"Freedom Of Speech Tour" Pros:
CSNY Takes Up Cause Again, With Mixed Results - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (9/11)
A Few Fans Leave Concert When CSNY Sing Of Impeachment - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (9/9)
Blue-Staters Cheer CSNY Anti-War Rants - Chicago Sun-Times (9/5)
Young's Anger Is Flame In CSNY Reunion Tour - Chicago Tribune (9/4)
Quartet Offers Night Of Dissonant Harmony - Indianapolis Star (9/3)
CSNY Sings About Protest, Politics At The Palace - Oakland Press (9/1)
Where Have All the Protesters Gone? - International Herald Tribune (8/31)
CSNY Bring Relevance To Songs New And Old - Columbus Dispatch (8/30)
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Deliver Message - Patriot-News (8/26)
Deja vu: Different War, Same CSN&Y - Lancaster New Era (8/26)
CSN&Y's Protest Songs Relevant Again - The Saratogian (8/22)
CSNY Delivers Message - Boston Globe (8/18)
Crosby, Stills Nash & Young Rock The House At Bethel Woods - River Reporter (8/17)
War Takes Center Stage For CSNY - Providence Journal (8/17)
Deja vu: CSNY Is Tunefully Political - Poughkeepsie Journal (8/15)
Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young - Washington Post (8/14)
It's Deja vu As CSN&Y Take Stage - Orlando Sentinel (8/12)
CSNY's Passion Keeps Them Relevant After All - Palm Beach Post (8/10)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Dust Off Vietnam-Era Repertoire - South Florida Sun Sentinel (8/9)
Young's Passion Sparks His Old Band - Los Angeles Times (8/1)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young @ Hollywood Bowl - Variety (8/1)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Offer Up Old, New - Los Angeles Daily News (8/1)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young look back in anger - Reuters/Hollywood Reporter (7/31)
CSN&Y's Political Party - Orange County Register (7/31)
Call it 'The Neil Young Show' - The Oregonian (7/31)
CSNY's Music: Anti-War - The Columbian (7/30)
CSNY Fan The Political Flames As Only They Can - Seattle Post Intelligencer (7/29)
Old Hands At Articulating Angst, CSNY Provide A Hard-Rocking Voice For A New Generation Of Woe - San Francisco Chronicle (7/27)
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Return To Their Roots At Concord Show - Inside Bay Area (7/27)
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Drive Home Message - Daily Camera (7/20)
Neil Young Carries Show At Red Rocks - Denver Post (7/18)
CSNY Blend Old And New Perfectly - Rocky Mountain News (7/18)
Then And Now, Folk Rockers Sing With A Message - Twin Cities Pioneer Press (7/16)
CSNY Flies The Flags For Freedom, Harmonies - Minniapolis Star Tribune (7/16)
Not Much To Protest In Solid Performances - Winnipeg Sun (7/15)
Stills And Young Briefly Awaken Crosby And Nash - Chart Attack (7/11)
Young At Heart - Toronto Sun (7/11)
Fans Roused By CSN&Y Heavy Guns - Toronto Star (7/11)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tour Kicks Off In Canada - Undercover (7/10)
Icons Are Forever Young - Ottawa Sun (7/9)
It All Comes 'round Again For CSN&Y - New Jersey Star Ledger (7/8)
In Harmony, On Message - Philadelphia Inquirer (7/8)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Still Railing Against The Establishment - South Jersy Courier Post (7/7)
"Living With War" Pros:
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Carry On - High Times (8/28)
Musicians Rock, Rap and Twang Against the War - ABC News (8/20)
Young And Restless - Mumbai Newsline (8/15)
Neil Young Living With War - Paste Magazine (8/9/06)
Flip-floppin’ In The Free World - Sunday Paper (8/6/06)
Neil Young Living With War - Rochester City News (7/26/06)
Neil Young has a clear message on latest album - Lancaster New Era (7/20/06)
Why Neil Young Is Wrong - The Progressive (7/1)
A Review Reviewed - East Bay Express (6/28)
Neil Young Chart Hat-Trick - Undercover (6/25)
Neil Young, From Nixon To Bush - The Observer (6/25)
In Your Ear - Daily Yomiuri (6/24)
Don't Mention The War Unless You're Over 50 - The Guardian (6/23)
Neil Young, Living with War - Pop Journalism (6/10)
Recordings: Neil Young - Straight.com (6/8)
Rallying Cries For Instant Download - Financial Times (6/6)
Neil Young - Living With War - Blogcritics.org (6/6)
Mr. Young Goes To War - Calgary Sun (6/6)
Where Have All The Leaders Gone? - Madison WI Capitol Times (6/5)
Living With War - Sydney Morning Herald (6/3)
Neil Young Hears the Drumming - Southwest Florida Herald Tribune (6/2)
If Band's Broke Don't Fix It - Ottawa Sun (6/2)
Young Puts Out An Album With Urgency - Summit Daily News (6/1)
Neil Young Takes On Bush - The Times Leader (5/31)
Neil Young: 'Living With War' - Niagara Gazzette (5/31)
Neil Young: 'Living With War' - St. Louis Post Dispatch (5/30)
A Harvest of Angst by Neil Young - The Spectrum (5/27)
Neil Young’s Talking Tough Again - Prince Edward Island Guardian (5/26)
Young Vents His Rage on Blistering Disc - Detroit Free Press (5/23)
Neil Young, Living With War (Reprise) *** - Miami Herald (5/22)
War Dissenters Finding Voice in Music - Philadelphia Inquirer (5/21)
Young's Protest Album Hastily Made, But Effective - Knoxville News-Sentinel (5/21)
Listen, Neil Young Has Something to Say - Toledo Blade (5/21)
Young Unleashes Anger - London Free Press (5/20)
Still Crazy After All These Years - The Guardian (5/20)
Neil Young "Living With War" 3 Stars - Northwest Herald (5/19)
Neil Young Living With War - andPop (5/19)
Neil's Middle Finger and Rock and Roll's Zero Tolerance for Lies - Common Dreams Newsletter (5/19)
Neil Young Living With War - Belfast Telegraph (5/19)
Young finds a Muse in his Dislike of the Iraq War - Orlando Sentinel (5/19)
Neil Young Living With War - The Times (London) (5/19)
Living With War Neil Young 3 stars - Stamford Advocate (5/18)
Neil Young Living With War - The Onion A.V. Club (5/17)
Can Music Help to End a War? - Manchester CT Journal Inquirer (5/16)
Neil Young Living With War - Billboard Magazine (5/16)
No Prisoners Neil - Port Folio Weekly (5/16)
Neil Young takes on Iraq conflict - Philadelphia Daily News (5/16)
Neil Young "Living With War" - Northwest Indiana Times (5/14)
Neil Young Living With War - The Observer (5/14)
Neil Young Living With War - Weekly Telegraph (5/13)
Album Review: Neil Young, "Living with War" - LiveDaily (5/12)
Combat Rock - New Yorker (5/12)
Lyrics Take Hard Hits - Birmingham News (5/12)
Album Reviews - Orange County Register (5/12)
Neil Young Living With War - Entertainment Weekly (5/12)
Riled-up Young's War his best in years - Jam Showbiz (5/11)
Neil Young Living With War - The Kansas City Star (5/11)
Neil Young Living With War - Dallas Observer (5/11)
Ragged Glory: Neil Young Addresses Dubya and the Damage Done - Cleveland Free Times (5/11)
Young Irks Conservatives - Chronicle Herald (5/10)
Niel Young Living With War - Cambridge Chronicle (5/10)
War of Distortion - Philadelphia Weekly (5/10)
Stung by an ode that's Young - The Hamilton Spectator (5/10)
Neil Young Living With War - Diamondback Online (5/9)
Neil Young Living With War - Denver Post (5/9)
Neil Young Album Irks U.S. Conservatives - Toronto Star (5/9)
Young’s anti-war album a bold work - Chicago Daily Herald (5/9)
War and Peaceniks - Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (5/7)
Neil Young Living With War - Philadelphia Inquirer (5/7)
On 'War,' Young comes out firing over Iraq - Los Angeles Times (5/6)
Neil Young finds his way back to ferocious form - Ottawa Citizen (5/6)
Neil Young and the Restless - Editor & Publisher (5/6)
Rage Sings in Many Keys - Rocky Mountain News (5/6)
Neil Young, Living With War - Glide Magazine (5/5)
Neil Young, Living With War - Guardian Unlimited (5/5)
Back to the old Young - The New Mexican (5/5)
Neil Young Living With War - Brandenton FL Herald (5/5)
Neil Young Living With War - Columbia SC The State (5/5)
Young's On The Beat With 'War' - Hollywood Reporter (5/4)
Neil Young Kicks Out the Jams! - Dissident Voice (5/3)
Young loudly protests Bush politics on 'War' - Boston Globe (5/2)
Sick to death of war: Neil Young, Pearl Jam use music to vent their anger - Houston Chronicle (5/2)
Neil Young Protests, But With a Heart - Connecticut Now (5/2)
Neil Young: Living With War - Rolling Stone (5/1)
Neil Young and United 93: Are Either Exploiting 9/11 Attacks? - National Ledger (5/1)
Neil Young unveils Bush-bashing CD - Jam! Showbiz (5/1)
`War' a howl of dissent from rocker Neil Young - Chicago Tribune (4/30)
Neil Young Living With War - Minneapolis Star Tribune (4/30)
Neil Young's New 'Metal Folk Protest Music' - Chicago Sun Times (4/28)
Neil Young Clobbers The Thought Police - Guerrilla News Network (4/28)
Neil Young joins the hate Bush bandwagon - Guardian Unlimited UK (4/28)
Rush to 'War' Pays Off for Young - Austin American-Statesman (4/28)
Neil Young: Exclusive 'Impeach the President' Lyrics - FoxNews.com (4/27)
God Bless Neil Young - Prison Planet.com (4/22)
Young's Anti-War Album a Growing Drumbeat - Associated Press (4/19)
Neil Young urges Bush impeachment on protest album - Reuters AlertNet (4/17)
Young bashes Bush with new song - Winnipeg Sun (4/15)
New Neil Young Album Includes Song "Impeach The President" - Huffington Post (4/14)
NOT TOO CLOSE TO CALL
It just depends upon your point of view...
by R.B. Warford, LWW Today
A federal judge rules against the present administration for ignoring the Constitution and
spying on citizens without a warrant. Republicans paint the judge as a liberal with a
partisan view, trying to discredit the ruling.
The US legal system is under attack, with President Bush's Supreme court
right-wing stacking well underway. In this new world, any judge who disagrees with the
President and the legality of his policies is viewed and spun as an "activist judge." Then
the case presumably moves up to the Supreme court, its members already picked to be extreme
conservatives by the President. One more "pick" and the balance is gone. For a long time.
Its certainly not your grandpa's America.
How is this hitting the fabric of the country? We can begin to see in
CSNY's Boston show and the press reaction. Check out the 4 articles (below)
related to the Boston Show.
Freedom Of Speech Tour - PRO:
War Takes Center Stage For CSNY
by Rick Massimo, Providence Journal
August 17, 2006
MANSFIELD, Mass. -- I don't reckon there are a whole lot of Iraq-war supporters among the fans of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but if there were any at the Tweeter Center here last night they probably left pretty upset.
As advertised, the CSNY show was a no-holds-barred musical rejection of the war in Iraq and the people who created it. There was virtually no talking from the stage, but the music left no ambiguities. And if you couldn't hear the lyrics, the peace signs and Iraq-war footage projected behind the band got the point across, too.
When it comes to musical unambiguity, Neil Young's your man. And on this night, CSNY was a good cop-bad cop act, with David Crosby and Graham Nash supplying the sweet harmonies to get across their highly poetic '60s and '60s-influenced odes to peace, love and understanding, then Young (occasionally with the aid of Stephen Stills) going for the throat.
And in those moments, it was riveting, for all Young's occasional jejune lyrics. The hard fact is, Crosby, Stills and Nash needed Young. Young was helped by Crosby, Stills and Nash, but he didn't need them. Outwardly, he seems the least taken by the possibilities of What Rock Can Accomplish, yet that may be exactly why he accomplishes more, certainly why he rocks harder.
The first set of the three-hour show included virtually all of Young's recent explicit Living With War album, including the deceptively jangly "Flags of Freedom" opening the show and the rocking "Families" (including Iraq battle footage projected behind the band), which should've ended the set but instead yielded the honor to the meandering "Deja Vu." Attempts by the rest of the group to get a word in, such as "Almost Cut My Hair" and "Immigration Man," merely broke the momentum, and after the title track from Living With War the rout was on.
The group's trademark narcotic harmonies are intact, and all the stronger for having Young back in the fold. As always with CSNY, great voices like those make it hard to resist the temptation to la-la-la your way through a few songs, and unfortunately they fell off the edge a few times.
Stills still has his impressive guitar skills, though his relatively clean inside-the-box Stratocaster sound was often upstaged by the loony stabs from Young's distorted Les Paul, which he often played as if wrestling a steer.
The second set started with the insipid "Helplessly Hoping" and "Our House," then went into a long section devoted to the quartet playing in smaller configurations, particularly Nash and Crosby on just-so versions of "Guinnevere" and "Milky Way Tonight" (from Crosby and Nash's 2004 self-titled album).
Young cut through the excess poetry with a spare version of "Only Love Can Break a Heart," and reminded everyone of the focus of the show with a guitar-bass-drums version of the heartbreaking "Roger and Out," a war-buddy tribute from Living With War (both with backing-vocal help from Crosby and Nash). And Stills and Young made an appealingly shaggy duo on Stills's "Treetop Flyer."
Still, the show was losing momentum ("Teach Your Children," natch) until the chanting "Find the Cost of Freedom," which led directly into the jaunty "Let's Impeach the President," from Living With War and the old Buffalo Springfield chestnut "For What It's Worth."
An a cappella "What Are Their Names?," from Crosby's 1971 solo album If I Could Remember My Name, was powerful for its spareness, and it nicely set up a corrosive version of Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." The encore "Woodstock" was nice, though not thoroughly necessary.
CSNY Delivers Message
by Joan Anderman, Boston Globe
August 18, 2006
There isn't a candidate, political group, or grass-roots cause attached to the current Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour -- a reminder that once upon a time protest music didn't require an organizing principle. Songs like ``For What It's Worth" and ``Ohio" were mainstream radio fare. Topical tunes weren't career-threatening novelties
While the set list was (benevolently) peppered with romantic respites -- ``Our House," ``Helplessly Hoping" -- Young's fresh, furious material combined with nearly every politically charged anthem from the supergroup's back catalog made the evening feel incredibly nostalgic and powerfully relevant all at once.
Pity the Republicans in this packed, peace-sign-waving crowd. The plain-spoken sentiments in Young's ``Let's Impeach the President" and ``Shock and Awe" left little room for debate or dissent. Sadly, the extraordinary idealism embodied in the older CSNY material felt still more provocative, and depressingly outdated. ``Love is coming to us all," they promised in ``Carry On." ``We can change the world/Rearrange the world" went the refrain on Nash's ``Chicago." It's been 35 years, and the dream seems more distant than ever.
Topicality aside, the foursome is a still-formidable musical front line, and the songs (with a few solo-repertoire exceptions) are simply stellar. And while their personal relationships have been famously combative, the four of them seemed to genuinely relish playing music together. Stills and Young, often face-to-face, goaded each other again and again to guitar-god greatness, most memorably on ``Deja Vu."
During the lower-key second half, members regrouped in smaller, unplugged configurations. Crosby and Nash gathered behind Young at the piano as he revisited his tender past in ``Only Love Can Break Your Heart," and pushed their signature sweet, close harmonies into fantastically complex shapes on ``Guinevere."
All four returned to lead a feel-good sing - along of ``Teach Your Children," a fiery take on ``Southern Cross," and an appropriately scorched read of ``Find the Cost of Freedom." And while such pedestrian concerns as pacing took a back seat to the moment's message, a late-show combo of ``Rockin' in the Free World" and ``Taps" hit just the right notes. What a rarity: a concert that sends you home thinking, feeling, and rocking.
Freedom Of Speech Tour - CON:
CSNY Crowd Won’t Neil To Anti-war Bile
by Dave Wedge, Boston Herald
August 17, 2006
Neil Young has played on some of the peace movement’s greatest songs but last night at the Tweeter Center, he alienated more folks than he has in perhaps his whole career.
Unabashedly unleashing the scathingly unpopular “Let’s Impeach the President,” the Canadian guitar icon turned the packed venue on its ear, splitting the liberals and conservatives right down the middle with his take-no-prisoners lyrics. The same folks who moments earlier were cheering him on CSN classics such as “Deja Vu” and the engaging drug dealer tale “Tree Top Flyer” turned like a top when Young unveiled his in-your-face, anti-Bush mantra.
With the faces of dead soldiers scrolling behind him, Young ignored the boos and stuck to his grunge godfather image, riffing as hard as he could while inspiring as many middle fingers as peace signs.
The night began simply enough with the pro-military “Flags of Freedom” from Young’s latest protest album, “Living With War.” But before the pro-Bushies could say “pinko,” Young’s acoustic threesome softened the blow, joining him on CSN classics “Carry On,” “Wooden Ships” and“Long Time Gone.”
Things continued harmoniously on CSNY classics such as “Southern Cross,” and“Guinevere,” as Crosby, Stills and Nash each ably took their turn at the helm. But relentless in his anti-war stance, Young commandeered the stage with bombarding takes on “Restless Consumer” and “Shock ’N Awe” from his new disc, as well as a rollicking version of “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
Many may have left with a bad taste in their mouth over Young’s anti-war vitriol but the ’60s-bred quartet’s fiery take on the classic “Woodstock” hopefully erased any anger and left all in an apolitical, peaceful mood.
Teach Your Children Well: CSNY Spouts Propaganda
by Virginia Buckingham, Boston Herald
August 18, 2006
Just don’t call it a concert. Call it what it was: A political rally. The aging bleached blonde in the white sundress would surely still have come. She didn’t sit down once during Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Freedom of Speech” stop at the Tweeter Center Wednesday. The woman in the sundress cheered equally for “Southern Cross,” “Our House” and “Impeach the President.”
And there were thousands like her, singing along to the words “Let’s impeach the president for lying” as pictures of dead soldiers, flag-draped caskets and President Bush were paraded across a giant screen behind four aging musicians turned propagandists.
I expected some of what I got from the reunited band. CSNY made their names and fortunes as anti-war crooners. If they actually believe sticking a peace sign on a guitar strap will stop Hezbollah from killing Israelis and al-Qaeda from killing Brits and Americans, then they have the “freedom” to say so. But they shouldn’t have the freedom to lure lovers of their music into a venue on a warm summer night expecting “Guinevere” and getting a playlist with accompanying video that could easily have borne the label “We hate America.”
Still, it was the response of my fellow Americans which, though not uniform, I found most appalling and which left me profoundly sad.
Yes, there were some boos, some cries from the audience to “support the troops” but more, there were standing ovations and cheers and swaying and singing.
This is what they were cheering:
The grotesque Jimi Hendrix rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” playing as a yellow ribbon was tied around an oversized microphone.
The large screen video replay of flag-draped coffins escorted by honor guards and captioned with the words: “Bush has yet to bury a fallen soldier.”
A tepid call from the stage some 90 minutes in: “To all the vets out there, we are your brothers.”
More video of an American flag superimposed over acres of white crosses.
Clip after clip of Bush speaking about Iraq followed by the words, so everyone could sing along, “Let’s impeach the president for spying.”
“Other than the ‘I hate America (expletive),’ the concert’s pretty good,” a 40ish man said to me during the intermission. “I’m no fan of Bush.”
But are you a fan of the United States? Do you understand that by saying - or singing - the president lied about Iraq, you are echoing the very excuse terrorists use to kill: that Bush invaded Iraq as part of a long-held American desire to wipe out Islam and impose Western values on the Arab world?
Later that evening, at an impromptu midnight stop at Kelly’s on Revere Beach Parkway, my husband and I bumped into, improbably, a cousin who is stationed at a naval base in San Diego. He was spending a few weeks studying at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and drove up to Boston with a couple of Navy buddies. They wanted to score standing room tickets the Red Sox reserve for active-duty military personnel but were turned away at every gate. They persevered until an old guy at one of the gates said he loved the Navy and let them in during the fifth inning.
They’ll be leaving for the Persian Gulf in about a month, the three told us. Part of their mission will be to board ships looking for danger - terrorists, weapons or both. One of the young men said, between bites of Kelly’s lobster roll, he was trained to dismantle those improvised explosive devices that have killed and maimed so many soldiers and Iraqi civilians.
They were ready, proud and certain of their country’s goal. The contrast made the evening’s spectacle all the more revolting.
“Only love can break your heart,” CSNY sang. Not true, I thought. Hate can, too, especially the hate of fellow Americans for their own country.
SPYING ON CITIZENS
Good or bad?
by RB Warford, LWW Today
When CSNY played the Washington DC area two reviewers from the two Washington papers did reviews.
That was the only similarity. One was for and one was against the program as it was presented that
night. It was a great performance musically but content was a bone of contention. (see below)....
The point was made in the "con" review that after a "terror threat" became
publicized that day worldwide, the verse stating "Let's impeach the president for spying", which
was received by a huge cheer, was somehow out of place. Surely spying on citizens was a great
deterrent to terrorists.
Let's not forget that it was the British that foiled this plot. It was not the
USA. Let's not forget the fact that people were cheering because they want their civil rights back.
People want America back! People want to "trust" the government again.
How can we trust this administration with our personal telephone and computer
records when this is the same administration that recently revealed its own CIA operative's identity
for political reasons? Is that not treason? That was our president and vice-president hard at work
protecting us from information they did not want made public. How can the press be free with the
threat of a government that misuses its power this way? What's to stop them from misusing it again?
People cheered loudly for "Let's impeach the president for spying" for the simple
reason that they don't trust the president or his vice president. Perhaps if we had someone we could
trust, the song would not even have been written, and thus never cheered for.
Freedom Of Speech Tour - PRO:
Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young
by Chris Klimek, Washington Post
August 14, 2006
Though his name comes last in the sequence of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Neil Young was the fulcrum of the group's show at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday night, providing the star power, the freshest material -- and the controversy.
Though the set list included political tropes spanning four decades, it was Young's new song, "Let's Impeach the President," that sent some patrons heading toward the exits. Were their red-state sensibilities offended, or was it simply that the song came late in a three-hour show and certainly felt like the climax (though the band had another half-hour to play)? Hard to say. After all, the gig had been as much an antiwar rally as a concert from its opening moments, and the audience's rapturous response to "Wooden Ships," "Military Madness" and "Almost Cut My Hair" appeared to be prompted as much by the sentiments as by the actual performances -- which, by the way, deserved the ovations they got.
Young's current "Living With War" protest disc accounted for a quarter of the material spread over two long sets, with new songs such as "Families" accompanied by a CNN-parody video presentation of uncensored combat footage and U.S. casualty counts in Iraq.
But the show gave more or less equal time to the other three songwriters, who graciously introduced one another's songs, and found some of its finest moments in performances of lesser-known ones, with Stephen Stills's "Treetop Flyer" a particular highlight. Still, "Impeach" was the only song in a set of three dozen to have its lyrics projected on the video screens, and any patrons who walked out during the lines "What if al-Qaeda blew up the levees? / Would New Orleans have been safer that way?" missed powerful renditions of "Ohio," "What Are Their Names" and an incendiary four-guitar meltdown of "Rockin' in the Free World." Chalk it up to the prescience of their authors or the folly of our leaders, but this material is still topical, and this band of sixty-somethings still rocks.
Freedom Of Speech Tour - CON:
Antiwar Theme Is Sour Note At Nissan
August 15, 2006
If there were a rock 'n' roll equivalent of the "piling on" penalty in football, the flag should have been thrown onstage well before halftime at the political rally hosted Saturday night at Nissan Pavilion by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
CSN&Y spent much of the night singing about their opposition to the war in Iraq, leading up to that old-fashioned singalong: "Let's Impeach the President."
With his lyrics superimposed on the video screen, Neil Young belted out: "Let's impeach the president for spying on citizens inside their own homes/Breaking every law in the country, tapping our computers and telephones."
That stanza may have fallen a little flat, coming just days after government taps on phones and computers likely helped stop dozens of Islamic extremists from incinerating Allah knows how many innocents on jetliners bound for America from Britain.
Perhaps that knowledge emboldened a fair number in the audience to boo at the conclusion of the song, although they were well outnumbered by those cheering Mr. Young and longtime cohorts David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
The prototype "supergroup," whose members first tasted chart success in the turbulent mid-1960s, performed "Impeach" against a video screen showing excerpts of speeches by President Bush in which he alternately claimed solid evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and backed off the claims.
If that wasn't enough to satisfy Bush-bashers, there was plenty more, as CSN&Y performed most of the rest of Mr. Young's recent anti-war album, "Living With War." Though those numbers sounded much better live with the full treatment, that isn't saying much. None packs even an ounce of the power of Mr. Young's better protest songs, such as "Ohio," performed near the end of the show.
Listening to the third and fourth blasts of Mr. Young's Iraq-war rock was like being beaten over the head, detracting from the message.
Mr. Young, a Canadian citizen, needs to learn to self-edit. He hurts his art and his cause by delivering piles of lyrically lame polemics on the back of weak songs, then force-feeding the entire dish to a captive audience.
"Living With War" took up most of his portion of the show, which was a pity. Instead of "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Cinnamon Girl" or "Heart of Gold," we got "Shock and Awe," "Roger & Out" and "Restless Consumer."
It was needless. This band said all it really needed to say to make its point with Mr. Stills' 35-year-old "Find the Cost of Freedom." It delivered by far the most powerful political punch of the night as video images of the faces of U.S. war casualties in Iraq played and a numeric ticker rapidly ascended from 0 to 2,540.
Another powerful statement came in the form of "Wooden Ships," the science-fiction fable about the aftermath of a nuclear war from the debut album "Crosby, Stills and Nash" in 1969.
At nearly 3? hours, the show included a generous helping of songs that rightly made CSN&Y legends. The best stretch was the second set's gorgeous vocal renditions of "Helplessly Hoping," "Our House" and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," this last with Mr. Young seated at the piano as Mr. Crosby and Mr. Nash hovered nearby to add harmonies that the passage of many years has done little to diminish.
vThat would have been hard to top, but Mr. Crosby, who turned 65 yesterday, may have done so with the next number, a gossamer-winged "Guinnevere," delivered with only his Martin acoustic and harmonies from Mr. Nash, 64, for accompaniment.
Still, the overall highlight was the magnificent, onstage sonic explosion that occurred each time Mr. Stills, 61, and Mr. Young, 60, waged one of their blistering lead-guitar duels. There probably isn't a better tandem of lead players anywhere on the planet, and it was a treat to see them trying to top each other, time after time.
Mr. Stills says he has reached a new plateau in his electric-guitar playing, and it was evident when he was down on his knees flaying his Stratocaster during "Almost Cut My Hair." Likewise, Mr. Young went ape on his Les Paul on "Rocking in the Free World," ending the regular set with an extended, feedback-drenched romp before the band encored with "Woodstock."
The lowlight belonged to Mr. Nash as he performed the singsongy, badly dated "Immigration Man" in front of a giant Mexican flag. What little relevance this tune had for stirring up sympathy for a rich British rock star forced to deal with the hassle of a U.S. immigration check back in 1972 (probably made him late for tea) sounds like tripe in 2006 as the nation struggles against a tidal wave of illegal aliens.
by Neil Young, LWW Today
In the Time Magazine review below, the author refers to hate in my recording "LIVING WITH WAR."
Hate is not my message, but his interpretation of what I am saying. Often today journalists will condense something into
a word. This fellow came up with "hate." I don't know what word to suggest. That's why I made the album and wrote
9 songs about it. Hate is not a good ingredient for change. I appreciate the other things he had to say.
Living With War - PRO:
5 Best Albums of May
by Josh Tyrangiel, Time Magazine
May 8, 2006
Neil Young Living With War
From the first fuzzy chords, the question posed by Young's 32nd album is not Why does Neil hate George Bush? but How much does Neil hate George Bush? The answer: Um, a lot. But hate isn't all that interesting, and on the best songs here Young transmutes his into empathy for the families of fallen soldiers (Families), optimism about the future (Looking for a Leader) and exuberance; Let's Impeach the President opens with a jazzed-up sample of Taps before turning into an all-out party anthem. Minds are unlikely to be changed, but Young's gift for creative indignation is good for the ears
Living With War - CON:
Neil Young - Living With War (Reprise) and Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome (Sony)
by John Kehe, Christian Science Monitor
May 5, 2006
Neil Young wants to end the war and impeach the president while the Boss just wants to hootenanny, with a too-ri-aa and a fol-de-diddle-di. Apparently when you're a musical legend you can do whatever you want, as these two vanity projects attest. Mr. Young has never been shy about expressing himself politically, with protest songs such as Buffalo Springfield's "For What it's Worth" and the powerful Kent State anthem "Ohio" already on his resume. Both songs were tuneful and radio-friendly, which can't be said for any of the tracks on his hastily made "metal protest record." Trite lyrics, leaden playing, and screechy, preachy vocals sabotage any chance his messages might have to persuade. Neil's heart may be in the right (or left) place on this project, but his art is missing in action. (The album is being streamed free of charge at neilyoung.com.) Grade: D
Springsteen's approach is also passionate, but in a much more upbeat way. He and a dozen country and bluegrass musicians deliver rollicking versions of old American folk songs associated with singer/activist Pete Seeger. Lurking among curious choices like "Froggy Goes a Courtin'" and "John Henry" are a few protest classics such as "Eyes on the Prize" and the title song, which still resonate in these tumultuous times. The moving "Mrs McGrath," an antiwar tale of a mother and double-amputee son, puts every simplistic rant on Neil Young's record to shame. Grade: C+
Neither rock icon has delivered anything near his best here. Let's file these two albums under "now that he's got that out of his system...."
CD Reviews: Neil Young Living with War
by Jaan Uhelszki, San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2006
Neil Young has never been shy about expressing his outrage.
The stunned, bristling anger of 1970's "Ohio," about the Kent State student killings.
The deconstructed and uncompromising "Rockin' in the Free World" of 1989.
And "Sun Green," from his 2003 rock opera-cum-concept album "Greendale," which anticipated "Living With War" both in content and execution, as the disruptive heroine chains herself to a statue and rants
through a megaphone about corruption and lies, much like Young himself on his second album in less than seven months. He uses some of the
same language of discontent and disgust as Sun, focusing his cracked, defiant voice to a single point in the fractured mantra of "Restless Consumer," i
nsisting over and over: "Don't need no more lies." This song found its genesis in the relentless television ads for prescription drugs.
"How do you pay for war and leave us dying/You could do so much more, you're not even trying," he vents, recalling the poetry and insistent
chords of 1969's "Cinnamon Girl."
This album -- written and recorded in a blistering nine days -- is a testament to the musician's unruly muse
and his sense of the enormous responsibility of an artist to sound an alarm when things are going so morally and politically awry. Young stands
fearless in his convictions, using America's own anthems and iconography, commandeering lines from the "Star-Spangled Banner" as well as
snippets of George W. Bush's own speeches to create a messy but effective collage of indictment against our elected leader. What makes it
even more potent is that Young didn't have a hand in that election. He remains a Canadian citizen.
by the Editors, National Review
May 5, 2006
-- You can't get away from the topic of immigration nowadays. Here comes aging falsetto folk-rock singer Neil Young with a ditty in which he urges us to impeach President Bush. Sample: "Let's impeach the president for lying, / And leading our country into war; / Abusing all the power that we gave him, / And shipping all our money out the door . . ." You get the idea.
What's this got to do with immigration? Well, Neil Young is not a U.S. citizen. He's Canadian. He can't even vote. He's been in America for 40 years, and has never bothered to take out citizenship. And this interloper from the land of moose and Mounties is telling us to impeach our president! For goodness' sake. If it's not Mexican fence-jumpers trying to dictate legislation to us, it's fur trappers from the wilds of Ontario insulting our head of state. America's business is everyone's business, it seems.
Here, perhaps, at last, is useful work for some enterprising American leftist to do: record a song calling for the impeachment of Neil Young's head of state, which would be Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. Britain's fighting in Iraq too, after all.
"Freedom Of Speech Tour" Cons:
CSNY Mixes Political, Aesthetic Messages - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/7)
Concert Turned Into Anti-war Rally - Asbury Park Press (8/26)
Teach Your Children Well: CSNY Spouts Propaganda - Boston Herald (8/18)
CSNY Crowd Won’t Neil To Anti-war Bile - Boston Herald (8/17)
Antiwar theme Is Sour Note At Nissan - Washington Times (8/15)
Not to be confused with CSI: NY - Manitoban (7/19)
Aging Rockers Protest Too Much - Toronto Globe and Mail (7/12)
Young Leaves Bandmates In The Dust - Ottawa Citizen (7/9)
"Living With War" Cons:
Flip-floppin’ In The Free World - Sunday Paper (8/6)
Neil Young Bores On ‘Living With War’ - Mountaineer (8/2)
Gotta Get Down To It - Harp Magazine (7/17)
Single Reviews: "Neil Young (Have You Forgotten?)" by Dr BLT versus "Let's Impeach the President" by Neil Young - Blogcritics.org (6/29)
Neil Young's New Album A Far Cry From Old Protests - Niagara Gazette (6/29)
Bird Flu, Ditsy Chicks Style - World Net Daily by Pat Boone (6/3)
Oldies Golden and Otherwise - New Zealand Herald (5/27)
New albums driven by rage over war - Louiville KY Courier-Journal (5/20)
Neil Young Living With War - Austin Chronicle (5/19)
The War Profiteer - East Bay Express (5/17)
Don't Let It Bring You Down - Baltimore City Paper (5/17)
Neil Young, "Living With War" Grade: C+ - Salt Lake City Tribune (5/16)
Neil Young Gets Old - FrontPageMag (5/19)
'Living with War,' Bitterly - Washington Times(5/12)
Neil Young You Make My Head Hurt - London Free Press (5/11)
Neil Young's Contradictions Continue - Windsor Star (5/10)
Neil Young "Living With War" (Reprise) - New York Daily News (5/7)
Protesting the Minority - Benton Ark. Courier (5/6)
Noteworthy CDs - Christian Science Monitor (5/5)
How To Impeach Bush: A Friendly Suggestion for Neil Young and the Hollywood Left - Men's News Daily (5/1)