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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Concert Review of the Moment: The Marquee, Cork, Ireland Concert Reports: 6/30/08

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The Concert Review of the Moment at Neil Young at The Marquee, Cork, Ireland - 6/30/08 from Alan:
I hadn't really been looking forward to the gig to any great extent but felt that it was something I should see. I have over 30 of his albums and for much of my life Neil's were the only songs I listened to - buying the tickets was akin to agreeing to attend the birthday party of an old school friend with whom I had long ago lost contact.

But what a birthday party it turned out to be. He played just the right mix of golden oldies and recent 'hits' and extended some of them into ten-minute guitar solos. These riffs, at times so long as to almost seem an attempt to test our patience, would no doubt have tested my patience if I had been listening to a CD but seeing just how into it the man himself got was worth the ticket price. There were times where I genuinely thought he was in the throes of an epileptic fit. There's no way a 62 year old brain-aneurysm survivor should be writhing about the stage like that, I thought. During one guitar-accompanied reverie I found myself anticipating the following day's newspaper headlines - 'legendary rocker burns out on Cork stage', 'veteran Canadian songsmith hospitalised after epileptic fit during Irish gig' etc. etc.

I wasn't the only one who misread things though. So long did he extend some of his songs that the audience on a number of occasions broke into thunderous applause when they thought he had finally brought numbers like Words to an end. How wrong they were. Seconds after thousands of hands began to clap the guitar exploded back into action...

After Leonard Cohen's three hours on stage in Dublin I was a bit disappointed with Neil's two but my girlfriend pointed out that the exertion involved in 2 hours of leppin' about the place and thumping his guitar would have exhausted a man half his age (I think she was referring to me).

Btw, was it just me or did he seem to get mightily pissed off with the sound people more than once?

More concert reviews of Neil Young at The Marquee, Cork, Ireland - 6/30/08.


At 7/03/2008 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit Review!

At 7/03/2008 01:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, how could anybody with 30 of Neil's albums "not look forward" to such a concert "to any great extent?" what a bunch of gibberish -- and the observations on potential physical calamity aren't worth a damn (I mean, my god, the man's been playing the same song for forty years...)

This should be posted to a website named "Trasher's Sheet"

At 7/03/2008 02:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appreciate the reviews by those who have attended the concerts across Europe and certainly the video links---thank you, they have been incredible.

It appears Neil is attempting to leave it all on stage, be it the floor or standing upright.

He assuredly isn't hanging on to the coattails of his fame, nor gravetraining.

He is putting his heart into it all.

Thanks again.

At 7/03/2008 06:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the worst review I've ever read.

At 7/04/2008 02:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit review? Come on! Just because this guy wasn't exactly dying to be there (but was still impressed enough to write a review)? Why do some rusties seem to want a review to be nothing more than a rave or a written form of headbanging to yesterday's concert?Neil can take it, boys, don't worry.

At 7/05/2008 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there, I was there, this was a legend of a show and if anyone didnt like it you dont know Neil much. He is like a fine wine, He just gets better and better with age, id love to hear anybody else play just 2 mins of one of his songs and not screw up. He has created his own way of playing
and if you dint like it you should stay at home.His 20 minute solos are what I was there for. Wicked show and thanks Neil


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