Neil Young Speaks About His New Album “Monsanto Years”
by Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze Neil Young appeared on stage in New York recently to address his much anticipated upcoming album that will focus on Monsanto and the threat the multinational corporation poses to the country’s food supply.
The album was recorded with the band Promise of the Real, led by Lukas Nelson, son of legendary country singer Willie Nelson as well as another of Willie’s sons, Micah. The band and Young premiered material from the new album last weekend at a small club in California.
According to Uncut magazine, the set list was as follows:
New Song 1 – People Want To Hear About Love??
New Song 2 – New Day For The Planet??
Down By The River
New Song 4 – GMO – Starbucks??
New Song 5 – Monsanto
New Song 6 – I Don’t Know You??
New Song 7 – Seeds?? Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
New Song 8 – Big Sky/Wolf Moon??
Love And Only Love
New Song 9
New Song 10
You can click here to see a short clip of the performance that took place in San Luis Obispo.
Of the album, Monsanto Years, Neil Young had to say,
“It’s me with a bunch of people who are much younger than I am. I found some friends to play with and we had a great time doing it. It’s a movie about making a record. It’s a pretty simple thing. It’s just that the record is not about love and kisses and relationships, the pluses and minuses. It’s more about what we’re doing as a civilization.
“I don’t really have anything against the people at Monsanto or the human beings working for Monsanto. But the laws that they’re making have made Monsanto the perfect poster child for problems that we have with the corporate government.
So I wrote a bunch of songs about it. These kids I’m playing with all are with me on it.”
You can view Neil discussing the album in the video below: