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“I thought he’d do a lot more acoustic stuff.”

Bimbadgen-Estate-Pokolbin-NSW-Australia According to some reviews from the current Australia shows by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, people have mixed feelings about the music, the loud and raunchy Crazy Horse guitar storm.

from: Neil Young confounds expectations
www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/music/neil-young-confounds-expectations

“Forget the six string sing-alongs that is musical bliss”

“Maybe things haven’t gone so well on the first two shows on the tour.
Whether the majority of the audience enjoyed proceedings was another thing entirely. A lot left early. Many seemed to be expecting something else.
Like the guy behind me who left before the final encores who told his friend:
“I thought he’d do a lot more acoustic stuff.”
Pretty sure Neil would get a kick out of that.”

I mean, what do they expect? Don’t they have Internets Down Under? Setlist-spoiler unwithspoken, if you are a Neil fan and go to a Neil Young and Crazy Horse show, you should know that it won’t be an acoustic sing-along of old “hits”, and you would not have missed the latest album “Psychedelic Pill” or the video clips of the last American “Alchemy” tour.

They even played a new song: Hole In The Sky. That’s nevertheless rather an acoustic one…

Thrasher also has a nice discussion about this phenomenon:
Doubters: There’s A Hole in the Neil Young Fanbase

and the Rolling Stone: Neil Young and Crazy Horse Play ‘Hey Hey, My My’ at 2013 Tour Kick-Off

Brisbane setlist | Current Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour in Australia and New Zealand |

Ottawa 2012 fan review, part II

here is moar stuff on Ottawa, Ontario, thanks to Geoff:

In a world where the Rolling Stones was a parody of itself a quarter century ago, and when so many other Baby Boomer favourites have gathered together their artificial hips and toupees to go on the road for yet another payday (I saw the Who’s em “farewell” tour in 1982!, for god’s sake), it is not just a pleasure but almost a shock to consider Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

It’s been nearly a month since I saw them on-stage in Ottawa and in that time (thanks in part to the miracle of cell-phone cameras and the internet) that performance has only grown more vivid in my mind’s ear.

Yes, the Horse played some old favourites — a powerful version of Cinnamon Girl, an hysterically profane Fuckin’ Up and a haunting Cortez the Killer come to mind — but the show was just as much about where Neil Young and his old friends are today as it was about where they have been.

The playing was everything you’d expect from Crazy Horse, but they had a presence in the present that belied the age of the players. These old men were looking forward from the now, not looking back at what they once had been.

Full review lives at Edifice Rex Online:
ed-rex.com/reviews/live/neil_young_crazy_horse_2012.

Ottawa 2012 fan review

A couple of weeks ago, I broke a vow I made nearly a quarter-century ago, when I walked out on a Rolling Stones concert, bored out of my skull watching a bunch of ageing rockers fake it for the big bucks.

Never again!, I swore, no more stadiums, no more arenas! Rock and roll is meant for bars or – maybe – an outdoor amphitheatre. (And Dylan was great at one such venue by Lake Ontario.)

But when I learned Neil Young and Crazy Horse were coming to Ottawa, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make right a similar, but far more misguided, walk-out. When I was a naive 15 year-old (or was I 16?), and knew Neil Young as only a folk-singer with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, Rust Never Sleeps nearly broke my brain.

I not only walked out of the theatre in outrage at the shrieking feedback and howling, tortured strings — I demanded my money back!

More fool I. But I’ve grown up a little since 1981.

I’ve written about that memory in some detail here:
http://ed-rex.com/about/rust_never_sleeps.

And about the powerful, moving and frankly mind-blowing, full-sensory theatrical experience that was Neil and the Horse’s 2012 Ottawa concert here: http://ed-rex.com/reviews/live/neil_young_crazy_horse_2012.

Thanks for the opportunity to post here, and for the site in general. As someone who has gone from liking Neil (quite a bit) to being a fan, it looks to be a marvellous resource.

By Geoffrey Dow.

Madison Square Garden

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Madison Square Garden Nov. 2012 27 Nov 2012, Petc C is there. Preliminary report on Human-Highway.org:

Pete C at the Garden in New York tonight….

Toronto Show review from Sharry

Nov-19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre w/Los Lobos

Great interview, from long-time Zuman legend, Neil historian and writer Sharry :

via Human-Highway.org.

Neil was quite chatty with the audience. The first thing he said was “Thanks for coming, folks. Good to see you.” During the introduction to “Born In Ontario,” Neil said, “Home Sweet Home,” and then added, “Watch out for falling glass.” ”

Read the nice review with photos on Human-Highway.org.

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