Neil Young has announced a pair of concerts at the Warnors Theatre in Fresno, California on May 1 and 2. The concerts will mark Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s return to the concert stage for the first time since they played in Iceland in July 2014. Crazy Horse was the band that truly sparked Young's solo career in 1970 on the "Everybody Knows this is Nowhere" album after an uneven debut the year before sank after failing to even chart in Billboard magazine's album sales survey.
The membership of the band has been shredded over the years, however. The first casualty was guitarist Danny Whitten, who died of an overdose in 1972 at the age of 29. While bassist Billy Talbot recovered from a stroke in 2014, Rick Rosas filled in on the road, but in turn, died later that year at the age of 65. Rosas was a regular player on Young projects including the brief reunion of Buffalo Springfield. Young has not revealed the lineup for the return of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but safe bets are for drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro to be onstage.
Longtime musical friend of Young's, E-Street guitarist Nils Lofgren, however, definitely will be part of the reunion. He first appeared on "After the Goldrush" and made subsequent contributions to Young's "Tonight's the Night" and the electronic experiment "Trans" in 1983. Nils Lofgren tweeted, "The great news is I am jumping back in with #CrazyHorse@Neilyoung. I will be there. Beyond honored. Nothing like playing with old friends.” Nils tweeted a second time to reiterate, “Yes I will be in Fresno with Neil and Crazy Horse.”
The shows are coming up fast, and in a true Neil Young move, the legendary performer announced that they will not rehearse. Be ready for anything!