FRESNO, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Neil Young is joining up with his old band, Crazy Horse for a pair of performances at Warnors Theatre in Fresno, Calif, May 1-2 but there could be more.
Actually, there is one more. A third show was announced today and the presale has commenced. Meanwhile, Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro won’t be playing in the band for the first time since he joined in 1975 but they’ve got a fill-in guitarist: Nils Lofgren, who played on Crazy Horse’s debut LP in 1971.
“Beyond honored,” Lofgren tweeted. “Nothing like playing with old friends. A friend just reminded me, at this age you can’t coast.”
That’s not all: Jonathan Richman, he of “Roadrunner” fame, opens the shows.
Will there be more shows? The tea leaves say yes. Even Rolling Stone led with the headline “Crazy Horse: Nils Lofgren In, ‘Poncho’ Sampedro Out As Neil Young Plots New Gigs.”
Not just that but Young recently blogged, “A few months back we started talking about playing some remote clubs and getting our feet wet again. Poncho is unable to join us right now but we all hope he will be back … I think it will be the beginning of another beautiful chapter in our long, enriching and life changing Crazy Horse story.”
And, as RS pointed out, Crazy Horse, sans Young, cut a world tour short in 2013 when a tour manager accidentally slammed a tour bus door on Sampedro’s fingers, and an attempt to do the tour a year later fell apart. But, at the time, Sampedro told the magazine, “I want to do a tour where we know it’s the last one and we can really say goodbye to all the people that have always been there for us. … I want to share a special moment with them. I realize that might just be me being wanting everything to work out the way it does in a Frank Capra movie.”