Retirement (or farewell) tours are the hottest new thing in music. Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Simon, and Slayer are among the music artists who announced they are embarking on one more tour and then they’ll retire from touring. While these and similar musicians are riding out in the sunset of live performances, Neil Young said in a recent conversation with Rolling Stone that he will retire from touring when he’s dead.
“I’m going out with Cher. Cher and I are doing a retirement tour. Neil and Cher,” jokingly said Young .”When I retire, people will know, because I’ll be dead. They’ll know, ‘He’s not coming back! He retired.’ But I’m not gonna say, ‘I’m not coming back.’ What kind of bull**t is that? I could go out and play if I felt like it, but I don’t feel like it.”
“I’ve got a great band. I’ve got two great bands – I’ve got Promise of the Real and Crazy Horse,” he continued. “They’re both great bands and they’re different. But they both can play a lot of shit. The promise of the Real plays almost anything I can do. And they’re great. they got the energy, everything. Everybody on that stage has the vibe. There’s not one ounce of fear anywhere.”
Not only that you’ll have a chance to see Young performing live shows as long as he can, but he is also bringing some new releases. After 2017’s albums Hitchhiker and The Visitor (with Promise of the Real), the 70-year-old prepares archival live album Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live, recorded in in 1973 with The Santa Monica Flyers. You’ll be able to get the album on April 24, 2018.