Neil Young to Release Archival ‘Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live’
Shortly after Neil Young recorded the bulk of Tonight's the Night, he and his band performed the new songs at the Roxy, a club in West Hollywood that had recently opened. Now, Young is prepping those tapes for a March release called Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live.
Young made the announcement in a post on his online archives, in a newsletter-style page he just launched called "NYA Times-Contrarian." After describing the conditions that led up the sessions -- the drug-related deaths of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry -- and the writing of the record, he mentioned the concerts, which
“We had finished recording and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, Roxy," he wrote. "We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening Roxy We really knew the Tonight’s the Night songs after playing them for a month, so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, without the added songs, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time.”
Tonight's the Night was recorded in mid-1973 with the Santa Monica Flyers, the name he gave to the band comprised of Nils Lofgren (piano), Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar), Billy Talbot (bass) and Ralph Molina (drums). But it was unreleased until 1975 because, as he put it, his friends at Warner Bros. "were concerned that it was so loose and we had just come off a bomb with Time Fades Away." that he decided to shelve it. After adding "Borrowed Tune," "Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown" and "Lookout Joe," he decided that it felt "more like a normal album" and put it out.
Young also revealed that he's going to release an audio and video compilation of songs from the 2012-13 tour he did with Crazy Horse called ALCHEMY. It will include "Mr. Soul," "F*!#in' Up," "Ramada Inn," "Walk Like a Giant," "Dangerbird," "Surfer Joe & Moe the Sleaze," "Red Sun" as well as unreleased and rare songs that were performed.
"ALCHEMY harkens back to the best of Live Rust and Weld," he wrote. "Time shows us what we can do and when we can do it. Crazy Horse moves with the wind."