With “CSNY: Deja Vu,” his documentary of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s controversial 2006 Freedom of Speech Tour, rolling out this week, Neil Young says his upcoming musical plans mostly involve his long-in-the-works “Archive” series as well as hitting the road.
This fall, the “Archive” series will begin to roll out with a 10-disc set of performances from 1963-72. Contrary to previous reports, and Young’s own comments in the media, the set will be available in standard CD and DVD configurations and not exclusively in Blu-ray, but Young says he hopes fans will take advantage of the state-of-the-art format.
“Blu-ray is the future,” Young tells Billboard. “It sounds the best, the navigating system is the best. I’ve made a lot of CDs and we’ve made a lot of DVDs, and Blu-ray technology is so far superior to anything else. The fact there aren’t many players out there now doesn’t meant that much to me, because it is the future, so I would rather focus on what’s next. If you were to get a Blu-ray of the ‘Archive,’ you would get the best.”
Young is also confident that the next volume of the “Archive” series will come in short order. “We’ve developed the platform,” he says. “We have the format. We have everything together to do it. It just took 15 years to develop this platform and also to wait for technology that was strong enough for the platform to stand on.”
As for live performances, Young says he’ll “be touring pretty extensively for the next year, year-and-a-half,” Young says. “That’s what I’m focusing on. Playing for people with a great band is very rewarding. It’s very good for me — it keeps me in top form physically, and that makes me feel good.
“And I’ve found a way of doing it so I’m on and I’m off and I can get enough time on that I can focus on (other projects) and then I go right back out on the road again and take another couple shots at that.”
Young does note, “as far as new music, there’s just a few things that are going on, but nothing to speak of. Usually when it happens with me, it doesn’t happen ’cause I planned it. It just happens. As fortunate as I have been so far, there’ll be new music coming along the pike.”
Young resumes touring Aug. 7 in Helsinki, playing in Europe throughout August and returning home for the Farm Aid concert Sept. 20 in Mansfield, Mass.