Tonight’s The Night, released forty years ago this week in 1975, stands as one of the most defining albums in Neil Young’s relentless zigzagging between acoustic and plugged-in, commercial and off-beat, hard and soft. It was partly tragic fate that brought Neil to the emotional torrent unleashed on Tonight’s The Night when two friends, roadie Bruce Berry and Crazy Horse guitarist, Danny Whitten, died of heroin overdoses. But in the end, Neil probably would have gotten there anyway.

Neil Young with Promise of the Real in concert on July 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

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