Neil Young performs more rare songs in latest acoustic 'Fireside Session'
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Neil Young performs more rare songs in latest intimate ‘Fireside Session’

Neil Young has released the second edition of his acoustic ‘Fireside Session’ as the world continues to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hope you’re doing well out there everybody, it’s a different situation,” he says.

Taking to his hugely popular ‘Neil Young Archives’ website, the iconic musician performed a six-song set which has been dubbed the ‘Fireside Session’. The home solo show was directed by his wife, Daryl Hannah, and held at their Telluride, Colorado home.

In his first edition of the series, Young confirmed he and his wife are taking this on as part of an effort to help those currently forced to stay home amid the crisis: “Because we are all at home and not venturing out,” he wrote of the series, “We will try to do a stream from my fireplace with my lovely wife filming. It will be a down-home production, a few songs, a little time together.”

Now, during round two, Young said mid-performance: “Our sponsor, folks,” he said before going to the bathroom to wash his hands. “Water and soap. That’s what this is, a soap opera.”

Rather than being alongside a fire, however, Young was out in the snow as he launched into a rendition of Ian and Sylvia classic ‘Four Strong Winds’, a track that he first covered in 1978 as part of his album Comes a Time. Stepping away from the cold, the musician heads into his home to find the piano and delivers After the Gold Rush ballad favourite ‘Birds’.

Next, Young is back beside the fireplace for a performance of his 1974 album title track ‘On the Beach’—it marked the first time he has performed the song solo since 2003 and, remarkably, only the fourth time he’s done it since 1975. Another milestone arrived when Young performed Harvest track ‘Words’, a song his never officially performed live without his band alongside him.

See the full tracklist below and click this link to see the performance.

Neil Young’s second Fireside Session Setlist:

  1. ‘Four Strong Winds’
  2. ‘Birds’
  3. ‘On the Beach’
  4. ‘Homefires’
  5. ‘Words’
  6. ‘Love and Only Love’
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