John Shearer/WireImageNeil Young gave a few hundred music fans a very special treat when he made a surprise appearance at his wife Pegi's show at a Boston-area club on Wednesday night. RollingStone.com reports that the folk-rock great hit the stage at the 300-capacity Johnny D's in Somerville, Massachusetts, to perform as member of Pegi's backing group, The Survivors, and ended up debuting a new tune that's apparently called "Drive My Car."
Fan-filmed video of the performance has been posted on YouTube. The tune is mid-tempo rock song with lyrics that appear to refer to Neil's modified, fuel-efficient 1959 Lincoln Continental -- dubbed Lincvolt. The tune features a riff very reminiscent of The Beatles' "A Hard Days' Night." The Survivors, incidentally, feature a number of members of Young's own solo touring band, including bassist Rick Rosas and keyboardist Spooner Oldham.
Neil recently has been driving Lincvolt across North America, and earlier in the week he visited Washington, DC, where he took part in a National Farmers Union rally alongside U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Debbie Stabenow. At the event, Young discussed his concern over the harmful environmental effects of fossil-fuel extraction. He specifically talked about his opposition to a planned pipeline that would transport oil extracted from a tar sands mine he visited recently in Fort McMurray, Canada, to the U.S.
"Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland," he said. "The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuel's all over -- there's fumes everywhere…People are dying of cancer because of this."
Young's next confirmed performance will be at the 2013 Farm Aid concert on September 21 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Pegi Young & the Survivors also are part of the festival's lineup.