Neil Young

When Los Lobos wrapped up their recent Minnesota Zoo concert with an electrifying version of Neil Young's classic "Cinnamon Girl," the scorching energy wasn't just attributable to the brilliance of the band on stage. Los Lobos had tapped the inimitable, protean spirit of Young, who at 64 remains a marvel of uncompromising passion, relevance, and vitality. Young has plenty of laurels (and pungent reminders of Laurel Canyon) to rest on if he was so inclined. But he's not. So, yeah, he'll do a languid, acoustic run through "Harvest" or something, but he'll also crank up his electric guitar and tear into "Down By the River," shooting gnarly, distorted riffs off the wall, making it just as desperate and transcendent as it was 40 years ago. This will be a solo performance by Young, by the way, mixing up acoustic and electric tunes, a few on piano and even pump organ (likely "After the Gold Rush"). It's been dubbed the Twisted Road Tour, after the forthcoming album of the same name Young recorded with producer extraordinaire Daniel Lanois. Young reportedly will perform a half-dozen or so of the new tunes, most of which at least one reviewer has already declared instant classics. Believe him. With Bert Jansch. (Photo by alterna2)
Thu., July 29, 8 p.m., 2010

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