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Neil Young heading to Australia

Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is touring Australia next year with his compadres Crazy Horse.

The last time the godfather of grunge (one of many epithets for the rock veteran) was here with Crazy Horse was in 2003 when he brought the mythical town of Greendale on tour.

Young will be touring on the back of two new albums: Psychedelic Pill, his first of original material with Crazy Horse in a decade, and Americana, also with the Horse in which he radically reinterpreted traditional songs such as Oh Susannah.

Young, who turns 67 on Monday, has also recently released a memoir, Waging Heavy Peace (a review appears in this Saturday's Age). The book arose following the discovery of a shadow on his brain; he was advised by his doctors to give up alcohol and marijuana, a lifelong pursuit. The enforced abstention led to songwriters block, but gave him the time to write about CSN&Y, Buffalo Springfield, music and cars, not necessarily in that order.

Young will appear at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, March 15, and at A Day On The Green, The Hill Winery, Geelong, the following day. He will also perform in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and the Hunter Valley.