Neil Young fans still licking their wounds over recent news that the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will no longer host his long-running Bridge School Benefit can ease their pain with a brand new song. The legendary Canuck folk-rocker and current backing band Promise of the Real have recorded a new song “Children of Destiny” in celebration of Independence Day.
Rolling Stone reported on June 30 that the two-time Grammy winner unveiled an official video for the song on Friday at his official YouTube channel. The song release follows the recent announcement of Young's first and only 2017 live appearance among the headliners at Farm Aid, which will take place Sept. 16 in Burgettstown, Penn. KeyBank Pavilion.
The video was produced by Young's production company Shakey Pictures. Recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Studio, it features Micah and Lucas Nelson along with their band Promise of the Real, as well as a 52-piece orchestra.
The 3:21 minute clips opens with the “Rockin' in the Free World” hitmaker slamming power chords on his vintage Gibson Les Paul (aka “Old Black”), backed by POTR drummer Anthony LoGerfo. The video segues to a young boy peddling of on a bicycle with Old Glory flying from the back wheel. The Stars and Stripes gives way to a flag bearing a peace sign as a horn section performs the song's melody simple chord structure.
The combination of garage-rock and orchestra presents an odd mix as images of children, mountains and oceans flash across the screen. Young's anti-establishment message stands in the forefront as he sings, "Stand up for what you believe/Resist the powers that be.”
Young's released his 37th studio album Peace Trail on Dec. 9, 2016 via Reprise Records. Produced by Young and John Hanlon, the album features 10 tracks in the standard edition and is available here in CD, cassette, digital and vinyl formats.
The ex-Buffalo Springfield star cancelled a tour of Australia and New Zealand earlier this year and has taken some well deserved downtime. As fans wait for Young to hit the road again, they can catch the Nelsons and company at their next U.S. appearance on July 2 in Dallas at Starplex Pavilion as part of the Outlaw Music Festival lineup. Select Promise of the Real events are available at AXS.