Anyone who has followed Neil Young‘s career over the years should know by now that the rock singer/guitarist will always put his principles over the promises of music industry riches. That was again the case recently when promoters reportedly offered Young “millions of dollars” to play shows based around his 1972 hit album, Harvest.
According to an interview Young did with AARP, the veteran rocker admitted he’s not interested in going out on tour for the simple purpose of nostalgia, even for a very generous payday.
“I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do ‘Harvest’,” Young said when asked whether or not he’ll tour behind his latest studio album. “Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don’t want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting? If I decide to go on the road, I’d like to do a democracy tour next year with different people that keep changing.”
Released in February 1972, Harvest went on to be one of Young’s most successful solo albums with a tracklisting that included “Heart of Gold”, “Are You Ready for the Country?”, and “Old Man”. The album featured guest appearances from a mix of the day’s biggest pop acts including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, and James Taylor, and went on to be the top-selling album in the United States in 1972 ahead of Carole King‘s Tapestry and Don McClean‘s American Pie.
Young also went on to discuss his old bandmates, notably David Crosby, who chronicles his lack of relationships with Young, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash.
“Crosby should write an introspective book: ‘Why People Won’t Talk to Me Anymore’,” Young continued. “He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don’t know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen. I love Graham. If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won’t close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there’s a reason for it.”
Young’s latest album, Colorado, arrived on October 25th via Reprise, and marked Young’s first studio effort alongside Crazy Horse since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill.
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