Ryan Adams, Norah Jones Cover 'Old Man' at 2015's Neil Fest
Sunday night, Neil Fest stormed New York Bowery's Ballroom for the first installment of a two-night, star-studded performance focused solely on Neil Young's impressive musical journey. 2015's festival saw classic Young renditions such as a soulful "Old Man" by duo Ryan Adams and Norah Jones, as well as other staples performed by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Kim Gordon's Body/Head and Jakob Dylan.
Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem, who recently went on an indefinite hiatus, took on "Rockin in the Free World," while Valeria June, Elvis Perkins, Michelle Branch, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Butch Walker, Ruby Amanfu and more were in attendance for Neil Fest, Rolling Stone notes. The Best Fest, also responsible for New-York honorary shows such as Petty Fest, Stones Fest and Dylan Fest, prepares the yearly Young celebration. All earnings from Sunday and Monday's Neil Fest will be donated to Sweet Relief, a non-profit charity that raises money for musicians in need of financial and medical assistance.
Dressed in a Samhain shirt, Adams put an alternative-country spin on "Cinnamon Girl," with Jones offering backup vocals on the classic Everybody Knows This is Nowhere track. Jakob Dylan boasted a performance of "Southern Man" and "Ohio" as the show came to a close with all Neil Fest participants corralled on stage for a version of "Helpless," Pitchfork reports.
More excitement occurred after the festival celebrating The Monsanto Years singer, as Carney and The Dead Weather's Jack White got into an altercation in a New York City bar. After Carney posted a storm of angered tweets about the head-butting musicians, he deleted his heated words, posting one last tweet each to sum up their ongoing feud.
He is why I play music. The bully a**holes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a private non competitive thing.
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) September 14, 2015