Neil Young and Crazy Horse extend 2013 Alchemy tour

Posted: 25th February 2013
New August dates added due to public demand - other UK concerts selling fast. Tickets on sale [27/2/2013 9:00]

Big news for fans of Old Shakey - the multi-platinum singer has bowed to public demand and added extra dates to his UK schedule in the summer. But beware - they aren't in June with the rest of his UK tour dates, they'll be towards the end of the summer!

The first of the new 'Alchemy' dates is at Liverpool's Echo Arena on 18th August, with a second O2 Arena date taking place on 19th August. Tickets on sale now, priced at from £45 - £65.

With regards to the other earlier UK dates, Newcastle on 10th June still has some standing and seated space left, followed by Birmingham and Glasgow with seats only , Dublin and the first stop in London which has limited seats left.

Prices for these range from £35 to £55, depending on venues (plus fees). You can expect the unexpected but at least some songs from his most-recent album, "Psychedelic Pill", released with Crazy Horse earlier this year.

Since the '60s, that trademark high-pitched whine of solemnity has graced some of the most beautiful and, at times, visceral works of rock-art ever to influence generations of many a song-writing hopeful. If you fail to be moved just a little by the atmospheric shimmer of "Winterlong", "Harvest Moon", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" or "Heart of Gold", then move on, nothing to see... Even when Young plugs into the mains and is blazing a psychedelic/country-rock trail with the likes of "Rockin' in the Free World", "Like a Hurricane" or "Piece of Crap", his deft touch with melody is to be admired - no wonder he's been inducted into music's Hall of Fame twice.

Lovers of either of Young's styles, acoustic or electric (or both), will be excited to learn of Shakey's return to the UK for an arena tour - yes, a proper tour, not just London. His Alchemy tour with band Crazy Horse alongside him, will herald his first shows with them since 2001 and his first UK stops since 2009. Oh boy.

Paul Pledger