Friday 23 June 2017

Elton John helps honour Neil Young

Elton John performed Neil Young's hit Helpless
Elton John performed Neil Young's hit Helpless
Elton John performed Neil Young's hit Helpless

Elton John, James Taylor, Dave Matthews and more than a dozen other artists have performed 20 of Neil Young's most well-known songs in honour of his philanthropic work.

The star was sat in the audience during the performances marking him being named the MusiCares Person of the Year, which celebrates an artist's philanthropy each year as it raises funds for the music industry charity that provides financial, medical and personal assistance to artists in need.

Young has worked with Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts, which raise money to provide services for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

The singer-songwriter and more than 2,000 other guests at the Los Angeles Convention Centre were treated to new interpretations of his timeless songs, including Harvest Moon and Cinnamon Girl.

"I'd forgotten how many songs I'd written," the 64-year-old musician said.

Jack Black served as the evening's host. He said the night's performers had been "unforgettably, awesomely and life-changingly" influenced by Young's music.

They included Sir Elton, who said Young was "my hero" as an artist, philanthropist and humanitarian. John played piano and sang Helpless backed by Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell and Neko Case.

Taylor performed Heart Of Gold, while Matthews offered a heartfelt version of The Needle And The Damage Done. John Fogerty and Keith Urban sang Keep Rocking In The Free World.

"Neil, how are you enjoying your Bar Mitzvah so far?" Jack joked.

At the end of the night, a humble Young took the stage and said: "It's been a great night. It wore me out. Now I've got to go back and try and write some songs!"

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