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Neil Young and Crazy Horse promise not to disappoint

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Other than betting that the upcoming concert by Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be memorable for its beauty and intensity, the particulars of the show may be anyone's guess.

Young's music, like his voice, is as strong and vibrant as when he was young. And the 67-year-old folk rocker, who recently released his autobiography, "Waging Heavy Peace," is still as much of a moving target as he was when he first burst into music fans' consciousness in 1966 as part of Buffalo Springfield.

"I have to be able to move forward. I can't be relegated," Young told Rolling Stone when asked why he wouldn't continue to tour with Buffalo Springfield after a seven-date mini tour earlier this year. "I did enough of it for right then, but there is this seed of something great still there. It's worth exploring again."

Neil Young
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax
Info: $47.50 to $233; 202-397-SEAT (7328); ticketmaster.com

As much as his former collaborators, bandmates and fans may want to change Young's mind, there's little argument that following his instincts has continually served him well. The multitalented Young is renowned internationally for his music, his films, his inventions and social advocacy. And he achieved all of that while working through polio, epilepsy, a brain aneurysm and more maladies.

Now the artist, whose most memorable songs include "Cinnamon Girl," "Sugar Mountain" and "Old Man," is back on tour with Crazy Horse and sounds better than ever, according to critics.

"Forget Canada Day. Neil Young's concert ... felt like the most epic celebration of Canadian culture the country has ever seen," wrote Lynn Saxberg, of the Ottawa Citizens. "Kicking off with the maple leaf on the big screen and an O Canada singalong, the Ontario-born rock legend was in peak form as he wrapped up theCanadian leg of a tour. Young played hard, sang with intensity and goaded bandmates Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro into a frenzy of psychedelic turbulence over the course of a 140-minute show."

Once again, Young lets his music do the talking, and the result is luminous.