Neil Young + Promise Of The Real kicked off the second leg of their Rebel Content tour last night [October 1] at Adams Center, University of Montana, Missoula.
The first leg of the tour ended on July 24 at the Wayhome Festival, Ontario, Canada; though Young and the band reconvened to play Farm Aid on September 19.
Sugar Mountain reports that Young and the band played 23 songs.
He performed “Alabama” for the second time since 1973’s Time Fades Away tour, and “Western Hero” for only the third time ever. He also played “I Won’t Quit”, a tirade against corporate greed and the treatment of farmers and animals, for only the second time.
All three songs had been in Young’s set list at Farm Aid.
Young also treated the audience to two cover versions: Kurt Weill’s “September Song” and “Precious Memories” by Willie Nelson, whose sons Lukas and Micah are in Promise Of The Real. This wasn’t the first time Young and the band had played a song recorded by Willie Nelson: they’d covered the standard “Moonlight In Vermont” on July 19 at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont, USA.
At the end of the first leg of the tour, Young expressed his desire to continue working with The Promise Of The Real. Writing on Facebook, Young said, “Thanks to Promise of the Real for making this tour such a wonderful experience in my life. I love all the bands I have played with, but this band (and the multi generational thing) is epic!
“The #RebelContentTour was an experience I will never forget. Once in a lifetime. The guys, Lukas, Micah, Corey, Tony and Tato are the greatest!
“Amazing how easy and natural it was to rock on the old songs and the brand new ones – from Cortez to Big Box, from Wolf Moon to Out On The Weekend.
“We played songs we had never played before EVERY NIGHT That has never happened to me the new songs and the hits & 3-hour performances night after night. The crew loved it, the band, and people too! Playing with these guys was a gift – Such positivity, pure energy & no fear I loved rocking with Promise of the Real I love this band Lets keep it going…”
Neil Young and Promise Of The Real’s setlist, October 1, 2015:
After The Gold Rush
Heart Of Gold
Long May You Run
Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
Hold Back The Tears
Out On The Weekend
A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
People Want To Hear About Love
Down By The River
“I Won’t Quit”
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Love And Only Love
Rockin’ In The Free World
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