Release Date: Apr 20, 2018
Record label: Reprise
Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Country-Rock
Right after Neil Young and his then-backing band the Santa Monica Flyers wrapped up the extemporaneous sessions that would eventually be shaped into the 1975 album Tonight's The Night, they were invited to help christen the stage at the Roxy nightclub. It's a mainstay on the Sunset Strip now, but in 1973, it was finding its virtual feet as a rock venue. And who better to help out than one of L.A.'s most famous sons (along with opening sets by Graham Nash and comedians Cheech & Chong)? The set that Young and co.
Walk the city blocks of Los Angeles and imagine its bohemian yesteryear, when strung-out sex parties and impromptu jamborees emanated from the storefronts and bungalows. Neil Young's foothold in the musician circles of Topanga, Laurel Canyon, and Hollywood are well documented. Further proof of his contribution to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles is that he consecrated some of the city's most celebrated clubs.
Compiled from a series of gigs in September 1973, Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live captures Neil Young & the Santa Monica Flyers just after they recorded the epochal Tonight's the Night. It would be another two years before Tonight's the Night hit the stores, the label sitting on the record because it was too dark and murky. On-stage, these same songs straighten themselves out and, in the process, get a touch lighter.