Neil Young credits his recent recordings with giving him the incentive to perform his old tracks live - and to hold back retirement.

The legendary THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE star is relieved he's maintained his ability to churn out tunes that keep him interested in music, because without albums like last year's (03) GREENDALE, he'd quit touring.

He says, "Like (BOB) DYLAN said, 'Don't look back.' I can only play the old songs if there's also new material.

"Greendale is what gave me enough belief in myself to continue and to sing the old songs. If it wasn't for things like Greendale, I'd just be replicating myself, travelling round doing things I've already done. Which would be very depressing and probably life-threatening."

30/11/2004 09:32