This has been a big year for rock icon Neil Young. So far in 2012, Young has released an album of traditional covers in June with Crazy Horse, he has an autobiography coming out next week and another album of original material dropping at the end of October.
In an in-depth feature to promote his new autobiography Waging Heavy Peace Young confessed to New York Times writer David Carr that he no longer smokes pot or drinks alcohol.
"I did it for 40 years," Young said. "Now I want to see what it's like to not do it. It's just a different perspective."
Young decided to quit on the advice of his doctor and it is probably not a bad idea. The 66-year-old rocker suffers from epilepsy and had a brain aneurysm in 2005, so consuming substances probably wouldn’t help these ailments or prevent something similar from happening again.
This gives new meaning to his infamous line from “Hey Hey My My” when he sings “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”