Last night the great Neil Young was honored with the President's Merit Award from the
Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy during Grammys Week at the Village in
Los Angeles. Young gave a speech at the famed studio complex and was then treated to a
surprise set by Dave
Young received the award with a 15-minute speech that focused around the recording of his
1977 hit "Like A Hurricane," some of which took place at the Village. Neil ended his
speech by revealing that his long-awaited Pono music service is set to launch at SXSW in
March. Rolling Stone has printed the
full text of Young's speech, which is worth the lengthy read.
Following Young's speech, Dave Matthews performed a surprise three-song set as Neil looked
on. Dave and Neil have a long history of playing together and are both board members of
Farm Aid. Matthews treated attendees to covers of Young's "My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The
Blue)" and "The Needle And The Damage Done" as well as the traditional "Rye Whiskey"
according to Rolling Stone.
Watch Dave Matthews cover "Like A Hurricane" in 2011:
In case you missed it, an amazing crowd-sourced video of one of
Neil's recent Carnegie Hall performances surfaced yesterday.
[Published on: 1/22/14]