Neil Young has announced plans for an extensive fall North American concert tour, according to a report published at The tour begins October 14 in St. Paul and wraps on December 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Young will be backed by a band consisting of longtime collaborators Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Anthony Crawford and wife Pegi Young. The same five piece band recently accompanied Neil Young on his European tour. Opening the shows will be Death Cab For Cutie and Everest (from October 14-November 5), and Wilco and Everest (from November 29 through December 15). Neil Young’s sets will feature a mix of new material as well as classics from the rock legend’s vast catalog.

Neil Young was most recently seen in Deju Vu, the documentary film he produced of Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s 2006 Freedom Of Speech tour. That tour, undertaken shortly following the release of Young’s incendiary anti-Bush themed Living With War album, drew some controversy along the way, due to the political themes in Young’s songs like “Lets Impeach The President.” Both the film and its accompanying soundtrack CD prominently feature these songs.

Young is also said to be readying the long-rumored Archives series of retrospective boxed sets for release in both Blu Ray and standard CD/DVD formats. The Archives series has been a decades in the process effort, perhaps rivaled only by Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy for the distinction of most often delayed project in rock history.

Although ticket information was not available as this story went to press, fans can expect the concerts to be pricey, if last year’s Chrome Dreams II is any indication. That tour’s prices (about $170. a pop) drew criticism on a few Neil Young fansites.

Here are Neil Young’s Fall American Tour Dates:

October 14 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
October 16 Winnipeg, MN MTS Centre
October 18 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
October 19 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
October 21 Everett, WA Comcast Arena at Everett
October 22 Vancouver, BC GM Place
October 29 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
October 30 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
November 1 Reno, NV Events Center
November 4 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
November 5 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
November 29 Halifax, NS Metro Centre
December 1 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
December 2 Ottawa, ON Scotia Bank Place
December 4 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
December 7 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
December 9 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
December 12 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
December 15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

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