Neil Young listed Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino) as possible venues for his upcoming Crazy Horse Barn Tour, which will likely feature guitarist Nils Lofgren along with bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina.
(Lofgren was a member of Crazy Horse in the ’70s and appeared with them and Young at concerts in 2018 and 2019. He also contributed to the 2019 Neil Young & Crazy Horse album, Colorado, and wrote “If the Horse is out of the barn? I’m in” on Twitter in response to a question about him possibly participating in the tour.)
“We have been looking at booking the Crazy Horse BARN Tour,” said a message attributed to nych (Neil Young & Crazy Horse) on neilyoungarchives.com. “Many of the old places we used to play are gone now, replaced by new coliseums we have to book year (sic) in advance and we don’t want to go to anyway. That’s not the way we like to play. It sounds way to (sic) much like a real job if you have to book it and wait a year, so we have decided to play the old arenas – not the new sports facilities put up by corporations for their sports teams. Largely soulless, these new buildings cost a fortune to play in.
“We wanted to play in a couple of months because we feel like it. To us it’s not a regular job. We don’t like the new rules.”
nych then listed potential venues, including, in addition to the two Atlantic City venues, Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, the Hartford Civic Center and many others across the United States and Canada.
No more details have been announced, but the message ended with the four words, “News coming pretty soon!”
Crazy Horse has been Young’s on-again, off-again backing band since the late ’60s.
March 10 Update: Young now says, in a written message, that even though the first leg of the tour is “booked” and he was “ready to announce the first leg,” the coronavirus has delayed that announcement. “The idea of announcing the tour and putting tickets on sale is questionable and needs to be thought through,” he writes on neilyoungarchives.com. “We are all super ready to go, and the last thing we want to do is put people at risk, especially our older audience. No one wants to become sick in this pandemic. So here we are together, watching to see how it goes, how long it will last, and how many more of our planet’s people and animals will be affected.”
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