The Neil Deal is America's Tribute* to the career and music of Neil Young...as a solo performer as well as with legendary groups such as Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Led by singer/guitarist Dennis Neil, The Neil Deal has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2001.
From prestigious clubs like the House of Blues, to pop-culture festivals like the Woodstock Opera House and No-Ho Theatre & Arts Festival, the Neil Deal keeps audiences singing along and yelling for encores! An extensive catalog of hit songs, tracking Neil Young's multi-generational career, translates to a music event of memorable proportions.
*Winner: Top Tribute Band in Southern California 2004-2008 Rock City Magazine. Fifth place (out of 2,700 entries) world wide in Neil Young's Americana Song 2012 contest for their popular YouTube rendition of My Darlin' Clementine.
Dennis Neil - Woodland Hills, CA
As a big fan of "Neil" music since the '70s, it was only natural the Dennis would adopt the role in doing the tribute band version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. "When I first learned to play guitar, it was Neil who had the most influence on my style," recalls Dennis. "His lead work is so different from his contemporaries. Neil is also an incredible song-smith. This gives us plenty of material to put on a great show."
Bruce Spiegel - North Hills, CA
Born in New York but raised in Los Angeles, Bruce started on bass with Out To Lunch, featuring guitarist Michael O'Neill, currently w/George Benson; Vocalist Joyce Yarrow (Peter Yarrow's sis). Emmy Nominated composer Michael Silversher; Chris & Mark Petersen (Chris from Pure Prairie League) in the Country Rock group Sarabande. More recently with band Heartless, backing Jimmy Hall (Jeff Beck, Wet Willie) and Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters). Bruce plays Fender and Rickenbacker basses. www.brucespiegel.com
Steven Elowe - Montecito Park, CA
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Steve started playing guitar and singing at 8 years old. By 10 years old he was playing in bands and, by 13, recording commercials. As a solo artist Steve was signed to Warner Bros. and Polydor Records in the 80s, then remained a session singer/guitarist for commercials and movies. Most recently with the bands Loose Chains and Savor, a tribute to Santana, Steve now joins The Neil Deal. He loves Neil Young's music and finds it an honor to play in such a great tribute to Young's career.
Jim Altman - Los Angeles, CA
Trading off 2nd guitar duties with Steven Elowe is a longtime fixture on the the Los Angeles Rock and Blues scene Mr. Jim Altman. Jim has fronted his own band, as well as lent support to many up and coming and established local artists. With influences as diverse as BB King to Jeff Beck to yes, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, he brings rock solid support to the band both vocally as well as instrumentally.
Russ Battelene - Studio City, CA
Hailing from Utica, NY, via Phoenix, AZ, drummer Russell Battelene arrived in Los Angeles to join Andy Gibb’s band and toured in support of Andy’s first hit records. He was an original member of the seminal L.A. jazz/pop band Pages (featuring Richard Page and Steve George), the precursor to Mister Mister. Russell has also performed with such legends as Chuck Berry, The Coasters and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon.