Comment of the Moment: A Roadtrip and Note from Neil
The Neil Young Comment of the Moment is something very special and helps explain why Neil's music means so much, to so many.
From the tour opener in Albany, we had a very heartfelt comment from Doug from Warsaw N.Y.:
I had great 4th row seats for Albany but was unable to attend because my wife (Barbara) passed away on 5/6/2010. I was back and forth about whether to go or not to go.
I decided not to because the 570 mile round trip would have been to much for me and I wanted to be sure to be rested for tonight's show at Shea's in Buffalo. The last time my wife saw Neil was at Shea's on 11/30/07. My wife had been on the liver transplant list for 5 years. She died waiting at age 56. Needless to say Her passing zapped my excitement for the concert and I didn't think I would get it back.
After reading about Hitchhiker I started to feel the excitement again. 13 hours and counting until I see Neil for the 33rd time. I have the best seat in the house. 15 seats in Front PIT Row AAA, I have seat number 8. That puts me about 2 feet from the stage, dead center. I paid 1200.00 for the Front row PIT tickets and drove up to ST. Cathrines Ontario to retrieve them.
Unlikely Neil will hear of my wife's passing but Her favorite song was Harvest Moon. We attended the 1992 Saratoga Springs Solo concert. Can't wait, I plan on discreetly getting some close up pics, hopefully it won't piss Neil or anyone else off.
Doug from Warsaw N.Y.
So what happened to Doug in Buffalo? Well, hang on, and keep on reading.
Here's Doug's report on Neil Young in concert in Buffalo:
Buffalo was a very special night for me.
I got there early hoping to see Neil's bus again. The 1948 Buick Roadmaster tops built into the roof line really make impress me. Not sure if I told you that my Dad had a Buick Dealership until 1971. My grandmother's last car was a 48 Roadmaster. I was hanging around the bus while Neil was doing the sound check.
I didn't think Neil would come out after the sound check but He did. There were a few fans holding there pens out and much to my surprise Neil signed 3 autographs. I asked Him if He could do 1 more and He said No that's it. I said Neil my wife passed away on 5/6/10 and I would really be grateful. He asked me, are you the guy who posted on the website, i said yes, thats me. He knew my name, He took my ticket envelope and wrote, To Doug, Love Neil Young.
I went back to my car and just cried.
I could feel the presence of "GOD". I don't know why my wife had to suffer so long or why "GOD" called Her home first instead of me. I am grateful for the good times we had, and the not so good. Some things are just humanly imposable, I couldn't bear the thought of losing Her, or GOD calling my number first and leaving Her behind.
It was a perfect concert from start to finish.
I was 2 feet from the stage directly in front of Neil's chair. I was close enough to see His eyes welling up with heart felt emotion. Out of respect I refrained from taking pics. I lost my resolve and took 1 pic just before the end of the last encore " Hey Hey , My, My (electric).
As a final touch Neil ripped the strings on "Old Black". And if by chance you read this Neil, I would just like to thank GOD for making you, and you for all the that you've given us for all these years.
Doug S. Warsaw N.Y.
Thanks Doug & bless you.
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