In a highly anticipated return to the stage, Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse are set to perform together for the first time since 2019. The upcoming benefit concerts, scheduled to take place at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and 21, have garnered significant attention as fans eagerly awaited news about the replacement for guitarist Nils Lofgren. Young himself finally revealed the answer, providing an exclusive update in response to an inquiry published on NeilYoungArchives.com.
Micah Nelson, a versatile multi-instrumentalist with a remarkable pedigree in the music industry, has been handpicked to join Young, drummer Ralph Molina and bassist Billy Talbot for these milestone shows commemorating The Roxy’s 50th anniversary. Notably, regular Crazy Horse guitarist Nils Lofgren will be engaged in touring commitments alongside Bruce Springsteen as a member of the esteemed E Street Band.
Having amassed over 100 appearances alongside Neil Young in the Neil Young & Promise Of The Real configuration between 2014 and 2019, Nelson boasts a wealth of experience on the stage. His inclusion in the revamped Crazy Horse lineup signifies the band’s 11th iteration.
The confirmation of Micah Nelson’s role arrived subsequent to a letter received by Young from a devoted fan, who volunteered to contribute as a rhythm guitarist for The Roxy performances. In response, Young succinctly affirmed, “Thanks Micah’s got it!”
Speculation surrounding Nelson’s involvement began circulating back in February when the musician hinted at a possible collaboration during an interview with Austin Lifestyle. While Neil Young ultimately pursued his Coastal Tour without additional band members, he hinted at the potential for future ventures, stating that he might consider touring “next year outdoors” in correspondence also shared on NeilYoungArchives.com.
Registration for tickets to Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Roxy performances has concluded, with fans now having the opportunity to participate in a contest offering a chance to secure two tickets for six forthcoming shows at The Roxy. The proceeds from both Crazy Horse concerts will be allocated to The Painted Turtle and The Bridge School.
Watch a clip of Nelson’s preparation for his time with Crazy Horse with a cover of “Revolution Blues” below.