Neil Young Targeting GMO Giant Monsanto on New Album With Willie Nelson's Sons
Neil Young is preparing to release a new album entitled The Monsanto Years with support from the Promise of the Real. The band, which includes Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, will hit the road with Young to support the album this summer on the Rebel Content tour.
Young has long been outspoken on a number of political issues, and in recent years, he's been particularly vocal about his disdain for agricultural company Monsanto, which produces genetically modified seeds (most scientists say GMOs are harmless, but they remain controversial in the public sphere). He seemingly joked about a Monsanto-themed album earlier this year during an appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show to promote his digital music store Ponomusic.com, saying the album would be "an upbeat review of the situation."
The band debuted 11 new possible album tracks at a secret show on April 16 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with anti-establishment titles like "Monsanto Years," "Rock Starbucks," "Seeds" and "Too Big to Fail."
The Monsanto Years will be released June 16, and the tour will start July 5 -- view the full list of tour dates below, which includes the rocker's first ever concert in Vermont:
July 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
July 8 & 9 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
July 11 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 14 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 16 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
July 17 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 19 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Expo
July 21 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
July 22 - Great Woods, MA - Xfinity Center
July 24 - Oro-Medonte, ONT - Wayhome Festival