Neil Young to Tour for ‘Freedom of Speech,’ As He Expresses It with New CD

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By: E&P Staff

For venerable rocker Neil Young it seems to be all about “free speech” these days. Son of a famed Canadian newspaper man, he announced this week that the will take part in an extensive “Freedom of Speech” tour as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young this summer.

At the same time, he released via the Web, with CD to follow, a ferocious new album that expresses free speech to the max, as he takes on the Iraq war and President Bush in full frontal fashion. It’s called “Living with War,” it includes a song called “Let’s Impeach the President”–and it hit #3 on today just on pre-orders. It willl be released May 8.

The “Freedom of Speech” tour will start July 6 in, where else, Philadelphia, travel the country, and wind up back in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

Asked this week if he was afraid about a backlash to his CD, Young said, “I’m not in the least bit concerned. I expect it. I respect other people’s opinions. That`s part of what makes the United States and Canada and all free countries great, is the fact that you can differ with your friend and you can still sit down at the same table and break bread with your friend.”

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