Legendary rocker Neil
Young launched a Twitter
feed and a Facebook
page years ago, but just recently Shakey has taken control of the feeds himself. Young
is in the middle of his Honor The Treaties run of benefit shows in Canada
and has much to say about his audience and the plight of Native Canadians, who are losing
land to big oil companies.
Read Neil's thoughts on his recent return to Toronto:
"Back In Old T.O.
It's a good day when you go back home. Toronto holds a lot of memories. The Driver was
born here. I spent thirty years here. So being back feels very good.
Old T.O. and Massey Hall provided the perfect backdrop for the Honour The Treaties Tour.
Our mid-day press conference attracted a lot of attention and the word got out fast. The
Prime Minister's Office even weighed in. So has Big Oil. All this before The Driver even
sang a note. We must be doing something right.
By the time the concert was over Canadians were engaged in a long overdue conversation
about what, exactly, we stand for. I am so proud of this. It's gonna be easy to sleep
Busman has the course set. Clean Energy Canada topped up our tanks with biodiesel. Fuel
produced by Canadian farmers.
Our direction is up. We are heading north.
The next day Neil used his Facebook page to share a journal about his Massey Hall
performance and more:
Parry Sound, Ontario. A hockey mecca. Bobby Orr was born here. He changed the game. He was
fast and smart and elegant and when number 4 wound up, he brought the crowd to its feet.
This morning we woke up in his home town, Parry Sound.
The crowd last night at Massey Hall in Toronto was on its feet. The Driver testified and
the message rang true. Canada heard it big time too. The internet buzzed late into the
night and the conversation is on. Our first press conference hit a nerve. Just like Bobby
Orr's slapshot finding the back of the net. Our message is simple: Canada needs to keep
its promise to the First Nations - honour the treaties. Big Oil needs to clean up the
devastation it has wrought before any expansion is even considered.
We're getting ready to roll. The Chief is riding with us now. Clix is charging batteries
for our cameras. We're making our way into the wilds of North Ontario. It's going to be a
Neil doesn't take well to criticism and he has strong words for those who want him to
"shut up and play music":
The Chief’s making stew in the crock pot on the bus. Smells fantastic. We’re rolling west
after a night of cold clean air and good sleep in Thunder Bay. Nobody’s tired, nobody’s
complaining, no downers on this ride – there is a lot of love in the camp. That’s what
happens when music and cause come together.
It confuses me to hear people shouting at us that musicians should just shut up and
entertain. Where the hell did that lame-ass idea come from? Music was, is and always will
be about social condition and cause and change. Music speaks for the oppressed and
downtrodden. Music launches revolution. Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams and Bob Dylan and
Joan Baez and Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson and John Lennon and Eddie
Vedder and Neil Young and all the giants of the art know this. What the fuck kind of
music and musicians are these boneheads actually listening to?
Be sure to browse Neil
Young's Facebook page for more journal entries from Shakey.
Neil has also been sharing updates and thoughts via Twitter, including a press clipping
written by his father: