Neil Young has posted an official video for his protest song “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.” The song is the first release from the two-time Grammy winner’s forthcoming album titled The Monsanto Years. The album, which features Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson along with Lukas’ bandmates in Promise of the Real, will be released on June 29 via Reprise.
The two-time Grammy winner posted the 5:15 minute video on May 26 at his official YouTube channel. Young initially debuted a video excerpt of a the song last week during a newscast on May 22 at Democracy Now and first performed the song live, accompanied by The Promise of the Real, at a secret gig held last month in San Luis Obispo, California, at SLO Brewing Company.
The Farm Aid co-founder’s new song takes issue with Starbucks for its alleged affiliation with the multinational agrochemical company Monsanto in a recently filed Vermont lawsuit and its use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer advocated a boycott of the coffee chain after Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont, which recently passed a bill requiring that all products containing GMOs be properly labelled by July 1, 2016.
In the clip Young sings, “I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO/I love to start my day off without helping Monsanto.” Fans can check out the video above.
The Monsanto Years will feature 11 tracks and available in digital, CD, CD/DVD and vinyl formats. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of two songs, “Big Box” and “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.” For more information, click here.
Young will perform an ‘Honour The Treaties’ concerts on July 3 in Edmonton, Alberta, at Rexall Place and will then team with Promise of the Real for The Rebel Content Tour, which will launch July 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Marcus Amphitheater. See below for their U.S. summer tour schedule. For that latest information on Neil Young, click here.
Neil Young’s 2015 U.S. summer tour schedule with Promise of the Real:
July 5 – Milwaukee, Wis.., Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest)
July 8-9 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 11 – Lincoln, Neb., Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 13 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
July 14 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 16 – Camden, N.J., Susquehanna Bank Center
July 17 – Bethel, N.Y., Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
July 19 – Essex Junction, Vt., Champlain Valley Expo Grandstand
July 21 – Wantagh, N.Y., Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
July 22 – Mansfield, Mass., Xfinity Center
July 24 – Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Wayhome Music And Arts Festival)