Red Mountain Entertainment, which books the amphitheater, also announced the addition of a concert by Alan Jackson for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
Jackson has had numerous No. 1 country hits, including “Don't Rock the Jukebox,” “Chattahoochee” and “It's Five O' Clock Somewhere,” a duet with Jimmy Buffett. He's won two Grammys and 16 CMA awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jackson last played Tuscaloosa in a University of Alabama homecoming concert in 1998.
Young follows his sometime collaborators in Crosby, Stills and Nash, who played the Amp earlier this month.
Young last played Tuscaloosa on Feb. 2, 1973. He has remained vital and creative in the music scene, winning Grammys, selling records and filling concert halls, although less prone to performing a medley of hits created dozens of years ago.
Crazy Horse is the band he started as a side project from Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. The first disc credited to Neil Young With Crazy Horse was 1969's “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere,” which familiarized many with Young's strained tenor, mournful lyrics and gritty extended guitar jams on songs such as “Cinnamon Girl,” “Down By the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.” He's toured and recorded with the band on and off ever since.
In June, Young released “Americana,” an album of folk standards by writers such as Woody Guthrie and Stephen Foster, backed by Crazy Horse. The tour that begins in October will be the first in nine years for Young with bass player Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro. Sampedro replaced guitarist Danny Whitten in 1975, after Whitten's death; the rest are original members.
Some seminal songs include “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “When You Dance,” “Cortez the Killer,” “The Needle and the Damage Done,” “Old Man,” “Heart of Gold,” “Harvest Moon,” “Long May You Run,” “Helpless,” “Like a Hurricane,” “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).” “Rockin' in the Free World,” “Touch the Night,” “Mr. Soul,” “War of Man,” “Unknown Legend” and “Southern Man.”
That last one led to a misunderstanding with Ronnie Van Zant that caused the Lynyrd Skynyrd singer to write “I heard Mr. Young sing about her/I heard ol' Neil put her down/I hope Neil Young will remember/a Southern man don't need him 'round anyhow” in “Sweet Home Alabama.” The two later met and professed mutual admiration. Van Zant often wore a Neil Young “Tonight's the Night” T-shirt while performing, and Young has occasionally played “Sweet Home Alabama” in concert.
Blues-soul-rock band the Alabama Shakes has been the hottest buzz band of the past year, roaring out of tiny Athens and climbing from gigs at local bar Egan's to appearances on “Conan” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” catching the attention of critics and fans internationally.
Tickets for Neil Young and Crazy Horse with The Alabama Shakes go on sale at 10 a.m. July 27, at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater box office, online atwww.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Prices will be $43.75, $73.75 and $134.25. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Alan Jackson concert will go on sale at noon July 27, at the same outlets above. Prices will be $27, $51.50 and $65.50.