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Neil Young Plans Gulf Coast Benefit Tour


This fall, Neil Young will hit the road for a short tour of the Gulf Coast. His mission: to help cleanup the oil and the damage done.

For the four-date trek, the legendary singer-songwriter will team up with Tyson Foods to fight hunger in Gulf Coast communities affected by the oil spill. Tyson will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products (that’s 400,000 meals!) and Young is also asking concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items to the gigs. All donations will be given to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, all proceeds from limited-edition Neil Young shirts only available at the Gulf concerts will go to help the relief effort.

“Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse,” Young said. “I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. We both encourage concertgoers to spend money locally and support local business.”

If Young’s recent tour kickoff at Oakland’s Fox Theater is any indication, the shows are not to be missed. The rocker played 17-song set including classics like “Tell Me Why,” “Helpless,” and “After the Gold Rush,” plus five new songs off Twisted Road, his upcoming release with producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, U2). Read SPIN’s complete review here.

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Neil Young Tour Dates:
9/20, Panama City, FL (Marina Civic Center)
9/25, Biloxi, MS (IP Showroom)
9/26, Mobile, AL (Saenger Theatre)
9/28, Pensacola, FL (Saenger Theatre)

Additional Non-“Gulf Coast Tour” Dates
9/22, Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
9/23, Hollywood, FL (Seminole Hard Rock Casino)