Neil Young can be a cranky old man sometimes. Then again, Neil has been fighting “the man” for as long as anyone can remember.
These days he’s adding his voice to those protesting the Canadian government’s recent stamp of approval on further development of the oil sands on what native lands held by treaties. “The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and other communities live at the front lines of the largest industrial project on earth. Much of ACFN’s traditional territories are home to tar sands rich deposits eyed by industry for exploitation.” This is an issue about the long term consequence of tar sands in this region and its overall global effect. They are going to make this a legal matter so Neil is doing a short turn of concerts to raise funds for the legal campaign vs. the Canadian government. To watch the press coverage from Alberta CLICK HERE
Sunday was the first concert in a string of Canadian dates that will end up in Calgary, the heart of oil country and the eye of the hurricane. Neil will not be getting the royal welcome deserving a Canadian icon but this high profile tour and subsequent legal battle will only raise the level of discontent already achieved through years of protests, barriers, drum circles and hunger strikes.
The truth is – although sometimes naive, Neil has rarely been wrong. The power of his music and has always been cause to make us think. If politics aren't your thing, you just love his music and are kicking yourself for missing another one of those solo - acoustic shows, here's a song that he rarely performs.