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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

München, Germany Neil Young Concert Reviews: 6/17/09

"A Day in the Life"
Photo by Paolo Brillo

Great photo gallery by Paolo Brillo on Flickr Photostream.

Neil Young will be performing tonight at Olympiahalle, München, Germany.

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At 6/18/2009 01:42:00 AM, Anonymous Crazy Bear said...

1. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
2. Mansion On The Hill
3. Are You Ready For The Country?
4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
5. Pocahontas
6. Words
7. Cinnamon Girl
8. Mother Earth
9. Don't Let It Bring You Down
10. Goin' Back
11. On The Way Home
12. Unknown Legend
13. Comes A Time
14. Down By The River
15. Get Behind The Wheel
16. Rockin' In The Free World
17. A Day In The Life

(setlist from Sugarmontain)

At 6/18/2009 02:44:00 AM, Anonymous Daniel from Munich said...

Some weird things were going on this night. First, there were no seats on the floor! Neil decided he only want to play in front of a "standing" audience. So at about 2 p.m. they put all the chairs away (only 2 hours after the brought them in...)

So people had the choice the change their ticket in a seating ticket or to get 10 Euro back or a T-Shirt...

The old man proved again that he can be a little bit cranky from time to time. I was disappointed of the whole thing because I had a ticket for the 5th row. So I got in late, just to recognize the whole floor was already filled...

On the musical side it was a good show. The played a very different version of "On The Way Home". Interesting!
But in my opinion the shows last year were much better. There was definitely more energy. More power.
Highlights yesterday: "Comes A Time", "Down By The River" and "Rockin´ In The Free World".

At 6/18/2009 04:31:00 AM, Anonymous Luke said...

I think neil was right a standing audience is better than a sitting ;-)
i had also a ticket for a seat but i liked it more to stand and get a free T-shirt...
This concert was very cool neil is still alive and put a unbelieveable energy in his music.
I liked the song Mother earth with organ and harp a lot but the best thing on this evening was when he played 'comes a time'
It was my first neil young concert and i hope i am able to see a lot more

At 6/18/2009 04:56:00 AM, Anonymous Timbo said...

A standing audience is good but they should have decided that before they sold the tickets.
I's very disappointing and unfair when you have seats for the 9th row looking forward to seeing Neil but instead you're in the crowd at the very back of the arena because you did not come there 6 hours early.
Please Neil, next time have your concerts organized better.

At 6/18/2009 05:21:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


You could have easily gotten in the front, even during the concert.

Why would anybody want to sit during "Rockin' In The Free World"?

Good show, great set!

At 6/18/2009 06:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe there is a chance to contact the organizer, cause they only made one announcement, that you can change your ticket in a seating ticket. No words about 10 Euro or a T-shirt. I think, thats cheeky...

I bought a shirt for 30 Euros, but if i knew that, i could have two shirts for free...

Anyway, a great concert.

At 6/18/2009 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Blauberge said...

This was my third NY concert and the best one I saw. I can understand that people who had tickets for seats in the first rows were put off by NY's decision not to play in front of a sitting audience. But right he is. Last years concert in Verona is good proof that a sitting crowd can't really respond to most songs he plays with his "Electric Band". Why he or his management agreed to seats in the center floor in the first place, I dont understand. However, at 8.10 pm (20 minutes before official start) the crowd in front of the stage was still small and I ended up somewhere in line six or so - much better than a seat in line 24 (and I did not queue for a T-Shirt or the 10€ chashback!).

But now the music: Its hard for me to pick favourites since I like both the "acoustic" and the "electric" styles of Neil. Surely "Rockin' In The Free World" was great, but I liked "Down By The River" better - it was incredibly intense. Very good also: "Don't let it bring you down". My favourite, however: A Day in the Life, played as encore. Anyway, there was no real downer in the set and even the the somewhat simplistic "Get behind the wheels" from the latest album did rock.

So, to make a long story short: For me it was a great night with great music. Thanks Neil. Hope to see you again ..... next year!

At 6/18/2009 09:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: Did he used the stereo White Falcon for "Words"?

Old Black

At 6/18/2009 09:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When he played Don't let it bring you down his guitar sounds so powerful and big and you were able to hear the strings snarring that was really cool!!!

At 6/18/2009 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

give a look to my pics from Munich 6.17 on my galerie on flickr:
Paolo Brillo

At 6/18/2009 10:30:00 AM, Blogger designschicago said...

All performers feed off of the energy of the crowd. A big ticket, smart artist, such as Neil knows that the people in front, seated, are not necessarily the most enthusiastic fan (ex: Trump) due to the scalper/broker b.s.

The standing room arrangement guarantees the energy in the front, and, democratic to boot: a h.s. kid can mix with a stock broker can mix with a biker can mix with a soccer-mom.

However, a ticket-buyer should know ahead of time what they are getting into, tickets being priced accordingly.

At 6/18/2009 10:36:00 AM, Anonymous crazy bear said...

Paolo Brillo: beautiful pictures !!!

At 6/18/2009 10:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, he did play the white falcon on words.
a reason why one could hear the strings snarring on don't let it bring you down because the guitar was in open d tuning, so the top-string is tensed lighter than usual

At 6/18/2009 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous pieceofcrap said...

Yes, Neils famous snarring strings do the trick. I wonder, though, about these drastic changes in the set list. Seems Neil is drifting in some kind of strange way, in a universe of greatest hits, with or without the band. Still, very curious about this Berlin version of On The Way Home. Anybody spot in on youtube or somewhere yet?

At 6/18/2009 03:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"drastic changes in the set list. Seems Neil is drifting in some kind of strange way,"

Seems like that's the reason to go. Can you imagine two years on the road doing the same set every night. Even the monsters like huricane, cortez, DBTR, RITFW, etc need to get changed up a little to keep it interesting. And rearrangement of vintage songs like pocahontas and others.

Unless you only wanna hear all new stuff, it's the only way to survive.

At 6/18/2009 07:29:00 PM, Blogger Reiga said...

Beautifull Concert - A very vivid Neil - alltough he looked a bit tired in the beginning.

Probably the best Outfit I've ever seen him wear on stage.

Stunning Version of "On the way home" and "Comes a time".

Unfortunately a typical german crowd and realy annoying security guys.

The Band was in a very good mood, everybody but Neil was hanging out outside of the backstage Area and talkin to fans from time to time.

I've asked Larry after the show why he didn't play the banjo this time - he was very funny and a bit annoyed, because "heart of gold" and "old man" originally were on the setlist until Neil decided to change it in the last minutes.
He's a very good banjo player - so I hope to see him play the next time.

Check out the recordings of this show - it's really worth it!

Long live Neil

At 6/19/2009 01:52:00 AM, Anonymous crazy bear said...

Reiga said : "Unfortunately a typical german crowd and realy annoying security guys."

What's a "typical german crowd" ???

At 6/19/2009 06:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Still, very curious about this Berlin version of On The Way Home."

He didn´t play that one in berlin, only in munich.

It sounded pretty much exactly like the original Buffalo Springfield version, which I didn´t appreciate too much as I consider the solo version far superior. But anyway he only plays that tune once a year or so these days so it was alright I guess.

- Milan

At 6/19/2009 07:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Check out the recordings of this show - it's really worth it!"

Where can i get the recordings of the show???

At 6/19/2009 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 6/19/2009 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh, what's 'a typical German crowd'?

-no more

At 6/19/2009 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

A typical German crowd consists of Krauts who typically attribute negative perceptions to be typically German. I got to know this being German myself.
Standing maybe 15 ft. away from Neil Young during this concert I did not notice anything typically German around me, there were guys from Toronto, Texas, Tennessee and the like.
The show did not sell very good: An audience of 5000 in a venue that can hold more than 11 000, going to extremes even 14 000, so there goes your atmosphere...
There was just one single drunk guy pushing from behind as if the show was set for him personally. so how's that for a change? I enjoyed the show beyond words and hope the Euro stays strong enough to entice the Neil Young corporation to come back soon.

At 6/19/2009 03:25:00 PM, Anonymous pieceofcrap said...

Phew, for a moment I was afraid someone was gonna say a 'typical German crowd' would be a regiment of Rusties chanting "Heil Neil!!" I saw Neil twice in Germany, both times playing for very nice & sensitive crowds, although a bit eh.. well, boyish.
Seems like the venues on this tour are hardly ever sold out.. Could it be that Neil and his Electric Band are overstretchng?

At 6/19/2009 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

MANUAL..."don't mention the War"

Fawlty Dip

At 6/19/2009 04:41:00 PM, Blogger Dmitri Karamazov said...

"Live music are better!
Bumper stickers should be issued!"

At 6/20/2009 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

I've just read a report from some German newspaper music critic who said that Neil has had soo much fun discovering the culinary delights of the city of Munchen that he has decided to rework some of his best songs to reflect these discoveries.
Here's a sample:

I wanna live with a cinnamon bun
I could be happy the rest of my life
just eaten cinnamon bun!

A dreamer of Pizza,
I've had fun in the night
with Ben, Rick and Pegi

up until midnight
with my cinnamon bun!

With 10 silver francs
and Kranski to go

my belt buckle relaxes
and waits between shows
for my belly to grow

Pa,send me money now
we're just lovin' this chow

This is better than france!
But I need a bigger pair of pants!

Yeah, Yeah Yeah..... whooo!!

At 6/21/2009 05:10:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

How's the pic of Neil..or is that David Carridine from "KUNG FU"!.

Just for the observant..that's the aboriginal flag you can just see plastered on his black T-shirt.

Good ol' Neil..if there is a cause, a political stance or statement, Neil would be either wearin' it, singin' it, drivin' it, or livin' in it..
Yep a rebel WITH a Cause..James Neil Dean!!!

Keep on rockin'
with the Archives your hockin'
Don't nead no leader
Or political bleeder

Just keep on ya tourin'

The world is your Oyster
With guitar you will boister

In the isles they'll be layin'
with those songs you keep slayin'

Neil,never retire!....
or put out the fire!

from every optimal Fan

your humility and passion
Is never outa fashion

I just sit here with Wonder
Till ya come back down under!!!

Obssessive Dip

P.S. Don't leave it too long willya!

Luv Dip

At 6/23/2009 01:17:00 AM, Anonymous edty said...

the best recording of the show (by tcb_guy)

mp3 (v0)



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