Neil Young is on a mission. But then he’s always on a mission and always with a passion. The message will anchor the show when Neil performs at The Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday, July 16. This Rebel Content tour pairs him with a fiery young band named Promise of the Real with siblings Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of Willie).
The title of Young’s latest, The Monsanto Years, is not filled with songs of praise. With lyrics like: “I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO,” it’s fairly obvious where Neil stands on the issues of agribusiness and ecologically-concerned farmers. In fact, Young is traveling with a “Village of Action” that will be set up at concerts for inquiring minds to get information about local, national and global activist groups.
Causes aside, what of the music? An acoustic set starts the evening (think “Long May You Run” and “After the Gold Rush”) followed by the full plugged-in band tackling songs from the new album to songs from the Buffalo Springfield and Crazy Horse eras. Don’t be looking for a greatest hits parade. In fact, be careful about yelling out popular requests—I’ve seen Neil take an audience member down for inappropriate yelling up to the stage. With that said though, there will be something for everyone including the diehard fans who know every word to every song on all 37 albums and also for the casual fans who know “Old Man” and not much else.
So leave the song choices to Neil and enjoy the extremely diversified song set list. The ride may not be predictable, but it’s always entertaining.
Neil Young with Promise of the Real
Susquehanna Bank Center
Thursday, July 16
Reserved tickets start at $34.50
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com or SBC Box Office, 1-800-745-3000.