Neil Young to Return to the Stage for Willie Nelson's 90th Birthday

It will be the Canadian icon's first public performance since 2019

Photo: Neil Young by Raph_PH (left)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 24, 2023

Country legend Willie Nelson will celebrate his 90th birthday this spring, and he's celebrating with a massively star-studded two-night show at the Hollywood Bowl in April dubbed Long Story Short — which is set to feature Neil Young's first public performance since 2019.

Young has been hesitant to perform amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the singer-songwriter said he still wasn't ready to take the stage for the sake of his safety, after vocalizing his discomfort with pandemic-era touring at the end of 2021 in light of his decision to back out of that year's Farm Aid. However, Young has reportedly been plotting a sustainable return to touring.

If his appearance at Long Story Short, which takes place April 29 (Nelson's birthday) and 30, comes to fruition, he'll be in pretty good company. Young will join fellow Canadians Orville Peck and Allison Russell, as well as his subtly denounced cover artist Beck, Billy Strings, Bob Weir, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Tom Jones, Warren Haynes, Ziggy Marley, Sturgill Simpson, the Chicks, Leon Bridges, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers and more.

Additional acts will be announced in the weeks to come. For more information about Long Story Short, visit the event's website.

In 2022, Nelson released a book about his friend, drummer Paul English, entitled Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship.

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