Why Neil Young Will Never Play "Harvest" on Tour

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Released in February 1972, Neil Young's Harvest remains one of the most beloved of his vast catalog. Featuring some of his biggest and most well-known songs, including the chart-topping "Heart of Gold," "Old Man" and "Needle and the Damage Done," it's one that fans and concert promoters alike have long dreamed that Young would perform on anniversary tour. For his part, Young says that will never happen, having already turned down staggering sums of money to do just that.

"I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do Harvest," the singer revealed to AARP. "Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don't want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting? If I decide to go on the road, I'd like to do a democracy tour next year with different people that keep changing. Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins."

It's sad but true: band the Stray Gators who played with Young on Harvest have all passed on: Pianist Jack Nitzsche (2000), drummer Kenny Buttrey (2004), pedal-steel guitarist Ben Keith (2010) and bassist Tim Drummond (2015).

The article also broaches the long-simmering rumors around a potential Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion. Again, Young told fans not to hold their breath.

"Crosby should write an introspective book: Why People Won't Talk to Me Anymore," Young cracked. "He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don't know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen. I love Graham. If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won't close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there's a reason for it."

In the meantime, Young said that his life with new partner Daryl Hannah has been good for his health: "I'm trying to take care of myself. Daryl's a big help. She's very health-oriented, which I never have been. Now I'm walking, swimming. Maybe tomorrow morning I'll be stand-up paddling. I lost between 30 and 35 pounds in six months. Nice that I don't have to carry that around anymore."

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