Neil Young Goes Social | Note For The Boneheads

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.

12/01/14

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 tonight.

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.

Onward.

The Passenger"

The next day Neil used his Facebook page to share a journal about his Massey Hall performance and more:

"Game Changer
13/01/14

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 great day.

Onward

The Passenger"

Neil doesn't take well to criticism and he has strong words for those who want him to "shut up and play music":

Stew
15/01/14

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?

Just wonderin’.
Onward
The Passenger

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:

[Published on: 1/15/14]

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