Neil Young set to release surprise protest album
Neil Young has surprised his fans and his record label with a new project: a protest album that includes a song titled Let's Impeach the President.
"We didn't know he was making a record," Bill Bentley, a spokesperson for Young's label Reprise Records, told Reuters.
Executives at Reprise and parent company Warner Music Group will get to hear the album – entitled Living With War – on Tuesday, the Canadian music icon's longtime manager Elliot Roberts said.
Young, 60, announced the new work on his website Monday.
"I just finished a new record. A power trio with trumpet and 100 voices," Young says via a ticker on the site.
The album, which Young recorded over three days earlier this month, features 10 tracks.
"I think it is a metal version of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. Metal folk protest?" he comments on the site.
The website also features some lyrics from the title track, with more lyrics to be released later.
Living With War comes less than a year after the release of Young's Prairie Wind – songs from which were also featured in the recent Jonathan Demme concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
The new protest album, which includes an anti-Iraq war track, stands in contrast to the stance Young took following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
After recording the song Let's Roll as a tribute to the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, Young publicly supported the Patriot Act, the U.S. legislation that gives authorities much broader powers to combat terrorism.