Watch Neil Young perform live for the first time in over four years

He sang "Heart Of Gold" and "Comes A Time" at a protest against the destruction of old-growth forests

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Neil Young performed live for the first time in over four years this weekend – check out footage of “Heart Of Gold” and “Comes A Time” below.

On February 25 Young turned up at a march and rally in support of the United For Old Growth campaign, which is looking to stop the Canadian government from allowing logging companies from destroying old-growth forests.

“I’m only here for those trees up there,” Young told the audience. “It’s a precious, sacred thing, these old trees. They show us the power of nature when we are being threatened. They show us the past. They show us our future. That’s something that I hope our Canadian government and business section will recognise. These trees have lasted so long. They deserve Canada’s respect.”


He then performed “Heart Of Gold” from 1972’s Harvest and “Comes A Time” from the 1978 album of the same name. Check out fan-shot footage below:



Neil Young’s last public performance before this weekend was in September 2019, when the veteran artist headlined a benefit concert in Lake Hughes, California alongside Norah Jones and Father John Misty.

Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in early 2020, Young said he wouldn’t tour until the virus was “beat” and called on promoters to cancel “super-spreader” gigs.

Last year, Young confirmed he would not be performing at Farm Aid 2022 because “I don’t think it is safe in the pandemic.”

Earlier this month, Young announced he would be headlining the sixth edition of the Light Up the Blues charity show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on April 22, alongside his CSNY bandmate Stephen Stills.

A week later, Young is set to perform as part of Willie Nelson‘s star-studded 90th birthday celebrations as part of a line-up that includes Beck, Snoop Dogg, Kacey Musgraves, Orville Peck and many more.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Nils Lofgren recently announced new album All Roads Lead Home and shared lead single “You Will Never Know”.

Originally published on NME

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