Neil Young has put his live dates on hold for 2019 while he devotes himself to squaring away his upcoming archival audio and film projects. While publicizing Colorado, his new album with Crazy Horse — and its accompanying movie, Mountaintop Sessions — Young explained to AARP.org that the pull of the past is always shadowing the twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Young revealed, "I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do (1972's) Harvest (album). Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don't want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting? If I decide to go on the road, I'd like to do a democracy tour next year with different people that keep changing. Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins."
When pressed about an possible reunion of Crosby Stills, Nash, & Young, he said, "(David) Crosby should write an introspective book: Why People Won't Talk To Me Anymore. He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don't know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen (Stills). I love Graham (Nash). If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won't close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there's a reason for it."
Young, who plans on hitting the road next year, went on to talk about living a life in rock at age 73: "I could never do a retirement tour. I'd feel like Cher. Don't retire unless you really aren't interested. I'm interested. It hurts a little to play now where it didn't before. I don't hear quite as well as I did before. My voice is not like it was before. Show me something that is like it was before. I feel good about the future. The idea is, do not stop moving."
Neil Young says that the feels that through his songs he's completely free to voice his opinions and observations regarding the state of the world: ["I find the things I'm thinking of and singing of, they're the things that matter to me. Not that in the past it wasn't like that; now, that I've gotten older, the things that matter to me are more focused. Things where I feel I can use my power and my skills as an artist, and as a crafter of records, or whatever. That I could say things and people might hear them that they normally wouldn't hear."] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . normally wouldn't hear)