Neil Young has had a major change of plans. The iconic rocker — who anounced in April that he was planning to hit the road with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse in support of their upcoming album Colorado — did a 180 this week and announced that any potential shows would be put on hold, so he could instead dive into the editing suite to work on no less than 15 different career-spanning film projects.
A post on his Archives site entitled “Archives Film Projects Take Precedent” on Wednesday (July 31), announced that Young “will be devoting the rest of this year to Shakey Pictures projects that deserve our focused attention to complete and deliver at their highest level…bringing you all of the footage Shakey Pictures has collected through the years is a pleasure to us. We are combing through and completing.”
The full list of films was not available at press time and none of the projects has received an official release date yet, though Archives teased that they will be screened at the Hearse Theater on the Archives site.
In another Wednesday post, Young described the Colorado movie as the “back story of the latest recording from Crazy Horse, a band that really is on its own turf. How the band works together to make music, how the emotions of trying to get a sound go with the emotions of the songs, what the songs are about. It’s old guys; young souls still alive in old souls and the music they make together. From the engineers, to the musical instrument techs, these guys are in it non stop for as long as it takes to get the songs captured. Like wild horses, the songs, each one an individual, a unique force at play with the emotional landscape, are in control of the dynamic of capture.”
Young is still expected to perform on Sept. 14 at the “Harvest Moon — A Gathering” benefit show in Lake Hughes, California and at Farm Aid in East Troy, Wisconsin on Sept. 21. A spokesperson for Young could not be reached at press time for more information on the film projects. Young has also announced the Sept. 9 release of a book chronicling his efforts to improve the quality of digital music, To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Quest to Save High-Quality Audio, co-written with Phil Baker.
Check out the project titles below.
A Rusted Out Garage (chronicling Crazy Horse’s 1987 tour)
Greendale Live (film about Crazy Horse’s 2002-2003 tour)
Alchemy (Crazy Horse’s 2012-2014 tour)
Colorado Sessions (documentary about the upcoming album)
Catalyst (information TBA; Young has frequently played intimate shows at this Santa Cruz, California, club over the years)
Tokyo Budokan 76 (film about a 1976 show in Japan with Crazy Horse)
London Odeon Hammersmith 76 (film about a 1976 show in London with Crazy Horse)
Stratford Shakespearean Theater 1971 (Jan. 1971 solo acoustic gig in Connecticut)
Solo BBC 1971 (BBC solo acoustic show from Feb. 23rd, 1971)
Stray Gators Harvest Sessions (film on the 1971 recording sessions for iconic Harvest album)
The Boarding House (1977 solo acoustic string of dates at the Boarding House club in San Francisco)
Solo Trans (film about Young’s solo supporting the tech-focused Trans album in 1983)
Silver and Gold (1999 solo acoustic tour doc)
Greendale Live at Vicar Street (March 2003 solo show on Greendale tour)
Trans 2020 (animated film by Micah Nelson scored with music from the 1982 Trans album)