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Friday, July 11, 2008

Bospop Festival, Sportpark Boshoven, Weert, The Netherlands Concert Reviews:7/11/08

Cover of Beatles "A Day in the Life"

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Dutch News Report on Bospop Concert
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(We have no idea what's being said so if someone has a rough English summary that would be great! Comment below.)

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Bospop Festival, Sportpark Boshoven, Weert, The Netherlands.

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At 7/11/2008 08:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just back from Weert, great show!

Surprising start with a hard rocking "Powderfinger", and two firsts for this tour: "Down by the river" (a blistering 15 minute-version) and "For the turnstiles" in a great electric version.

Strange crowd though, average age seemed to be near 65, all there to sing along with "Heart of gold", and to get lots of beer when Neil was soloing away on his electric guitar....

The venue (a nice sports park) was far from sold out btw....

At 7/11/2008 09:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Fantastic. Amazing.

Almost a religious experience. We had an awesome time!!

Anouk Lund-Bertels

At 7/12/2008 04:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Neil play the banjo himself on for the turnstiles?

At 7/12/2008 04:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, played Old Black on For The Turnstiles. BSM

At 7/12/2008 04:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great show..the man is still in it..and again the same old magical trick to start a song electric only known on at the start you think what's this?...and then that moment of recognition..mmm...thanx Neil..!

At 7/12/2008 05:03:00 AM, Blogger RSS said...

Decided to see the show at noon today. was thinking about it for months. 3rs show this year.

it was pouring rain during the preview act but as expected fron Meil, the heavens cleared and a nice cool night followed. No rain!

Powderfinger and Mr Soul opened the act so you knew what you were in for. I dont remember the entire set list but a couple of other songs i hadnt heard in the winter shows included Mother Earth and for the turn stiles. LArry cane out to play Sitar on Old man. Really nice Needle and the Damage Done.

No Hidden Path kicked ass. This was highlight in winter and Neil didnt dissapoint. Wasnt as long as some of the other shwes....but it kicked ass. Thast old man can play a guitar.

Finale was Day in the life. It was absoutely awsome. I have a 7min video of it i'll post on my blog...see below. It is just CRAZY....with the guitar strings flailing around at the end.

Following Tom's comment, crowd was a bit strange and some jack ass kept going for beers and pushing back thru the crowd (we were right center about 10 from the stage...packed in). Hard to understand the need for 6 beers during the show.

All in all show was a 9 out of 10. (Amsterdam Feb show set the bar for me.!)

I dont know how to post photos here so i am posting on my blog.

At 7/12/2008 05:21:00 AM, Blogger RSS said...

Couple of more things. 1) Sorry for the typos in last was a late night ;-}

On the way out, I passed this old 1957 Caddilac which for southern Holland just seems so out of place. It was really cool looking with the tail fins and all. In the back window was a sticker that looked as old as the car that said..."I'd rather be at a neil young show."

Dutch Rusties. Rock on!

At 7/12/2008 05:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful! One giant trip from Powderfinger all the way to Day in the life.
I had my, (before) somewhat 'it's not my thing' son with me but when i turned my head during the last part of the show I saw him standing there...eyes gazing in awe, mysterious smile on his face... When we drove home (after) he mentioned that 'he never knew...' Still, the county-rock (unknown legend, back to the country, heart of gold and even old man) he still doesnt fancy that. Oh well...
I loved the attempted drama on the stage, with Ben changing guitars, Neil changing guitars and when Larry ran out to 'save' Old Black after Down by the river (i think it was) before it got trashed anyhow in the end...
And no hidden path... i mean... simple old fashined WOW! Takes a while to grasp that...
It was such a great show, it was well worth the long drive home afterwards with the music still ringing in my ears...What a great night!

At 7/12/2008 08:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great show !
1 Powderfinger
2 Mr. Soul
3 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
4 I've Been Waiting For You
5 For The Turnstiles (electric w/band) !!!!
6 Down By The River
7 Oh, Lonesome Me
8 The Needle And The Damage Done
9 Unknown Legend
10 Heart Of Gold
11 Old Man (Larry Cragg on BANJO)
12 Get Back To The Country
13 Words
14 No Hidden Path
15 A Day In The Life

Tour : 2008 European Summer Tour
Band :
Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Ben Keith - pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals
Rick Rosas - bass, background vocals
Chad Cromwell - drums
Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone, piano, guitar
Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano, guitar, bells
Larry Cragg - banjo

At 7/12/2008 03:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the above setlist is not complete, as number 8 he played "Mother Earth" on organ and harmonica...

At 7/12/2008 04:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great show, Neil's a legend. I found the acoustic songs better than the electric though, some of them we're just too long. I'd rather have heard an additional Hey Hey My My, Rockin in the Free World or Like a Hurricane. By the way, can someone tell me why such a great artist as NY should be ending shows with a Beatles song?

At 7/12/2008 04:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After four concerts of Neil (Ahoy (twice), HHM and RAI) I was at Bospop with (for the first time) my son (search for Phoenix Park at You Tube). More and more I get impressed by his style: Is it country? Is it Grunge? Are his songs pure lovesongs? For me: It is every time fantastic to see and hear him. The last time is always the best time.

Gert Hengelaar

At 7/12/2008 05:59:00 PM, Blogger RSS said...

It took most of the day but i did get the full encore uploaded to youtube. Check it out here.



At 7/13/2008 06:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rain came pouring down during the gig of Everest and the Waterboys (what's in a name), but by the moment Neil came on stage, it was dry.
Unfortunately some people in the crowd were unable to just watch and enjoy the music. Why they needed to push their way through real fans to get their beers is not clear to me, but it was irritating.
Great show indeed, with some surprises like Down by the River and a magnificent electric version of For the Turnstiles.
No hidden Path has become a classic like Cortez, Like a Hurricane,...
Words is just an awesome song.

Looking forward to Colmar !

At 7/13/2008 01:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ralph, IMHO one the things that truly makes Neil great is it doesn't matter what he plays, if you drop your expectations and forget about hearing hit songs, you might discover that the best thing for him to play is whatever he's in the mood to play because he'll breath new life into it and take it to awesome heights ... when he's playing things like 'Words', 'Time Fades Away" Turnstiles, ect ... the thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the show

At 7/13/2008 02:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

took off with a roar, flew to great heights, dived down and nearly crashed; up again, higher and higher, hasn't landed for me yet....

At 7/13/2008 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am that Blue Cadillac, and you made me blush a little. I'm not as young as you made me. I'm not a 1957 but a 1954 series 62 model. My (second!!) owner is in fact born in 1957 and he hopes that I may run as long as he does. Great concert in my backyard. I only had to do some 20 miles or so. Wanna say hi? Just leave a message to . I'm available to Neil if he wishes to take a spin. Keep on rockin'in the old word!

At 7/14/2008 05:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree - why perform a Beatkes song when there are scores of his own great songs he could be doing. Still, that's NY for you - that's why we love him!

At 7/14/2008 05:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a summary of the Dutch news report: the guy interviewed is Jan Smeets, of Pink Pop (one of the oldest and biggest rockfestivals in Holland, complaining that Neil passed him by this year, in favour of the smaller Bospop Festival. Seems to have been due to the fact PinkPop was already fully booked. Smeets, himself a Young-fan, got a backstage pass which he used for one song.

At 7/14/2008 05:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: In the Dutch news agency ANP, Neil's concert at Bos Pop festival was reported on as something of a bummer. Only 8.000 people attended (total capacity of 12.000). Also, Bos Pop payed the sum of 750.000 euro for Neil, may be the highest in the history of the festival. Neil, according to ANP, had all kinds of wishes to boot, e.g. no flash lights, no camera's etc.

At 7/14/2008 06:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two posts above this one are kind of interesting.
Rumor has it that NY will play PinkPop next year. For sure I didn't believe the rumor because one year is a long time. But now since Jan Smeets of PinkPop was there and turned out to be a big fan... it might be possible. Maybe Neil will tour Europe again next summer. Besides that this is only one half of the rumors..... He will play PinkPop with another famous act... a guy named Zimmerman... yeah, yeah, rumors... I will write a review when time is available... B.S.M.

At 7/14/2008 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why A Day in the Life? Compare and decide:

Paul McCartney:


Covering other artists' classics is a long tradition. It's the ultimate compliment. Neil channeled the orignal emotion of the song and truly made it his own.

Perhaps Paul will do Sugar Mountain some day? Heh heh.

At 7/16/2008 04:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Day in the Life, more videos of this show are up... sweet shit

At 7/17/2008 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

second link:

It starts with a list of persons who have played on Bospop before: Sting, Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams. "We have had many legends on stage, but not someone with the stature of Neil Young before".
Weert prepares itself for the greatest act ever on Bospop - more light & sound equipment.
In the nearby changing rooms of the sportsclub are the rooms of the lesser gods; in number 4 are the demands a bit more specific; "more dimmed lights, there where more requirements for the lights so we had to get some lamps". Neil is epileptic and doesn't like fluorescent lights. (this gets repeated in some other wording).

But that's not all, there is a bed, special tea, his own piano, hats, blouses and shoes. And because Neil is an environment-freak a lot of things aren't allowed in the dressing room. "He had as a requirement no plastic in the dressing room, no plastic cups, no plastic water cooler, and so on."

On the stage itself a lot of old equipment of the man himself, it's a big logistic operation. "For this show he brought three trucks with him for material and that's a lot for a band".

What does it cost to have such a man on stage, "The costs are enormous, but I am not going to mention figures". On the question if he is the most expensive artist ever, the man acknowledges that. The reporter says that several hundred thousands euros.


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