January 9,2014: NEIL YOUNG Solo @ Carnegie Hall
Including stints with CSNY, Crazy Horse, Booker T and The MG’s, and solo I have seen Neil Young perform nine times and this was by far one of the best.Neil, his guitars, keyboards, harmonicas, and a slightly nasty attitude toward the audience members whom were yelling out requests, he was in a zone. Two sets with a slight intermission, and a few encores, while the tickets were expensive, they were worth every penny.
From Billboard: But the highlight of the evening was the sheer strength of the performances of the classic material. Young played versions of songs like “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Ohio,” “Old Man,” “After the Gold Rush” and “Comes A Time” as powerfully and cleanly as you’ve ever heard him play those songs. Performances of 30 or 40-year old songs are rarely so breathtaking and compelling. The gravitas of the venue was a likely contributor to that feeling, but a room can’t carry an entire performance. The credit for that goes entirely to Neil Young, who, at age 68, still has an abundance of grit and fortitude. These songs are giants, and at Carnegie Hall, they were performed as such.
From Hank to Hendrix
Helpless (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
On the Way Home (Buffalo Springfield song)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Love in Mind
Mellow My Mind
Are You Ready for the Country
Changes (Phil Ochs cover)
A Man Needs a Maid
Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
Needle of Death (Bert Jansch cover)
The Needle and the Damage Done
Flying on the Ground Is Wrong (Buffalo Springfield song) After the Gold Rush
Journey Through the Past
Heart of Gold
Comes a Time
Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band song)
The setlists look awesome, so I can only imagine what a stellar show this must have been!
I also saw Neil Young solo last July. Drove all the way from central NJ to Boston for it. Was absolutely worth it!
My favorite moment: “After the Gold Rush,” played on a pipe organ. The combination of a church-like sound and Neil’s vulnerable voice literally brought me close to tears. While my concert experience clearly pales in comparison to your, it’s slowly growing, and that Neil show and “After the Gold Rush” performance definitely are among the highlights to date.
Unfortunately, the above concert has been my only Neil Young gig to date, so I’ve never seen him with Crazy Horse. While I dig his grungy side, I think he’s most powerful when performing solo with just his guitar or piano/keyboard and harmonica.
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