, will cover songs from his current acclaimed album, Le Noise as well as classic tracks performed in both electric and acoustic settings. Young recently won his second-ever Grammy Award for “Best Rock Song” for “Angry World” — a track off Le Noise, which was also nominated for “Best Rock Album.”

Neil Young’s Le Noise Film To Premiere September 30

Le Noise Film — a 38-minute black and white film of eight live-in-studio performances of the eight songs that appear on legendary rocker Neil Young’s brand-new album Le Noise — will be made available for viewing exclusively on YouTube  beginning September 30th. These will appear in the Spotlight section of You-Tube’s homepage as well as on Young’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/neilyoung). In addition to the performances, there will also be a personal introduction by Young himself, along with behind-the-scenes clips from album producer, Daniel Lanois, and more. The performances, shot by filmmaker Adam CK Vollick, feature Young on acoustic and electric guitars at Lanois’ home studio in Silverlake, CA, where Young and Lanois recorded Le Noise.
The eight-song album, which is already generating glowing reviews, is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others.
Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just “a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,” as Lanois puts it.
Writing about Le Noise after hearing it at Lanois’ home, The Los Angeles Times commented: “What’s striking about Le Noise is the way it both summarizes and distills Young’s singular approach to music, predominantly just Neil and a guitar: Arguably Young’s most consistently potent work in the last decade.”
The Chicago Tribune enthused, “One of Young’s finest recordings.”
Rolling Stone Magazine awarded the album 4 Stars and concluded, “Le Noise is, ultimately, an extreme simplicity: the sound of a man who won’t give up.”
Le Noise will be released in several formats, including standard CD, vinyl, and digital download. In November, Reprise will also release a Blu-Ray edition, featuring Lanois and Vollick’s beautifully shot films of Young.
Young has just wrapped up his Gulf Coast tour, in which he teamed up with Tyson Foods to fight hunger in communities affected by the April oil spill. He will appear at Farm Aid at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, on October 2nd, and will reunite with Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay for this year’s Bridge School Benefit concerts. The shows, which also feature Pearl Jam, Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and others, will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on October 23rd and 24th.

Britain’s Susan Boyle’s "The Gift" is Already a Big Hit

Susan Boyle is set to repeat her end-of-2009 album success this year— the Scottish singer’s new album has shot to the top of Amazon.com’s Be stsellers chart more than a month before its release.

The Gift won’t be released until November 9,  but the talent show se nsations is already assured of another big hit – fans are already despera te to pre-order the album.
Amazon’s director of music Craig Pape tells Billboard.com, “It’s the se ason of Susan and it’s a pretty significantly number one. The Gift has le apfrogged fourth-quarter efforts by Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Neil Young on the bestsellers tally, with only pre-orders of Bob Dylan’s The Wi tmark Demos coming close to Boyle’s sales.” Boyle’s 2009 debut I Dreamed a Dream broke records as Amazon Music’s la rgest CD pre-order ever.
The new album will feature festive favourites “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel”, as well as performances of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” —  the song she was banned from performing recently on a U.S. TV talent show.
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Neil Young to Release Brand-New Solo Album, Titled Le Noise, on September 28th, 2010

Neil Young will release a brand-new solo album, entitled Le Noise, on September 28th on Reprise Records. The eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. As producer or co-producer Lanois won Grammy Awards in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2000, and 2001.

 
Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically over the course of many years, including Lanois’ performances at Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young’s performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson’s music director, but this is the first time the two have recorded together. Recorded in Lanois’ home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just “a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,” as Lanois puts it.
 
“Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,” Lanois says. “He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands — one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That’s the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs ‘Love and War’ and ‘Peaceful Valley Boulevard.’ I wanted him to understand that I’ve spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he’d never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything — an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds — and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It’s hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.”
 
Le Noise will be released in several formats, including standard CD, vinyl, digital download, and as a deluxe CD/DVD. The DVD portion, shot by cinematographer Adam Vollick, will feature eight black and white films of Young performing each song solo on acoustic and electric guitar live in the studio. In November, Reprise will also release a Blu-Ray edition, featuring Lanois and Vollick’s beautifully shot films of Young.
 
Writing about Le Noise after hearing it at Lanois’ home, The Los Angeles Times commented: “What’s striking about Le Noise is the way it both summarizes and distills Young’s singular approach to music, predominantly just Neil and a guitar: his big, white hollow-body Gretsch electric slashing and burning for most of the tracks, a couple built around picked and strummed acoustic instruments. Both are recorded and amplified — literally and metaphorically — by Lanois’ signature soundscapes that loop vocals, and enhance the guitars’ bass notes through distortion boxes, synthesizers and other electronics.”
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Neil Young Launches Tour of the Gulf Coast In Sepember

Music legend Neil Young will perform several shows in the Gulf Coast in September to aid residents affected by the oil spill. Young has teamed up with his friend John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, Inc., which will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products to be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank. Tyson will deliver four truckloads of chicken, the equivalent of almost 400,000 meals, to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. 
Young is also asking concert-goers to bring non-perishable food items, which will be given to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of unique, limited-edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.
 
The hunger relief effort is the result of the long-standing friendship between Young and Tyson. “Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse,” Young says. “I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. We both encourage concert-goers to spend money locally and support local business.”

Neil Young Announced Dates on Twisted Road Tour

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After spending most of May and early June on the road for his first solo concerts in many years on the Twisted Road tour, Neil Young has announced that he will extend the tour into July for a series of dates along the West Coast, Canada, and the Midwest.

As a rare treat for fans, Young has been playing in several classic theaters, offering a program of his classic songs along with the special privilege of hearing brand new, as yet unrecorded songs for the first time. British folk legend Bert Jansch opens the shows.