The War On Drugs Dusts Off Neil Young Cover In Birmingham

Watch the band's first "Like A Hurricane" in nearly four years.

By Scott Bernstein Apr 12, 2022 7:53 am PDT

The War On Drugs broke out a cover of Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane” last night in Birmingham, England. The band’s first take on the tune since 2018 came as their penultimate song of the night at Birmingham’s 02 Academy.

“We were listening to that before the show,” bandleader/guitarist Adam Granduciel told the crowd after The War On Drugs’ “Like A Hurricane” performance before adding, “We said we should play it.”

Neil Young originally released “Like A Hurricane” on his 1977 album, American Stars ‘n Bars. The War On Drugs previously covered the song four times as per Setlist.FM with the most recent version played on July 13, 2018.

The War On Drugs are currently touring Europe and the UK in support of their 2021 studio album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore. Granduciel and his bandmates treated fans in Birmingham to a 17-song concert featuring eight of the LP’s 10 tracks. A “short version” of the album’s “Occasional Rain” played as the evening’s 11 p.m. curfew approached ended the night. Additionally performed numbers in Birmingham included “Eyes To The Wind,” “Red Eyes,” “An Ocean In Between The Waves” and “Under The Pressure” from 2014’s Lost In A Dream.

London’s 02 Arena hosts The War On Drugs tonight. Watch fan-shot video footage featuring last night’s “Like A Hurricane” captured by Badlands below:

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The War on Drugs at O2 Academy

  • Old Skin
  • Pain
  • An Ocean in Between the Waves
  • I Don't Wanna Wait
  • Victim
  • Strangest Thing
  • Arms Like Boulders
  • Red Eyes
  • Living Proof
  • Harmonia's Dream
  • Come to the City
  • Rings Around My Father's Eyes
  • Under the Pressure
  • I Don't Live Here Anymore
  • Eyes to the Wind
  • Like a Hurricane  
  • Occasional Rain  

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