Neil Young Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


16th November 2016

Quote: "I worked on one of his records; he worked on one of my records. It was really, really cool, man. I mean, a guy from the old-school, like a real Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, just embracing my take on music, my sound. And the fact that I'm able to collaborate with someone so legendary, from a whole 'nother side of the spectrum, it's monumental." Rapper D.R.A.M., real name Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith, on working with rock legend Neil Young.


22nd October 2015

Fact: Willie Nelson will receive a star-studded tribute when he is presented with the 2015 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song next month (Nov15). Rosanne Cash, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Neil Young and Promise of the Real, the band featuring Nelson's son Lukas, and Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell will be among the acts paying tribute to the 82 year old at the annual Library of Congress gala in Washington, D.C. Nelson will be the first country music artist to receive America's prestigious award, named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin.


17th June 2015

Quote: "Donald Trump was not authorized to use Rockin' In The Free World in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America." Rocker NEIL YOUNG was not happy with Donald Trump's choice of campaign anthem as he launched his run for the White House on Tuesday (16Jun15).


27th February 2015

Fact: Bachman Turner Overdrive star Randy Bachman has teamed up with rock greats Neil Young, Peter Frampton and Billy Gibbons on his new album Heavy Blues. The release will also feature a collaboration with late blind blues great Jeff Healey. The album will be released in April (15).


18th February 2015

Fact: Veteran rocker Neil Young has become the latest unlikely star to partner with street style fashion label Supreme for a new advertising campaign. The fashion firm has previously collaborated with the late Lou Reed and Pogues star Shane MACGowan.


8th January 2015

Fact: Rocker Neil Young is recording new music with pal Willie Nelson's kids.


6th January 2015

Fact: Actor Bradley Cooper showed off his air guitar skills on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (05Jan15) when he gave a faux performance of Neil Young's Down By The River. The American Hustle star donned a permed wig for his near-perfect guitar-less performance, during which he acted out Young's guitar riffs for the audience and viewers.


25th September 2014

Quote: "I was just with Neil and I was teasing him at Farm Aid a couple weeks ago all day about getting a divorce: 'After 36 years, Neil! How do you get a divorce after 36 years?' Then he says, 'Oh, I'm very happy.' Then I find out two days later he's dating Daryl Hannah. I bet you are happy, Neil! He didn't seem as sad as I thought he would." John Mellencamp now understands why his old pal Neil Young was not too upset about divorcing Pegi, his wife of 36 years. He has since been romantically linked to the Splash star.


8th July 2014

Fact: Rock group Crosby, Stills, & Nash made a surprise appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (07Jul14) to sing an acoustic version of Iggy Azalea's rap hit Fancy with the late night host. During the segment, Fallon reprised his impression of Neil Young to complete the quartet.


9th May 2014

Quote: "He reminds me of Charlie Chaplin, because of his sympathetic nature, his curious choices. A lot of soul comes through everything he does." Neil Young on pal and collaborator Jack White.


15th April 2014

Fact: Rocker Neil Young's Kickstarter.com campaign for the launch of his new Pono Music service and player has banked over $6.2 million (£3.88 million). The fundraiser closed on Tuesday (15Apr14) with 18,220 backers after smashing its initial aim of just $800,000 (£500,000) within hours of going live on 11 March (14). The huge success of the project has made it the third most-backed cause in the website's five-year history.


22nd October 2013

Fact: Neil Young's upcoming Bridge School Benefit Concerts this coming weekend (26-27Oct13) will stream for free in its entirety on YouTube.com. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis are among the acts on the bill.


29th November 2012

Quote: "Behind the scenes, I'm really nice. See this guy here is just not happy looking. I don't know why they always do that. It's the pictures that me look (grumpy) and maybe some of the songs... but that's Ok, I'm moving past that now. I'm very positive." Neil Young insists he's not as miserable and angry as he's portrayed, particularly in photos.


25th October 2012

Quote: "When he came out singing, he's just a powerhouse... He's just so the real deal and so strong." GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose was in awe of Neil Young when his band joined the veteran rocker onstage at his 26th annual Bridge School Benefit show in California last weekend (20Oct12).


27th September 2012

Quote: "I don't like my words when I listen to it today. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue." Neil Young regrets his redneck-baiting lyrics in his infamous Alabama track, which turned him into a punchline in Lynyrd Skynyrd's response track Sweet Home Alabama.


27th September 2012

Quote: "He picked up my guitar and started playing a lot of songs on it... The songs were fascinating. He was quite good." Neil Young on his one-time meeting with serial killer Charles Manson.


23rd September 2012

Fact: Neil Young and Willie Nelson made the 2012 Farm Aid concert at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania a family affair on Saturday (22Sep12) - Young joined his wife Pegi and her band the Survivors for a song, while Nelson's son, Lukas, and his band, Promise of the Real, also performed.


5th March 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen joined comedian Jimmy Fallon on his U.S. talk show on Friday (02Mar12) to perform an acoustic rock rendition of LMFAO's pop hit Sexy And I Know It. The funnyman mimicked Neil Young for the skit.


1st October 2010

Fact: Eight black and white films featuring Neil Young performing each song from the deluxe version of his new album Le Noise have been posted on YouTube.com. The full Le Noise Film - a 38-minute performance movie - was shot by filmmaker Adam CK Vollick. The project was filmed at director Daniel Lanois' home studio in Silverlake, Los Angeles, where Young recorded the album.


24th November 2009

Fact: Neil Young will be celebrated with a special tribute during the 2010 Grammy Awards weekend in January (10). k.d. lang, James Taylor and Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to perform at the event.


31st March 2009

Fact: Britain's 2009 Isle of Wight festival is set to be a real blast from the past with former stadium rockers Simple Minds joining the reunited ULTRAVOX, Neil Young and folk star JUDY COLLINS on the bill. THE Prodigy and Basement Jaxx will headline the weekend music event in June (09).


14th January 2009

Fact: Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis has recruited ROLLING STONE RONNIE WOOD as a collaborator for his forthcoming album. Neil Young bassist RICKY ROSAS and Bob Dylan drummer JIM KELTNER have also contributed to the as-yet-unnamed LP.


24th July 2008

Fact: Rocker Nils Lofgren has recorded a tribute album to Neil Young. THE LONER: NILS SINGS NEIL is an album full of covers of the E Street Band star's favourite Young songs.


17th March 2008

Fact: Legendary rocker Neil Young will curate a one-day festival at Hop Farm Country Park in Kent, England on 6 July (08).


30th January 2008

Quote: "I was a nervous wreck by the end of that thing. We had to deal with death threats and bomb-sniffing dogs the whole time." Neil Young on 2006's CROSBY, STILLS, NASH + YOUNG's Freedom Of Speech tour, which is chronicled in new rockumentary DEJA VU.


4th October 2006

Fact: Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, GOV'T MULE, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer joined co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp at the 21st anniversary Farm Aid fundraiser at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday (30SEP06).


2nd October 2006

Fact: Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, GOV'T MULE, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer joined co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp at the 21st anniversary Farm Aid fundraiser at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday (30SEP06).


9th February 2006

Fact: <p>Rock legend Neil Young wrote the final track on SACRED GROUND: A TRIBUTE TO MOTHER EARTH, which picked up the Best Native American Music Album at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>


9th February 2006

Fact: <p>Rock legend Neil Young wrote the final track on SACRED GROUND: A TRIBUTE TO MOTHER EARTH, which picked up the Best Native American Music Album at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>


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