Neil Young's 2014 touring plans are beginning to come into focus. In January he will follow up his four-night stand at Carnegie Hall in New York with four Canadian shows (featuring special guest Diana Krall) to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund. In the summer, he will return to Europe with Crazy Horse to make up some of the dates they canceled last summer after guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro suffered a hand injury.
The January shows have been dubbed the "Honor the Treaties" concerts and they will aid the native Canadians in their battle against oil companies and the government to preserve their land. Tickets go on sale December 13th.
"A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the ACFN's legal challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights," says a press release announcing the tour. "As people of the land the ACFN have used and occupied their traditional lands in the Athabasca region for thousands of years, hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering to sustain themselves and continue spiritual cultural rights passed down through generations."
Young will perform at Carnegie Hall on January 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th. While it's unclear how the set lists will look, Young built his recent Farm Aid set around cover songs by 1960s and 1970s songwriting greats like Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Tim Hardin and Phil Ochs. "[Ochs] was one of the greatest poets that ever lived," Young said from the stage. "Last time he appeared in public was at Carnegie Hall. He wore a gold lamé suit. He was a folk singer. He was a little bit sidetracked by fame and commerciality."
Young was referring to Ochs' infamous 1974 album Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, a recording of a 1970 concert where he mixed in covers by Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley with his own compositions. A bomb threat shortened the show and many fans booed during the covers. Despite the chaos, its a legendary night and it's possible Young is planning a similar mixture of covers and originals at his Carnegie Hall shows, though his camp has been silent on the matter.
Dates are just beginning to come in for Young's European summer tour with Crazy Horse. They will play London's Hyde Park on July 12th and there are reports of a show in Ulm, Germany, on July 20th.
It's unclear whether or not they plan on making up the canceled North American dates from earlier this year.
Here are the dates for the Canadian tour in January:
1/12 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
1/16 Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall
1/17 Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
1/19 Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall