Neil Young performs at Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday concert

Neil Young is scheduled to play at Willie Nelson‘s 90th birthday concert in April, which marked his first public appearance in more than three years.

Long story short: Willie Nelson 90, a star-studded concert celebrating Willie’s 90th birthday, will take place April 29 and 30 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, where a wide array of artists will perform.

Guests include Young, Beck, Billy Strings, Bob Weir, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Margo PriceMiranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Tom Jones, Warren Haynes and Ziggy Marley. According to a press release, additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90th birthday than surrounded by family, friends and of course the fans who made it all possible,” Nelson said in a statement. “It is an honor to perform with such an incredible group of artists in such an iconic venue.”

Tickets will go on sale to the general public in January. 28. More details can be found at event website.

Young performed at a handful of private events in 2020, but has not played a public concert since 2019, and has often cited environmental concerns as his reason for not taking the field. (Other artists, who Brian Enohave expressed similar concerns about the global impact of touring.)

In a recent interview with The New YorkerYoung said that if he were to tour again, the trek would have to be fully eco-friendly. “I have a plan,” he said. “I’ve been working on it with a couple of my friends for about seven or eight months. We’re trying to figure out how to make a self-sustaining, renewable ride. Everything that moves our vehicles around, the stage, the lights, the sound, everything, what drives it is pure. Nothing dirty about us. We set it up; we do this everywhere we go.”

Young explained that the tour would include things like food at venues sourced from “real farmers”, as well as that all other drink and merchandise sales are “pure”. He also noted that the tour could work with different artists.

“Once it gets going and I’ve done my part of the ride, there’s no reason the ride has to stop,” he said. “The tour can continue with another headliner. It’s about sustainability and renewables in the future, loving the Earth for what it is. We want to do the right thing. That’s kind of the idea.”

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