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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Neil Young's "Twisted Road" Concert Tour Dates and Reviews

UPDATE: Neil Young 2011 Spring U.S. Tour Dates


3rd Leg
Concert Reviews:

- 2010-09-20, Marina Civic Center, Panama City, Florida
- 2010-09-22, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida
- 2010-09-23, Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida
- 2010-09-25, IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi, Mississippi
- 2010-09-26, Saenger Theatre, Mobile, Alabama
- 2010-09-28, Saenger Theartre, Pensacola, Florida

2nd Leg
Concert Reviews:

- 2010-07-11, Fox Theater, Oakland, California, USA
- 2010-07-12, Fox Theater, Oakland, California, USA
- 2010-07-14, Fox Theater, Oakland, California, USA

- 2010-07-15, Mondavi Center, Davis, California, USA
- 2010-07-17, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA
- 2010-07-19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, USA
- 2010-07-20, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA
- 2010-07-23, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- 2010-07-24, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 2010-07-26, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- 2010-07-27, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

- 2010-07-29, Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
- 2010-07-30, Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

1st Leg
Concert Reviews:

- Tue May 18 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
- Wed May 19 Shea's Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY
- Fri May 21 Hanover Theatre Worcester, MA
- Sun May 23 Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
- Mon May 24 Constitution Hall Washington, DC
- Wed May 26 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
- Thu May 27 Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN
- Sat May 29 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
- Sun May 30 Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg, SC
- Tue & Wed June 1 & 2 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
- Fri June 4 Jones Hall Houston, TX
- Sat June 5 Bass Performance Hall Austin, TX
- Mon June 7 Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas, TX

Neil Young's "Twisted Road" concert tour dates. Opening act: Bert Jansch

Tickets on sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 27.

- May 19 - Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, New York
- May 23- Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Connecticut
- May 26 - Louisville Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY (2,600 seats)
- May 29 - Atlanta's Fox Theatre (4,600 seats)
- May 30 - Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC (3,200 seats)
- June 1 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (2,300 seats)
- June 2 – Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

Don't be denied!

Also, see Sugar Mountain for tour date updates. (Thanks Tom!)

Also, see Tour Map on Rust Radio. (Thanks Roel!)

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At 3/26/2010 05:41:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Good luck everybody with tix!

If you want to discuss ticket prices, go here. Comments regarding prices in this thread will be deleted.

Don't be denied!

At 3/26/2010 05:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... lists only June 1st.


At 3/26/2010 06:56:00 PM, Anonymous Steven said...

Hello,will this tour be in just the southern USA or will it be all over the US? I'm wishing for dates in New York State or even Toronto.Archives Guy,can you let us know where this tour is happening? Will it be a tour throughout 2010? Have a good weekend Neil fans.Good luck with tickets. Keep On Rocking! Soldier Steve

At 3/26/2010 09:00:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

AC has a deal with these specific shows. Neil will have other shows from this same tour with other promoters.-a man on the inside.......

At 3/26/2010 09:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm... any idea when they will announced?

At 3/26/2010 11:35:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

According to mY sources.......
this monday

At 3/27/2010 12:25:00 AM, Blogger CCTB said...

>THIS my friends is the calm before the storm<

At 3/27/2010 12:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buzz a while


At 3/27/2010 02:07:00 AM, Blogger Skillit said...

Wonder if the third part of the Demme trilogy will be taped at one of these shows (country Neil, rocking Neil and now solo Neil?)

At 3/27/2010 05:21:00 AM, Blogger RSS said...


At 3/27/2010 08:43:00 AM, Blogger Jim Breeds said...

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At 3/27/2010 08:45:00 AM, Blogger Jim Breeds said...

Are there any rumours of dates in England?

At 3/27/2010 08:47:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

...or hopefully Germany too?

At 3/27/2010 10:01:00 AM, Blogger yourisaforever said...

And PLEASE! come to SPAIN again, there's a whole "Playa" waiting for you! (enlaplayadeneil)
We LOVE you!

At 3/27/2010 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Neil please come to England!

At 3/27/2010 10:36:00 AM, Anonymous tuned4life said...

I got a pretty good seat to see Neil in Louisville Ky. ORCH PIT 1 Row C seat #5. WOW! 2 rows between me and Neil. It will be well worth the drive 568 mile drive from western N.Y..

At 3/27/2010 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

did anyone else have aweful luck with the atlanta tickets? closest I could get was brutal. hope everyone else had better luck. BTW i love how all these scalpers have amazing seats for crazy prices on ebay within minutes. such bull

At 3/27/2010 11:08:00 AM, Anonymous Rob said...

I got tickets to see Neil for the first time!!!!!!!!!!!

Im 23, and been a huge fan since I was 17. I missed the crazy horse tour in 2003 because I was moving and it literally went around me, and none of the shows over the last few years came anywhere close (I live in tampa). I saw the CSNY tour in 06 in Ft. Lauderdale, but we all know that isnt the same!

I am in section SRA row O in the back, but I couldn't be happier. Im so glad that I am going to get to see him play a colo acoustic show! I hope I get to hear ambulance blues...

At 3/27/2010 11:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried Atlanta once,about 20 minutes after they went on sale and got Row D near center.

At 3/27/2010 11:11:00 AM, Blogger art said...

I had pretty good luck in getting a pair in row EE dead center at the Fox. The Ryman was not available almost immediately, KY & SC seemed easy enough. Now I just need to figure out how to get to ATL. Delta from JFK is $288 roundtriop today!stien

At 3/27/2010 11:18:00 AM, Anonymous Ronald Derioux said...

Got tickets for Ryman - Sec 7, Row U on the floor!

At 3/27/2010 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Sean The Music Nazi said...

Just got tickets for me and my parents section 2 row q on the floor at the ryman! Saw friends and relatives, Greendale with the horse. Chrome Dreams 2. Jazzfest with his electric band.. Now solo acoustic! Ive seen every flavor of neil still around except CSNY.. Neil without CSNY is better any day though :) Hope to see some of you rusties there! Should be amazing.

At 3/27/2010 12:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1999, on Neil's last solo tour, I waited for what must of been months for Neil to announce a Toronto date.
And I watched the whole tour pass me by,

Well I won't make the same mistake this time.
I'm going to Nashville baby! Row H on the floor, sec 7.

Still hoping for a TO date.

At 3/27/2010 12:50:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Not great seats got.A lateral M for Atlanta, lateral P and H for Ryman.

Andrea."So Tired"

At 3/27/2010 04:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My attitude about concerts- especially Neil Young shows is that I'm happy to just be there- as long as the sound is good and people aren't too rude and I've got a little weed for my head. Just to hear the live music- that's what I'm there for. Of course its always better to be close but what the hell, sometimes its impossible so just enjoy. Neil is sitting and playing when solo acoustic. I have a feeling that with these shows-whether first row or last row (and I've been in both) its gonna be great. Neil ALWAYS is.

At 3/27/2010 07:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6th row at Spartanburg!! Can't wait! Best opener ever too--Thanks, Neil!

At 3/27/2010 08:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

before i order tickets, i need to hit the lottery!

holy cripes!

At 3/27/2010 09:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

say it aint so trash

At 3/28/2010 01:21:00 AM, Blogger Kimball said...

we're goin to the ryman folks, my wife, me and my brother. You know, I really hope that Neil has been struck by the muse and has written a whole host of new songs, that's what it feels like to me when he throws a few shows out there right away, he wants to get the material in front of the audience. Whatever he brings I can accept it and will do my best to enjoy it and enjoy it from his angle. now, everyone, please keep your behavior at its best, and most polite during the songs so the tapers can capture something most special! Some of my most treasured boots are from the 99 solo tour, exquisite acoutics and clear recordings, quiet crowds = neil bliss for years to come.

At 3/28/2010 01:24:00 AM, Blogger Kimball said...

and a note to tuned 4 life, CONGRATS, you deserve the best seats in the house! What is this about your 35th show within arm's reach of Neil? We're going to Ryman 6/2 show. and the cornwalls are sounding so sweet! here's the best to you Doug...

At 3/28/2010 07:35:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

This is all very silly. Neil announces a solo tour, I read all the wheat there is on this site, I fall into a dream last night and presto, Neil Young is playing a solo gig which at first I think I'm watching on Saturday Night Live, and subsequently I'm in the theatre in the second row and Neils singing, playing and shaking my hand. Quite weird, but it's the 3rd or 4th episode of dreams like that in the last 5 years. I believe I'll have my head examined

As Crosby sings, "In my dreams I can see a love that could be"

Now back to our normal programming

At 3/28/2010 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my ryman tics yesterday!!

At 3/28/2010 11:27:00 AM, Blogger yourisaforever said...

Just a question, in case Neil comes to Europe, anybody knows where is the best/honest internet place to get the tickets from? Thanks!

At 3/28/2010 01:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the tour poster photo looks like a still from the H of G DVD, with Neil singing The Old Laughing Lady. At the Ryman of course.


At 3/28/2010 01:43:00 PM, Anonymous tuned4life said...

A note to Kimball, Glad to here you're going to Nashville. What a historic place. Maybe there will be a camera crew there from channel 2 or 6 or 9.

At 3/28/2010 06:20:00 PM, Anonymous ShittyHorse said...

I'm kinda going nuts...need some updates! Where else is the tour going? Any rumors? Anything? Hopefully some CT, NY, MA dates???

Play the Oakdale Neil- Wallingford CT!

At 3/28/2010 07:29:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Well I was asking the same question Shitty, before Thrash deleted me as usual!!!...Geez

Maybe if I was an arsehole he wouldn't delete me so..go figure!


At 3/29/2010 12:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know was there any pre-order for any of these shows or just ticketmaster from the get go?

At 3/29/2010 08:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the New Yorker:

N.Y.: Yeah, but generally we hate the fucking audience. They disturb the whole thing. (On the laptop screen, Young waves his arms back and forth in the air, in the manner of an enthusiastic concertgoer.) They’ve got people who do that. They have people who wave their hands back and forth in the background. That’s what they do. It doesn’t matter what the music is. It’s a way to make a living, I guess. (Demme looks up at the clock and exchanges a glance with an assistant.) I remember we did a tour, and they had these cranes out in the audience, flying around, casting cones of light down on the audience, so that everyone in the audience had these halos on their heads. I walked out onstage and said to myself, “This is fucked up. I might not even play. This is so wrong.” All night long I was thinking, Why do I have to see people? I’ve never seen them before. I hate looking at them.

In the context of making a concert film, I can see the audience being an irritation. But these statements are broader than that. Neil, if you're out there, seeing these kinds of quotes from you doesn't make me want to buy your next record, or come to your next show. They make me want to kick your teeth down your fucking throat! I have spent approx. $1050 on you in the past three years, if that gives you an idea of how much I enjoy your music. I also enjoyed hearing what you had to say. But this is fucking ridiculous. I'm not missing the point here, I understand that you create the music, from your experience and it's about you alone. But if you hate the audience so much, than stop fucking performing. Fuck off, and spare us your little rants cursing the people who built your fucking train barn! Everyone's always saying, Neil Young's so respectable. Other artists, the media. He's a living legend. Well let me tell ya these quotes make you look great. A real fucking hero.


At 3/29/2010 08:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the New Yorker dialogue is a fake...

At 3/29/2010 08:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop hating. Start participating.

At 3/29/2010 09:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 100% sure the comments from the NewYorker are real and Neil's right! He's not there for me or for you, he's there to make his music. Anything that disturbs that should not be there.
I've seen the Smell The Horse tour in Rotterdam where Neil played a smoking version of Cortez, he almost reinvented the song there on stage. That song alone lasted more than 20 minutes, the whole show was between 2-3 hours and most of the time Neil was with his back to the audience in a small circle in front of the bass drum with Frank and Billy.
I don't come to concerts to be recognized by him, or spoken to, or to be greeted like so many artists do with something like 'hello Holland' or whatever. That sort of thing makes me puke. If you don't know one town in my country from another, how dare you say 'hello Holland' or whatever country. Shut the f#ck up and play.
So that's what Neil does. I'm happy with that.
I can completely understand this and I swear it is THIS attitude that makes Neil stand out compared to other artists. He really does NOT make music for us, he does it for himself and the music.
That's just the way it is and it's the only right way.

Peter Dees

At 3/29/2010 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous ShittyHorse said...

I have it from the promoter- Neil is playing in Wallingford! WOO-HOO THank you NEIL!!

At 3/29/2010 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Sam said...

I got tickets for both shows at the Ryman. First night up in the balcony and the second on the floor 8 rows back. Last time I saw Young it was in New York at the garden, which was an excellent show. By the way, that quote from the New Yorker was not fake. Here's the rest of it.

At 3/29/2010 11:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Sam, i posted the whole thing to the Rust list. It *does* sound like it was made up. It does not even says shen it took place... Sounds like bs to me

At 3/29/2010 12:13:00 PM, Anonymous Darth Malt said...

I'm sure this quote is real. When Neil says he hates the audience, he's not talking about you personally or that he despises the people who buy his records. He's talking about the fact that when he's into making his music he doesn't want to be distracted by spotlights highlighting the audience or people waving their arms trying to get him to make eye contact or the drunken asshole in the front row calling out for Rocking in the Free World between and during every song. I totally get him. Is this something new? The moment he starts pandering and playing *to* the audience instead of himself is the moment you get the fake choreographed canned performance you get from some many other performance artists. The reason I go into every single Neil Young gig within my reach is that I never know if he's going to walk off the stage, break into an awesome rendition of a familiar song that I've never heard played this way before, or sing 10 songs in a row about his new pet car project. And I cherish every *ing moment of it.

At 3/29/2010 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like you should be spending your hard earned cash on anger management classes as opposed to Neil tickets ... just remember there were hundreds of other people who would have been glad to have spent the money to have your seat, you didn't do Neil any favors by buying a ticket ... its called supply and demand and right now there's more demand (for Neil) than supply ... in terms of the comment, if its true, I agree he's referring to the pseudo fan that shows up, not the hard core fans that have the sense to not yell out requests, ect... during the '07 theatre show I showed up with my wife to sit in our first row loge section right as the concert was about to start and had a guy that looked (and acted) like a gang member and his girlfriend sitting in my seats and the guy threatened me and wouldn't get out ... it took until 2/3rd into the acoustic set before his ass was kicked out of my seats by security ... I think Neil's referring to punks like that who have no business showing up ... so don't be so sensitive I doubt Neil hates you personally ...

At 3/29/2010 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous ShittyHorse said...

Neil can hate who he wants- I don’t blame him. He still makes GREAT MUSIC. I've been to some shows where the audience was just brutal! And Neil wants to make play. I don’t blame him for being resentful. A Neil show is not a Dead or a Phish show- it’s not a party. It’s an emotional thing- Neil takes you an emotional rollercoaster that’s quite exhilarating. Neil wants you to listen- enjoy the music and applaud when the song is over- not yell and scream and call out songs the whole time, especially at a solo acoustic thing. Neil is never one to tip-toe around a subject and this is just him being himself. Right on Neil!

At 3/29/2010 01:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares if neil hates you, I'm starting to wonder about you myself. Just kidding, lets talk about the tour here, please post if you have any info

At 3/29/2010 03:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Solo tour, great! a nice European leg would be good and it would be economical, just one man and a guitar, well ok 10 guitars...

At 3/29/2010 03:56:00 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Homesick, didn't see where you posted the whole thing, but it does sound like something Young would say! By the way, he never said he hated the audience. I would feel a little uneasy if he was up there singing hating us all. He said he hated looking at the crowd, and the hand waving and whistle blowing too I'd imagine. During the 07' tour in Boston, at the Orpheum, the crowd was mostly cool and didn't yell out too much while he was playing. That's just a silly thing to do really and it seems to happen quite a bit with these small shows. Anyway, I'm jazzed about the two nights at the Ryman.

At 3/29/2010 03:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, I posted the link to the Rust list earlier today.

At 3/29/2010 09:19:00 PM, Anonymous ShittyHorse said...

So Concert Promoter extraordinaire Jimmy Koplik was on my local classic Rock station this morning answering questions from listeners asking about upcoming shows and bands- touring info. So I said "what the hell?", and tried calling in. I told the call screener that I wanted to ask about Neil Young- so while on hold the DJ asked the question for me and Jimmy (the promoter) answered "Actually, Neil is going out on a solo acoustic tour this spring and we're bringing him to the Oakdale in Wallingford, in May- tickets go on sale this weekend" So I was ecstatic- but my question was answered so I hung up. So with the minute or so delay I listened to this question and response again only after Jimmy answered the DJ tried to go to me and all you heard was me yelling "AAALLLLL RRIIIGGGGHHHHHTT! and hang up. The DJ says "the last thing I heard was alright! Then I think he fell on the floor" Haha. Hopefully he wasnt going to offer me free tickets but oh well.
This is a great time to be a Neil fan! A solo acoustic tour is greatest! I LOVE Crazy Horse but Neil acoustic is something entirely different.
Is it just me that gets thrilled every-time Neil comes around? The anticipation, the getting tickets, the waiting? The greatest part is that Neil never disappoints- I've been let down by other live acts (believe me!) but Neil always gives 110%. Never-ever is it like seeing a retro, old-fogey act. I hope they officially announce all the shows soon.
Really, try not to let bitterness, resentment, etc. get in your way. If you don't go you'll regret it and you'll miss out on a fantastic concert. If you can afford it, go!

Rock on NEIL!

At 3/30/2010 07:43:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

Ed: A Neil Young Solo Tour

Karnack: (ffffftt)
What is to expect sold out theatres with the setlist comprising many standard and classic tunes with several unrecorded songs being played to audiences as a rehersal before entering the studio for final release recording of a new album as a reprise of the Harvest Moon tour as predicated by the out of order release of Dreaming Man as part of the performance series of Archival Releases.

Ed:And you know this how?

Karnack: A beautiful bluebird told me

At 3/30/2010 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous tuned4life said...

It's confirmed, Neil will be performing at Shea's Performing Theater in Buffalo N.Y. on 5/19/2010. I've been checking the website every day and it was posted late last night. I called at 9AM this morning and tickets go on sale at the box office at 10.AM on 4/10/2010. This is great news because my wife might be able to go with me. We had front row seats there for the Chrome Dreams Tour on 11/30/07. If I can get 3rd row or better Buffalo seats I will list my Louisville 3rd row PIT seat on eBay. I will sell it for just what it cost me. Watch for it. My eBay user ID is Tuned4life.

At 3/31/2010 07:36:00 AM, Blogger michielster said...

Quite sad to read Neil's comment about hating his audience. He didn't just call out on hecklers etc, he was making a generalization.
Listening to Massey Hall or other gigs I hear an artist who enjoys sharing his music with his audience... Neil's stories, his jokes, don't tell me that's an artist who hates his audience telling these. He sounds really bitter right now, and if you don't like your audience you shouldn't do a tour playing huge venues and festivals really.

His music is still awesome, but up til now I always thought of Neil as a nice guy. Lately he seems more of an ass, and I don't really see how some of you can still defend his person?

"Homesick, didn't see where you posted the whole thing, but it does sound like something Young would say! By the way, he never said he hated the audience. "
N.Y.: Yeah, but generally we hate the fucking audience. They disturb the whole thing.

How much clearer can he be really?

At 3/31/2010 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Shocking Pinks tour. Neil can hate the audience.
And I love that.


At 3/31/2010 08:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found out today that Neil is playing Sheas in Buffalo on May 12. Tix on sale in a couple weeks so it looks like he's hitting the North also. Probably stopping by Toronto also since he doesn't pass up the old homestead. Cannnot wait!! Oh yeah prices are 149 - 90 -and 70 or close to that.

At 4/01/2010 01:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

date for oakdale may 23rd?

At 4/01/2010 11:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Buffalo show at Shea's theatre annouced for 5/19/10

see ya there


At 4/02/2010 07:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Oakdale on May 23rd

At 4/02/2010 08:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Message for Neil Young from MissVanGogh;
Dear Mr. Young,
This is being sent to show the interest of having you play in the Kansas City area for a benefit to working with people with TBI/Epilepsy. A focus group was started over four years ago in Lawrence, Kansas after seizures started and cars were wrecked. As an art teacher, there were restrictions placed in school districts and things to accept about judgement made by the educated. Even people with disabilities get fired and not even accepted to do volunteer work at the hospital as an art therapist. My TBI/Epilepsy Focus Group meets monthly at the library and I do not have anything to work with in the budget. If you would consider bringing your talent and music to the mid-west, it would be a step towards education in society about the tbi/epileptic culture. There is such a great range of talent, intelligence, and beauty with everyone who has to accept this on a daily basis. The focus group is Hope to hear from you in the future!

At 4/03/2010 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Well I first saw Neil Young in 1974 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon. Now 36 year later I have tickets for his show at the Ryman in Nashville a dream come true. I ve got nothing to lose, I cant get back again....a line from Love In Mind. Please go and visit my websit where i have found moments that have realyy moved me and there are alot of Neil Young. Nick Burrin. uk

At 4/03/2010 05:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a snippet, for all the fanboys in the front row, from the current New Yorker: "(In the film, a camera mounted on the drums captures Young as he plays the last, distorted notes of a long jam in “No Hidden Path.” Behind him, in the front row, members of the audience look as though they had been robbed of their belongings in the main plaza of a foreign city. Demme has said in the past that he believes no concert film should ever include shots of the audience.)

J.D.: As long as there is a musician in the foreground, it’s O.K. to show the audience.

N.Y.: Yeah, but generally we hate the fucking audience. They disturb the whole thing. (On the laptop screen, Young waves his arms back and forth in the air, in the manner of an enthusiastic concertgoer.) They’ve got people who do that. They have people who wave their hands back and forth in the background. That’s what they do. It doesn’t matter what the music is. It’s a way to make a living, I guess. (Demme looks up at the clock and exchanges a glance with an assistant.) I remember we did a tour, and they had these cranes out in the audience, flying around, casting cones of light down on the audience, so that everyone in the audience had these halos on their heads. I walked out onstage and said to myself, “This is fucked up. I might not even play. This is so wrong.” All night long I was thinking, Why do I have to see people? I’ve never seen them before. I hate looking at them."

Read more:

At 4/03/2010 09:56:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Saw this on the Oakdale Theatre site:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Neil Young at Toyota Presents Oakdale on 5/23 in a solo acoustic show! Tickets on sale Monday, 4/8 at!

While dreaming about going to the Ryman shows, discovered that $100 tickets are still available for both shows, amazing...


At 4/03/2010 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the Chrome Dreams show at Oakdale, swore I would not go back there. The crowd yakked and blathered and acted like jerks thru out the whole show. Even during the electric set, it was depressing... Neil commented about it, and sort of dissed the venue too. So, how about United Palace again?

At 4/04/2010 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

N.Y.: Yeah, but generally we hate the fucking audience. They disturb the whole thing.

When reading the interview I took this quote to mean 'we' being Demme and Young, hate the audience (shots) in concert films.
I was thinking about it last night while watching the Elvis Costello show with Bono and The Edge.
The shots of the audience were distracting and odd as if they had been edited out of sequence. Even worse were the squirm inducing shots of people laughing, clapping, nodding much too enthusiastically as if they has been coached.
So I agree with Neil and Jonathan I hate seeing the audience too.
All that waving around.

At 4/04/2010 08:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that Monday- 4/8 is not Monday- the 8th is Thursday- so which is it?

At 4/05/2010 01:57:00 PM, Anonymous Ron LAOLove said...

New Dates Just Announced:

Neil Young's Twisted Road tour dates are as follows:
Tue May 18 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
Wed May 19 Shea's Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY
Fri May 21 Hanover Theatre Worcester, MA
Sun May 23 Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
Mon May 24 Constitution Hall Washington, DC
Wed May 26 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
Thu May 27 Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN
Sat May 29 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
Sun May 30 Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg, SC
Tue June 1 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Wed June 2 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Fri June 4 Jones Hall Houston, TX
Sat June 5 Bass Performance Hall Austin, TX
Mon June 7 Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas, TX

Read more:,1233555.shtml#ixzz0kFECGgLG

Still no Florida dates, so glad for Atlanta and Spartanburg!

Peace and love,
Love And Only Love

At 4/06/2010 01:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know when the tix for Constitution Hall go on sale?

Keep Rockin'!

At 4/13/2010 07:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got 2 tix for Knoxville. 8th row center. Should be a great night. 2500 seat venue with Neil. Haven't been this excited about a concert since Johnny Clegg in WPB or Lorenna McKennitt at the Tennessee Theater!

At 4/13/2010 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Mash said...

Has anyone heard about possible dates in PA (Philly, Hershey)?

At 4/20/2010 12:27:00 AM, Anonymous Kenny Dynamite said...

I will be taping the Atlanta show!

I paid $450 for 2 seats (the seats are within the first ten rows and together).

At 4/21/2010 04:32:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, I am new to the forum and plan to see Neil on his coming tour in Albany, NY (this May). Is there any way I can get a list of songs he should be performing, or at least a good guess of such?.. (I've never been to Neil's concert, so have no clue of what songs are performed)


At 4/21/2010 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asaf, your guess is as good as anybody´s, as Neil´s acoustic solo setlists usually are so dynamic you can´t really say what he plays at all before the first gig of the tour.

But if he doesn´t do all new songs like on the Greendale Tour you could guess at least the opener, which could be one of the following: On The Way Home, Tell Me Why(unlikely though), Comes A Time, Look Out For My Love or The Old Laughing Lady.

And that´s just possibilites for the first song he could play, the rest is even much more open for surprises for anyone, so there really isn´t a chance for guessing anything.

At 4/21/2010 01:40:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much! still very helpful..
But if you had to recommend a few albums to listen to before the concert, would there be any particular ones?..

Thanks again,


At 4/22/2010 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyone taping the Houston show? I'll be there .

At 4/23/2010 03:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so, what would be the perfect acoustic set? I would bet that he won't do many of those that he did on the last small venue tour.. Now, here's a real hodge-podge, but these are THE songs I'd like to hear... and not necessarily in this order:

> Six new songs
> Interstate
> Citizen Kane Junior Blues
> Journey through the Past (piano)
> Stringman(since he's still at the piano)
> Natural Beauty
> The Old Laughing Lady
> Crime in the City
> Ambulance Blues (With Bert Jansch, since Neil admits he ripped off some of the melody)
> No Wonder
> War of Man
> I Believe in You
> Four Strong Winds
> The Loner
> Razor Love
> I Am a Child

A mixture of new and old, and unreleased (pre- Archives Volume II)....
May 24th looms with such anticipation.

At 4/24/2010 02:12:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Now that's a great set list though I'd add Mideast Vacation, Hitchhiker (like an Inca), Dance,Dance,Dance, Cowgirl In the Sand (acoustic), and I can always dig Sugar Mountain live and as much Tonight's the Night Material as possible.
Who agrees that when it comes to Neil playing old songs- its not the hits/standards we care about its the oddities and the rarely performed live stuff.
Man, I cant wait for the Show!
Imagine if he played "Will to Love" for the fist time live!

At 4/26/2010 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, give a vegas another try, say between July 11 18th?

At 4/28/2010 11:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, "Will to Love" and "Hitchhiker" would be fantastic... as would "Soldier"...
One request: please no pipe organ versions of "Like a Hurricane," okay? Please do that song with the Horse, as you did at the Hammersmith Odeon, or don't do it at all...
Keep on rockin'

At 4/30/2010 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous setlistthief said...

Would love to hear a "Borrowed Tune," or "New Mama," or even an acoustic "Cortez." Perhaps even a "Vampire Blues" given our fucked-up energy policy that's now wrecking the Gulf of Mexico. Neil might have a thing or two to say about that!

I'm hoping for a Peter Gabriel cover through the harmonic "Scratch My Back/I'll Scratch Yours" Daniel Lanois convergence. Neil singing "Here Comes the Flood" would be gorgeous.

At 5/05/2010 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Days That Used To Be

At 5/06/2010 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

The old laughing lady.

At 5/06/2010 02:40:00 PM, Anonymous Shakey Fan said...


Don't want to violate any policies, so please let me know if I should take this somewhere else.

I've got two extra tickets for the Washington DC show on Monday May 24 that I'm willing to sell for face value, plus the Ticket Monster extra charges, and such - my total actual cost. They are:
Seat location: section SEC-K, row F, seats 5-6, Total Charge: US $ 312.50.

First, let me know if this is inappropriate on this site - if so, I'll try to figure out something else - I'd rather have the tickets used by someone who really wants to see Neil - getting to see the artists you really want to see live is getting tougher and tougher these days.

Shakey Fan

At 5/08/2010 03:59:00 PM, Anonymous In Need of Neil said...

Any ideas or insight as to where he is going after Texas?

At 5/08/2010 09:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be taking my son to see Neil in CT and I know he'll enjoy Neil, but I really want to share with my son what electric Neil sounds like, you know, "Powderfinger" and "Winterlong" etc. Will Neil tour with his "Old Black" ever again? What's the word out there?

At 5/13/2010 09:52:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Does anyone have any insider info on tour dates out west? The anticipation is killing me. Keep on rocking.

At 5/14/2010 12:02:00 AM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Jennifer: Neil will be playing in my backyard in Brady (set up is next to the garage) on July 5th at 1pm. We'll be serving Farmland Bratwurts and garlic bread. Rick Rosas has turned the bass guitar duties over to David Lindley, as Rick is in charge of making the margueritas/dacquaris and serving them to the guests. There seems to be an issue about whether Crazy Horse members will be allowed on site (they owe money to Dairy Queen at the Interstate exit). All dogs must be leashed. No coolers larger than 24 cubic feet allowed. We'll be serving bottled cerveza in ice-chilled horse tanks. The last bit of consternation is whether to serve Rolling Rock or Leinenkugels. Will all persons who read this blog please vote on one of these two choices. Thanks for participating. JERRY

At 5/16/2010 03:50:00 AM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

fe's always brand new. I am a child, stringman. I see as a child. I think as a child. I love as a child. I do not doubt. I wander about, and see all that is new; it asks me to shout. About the things I do not know, the things that grow, the times to come, how long will it take, will you open my gate? I'll be open to sympathy, and to beauty, and to the cacaphony of sounds, from all around, that make me think of our own fate. Be here now. With all we know, we still wait, for someone else to pull our plow and till the earth, and bring us mirth, as if we couldn't bear the weight. We'll get straight, somehow.

At 5/17/2010 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Grandmaster T said...

any reviews of the most recent solo tour shows?

At 5/17/2010 09:35:00 PM, Blogger Dan Parent said...

24 hours 'till Neil at the Palace in Albany, NY! My brother and I (veterans of 25+ shows since the "Old Ways" tour in the mid '80s) will be there, (orchestra R, about 10 rows back). Hope to see some "Thrashers" there! As an EMT I'm looking to hear "Ambulance Blues", and as a Neil fan, "Campaigner" or "Sad Movies" would let me die happy.

At 5/18/2010 09:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello - I'm selling a ticket for Sunday 5/23 Wallingford for just below cost ($100) . Section 205 Row PP. email
Thanks !

At 5/18/2010 11:58:00 PM, Blogger James I G said...

Just got back from the show.....awesome main show. Encore a let down. Neils 2 songs for the encore (1st unintelligible and second was a repeat from earlier in the shoe My My Hey Hey (out of the Blue).

Main part of the show (1.5 hrs) was great. He sounds as good as 15 years ago.

At 5/19/2010 05:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a good but short show,but any word of any more shows being added hoping for new york city

At 5/19/2010 06:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

toooooooooo short for the price.......

At 5/20/2010 07:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the Albany show. Neil gets better with age. His voice is still perfectly in tune and right on! And he plays even better. I've probably seen Neil 25-30 times over the last near-40 years. As much as I love him, I, too, have to say the show was a bit of a disappointment. He was very quiet - hardly any commentary at all. And the show was quite short by Neil standards. I was used to getting more bang for my buck - that's what he always offers. Will I go again? Absolutely! Hey, traveled nearly 300 miles for this one!

At 5/20/2010 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Since I live in Nebraska, and there have been no dates posted beyong the six-weeks of eastern shows, I'll bide my time. The disparaging comments about the length of the shows so far I find disheartening. It seems fans can not be satisfied, in this day and age. Neil's been playing a 15 to 18song playlist (ten classics and five new songs). If you paid $150, that figures out to about ten dollars per song. If Neil's brain anneurism had not ben successfully handled with surgeryfour years ago, and you were left with the sad alternative, don't tell me you wouldnt't pay $10 per song to see Neil perform live again. I had good seats for the Greendale Tour, paid $110 apiece. No one at the show had heard a single one of the songs (except the encore Rockin in the Free World) prior to the show. But, in 2025, that album will be considered a classic, and I felt privliged to see it for the price. I saw Neil's Living with War tour show four times that summer. Every time I sat down it cost me a little over $100. BUT, we saw 30 songs live(with CSN on all of them)each night. What memories! I hope I never hear the a critical "too short" again, from any fan of Neil.

At 5/20/2010 10:58:00 PM, Blogger James I G said...

Hey Jerry;

I was the first to post on the First show of the Tour.....I didn't have any issue with the length of the show. As I mentioned, Main show was awesome. The 2 songs for the encore was a little bizarro ..... only because I would have expected any of the songs he didn't play from decade or harvest.....All in All ..... Good show for his first in over 10 yrs solo tour.

At 5/21/2010 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer (the red neck from out west) said...

Wow. Jerry, you sure are a talker. Bla bla bla bla bla... yottie yottie yottie.... P.S. Will I need to bring my own lawn chair to the show in your garage? Or will you be providing crates for patrons to sit on?

At 5/21/2010 07:10:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Jennifer: I get long winded when the cerveza is flowing. I'll save you a lawn chair. JERRY

At 5/21/2010 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous Bill said...

Neil - I wanted to thank you for the autograph to my daughter Nicolette. Yes, she was named after Nicolette Larson twenty years ago. Thrity years ago I would sit on a front gate of the Einseidelerhof Airforce Depot in West Germany listening to you and Nicolette sing on Comes a Time. I knew then if I had a daughter some day I would give her that beautiful name. I turned 50 this year in March and I was determined to see you in concert. My wife Neena, daughter Nicolette went through great pain and anxiety to secure tickets but it was accomplished. We Never set out to seek an autograph or to seek your appearence other than to watch your show. We had met Doug earlier in the parking lot and he shared his hearfelt story with us and we shared our story about naming our daughter after Nicolette Larson. We later returned after dinner and I wanted a picture of your bus before the show and it all was magical from there. I have heard you speak in interviews on how you feel about giving out autographs. I wanted to again thank you for extending the kindness to me and my family and there could never be a monetary value to the spirit that connects us all. Bill

At 5/22/2010 07:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw Buffalo show,what he played was great.The only problem is myself and 60 percent of the people I talked to felt for the money we should have gotten more.Had he just played the four songs at the bottom of setlist shown, it would have added 15 minutes and 4 quality songs that everyone would have been thrilled with.

At 5/22/2010 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Wine&Travel said...

Worcester... an amazing show! Neil was in fine form. First, since it's been spoken about so much on this site, let me say that those whining about the show length and ticket prices should be ashamed. This guy pours his heart out for a solid 1:40. Sure, I could listen to him for 4 hours. I've seen him perform longer in the past, but that doesn't take anything away from this great evening. The show is what it is... and that's pretty amazing. Just you and Neil (along with some other fans of course... why not share). Like he invited you into his living room. The personal nature of the show... the intimacy of the small theater... just hanging out with a living legend... the one on one... PRICELESS.

Same set list as previous 2 shows, except closed with Heart of Gold, replacing Hey Hey, My My. Was fantastic to watch Neil go from instrument to instrument, tender songs to big electric that filled the auditorium as if there were many musicians (especially on songs like Hitchhiker and Cortez it was as if the sound went right thru you).

The Hanover theater was GREAT... everything about it. Great acoustics, amazing seats (comfortable and lots of room btw the aisles), the ushers are all volunteers and professional... even a concierge in the lobby (didn't see anyone using him, but still was cool). What added GREATLY to the show was that the crowd was UNBELIEVABLY RESPECTFUL... thanks to everyone who attended for that! For a solo show like this it's so nice to be able to give the artist the respect and quiet they need for their talent to be fully appreciated. Even Neil thanked the crowd. Oh yeah, crowd was super for Bert Jansch during the opening as well.

Favorite Neil Comment: He wore a white hat during the show... and as he walked over to one of the keyboards, fidgeting around, tells the crowd, "I got a new hat" (the crowd applauds)... then he says, "This isn't it." (crowd laughs). He says something like, "Yeah, I like this old one a lot."

If you can get to any show on this tour, GO. Thanks Neil!

At 5/23/2010 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for one very good single ticket for tonight's show in Connecticut. No scalpers. Thank you. Kevin 203-314-9439.

At 5/24/2010 12:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was at the show in Oakdale, CT. The show started a bit late, Neil came on after 9:15. He opened with an acoustic set that was dead on, his voice was fantastic, played a few new songs that sounded really good. There were a few idiots in the crowd that were screaming out his name. The electric section was a little disappointing, 3 or 4 minute versions of Down by the River and Cortez the Killer, along with many new songs. Neil loves the electric reverb and there was plenty of it, it overpowered the hall. I think he did more new songs than old. He did one encore, another new song that was very nice, but no Heart of Gold. Don't think I will ever go back to the Oakdale Theatre in Ct, way too many rules and restrictions

At 5/24/2010 02:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show at Oakdale was spectacular, but the idiot quotient was way up there. Unfortunately, the loudest, rudest guys sat DIRECTLY BEHIND us. Fortunately, the upper sections weren't full, so we were able to move. How anyone can think that sort of behavior is acceptable is beyond me. Security should have tossed them during Bert Janch's set. Read the posts about the respectful audience in Worcester with pangs of envy!

At 5/24/2010 04:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointing that you chose not to put up my post. You might say it was because it was unsigned, but there are many that are unsigned. I suppose it was really because it didn't compliment the man. Brilliant as he is, I really feel he let the fans down. But it's your site so... your choice. In case you change your mind, here it is again:

First let me say that we have been fans since Harvest came out. But Neil is one of many that we have never gotten to see live. For my birthday, my wife bought me tickets for the show on Fri May 21 at Hanover Theatre Worcester, MA. Yes we had the expensive seats, but that’s not my point.

When you go to see someone do a solo show, and especially when they do have a history of playing at least some of there music acoustically (and the promos show him playing acoustic guitars), you anticipate an acoustic show. What we got was Neil saving money by not hiring a band, slamming our ears and our pockets, screaming through 2 minute versions of his rock hits.

Bert Jansch was wonderful. Neil started out just as we had hoped. But that unfortunately that didn't last long. Most rockers would take the time to rework their hits so that thy can be presented on an acoustic guitar, providing a truly memorable experience. Most would also bring back their opener (especially when it is someone they considered a mentor) and played some duet material. Neil Young put absolutely no effort into preparing a show for his fans.

Over the last few years, we have gone to see many of the legendary performers we have loved. This show was one of the most disappointing shows we have ever seen, and we have one question...

Where do we file for a refund for the money wasted seeing it?

Matt & Chris in Massachusetts

At 5/25/2010 01:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from the D.C. show...where do I get a refund? I didn't know we were going to get a reverb clinic...the man can obviously play guitar and his voice was really phenomenal on the opening why did we get bombarded all night with horrible reverb and barely audible vocals? Play the guitar well, play it as hard as you want, but my god, let's just keep it simple and true!

The opening act was absolutely awful...can't remember his name and all he made me do was contemplate suicide while he played. 200 bucks for less than 1.5 hours? Are you kidding me? I'm not a huge Neil Young fan, but I know and appreciate a lot of his music. I really was amazed by the first four songs he did; great vocals, fantastic guitar skills....why did it turn out so bad in the end?

The song about "little ones" on the piano was awful...just wished he'd have quit banging on those same notes after the first minute...the song on the organ was even worse. And then we went to reverb central. Really awful, glad when it ended. Hugely disappointing.

At 5/25/2010 09:13:00 AM, Anonymous BUgs said...

not a big neal fan, eh? Obviously!

If you were, you'd know your $200 was the best spent $$ of this decade for Neil. It was bare, humble, Neil!

Feedback is back.............


At 5/25/2010 07:03:00 PM, Anonymous Ken said...

Saw Neil last night at DAR Constitution Hall in DC. Had a lot of trouble with the price, since times are tough, and was definitely put off by the fact that we were charged a LOT more than at other venues in other cities.

I actually went to Ebay a couple times prior to the show, tempted to sell them, but have wanted to see Neil solo for a long time . . . He's the reason I picked up the guitar and started to play.

Well, I had tears in my eyes 3 times last night. The first started when he came out and started playing the acoustic . . . Tell Me Why is one of my all time favorites and one of the first I learned to play, and it was incredible.

Really, I thought the whole show was . . . Even the new stuff sounded really nice, and will buy the album if he lays that stuff down which I hope he does. Overall I had no problem with his song selection, and enjoyed what he did play a great deal.

That being said, the second time tears came to my eyes was when the house lights went up. 90 minutes? For $200 a seat?? Seriously, I don't expect Neil to do what Bruce Sprinsteen does, and I'd rather see Neil for 90 minutes than Bruce for four hours . . . But Gosh, if you are charging that much, would it hurt to sit down with the acoustic for a few more at the end. Was really disappointed with that.

The third time tears came to my eyes last night was when I got home and paid the baby sitter (okay figuratively this time!), and realized between the tickets, dinner, parking and the sitter I had dropped $600 I really don't have.

Look, I am grateful to Neil, and think of him as one of the biggest musical influences in my life, maybe only second to the Beatles . . . Just felt like I got left a little short last night. I think from the comments I heard walking out that most of the audience felt that way too.

At 5/26/2010 10:18:00 AM, Blogger B said...

I have 2 tickets for the Satuday, May 29, 2010, show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. They are located in section ORCHRT Row N. Face value $125 each or best offer.

I also have 2 tickets for the sold out, Tuesday June 1, 2010, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. They are located in section MF-1 Row S. Face value $127 each or best offer.

Email me with any questions at barrettsmail at gmail dot com.

At 5/28/2010 10:15:00 AM, Blogger PJ said...

I've got two tickets to the June 2 Ryman show. Balcony 11, Row L, Seats 10 & 11. Will sell for face value - $127 each. E-mail me at if interested. Saw him play a great show in Knoxville (where I live) but work makes it difficult to see it again in Nashville.

PJ in Knoxville

At 5/29/2010 10:31:00 AM, Blogger David said...

I have two balcony seats sec 11 row n for 6/2 at the ryman I can't use and will let them go for $200 if interested

At 6/02/2010 09:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just heard Neil Young 7-30-10 @ The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee

At 6/03/2010 12:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just returned from Ryman show. Very disappointed. The revert was awful. Sounded like the speakers were in a low riders trunk driving by. There were so many pissed off fans leaving half way through. So sad

At 6/03/2010 07:19:00 AM, Blogger Barbi O'Hanna-Embody said...

Get the sound checked!!! Neil was great when he was playing acoustic ---then he pulled out his electric guitar and it sounded like some Seattle Grunge Band, way distorted for the Ryman Auditorium it sucked!
Very disappointing.

At 6/03/2010 08:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got the official email

Neil Young @ The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee 7-3-10

The Presale is 6-9-10

At 6/04/2010 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous sharon lenore anderson said...

Neil Young at the Ryman in Nashville last night 6-2010
His voice was pristine.
Perfect light delivery, keeping it fresh sounding, but somehow the punch was still deadly.
Neil was like a little kid in a sandbox. It made for an intimate peek. He was enthralled and his energy was extraordinarily beautiful.
However, he didn’t really pay attention to who was out there.
He just drew the energy innocently like it was simply nature. But his perfect absorption also meant that when his die hard grunge fans raised the roof, he was thrust over towards his electric guitars a little too often, and with more and more reckless abandon, was drawn into the pool of seat shaking volume.
He was a one man band, complete with intuitive dynamics, spot on hook lines and solos, and eloquence just flowing. He had the stage arranged hap hazardly with his favorite pianos and guitars, like the dingy inside of a bar. And, between songs would wander around following the lure. He’d rub his chin in contemplation, and quickly decide “yes, this is good”. Then would come the next offering. Just as patient and deliberate as you please. He sunk into every song, whether it was a popular one or not. He showed loyalty to all his lyrics.
He didn’t speak much. But his entourage (the audience) thrilled to every nuance and stood up cheering at every opportunity. I marveled at his huge talent. And his tall frame wisping and grooving like a boy of twenty. You are really something, you know..

At 6/04/2010 10:52:00 AM, Blogger doc said...

Sharon, enjoyed your review...your descriptions of a night with Neil are beautiful...ya remind me of a music critic for some sort of underground rusty magazine!


At 6/04/2010 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Excellent review of the Ryman show by Sharon Lenor Anderson. It was so descriptive, I felt as if I were there. Nice job, Sharon.

At 6/05/2010 11:39:00 AM, Anonymous The Hitchhiker said...

When I was a hitchhiker on the road
I had to count on you
But you needed me to ease the load
And for conversation too
Or did you just drive on through.

You didn't see me in Toronto
When I first tried out some hash
Smoked through a pen and I'd do it again
But I didn't have the cash
I didn't have the cash

Then I tried amphetamines
And my head was in a glass
Taped underneath the speedometer wires
Of my '48 Buick's dash.
But I knew that wouldn't last.

Then came California
Where I first saw open water
In the land of opportunity
I knew I was getting hotter
I knew I was getting hotter.

But the neon lights
And the endless nights
The neon lights
And the endless nights
The neon lights
And the endless nights
The neon lights
And the endless nights
They took me by surprise
The doctor gave me Valium
But I still couldn't close my eyes
I still couldn't close my eyes.

Then came paranoia
And it ran away with me
I couldn't sign my autograph
Or appear on TV
Or see or be seen
See or be seen
Or see or be seen.

Living in the country
Sounded good to me
Smoking grass while the summer passed
In the real organic sea
Where everything was green
Everything was green.

Then we had a kid and we split apart
I was living on the road
A little cocaine went a long long way
To ease that different load
But my head did explode
My head did explode.

I wish I was an Aztec
Or a runner in Peru
I would build such beautiful buildings
To house the chosen few
Like an Inca from Peru.

Many Years have come and gone
Like friends and Enemies
I tried to leave my past behind
But it's catching up with me

I don't know how I'm standing here
Living my life
I'm thankful for my children
And my Faithful wife

At 6/05/2010 12:01:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Well Hitch hiker..if that ain't an autobiography to Neil's life!......

thanks for posting these "lame and forgetful" lyrics lol

Seriously..great song and a very apt time to pull it out of his repertoire, don't you think?


At 6/06/2010 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Austin, TX June 5 Concerth at The Bass Concert Hall:
Being a long time fan of Neil Young, I appreciated his perfomance last night. It was my first time seeing him in concert. I would have expected songs like, "I am a Child", Heart of Gold, "Long may you run", A Man Needs a Maid", but know that an artist has to keep things fresh and that means not simply repeating the tried and true songs that have been performed thousands of times. The accoustics in the Bass are really great. Thanks to my wife buying me tickets for my Birthday. "I love You!"

At 6/06/2010 10:57:00 AM, Blogger GSmith32 said...

Searching for 2 extras for Monday in Dallas. Prefer up close as possible, thank you.

At 6/07/2010 05:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A vegas date between the Oakland and Portland show seems like a smart idea Neil...PLEASE!!!!

At 6/07/2010 08:46:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Of course Neil's home is also between Oakland and Portland. Like 30 minutes from the Oakland theatre. Decompresing on the ranch for a couple of days might be more to Neil's advantage than tolerating 'sin city' for even 24 hours. Just sayin'.

At 6/08/2010 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Citizensmurf said...

Okay, not to sound like a whiny bitch, but I just tried to buy tickets for Calgary with the pre-sale, and the prices were $145US even though TM lists them at $90CDN when they go on sale Saturday. What's with the price difference?

At 6/08/2010 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the presale code for Calgary - i'd like to come over from england - nick

At 6/09/2010 12:04:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

JERRY: It appears Neil is heading out west after all! Will you still be hosting the backyard concert in Brady? If yes, I vote for Rolling Rock. I am tempted to by tickets to the Portland show, but think I will continue to hold out for a Colorado date. Not sure the family Winnebago will make it all the way to Oregon. Keep on rockin' JENNIFER

At 6/10/2010 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Wallace said...

Jennifer: What a shame about July 3rd backyard concert! But I did check and there are still reasonably priced tickets available in Portland. (that is too far for me to travel, I'n changing jobs and states at the end of July). But, we are going to concert that evening anyway. Steve Winwood and Carlos Santana are playing in the 20th annual "Saturday in the Park" (last Saturday before July 4) "free" outdoor public concert at Grand View City Park, in Sioux City Iowa, Saturday, July 3. Five acts will play on the main stage, starting at noon. Blankets and lawnchairs are permitted, but, no coolers & no bottles. There is a second stage for alternative music, a kid's stage, and a ropped off beer-garden with a view of the main stage. NO ADMISSION CHARGE. Winwood takes the stage at 6:45pm and Santana at 8:45 pm. Fireworks show immediatley following Santana conclusion. If you live anywhere nearby, come on down! I've seen BB King, The Neville Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, and the Allman Brothers Band at this annual show the four years that I could make it.

At 6/13/2010 12:54:00 AM, Anonymous Mason Flint said...

I just got two tickets to the Seattle Paramount show in July. Incredibly psyched. I'll take Neil any way he wants...solo electric...solo acoustic...duo...trio...brass band...whatever. This will be the third time I've seen Neil at the Paramount which is an awesome venue.

At 6/16/2010 12:22:00 AM, Anonymous dgNYC said...

Hi, I'm from NY and plan on going to the Winnipeg shows. I'm looking for other out-of-town people to hook up with and share fun, food, checking out Winnipeg and, of course, Neil.

You can email me directly at (there's no dots between garbato and cheers).

At 6/29/2010 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Billy said...

Hey Mason,

Do you think people on the main floor will be able to go up to the stage at the Paramount show in Seattle? Or they not let you do that there.



At 7/06/2010 05:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will there be a "warm up" event this week on the Coast before Oakland?
Brand over the Mountain

At 7/12/2010 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw Neil at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Sunday, July 11, 2010. It was a relatively rare local performance from Neil, aside from his Bridge School Benefit concerts down in Mountain View.

He stuck to the identical set list from previous shows on the tour, with minimal audience interaction and no mention of returning to play for his local fans.

Neil's performance was intense and inspired. Rockin' out a small hall on the electric guitar is typical contrarian Neil. He played for less than 90 minutes. It's your dollar and it's up to you to determine if it's worth spending $200.

SF Fog

At 7/13/2010 03:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy - my recollection is that the Paramount seats people in the space right in front of the stage but I'm not positive. As you probably know, Seattle tends to be a "shut up and listen" type of crowd which can get interesting when dudes start yelling "Turnstiles!" between songs.

At 7/15/2010 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I hate to be anonymous but don't want to be spammed either. How about a login on The Well?
I asked about chilled out events on the coast. I/we all love Neil's music and as he is "gettin' old" like me maybe it is too much to ask. But I'm an old hippie and can't pay those Live Nation prices.
Can we just sing together? Thrasher?
Richard over the mountain

At 8/06/2010 03:25:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's sometimes seems that I am shipwrecked "on the beach" where none of the natives know of NY's existence. Personally, I still own mono copies of the first two Buffalo Springfield albums which I purchased when I was 10 or 12 years old right after they were released. If there is anyone in Montgomery, AL who is a HUGE NY fan and has been for ages, please email me! I'm married with two grown boys so my wife and I live in our empty nest in Capitol Heights. We don't have a chance to meet many NY fanatics here in Montgomery, if they truly exist. Of course, we have friends who like a little NY here and there but I'm afriad we are far beyond that so they quickly tire of listening to Neil with us. BTW, GREAT work Thrasher! Lastly, I hope that I am not making inappropriate use of this comment space. My motives are most certainly sincere and intended to be beneficent. Maybe I am just getting lonely and flippin' out but you know how "time fades away!" Robino

At 8/25/2010 09:53:00 PM, Blogger Rowdy said...

Damn I wann go, I live in Oklahoma ! I am looking at the Sat evenin Post Nov 2 1968 Neil on the cover just a baby~
Listenin to Comes a Time Loving it


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