We’re hoping this is mere speculation and lip service, but given the impressive Psychedelic Pill album/tour, if Neil Young and (or) Crazy Horse decide to call it a career after this summer, he/they would be going out on one (literally) high, sustained and feedback-infused note. Pill’s monster 27-minute opening track “Driftin’ Back” was, for my money, the best song to come out in 2012 – as Young & the newly-reunited Horse managed to create a song of that length that somehow managed to never bore, even after many repeated spins. Also, if it was the Horse’s last hurrah, I’ll forever treasure the chance to see Neil & Co. destroying Golden Gate Park last summer at Outside Lands 2012. See NME’s report below.
According to Crazy Horse guitar player Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro, Neil Young’s current tour may be his last.
Sampedro, who started playing in Young’s backing band in 1975 has said: “My gut tells me this is really the last tour.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, he added: “I love playing and we’re playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us.”
He continued: “It takes a lot of energy to play that much.” He also said that Young’s “wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays… I already had an operation on my thumb… It just seems at some point something is going to break.”
Neil Young & Crazy Horse released two albums last year, ‘Americana’ and ‘Psychedelic Pill’, and began their current world tour in North America. They will visit the UK this summer.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse REMAINING DATES
6/10: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
6/11: Birmingham LG Arena
6/13: Glasgow SECC
6/17: London O2 Arena
8/18: Liverpool Echo Arena
8/19: London O2 Arena