4 Bands who have been influenced by Neil Young



Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young is one of the biggest names in music and is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Ahead of his Rebel Content Tour which is coming to the UK in June, we’ve had a look at some of the artists who’ve been influenced by him.


One particular story that has been doing the rounds is that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke sent a demo tape to a magazine when he was just 16 years old and was told that he sounded like Young. This prompted Yorke to go out and buy ‘After the Gold Rush’, and the rest, as they said, is history. Young has continued to be one of his biggest influences with the band even covering a number of his songs.

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam have featured as the backing band on Young’s ‘Mirror Ball’ album and it’s clear to see that the Canadian artist has definitely been a massive influence on the American rockers. Check out the below performance of ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ – there’s a lot of guitar smashing and real rock ‘n’ roll behaviour at the end.

Foo Fighters

Neil Young is known as being one of the Foo Fighters’ influences. Indeed, the two have appeared on stage a number of times together with Dave Grohl covering ‘Cinnamon Girl’ in July 2015 when he infamously had a purple cast on his leg – God Bless The Grohl!


When releasing his ninth studio album, ‘Morning Phase’, Beck told Rolling Stone: “I’m just fumbling around with chords and a mood. The songs are coming out of a California tradition. I’m hearing The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young – the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”

Watch this performance of ‘Pocahontas’ with Neil Young.

Young will be joined on tour by Laura Marling, supporting at the first direct arena in Leeds and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

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