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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Winnipeg, Canada Concert Reviews - 10/16/08


Photos by Winnipeg Free Press

Triniman's Blog: Concert Review: Neil Young w/ Death Cab For Cutie & Everest, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB, 10/16/2008:
"Young was stunning on guitar and managed to coax extended solos out of the song. His playing was characterized with monstrous riffs, rapidly flying fingers and tons of cranking of the whammy bar. I have seen many bands this year, but Neil Young is among the most violent attacker of strings that I have seen. He is also a master improviser, making every electric song a sonic and visual spectacle. There's absolutely no one quite like Neil Young."

Neil Young lives up to rock-icon status with incendiary show -

REVIEW: (4-1/2 stars) Young awes MTS Centre crowd - Winnipeg Free Press by Boris Hrybinsky

Neil's Winnipeg stories in Winnipeg Free Press by John Einarson.

An essential read -- Winnipeg 2008: The Neil Young Concert Experience by Bill Laing.

"Needle and the damage done"

Neil Young will be performing tonight at MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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At 10/17/2008 02:12:00 AM, Anonymous Pyros said...

I believe this was the setlist for the concert, although I am not entirely sure, as I'm writing this from memory about two hours later...

1. Love And Only Love
2. Hey Hey, My My
3. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 4. Powderfinger
5. Spirit Road
6. Cortez The Killer
7. Cinnamon Girl
8. 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. Just Singing A Song
16. Sea Change
17. When Worlds Collide
18. Cowgirl In The Sand
19. Rockin' In The Free World

Encore: A Day In The Life

Overall, a fantastic concert. There was TONS of energy on the floor with everybody singing along, Neil put on a fantastic show, promised he'd write his own review for the concert and send it into the paper, and the crowd was glad to have Neil back in Winnipeg.

At 10/17/2008 05:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There´s a concert review at

At 10/17/2008 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Lewis said...

What a great show! I am very happy I was able to see Neil. He has been an inspiration to me. Love his songs, lyrics and of course his powerfull coarse but melodic solo's. Thank's so much neil and all of your band, you guy's have a great tour.

At 10/17/2008 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

Spiritual..... that's the feeling that last night's concert in Winnipeg was for me...Neil Young is,IMHO, THEE ROCK GOD of all time....The concert last night in Winnipeg was electrifying..Thank you Neil for putting everything into your performance..

At 10/17/2008 12:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night was too wonderful for words. A very emotional experience for me- pure joy.
I am very thankful to Neil for so many years of beautiful music.
I was probably the only middle aged lady who choked up during Cortez but when Neil let loose on that one it was magic.

At 10/17/2008 12:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome, got goose bumps -- counting the days until the Philly show. 56 days . . . .

At 10/17/2008 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous rustvision said...

Winnipeg newpaper

At 10/17/2008 03:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the most special concerts ever. My eyes were fixed in wonder. I am only 23 years old, but I appreciate what Neil Young has done for grunge/rock/folk and still appreciate the music he creates today. The setlist, after quite a dissapointing one for CSNY, was amazing, really awe inspiring for a true Young fan. I agree Cortez the Killer was unreal.
Peace, and let's hope he dug what Winnipeg appreciates out of him. He definitely did at the end of the show, he was happy, and I saw the same out of him at CSNY. It's probably why he came back.

At 10/17/2008 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the setlist, after quite a dissapointing one for CSNY, was amazing, really awe inspiring for a true Young fan"

Awe inspiring for a 'true' Young fan? Looks more like a greatest hits set with the 3 new songs thrown in...

At 10/17/2008 06:37:00 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Exactly, what we've waited for, for so long. It was great!

At 10/17/2008 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got in a few hours ago after my 1700 (each way) mile trip to see Neil in winnipeg.
Seeing this guy over and over for 35 years,I am still awed by his intensity.And there is simply nobody out there his age with the musical energy level that Neil has.
He shows up like he's a 21 year old kid trying to make it.It all matters,he's totaly devoted to the MUSE, and noone can ever say he just goes through the motions.
I was not too impressed with the setlist, simply because I have seen Neil so many times that I always prefer to hear seldom played tunes or tunes I havent seen him do live. Can't critisize him though , as every tour I have my ideal setlist ( as I'm sure others do too) and I can't expect Neil with 500 songs , to play MY setlist !
What would blown the roof of the MTS Centre, would have been if Neil
did Don't Be Denied.Almost obvious,and while I would have cherished that,I didnt expect it and I can understand why he might not want to blow everone away with that tune.
All in all,thanks Neil for another great show.Well worth the journey and expenses...... although I wish he'd get more reasonable with ticket prices.It has begun to bother me in principle.But if someone could place a value on this show,I can definately say I got my monies worth.And having driven around Neils old neighborhood and seen his former house and hangouts, made it all connect.
Great performance.

At 10/17/2008 07:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought some of you might enjoy this.

At 10/17/2008 11:56:00 PM, Anonymous highhead Wendell said...

Holy Smokes! This tour is gonna be a rocker fo' sho'! Can't wait for Montreal... hope the Quebecers are ready to shake the floor!

At 10/18/2008 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the person who said "Don't Be Denied" would have blown the roof off in Winnipeg. Hey Neil, why don't you play that song in Calgary (sold out by the way) or maybe save it for Toronto. It is such an inspirational song.

It would also be awsome for Neil to play Four Strong Winds in Calgary. "Think I'll go out to Alberta" ... I'm sure Ian Tyson will be in the audience.

Anyway, I can't wait for the Calgary show .. hopefully I'll finally get to hear Cortez ... I'm going to see him again in Toronto in December and when you throw in the Massey Hall show that makes 3 times in one year. It doesn't get any better.


At 10/18/2008 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could he not play helpless at all these cananda shows?

At 10/19/2008 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becasue Winnipeg is in Manatoba, not Ontario.

At 10/19/2008 06:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although "Dont Be Denied" is the obvious song for Neil to play in Winnipeg and we may wonder why he wouldnt play that song in Winnipeg.
Almost seems like a no-brainer to play it. Almost seems like he should want to play it in Winnipeg.
But that would be us fans looking at it as a celebratory song- like, hey folks in winnipeg, I'm from winnipeg and made kudos to winnipeg- BUT being that the songs starts off on the "dark side" - with the story of his parents splitting up- well, considering that his parents are no longer alive, he may not want to sing that song.It may have a different feeling, different view for him to sing it now. Just a guess. Otherwise , one has to ask, how could he NOT play that song in Winnipeg !!!

At 10/19/2008 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But "Time Fades Away" would have been nice !

At 10/20/2008 03:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have given this concert a 3 out of 5. The sound was crap and too loud, some bad feedback or weird distortion trouble at a couple of instances. Sounded like I was in the old Winnipeg arena.

I had hoped Neil would have done more acoustic sets to really show off some of the amazing songs he has written in the last couple of albums.

Instead this was not much more than a grunge rock show. If I want to go to an electric guitar concert, I would have best spent much less money and gone to see Joe Satriani instead, which is what I should have done.

What is with these older artists that seem to have to prove to the world they can still turn up the amps real loud and grunge out. All that was "out" was so many excellent tunes he could have played.

You sucked Neil. A great disappointment for a big home town fan. At least I can go back to some fantastic Neil Young concert DVDs to watch and truly appreciate.

At 10/20/2008 07:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he probably didn't play "don't be denied" because it is from the Time Fades Away record and he said that was a bad time for him. i was hoping he would have played a song or two from On The Beach but all in all it was still a pretty good setlist. i loved cortez the killer and cowgirl in the sand and although i am ashamed to say i never heard oh, lonesome me before i thought it was an amazing song. it was cool to see "old black" in person to.

At 10/21/2008 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous Eric said...

Looking forward to the Vancouver show..I'm hoping he breaks ranks from his set list and does Sugar Mountain with a twelve string. Anyway, the setlist is a classic..with Bob Dylan playing Vancouver a couple days after here's to a special guest appearance. Go Neil GO !!

Eric, Sechelt BC


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