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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Neil Young Concert Reviews: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - 4/20/09

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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At 4/21/2009 04:06:00 AM, Blogger rdvdijk said...

As posted on The Rust List:

Mr Soul
When You Dance I Can Really Love
Are You Ready For The Country?
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Spirit Road
Cinnamon Girl
Mother Earth
Light A Canadle
Lost In Space
Four Strong Winds
Heart Of Gold
Old Man
Speakin Out
Tonight's The Night
Down By The River
Gotta Get Behind The Wheel
Just Singin' A Song
Roll Another Number
Rockin' In The Free World

At 4/21/2009 08:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow what a set list he really is just picking and chosing who gets what. would have loved to hear.Roll Another Number in Kingston... cheers Brett

At 4/21/2009 10:36:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

He played Roll Another Number for 420

At 4/21/2009 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a shame he is always playing heart of gold, needle and old man...he could alternate those for something like You and Me, Only love can break your heart, Birds, from hanks to hendrix...

At 4/21/2009 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Innaresting. And probably accurate.

At 4/21/2009 10:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unknown Legend fits into the unbelievable set list somewhere. Speaking Out? Roll Another Number? Ready for the Country?

Wow. What a show. Completely different than the show in Regina a few months ago.


At 4/21/2009 11:17:00 AM, Blogger dws135 said...

Unknown Legend was played, with Pegi on piano, I believe it was after The Needle and the Damage Done.

Here is a link to the review.

A great concert and fantastic set list. Neil seemed happy - lots of smiles.


At 4/21/2009 11:21:00 AM, Anonymous TM said...

I posted the same question on rust- could Crazy Horse be this agile, could they keep up with the shifting set lists?

At 4/21/2009 11:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? - no Sweet Joni (from Saskatoon)?

This guy is finshed.

At 4/21/2009 12:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 20, 2009 show in Saskatoon was brilliant. Neil Young should be an essential element of a well-rounded rock and roll education. Peggi rocks too! Everest was a nice surprise, those guys have talent. Don't miss this show on the remaining tour dates!

At 4/21/2009 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Setlist is right except between "Four Strong Winds" & "Heart Of Gold" he played "Unknown Legend."

What an amazing fucking show. I saw him in the fall too, but this show had a different vibe altogether, right from the time he stumbled onto the stage. He looked pretty grumpy at first, but when they started playing "Mr. Soul," it changed to pure intensity, as he just mauled Old Black.

Highlight was probably all the songs from TNT. "Speakin' Out" was just plain eerie. They took the dynamics of the song up and down, and his voice was straining for those high notes, it was classic. "TNT" was just creepy, in a good way.

"Down By The River" was excellent too. His guitar sounded as sharp and brilliant as on the album. He did this call and response thing with the audience which I thought was neat. He said "Be on my side," & eventually everyone was singing "I'll be on your side."
The crowd was definitely a party crowd which was really annoying, you know people talking, and pushing. And a lot of smoking. Which I think is what inspired Neil to play "Roll Another Number" so it was worth it.

If Neil is playing anywhere near you, you must do whatever you can to see him. I'm sure you already know this, but it can't be overstated.

At 4/21/2009 05:19:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

What other artist can change the setlist that many times( and throw in another "classic" ..with another slant to it and a new audience are stoked?...

Even though I miss the 'horse'..Peg and the 'eclectic' boys are obviously rippin' and gettin right behind Neil's vibe...even if they're got no idea what he's doin' or playin' next!!!

Keep up the Viagra Neil!!Its obviously workin'!!!

At 4/21/2009 09:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just incredible. I saw Neil's International Harvesters tour back in the 80s, which was fine, but this was the real deal. When I'm that age I wanna get paid to get up on stage and make that unearthly brilliant rock and roll racket. For sure one of the best concerts I ever saw - I think Neil's songs resonate far and deep with many people.

JC Mosquito

At 4/21/2009 10:11:00 PM, Anonymous Jazz said...

Pretty damn disappointing!Saw his show in Regina last October which was 100% better. The sold out show there was far far different from this only half sold here. We are old Neil rocker fans but this was way off in left field. Workin For The Queen-come on. No wonder there was so much dope smokin goin on. That's the only way you could enjoy it. Stoned

At 4/21/2009 11:00:00 PM, Anonymous John McG said...

HAHA! REALLY? JAZZ?? Was that a joke? I hope so.
This set list is unreal.
This band is also so so good. Get out if you don't like it.

Roll Another Number...

At 4/22/2009 03:40:00 PM, Anonymous Rsull01 said...

Sounds like this tour is really taking off....Cant wait for a return to Europe for the Summer.

That said.....

I am really surprised that neil doesnt bring out an anthem like Ordinary People on this tour. FITR has a lot of lyrics about what is happenning in todays world....and while i've heard a lot of the songs live....the lyrics in Ordinary People seem to fit todays environment perfectly.

NEIL....when you play Rotterdam in June please play Ordinary People. Its 18 mins but so what. The highlight of last year was No Hidden was amazing.

My wish!


At 4/23/2009 03:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw both Regina and Saskatoon. Can't really compare the 2 as they both were excellent! Regina is a much better venue, at least for floor going people and audiences in Saskatoon are usually very lame. I'd say they were pretty good for this one. Saskatoon was a much longer concert, we only got 90 minutes out of him in Regina, but we got Love & Only Love and Day in the Life!!! As I didn't check out previous setlists for this leg of the tour, the surprise factor helped, what an amazingly cool setlist!!! Mr Soul, Are You Ready For The Country, Everybody Knows, Lost In Space, Speakin Out, DBtR and Roll Another Number was just too much! I forgot it was 4-20 day until the next day.

Now for the (faulty) memory test, I thought maybe he played Fuel Line? Anyone else?

Saskatoon is definitely my favorite show of the 4 times I've seen him!

here in the concious world

At 4/23/2009 03:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry man, there was no "Fuel Line."

At 4/23/2009 08:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm the fart in the elevator...

Everast came on and tried hard, did all the head banging moves but it was like the party in the apartment next door: music was loud, you didn't know the songs and you couldn't make them out either. Soon you realized they were just going to be keeping you awake. They finished, the roadies moved some equipment and one roadie came out, or it was some guy who'd been roofing all day - picked up a guitar and brought the house down.

Jim Croce t-shirt under a flannel shirt, favorite jeans and lace up Kodiaks. He delivered the goods, but the base was overdriven and the vocals were washed out. Plus he had a blown speaker. About four songs in he said "Am I dressed good enough, do I talk to much - not enough?" and in the time it would take a homeless guy to try to convert you before the light turned green he was onto the next song.

Intermission he said something about his first visit to the city and the view from his hotel to the train station, but even that was washed. The acoustics on the instruments were perfect and on the final song an engineer discovered if he pushed THIS button the lighting went from basic spots to rotating and flashing spotlights! Final song...

The audio was terrible, the concert was good. It never fails to amaze me people who'll drop over a hundred dollars on a ticket, stand against the back wall and drink beer and run their bloody mouth with their buddies all night and never listen to a single song. And don't forget the chick fight in the lobby.

At 4/24/2009 06:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Neil was wearing a Frank Zappa t shirt...

At 4/24/2009 07:43:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Either way, I guess there was shit goin' down man.. even if it wasn't in the elevator!
Hey.. "roll another number"

Dr dope....thrrrrrrrrr

At 4/24/2009 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous trippplenippple said...

Did anyone catch the name of the Danny Whitten song that Everest played. It was an awesome song and a great tribute to an even better song writer.

At 4/26/2009 04:13:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

"trippplenipple"?..hmm...give yorself a name..not a description!

I think that song was somethin' about Sir Edmond Hillary......
although I could be sherpin ya!

At 4/27/2009 01:12:00 AM, Anonymous Shakey said...

April 20/2009 - Saskatoon
Neil Young, and really the whole band blew the roof off Credit Union Place for over 2 hours. The band was amazing, Rick (the bass player) was smiling, getting into the music, jumping on top of the drum riser with Neil. Pegi and Neil performed a duet singing 4 Strong Winds (written by Canadian Ian Tyson). That was rather cool to see. The songs performed on the set list that night was a who's who of historical Neil songs.
I never thought I'd hear Roll Another Number live. And when he did Sown By The River, one of his songs I loved to play, anyways, when Neil would sing; "Be on my side". The crowd responded with "We'll be on your side". and it was an exchange that put Neil and the whole audience together unlike I've ever witnessed during on of his concerts. (Sober and straight at least)
I talked a friend into comming with, he had never seen Neil live before. He's played drums on Neil tunes I would play and sing, but he never saw the Master, live before. He left a changed man.
For most of the concert I was at most 12ft away from the stage most of the night.
Due to my health I don't know if I'll ever be able to see another Neil concert again, and out of the 3 I've now seen,(Yeah, I know, by now it should be about the 30th one considering I've been a fan since I was 10, and that was 36 years ago, the concert put on for Saskatoon that night was the best one I've been to yet.
So, if you still can, get out there and online to find tickets to this great tour he's putting on. Even if you are just an average Neil fan, who only likes a certain type of Neil's music, get your ticket, even if it has to be in the nose bleed section. You will never forget this concert.

At 5/10/2009 05:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey..he got that Saskatoon crowd moving...that is a feet in itself...great believe he had on the image of the FMLN party they just won the election in El Salvador and....would be fitting with his philosophy...loved it...wish I could of gone to New Orleans!


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