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Watch Neil Young’s First Live Performance in Over 3 Years at Rally for Old-Growth Trees

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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2019 (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for Shock Ink).

Watch Neil Young’s First Live Performance in Over 3 Years at Rally for Old-Growth Trees

He played “Comes a Time” and “Heart of Gold” outside of the British Columbia legislature in Victoria

Neil Young made a surprise appearance at an old-growth logging protest rally in Victoria, British Columbia on Saturday (February 25), the Times Colonist and Rolling Stone report. After an introduction from his wife Daryl Hannah, Young played “Comes a Time” and “Heart of Gold,” marking his first live performance in over three years. The event, which took place outside of the British Columbia legislature, was intended to protect old-growth forests from the impacts of the logging industry. Check out a few clips from Young’s set.

Earlier this month, Young announced that he will headline the Light Up the Blues charity show alongside Stephen Stills on April 22. The autism fundraiser will mark his first full concert since Farm Aid 2019. Young has remained a vocal advocate of COVID-19 caution and vaccine education, and has chosen not to perform throughout the pandemic. He pulled out of Farm Aid as recently as last September due to the years-long health crisis.

Read about Young’s ongoing boycott of Spotify over COVID-19 misinformation in “The Missed Opportunity of the Spotify Boycott” on the Pitch.

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