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Friday, July 04, 2008

Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium Concert Reports: 7/4/08

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Full festival review by website Piet Vercaempst. [English translation]

"Oh Lonesome Me"
Thanks for the YouTube video Hayo!

Also, see Roel's Werchter review (long) on Rust:
"I rate yesterday's show among my favorite Neil shows ever. Neil was having so much fun, smiles on his face and an intense performance throughout."

Also, check out Rust Radio this weekend which is streaming current tour concerts.

Thanks Roel!

"Spirit Road" - Photo by Luc De Reu

Photo by Luc De Reu

Photo by Luc De Reu

Thanks Luc!

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium.

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At 7/05/2008 06:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Werchter, Belgium 4th July concert.

Neil is clearly in his element at open-air festivals, even moreso than a concert hall.
Magic performances of Old Man, Needle and the Damage, Watchtower and the big surprise, A Day in the Life.
This was my seventh NY and he gets better and better- passion and intensity, which makes other performers look simplistic and boring.
Long may he rock!

At 7/05/2008 06:49:00 AM, Blogger rdvdijk said...

Longest show of the tour so far:

1. Love And Only Love
2. Hey Hey, My My
3. Everybody knows This Is Nowhere
4. Spirit Road
5. When You Dance, I Can Really Love
6. Fuckin' Up
7. All Along The Watchtower
8. Oh, Lonesome Me
9. Mother Earth
10. The Needle And The Damage Done
11. Unknown Legend
12. Heart Of Gold
13. Old Man
14. Get Back To The Country
15. Words
16. No Hidden Path
17. A Day In The Life

I had a great time, damn cool show. Neil was having a lot of fun, big grins on his face all night long.

When You Dance and Fuckin' Up were "firsts" for this tour.

He nailed A Day In The Life, it's a tour de force I'll never forget.

At 7/05/2008 08:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Neil concert I've seen.

At 7/05/2008 12:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, awesome performance by Neil. Left me smiling all the way back in the car ...
Had the weird feeling that at concerts like these we are actually burying rock 'n roll or who will come after Neil, Dylan, Cave, COstello ...?

At 7/05/2008 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magic in the open air !!!

I've seen Neil solo, with Booker T, with Crazy Horse and this year he's at his best.
In Werchter it was legendary!

Read it here:

At 7/06/2008 03:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that's cool, man, calling a concert "legendary" just 24 hours after it ended.. Seems to me, in all due humility, that reactions to Neils electric set are a bit overblown lately. Sure, he rocks like hell, which is great to see and listen to, but doesn't it all sound (a bit too) familiar?

At 7/07/2008 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Hans said...

Neil was great. We say in Dutch "verpletterend". The best show I ever saw.

Hans Dekker

At 7/07/2008 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from the HOP FARM concert .

As usual, Neil Young seems to "produce what's needed" everytime he appears.

I have seen him over 25 times since 1969, in the UK and the USA.

He has always been "unique" and rather talented.

I like the post from the "fan" who seems to think that the comments on Neil Young's electric solos are

I also had the pleasure of seeing a Mr Hendrix about 8 times.

No doubt the same person might have similar thoughts on his "electric solos".

perhaps this person might have also given Mr Sinatra a few "pointers" on how to sing.

At 7/07/2008 04:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's right, I would. Maybe Frank could start singing with a bit more of a tremolo. Like Neil once said: "There's only me and Frank Sinatra left on Reprise anyway."

At 7/13/2008 06:47:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I was there! it was a spiritual experience for me. Neil Young and the band were sensational - too bad he wasn't closing the festival - becasue all that came afterwards stood at his shadow. Brilliant music! this performance was (for me) the highest form of art possible.


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