Photo: Danny ClinchNeil Young & Crazy Horse's current North American tour originally was scheduled to wrap up Tuesday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but the band has added a special benefit show this Thursday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to raise money for a very worthy cause. The concert, which will take place at the Borgata Casino Hotel's ballroom, will raise money for the American Red Cross' efforts to aid the many people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Speaking with ABC News Radio about the event, Young explains that he chose Atlantic City as the location of the show because it was among the areas hit hardest by the storm.
He says, "I've been watching what's happened [with] superstorm Sandy, and I decided that it'd be a good idea to just tag an event on the end of the tour that was down…very close to where you can see all the damage that was done."
The folk-rock legend also notes that, because the media had "moved on to other stories," he wanted to "try to remind people that there's still a lot of suffering going on here and that it's not too late to contribute to the Red Cross."
Young reveals that the concert will be general admission and there won't be seats in the area in front of the stage, "so it'll be more like an old rock 'n' roll show." He adds that "special T-shirts" and other "pretty cool" merchandise will be sold to commemorate the event and "to raise extra money all around."
Tickets for the concert cost $75 and $150, and are available now at Borgata.com. Young warns fans not to "buy any secondhand tickets [or] tickets from scalpers, because the money you pay won't go to the cause."
Reflecting on the storm, Young suggests that, as catastrophic as it's been, perhaps something positive will come out of it by prompting people to pay more attention to environmental issues.
"If there's any silver lining in it, it's that awareness that's coming with climate change," he says. "People are starting to understand what this means, and the predictions that Al Gore made five years ago that so many people didn't believe are obviously starting to come true."
Young adds that he hopes, in addition to contributing money to the Red Cross to help Sandy's victims, that people will consider changing their habits with regard to global warming.
"Even if you don't believe in climate change," says Neil, "[it's] really not a good idea to not try to live a cleaner life, and to try to make the planet cleaner."
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