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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Elmwood Theatre presents Neil Young film and live interview program on Monday night

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Amazingly, Young plays nerdy garage mechanic Lionel Switch in Human Highway
  • Amazingly, Young plays nerdy garage mechanic Lionel Switch in Human Highway

The Elmwood Theatre will participate in a national simulcast of An Evening with Neil Young Live on Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. The program features screenings of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse concert film Rust Never Sleeps and the rarely seen 1982 apocalyptic comedy Human Highway, which Young co-directed with Dean Stockwell (both films credit director Young as "Bernard Shakey") and which stars Young, Dennis Hopper, Russ Tamblyn and the band Devo. (The film has been described as "The Wizard of Oz on acid." See completely insane trailer below.) Between the two films, Cameron Crowe will moderate a live interview with Young, Tamblyn, Devo co-founder Gerald V. Casale and others.

Rust Never Sleeps captures Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the peak of their powers in a full concert filmed in San Francisco in 1978. Human Highway has rarely been screened over the last 34 years but has gradually acquired cult status. It features a 10-minute version of "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" performed by Young with Devo, which alone may be worth the price of admission. Tickets ($16.31 each plus service charges) and more info are available here.

The 70-year-old Young and his new band Promise of the Real will perform at Jazz Fest on Sunday, May 1, the festival's final day. Young has been playing career-spanning, three-hour shows on tour with this band, featuring many classic songs Young has not played live since the 1970s.

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