Massey Hall, Toronto: Concert Reviews - 11/26, 27, 29/07
Toronto, 11/26/07 - Photo by Jim Ross
From Frank over on Chromewaves.net (who attends about 300 shows a year in Toronto):
Electricity was the word for the second half of the show, both in the sense of the electric guitars that were now setting the tone and the energy in the sold out room. The crowd went nuts when he opened with "The Loner", and nuts again when he followed it with "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere", and nuts yet again when he stopped after a few bars to get some feedback taken care of and started again. And so it went. Personal highlights were hearing "Winterlong" and watching as "No Hidden Path", from Chrome Dreams II, was transformed into a classic of the Neil Young canon in front of my eyes, Neil and company jamming the hell out of it and simply blowing the roof off the Grand Old Lady of Shuter Street. Simply staggering.
And they still weren't done. If "No Hidden Path" took the roof off, then the encore of "Cinnamon Girl" and "Like A Hurricane" shook the walls down to the foundations with intense, face-melting guitar fury. Massey Hall's wonderful acoustics are usually put to use preserving the detail of quieter, more delicate material but when faced with Old Black cranked through that ancient tweed Fender Deluxe, they allowed every squeal, snarl and roar to be heard with amazing clarity. More than a few times over the course of the night I broke into a shit-eating grin as I realized that I was seeing one of my all-time musical heroes in a setting that I'd never in a million years have thought I'd get the chance to and this is a night whose memory I'll cherish a good long time.
On Chromewaves.net James commented:
I have seen some amazing shows this year (Spiritualized, just over a week ago, in fact), but Neil runs away with it, easily. This is my fifth time seeing him, until tonight's sixth, and he is in the best form I have seen. Neil has lost nothing and seems to be adding texture and depth to his playing and vocal delivery. He seems to be getting younger.
Neil is standing tall, representing his generation unlike anyone else still out there playing (or not). He means every single song. I thank God for Neil's passion, because he is mine. Ambulance Blues was the finest live performance of a song I have ever seen. Hands down. I can't say enough about this show, and I can't wait to see it all over again. Wow. Simply stunning.
A super photo gallery on .: chromewaves.net v7.0 / Concerts & Photography / Neil Young, Pegi Young @ Massey Hall, Toronto (November 26, 2007).
Reviews: The Toronto Sun, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Canadian Press.
Photo by Frank Yang
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