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During his 2008 tour, Neil Young took to closing his sets with the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” (recently christened the best Beatles song ever by Rolling Stone). If there’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” Neil Young and “Heart of Gold” Neil Young, this performance is definitely “Free World.”
The version below comes from his headlining set at Farm Aid 2008. The “crowd of people” watching help out on the vocals, but the string-ripping freakout at the end is all Neil. Forty years on, this AARP member remains the biggest badass in music. Step up, young people.