Neil Young has officially put the remainder of his 2019 touring plans on hold so he can devote his attention to an ambitious collection of film projects.
"We will be in the editing suites for the duration of 2019,” he wrote in a post on the Neil Young Archives website. "Thanks for coming to our shows! We plan to be back in 2020!"
Young originally planned to tour with Crazy Horse later this year to promote their new album 'Colorado', which is scheduled to come out later this year. It's the group's first album since 2012's 'Psychedelic Pill' and their first release since guitarist Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro retired, being replaced by Nils Lofgren.
"We believe we have a great Crazy Horse record. One to stand alongside Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, Psychedelic Pill and all the others," Young wrote in April.
The recording sessions for the new album were documented for a film which is also called 'Colorado': "[It shows] how the band works together to make music, how the emotions of trying to get a sound go with the emotions of the songs, what the songs are about. It’s old guys; young souls still alive in old souls and the music they make together. From the engineers, to the musical instrument techs, these guys are in it non stop for as long as it takes to get the songs captured. Like wold horses, the songs, each one an individual, a unique force at play with the emotional landscape, are in control of the dynamic of capture," said Young.
Colorado is one of 15 film projects Neil announced. Here's the full list:
- A Rusted out Garage. [Crazy Horse’s 1987 tour]
- Greendale Live [Crazy Horse’s 2002/03 tour]
- Alchemy [Crazy Horse’s 2012/13/14 tour]
- Catalyst [This is a club in Santa Cruz, California that Young played many times between 1975 and 1997. It’s unclear which shows are a part of this film.]
- Tokyo Budokan 76 [A 1976 show in Japan with Crazy Horse]
- London Odeon Hammersmith 76 [A 1976 show in London with Crazy Horse]
- Solo Trans [Young’s one-man show supporting Trans in 1983]
- Stray Gators Harvest Sessions [The 1971 recording sessions for Harvest]
- Greendale Live at Vicar Street [A March 2003 stop of the solo Greendale tour]
- The Boarding House [A 1978 solo acoustic stand at the Boarding House club in San Francisco]
- Silver and Gold [A 1999 solo acoustic tour]
- Stratford Shakespearean Theater 1971 [A January 1971 solo acoustic show in Connecticut]
- Solo BBC 1971 [A BBC solo acoustic show taped February 23rd, 1971]
- Trans 2020 [An animated film by Micah Nelson using the music of Young’s 1982 LP Trans]
None of the projects have a release date as of yet, but Young plans on showing them at the Hearse Theatre on his Neil Young Archives website.
Although he's postponed his 2019 touring plans, Young is still playing the 'Harvest Moon - A Gathering' charity show in California, and 'Farm Aid' in Wisconsin this September. A tour with Crazy Horse is likely in 2020, although this could create a potential conflict for Nils Lofgren since Bruce Springsteen has said the E Street Band is likely to tour next year as well.