Neil Young has delivered a live performance of his 1975 song ‘New Mama’ for the first time in 42 years.
Young, who was headlining the charity show Harvest Moon: A Gathering at Lake Hughes in California, rolled back the years with a rendition of ‘New Mama’ for the first time live since 1977. All proceeds raised from the concert are donated to a foundation called ‘the Painted Turtle’ which acts as summer camp for severely unwell children.
‘New Mama’, first recorded for Young’s 1973 album Tonight’s the Night, is rumoured to have been inspired by the birth of Zeke, his son with Carrie Snodgress.
Writing in the linear notes of the early original vinyl releases of Tonight’s the Night, Young wrote the cryptic message: “I’m sorry. You don’t know these people. This means nothing to you.”
See the performance of the song, below. Young begins to play ‘New Mama’ at around 52:56.