No one can stop Neil Young from rocking in the free world, or at least in Napa Valley.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had the plug pulled on his performance at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Saturday night for violating the outdoor event’s 10 p.m. curfew but that didn’t stop 73-year-old Young from finishing “Rockin’ in the Free World.” He continued to play through the stage amps ― and the crowd did their part by singing along. In the video below someone can be seen coming out onto the stage, possibly to warn Young of what was about to happen, because about 20 seconds later, the main audio was cut.
That’s not the first time this has happened either – in 2014, they shut down the Cure, and in 2017 the Foo Fighters were halfway through playing “Everlong,” when 10pm hit and organizers pulled the plug then too, except Dave Grohl, much like Neil Young ignored them and kept playing anyway – he not only finished the song but continued to play and even led a crowd sing along for his wife’s birthday.
Here’s what it looked like when they pulled the plug on the Foo Fighters in 2017. Heads up – it’s Dave Grohl… so it’s also NSFW.