Neil Young Sets Release Dates for Five Archival Projects

He's also delayed his "Barn Tour" with Crazy Horse due to coronavirus

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 10, 2020

Neil Young may have recently teased After the Gold Rush anniversary celebrations, but you also shouldn't forget about his massive slate of archival projects that are also on deck for 2020. Now, the rocker has confirmed release dates for five of those efforts.

In a new post on his Neil Young Archives website, Young alerted readers to concrete release dates for long-lost 1975 album Homegrown, long-awaited box set Archives Volume 2, and live album/film projects Return to Greendale, Rust Bucket and Young Shakespeare.

Homegrown will be the first to arrive, with a release date of April 18. Initially speculated to hit shelves as part of Record Store Day 2020 (also on April 18), Young does not explicitly indicate whether or not the album is an official RSD release.

Young did confirm that Homegrown vinyl has been pressed up despite industry-wide manufacturing concerns. "[Homegrown] is all analog! The purest sound," he wrote. "Hear the vinyl. Get a nice phonograph player. This is the record to do that on! My first ever narration with Ben 'Longgrain' Keith and live sound effects. Some beautiful music and fun rockin songs as well. This is the one that got away. I am stoked to share this with you."

Young's site points to Return to Greendale arriving after that, with a release set for June 19. Archives Volume 2 will arrive July 24, while Rust Bucket and Young Shakespeare will arrive October 16 and November 27, respectively.

In a separate post made March 7, Young also addressed the status of the "Barn Tour" with Crazy Horse he had hinted at last month, noting that any imminent announcements have been delayed due to coronavirus concerns.

"We find ourselves looking at this uncertain world, with our Crazy Horse Barn Tour booked and ready to announce the first leg," Young wrote. "The idea of announcing the tour and putting tickets on sale is questionable and needs to be thought through. Many of our music loving fans have been waiting for almost 10 years for us to break it out and hit the road."

"We are all super ready to go, and the last thing we want to do is put people at risk, especially our older audience. No one wants to become sick in this pandemic," Young wrote ahead of sending, "best wishes to all of the health care and governments workers in all of the world...all the scientists who will learn and share with us the best ways to ensure survival in our world challenged."

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