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Mellencamp, Young Among Farm Aid 2017 Headliners

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will headline the Farm Aid Festival, which includes newer artists and veteran acts this year on September 16th at the KeyBank Pavilion.

Other acts rounding up the lineup are Blackberry Smoke, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Insects vs. Robots, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Valerie June, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

In the Farm Aid press release, Nelson explains why they chose their venue. “Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” said Nelson. “What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together.”

Tickets are expected to be made available to the general public on June 23rd.

May 16th: On This Day

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young went to No.1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with Deja Vu. The album was the second by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the groups first in the quartet configuration of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The album featured three Top 40 singles: “Teach Your Children:, “Our House”, and “Woodstock”. The record would go on to be Certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 148 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Presenters For Journey and ELO

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 7th, and the Hall has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone reports that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be inducted by Dhani Harrison. This comes from the long-time friendship and collaboration between Dhani’s father, George Harrison, and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Pat Monahan, frontman of Train, will be on hand to induct Journey.

The Rock Hall’s most recent announcements come after earlier word that Neil Young, Rush, and Jackson Browne would be on hand as presenters. Young will be inducting his buddies Pearl Jam, Rush welcomes Yes to the Hall, and Browne will be brought to the stage to induct Baez.

 

Also on tap for the night, is a special Rock Hall tribute to Prince, performed by Lenny Kravitz. It is assumed that the tribute will include some of Kravitz’s favorite Prince songs. “Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died,” Kravitz wrote after Prince’s death last year. “He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”

 

Neil Young Says There’s ‘Every Chance’ of a CSNY Reunion

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young has always been an on again, off again band, with most notably in 2016 Nash announcing that Crosby, Stills & Nash would never perform again.

But if you ask Neil Young, he says there’s still “every chance” the foursome could reunite at some point.

“I think CSNY has every chance of getting together again. I’m not against it,” said Young. “There’s been a lot of bad things happen among us, and a lot of things have to be settled. But that’s what brothers and families are all about. We’ll see what happens. I’m open. I don’t think I’m a major obstacle.”

He may not be a major obstacle, but the matter of the recent war of words between David Crosby and Graham Nash — although Nash has also signaled a willingness to let bygones be bygones. As Nash put it last August, “There have been times when I’ve been so pissed at us all for wasting time and not getting on with the job that I wouldn’t talk to any of them. But if Crosby came and played me four songs that knocked me on my ass, what the f— am I supposed to do as a musician, no matter how pissed we are at each other?”

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