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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 03:04 PM

December 10, 2008
BY ROBERT LOERZEL, Correspondent
As soon as Neil Young walked out onto the stage at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night, he launched into the sort of live-wire, feedback-drenched guitar solo you'd normally expect to hear at the climax of a concert.
It was the opening notes of "Love and Only Love," which sparked off seven powerful, electric songs in a row - including some of the greatest rock songs from Young's long history, "Hey Hey, My My," "Powderfinger" and "Cortez the Killer." Unlike the 2007 Chicago Theatre show, where Young started things off with a beautiful acoustic set, Tuesday's concert began with Young plunging his audience straight into the loud yet lovely noise coming out of his Gibson Les Paul.
His backing band was not Crazy Horse, but these stalwart players captured all the spirit of Young's Crazy Horse records. Stomping around the stage with his shaggy gray hair flailing around the balding crest of his head, Young squeezed out his notes as if the energy coming out of those guitar string was charging through his body.
After lighting up the stage with those electric songs, Young mellowed out for the concert's middle portion, playing a few acoustic songs, including "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Old Man." He sat down at an old-fashioned pump organ for a haunting solo version of "Mother Earth."
Young played four brand-new songs in a row, introducing them by saying, "You may not know some of these. That's OK." The first of the new songs, "Just Singing a Song," had a catchy chorus, but the next three felt a little lackluster. One of them, "Fuel Line," featured awkward lyrics about electric cars.
Just as some people in the crowd seemed to get restless with the new material, Young went back to the oldies, closing with the drawn-out solos of "Cowgirl in the Sand" and the pounding chords of "Rockin' in the Free World." Young wrote that song to decry the state of affairs in America under the first President Bush. Now, he added some lyrics about the current president-elect: "We've got a man of the people saying 'Yes, we can.'"
For his encore, Young covered the Beatles' "A Day in the Life." When it came time for that swelling orchestra at the end of the song, Young let his guitar do most of the work, producing squalls of noise. He snapped off all the strings, and set down the guitar next to an amp. When the arena's video screen showed a close-up of the battered guitar, it earned one of the evening's biggest rounds of applause. As the crescendo ended, Young stepped over to a glockenspiel and played the final resolving chord of "A Day in the Life" with a single ting of the mallets.
It was a strange but thrilling end to another great performance by one of rock music's true masters.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 03:11 PM
I saw Neil this year at Farm Aid 2008, Sept 20 at Great Woods in Mansfield. He performed some of the songs listed in Mulehead1's post, including A Day in the Life. It was the best performance I've seen of Neil since I saw his Greendale Tour on March 21, 2004 at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Truly special, one of the best highlights of Farm Aid.
 

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  posted on 12/11/2008 at 07:14 PM
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December 10, 2008
BY ROBERT LOERZEL, Correspondent
As soon as Neil Young walked out onto the stage at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night, he launched into the sort of live-wire, feedback-drenched guitar solo you'd normally expect to hear at the climax of a concert.
It was the opening notes of "Love and Only Love," which sparked off seven powerful, electric songs in a row - including some of the greatest rock songs from Young's long history, "Hey Hey, My My," "Powderfinger" and "Cortez the Killer." Unlike the 2007 Chicago Theatre show, where Young started things off with a beautiful acoustic set, Tuesday's concert began with Young plunging his audience straight into the loud yet lovely noise coming out of his Gibson Les Paul.
His backing band was not Crazy Horse, but these stalwart players captured all the spirit of Young's Crazy Horse records. Stomping around the stage with his shaggy gray hair flailing around the balding crest of his head, Young squeezed out his notes as if the energy coming out of those guitar string was charging through his body.
After lighting up the stage with those electric songs, Young mellowed out for the concert's middle portion, playing a few acoustic songs, including "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Old Man." He sat down at an old-fashioned pump organ for a haunting solo version of "Mother Earth."
Young played four brand-new songs in a row, introducing them by saying, "You may not know some of these. That's OK." The first of the new songs, "Just Singing a Song," had a catchy chorus, but the next three felt a little lackluster. One of them, "Fuel Line," featured awkward lyrics about electric cars.
Just as some people in the crowd seemed to get restless with the new material, Young went back to the oldies, closing with the drawn-out solos of "Cowgirl in the Sand" and the pounding chords of "Rockin' in the Free World." Young wrote that song to decry the state of affairs in America under the first President Bush. Now, he added some lyrics about the current president-elect: "We've got a man of the people saying 'Yes, we can.'"
For his encore, Young covered the Beatles' "A Day in the Life." When it came time for that swelling orchestra at the end of the song, Young let his guitar do most of the work, producing squalls of noise. He snapped off all the strings, and set down the guitar next to an amp. When the arena's video screen showed a close-up of the battered guitar, it earned one of the evening's biggest rounds of applause. As the crescendo ended, Young stepped over to a glockenspiel and played the final resolving chord of "A Day in the Life" with a single ting of the mallets.
It was a strange but thrilling end to another great performance by one of rock music's true masters.





awesome review--hope it becomes a live cd or dvd

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 06:29 AM
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I saw Neil this year at Farm Aid 2008, Sept 20 at Great Woods in Mansfield. He performed some of the songs listed in Mulehead1's post, including A Day in the Life. It was the best performance I've seen of Neil since I saw his Greendale Tour on March 21, 2004 at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Truly special, one of the best highlights of Farm Aid.


I agree and was there too!!! I'll be in Worcester, Mass tomorrow night!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 01:43 PM
Excellent review! Was disappointed when he cancelled the show I had tix for this year but I may try to catch up with him later on this tour. Love Neil!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 01:58 PM
Sounds excellent. Saw him last year in NYC around this time....

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 02:00 PM
Seen Neil a couple of times now, and deff. enjoy his stuff with Crazy Horse the best. Great stuff for sure!

 

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I saw Neil this year at Farm Aid 2008, Sept 20 at Great Woods in Mansfield. He performed some of the songs listed in Mulehead1's post, including A Day in the Life. It was the best performance I've seen of Neil since I saw his Greendale Tour on March 21, 2004 at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Truly special, one of the best highlights of Farm Aid.


I agree and was there too!!! I'll be in Worcester, Mass tomorrow night!!



Have fun at the DCU center!!! Should be a good show.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 03:14 PM
Gonna go to the Spectrum in Philly and see them tonight. Can't wait. First time seeing him.
 
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Gonna go to the Spectrum in Philly and see them tonight. Can't wait. First time seeing him.



You're in for a real treat!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2008 at 04:22 PM
I was at this Neil show......Neil always delivers. Decided to go at the last minute and bought a ticket outside for $20!!!! Best $20 I have ever spent. EAPFP
 
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  posted on 12/13/2008 at 10:36 AM
Always been a fan of Neil Young but never so him in concert. I went to the show at the Spectrum in Philly last night and thought it was great.
 

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  posted on 12/13/2008 at 10:47 AM
Caught the show last night on a last-minute whim. Hadn't seen Neil in about 15 years so I have nothing recent to compare to but I thought he flat-out rocked last night. He only played a few songs I didn't know. Cortez and A Day in the Life were the highlights for me. The ironic thing for me was watching a man in his '60's bouncing around the stage ripping it up, while a row of lethargic looking yuppies behind me chose to sit on their butts the entire show. Had to move for half the show so I could stand without offending. Great to be back at the Spectrum for a show - brought back a lot of memories. Like Neil or not you got to respect the guy for bringing it every night and producing such a volume of great music. Anybody thinking about catching him definitely should! If he's around next year, I'll be there.
 

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Had to move for half the show so I could stand without offending.


This is why I got the GA floor. I am so pumped for tonight!!!

 

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  posted on 12/13/2008 at 03:04 PM
I snagged a very nice ticket on e-bay last night for Monday's MSG show for $40.00 + $12.00 for shipping and handling. And it is a sweet ticket to boot!!!!!

An early visit from Santa???

Merry Christmas to me!!!

 

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  posted on 12/13/2008 at 03:58 PM
Have fun a bring your party shoes this is one concert that gets you rockin. Loud and Proud. Neil does it best.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 12:36 AM
Can anyone who saw WIlco open comment? I have really gotten into Wilco's music over the past year and am curious how they sound now -
 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 09:54 AM
Jim, I was at last nights show and took in both Everest and Wilco. I enjoyed both bands but preferred Wilco. There was one tune with some crazy cord loud weird noise thing going on and I know I'm not describing it very good but that was the only thing I didn't care for otherwise I really got into them. They had many fans there roaring for them. I would see them again for sure. Here are a couple links if anyone is interested...

http://www.wilcoweb.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2ykHinIPg&feature=rela ted

http://everestband.com/2008/12/03/ottawa-morning#comment-69 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEdO77PagsY

Neil was amazing of coarse. I couldn't get any decent pictures because I was a bit further back on the floor but did go up a level to try out my new camera for the video option during the encore and got a clip of that. It's uploading now. I was so satisfied that's for sure!

Love And Only Love
Hey Hey, My My
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Powderfinger
Spirit Road
Cortez The Killer
Cinnamon Girl
Oh, Lonesome Me
Mother Earth
The Needle And The Damage Done
Light A Candle
Cough Up The Bucks
Fuel Line
Hit The Road And Go To Town
Heart Of Gold
Old Man
Get Back To The Country
Just Singing A Song
Get Behind The Wheel
When Worlds Collide
Cowgirl In The Sand
Rockin' In The Free World
Encore

A Day In The Life



 

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Jim, I was at last nights show and took in both Everest and Wilco. I enjoyed both bands but preferred Wilco. There was one tune with some crazy cord loud weird noise thing going on and I know I'm not describing it very good but that was the only thing I didn't care for otherwise I really got into them. They had many fans there roaring for them. I would see them again for sure. Here are a couple links if anyone is interested...

http://www.wilcoweb.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2ykHinIPg&feature=rela ted

http://everestband.com/2008/12/03/ottawa-morning#comment-69 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEdO77PagsY

Neil was amazing of coarse. I couldn't get any decent pictures because I was a bit further back on the floor but did go up a level to try out my new camera for the video option during the encore and got a clip of that. It's uploading now. I was so satisfied that's for sure!

Love And Only Love
Hey Hey, My My
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Powderfinger
Spirit Road
Cortez The Killer
Cinnamon Girl
Oh, Lonesome Me
Mother Earth
The Needle And The Damage Done
Light A Candle
Cough Up The Bucks
Fuel Line
Hit The Road And Go To Town
Heart Of Gold
Old Man
Get Back To The Country
Just Singing A Song
Get Behind The Wheel
When Worlds Collide
Cowgirl In The Sand
Rockin' In The Free World
Encore

A Day In The Life






Nice!!! Now I'm pumped for Monday!!! What time did the respective bands go on Sue??? How much time between bands???

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 02:04 PM
Doors were at 6pm. Everest went on first a little after 7PM and played about a half hour. There was about 15/20 minutes between bands. Wilco played about 40/45 minutes. Neil never took a break except to leave the stage very briefly before the encore. He went on about 9:15 till 11:30ish!! You have a great time tomorrow night. Like I need to tell ya that!!!

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 02:10 PM
Thanks!!!

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 02:19 PM
Yes, you're welcome Pete.

It's taking forever for this video to upload. I'm using a different format because of this type of camera. Hope it goes through in the end.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:13 PM
A Day In The Life... Starts out a little grainy as I try to adjust to the conditions...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd5Uwk0yrZA

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:48 PM
Susea strikes again. Thanks for posting. I almost went. oh well, should have would have could have. At least now I have a video I can look at.
 
 


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