Neil Young Announces First Concert Since Prior to the Pandemic

The vocal proponent of COVID-19 precautions hasn't performed since 2019

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 13, 2023

Though he's scheduled to return to the stage for Willie Nelson's 90th birthday, Neil Young now has another show lined up this spring — his first performance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young will headline an autism fundraiser alongside Stephen Stills at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on April 22. The Stills family has been running the annual Light Up the Blues concert since 2013, but has taken years off during the pandemic.

"We'll be there to 'Light up the Blues' with Stephen, [his wife] Kristen, and the family, doing our first show in four years with old friends for our autistic people around the world," Young told Rolling Stone.

The legendary singer-songwriter and proponent of vaccine education has been hesitant to perform amid the ongoing pandemic, saying last year that he still wasn't ready to take the stage for the sake of his safety. He had earlier vocalized his discomfort with pandemic-era touring at the end of 2021 after he decided to back out of Farm Aid, but has reportedly been plotting a sustainable return to touring.

Light Up the Blues benefits Autism Speaks. Young and Stills will headline the affair, which will also feature Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Chris Stills, James Raymond, Amanda Anderson, Soul Shocka and more artists to be announced, including musicians who are on the autism spectrum.

Stills and Young recently paid tribute to David Crosby alongside fellow former bandmate Graham Nash.

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