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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lyon, France Concert Reports: 6/25/05

Cover of The Beatles "A Day In The Life"!!! Uploaded by mathieu135

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Neil Young will be performing tonight at Halle Tony Granier, Lyon, France.

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At 6/25/2008 05:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any one have the set list. Was Neiil good on stage,

At 6/25/2008 06:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God, it was the greatest concert in my life. He gave everything on stage, the crowd was going crazy as each song passed by.
Thanks a lot to Neil!!!!!!!!!!!

Set list? Sorry, i cannot possibly remember as i was completely in a zone.

Its such a shame that you couldnt see the concert. how angry are you in the level of 10? hahaha ;)

At 6/25/2008 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rust List reports that The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" was the encore - can anyone confirm this?

At 6/26/2008 02:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He certainly did "Day in the life" as an encore, leaving his guitar by itself as he quit the stage.

Started the set with Mr Soul, managed to fall over and carry on playing (later on) and throughout scared my French companion who thought a) she was coming to hear Neil Diamond and b) it would be folk music.

Cordialement, Philip

At 6/26/2008 03:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit - now I AM angry. (Or at least a little jealous.)

At 6/26/2008 03:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read NO news today.
Oh boy, life is such a drag.
No set list to be found anywhere.
A Day In The Life?
Can somebody please let us know what was going on in France?

This is what I could find: I've Been Waiting, Unknown Legend, Get Back To
The Country, and the encore : A Day In The Life of the Beatles.

At 6/26/2008 03:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I going to cork

At 6/26/2008 03:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the set list, but i can't remember the exact order...

Mr Soul
I've been waiting for you
Spirit road
Love and only love
Hey hey my my
Too far gone
Oh, lonesome me
Mother earth
The needle and the damage done
Unknown legend
Old man
Back to the country
No hidden path
A day in the life

At 6/26/2008 03:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the set list. I can imagine you can't remember the exact order... What a great setlist!

What did he do with the McCartney part of A Day In The Life? Did Peggi sing this?

At 6/26/2008 04:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrasher! Everybody! Wake Up!
You have to read the news today!

First video of NY "A day in the life":

Because Sound Matters

At 6/26/2008 05:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The set list above is in correct order.

Man, that was quite a show !

At 6/26/2008 05:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, some real setlist changes in there!

Lets hope a recording of this show appears soon. Looks like a 'must have' show.

At 6/26/2008 06:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi !

First I do apologize because my english isn't very smart... What Neil did on stage yesterday was amazing ! The set list is the one I wrote too on my little paper. I just believe that "spirit road" has been played after "love & only love" but I'm not sure about this.

"No hidden place" was the summit of the set, more than 15 minutes (maybé 20) of Neil's wild frenzy, with a fall which doesn't stop him to play...

"A day in life" ? What a surprise. I knew that he played "all along the watchtower" in Italy, but this Beatles cover couldn't be bad because of the track itself (with the orchestral cacophony in Sgt' Pepper's LP) and Neil himself (what he did during the set...). What a Grand Finale !

A regret ? A little... I 'd enjoyed listening to Rockin' in afree world or Like a hurricane... But Neil plays what he wants, he's the artist, I'm the fan...


At 6/26/2008 06:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First NY show ever for me, and boy was it worth the wait! Neil (loose white shirt, khakis & long grey hair) jumped onto the scene to play "Mr Soul" with a sort of rage that never left him throughout the concert. Obviously many people in the audience were waiting for Harvest &co, and what followed (a very distorted "I've been waiting for you" and an epic 12-minutes "Spirit road") stunned them. The fans of course went ballistic : the next song, a version of "Love and only love" right out of Weld, brought them to their knees. Neil then complimented the venue ("much nicer than the last time I came" - that's an understatement!) and without any warning cracked into "Hey Hey My My", which seemed to delight the crowd.
The acoustic part ("forget rock'n'roll for a minute") began with Neil announcing "Too Far Gone" like this : "when I was young, i didn't know any better - I took this Don Gibson song and changed the melody. Now it's still no good but I'm gonna do it anyway". And yes, it was good ! The rest of the show went like a charm, with crowd-pleasers "The Needle..." and "Old Man" getting the best reaction, until a rocking version of "Back to the country" had everyone jumping all over again.
Then came "No hidden path"... but I have no words to describe it. Let's just say that the album version did NOT prepare us for that wild ride ! Ten minutes in, Neil tripped on his guitare cable and fell on the side, apparently hurting his right hand on the piano stool - but he kept on playing, lying on the floor ! The he got up, pointed a (very) angry finger at someone backstage, and went on with ten more minutes of solos - and what solos!
The encore (yes, "a Day in the life"!) took everyone by surprise, but it got an incredibly good reaction, and when the lights came back there definitely was some frustration in the air. Come back soon Neil ! [and please excuse the "shakey" english, for it's my first post ever in that language!]

At 6/26/2008 07:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Guys,

Was a the gig last night too, and also in Paris last February.

The vibe was different last night. Neil started really strong with old black seemingly melting in his hands and trying to jump of away from his grasp. He was really holding his own, riding the wave pretty close to the source. I did get a sense that something was not right right with the old Fender Deluxe though.

Then came the acoustic part, opened by some pleasant banter about how we'd improved the hall since he'd last played it. The music, for me, was not improved by the heavy orchestration (my God that drummer was way too polished for Neil's ragged approach and really damped things down throughout, bring us back Ralph Molina who is too busy trying to stay on beat to overindulge in "drummer drumming" dross). The sound system was also a little bit high heavy and ringing, though still very good for this kind of big hall. Sure i've been spoiled by the pristine acoustics of Grand Rex on Valentine's were it was absolutely crystal clear, best ever!

Then just before Unknown Legend, Larry Cragg failed to bring Neil's mouth organ on time and he seemingly got a bit pissed off. "You should ask for your money back" he advised us "I don't understand, I gave all these guys a piece of paper!" Did he also say "Highly paid technicians" or words to that effect? Anger was palpable. From then on the vibe turned a bit raw, with Neil plowing through his stuff, but still on high form.

The crowd loved it!

Then on No Hidden Path came that amazing fall when he tripped right stage over a floor monitor and Old Black's lead got stuck on the top of the old harmonium, with Neil on his back. It really looked as though that hurt and Neil held the guitar aloft, horizontal, banging away still, well and truly entangled. He finally managed to rise up, everything still connected, and him to the music. He then seized the guilty monitor and threw it a few inches back and addressed a unfriendly hand gestures to the techs right stage. He then majestically treated us to another 10 minutes of his epic track, clocking in at 28 min (i think). It seemed as though he might have hurt right-hand finger(s) as he looked at them a few times. But Neil can't be stopped, not by age, techtrouble or pain.

The encore was truly mind blowing. That was A Day in the Life takes a walk on the wild dark psychedelic side and it floored everyone in the hall. Neil clearly looked hurt - Larry had to help him saddle up Old Black. When he finally broke its' strings, it was a titan breaking free from the chains of fate! moving stuff, almost painful to watch!

On the whole, great gig, even if, this time, I felt as though Neil was hanging on to the Bronco rather than levitating above it in amazing grace as he had done on Valentine's in Paris. Fighting the muse rather than cavorting in the Elysean Fields with her. So that is epic solos where melody out of chaos where they had been elegant crystal sculpture magically emerging from some galactic elemental soup.

Ok, so I did wax lyrical. This man is a force of nature, long may he run! Dear Neil, may you be safe, be happy, be healthy, live with ease and may we all all have half your energy when we catch up with you agewise!

benji (from Lyon)

At 6/26/2008 07:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about Neil falling over (I heard, wasn't there) anyone enlighten me?

At 6/26/2008 07:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoops, shoulda read it all first, now I know about the falling over....

At 6/26/2008 07:57:00 AM, Blogger IndieLimerick said...

hope the fall didnt hurt him too bad

At 6/26/2008 10:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it "Get Back To The Country" or "Are You Ready For The Country?" that was performed last night?

At 6/26/2008 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Jedgreen said...

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At 6/26/2008 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Jedgreen said...

First of all, excuse my english!
It was "Get back to the country" that was played.
I was right in front of Neil's fall during No Hidden Path. He looked right at some yellow light projector while making solo and managed to walk above some floor sound system. With his guitar cable and a piano microphone not helping him to do the walking, he just fell, and frankly he could have fall from the stage! Then he played a while on the floor before getting up then turn the sound system upside down!
I did not feel like he was pointing angry finger at some tech backstage but much more at the yellow projector he wanted to get closer when he fell. At least that's the way I felt it.

At 6/26/2008 11:49:00 AM, Blogger IndieLimerick said...

The Frames are supporting him sundat night Score!

At 6/26/2008 12:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, what was the name of the support band in Lyon ?

At 6/26/2008 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

great reviews, Benji + others!

At 6/26/2008 03:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the name of the band is :

At 6/26/2008 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the show last night and what a fantastic show it was! Neil and the band were truly on form. A wonderful set list including songs he rarely plays like "Words" and "Get Back To The Country". The last song "No Hidden Path" was a real "tour de force", even better when I saw them back in February in Paris and London in March. Everyone in the arena last night went bananas when Neil started singing the Beatles' "A Day In A Life". Neil thrashed the life out of "Old Black" and at the end of this magnificent version of the song, Neil had ripped the strings from the guitar and put the guitar against the amp to let it feed back! Chad Cromwell was a really good choice for this show IMO and he's a really excellent drummer. I cant wait to see Neil again in Dublin on Sunday and at the Hop Farm a week later + Colmar in August. BRING IT ON NEIL!!! :-)

At 6/26/2008 08:37:00 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I will be FURIOUSLY scanning Dime for this show. Verona was amazing, this one sounds NUTS.

At 6/27/2008 01:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm feeling quite jealous right now. Those lucky damn Europeans! They always get to see Neil. I guess I should resign myself to the fact that he'll never tour Australia soon and put on one those great shows he's been doing recently. He has such energy, and he's old enough to be my Grandpa. What a great man!

At 6/27/2008 02:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He really mix up songs and orders of songs on this tour. Sounds amazing, two more days and I will see him in Malahide.

At 6/27/2008 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he may come to australia next year.

At 6/27/2008 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was he best neil show i've ever seen, he is in such a good shape and seems to be feeling happy to play at the moment. Did i see somewhere that the summer tour setlist has a special meaning? could be another journey thru the past...

a day in the life! is neil revisiting his life over and over, getting mystical after brain surgery? or just getting wiser? but still rocking after all these years...


At 6/27/2008 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one for Beatlemania...Anyone know how many times the Beatle's played "A Day in the Life"?

That is an amazing encore for Neil...Wow. And seeing it, only half mind-you, filmed through a camera phone from the audience was its own bit of post-modern expression...very funny experience when you think about it.

And then all the drama in no hidden path and larry, an NY day in the life.

rust on neil!

obama fist bump to you!

At 6/29/2008 03:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't confuse Neil and Obama!

Neil does not water his stuff down at the first whiff of possible success, quite the opposite actually!


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