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Neil Young and Stephen Colbert save the Earth with epic performance on The Colbert Report — watch

on October 15, 2014, 8:58am

Yesterday, Neil Young could be found on radio and TV as he set out to promote his new book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, along with his forthcoming album and digital music player. Following an exhaustive 75-minute interview on Howard Stern’s radio program, Young traveled to Comedy Central’s studios for an appearance on The Colbert Report.

Young was in good spirits as Stephen Colbert poked fun at his wardrobe (“Thank you for dressing up. Thanks for putting on your formal t-shirt!”) and his various environmental causes (“We still into the Earth are we?”) When Young was unable to give an exact number of cars he’s owned, Colbert quipped, “I was hoping for a specific number from a guy who wrote a damn book about it.”

Colbert asked Young about his digital music player, PONO, and how it differs from Apple’s iPod. Or, more specifically, “Why is it better than an iPod that comes preloaded with a U2 album on it?” Young jokingly replied, “Well, there’s this button that gets the U2 album off of it.”

When they were done chatting, Colbert joined Young for a comical take on his new single “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (And Save The Earth)” from his upcoming album, Storytone. Young introduced the performance as “Neil Young and Crazy Host.”

Replay the interview and performance below.


“Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (And Save The Earth)”:

Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars is out now (get it here), and Storytone will be released November 4th via Reprise Records. The 10-track effort is Young’s 35th album, and unlike the stripped-down nature of his other 2014 release, the Jack White-produced A Letter Homethis one sees Young going big with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. Also ahead for Young is his Bridge School Benefit, going down October 25th and 26th in Mountain View, CA.