Published Mar 23, 2010Though only a handful of dates have been announced, it looks as if Canadian music legend Neil Young is about to launch a full-blown tour of solo acoustic shows supported by one of the songwriter's greatest influences: Bert Jansch.
As Rolling Stone reports, the icon has already plotted five U.S. shows as part of what is being dubbed the "Twisted Road" tour. And since five shows hardly constitutes a "tour," we're hoping that more are on the horizon.
Young handpicked Jansch to open the tour. As he related to Rolling Stone in an unedited interview from 1992, "Bert Jansch is on the same level as Jimi Hendrix. That first record of his is epic. It came from England, and I was especially taken by 'The Needle of Death,' such a beautiful and angry song. That guy was so good... And years later, on On the Beach, I wrote the melody of 'Ambulance Blues' by styling the guitar part completely on 'Needle of Death.' I wasn't even aware of it, and someone else drew my attention to it."
Young and Jansch played "Ambulance Blues" together at a Bridge School Benefit in 2006, which you can watch below.
Though Young played a handful of semi-acoustic shows in 2007, his last truly solo tour was in 1999. Stay tuned for updates as more dates are announced.
5/26 Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theatre
5/29 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
5/30 Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg Mem Auditorium
6/1 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
6/2 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium