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Neil Young Invites Us Into His Living Room, But It’s Not Cheap

A review of Neil Young’s Dolby Theater concert by Emily Zemler for The Hollywood Reporter who writes that the bottom line is: The acclaimed folk singer offers an intimate, homespun acoustic performance that centers on his classic hits, aimed at those who can afford it.

Zelmer writes: “Imagine Neil Young at home on his Northern Californian ranch. Mismatched decorative rugs hang on the walls, a black jacket dangles off a coat rack in the corner. A candle flickers atop an old pipe organ and another drips wax on a worn upright piano. The man himself, now 68 years old, putters around the room in a loose tan suit and black hat, seemingly trying to determine which instrument will best suit an acoustic rendition of one of his many songs. At first he sits in the center, encircled by eight guitars and a banjo, all scuffed by years of use, and selects the right one for “From Hank to Hendrix,” a number off his 1992 album Harvest Moon.

“It’s all very intimately wrought, except Young isn’t in his home; he’s onstage at L.A.’s Dolby Theater for the first of a four-night stand. An excitable crowd, many of whom paid extraordinarily high prices for their tickets to see Young’s acoustic tour in this 3,400 capacity room, has been screaming song titles at him. There is a sense of entitlement among these fans, as if the $400 ticket price tag has guaranteed them each a personal selection on his set list. One fan shouts, ‘Welcome back to LA, Neil!’  Young, seemingly trying to decide if it was the best move to invite all these people into his living room, simply replies, ‘It’s good to be back in L.A.'”

Read more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/neil-young-invites-us-his-692180

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