Over the weekend, during a show at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, Neil Young covered fellow Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot’s deathless 1970 breakup song “If You Could Read My Mind.” It was Young’s first time playing the song live, and he played it as a tremulous acoustic hymn. His version, in fact, was not too terribly distant from the reading that Johnny Cash gave the same song on his posthumous American V: A Hundred Highways. Uncut speculates that Young’s decision to play “If You Could Read My Mind” live means that it’s probably one of the songs on his forthcoming all-covers album A Letter Home. We will see. Watch a fan-made video below.
At his Hollywood shows, Young also played “Thrasher” live for the first time in 36 years.