5 Reasons Why Neil Young's Current Tour Is One of His Best in Decades

Smart pacing, phenomenal playing and deep cuts to die for

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The Band Members Are All Neil Young Superfans

Willie Nelson's son Lukas actually formed his band, Promise of the Real, at a 2007 Neil Young show, and they named the group after a line in the 1974 classic "Walk On." They may be young enough to be his grandchildren, but they have encyclopedic knowledge of his vast catalog and can handle anything he throws at them without breaking a sweat.

For the first time in his career, Young is being backed by group that grew up playing air guitar to "Down by the River" in their childhood bedrooms. These aren't grizzled veterans that have been burned by Young time and time again, but twentysomethings that can't believe their luck to be on this journey. Their unbridled enthusiasm is infectious and the entire crowd can feel it. Bassist Corey McCormick is often singing along to the songs when he's nowhere near a microphone, and when Young makes the impromptu call to bust out something like "Cortez the Killer," they seem just as thrilled as the audience.