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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New York Times Interview with Neil Young

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A must read interview in the New York Times by JON PARELES. Neil discusses the Chrome Dream tour and how he chose every theater on this tour.
“I want to control the environment,” he said. “They have to be auditoriums. The audio part is very important. I prefer that they be old. I prefer that they be in cities. I prefer that the outside elements are totally blocked out. There’s no sunshine coming in through a window; I don’t want any of that. I don’t want to have anything to do with the real world while you’re in there. It’s not where we’re going.”

More on Chrome Dreams/Continental Tour.


At 10/30/2007 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very glad to see that he is still tinkering with the set list - and that Cortez might make it (funny that it was called a "keeper" when it wasn't played in the first four shows). I also enjoyed the perspective that this concert is Neil channeling his muse, without distractions or distortions, so as for the negative reviewers of CDII, all I can say is "all you critics sit alone, your no better than Neil for what you've shown".

At 10/30/2007 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great NYT interview! Yep, ol' Neil still has a few suprises for us on this tour.

At 10/31/2007 01:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA- oct 30

Setlist so far...

Hank to hendrix

Ambulance blues

Sad movies

Man needs a maid

No one seems to know



After the goldrush

Mellow my mind

Love art blues

Love is a rose

Old man

Good to see campaigner back and old man added.... Onto the electric set!!

At 10/31/2007 03:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was at the la show tonight. one of the worst neil performance i had seen in a long time. first act was awesome but show went downhill after everybody knows this is nowhere in act 2 which was a highlight

and, can someone please tell his light crew to stop blinding the audience

At 10/31/2007 04:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the oh lonesome me was incredible tonight, i don't know what you're talking about

At 10/31/2007 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me enthusiastically second the complaint about the lighting. From the forward Orchestra section of Stage left, the audience was absolutely blinded for four songs by a Yellow Sun pointed directly at us. One of the songs was 22 minutes long. People were looking away, holding their hands up to block the solar occurance, or just leaving. it was unbearable and they were very expensive tickets. Must have been 7 or 8 rows of people really affected - maybe more. A real disaster for those where were really into the show up until that point (2 or 3 songs into the elctric set). My retina is still recovering.

At 10/31/2007 01:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil is amazing - still rocking at his age. I liked the show, but totally agree about the lighting. Blinding doesn't begin to describe it. Not sure if it was Neil's crew or the Nokia Live set up.

At 10/31/2007 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah oh lonesome me was incredible. but the stuff off of the new album in act 2 was mostly weak.

give me an acoustic neil all day long.

and agree w the earlier note abt the lighting. wtf were they thinking blinding the audience. my whole row had headaches from the light

At 10/31/2007 02:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG - that light was unbelievable. There were three rows of people who had their hands up to block the yellow spot on them. I talked to the aisle worker and she said there was nothing that could be done. Brutal.

At 10/31/2007 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I guess I was lucky to be stage left, orch. A. I wasn't even aware of lighting problems. I thought the show was amazing, especially the new stuff and TTN. No Hidden Path, Dirty Old Man, and Spirit Road all rocked really hard.

Spin the Black Circle

At 10/31/2007 05:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That yellow light was blazing. unacceptable.


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