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Thursday, July 18, 2019

"A THANKS TO ALL": Message from Neil Young + Promise of the Real + Europe Tour Setlist Analysis

Neil Young has posted on NYA a message of thanks from himself and his band Promise of the Real.
To Kilkenny; what a beautiful day and evening it was! A great set by Bob, and our celebratory shared goodbye to our old friend. . . . ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken’ for Elliot.
By and by. . . .
In addition to Neil's heartfelt thanks to Europe, London and Kilkenny for the just completed European tour, each member of Promise of the Real adds a personal comment as well.

As noted previously, a re-broadcast of the live stream concert from this past weekend's concert in Kilkenny, Ireland will run "this week for 24 hours".

In looking back over the setlists of the just completed European tour on the indispensable Sugar Mountain, here are a few notes and analysis.

Selists via Sugar Mountain

  • 164 song performances
  • 48 unique songs
  • 2 Unreleased songs: Milky Way, She Showed Me Love
  • 21 albums song selections
    • 6 - Harvest
    • 6 - Ragged Glory
    • 4 - Comes A Time
    • 4 - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    • 3  -Harvest Moon

Songs per album via Sugar Mountain

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Harvest Moon Gathering: Benefit for The Painted Turtle & The Bridge School - September 14

Just announced, Harvest Moon Gathering: Benefit for The Painted Turtle & The Bridge School on September 14.

Per announcement:
Join us for Harvest Moon: a daytime benefit concert on Saturday, September 14 at the Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, CA (50 minutes from Getty Center). Audiences will take in performances by Father John Misty, Norah Jones, and Neil Young on a grassy hillside with unobstructed views of the performers, mountains, and a beautiful lake nestled near the Los Angeles National Forest. Included with each ticket is an all-star celebrity chef picnic cooked and served by Southern California’s top chefs, and a beer and wine tasting from select California Breweries and Wineries.

All proceeds benefit The Painted Turtle, a non-profit providing children living with serious medical conditions a traditional camp experience free of charge, and The Bridge School, which provides free education to children with severe speech and physical impediments.
Tickets on sale Friday, July 19. Details @ Harvest Moon Gathering.

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LIVESTREAM RE-BROADCAST: Neil Young + Promise of the Real Concert @ Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland

Per Neil Young Archives (NYA): Times-Contrarian, Neil Young + Promise of The Real live stream concert this past weekend in Kilkenny, Ireland will be re-broadcast "this week for 24 hours".

Neil Young | NYA Live Stream

From a comment on LIVESTREAM TODAY ON NYA: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland - 14 July 2019 by Scotsman:
...The last time Neil did a live stream with POTR, I didn't comment: mainly because I thought it was total crap and switched off half way through.

Well, I'm singing a different tune tonight. I loved tonight's live stream from start to finish. That's the honest truth.

Unfortunately I missed attending Hyde Park this year for personal reasons. And when you are losing (or have just lost) someone close to you, someone special, every second suddenly seems more precious.

Of course, our loved ones stay with us in spirit. But that's not to deny or downplay the great sense of loss we all feel. Every breath feels ever more valuable. Every action is more alive, every feeling more intense. I know that. I'm feeling it too, among my own circle.

And that's what Neil is feeling on this tour, I guarantee you that. He's played his heart out. He really has. His band have performed impeccably. They've more assuredly committed to a different direction this tour: they've fundamentally shifted from "more is more" to "less is more". Quality over quantity. It's an approach they touched on in 2016, but have really gone to town with this time around. They've realised that their considerable strengths are actually subtlety, feeling and nuance. The result is a band and band leader who are all now pulling in the same direction.

I loved the camaraderie, the setlist, I adored Neil's ferocious guitar tone and the urgency of his playing. The beautiful big bloodbath climax to Cortez, the cutting guitars solos of Throw Your Hatred Down. The Nelson brothers were as close to perfect as I've heard them, sparse, soulful and powerful. Doing justice to the songs.

Most of these songs were purpose-built for Crazy Horse, of course. A very special band. I'd personally love Sampedro to come out of retirement for one more go around. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that happens. Band members come out of retirement with the same freqency as mafia Dons. And I hope Poncho reads this and considers it. But in the meantime, I'll just say these other guys are doing okay.

In short, I thought the show was bloody brilliant.

Thanks so much Scotsman. And again our sympathies that you were unable to make the concert but glad to hear you were able to enjoy the strea,

Likewise, the live stream went smoothly here at TW HQ on both PC and Android platforms.

Neil Young + Promise of the Real| NYA Live Stream

For more on this past weekend's concert in Kilkenny, Ireland, see Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland - 14 July 2019 .

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

LIVESTREAM TODAY: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland - 14 July 2019

Bob Dylan & Neil Young Concert
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland on 14 July 2019

Image via NYA LoiveStream @ TW HQ


2019-07-14, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland
w/ Promise Of The Real
1. Like An Inca
2. Mansion On The Hill
3. Over And Over
4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
5. Love To Burn
6. Throw Your Hatred Down
7. From Hank To Hendrix
8. Heart Of Gold
9. Human Highway
10. Old Man
11. F*!#in' Up
12. Cortez The Killer
13. Piece Of Crap
14. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
15. Rockin' In The Free World
16. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (guests with Bob Dylan)

Neil Young + Promise of The Real conclude their Europe concert tour by co-headlining with Bob Dylan today, Sunday, 14 July at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland.

Per Neil Young Archives (NYA): Times-Contrarian, the concert will be live streamed. In addition, "the whole performance will be dedicated to Elliot [Roberts]". (Elliot Roberts -- Neil Young's long time manager -- passed away last month.)

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

Check back for updates, reviews, setlists, photos, videos, etc.

Live Stream starts @
7.15 pm Paris/Berlin
6.15 pm UK/Ireland
1.15 pm East Coast USA
10.15 am West Coast USA

Photo by Tour Manager Hounds That Howell

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

VIDEO: "Like A Hurricane"/"I’ve Been Waiting For You": Neil Young + Promise of The Real - 12 July, Hyde Park, London, England

A nice full video of "Like A Hurricane"/"I’ve Been Waiting For You" by Neil Young + Promise of The Real on Friday, 12 July at Hyde Park, London, England.

Video by Robert Broadfoot with UNOFFICIAL Neil Young Unreleased Archive - NYUA. (Thanks HtH!)

Neil Young + Promise of The Real
Photo Gallery by Paul Docker

More photos and reviews of Neil Young + Promise of The Real on Friday, 12 July at Hyde Park, London, England.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

CONCERT: Bob Dylan & Neil Young - Hyde Park, London, 12 July 2019

Today's the day!

Neil Young + Promise of The Real continue their Europe concert tour by co-headlining events with Bob Dylan today, Friday, 12 July at Hyde Park, London.

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London Rusties Assemble for Bob & Neil's Remembrance of Elliot Roberts Concerts

And then onto Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland on 14 July 2019, which will be a live stream concert on NYA.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronogical Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

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Bob Dylan and Neil Young: Tangled Up in Blue and Out of The Black

Bob Dylan & Neil Young
Co-Headlining Concerts This Weekend

This weekend, Bob Dylan and Neil Young will co-headline concerts in Hyde Park, London on 12 July 2019 and Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland on 14 July 2019.

So here's a look at our back pages on Bob and Neil -- one of our favorite subjects here at TW.

Neil Young and Bob Dylan
Entertainment Tonight on 4-1-86

Bob Dylan and Neil Young are long time friends and mutual admirers. They have appeared on stage together numerous times, and have even referred to each other in their songs.

"My Back Pages"
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty & Neil Young

So the relationship between Bob Dylan and Neil Young is a fascinating saga indeed.

While Dylan is universally acknowledged as the most influential and important 20th century singer-songwriter performing today, Young is among a very small contingent of contenders for second place. Young's integrity and credibility place him among a distinguished group of artists to be compared to Dylan.

As a long time Neil Young fan, we've never really perceived any rivalry whatsoever between the Bob and Neil fan bases, and find the whole Bob vs Neil discussions to be a bit tiresome. It seems no matter your preference, both men are living legends and musical geniuses.

Nevertheless, the whole Bob and Neil business can be quite humorous.

A Rock & Roll Trinity:
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost
Bob Dylan, Neil Young & Eric Clapton,
Madison Square Garden, New York City - 1992

Back in 2006, we linked over to a blog post on Top 10 Reasons Why Neil Young is Better Than Bob Dylan. The tongue-in-cheek posting created quite a bit of an uproar generating nearly 100 comments from outraged Dylan fans. So what exactly would any Dylan fan find objectionable??

Neil Young and Bob Dylan - 1986

As long time readers of TW know, we have been following the musical intersections of Bob Dylan and Neil Young for literally decades now.

And with the 2016 Desert Trip Festival featuring mega acts -- along with Bob Dylan and Neil Young -- such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters, the inevitable compare and contrast Bob & Neil game will carry on.

So let the games begin. Here's an opening round from that ever so well respected musical publication The Economist with an article "Musicians who keep a-changin'" by J.T.:
Mr Dylan’s motivations may not have been entirely sales-driven, but he did what any shrewd businessman would do: assess the performance of his most successful rivals, and innovate accordingly.

This strategy has served many musicians well, allowing them to prolong their careers. Neil Young is one such. In the seven years after he released “Harvest”, a gentle harmonica-infused album that topped the American charts in 1972, Mr Young’s sales plummeted. By 1979, Americans were buying the soundtracks to “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever”, while the Clash and the Sex Pistols had caught the ears of British listeners. Mr Young borrowed the raw sound of the latter for his album “Rust Never Sleeps”: the title alluded to his slowly decaying career, and its format mirrored Bob Dylan’s 1966 concerts, beginning with folk and finishing with grungy rock. The final track name-checked Johnny Rotten and influenced a young Kurt Cobain.

The record became Mr Young’s first to sell more than 1m copies since “Harvest”.
So after coining the phrase "Neil Young is the second most influential singer-songwriter of the 20th century still performing today" 20 years ago, the accolade still stands unchallenged by all the fans of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters, etc.

More for your perusing pleasure...

Bob Dylan and Neil Young
Madison Square Garden, New York City - 1992

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