Nearly 30 years after declaring “This Note’s For You,” Neil Young seems to be singing a different tune. On Monday, Young played a private gig at the Théatre Mogador in Paris for French billionaire Édouard Carmignac, who previously hired the Rolling Stones at the same venue in 2012. This was Young’s first concert since October, and it featured the live premiere of the After the Gold Rush classic “Till the Morning Comes.” It was played in a medley with “Cripple Creek Ferry,” which is itself an extreme rarity. It had only been played three previous times, most recently in 1997 at a Phoenix stop of the HORDE Festival.
Young has historically refused to play private gigs throughout his career and doesn’t license his songs for commercial products. The show wrapped up with Carmignac, an investment banker with a net worth estimated at $1.54 billion, singing harmonies with Young on Young’s 1990 song “Fuckin’ Up.”
Young was backed by Promise of the Real at the show, but Oingo Boingo’s John Avila played in place of bassist Corey McCormick. Young and Promise of the Real’s next gig is May 1st at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The following month, they head to Europe for an extensive tour of the continent.