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Neil Young Will Unveil His New Album At The Natural History Museum's First Friday Event

Rockin' in the free world with Neil Young (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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In case you can't wait for Mr. Young's performance at the 'mega concert' in Indio this fall, you can catch him next Friday at the L.A.'s Natural History Museum for the first public playback of his latest album.The legendary rocker will make a one-of-a-kind appearance on May 6 as part of the museum's First Fridays event, where he will play his upcoming release Earth and discuss his process and inspiration for the record, which comes out on June 17. The album will be played in it's entirety on Pono high definition fidelity audio. This will be the first-ever public album preview by Young in his career and definitely a first for the museum, and you can bet the tickets are going to sell out fast.

And in case you're wondering why Mr. Young would choose the Natural History Museum for this, well, historic event, it will help to know that Earth features live recordings, combined with musical overdubs, which include sounds of the earth, according to a release from Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from Young's albums over his extensive career, along with sounds recorded during his 2015 tour. The sounds include both animal sounds, including bears, horses, cows and crickets, as well as city sounds like car horns. Mr. Young explains:

Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, Earth flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.

The album's concept fits in rather nicely with the museum's latest efforts to recruit volunteers to help record urban wildlife around Southern California.

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The First Friday event will include the usual fun as well, including a discussion about velociraptors, as well as performances from musicians Escondido, Korey Dane and Paul Bergman, followed by DJ sets.

Tickets and more info can be found here.