Neil Young Concert Reviews - Buffalo, NY, May 19, 2010
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From Neil Young simply towering in solo gig : Music : The Buffalo News by Jeff Miers - NEWS POP MUSIC CRITIC:
Commanding the attention of a 3,000- seat theater with nothing but yourself and a collection of your favorite instruments is a tough gig.
Many have tried. Few have passed the yawn test. Neil Young has passed it repeatedly, however.
On Wednesday, he turned a sold-out Shea’s into his living room. It was as if he’d invited us over for a cookout and a round-the- campfire jam session. Of course, it’s not often that one finds oneself invited to a backyard party at the home of one of the rock era’s finest songwriters.
Acoustic one-man gigs can be boring. Young’s wasn’t. Part of the reason for that is the fact that Wednesday’s show—the second stop on the “Twisted Road: Neil Young Solo” tour, after Tuesday’s gig at the Palace Theater in Albany—was not a wholly acoustic affair.
In the Shea’s lobby, Young’s merchandise stand was selling T-shirts with the legend “I said solo— they said acoustic” emblazoned across their front. This was telling, partly because it revealed that time has done nothing to diminish Young’s irreverent streak, and partly because the arc of the show was thus defined.
Young played alone, but he also played electric guitar a-plenty, and trotted between upright piano, grand piano and a funky old pump organ whenever he wasn’t playing
acoustic guitar. A dull moment never made itself known. The set list was stellar, too, as it should have been for a show commanding such a healthy ticket price.
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