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Monday, August 18, 2008

North American Fall 2008 Neil Young Tour Schedule

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Dates for Neil Young's North American Fall 2008 tour have been announced. The news confirms some of the rumors we've been following recently.

Concert reports and reviews
October 14 - St. Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center
October 16 - Winnipeg, MN -- MTS Centre
October 18 - Regina, SK -- Brandt Centre
October 19 - Calgary, AB -- Pengrowth Saddledome
October 21 - Everett, WA -- Comcast Arena at Everett
October 22 - Vancouver, BC -- GM Place
October 29 - San Diego, CA -- Cox Arena
30 - Los Angeles, CA -- The Forum / on sale August 25
November 1 - Reno, NV -- Events Center
4 - Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center / on sale September 12
5 - Omaha, NE -- Qwest Center / on sale September 12
29 - Halifax, NS -- Metro Centre

December 1 - Montreal, PQ -- Bell Centre
December 2 - Ottawa, ON -- Scotia Bank Place
December 4 - Toronto, ON -- Air Canada Centre
December 5 - Toronto, ON -- Air Canada Centre

December 7 - Detroit, MI -- Palace of Auburn Hills
December 9 - Chicago, IL -- Allstate Arena
December 12 - Philadelphia, PA -- Wachovia Spectrum
December 13 - Boston/(Worcester), Massachusetts -- DCU Center
December 15 & 16 - New York, NY -- Madison Square Garden

Also, see tour map on Rust Radio and setlist grid chart of 2008 US/Canada tour.

Some song chart analysis by Roel "Obviously Doing Well":
30 different songs, finally some setlist variation in the second half of the tour, a 7 song show-length difference in between the short Regina/Calgary/Toronto2 shows (19 songs) and the final show in NYC (26 songs). That 2nd New York show now equals the 26th-long setlist of the last show of the winter European tour, where Neil did a 26-song set in London. Some innaresting one-offs on this tour, "Helpless" was only played on the opening show, "The Sultan" once only played once and the only "2nd encore" song as well, another one-off was the brand new song "Get Around" played on the last show.

Also: was the Philly show the last we heard of "Sea Change"?

Amazing: 10 new songs on one tour (granted, 3 of them debuted in Europe), when was the last time that happened on a regular tour, Greendale 2003?





The concerts will feature the same band that he has toured Europe with: Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Anthony Crawford and Pegi Young.

Death Cab For Cutie and Everest will support dates from October 14 through November 5; Wilco and Everest are on the bill for dates starting November 29 through the tour's conclusion, with the exception of the December 9 Chicago date which will feature (TBD) and Everest in support.

Probably one of the most interesting aspects of the announcement is that all shows for this tour will be general admission floor with reserved seating in the stands. This is great news for those of us who had to be restrained from standing and moving during "No Hidden Path".

General admission tickets will be prices at $75.00 with reserved stand tickets ranging in price from $45.00 to $250.00.

Thanks Chicago!

Also, see all reviews, photos and videos of Neil Young 2008 Europe Summer Concert Tour.

Concert tour dates for Neil Young in Australia and New Zealand in 2009.


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At 8/18/2008 07:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nod, Thrasher!

I can't imagine why Wilco wouldn't do the Chicago show--unless it's the recency of Lollapalooza and a bit of band rest-up.

And, who would open in their place? Good forbid Fallout Boy, another local band.

-Chicago

 
At 8/18/2008 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know the halifax presale

 
At 8/18/2008 07:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a few more dates:

Complete tour dates and cities listed below.

October 14 - St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center / on sale August 22
16 - Winnipeg, MN – MTS Centre / on sale August 22
18 - Regina, SK – Brandt Centre / on sale August 22
19 - Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome / on sale August 22
21 - Everett, WA – Comcast Arena at Everett / on sale September 12
22 - Vancouver, BC – GM Place / on sale August 22
29 - San Diego, CA – Cox Arena / on sale August 25
30 - Los Angeles, CA – The Forum / on sale August 25

November 1 - Reno, NV – Events Center / on sale August 23
4 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center / on sale September 12
5 - Omaha, NE – Qwest Center / on sale September 12
29 - Halifax, NS – Metro Centre / on sale August 23

December 1 - Montreal, PQ – Bell Centre / on sale September 13
2 - Ottawa, ON – Scotia Bank Place / on sale August 22
4 - Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre / on sale August 22
7 - Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills / on sale September 12
9 - Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena / on sale September 12
12 - Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum / on sale September 19
15 - New York, NY – Madison Square Garden / on sale September 15

 
At 8/18/2008 08:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is disappointing! all the same general areas he played last year! still now midwest or south/south east. very frustrating. here's hoping for Horse next summer in support for Toast.

 
At 8/18/2008 09:01:00 PM, Blogger Veg said...

Neil's going to be stupid burned out by the end of this. Plus Bridge School is coming up in a couple months... AKA the only NorCal date in this tour. I'm getting tickets to that. Screw Death Cab and the no-namer band.

 
At 8/18/2008 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everest is a band signed to Vapor Records.

 
At 8/18/2008 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you think Neil is going to be burned out?
Look at the schedule...3 weeks of work, a few weeks off...another 3 weeks of dates. What is so tiring about that?

 
At 8/18/2008 10:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you complain when Neil doesn't tour. Then he goes on tour (a lot) and you still aren't happy.

What gives with you people?

 
At 8/18/2008 10:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need neil in Newfoundland, please come.... please.. please. I dont think he has ever played a show here.

 
At 8/18/2008 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burnout? ... Wasn't it Neil that wrote, "Better to burn out ..." Anyhow, Neil delivers night in and night .. rest assured if you go you won't be disappointed.

Does anyone know if there will be pre-sale tickets?

 
At 8/18/2008 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous BayArea said...

BSB has to be 10/25-10/26. Hopefully, a regular gig in the Bay Area before/after BSB will be announced. Neil skipped doing a full show in his hometown area during the first leg of the Chrome Dreams Tour. :(

 
At 8/18/2008 11:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ditto to BayArea!

 
At 8/19/2008 12:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big tour like this sure sounds like a good way to promote a box set, doesn't it? :)

Then again, maybe it doesn't. :(

It's Neil after all.

 
At 8/19/2008 01:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the same areas? He has played in Montreal for more than a decade no? It's a major city finally unforgotten by Neil, yay!

 
At 8/19/2008 01:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another excellent place to see Neil tour pics is Getty Images' website.

http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-US&family=editorial&assetType=image&ep=3&p=neil%20young&src=standard#

 
At 8/19/2008 02:50:00 AM, Blogger Terry said...

Hey all, very excited, missed him last time he was in Vancouver. Any word on presale? Ive never been a fan of ticketmaster but Ill play ball to get in on some decent seats. Last time i saw him was with Sonic Youth in Edmonton .. it was insane

 
At 8/19/2008 08:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being in the north east, and having seen Neil 3 times last December at the United Palace Theatre, I will definately have to pass on seeing him at Madison Square Garden. Not a nice place to see a good show. I cant dig it and realy other than trying to make alot of $$$, there is no reason for an artist like Neil who doesnt need the $, to play someplace like MSG at this stage of his career.
Simply greed, I'm sorry to say.

 
At 8/19/2008 09:50:00 AM, Anonymous Simpson said...

Neil was in Philadelphia last year...why won't he come to Pittsburgh? My parents won't let me drive to Philly...nor take me for that matter.

 
At 8/19/2008 11:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone finds out the Vanvouver Presale please post. And yes Terry I was at the sonic youth concert in Edmonton as well and it was insane.
Doug

 
At 8/19/2008 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the setlist he has stopped playing Words and Ive been waiting for you, he needs to bring those back for the USA

 
At 8/19/2008 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that the setlists will be far different from th 2007 theater tour. If, for no other reason, half of it was acoustic. That won't work in this setting--he knows that.

We/I were spoiled with last year's small venues. This will be a totally different expereince for sure.

-Chicago

 
At 8/19/2008 02:11:00 PM, Anonymous Liza said...

There is a date missing in the tour schedule:
On December 13, Neil will play in Boston/(Worcester), Massachusetts

Here you can see the tour-dates on Neils site:
http://www.neilyoung.com/tour.html

 
At 8/19/2008 03:00:00 PM, Blogger rossbrew said...

The Rock 101 Vancouver presale code is: harvest

 
At 8/19/2008 03:05:00 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

I would love to know the Toronto Presale code if anyone has it! Apparently it is through Q107, Y108, and livenation...thanks in advance! Want to get tix for my dad and I for his birthday.

 
At 8/19/2008 03:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey does anybody know the prsale code for San Diego?

Thank You

 
At 8/19/2008 06:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know the presale code for Calgary? I've been looking everywhere, and I can't seem to find it. Thanks!

 
At 8/19/2008 06:39:00 PM, Anonymous Martin Lav said...

Yep definitely planning for a Bridge School Show in Mountain View on Oct. 25 and 26th. Awesome!

 
At 8/19/2008 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous Terry said...

Im such a mook, how do you even use presale words ?Ticketmaster or Rock 101 .. thanks Rossbrew

 
At 8/20/2008 08:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presale code for Toronto (Q107) is Powderfinger

 
At 8/20/2008 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Awesome, I can't wait to see him in Everett. I wish I could have seen him with Wilco instead of Death Cab for Cutie but whatever, I really don't care at all.

 
At 8/20/2008 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I buy the MSG New York presale tickets? What site, and what password? I checked neilyoung.com and ticketmaster and failed to find it. I want to keep searching, but I have to work until 8PM with no computer and am afraid I will not be able to buy tickets in time. I would very much appreciate any help anyone can give me. Can't wait to see Neil!

 
At 8/20/2008 01:54:00 PM, Blogger BenFred said...

OMG!!! He's playing in Montreal!!! It'll be his 1 show here in 11-12 years!

 
At 8/20/2008 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

password for regina and calgary would be hugely appreciated... thanks!

 
At 8/20/2008 05:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The presale code for the Calgary show is: Harvest

 
At 8/20/2008 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the chances for more shows is

 
At 8/21/2008 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous julie said...

A date's been added on his official site: Dec 13 in Worcester, MA.
http://www.neilyoung.com/tour.html

Anyone know when tickets are going on sale?

Any help much appreciated!
Julie

 
At 8/21/2008 08:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there a Halifax presale? if so, the password would be great! :-)
cheers everyone

 
At 8/21/2008 08:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Burnouts stub their toes on garbage pails"

Neil Young is no burnout.

 
At 8/21/2008 11:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

presale e-mail said KC 11/4 would go on sale tuesday, the latest show for available presale tix is nov 1 on the link site. Are they sometimes late posting the event?

 
At 8/22/2008 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened to Neil???
He was supposed to perform yesterday...

 
At 8/24/2008 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a ticket to the toronto show at the acc, all I can say is wow neil you really know how to rip your fans off.

I paid 112 for a balcony seat and any seat better was going to cost me 250 bucks.

I cant wait to take pics of all the empty seats at the show .

they also have ga seats avail on the website but none are coming up for sale .

it sucks being a fan to a hypocrite .

talking about saving the world and changing it .

bs neil

you only cater to your yuppy fans who dont know shit about shit .

shame neil

 
At 9/01/2008 08:06:00 PM, Blogger Marty said...

Does anybody have any guess as to what songs Neil will play. Sorry going to sound like a wanker, but I just happen to prefer the early Neil.

 
At 9/10/2008 08:13:00 AM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

No Marty your not the wanker...thats the guy who posted above you. Take a look around: Any acts of any substance are charging and GETTING this amount. And Neil is of SUBSTANCE biznich. You should have acted earlier and got the general admission seats you wanker!
I can't wait... going to farm aid and going to MSG on 12/15. By the way... with the GA tix Im hearing there are still sections to those.....can anyone confirm?

 
At 9/10/2008 08:16:00 AM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

and MartY... go to www.sugarmtn.org to follow Neil's setlists from night to night. Its a great site. Rock on bra!

 
At 9/11/2008 10:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2nd toronto show, on sale

 
At 9/11/2008 08:42:00 PM, Blogger ganggreen4 said...

Hi Does Anyone know the presale code for the Neil's NY date @ MSG?
Thanks a million!!

 
At 9/12/2008 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need a presale code for his Boston show. How fast do you guys think the pre-sale tickets will go? Neil and Wilco,,,this is going to be insane!

 
At 9/13/2008 12:01:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

It's true...some of you are nuts. I'm a 28-year-old fan- a huge Neil Young fan...I've seen the guy (soon to be) 15 times, I have all but three of his albums on Vinyl (mind you this collection is a labor of love as I was not around or too young when this albums came out on vinyl nor do I have any Neil Young fans for family members who passed them down to me) and I've bought and read almost every book I could find on the man. After all this and 14 other Neil Concerts I didn’t think twice about getting these tickets. I was able to get the GA on the first pre-sale for MSG 12/15 but if I didn’t I would have had to spend 300+ for my wife and I go to... plus train tickets etc. To me Neil Young is worth it; I am a fan. But its seems some of you expect way too much from the guy. I BET NEIL FOUGHT WITH THE PROMOTERS (LIVE NATION/TICKET MASTER) to get those FLOOR STANDING GA TICKETS for the REAL FANS whom he knows will be on-line right at ten am to get them. I've never heard of the cheapest tickets being right up close...have you?
I’m afraid some of you may be beyond fans but rather becoming so obsessed with the guy you become venomous when he does not do exactly what YOU want him to do (i.e. Greendale, Living with war. Trans etc I could go on and on).... which is ridiculous this is NEIL YOUNG people! HE will not always do what you want him to do. I think some of you need to think back to why you like this guy in the first place as I fear some of you maybe heading in Mark David Chapman Territory here..just be careful and realize he's just a man who’s very talented (and yes the guy is very rich…big surprise…hello?…rockstar!), very passionate and makes beautiful music that speaks to some primal nerve deep with us. $300 isn’t that much money (to even most Americans) for a great night, a very transcending experience and an awesome memory that you can share with future generations. I spend that in a couple months on weed alone...lets started adding up a few weeks of some of your bar bills! Think about it. What would all of you say if Neil just chose to retire from touring? Do you think he HAS to? I know if I had his money I wouldn’t do ANYTHING I didn’t want to do….and if im to go out on the road for MONTHS- I’m gonna want to be PAID well. If most of you were in his shoes, with all that money, you’d want to be paid well too.
Before coming on here (A FAN WEBSITE NO LESS) and start spitting fire just really try to think about what it is you like about this man in the first place. I know this weekend at farmaid and on December 15th at MSG I'll KNOW why I do!

 
At 9/14/2008 05:38:00 PM, Anonymous I'VE GOT A NEIL YOUNG T SHIRT - SO THERE said...

Do you think he will pay Southern Pacific? I do hope so - THE TIGERS HAVE SPOKEN ( and they had some tasty words )

 
At 9/15/2008 05:37:00 PM, Anonymous I'VE GOT A NEIL YOUNG T SHIRT SO THERE said...

Do you think Neil visited Dollywood and Deadwood or did he just wake up with morning wood one day? THE TIGERS HAVE SPOKEN ( and they had some interesting words )

 
At 9/19/2008 12:36:00 AM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

I'll be at FarmAid Saturday- cant wait! I know Neil Just plays a few tunes but I'll be sure to write a review Sunday evening. Anyone else here going? SHITTYHORSE HAS SPOKEN- (and his words were rolled in shit. Road Apples yummy!)

 
At 9/19/2008 01:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeeze/////whatta bunch of whiners.......are you wearing your $200 jeans to the show? $150 bucks for a lifetime memory....gimme a break.

 
At 9/24/2008 11:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fall schedule said neil was coming to Philly-but,NOOOOOO-not according to the Ticketmaster site.
WTF is up with that???

 
At 10/02/2008 10:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I upgraded my tickets for Winnipeg on October 16th and I now have 2 extra tickets. selling at cost.Anyone interested, please post your e mail address and I will contact you.
thanks

 
At 10/13/2008 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Logistics my ass.
Cant get to Kansas City in 2 1/2 days ? Omaha in 3 1/2 days ???
Theres alot of truckers who do runs like that on a regular basis !
I'm sure he can get the equipment there in time.He has been doing this 40 years...... nothing new to this !

 
At 10/13/2008 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone going to any of the upcomming Canadian shows ?
I am hoping he's home rehearsing some song changes for the next legs of this tour.Would love to hear Dont be denied, Time fades way, at some of the Canadian shows.
Neil has rarely played Winnipeg over the years and it would be a great place to play some of the Canadian related songs.
If you're reading this Neil, Dont be denied @ Winnipeh this thursday would be hot !

 
At 10/13/2008 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a fan for 38 years! I enjoy reading what all of you have to say about Neil!

 
At 10/16/2008 03:49:00 AM, Blogger Buzz said...

All I can say is, I have very, I mean very, good seats in Winnipeg for under a hundred bucks.

So, some one is ripping you off!

 
At 10/29/2008 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know what the deal is with general amission tix at the large venues?
had no money left in my 401k, ( guess neither did neil), but i aint missin this tour no way, so i bought the ga's for worcester show.
assume they are standing - which is great....but where? - on floor?
first come - gets spot?

 
At 10/30/2008 02:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the forum concert canceled!!!

 
At 10/31/2008 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

canceled forum show because of union pickets maybe.canceled fourm show because of poor ticket sales probably.who can afford $250 plus tickets.i'm still paying off my credit card from his last la. show

 
At 11/02/2008 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reno Rocked! Thank You Neil Young for a concert of a lifetime!
--Cinnamon Girl

 
At 11/17/2008 05:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update regarding the postponed LA forum show?

 
At 12/03/2008 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the policy for G.A. entry ? Is it 1st come 1st in camp out in line all day ? Or is it a wristband policy similar to Springsteen ?
And is there a Pit or not ?
Thanks

 
At 12/03/2008 09:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its first come first entry...I've got one for MSG GA...its a standing area in front of the stage...best seats in the house man! WOOOHOOO!

 
At 12/03/2008 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ottawa show was amazing!
He rocked as hard, loud and heavy as I've ever heard him! Best Neil show I've seen out of the 7 times that I've seen him! Do NOT miss this show!
Cinnamon Girl as good or better than Live Rust!

 
At 12/07/2008 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/5/08 Toronto-Everything you could hope for and more!

 
At 12/09/2008 09:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone post the timing of the show? Interested to know what time Wilco goes on, and then what time Neil?

 
At 12/10/2008 02:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question on the GA Floor? How deep is it? I.E. how many tickets sold? Do people circulate or do I need to be there when the doors open?

 
At 12/14/2008 01:27:00 AM, Anonymous Jacki said...

I just got back from seeing Neil at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. It took me close to 40 yrs to get to see him, and I must say it was well worth the wait. He is absolutely AMAZING, and his music both vocally and instrumental are as young as the day he released his songs. I could NOT believe what an incredible performer he is and his band ROCKED...!! Thank You Neil for your music...

 
At 12/14/2008 02:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is simply one of the best musicians ever, long may you run!

 
At 12/14/2008 09:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw the spectrum show on friday and neil was rockin to bad the crowd was noddin. most lame crowd i have seen in years. i guess that happens when your gettin old!!!

 
At 12/15/2008 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know what time he is likely to go on tonight?

 
At 12/15/2008 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Wilco around 8, Everest around 9, Neil around 10.

~ Steel Madsen

 
At 12/16/2008 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night at MSG, Everest (who are they?) opened promptly at 8 8:34, followed by Wilco (great set) at 9-9:50, then much roadcrew set up. Finally a spiffed up, hair combed back, Neil arrived and blew the joint away for two hours plus. Kind of laid back crowd. Interesting mix (I'm his contemporary) of older, younger fans. If you want to see a legend who has not lost a step, hurry tonight for the last show of this tour. And don't leave early-A Day in the Life was incredible!

 
At 12/16/2008 04:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everest was very good, Wilco was great and NEIL was ON FIRE. From the opening note to the last sound coming from his shreded guitar after "A Day In The Life" He had total command of MSG. A great mix of tunes from a smokin' "Cortez The Killer" to the beautiful "Oh, Lonesome Me" and plenty of harmonica sprinkled throughout for GOOD measure. A TRUE treat. The thousands of smiling faces exiting The Garden is the best testimony that Christmas Magic took place last night in NYC. "Thank-you for a real good time"

Garcia later!

 
At 12/18/2008 07:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted this on the Wilco forum Via Chicago......Thought I would share it here as well....

I think I had my ultimate rock show experience last night.......This is long but I think some will enjoy it.....Arrived at Grand Central Station from Conn. about 6:30 and walked to MSG in a light snow.....Pretty cool looking with the Christmas lights and stuff......My son's friend came through with three comp passes from his cousin who works for Neil Young......We were a little nervous at first because the guy at will-call couldn't find them at first, but they were there......Went in to check our seats at about 7:15.....Section 73 just to the right of the stage about 15 rows from the floor.....We watched the show over John's left shoulder so to speak......Saw Mike of Wilco walking around the General Admission area a few times......Friends and relatives of Everest were scattered around us waving and taking pictures of each other and a few band members who came out to great them.....Bill Murray popped his head out for a few minutes from the side aisle near the stage (more on that later).......Everest came out and did a fine job......John and Pat of Wilco as well as Peggy Young joined them on stage for Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere"......The Arena was about one third full by the time Everest finished.......Wilco came out a little before 8 and rocked the place......All were in fine form.....I had moved to another seat to get a more straight on view of the band when unknown to me our connection to the tickets came out to where my son was still sitting and gave them VIP backstage passes.....Meanwhile, I watched Wilco unaware that my son had the keys to the kingdom.......The Wilco highlight for me was "Shot in the Arm" and "IATTBYH".......Jeff brought out Spencer to play drums for a super 13th birthday present for "The Late Greats"......Jeff commented that everything is now all down hill for him which was pretty funny......He also commented on how nervous he was......When Wilco was done I returned to my seat a few sections from where I had watched Wilco perform and couldn't find my son and his buddy......About 10 minutes later they appeared with these shitty grins on their faces.....They had been back stage and stood with Spencer as he was waiting to go onstage......They also said hi to Bill Murray......Since the passes could be peeled off I was able to get my chance at rock and roll nirvana......We walked past the security guards through the tunnel and right in front of us was Wilco's dressing room.....Pat and John were hanging outside talking to friends......When John was done talking I went up to him to congratulate him on the great show and shook his hand.....He was very gracious and easy going.....Pat was pretty much involved with his group so I didn't approach him......One of the bands tour people was standing at the door when my contact asked if we could say hello to Jeff......He told us if we were quick and didn't cause a scene......Into the inner sanctum we went......To the left of us was Nels who looked exhausted but happy.....He was talking to some friends so I didn't have the chance to say anything to him.....We also saw Fred Armisen and Will Arnett...... Next was Glen and Mike who were also very pleasant after I shook their hands and commented on the great show..... They were probably wondering who this guy was.......Sitting down with his son Spencer was Jeff......When he was no longer talking to anyone I went up to him and mentioned how we had seen them at the Shubert in New Haven and how great the show was and how great they were tonight......We shook hands and then I asked him for the once in a lifetime rock and roll memory, a picture.......Yes, I now have a photo with Jeff that I can put under my pillow and I didn't feel like a stalker......I wished Spencer a happy Birthday and headed out, my night complete or so I thought......On the way out we actually grabbed a beer from their cooler(ballsy, I know) and I spoke to John again.....I asked him when the album was coming out and if the Wilco Song was going to be on it.....He said in the spring and that yes the Wilco Song would be on it and that they enjoyed playing it.....Back out in the hallway we finished our beer and said hello to John McEnroe and headed back to our seats when who did we spy walking past? Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer of Oasis.....We actually followed them to the section we were sitting in......Noel was sitting on the aisle seat in the section to our left three rows down.......I had the aisle seat next to him......I introduced myself to him and shook his hand and he reluctantly went along........Sitting behind me was Timothy Hutton and a group of his friends.....My son had the honor of being told to sit down by Tim while Neil was playing "Hey, Hey, My, My".......He was blocking his view......Meanwhile my son and his friend went back stage two more times during Neil's set and they spoke to Jeff as he watched a TV monitor of Neil Young's performance......They spoke about the Wilco Song and the new album......During Neil's encore(A Day in the Life) I was standing right next to Noel Gallagher as everyone was on their feet going crazy.....My son looked over to Noel and said you have a lot of work to do tomorrow to top this.....Oasis plays MSG tonight.....Noel smiled and said yeah I know......Like I said, rock and roll nirvana.....A great show and a great night......Sorry for being so wordy but I tried to get everything in to share the experience......

 

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It's Been Called The
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Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
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Rust Radio


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Bands Covering Neil Young songs


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Official Neil Young News Site

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The Bridge School


The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

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Farm Aid

Stop factory farms
Go family farms!

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The Essential Neil Young

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Fans Favorite Neil Albums

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Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads


Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
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Neil Young Songbook Project

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates



2015 Rebel Content Tour


Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

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Neil Young Films

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2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
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Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

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Paul McCartney and Neil Young

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"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

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John Lennon and Neil Young


"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
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The Supergroup of the 20th Century



Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

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Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

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Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield


"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV



2014 Neil Young Year in Review:
Yes, Only Love Can Break (& Fix) Your Heart

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

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Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

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Bob and Neil

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So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?


Four Dead in Ohio
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So What Really Happened at Kent State?

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dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power

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Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

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Wilco and Neil Young

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Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

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Elton John and Neil Young

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Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

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"Powderfinger"
What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
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I'm Proud to Be A Union Man

UNITED WE STAND/DIVIDED WE FALL


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up


Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...
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A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"


"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize



John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel

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Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"


We're All On
A Journey Through the Past


Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Freedom:
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Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

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the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists


war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
#NullifyNSA
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"



Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


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(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul


Namaste