Neil Young has announced a surprise spring theater tour that will take him to 10 cities beginning April 15 in Durham, North Carolina. The journey is apparently an extension of his 2010 Twisted Road Tour, and will wrap up in Chicago in early May.
Young is expected to play many of his greatest hits, as he did on the Twisted Road tour, though Rolling Stone notes of those performances "Unlike Young's previous solo theater tours, many of the songs were performed on electric guitar Â– though he does play the piano, organ and an acoustic guitar throughout the evening."
The tour will hit several major cities and will feature two nights at a handful of the locations, including Boston (at the Wang Theater on April 19 and 20), New York (at Avery Fisher Hall on April 24 and 25), Baltimore (at the Hippodrome on April 27 and 28), Philadelphia (at the Tower Theater on April 30 and May 1) and Chicago, where he finishes up on May 6 and 7 at the Chicago Theater.
Neil Young is a beloved singer/songwriter who feels most comfortable at his roots performing live music. That, perhaps, is why there has been seemingly no slow down for the rock pioneer who has been performing for more than 45 years. That kind of work certainly can take its toll on one's body, but Young continues to churn out the kinds of performances he's become known for.
Young is providing fans with exactly what they want at this stage of the game: More chances to see him live. Even though he's approaching 70, he will continue a tour that took him through much of the country just last year.
That's a remarkable feat. And one worth celebrating.
Perhaps with tickets to the next Neil Young show in your area.