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Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Make Live Return at Paul McCartney Tribute

Drummer Ralph Molina: 'We were just grazing, but never gone!'

February 1, 2012 5:26 PM ET
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Neil Young performs with Crazy Horse in Hong Kong.
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse are going to play at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney on February 10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Other acts on the bill of the Grammy weekend charity concert include Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Tony Bennett, the cast of the Beatles LOVE, and McCartney himself. Eddie Izzard will host. 

This will be Neil Young and Crazy Horse's first public performance since the Greendale tour wrapped up in March 2004. The group has reportedly wrapped up work on a new studio album, and just recently they posted a newly recorded 37-minute jam on Neil Young's official website that wraps up with an epic rendition of "Cortez The Killer." There's no word about a tour for the group, but it's probably a safe bet that they'll hit the road at some point this year.

Neil Young toured with Crazy Horse regularly between their formation in 1969 and the Greendale tour of 2003/04, but over the past eight years Young has turned his attention towards other projects. Many fans worried that the group would never tour again, but Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina recently wrote on his Facebook wall that he had no such fears. "We were just grazing," he wrote. "But never gone!"

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