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Friday, April 10, 2009

Halifax, Canada Concert Reviews: 4/10/09

Neil Young at Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - 4/10/09
Photo by Ted Pritchard

From Young puts good in Good Friday - Nova Scotia News - by S. Cooke:
'Thanks for being here, it’s like a deja vu experience. We had a good time last time and we’ll try and do it a little differently for you tonight,' Young told the crowd after opening with a tune unheard in November, When You Dance, I Can Really Love, and a spirited Are You Ready for the Country, with Ben Keith’s lap steel guitar floating over his fearless leader’s pounding on a battered upright piano.

There were other, fresher treats in store, like a stripped-down version of Pocahontas, marked by Chad Cromwell’s tribal drumbeat, and a raggedy Barstoon Blues, which provided a moment of levity when the band started one song and Young another.

'Well, what do you want to do?' he shrugged at Cromwell with a note of mock exasperation. 'Well, OK, we’ll do both of ’em.

'This is like rehearsals for retirement, only we don’t want to get it down,' Young told the crowd, which was cheering with encouragement. 'We always don’t want to be ready for that.

'Some of these songs we’ve never played, you’d never believe it.'

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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At 4/10/2009 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Craig Olsvik said...

Just got back from the show, I am speechless except for one word: Pocahontas.

At 4/10/2009 10:53:00 PM, Anonymous wiggy said...


At 4/10/2009 11:23:00 PM, Anonymous craig said...

friends, from now on, please post the setlist if you don't see it posted. that's what we want to see from the first person who posts after seeing the show...and your review too;)

At 4/10/2009 11:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep going Craig...

Cough up the List
Cough up the List
Cough up the List

It's all about the List
and our Neil


At 4/11/2009 01:18:00 AM, Anonymous Craig Olsvik said...

I'm never good with remembering setlists, but here are the songs I can recall at the moment, not in order:
When You Dance
Everybody Knows
Cinnamon Girl
Are you Ready
Speakin' Out
Tonight's the Night
World on a String
Mother Earth
Lost in Space
Pocahontas (electric with Old Black)
Heart of Gold
Old Man
Unknown Legend
Just Singin' a Song
Hit the Road
Get Behind the Wheel
Light a Candle

Encore: Hurricane

I know I am forgetting quite a few...

At 4/11/2009 01:48:00 AM, Anonymous Thomas said...

Add Spirit Road, The Needle and the Damage Done and Change Your Mind. I know there were more too. He played a long show. I was front and center, a few feet back from the fence. My second favorite show I've seen in Hali.

Pearl Jam, 220905. My favorite show in Halifax. Download the torrent, amazing setlist, amazing show, and the second encore ended with Fortunate Son and Rockin' in the Free World.

At 4/11/2009 06:18:00 AM, Blogger Robbie Mac said...

It was fantastic, that made three shows in six months for me. He's really playing off the cuff. Changing things on the fly the whole shot. Thanks Neil!

At 4/11/2009 06:29:00 AM, Blogger Robbie Mac said...

At 4/11/2009 10:14:00 AM, Blogger dano said...

soooooo pumped cant wait for the april 15th show in london

At 4/11/2009 10:45:00 AM, Blogger CCTB said...

Neil is certainly playing from many albums, Freedom, Harvest moon, Sleeps with angels, Hawks and doves.....I think when you look at the albums he's pulling from, this tour is rich in sound. He is digging deep.Everybody knows.., Tonights the night, Rust never sleeps, Harvest, Chrome dreams, Ragged Glory, Fork in the road. You've gotta dig it. Lets hope he hasn't settled in yet and keeps mixing them come London!!
Theres my bit for the day.

At 4/11/2009 12:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is like rehearsals for retirement..."

Please, don't say that, even in joking, Neil!

FITR gains more presence. Some great setlists.
Enjoy, Canucks!


At 4/11/2009 01:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no way he can retire man... he might retread, but he won't retire!

Ont. Canada

At 4/11/2009 01:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi.Me and my wife will be seeing him in Kelowna. We have GA tickets. What I would like to know is what has the crowd been like on the floor? Is it out of control ore pretty peaceful.I can take a rowdy crowd but my wife cant.God I hope he does Hurican when we see him.


At 4/11/2009 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hurricane" for the encore was definitely unexpected; I was waiting for "All Along the Watch Tower" since that finished the first show in St. John's, Nfld. But to me the highlight had to be "Change Your Mind", I really liked the way Neil stretched out "Change your Mind" with his legendary guitar work. I could have left at that point, completely satisfied, and the show was only half over. Still to come were the four songs off on Tonights the Night - "Speakin' Out, Tonight's The Night, Albuquerque and World On A String". The band was is just fantastic, that is really what I think... Anthony in Halifax

At 4/12/2009 06:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me that Neil is just going through the motions. That was a nothing version of Love And Only Love he did as an encore.Like he couldnt wait to get it over with.
And whats with Peggi being in every song waving her arms all over the place

At 4/12/2009 08:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Like a Hurricane' was the encore. I don't think he played 'Love and only Love' Friday (he opened with that in November). Another song he played was 'The Ways of Love' from Freedom.

Amazing, amazing show. Except for the people behind me who reported me to security for standing up and rocking during Barstool Blues and Heart of Gold. Sorry, but it's a rock concert and it was only 2 songs! My brothers travelled here and are still raving about the show. I don't think Neil was in a rush to get out -seemed like he was never gonna stop playing and rocking hard.

Cliff - Halifax

At 4/13/2009 04:52:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

F*&%$K!!! What DID we do wrong in Sydney!!!
I'm sooo jealous!!!

At 4/13/2009 09:19:00 AM, Blogger parnellie said...

Great show. This was my 7th and one of the best.Loved all the surprises and variety.Lost in space. Change youre mind.Speakin out.And of course A great version of Pocahontas.All were excellent.Thanks again Neil.

At 4/13/2009 01:46:00 PM, Anonymous D.F. Baker said...

Here's the set list from the April 10th show. Two or three songs might be slightly out of order, but they're all there. Amazing show. Neil culled songs from all over his impressive career. Hope everyone enjoys.

1. When You Dance You Can Really Love - After The Gold Rush (1970)
2. Are You Ready For The Country? - Harvest (1972)
3. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere -
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
4. Spirit Road - Chrome Dreams II (2007)
5. Pocahontas - Rust Never Sleeps
6. Barstool Blues - Zuma (1975)
7. Words (Between The Lines of Age) - Harvest (1972)
8. Cinnamon Girl - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
9. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)-Ragged Glory (1990)
10. Change Your Mind - Sleeps With Angels (1994)
11. Light A Candle - Fork In The Road (2009)
12. The Needle And The Damage Done - Harvest (1972)
13. Lost In Space - Hawks And Doves
14. The Ways Of Love - Freedom (1989)
15. Unknown Legend - Harvest Moon (
16. Heart Of Gold - Harvest (1972)
17. Old Man - Harvest (1972)
18. Speakin' Out - Tonight's The Night (1975)
19. Tonight's The Night - Tonight's The Night (1975)
20. Go To Town - Fork In The Road
21. Albuquerque - Tonight's The Night (1975)
22. Get Behind The Wheel - Fork In The Road (2009)
23. World On A String - Tonight's The Night (1975)
24. Just Singing A Song - Fork In The Road (2009)
25. Like A Hurricane - American Stars And Bars (1977)

At 4/13/2009 03:59:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

D.F.....Yeah, like 8 SONGS MORE THAN at SYDNEY!ent cent.....The viagra kicked in hard on this one heh!
What a long ,diverse and satisfying set list that would have been!!
The "setlist police" will be on to this for sure!!!


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