Neil Young taking a break from touring until 2020 to focus on archival film projects
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on August 2, 2019
Neil Young may be getting ready to release Colorado, his new studio album with Crazy Horse, in the next few months, but the folk-rock legend reveals that he won’t be doing any more touring this year. Instead, he’ll focus on completing a slew of film projects via his Shakey Pictures movie company.
A post on the Neil Young Archives website reports that Young “will be devoting the rest of this year to Shakey Pictures projects that deserve our focused attention to complete and deliver at their highest level.”
The message adds, “Bringing you all of the footage Shakey Pictures has collected through the years is a pleasure to us. We are combing through and completing.”
The post also features what Neil says is “an incomplete list” of current projects: There are 15 titles, one of which is the recently reported documentary about the making of the Colorado album.
Among the other films in the works are archival concert films capturing performances with Crazy Horse from 1976, the 1987 tour, the 2002-2003 trek and the 2012-2014 tour, and solo shows from 1971, 1978, 1983, 1999 and 2003.
Additional flicks include one focusing on the 1971 sessions for Neil’s classic album Harvest, which he recorded with his backing group The Stray Gators; and an animated film called Trans 2020, that, according to RollingStone.com, Willie Nelson‘s son Micah is creating using music from Young’s 1982 album Trans.
As previously reported, Young has just two confirmed 2019 performances on his schedule: September 14 at the inaugural Harvest Moon: A Gathering benefit show in Lake Hughes, California, and September 21 at the 2019 Farm Aid festival in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Here’s the full “incomplete” list of Shakey Pictures projects, along with details about each courtesy of RollingStone.com:
A Rusted Out Garage — Crazy Horse’s 1987 tour
Greendale Live — Crazy Horse’s 2002-2003 tour
Alchemy — Crazy Horse’s 2012-2014 tour
Colorado Sessions — Film about the making of the Young’s upcoming album with Crazy Horse
Catalyst — Catalyst is a club in Santa Cruz, CA, that Young frequently played between 1975 and 1997. It’s unclear which shows are featured in the film.
Tokyo Budokan ’76 — A 1976 show with Crazy Horse
London Odeon Hammersmith ’76 — A 1976 show with Crazy Horse
Solo Trans — A 1983 one-man show supporting the Trans album
Stray Gators Harvest Sessions — The 1971 recording sessions for Harvest
Greendale Live at Vicar Street — A March 2003 solo show during the Greendale tour
The Boarding House — A 1978 solo acoustic stand at a San Francisco club
Silver and Gold — A 1999 solo acoustic tour
Stratford Shakespearean Theater 1971 — A January 1971 solo acoustic show in Connecticut
Solo BBC 1971 — A BBC solo acoustic show taped on February 23, 1971
Trans 2020 — An animated film by Micah Nelson using the music of Young’s 1982 LP Trans
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