Videos: 6 of Neil Young's best performances
Neil Young kicks off a two-night concert stint at Toronto Massey Hall on Tuesday night.
Not only do the shows come on the 40th anniversary of Young's famed Massey Hall performance from January 1971 (which was made into an album and DVD), they will also be filmed by director Jonathan Demme for a documentary on the singer. It will be the filmmaker's third film about Young (he previously released Heart of Gold in 2006 and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009).
In honour of Young's Toronto stints, here are six of Neil Young's best live performances.
Massey Hall (1971)
Young sang 18 songs at his Massey Hall concert — but only eight of them had previously been released.
Live Aid (1985)
Young performed in Philadelphia as part of the U.S. half of Live Aid (the British concert was held in London). Comments made by Bob Dylan would help lead to the creation of Farm Aid, of which Young was an organizer.
Farm Aid (1985)
The first Farm Aid was held Sept. 22, 1985. It was organized by Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. It continues to be held every fall. Last year marked its 25th anniversary.
Tribute to Heroes (2001)
Young's performance of John Lennon's classic was a perfect fit for the celebrity telethon held after 9/11 and was one of the most-talked about performances of the evening.
Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show (2010)
Who would have guessed that Young would have been the first person to call Conan O'Brien when the news hit that his version of The Tonight Show was to be cancelled? While the rest of O'Brien's show featured humour, this was one of the best, most moving moments of the night.
2010 Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremony
Once again, it was a performance of "Long May You Run," but it was a good fit for the closing of the 2010 Games. While Young sang, the Olympic flame was extinguished.
What was your favourite Neil Young performance? Let us know in the comments.