Comment of the Moment: Following Neil Young's Muse
Already so far on the Twisted Road tour, Neil Young has managed to both delight and confound his audiences.
Reactions range from ecstasy over new songs and newly interpreted classics to bewilderment over new songs, missing classics and short sets.
So what are we to make of 2 nights into the tour?
Here's the Neil Young Comment of the Moment by ShittyHorse:
Man, some people just don't get it!
This is Neil Young we're talking about. I think at this point in the man's career so called "fans" would understand that Neil can do whatever he wants to do. After 40 years in music Neil knows that you MUST change in order to survive, to stay relevant. The man knows what he's doing! This is why we are seeing Neil at theaters and coliseums today and not concerts on the green and state fairs, like many his age who feel they can get by just playing greatest hits.
Neil challenges himself and the audience (just like he's always done)....I respect the HELL out of that!
I think Neil feels that because he is changing his format, doing something different and playing new songs that he must pepper in the hits. You must remember that not every person in attendance is a fanatic like many of us. I'd guarantee that most only own Harvest and Decade. Let not forget we are also hearing Cinnamon Girl, Cortez, and Down by the River like they've never been heard before. Neil, like Dylan needs to breath new life in these songs to play them every night. I don't want to go see a bored Neil Young, do you?
This is why after seeing the man 16times, it is ALWAYS fresh, always exciting and never a retro act.
As far as I am concerned, Neil can play all new songs if he wants and I'd still love it- your talking to a man who saw Greendale live four times.
As I said before, we are lucky and privileged to be able to pay to see Neil on this tour. I think the ticket prices were high in part because Neil wanted his hardcore fans there, but that doesn't always work out as is evident by all the rude chatty people in the audience.
Cant wait for SUNDAY! Mideast Vacation Neil! :)
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