Neil Young debuts new band and new songs at surprise gig – watch

457 fans paid $10 to hear Young’s new material plus classics including a ten minute version of ‘Down By The River’

Neil Young surprised fans with an intimate show last Thursday (April 17) at the SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, California.

Young was backed by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah. The singer-songwriter confirmed at the start of this year that he was recording a new album with the pair tentatively titled ‘The Monsanto Years.’

Young took to the stage at 9pm and played until midnight. He was backed by the Nelsons on guitars, plus Lukas’ Promise of the Real bandmates Corey McCorkmick and Anthony Logerfo on bass and drums respectively.

The majority of the set was made up of new material, though Young did also perform a number of classic hits including a near-10 minute extended version of ‘Down By The River’ plus ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ and ‘Walk On.’

The 457 capacity venue sold tickets for $10 (£6.70). As reported by San Luis Obispo’s The Tribune , local residents received news of the show only hours before Young took to the stage. Local resident Jason Hill was sent a text message by a friend at 7.30pm, he commented: “I dropped my beer, ran to the show and got right in line.

“It was the best show in San Luis Obispo at SLO Brew,” Hill said. “Because it was a total surprise — and it was Neil Young.”

Following the show, fans took to social media to post clips from the performance. See below.

Neil Young played a secret show tonight at SLO Brew and it was incredible! #neilyoung

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Oh hey Neil, that was a cool surprise! #neilyoung #slobrew #centralcoast #sanluisobispo

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