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Saturday, March 08, 2008

London, England - 3/8 & 9/08: Concert Reports

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Neil Young will be performing tonight at Carling Apollo Hammersmith, London, England. (See here for reviews of 3/5 & 6/08).

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At 3/08/2008 09:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from the concert. Simply of this world!! Neil played an acoustic version of Flying on the Ground is Wrong which was a nice treat! Other highlights for me were Down by the River, Winterlong, and No Hidden Path. Pegi's set was very enjoyable too.

At 3/08/2008 10:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was 'On The Way Home' on piano or guitar?

At 3/09/2008 06:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On piano - brilliant. Saw Neil in Paris earlier on this tour and that was surreal, this as even better. His command over his music is awesome, it realy leaves you speechless. A word to the crew - great job, you contribute to making the whole experience unforgettable. To those going tonight - forget the cellphones and cameras, just sit on the edge of your seat and take it all in.
Long may you run Neil.

At 3/09/2008 06:24:00 AM, Blogger The Governor said...

Saw Neil last Wednesday and was hoping to maybe hear a different selection of songs.....and what a selection he chose for this performance.... 14 absolute gems were within the accoustic set.

The highlights for me were 'Ambulance Blues' and 'A Man Needs A Maid'...............
after Neil had finished 'A Man...', he remained seated at the piano, and played 'Flying On The Ground' followed by 'On The Way Home'!!!!
Neil has only played 'Flying..'
live once before this century!!.

Also, only the 8th time this century , he has played 'On The Way Home' live.

This was indeed a treat.

Again he kicked off the electric set with 'Mr Soul'....possibly better than Wednesday's rendition.

The highlights were a smouldering 'Down By The River', which Neil seemed to extend by an extra 5 minutes , and 'No Hidden Path' which he wrestles with Old Black again and again, each refusing to submit until the last note is played.

If there was a disappointment, it was the encore..'Roll Another Number', which just could not compare with Wednesday's encores.

Oh well I still have tickets for his last 2 nights in London....should be good!!

At 3/09/2008 06:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tremendous! This was the first time I've seen him since the same venue in 1976 and joins that show as one of the best I've ever seen.

Too many highlights to mention - churlish to mention also being slightly disappointed with the encore but we still got to see more songs than the previous two shows!

Now desperately seeing if I can grab a ticket for next Saturday.

At 3/09/2008 06:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone please confirm the setlist please.

what a great night!

At 3/09/2008 08:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first, and in all probability, only Neil show and it was an unbelievable experience. As far as I am concerned every single song would have been worth the admission price alone but, despite the fact that every single minute was brilliant, the highlight for me had to be Down by the River, especially the way he belted out the chorus and the way he played Old Black, the man in SIXTY TWO for christ's sake!
Really pleased with the cheer that the whole band got, but especially Ben Keith, thoroughly deserved, what an amazing legendary musician.
However, what was otherwise a perfect evening came close to being spoilt by the number of people who came in late and took forever to find their seats and then some idiots who persisted in yelling out rubbish between virtually every song. Also, maybe there were a few to many "Part time" Neil fans there, judging by the difference in reception that Heart of Gold and Old Man got as opposed to, say, Journey Through the Past. But never mind, I certainly wasn't going to let them ruin it for me!
As for Pegi, whilst I thought her songs were perhaps a bit dull and repetitive, she certainly can sing and this is definately where her strength lies.
Thanks for the best night of my life Neil, if you could see your way back to England soon that would be great, as an 18 year old srudent I fear I may be stretching my resources somewhat if I treid to got to Europe this summer!

At 3/09/2008 08:44:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah !!!!!!! what an electric set on the 8th but what was wrong with those people up and down in and out the only time they kept still was during the F***ing applause no wonder neil kept the encore short and I didn't get to hear Cinnamon Or hurricane -- but NHP woW!!! b22nd century bass rumbling F****ing thunder music LOve you Neil and the two guys standing in theb stairs withme and my wife who semed to be the only people slightly over excited at the phenomenon before us Slightly wet and minor works acoustic set middle section and totally dickhead audience failed to diminish a F***ing unique religious experience of Hey Hey, DBTR, POWDERFINGER -I forgot the the ultimate singalong!!!! love stuart- an old man

At 3/09/2008 12:41:00 PM, Blogger The Loner said...

I have just arrived Oslo after a short visit to London to see Neil 3/8. Unfortunately he will not be playing in Norway on this tour. I really loved this setting. The venue was great and the accustic set without weaknesses. Before this tour I never thought I would get to hear songs like Mellow My Mind, Journey Through the Past and Ambulance Blues live. I have never experienced Neil playing any of the songs on the accustic show live before! Highlights of the electric set were Down By the River, My, My, Hey, Hey, Spirit Road and No Hidden Path. I think I have heard Powderfinger played better before and I am not a big fan of the electic version of Too Far Gone, though. I could also have dreamed of songs like Rockin' in the Free World and Like a Hurricane, but that could have disturbed the dynamic of the show, and anyhow I have seen him playing them before. After all a fantastic show, to me maybe only topped by the concert on Kalvøya, Oslo in 1993.....or maybe not!

At 3/09/2008 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went with my dad to the show last night, first ever time ive seen Neil. Thoughgt it was incredible. Ambulance Blues and Sad Movies i thought were especially good and Down by the River was as good as anything ive evr heard live.

Im trying to go down for either Friday or Sat next week as i enjoyed it so much. Does anyone know the best way of getting tickets or how much the touts were selling them for? Thanls

At 3/09/2008 01:34:00 PM, Blogger Dick said...

True music genius.A blistering set and a fabulous night. Thankyou Neil.Long may you rock.

At 3/09/2008 01:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The loner: Me and my friend was also coming over from Oslo to see Neil yesterday. Nice to hear that there was more Norwegians there.

The concert totally blew my mind, must have been one of the best things I've been to in my whole life. The highlight was definitely Down By The River. Overwhelming! Wish I had tickets for next weekend as well, but I really can't afford another 150 pound ticket.
Oh man, I have no words. What an amazing night.

At 3/09/2008 01:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The set list for the gig on Saturday the 8th was:

From Hank to Hendrix
Ambulance Blues (!!!)
Sad Movies
A Man needs a Maid
Flying on the ground is wrong (!!!)
On the way Home (!!!)
Journey through the past
Love in Mind
Mellow my mind
Love art blues
Love is a rose
Heart of gold
Old man

Mr Soul
Dirty old man
Spirit road
Down by the river (!!!)
Hey Hey, My My
Too far gone
Oh lonesome me
Winterlong (!!!)
No Hidden Path (!!!)

Roll another number

At 3/09/2008 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night's show was the best I've ever been to. Went with the wife and our 2 oldest kids (age 11 and 10). Difficult to pick out highlights, it was all brilliant. A Man Needs a maid was spellbinding, Journey Through the Past was gorgeous, On the Way Home was an awesome surprise, Down by the River was coruscating, Winterlong was truly moving, and Powderfinger was majestic. I think the kids are now fans for life! Slightly disappointed that the encore was truncated to Roll Another Number, but you can't have everything! The crowd was a little annoying at times. Someone shouted "talk to us Neil", to which Neil deadpanned "I truly appreciate these meaningful silences between us".

At 3/09/2008 05:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went Saturday night too; does anyone else feel that Neil cut short a second encore track? Am sure the rest of the band were ready for a second track before Neil gestured them all onstage for the final bow. Still a cracking night though; the acoustic set was stunning!

At 3/10/2008 05:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went Sunday night the 9th at H-Smith. Had 2nd-last row, side balcony seat but still was amazing. Neil cracked a fingernail in his pick/strumming hand 1/2-way through electric set, checking it several times and eventually having a plaster/bandage of some sort applied by a stage hand twice. This cut (ehem) into his ferocity of playing, but of course didn't diminish his energy or power. Also, he seemed quite chatty at various points commenting several times that "things are going down hill", another time explaining he is helping to develop a hyper-efficient car and another time apeing that he "always has his nails done" when receiving the finger aide. Well done Neil - you do give us hope.

At 3/10/2008 05:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutley amazing the gig last night in London. There is no one that can play a guitar like Neil Young. The electric set was esp good he put everthing into it.. the first 5 tracks were blistering cert one of the best gigs I have been too. I never thought I would get a chance to see Neil Young and I am so glad I got this opportunity. Highights for me The Loner what a great opener that was.. hey hey my my, After the Gold Rush, Needle and the Damage Done and of course Down by the river. The new songs sound like classics already i mean the last one No Hidden Path was about 20mins of sheer brilliant guitar induldance. Spirit rd and dirty old man were great too. They say Clapton is (was) god but that sure is wrong.. Neil is God! he's an absoulte master craftsman.Thanks Neil.

At 3/10/2008 10:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

absoluty mindblowing expereience.

being a rock photographer I see hundreds of gig a year, noone has matched this gig in this millennium!

At 3/10/2008 01:44:00 PM, Blogger reecemcgibbonson said...

Saturday night was utterly awesome: haunting, beautiful and reflective first set and then full throttle into the second, slowing down for a brilliant 'Winterlong' for Danny Whitten, and then cranking up the pressure again. Sure, it would have been lovely to hear 'Cortez' and 'Like a H' but then again it never felt like a greatest hits show, so we did more than fine as it was. I thought 'Roll Another Number' was a fab ending - off into the night from Tonight's the Night: brilliant.

At 3/10/2008 04:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to the sunday gig which was fantastic. Always hoped to see the man live but never expected to hear so many great numbers as well.
Only marred by the Geordie bloke and his Welsh lady friend standing at the back of the circle talking through most of both sets. They only shut up when one of them went for a smoke or a beer, he then complained at the songs he missed! Let's hope they don't breed!

At 3/11/2008 03:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What time does Neil come on? Got to get the baby in bed before going to the Apollo tomorrow?
Rock n Roll!

At 3/11/2008 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pegi: 19.30
Neil: 20.30

At 3/12/2008 01:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antwerp, Paris and now London: this is Neil's best tour I've ever seen. London's concert 3/8 was perfect! Read it here (in dutch):

At 3/13/2008 09:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a Neil Young review of his brilliant hammersmith gig on that helped me to put all the modern rock'n'roll into the right perspective.

come to say hello (and to discover a great italian musician)


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