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Camden show lasts three hours, Crazy Horse-style guitar freakouts, set list, video

Neil in Camden“The Thursday, July 16, Rebel Content Tour performance at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey, proved to be the longest so far – a three-hour behemoth filled with long jam sessions, according to reports from concert-goers.

Ryan Cormier at The News Journal in Delaware, a Gannett newspaper, writes that Neil Young is no “old man,” as he delivers a massive missive of old and new songs. He states:

“At the Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday, (Lukas) Nelson, 26, and his youthful band seemingly energized Young, 69, who treated fans to a three-hour-and-15-minute slow burn marathon tour of his career bookended by a pair of his greatest hits.

“He opened the show by appearing out of the darkness sitting at his piano for a solo rendition of ‘After the Goldrush’ and wrapped up at midnight with a squealing ‘Cinnamon Girl’ send-off, showing the dynamic range that has marked his more than 50 years in the spotlight.

The only sign of time slowing the still-hard-charging Young was a pink wrap around his right wrist. Everything else was there: his gentle, well-preserved voice, the distinctively eccentric stomps and Crazy Horse-style guitar freakouts.

“A mid-set, near-transcendental run thorough ‘Down by the River’ lasted nearly 20 minutes with Young and the band sharing solos and Young hauntingly whispering, ‘Shot my baby dead.’

Young is at his best when a fire lit – whether it’s a cause that needs defending or a big power needs to be fought, Cormier says.

“On stage or in song, there’s no hiding when Young has you in his cross-hairs. Just ask former President George W. Bush who endured a focused attack for years from the man who wrote ‘Ohio’ 45 years ago.”

 

Read more at: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/entertainment/events/pulpculture/2015/07/17/neil-young-nelson/30294523/
Here’s a video of Cinnamon Girl and Down by the River and Bad Fog of Loneliness posted by Rick McGraw.

Rumors have it the show lasted 3 hours!!!!

 

 

 


Neil Young

2015-07-16
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey, USA
w/ Promise Of The Real
 
01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Long May You Run
04. Old Man
05. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
06. Hold Back The Tears
07. Out On The Weekend
08. Unknown Legend
09. Peace Of Mind
10. From Hank To Hendrix
11. Harvest Moon
12. Wolf Moon
13. Words
14. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
15. Walk On
16. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
17. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
18. People Want To Hear About Love
19. A New Day For Love
20. Down By The River
21. Workin’ Man
22. Big Box
23. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
24. Monsanto Years
25. If I Don’t Know
26. Love And Only Love
27. Cortez The Killer
28. Cinnamon Girl
 
Tour: 2015 Rebel Content Tour
Band: Promise Of The Real
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion
Thanks Tom Hambleton at http://www.sugarmtn.org/

Young nixes streaming of his music

Neil Young recordNeil Young has announced on his Facebook page that he will no longer be streaming his music.

He does not like the sound, and says it was motivated by “the worst sound quality available in the history of broadcasting.”

 

Young writes:

“Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans.

It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.

It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.

For me, It’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that.

When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.”

Neil Young

Chris DeVille at Stereogum writes:
“Neil Young has made a big stink about sound quality in recent years, and he continued to do so today, posting a Facebook message and accompanying tweet indicating that he’s taking his music off streaming services because the audio isn’t up to snuff. Young, whose PONO digital music player was predicated on the potentially specious promise of a revelatory sonic experience that far surpasses your basic MP3, explained, ‘I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.’ What about CD-quality streaming offered by TIDAL and Deezer, though? Seems like Young hasn’t thought this through — or is trying to trick entice more people into spending big bucks at the PONO store.

 

Michigan show goes over time, Young fined $10,000

Neil Young in Michigan

Photo Adam Graham Detroit News

The Detroit News is reporting that Neil Young went ten minutes past the venue’s curfew and was fined $10,000.

Adam Graham of the Detroit News calls Young’s show with Promise of the Real “Ragged, Raw and Curfew-Breaking.”

The Rebel Content Tour performed 23 songs Tuesday, July 14 at DTE Energy Music Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

Graham said Promise of the Real “plays like a younger, scrappier version of Young’s own Crazy Horse.”

He writes: “Young locked in with his bandmates throughout the show, jamming with them during extended breakdowns like he was 20 years younger than his 69 years. And songs such as ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ and ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ were given new life, the years falling away as Young fell into sync with his bandmates. (Young is known to be a audio junkie, and Tuesday’s show sounded nothing short of pristine.)”

He describes Young as “ragged and lived in, his voice a haunting yowl that’s only grown more honest with age. He wears his rust well.”

“’Mother Earth (Natural Anthem),’ from 1990’s ‘Ragged Glory,’ set the tone for much of the evening. Young pumped it out alone at an organ, singing, ‘respect Mother Earth and her healing ways/ or trade away our children’s days’ in pained, ghostly tones. At the close of the song, he was shooed away by a team of fumigators in all-white coveralls, a bookend to the pair of farmers who took the stage earlier in the evening to spread seeds and water the potted flowers at the foot of the stage. (Give it up for performance art, everybody!)

“After closing the set with a rocking, foot stomping ‘Love and Only Love,’ Young and his bandmates returned after the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew for an encore of ‘Don’t Be Denied’ and ‘Roll Another Number,’ a pair of early-to-mid-70s album tracks (from ‘Time Fades Away’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night,’ respectively).

It was an adventurous way to end the night, with Young forgoing bigger hits and tossing caution to the wind, but he long ago stopped playing other peoples’ games. Tuesday night was a show for the hardcore fans, and it was a rich reward for 40 years of loyalty.

Read more at: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/07/15/neil-young-ragged-raw-curfew-breaking-dte-show/30177485/

 

Neil Young
2015-07-14
DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston, Michigan, USA
w/ Promise Of The Real
01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Long May You Run
04. Old Man
05. Mother Earth
06. Out On The Weekend
07. Unknown Legend
08. From Hank To Hendrix
09. Harvest Moon
10. Wolf Moon
11. Words
12. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
13. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
14. People Want To Hear About Love
15. A New Day For Love
16. Cowgirl In The Sand
17. Workin’ Man
18. Big Box
19. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
20. Monsanto Years
21. Love And Only Love
22. Don’t Be Denied
23. Roll Another Number
Tour: 2015 Rebel Content Tour
Band: Promise Of The Real
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion
Thanks Tom Hambleton at http://www.sugarmtn.org/

Neil Young Cracks Top 40 for 40th Time: Top 7 Highest-Charting Albums

neil-youngRyan Book at Music Times writes that this week marked an interesting accomplishment for Neil Young, who debuted an album in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the 40th time with The Monsanto Years, which opened at no. 21.

Book writes: “Many of the reviews for Monsanto have been mixed—either as a question of its musical content or because of Young’s politics, which tackles numerous companies including the titular Monsanto and Starbucks. Regardless of what you think about Young’s politics, and even if you dislike his style personally, you’ve got to hand it to him for having cracked the Top 40 on the albums chart 40 times. Music Times isn’t going to run through all 40 of those entries, but we’ll give you a quick rundown of the seven highest-charting albums in Young’s catalogue. You may be surprised at some that did…and didn’t…make the cut.”

Read more: http://www.musictimes.com/articles/42955/20150712/neil-young-cracks-top-40-40th-time-7-highest-charting.htm

Cincinnati show, setlist, video

Neil in OhioHere’s a review of the Cincinnati show from a freelance writer, Walter Tunis, who writes for the Lexington-Herald Leader. This is the five show of the Rebel Content Tour, with Neil Young and Promise of the Real. They performed July 13 at the Riverbend Music Center.

He writes on his blog The Music Box: http://musicalbox.bloginky.com/2015/07/14/in-performance-neil-young-promise-of-the-new/

“Backed by the youthful Promise of the Real quintet, the same band that fortifies Young’s wild new protest album The Monsanto Years, the double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee offered a two hour-plus retrospective that moved through the years as readily as it did a series of diverse musical temperaments that reached several epic, electric crescendos with his new performance compatriots.
“The program nodded generously to solo tunes, folk ensemble-infused works and torrential rock ‘n’ roll jams. That’s a lot of musical traffic to cover, but Young traveled through it all, at age 67, (editor’s note: Should be 69 here) as tirelessly as the Promise of the New members, all of which were easily half his age, if not younger.

“Curiously, Young saved six of the seven songs performed from the album for the second half of the show, preferring to preface the new material with midtempo Americana staples like Out on the Weekend and Unknown Legend that would have fit neatly into a Farm Aid set.

“Then came the evening’s most potent musical cloudburst, a still-venomous Ohio that Young dedicated to the four students killed four hours away and 45 years ago at Kent State University. “They were,” Young said with pokerfaced candor of the protesting students, “a threat.”

“Bigger noise, however, surrounded three extended romps recovered from three different decades – 1969’s Down By the River, 1972’s Words (Between the Lines of Age) and 1990’s Love and Only Love. Here, Young cut loose with long, jagged guitar runs that delighted the multi-generational audience as well as the Promise of the New disciples onstage with him. Watching co-guitarist Lukas Nelson beam an electric grin as Young traded Black and Decker solos with him during the closing sparks of Down By The River was the Kodak moment of the night.”

Read more at: http://musicalbox.bloginky.com/2015/07/14/in-performance-neil-young-promise-of-the-new/

 

 

 

Neil Young
2015-07-13
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
w/ Promise Of The Real
Length: 2hr 20min
01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Old Man
04. Mother Earth
05. Out On The Weekend
06. Unknown Legend
07. From Hank To Hendrix
08. Wolf Moon
09. Words
10. Ohio
11. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop
12. People Want To Hear About Love
13. Down By The River
14. Workin’ Man
15. Big Box
16. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
17. Monsanto Years
18. If I Don’t Know
19. Love And Only Love
20. Cinnamon Girl
Tour: 2015 Rebel Content Tour
Band: Promise Of The Real
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion
Setlist courtesy of Tom Hambleton at <a href="http://www over at this website.sugarmtn.org/” target=”_blank”>Sugar Mountain

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