Neil Young adds “intimate” Melbourne show

Not content to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse in a 15,000-capacity arena and a regional winery?

Frontier Touring have announced a one-off “up close and personal” show at The Plenary in Melbourne on March 13. Never heard of The Plenary? Well, it’s a 5540-capacity multi-functional indoor area at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (aka Jeff’s Shed). Here’s how it’s described on the MCEC website: “The Plenary is without doubt the centrepiece of MCEC … Its ingenious design means that blinds can be lowered at the rear of lowers floor and balcony to create a more intimate setting in an acoustically self-contained space.”

Last here for the Big Day Out in 2009, Young will play a series of arena dates in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as “A Day On The Green” winery dates in NSW and Victoria. The shows will mark Crazy Horse’s first tour of Australian since 2003’s Greendale shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Described by Young himself as “a vehicle to cosmic areas that I am unable to traverse with others”, Crazy Horse features Billy Talbot (bass), Ralph Molina (drums) and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro (guitar). Their most recent album, Psychedelic Pill, was described by FL as another worthy addition to their back catalogue: “This is an album that feels eminently real, and from the heart and soul of four musicians who respect, honour and follow the song wherever it may take them.”

Seats for the Plenary show are available via pre-sale to Frontier members from Friday, February 15, 12pm. General tickets on sale on Monday February 17 at 9am.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Australian tour:

Saturday, March 2 – Perth Arena

Tuesday, March 5 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Thursday, March 7 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Saturday, March 9 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley

Sunday, March 10 – Sydney Entertainment Centre

Wednesday, March 13 – The Plenary, Melbourne

Friday, March 15 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Saturday, March 16 – The Hill Winery, Surf Coast Geelong

Tuesday, March 19 – TSB Arena, Wellington

Thursday, March 21 – Vector Arena, Auckland