Neil Young plays ‘Vampire Blues’ and ‘LA’ for first time 40 years – watch

Musician digs into his back catalogue during live performance in California

Neil Young played two tracks from his back catalogue for the first time in 40 years on Wednesday night (October 14).

The singer-songwriter treated fans at The Forum in Inglewood, California to ‘Vampire Blues’ and ‘LA’, a track he hadn’t played since 1973. Young also played ‘Vampire Blues’ for the first time since 1974 at his show in Eugene, Oregon last week.

Young is currently on tour with Promise Of The Real as his backing band across the United States and delved deep into his extensive discography during The Forum gig.

‘Vampire Blues’ was originally featured on Young’s 1974 ‘On The Beach’ with ‘LA’ arriving a year earlier on live album ‘Time Fades Away’.

In recent years Young has been particularly hostile towards the music industry and earlier this year removed all of his music from streaming services including Spotify. He claimed: “It’s not because of the money, it’s about sound quality”. The move came after the launch of his own music streaming service, Pono, which promises a higher sound quality rate for tracks.