Neil Young has expressed his desire to continue working with his new band, The Promise Of The Real.
In a post on his Facebook page to mark the end of his recent Rebel Content tour, Young wrote “I loved rocking with Promise of the Real I love this band Lets keep it going…”
Young and Promise Of The Real finished their Rebel Content tour on July 24, 2015 at the Wayhome Festival in Ontario. Both Young and Promise Of The Real are due to perform again at this year’s 30th anniversary Farm Aid event on September 19.
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…
During the Rebel Content tour, Young aired a number of deep cuts and rarities from his back catalogue.
They performed Zuma’s “Lookin’ For A Love” at his July 19, 2015 show at Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont.
The last time Young played the song was with Crazy Horse (going under the name The Echos) on April 13, 1996 at Old Princeton Landing, Princeton-By-The-Sea, California. Before that, Young hadn’t played the song live since a September 21, 1985 show at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas with The International Harvesters.
Young and the band also played a version of the standard “Moonlight In Vermont”. One the artists who have previously covered the song is Willie Nelson, whose sons Lukas and Micah are in Promise Of The Real.
He played “Hippie Dream” for the first time in 18 years during July 11, 2015 show at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska.
“Hippie Dream” appeared on Young’s 1986 album, Landing On Water. Young last played it on August 24, 1997 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida.
During his 29 song set, Young also played “Bad Fog Of Loneliness” for the first time since 2008, “Words” and “Out On The Weekend” for the first time since 2009.
On the opening night of the tour – on July 5, 2015 at Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – he played “Don’t Be Denied” for the first time in 12 years, Greendale’s “Double E” for the first time in 10 years and performed Ragged Glory track, “White Line”, live for only the sixth time.
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