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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Paris, France - 2/14 & 2/15/08: Concert Reports

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Le Grand Rex, Paris, France.

Got a report? Drop a comment below. No registration required. Don't worry about perfect English.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates. Also, see Statistics on Numbers On The Site and Grid Chart on Rust Radio.

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At 2/15/2008 01:15:00 AM, Blogger rdvdijk said...

First day set list from Sugar Mountain:

02-14-2008, Le Grand Rex, Paris, France
w/ Rick Rosas, Ben Keith, Ralph Molina, Anthony Crawford & Pegi Young

1. From Hank To Hendrix
2. Ambulance Blues
3. Sad Movies
4. A Man Needs A Maid
5. No One Seems To Know
6. Harvest
7. Journey Through The Past
8. Mellow My Mind
9. Love Art Blues
10. Don't Let It Bring You Down
11. Cowgirl In The Sand
12. Out On The Weekend
13. Mr. Soul
14. Don’t Cry No Tears
15. Dirty Old Man
16. Spirit Road
17. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
18. Winterlong
19. Oh, Lonesome Me
20. The Believer
21. No Hidden Path
22. Cinnamon Girl
23. Like A Hurricane

At 2/15/2008 07:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in Paris to see Neil young tonight. Did anyone have the set list for 2/15/2008. Any review of last night conert 2/14/08. I am from Ireland and he might be coming to Cork 2008.m,.#

At 2/15/2008 02:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been wondering this for ages. Does anyone know why Poncho does not tour with neil anymore. He is the only guy who has been ever present since the mid 70's but he seems to have fallen out of favour around the greendale period. Why?

At 2/15/2008 03:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a long and nice evening in the Grand Rex, a thirties style theater, reminiscent of the golden Hollywood era. The mix of a very nice sound system and the good old human musician analog interface worked perfectly. The opening act was as smooth as it gets, with Pegi going from song to song with ease, but her voice after a while became a bit like the radio playing in the background. Then Neil came along sat in the middle of his now usual acoustic setup, well what can you say that hasn't already been said. It's amazing how his voice stays unchanged in time, even gets better in a certain way. He just sort of dreams along, his "out of time - I'm not there but I am there" stage caracter, gave his presence a quiet aura which was gracefully sustained by his singing, as well as his swing-picking guitar style . There was a nice old synth on, A man needs a maid. The stage was a joyous kitschy mess, small and big spot lights like in a cinema setup; with a painter, painting in the background and then bringing up front the paintings which we're actually the titles of the songs. When the the electric part came along, he just pumped the shit out of big black. The noisy or wall of sound dimension was welcome with a mesmerized audience that listened carefully to rather long and improvised sections. He talked a bit between songs, more rural family talk, but no political hints or comments.
It's a pity in these fast and technological times, that you can't leave from a gig like this with audio-files of the gig on your usb key. I'm sure that every single person out their would have bought them. Who needs another t-shirt...
That's it in few words, too bad you can't upload images here.

At 2/15/2008 06:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious experience, truly, Paris 2/14. I grew up listening to Neil Young, the hippie genius still-against-the-war; this time I brought my 14-year-old son and his friend, who were blown away. The venue was the best, intimate, with crazy, worshipful Parisians who shouted out things in French and fractured English. Not some Yankee-stadium type of arena. He started with the old acoustic classics. Mr. Music, moving, breathing a lonesome harmonica, playing his guitars, singing his aching poetry. Then for the second half long, delirious rock and roll electric riffs that absolutely ate him up and everyone watching til I thought he'd evaporate in a puff of voltage. But he was plugged in, so reluctant to cut free of the music. Rock on, Neil Young. You give me hope and make me proud, for a change, to be a North American.

At 2/16/2008 07:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Le Grand Rex, PAris 2nd Show
Very Great show !
Un très bon concert !
une partie accoustique sublime avec qq grands classique (Heart og Gold, Harvest...) Un Ambulance blues tout simplment magnifique !!!
Le public a apprécié quasi religieusement le show.
Un partie électrique tonitruante mélant standards et nouvelles chansons.
Hidden PAth fut ahurrisant: solo énervé, larsen gargantuesque....
Rappel: Cinnamon girl puis un Keep On Rockin in a free World surpuissant !!
Dernier rappel avec The Sultan.

what about the painter on the stage ??
What about the Sultan on stage ?

At 2/16/2008 08:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poncho has been working fulltime with bandleader Kevin Eubanks for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno until recently. In a recent interview for German "Gitarre & Bass" magazine (Nov. 2007) Neil said that Poncho's work as musicial assistant for The Tonight Show will soon cease and that Neil and Poncho and most likely Crazy Horse will be working together again in the near future.

At 2/16/2008 08:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone explain what Neil said about his grand-mother and Flin flon (wich seems to be a lovely city !), and about his guitar, and about his mother in a truck ?
I was in Grand Rex on the 14th but my english is not enough good to understand.
It was a very great moment for me.
Thanks Neil !
Steve From the door (from Paris)

At 2/16/2008 08:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Les peintures sont au benefice d'une école :
Original Paintings by Eric Johnson from Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II Tour to benefit The Bridge School - Coming Soon
Steve From the door

At 2/16/2008 09:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Neil said his grandmother used to play honky tonk piano up in a small place called flin flon (or something like that) apparently she also worked at a mine where she collected the miners metal ID tags on the way in and on the way out so that they'd know if anyone had got stuck down there. Neil also said quite dryly 'she didn't play banjo however (as he picked up a banjo and went in to 'Mellow my Mind'
If your the guy who wrote directions to the FNAC to pick my tickets up a big THANK YOU! Merci!
Great gig and venue!

Cheers PeteD

At 2/16/2008 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve - the guitar story... apparently the previous owner of the guitar got shot, it was two bullets, the first one didn't get him, but the second one did! The first one went through the guitar...hence the patched up guitar...
Think the coffee or beer must have worked ok on my memory...!

At 2/16/2008 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Paris too, on thursday 14th, and it was a great concert. It's the first time i see Neil Young on tour, and god it was good. First set, acoustic, very calm, some well-known songs, some less known. Then after a 25 minutes pause they started the electric set, with a powerful Mr. Soul... Feels like real hard-rock. The No Hidden Path was really monstruous, as a French journalist said : "No Hidden Path, a recent song, becomes a real piece of bravery during about thirty minutes. The tenderhearted folk singer has changed in a knight of Apocalypse." (Le Monde, Saturday February 16th)

At 2/16/2008 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"About his mother and a truck" : Oui Neil Young a parlé en fait de l'inspiration pour The Believer, en commençant par dire que les Américains écrivaient toujours à propos de leur camion, ou de leur mère. Et lui était dans son camion, avec sa mère, sur une route qui longe l'océan Pacifique, il y avait pas mal de vent, elle lui a demandé de s'arrêter et est restée les bras écartés à pleinement apprécier le vent, et la pluie qui s'était mise à tomber. Elle aurait alors dit "Je veux vivre ça pour une éternité" (traduction approximative :) ). Et il aurait répondu : "Ok."

At 2/16/2008 01:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

E singer Neil Young in documentary American of Jonathan Demme, "Neil Young: Heart of Gold ", left in rooms Wednesday September 27, 2006. All topicality of the American elections by e-mail. You in subscribe: 6? per month + 30 days offered Click here! Increase the size of the Diminuez text the size of the Imprimez text this Envoyez article this article by Recommandez e-mail this Citez article this article on your blog Classez this Réagissez article in this article Difficult to imagine that the man who has just offered nearly two hours and half of so intense music on the scene of Large Rex, Thursday February 14, missed succumbing to an aneurysmal rupture in 2005. One leaves dazzled, groggy, of the first of the two concerts which Neil Young in the cinema-Parisian theatre gives, single French stages of its European mini-round entitled Continental Turn. Few artists of this generation (62 years in what relates to it) are able to take risks as many and to give their title concerned in front of a public which is renewed with each one of its passages. In Large Rex, the Canadian gathered the two faces of his personality (the female-intonated voice and cracked Canadian meadow and of Laurey Canyon Californian, but also the sonic terrorist whose movement grunge made its godfather). This quasi schizophrenic duality (Neil Young alone and peaceful, then accompanied and furious) brings back exactly to one its masterpieces, the album Rust Never Sleeps, which, in full punk tornado (1978), had enabled him to escape from the cemetery from the old men hippies. ELECTRIC KICKS It makes also echo with the esthetics of a last album, very successful Chrome Dreams II, where Neil Young varies the styles and moods, of the rustic ballade with controlled Larsen. An impression of inventory reinforced by the composite aspect of the trio which accompanies it: Ben Keith (pedal steel, keyboards, guitars) was member of Stray Gators, which recorded Harvest (1972); the bass player Rick Rosas took part in the heroic Bluenotes round of 1988. As for the beater Ralph Molina, it is only historical group of Neil Young, Crazy Horse, with its always surmounted barrels of a pirate flag. Place initially at the ballades. Seven guitars and a banjo are laid out in circle on a scene which invaded all the depth by absorbing the slides. It holds at the same time of the studio of repetition, the workshop of artists and merry foutoir with its studded chromium letters and its statue of Indian out of rough wooden. As of From Hank To Hendrix, the immaculate voice, the harmonica and the guitar affirm their presence, captivate all the directions. And the choice of the repertory satisfies everyone: three titles of Harvest, but also of the scarcities (Ambulance Blues or Journey Through The Past, played on a piano of bastringue, pretext to an evocation of his/her grandmother which worked with the entry of a copper mine in Canada and counted those which had never gone up). After the interval, the load is sounded. Under red and yellow lights, the guitar hero launches out in electric kicks, makes howl and grésiller its Gibson, defies the time which passes. No Hidden Path, recent song, becomes a purple passage of almost half an hour. The sensitive folksinger was metamorphosed in rider of the Apocalypse.

At 2/16/2008 01:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Large Rex, Paris 2nd Show Very Great show! A very good concert! an accoustics part sublimates with qq great classic (Heart og Gold, Harvest...) An Ambulance blues all simplment splendid!!! The public appreciated quasi religieusement the show. A thundering electric part mélant standard and new songs. Hidden PAth was ahurrisant: irritated solo, gargantuesque Larsen.... Recall: Cinnamon girl then Keep One Rockin in A free surpuissant World!! Last recall with The Sultan

At 2/16/2008 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"About his mother and has truck": Yes Neil Young spoke in fact about the inspiration for The Believer, while starting by saying that the Americans always wrote in connection with their truck, or of their mother. And was to him in its truck, with his/her mother, on a road which skirts the Pacific Ocean, there was no badly wind, she asked him to stop and remained the arms drawn aside with fully appreciating the wind, and the rain which had started to fall. She would then have said "I want to live that for an eternity" (approximate translation:) ). And it would have answered: "Ok."

At 2/16/2008 02:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 Feb,2008 in the Parisienne theatre Le Grand Rex

Forgetting about the theatre's history after Friday night's concert ..... Neil is the "Grand Rex"

From the moment he hit the stage to finale note he controlled the audience. His high tempo high energy electric set left the audience dumbfounded. The addition of the Aurore the Sultan was an instrumental gem of the past or maybe the future.

At 2/16/2008 02:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Neil Young Paris 2008

At 2/17/2008 04:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, another interesting thing: during the song "From Hank to Hendrix", Neil changed the lyrics at the end. "New distance between us, you and me." became "New closeness between us, you and me."

At 2/17/2008 04:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm not the FNAC man.
Thanks to all for the explanation.
By the way, I've found a fantastic acoustic version of "No hidden path" to reconciliate electric and acoustic fan !
I'm both myself ;-)
Performed live at Bridge School Benefit on 10/27/07.
If you want to have good time :

Steve from the door (Paris)

At 2/17/2008 06:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>> w3c said: during the song "From Hank to Hendrix", Neil changed the lyrics at the end. "New distance between us, you and me." became "New closeness between us, you and me."

Yes, that's interesting! Accidentally, I discovered this, too, within the last days. But in earlier versions: He did "closeness" also on 29 June 2001 in Roskilde, on 17 July 2001 in Vienne, on 23. October 2007 in Seattle and probably on many other occasions.

Keep on rockin'!

At 2/23/2008 03:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paris was great too: read it here:

And enjoy the live music of THE SULTAN on the background!

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At 1/06/2009 09:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young's grandmother was a damn fine writer. Neil got it from her. You could read some simple piece she did for a small town newspaper, and it just stopped you short. Where did this come from you'd think; who is this? Another woman with a great gift who never became famous in her own right, only known by the men she was related to. What a shame. Remember Jean Young.


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