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Friday, June 26, 2009

Glastonbury Festival Concert Reviews of Neil Young: 6/26/09

UPDATE: BBC Responds to Coverage Criticism of Neil Young's Glastonbury Concert


Nice photo gallery on BBC.

Thanks Pete!

"A Day in the Life" conclusion

Video is complete rubbish. However, video shows Neil bashing Ol Black with mic stand?!

From Review: Neil Young rocks Glastonbury - Glastonbury -
"No review’s going to do this justice, so let’s just get this out the way. Neil Young was just phenomenal.

Michael Eavis has tried and failed four times previously to get Neil Young to play at his little party down on Worthy Farm dating right back to the days when local stores would put ‘No Hippies Allowed’ on their windows.

Why Old Farmer Eavis has been so determined to book him is apparent from the moment Neil Young hits the stage. There’s no farting about, his trusty scarred Gibson Les Paul, Old Black, comes straight out and he clangs straight into My My Hey Hey. Seldom has the lyric “better to burn out than fade away” been more pertinent than the day after the death of a King. But also because at this festival of legends there are some here who have faded beyond repair. What this set proved more than anything is that Neil Young isn’t among their number."

Photo by Gary Wolstenholme// Drowned In Sound

Neil Young closes first night of Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Glastonbury Festival News - Festivals Guide 2009 - NME.COM - News, Reviews, Line-Ups, Photos, Videos, Information and More

UPDATE: Added Twitter feed to sidebar (2/3's down after Bridge '99 poster). Festival attendees now tweeting in reports.

From Trevor Lindley aka 'TheLoner':
The UK's BBC has extensive coverage of the Glastonbury Festival on TV, radio & online, and usually broadcast live footage of the headline acts.

Neil Young is due onstage at 9pm GMT (4pm EST?) and should get some live time on BBC TV (BBC2,3 or 4), BBC Radio 1 & Radio 6, plus online coverage via The website link also has further details of what's going on.

Thunderstorms are currently forecast in the area for Friday night, though I suspect that will be as a result of Old Black rather than the weather...

Thanks TheLoner! Enjoy the show!

Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival, England.

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At 6/26/2009 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Fintan said...

Hey Thrasher,

Can you please add a new post for Glastonbury? So the UK people might
post links to web/tv/radio broadcasts of NY's performance tonite (friday)??



At 6/26/2009 02:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what time is he going on. Can we get some live feed back please. Does he mention MJ in the show seeeing that he was his nieghbor and fellow zoo keeper.

At 6/26/2009 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Jim Breeds said...

I think you'll find that Neil is on at 10pm tonight, (BST or GMT +1), not 9pm as you said, and is also being shown (as far as I can tell on the BBC HD channel).


At 6/26/2009 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Jim Breeds said...

In fact, according to the Glastonbury website, he's on from 10pm to 00:15 am.


At 6/26/2009 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Canada and when I try to access the BBC video feeds, I get the ominous "Program not available in your area" screen (programming blocked b/c of the BBC programming licenses extended to BBC Canada and BBC America)

The sense I get is, for non-UK fans, the fastest way you're going to see Neil on video from tonight is to watch video clips of the festival that are posted on the BBC site noted above by Fintan. Or wait until some UK fans post whatever airs live on Dime...unless someone who uses the BBC website has some way of working around this.

Should be great in any event.

Question - what MJ song would be most appropriate for Neil to dip into as a tribute? Ben? Beat It?(that solo on Old Black!) Ebony and Ivory (and Paul could show up)? Billie Jean (acoustic)? The mind reels..


At 6/26/2009 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous Liza said...

here in Germany I also get "program not available in your area".....

At 6/26/2009 05:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young to appear on BBC at 23.20 (GMT).

At 6/26/2009 05:41:00 PM, Blogger james_bendle said...

This is a disgrace. The BBC have moved him to the highlight show later. The presenters were actually talking with him in the background then showed earlier footage of lady Gaga and the Ting Tings, then a section on the diary cows at worthy farm, WTF! If you waiting for BBC show - watch my Youtube videos in the meantime - taken at Aberdeen two days ago:

At 6/26/2009 05:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young came on stage at 22.00 and began with Hey Hey My My. BBC are not showing live coverage.

At 6/26/2009 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic footage james_bendle, can't wait to see him tomorrow at Hyde Park. Thanks for the links.

At 6/26/2009 05:53:00 PM, Anonymous stephen routledge said...

how fucking poor is the BBC coverage!! i've seen the same shit lily allen and ting tings footage!!

i guess nowhere gets live neil young footage!!

At 6/26/2009 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the BBC are using IP filtering to allow only UK based people access their content unfortunately

At 6/26/2009 06:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBC 'interactive' service allows you to choose from 5 screens to watch different performers, none of it live. Twats

At 6/26/2009 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous stephen routledge said...

Have just sent a complaint to the BBC.. it really is awful coverage... too much focus on awful run of the mill trash, like lily allen, and ting ting to name but two.

fleet foxes were very good tho!!

I have my whole night planed around watching neil... so time i wonder why I pay my TV licence!!

At 6/26/2009 06:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bbc 2 now!!!

At 6/26/2009 06:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBC coverage: Needle and Damage Done and Words, cut to inane presenters who say more Neil Young later. Audio during Words cuts to Rockin' in the Free Word, why the fuck can't the BBC get it's act together? It's not often the BBC get the chance to show Neil Young live.

At 6/26/2009 07:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually mark radcliffe is a fan and they are making up for it with more coverage.

Welsh Neil

At 6/26/2009 07:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bout time - lily allen in that outfit was getting on my (bigger than her) tits. T

At 6/26/2009 07:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least they've posted some nice pics:

been watching BBC 3 for about an hour (now 00:18am) but no Neil.


At 6/26/2009 07:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

link should read:


At 6/26/2009 07:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBC have no excuse for not showing the full set. Versions of Rockin' in the Free World and A Day in the Life were breathtaking.

At 6/26/2009 07:23:00 PM, Blogger Lionel Joesph said...

Just caught the tail end of a day in the life on BBC 2 - assume it was live frm the end of the set - was it just one song or did they show anything else - great footage - hopefully it make the 5/6th volume of the archives in ohhhh 50 hrs or so...!-)

At 6/26/2009 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shorten set was shown on BBC 2

At 6/26/2009 07:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They showed Neil playing 5 songs only

At 6/26/2009 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous LawlessGreed said...

Typical of the media in this country...Why did the two presenters have to go on about how Neil looked after EVERY clip they showed? Its a music festival not a fashion one cares.

'Day in the life' was absolutely breathtaking.

At 6/26/2009 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical indeed, the media have no interest in substance just the frothy bullshit that excites no one

At 6/26/2009 07:38:00 PM, Anonymous pgxe said...

bbc2 showed

needle and the damage done
get behind the wheel
rocking in the free world
a day in the life

. . . and a bit of apprciative and respectful banter from the presenters. . .

. . i wonder what john peel would have said?

. .. and with ragged glory playing through the house it's off to bed, a good night's sleep ready for the drive to London in the morning. . .

Hyde Park here we come

At 6/26/2009 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Limited coverage but great to see some unique and sensational Neil on the BBC in 2009. Hope there will be more marvellous excerpts shown through the week. So glad my wife and I went to see him at the Isle of Wight where he really gave it everything we could have hoped for. Thank you Neil for that brilliant set in Newport. This tour has been a joy to behold for fans old and new. Peace, Glenn

At 6/26/2009 08:03:00 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Neil! You should be hitting CSN with that mike stand not Old Black. What's Larry Cragg gonna do now? Has anyone noticed how similar Neil's xylophone playing is to Milt Holland of the Modern Jazz Quartet?

At 6/26/2009 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reasonably happy with the coverage. Rockin, Words, and Day in the life are considerably longer than most other acts. However with all this interactive stuff why couldn't we just see it all. What I saw was stunning. Neil was having agreat time and the kids were well up for it.

Mr Fudge

At 6/26/2009 08:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't want to drag the BBC issue to death, but it really shows how early we are in the dawn of Internet video.

- the BBC Glastonbury site was, to me, completely confusing as to what performers would be shown when

-too many possible channels the content could be shown on...scroll through the posts above and see the different channels people were finding bits and pieces on

-finally, with so many channels, why not dedicate one (unblocked) to a more or less continuous live feed of the festival? I know there are rights issues and some performers limit the extent to which their performances are shown, but come on, how many are actually going to commercially release their Glastonbury performance at a later date?

Nuff said. This thread is about Neil and his show, but I can't help letting off steam.

They tell you this and they give you that...


At 6/26/2009 09:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are bang on campaigner ..

with the advent of youtubr et al why not just stream the whole thing live. Ticket sales and album sales wouldn't be effected because at the end of the day I buy every new Neil release and see him live if he is a few hundreed miles drive.

Neil fans are unique in this respect ..
Mr Fudge

At 6/26/2009 09:29:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

I JUST GOT THE NEW ROLLINGSTONE TODAY IN THE MAIL....There is a story about boxsets and it reads NEIL YOUNG ARCHIVES Vol.2 is due out in 2010!!! WHOOO HOOOO! CAN'T WAIT!

Bring it on Archives Guy!

At 6/27/2009 12:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you from outside the UK ,here are the first videos:
...more to come..


At 6/27/2009 12:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who played with Neil? Did any of CSN join him, or NL perhaps?

At 6/27/2009 04:56:00 AM, Anonymous Aitken said...

Usual suspects played last night -

BBC covered Needle, Words, Get Behind The Wheel, RITFW, Day In The Life.

Footage appeared around 11.30 pm - and quite good too.

The guy who was hosting the show knew what he was talking about.

At 6/27/2009 05:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A day in the life was superb . Neil now needs to bring the song home to its rightful place and play it in Liverpool ! Now that would be ace .

At 6/27/2009 05:46:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Who actually thought they would get the full live show? Not a chance, was actually surprised that we got five songs.

The songs shown were great and Neil looked to be really enjoying himself.

Fleet Foxes were sublime.

At 6/27/2009 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can anyone be satisfied with that coverage?

Other artists got the WHOLE SET broadcast. Indeed, whilst shakey was playing, the bbc were broadcasting the full set by perennial next-big-thing bloc party.

Neil was the HEADLINE ACT FFS.

At 6/27/2009 07:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put your arms in the air...


Keep on rockin' in the FREE world...

At 6/27/2009 12:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All videos are removed from YouTube by the British Bradcasting Coporation.

But, hey, have a look at this review of the moment from Q magazine:

No review’s going to do this justice, so let’s just get this out the way. Neil Young was just phenomenal.

Michael Eavis has tried and failed four times previously to get Neil Young to play at his little party down on Worthy Farm dating right back to the days when local stores would put ‘No Hippies Allowed’ on their windows.

Why Old Farmer Eavis has been so determined to book him is apparent from the moment Neil Young hits the stage. There’s no farting about, his trusty scarred Gibson Les Paul, Old Black, comes straight out and he clangs straight into My My Hey Hey. Seldom has the lyric “better to burn out than fade away” been more pertinent than the day after the death of a King. But also because at this festival of legends there are some here who have faded beyond repair. What this set proved more than anything is that Neil Young isn’t among their number.

Johnny Rotten and punk rock was supposed to get rid of people like Neil Young with their denim and lank hair, and their extended 12 minute versions of hoary old anthems. Thank God it didn’t. You want punk rock? Neil Young is living evidence that it’s still among us.

Anyone who suspected that we might have been in for some curmudgeonly latest album set was sorely disappointed as classic followed classic – Spirit Road, The Needle & The Damage Done, Heart Of Gold - no words or gestures needed from the stage, we were all on board the rock train.

Young’s no sprightly plastic surgery regenerated has been, the lines of age, the balding head, the slack dressing are all the polar opposite of what the outside world may consider cool. At one point he shrugs off a sleeve of his shirt but keeps on playing regardless – two guitar changes and four songs later he is still rocking the half-shirt. It’s not that he doesn’t care, it’s just that he’s in there right inside his music. Who cares about the fucking shirt, there’s rock to be done.

Neil Young and his sterling band have mastered many things (making songs like Cinnamon Girl and Down By The River sound both angry and intricate being one, the end song huddle being another and best of all the false ending). Keep On Rocking In The Free World features four false endings (possibly five, I lost count). A mischievous grin flashing across Young’s mouth as he returns for one more blast of the chorus.

As his set ends you think that it can’t get any better but he returns for one crowning end. The theory that no one can claim a Beatles song as their own is blown away by his encore of A Day In The Life which turns Lennon & McCartney’s whimsy into a multi-layered masterpiece that’s closer to Laurel Canyon than Blackburn, Lancashire. My, My. What a night.

At 6/27/2009 04:18:00 PM, Blogger simon2307 said...

Tracks from the BBC highlight show are up for your enjoyment here.

Cheers, Simon


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