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Friday, August 29, 2008

He Came Dancing Across The Water: Europe Summer Tour Wrap Up

Coburg, Germany, 08/23/08 - Photo by Coburger Tageblatt

The Neil Young's Europe summer tour wrapped up last night in Denmark.

Lots of highlights from the tour. Not the least of which was the debut of three new songs:
- "When Worlds Collide" in Coburg, Germany, 08/23/08

- "Sea Change" from Way Out West Festival, Göteborg, Sweden, 6/9/08

- "Just Singing A Song Won't Change The World" on August 7, in Helsinki, Finland
(lyrics and YouTube videos at links above)

A quick run through of the song grid on Rust Radio shows that Neil played 35 different songs over the 24 date tour. Among the highlights was the cover of The Beatles "A Day In The Life" which was played as the final encore song.

Here are songs that were played only once on tour (or twice):
When You Dance, I Can Really Love
Time Fades Away
For The Turnstiles
Winterlong (twice)
Down By The River (twice)
Wrecking Ball

So a real range of songs with rarities, one-offs, covers, and new songs.

Thanks Roel for the statistics!


The Concert Review of the Moment of Neil Young at Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, England: 7/6/08 is by J Phimister:
To put it succinctly: Neil. Young. Fucking. Rocks. I am beginning to think there is no-one quite like him out there. I'm pretty sure they must have been able to hear this set in Calais! He kicked off with a beyond-grungy version of "Love and only love" and never looked back. Old Black, his trusty Gibson Les Paul screamed, roared, squealed, moaned and howled over nearly ten minutes as the old fucker stamped around the stage, his face screwed up in an expression of sheer, what? Anger, hurt, delight? It's hard to tell with old craggly-face, and it doesn't matter. What matters is that no one, not Elton, Macca, Dylan or Prince, plays with such fire and rage in their bellies as Young. And this was just the first song!

Rock In Rio Madrid, Spain, 6/27/08 - Photo by Antonio

Coburg, Germany, 08/23/08 - Photo by Henning Rosenbusch

Neil Young: "A Day in the Life" at Rock in Rio Ciudad del Arganda Rey Madrid, Spain, 6/27/08.


"Time Fades Away" at Konig Pilsner Arena, Oberhausen, Germany on 7/9/08. This is the first performance in 35 years!

Roskilde Festival, 7/5/08
Photo by Martin Rosenaur

A Concert Review of the Moment of Neil Young in Lyon, France, 6/25/05 by Benji:
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.

Verona, Italy, 6/23/08 - Photo by Alessandro Corio

Xabre in Lisbon, Portugal, 7/12/08 - Photos by HarryO

The Concert Review of the Moment on Neil Young at Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, England Concert: 7/6/08 by jamesayliffe:
Neil went for the heart’s main aorta from the first song, and I gave myself up to him completely for the next two hours. Any of us could have written a set list with or without any of the songs he played, but I thought the pacing and the choice was nigh immaculate. Once he had played He Hey My My, one of my top ten revolving Neil Young favourites of all time – Rust Never Sleeps was possibly my most played album of 1980 – he could play whatever he liked, and I’ve have been just as happy. As it happened, every song, familiar and unfamiliar, compounded into a blaze of supreme magnificence. I was glad there were such big gaps in my knowledge of his material, because I love hearing music for the first time, and I certainly did that. If there’s anything I love it’s a good trancey guitar wig-out, and he left me drooling with rapture, punching the air and wailing as he did things to his instrument that can’t have been legal, and went beyond rock music in to pure sonics. Prehistoric feedback dragged from the pit of creation ended the night, Neil’s guitar a naked soul exposed, as it lay against the drum-riser, burnt out but still sputtering in the memory of music; utterly ravished…

Oberhausen - 7/11/08
Photo gallery by Roel on Rust Radio

Hop Farm Country Park, England, 7/6/08 - Photo by Contact Music

Also, see all reviews, photos and videos of Neil Young 2008 Europe Summer Concert Tour. And Highlights of Summer 2008 Europe Tour - Leg #1.

Thanks everyone for the reviews, photos, videos, and links. Thrasher's Wheat appreciates everybody's support!

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At 8/29/2008 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

HAHA, I LOVE those reviews. Especially Benji's. Thanks for re-posting all this (and for all your work during the tour!!). Round of applause for Thrasher, please...

At 8/29/2008 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this article Thrasher! Nice title: He came dancing across the water! I have been listening to this song and the Coburg show a hundred times last week.
For me "Cortez" and "Words" were the real highlights of this tour. These songs sounded so new, full of energy and refreshing in 2008. Pretty weird to experience this after years of listening to these songs.
Of course the new songs are highlights too!!!
It's so great he does it like this. Just play them and even rehearse them on stage. Respect!
"For the Turnstiles" was a personal surprise because I didn't recognize the song after one or two seconds. And when he started singing I couldn't believe that it was this song. Strange.
So, Neil, Pegi and their friends are on their way back to the ranch and I am curious about what will happen next... Archives... new album... Sugar Mountain Live... Toast... We probably hear something next week... B.S.M.

At 8/29/2008 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, did I forget something... for sure. "A Day In The Life" was the highlight of this tour! This song belong to NY and Old Black!

1968 > Otis Redding on Aretha: “This little girl stole my song".

2008 > Paul McCartney on Neil: “That young boy stole our song".

"A Day In The Life" will be a NY song from now on! B.S.M.

At 8/29/2008 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tour wrap-up. Thanks so much. Like getting an issue of Broken Arrow in the mail!!

At 8/29/2008 02:53:00 PM, Blogger RSS said...

Thrasher, Thanks for all the hard work on the Euro 08 Tour coverage. Its been great.

The Weert NL show this summer was a great (rain filled) show. Amsterdam and London in Winter were fantastic.

My only dissapointment after 3 shows this year is I have yet to see of my favs.

Hope Neil comes back over the pond, or "Dancing across the water", real soon.

US shows look cool. Will be back over there in October and December.....may try to jiggle a schedule or two......hehehe.



At 8/30/2008 05:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come back soon Neil, we miss you already here in Europe!

At 8/30/2008 05:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not exactly specific to this thread, but I have to give a shout out to Roel at Rust Radio. You rocked it Saturday afternoon (U.S.)!!

'74 CSNY (Revolution Blues killed)
'02 Poncho and the MGs ("Are You Passionate" and "Sleeps with Angels" live... are you kidding me??)
'88 Ten Men Working

Simply outstanding. Thanks so much for what you do. (especially the Euro concerts this year)

And Thrasher, there isn't a day go by that I don't drop by...

You guys are great.

More than appreciative in Indianapolis

At 9/01/2008 10:17:00 AM, Blogger nicospilmont said...

Thank you Thrasher !
Maybe I am wrong, but I did not see anything about this link on your site...did you know about this release date for Archives vol 1 ?

At 9/02/2008 06:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Shakey fans from down under! Watch out, he's coming.

January 21, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
January 24, Sydney, Entertainment Centre
January 28, Melbourne, Myer Music Bowl

Be prepared! B.S.M.

At 9/02/2008 06:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the link:

At 9/02/2008 06:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the link:

At 9/02/2008 11:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two questions for everyon out there...

1. Any info on who will be part of Neil's backing band on this fall tour, and...

2. Why all the touring now? Seems a bit uncharacteristic. Is he trying to get it all in before he feels he's too old? Is he simply having a great time? Is he larding up the bank account? Is he teeing up Archives release?

At 9/02/2008 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Neil wil go on tour with:
Ben Keith - pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals
Rick Rosas - bass, background vocals
Chad Cromwell - drums
Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone, guitar
Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano, guitar
Larry Cragg - banjo

2) He is simply having a great time! Performing is good for his body and soul.

The big question is: will he ever tour with Crazy Horse again?

At 9/02/2008 01:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to think he may never go out on tour with the Horse again. Ralphie played drums last fall-winter but he seems to prefer Drummond. And Rosas is everywhere on bass, including the CSNY tour., I think we won't see Pancho or Billy again - just my gut feeling.

Kind of a bummer.

At 9/02/2008 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean Cromwell.

At 9/02/2008 04:21:00 PM, Blogger J Phimister said...

Just wanted to say thanks to Thrasher for including my post as "Concert Review of the Moment". Thanks also, and as always, for your superb site, and to all those who said such nice things about my writing.

As such, here's some shameless publicity, for my new Blog/Site, which I'm hoping to get noticed and even have become a discussion site for music and movie fans. Here's the link, sorry for the self-publicity, and hope you enjoy:

Thanks again, Thrasher, this site is amazing!

At 9/02/2008 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil's got a thing for his new manicurist, Anna, who is now accompanying him when he tours. Touring gives him an excuse to spend more time with her. The old dog.

At 10/09/2008 02:45:00 PM, Blogger tomtrumpet said...

how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
Neil has discovered the fountain of youth on stage and also on the road. He's got the greatest musicians
he's ever known on stage with him. As great as this show is, I still think Neil could use a trumpet on such
songs as, "after the gold rush," and "Lets Impeach the
President." Hey Neil, this notes for you..


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