Crazy Horse guitarist explains the deal with Neil Young

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You never know what musical left turn Neil Young might take and earlier this year, the classic rocker got back together with Crazy Horse, the garage rock band with which he first started collaborating in 1969. First, the band released Americana, its first studio effort in almost a decade, and later this month, it’ll issue Psychedelic Pill, an album that, as its title implies, features extended garage rock jams. Guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampredo talked about why being back in Neil Young’s camp has been a good thing and why he doesn’t feel Crazy Horse needs to do any more albums on its own. Young and Crazy Horse play the Wolstein Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Infantree and Los Lobos open, and tickets are $47.50-$103.

“This tour has been more fun than ever,” he says via phone from a tour stop in Windsor, Ontario. “Other interviewers have asked what its like working with Neil now that he’s straight. I can’t say that getting high made it worse, and I don’t know what drove him to get straight. Whatever it is that happened, everything is really positive. He has a book coming out and movies coming out and records coming out. He has movies coming out. He has a big smile on his face. He’s working really hard all the time. There’s no fighting the record label. Everything is moving in a positive direction. It all trickles down so when you listen to Americana and Psychedelic Pill, you can hear that we are having a good time.”

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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