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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Neil Young Concert Reviews - Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA - May 29, 2010

From Bluffton Today - She says ... Neil Young’s tunes bring back old memories by Annelore Harrell:
And we sat down and listened.

Expecting acoustic, we were instead presented with a fullblown electric concert. After five decades of performing, his voice and playing style are stronger than ever. I have never been to a rock concert before where the audience claps and yells like mad, then abruptly sits down in eager anticipation of the next song.

Once in awhile, someone would break out with a yell, but this was a theater full of Neil Young fans who wanted to hear whatever he wanted to share and that meant being quiet. For the next hour and a half, with an intermission too brief to grab a beer, from his White Falcon Gretsch to the Les Paul “Old Black,” he played one guitar after another, did a stint on a funky vintage pump organ and another on a piano sitting stage left.

We sat, listened, stood and clapped and sat again, having no idea of what song he was going to do next. We didn’t care. He gifted us with seven new songs that no doubt will become classics. I sat through “Help,” “Ohio,” and “Cinnamon Girl,” and all of the old songs, remembering those times.

Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.

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At 5/30/2010 01:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just back from Atlanta show at Fox Theater.

First impressions:

1) Fantastic concert - the best thing to me was that every minute was worthwhile - no filler, downtime, or weak moments. I was riveted for the entire time.

2) Neil seemed really into it - even hammed it up a bit for the crowd, mostly with body language more than banter. This was not a dark, brooding, or indulgent performance to me - just incredible musical talent displayed in as wide variety of songs, instruments, and moods as any solo rocker can cram into a night's performance. Maybe as much performance art as concert..

3) I loved the way he stripped down some classic songs to their bare essence, particularly on CTK and DBTR. And perhaps even ATGR on organ.

4) Hitchhiker was surprisingly upbeat and fast tempo, at least compared to the internet versions I have heard.

5) New songs were very good. All had something intangible that grabbed you emotionally, perhaps more with their musical compostion than the actual lyrics.

6) Not sure why he didn't do a second encore. Seemed like he had plenty of energy and crowd support to continue on. I guess he had accomplished what he wanted to...

7) Voice was stellar. Age 64 - are you kidding me?

I am not a devoted Neil Young fan. His music was important to me at certain times of my life, but I never attempted to follow every twist and turn of his 40 year career. Some periods of my life I was just too busy or distracted...but he is a unique talent.

At 5/30/2010 07:21:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

"Maybe as much performance art as concert"...a number of folks have made this comment and I completely agree. In many ways this tour most reminds me of Laurie Anderson's Strange Angels show, which I saw almost twenty years ago in Kansas City. To this day, it's one of the most incredible and moving performances I've ever seen.

Solo with electric violin and keyboards, it was a meditation on life and the loss of friends. The music was yearning, majestic, spiritual and impossibly deep. Laurie's singing was soaring and ethereal; the crowd was mesmerized. Short films, pictures and other media completed the experience...during the song Coolsville a black and white film played of people rushing through a city (Tokyo?), all seen from the same stationary midpoint. They would appear quickly, and then just as quickly they were gone.

This "show" was really a window into the beauty, joy, sadness and evanescence of life and provided a blueprint for a new type of expression. Twisted Road does the same thing as Neil wrestles with mortality and eternity. As Hank Williams sang, he's "heard that lonesome whistle blow" and is telling us what this means to him. But he's doing this in new and different ways, because what he has to say is just too important. Close your eyes, open your mind.

Do you think it's just a coincidence that he opens with Out of the Blue? Or that he's now chosen not to also close with the same song? Remember that after Kurt Cobain's death the conventional wisdom was that he'd never play this again. But of course that was totally wrong...instead it's become his Koan, the mystery that he unravels, the tossed stone which ripples the water. No pain no gain, and no easy answers...just like life.

At 5/30/2010 08:05:00 AM, Anonymous Wiggy said...

My first Neil show, and it was soo amazing!

I had the biggest grin on my face when he opened with My My, hey hey. The new songs were the highlight for me, as I have been listening to the Albany and Buffalo shows. The sound in the Fox was amazing, and the first trio of new songs sounded really damn good on that dark red acoustic. I think he uses some kind of bass pedals to get that really deep rumble, I saw a roadie checking it before the show.

Great show all the way through, Neil was perfect.

Oh and a big Fuck You to the guys behind us spilling beer and jabbering the whole show. Totally ruined I Believe In You for me, and the rest of the show for my girlfriend who now has a beer stained purse. thanks dudes. Go to a Jonas brothers concert for that shit.

At 5/30/2010 10:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the show at the Fox last night, I was blown away. I have been listing to Neil since I was 16, I am now 55 and he remains my favorite artist to date.
Like many other hard core fans I longed for more. I know with Neils vast catalog he could not even attempt to please everyone with their favorite song.
I have posted the set list below. I sure wish folks going to the shows would read this blog before they head out..a couple behind us tapped my boyfriend on the shoulder and said "are you big Neil Young fans", well duh. "Can he do Southern Man or is that just Cosby, (yep she said Cosby) Stills and Nash". to which I replied, "Southern Man is off Harvest and that is just Neil" "he is not doing that tonight". "He is playing Ohio though".She kept saying well what other songs can he do? I mean come on people what the hell are you doing at a Neil Young show. The young 20 somethings beside us were just hooting and screaming in all the wrong places and then when he played his new stuff they were too bored to pay attention and took out the old cell phone, got up several times to pee I guess since they swilled beer the whole time. I guess I am just getting old, but this was the only chance I have ever had to see Neil and though they did not ruin my experience it would have been nice to be with other fans and not just folks out for a Saturday night.

1. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (acoustic guitar)
2. Tell Me Why (acoustic guitar)
3. Helpless (acoustic guitar)
4. You Never Call (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
5. Peaceful Valley (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
6. Love And War (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
7. Down By The River (electric guitar - Old Black)
8. Hitchhiker (electric guitar - Old Black)
9. Ohio (electric guitar - white falcon)
10. Sign Of Love (electric guitar - white falcon)
11. Leia (upright piano)
12. After The Gold Rush (pump organ)
13. I Believe In You (grand piano)
14. Rumblin' (electric guitar - Old Black)
15. Cortez The Killer (electric guitar - Old Black)
16. Cinnamon Girl (electric guitar - Old Black)
17. Walk With Me (
electric guitar - white falcon)
we only got the one encore, I don't think Neil likes us rude Southerners, hell I don't even like us.

PS where the hell were you Todd, I thought you were going to tell folks to STFU


At 5/30/2010 10:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading reviews I was almost concerned about not enjoying this show, but that concern dissapated immediately upon Neil's entrance on the stage. The new songs were as riveting as any of the classic tracks - can't wait for their release (especially Love and War).
The Atlanta crowd was especially respectful, with zero catcalls for specific tunes - which led me to hope for a Heart of Gold encore - but alas, it didn't happen:) No matter, the show was as memorable as any I've ever seen, and surpassed the 1991 electric tour Ragged Glory. The man is unbelievable as he surveys the stage, grabs another instrument, and lays down a new or old classic. Vocals stellar.

At 5/30/2010 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hypnotic, captivating, and sheer control over the listeners. Total mastery and economy over each note and word. Total performance of a master artist is a pale description of the aura Neil creates with his words and music.

At 5/30/2010 10:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all - the idea that somehow Neil isn't playing long enough for the price is completely crazy. This was an outstanding show all the way through, and Neil played his heart out. I agree with previous posters - Neil was into it, and the crowd was great. (Not so much for Bert Jansch, unfortunately, when half the crowd felt compelled to jabber on and on - the ladies behind me were going on about Facebook until I finally told them to STFU. Bert took it in stride though; his set was very solid.)

The highlights were the reworked older songs. "Cortez" was unbelievable...slowed way down and grinding into a crushing wall of doom. The Aztecs had no chance. It reminded me of Sunn 0))). DBTR and CG were likewise excellent rockers. Helpless and Ohio brought tears to my eyes. I was hoping for something from the Ditch, but not to be this round.

The biggest downers to me were a couple of the new songs - especially "You Never Call," but also "Peaceful Valley" and "Leia." My wife, who knows absolutely nothing of Neil's music, turned to me after Peaceful Valley and said "I don't think he ever recovered from the stroke. How could the guy who wrote the first three songs (MMHH, TMW, Helpless) also write the next two (YNC and PV)?" Yes, she's right - some of the new stuff is really quite bad, sadly - lyrics phoned in at best. The music is generally good though...YNC would be better as an instrumental...)

But not all the new stuff is weak, thankfully. "Hitchhiker" positively rocked - Neil was cranking on that. "Walk With Me" and "Love and War" are also pretty good songs.

And my wife - dragging her feet about going - ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

Overall, damn fine concert.

Charlie from Athens

At 5/30/2010 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie, you kind of made Lee's point...

one in eleven thousand

At 5/30/2010 11:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry you did not like the new stuff Charlie from Athens, you know Neil is still making new records. This was not a greatest hit show.

You should read the back story about You Never Call, which by the way I thought was excellent. Neil's good friend and film maker, Larry L.A.Johnson died while getting ready to go to a hockey game with his son, he was Neil's close friend for 40 years, hence the references to Hockey and I'm working and your on permanent vacation. I loved peaceful Valley it sounded like it could be on Harvest Moon.
As for Leia, it was a sentimental tune about Neil's granddaughter, I have to admit I did not like this song as well as the other new ones, but I am sure it will grow on me.

I am not sure why one of the previous posters said the Atlanta crowd was well behaved? Were you at the same show. You just don't scream and clap while someone is playing, applause is for after! I could not even hear what little Neil did say for the screaming. Wish I had been at the show in Worcester, sounds like they got the best show with 2 encores instead of one. I really loved Walk with me though, guess I will just have to play my record to hear Heart of Gold.

I am really happy I finally got to see him live though.

At 5/30/2010 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Neil for the first time at The Fox last night. While some moments were transcendent (Helpless, After The Gold Rush), I came away unsatisfied.

When you pay that much money for a ticket you deserve more than a one-song encore. Given the breadth and depth of Neil's songbook, he only played 17 songs? Come on!

I've always gotten my money's worth when I've seen Springsteen, U2, the Stones and other high-priced artists. Last night I didn't. I expected more from an artist whom I love and respect.

At 5/30/2010 01:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Cosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash--Now that I would love to see!

At 5/30/2010 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be some mixed feelings about the Atlanta crowd last night at the Fox. I was there and this is what I observed:

Seemed to be a sell-out. Might have been a few scattered unsold seats, at most.

Nice vibe overall. Saturday Night with just the right mixture of energy and pleasant feelings. Plenty of drinking but no obnoxious behavior. And, unlike some of the earlier venues, you could take the drinks back to your seats if you wanted (but not the popcorn - go figure!).

The crowd gave Neil a standing ovation before he started playing - a nice touch that Neil seemed to appreciate.

I never heard one song request or other yelled out comment from anyone the entire night - not one! Mostly intense listening or whispered sing-alongs during the playing and lots of applause and hoots after each song (and at a few appropriate times during the actual performance). I don't recall anytime when you couldn't hear Neil talking or singing due to the crowd. Not even close. And I did not see one cell phone lit up around me at any time during the entire concert. Believe me, that was a first.

Overall, a very respectful crowd but one which also expressed their enjoyment at appropriate times. Maybe I just got lucky where I was sitting. I was up in the middle of the balcony section, still excellent seats to me, but maybe the people with the most expensive seats were more vocal(but I didn't notice it).

Sidebar: In my opinion, some people seem to take this respectful audience thing way to far. After all, the couple in front of me gave me some obvious snide looks along with a mocking attitude when I had the audacity to stand and hoot a while between the show and encore. This wasn't a fricking poetry reading, for goodness sakes.

Lots of variety in the crowd. Met some hard core fans before the show that had driven up from Florida that day and claimed to have named their child after Neil(I'm not kidding). On the other hand, they had done no advance research on the current tour and were happily anticipating a full acoustic performance. Since they did not want to know what to expect, I did not tell them differently. But for all I know, they may have hated the show.

Met another young person who was there only becase his wife was a fan. But at the last minute, she had to go out of the country and he had to recruit someone else to take her place. He then proceeded to tell me how difficult it was to find someone who actually cared enough to attend a Neil Young show, even with an already paid-for ticket. But for all I know, he and his guest may have loved the show.

After the show, everyone seemd happy enough. I did not hear one complaint about song slection, length of show, ticket price, or why Neil wore a hat.

Then again, while taking a leak in the marble clad Fox Theater bathrooms immediately after the show, I did hear someone say, as they zipped up, that "I think that piss I just took lasted longer than the show I just saw". So that might have been a criticism. Or maybe they just drank a lot of beer....

At 5/30/2010 01:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the show, don't get me wrong there but (and maybe it was where I sat=lower level, far stage right, second row to the back)....the reverb on the songs where he played electric guitar was horrible!

Once again, maybe it was my seat location but a couple times my girlfriend leaned over during these electric guitar songs and asked "what's the story with the bass?/is there a bass player?". One time my shorts were literally vibrating!

Anyone else have a similar experience?

At 5/30/2010 01:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure Neil's still making records. I fail to see how that has anything to do with the fact that I didn't like several of the new songs. I just didn't. I know all about the back story to You Never Call; the song is still weak. He has some good lines in there - like the In-n-out burger and fries all around - but overall, it's just not that well crafted. To each his or her own on whether you like the songs. Frankly, I'm not a big Harvest Moon fan either....

I was in no way looking for a greatest hits show. In fact, I would have been very happy if he'd played all obscure stuff from his catalog. I don't love every song in his back catalog either, although the proportion of like/dislike has been shrinking over the past decade, I'm afraid. And anyway, other than the new stuff, he basically DID play greatest hits....I didn't hear T-bone or Mideast Vacation, or Weight of the World, let alone Vampire Blues or Albuquerque.

As to the crowd - I fail to understand why applause is only reserved for the end of a song. That's ridiculous. You've obviously never been to a jazz show. I too did not hear any song requests, I saw numerous standing ovations after songs, I heard fully engaged fans reacting to Neil in real time, and he seemed to eat it up.

Charlie from Athens

At 5/30/2010 02:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the reverb was intentional. I'm ignorant of the technology, but Neil had some kind pedal combined with special guitar that created bass sounds. At times, seemd like an entire band was playing. Vibrated the whole theater, even where I was up in the balcony. To me the distorted, high reverb, rumbling vibrational nature of many of the the songs was incredible (Cortex The Killer, for example).

At 5/30/2010 02:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil's right. He should focus on love and war, his strongest areas. Gotta agree with Charlie on You Never Call and Leia. That is some dreadful listening. If you have to get background explanations on why you should like a song and how it is so deeply meaningful, well, big red flag. It either stands on its musical merits or it doesn't. You Never Call can't work as an instrumental because it's too much like Chris Isaak's Blue Spanish Sky and that would just make it obvious. Peaceful Valley on the other hand I find quite good. Same with Sign of Love and Walk with Me. Those two get stronger for me with repeat listens.Love and War is also very good melodically and parts of it are very strong lyrically. And we know he's going to be writing more if he's going to have an album's worth. Overall things are looking promising.

At 5/30/2010 02:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Neil cranks up the reverb when the crowd gets noisy, as for the comment by Charlie. Neil does NOT appreciate it when people yell over his songs and has even been known to quit playing and say, well it was not important anyway.

The crowd last night was polite about not requesting songs and I only heard one cry for Neil while Bert was playing.

Screaming because Neil says, "felt like getting high" come on if you are sitting next to a person screaming,you can't hear for the moment and every moment is precious in a shorter show like this one

Take a listen to Live at Massey Hall, you could hear a pin drop. Neil deserves respect, not drunks screaming and whistling just because the know the song.

We had several loud screamers near us in the 2nd dress and they did keep us from hearing Neil when he said whatever it was near the end?

At 5/30/2010 02:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I broke my vow to not listen to any of the new songs, wanting to hear them live for the first time this Tuesday, but I caved. Reading all the diverse remarks was driving me crazy. Jesus, who said the guy doesn't care about the audience.?? He poured his heart and soul and guts out on the stage, by himself, for all of us to hear these intensely personal songs. Breathtaking. Sandy

At 5/30/2010 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Greg and Bev said...

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see Neil again after a lengthy time. I first saw Neil back in "75" and tried to catch every event since then. I realize that the chances to see this icon are few and far between so last night my wife and I were set to pay our respects and listen to the master.
Before HHMM a 20+ kid snuck into the seats behind us. Too drunk to know anything he started screaming Neils name and calling out songs as soon as Neil stepped on stage. He then started singing with Neil, as if he needs harmony, so loud you had a hard time listening to Neil. Are you kidding? I asked him to give us a break and he complained he couldn't find his bottle of vodka he brought in. By the time Helpless arrived he stated loudly that "Old people don't know shit!" I turned around and said "Fuck You" and in no certain terms was I going to let this punk ruin this night. He then shut up. The rightful owners of the seats returned he was escorted out while issuing an apology. Too late dick head. He just ruined the first three songs of this magical event. I was pissed. Near the end he returned a few rows back but by then the vodka had taken it's toll and he was tolerable. This type of behavior is an example of why Neil figured "What they hell, I'm done." I once saw him in concert where he stopped playing an acoustic set because of the noise. Save it for the full on electric set ya bunch of a-holes. The guys an artist and a legend. Let's embrace the opportunity to see an old friend one more time and hear what he has to say. Loved it just the same. Thanks Neil for the ride.

At 5/30/2010 03:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those that couldn't hear, at the start of the encore, Neil said "I guess you figured out by now that all of my songs are the same". No further explanation was given, seemed to be an attempt at self-deprecation to me.

At 5/30/2010 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most amazing perfomance,I loved every song old and new,as mentioned in an earlier comment i was the fan who drove from Florida and yes i have a son named after Neil who has inspired me for 3 decades.Neil's performance was superb, and i do agree this was not a greatest hits show, his new songs are a true reflection of his emotions, and i loved every one of them.

At 5/30/2010 06:06:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Ya know, I can really see a "dreamin man" style of a live compilation know the best played songs from all the concerts collectively put on the "Twisted road" album...IT WILL BE in heavy rotation at my place when it comes assured!!


At 5/30/2010 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"to which I replied, "Southern Man is off Harvest and that is just Neil" "he is not doing that tonight"

Good on you Lee, that's tellin' 'em! You'd think people at a Neil show would know which songs were off which albums wouldn't you?

Btw, anyone here know what a copy of Harvest that's missing Southern Man would be worth to a collector? I can get my hands on a couple I think...

At 5/30/2010 08:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to post something when I got home last night--but waited until today just in case my feelings changed. They haven't.

Intro--I'm 50 and first started seriously listening to NY in 1977-78; about the time COMES A TIME was out. This was my third time to see him--first was in 1984 (Wichita, KS) on what I believe was the second stop of the EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN' tour--opening set was acoustic and fantastic, while the second set was w/The Shocking Pinks and quite a suprise!--second time was in 1991 (Orlando, FL)--VERY electric!

I've bought everything he's put out and part of the reason I went last night was because we're both old enough that I can't be sure our paths will ever cross again. His music has been a significant part of my adult life.

Sorry, I've rambled...on to my impression of last night's show in Atlanta...

Overall--very good--not fantastic, but I'm glad I didn't miss it. It's important that I point something out--I've only skimmed the previous posts by other folks in attendance--I think everyone's coming from a different place and I didn't want to be influenced prior to writing this.

The highlights were incredible--the opening acoustic My My, Hey Hey (or is it Hey Hey, My My?); Woodstock; DBTR; Cinnamon Girl; and a special treat (at least to me), Helpless. I'm probably showing my age here.

I was happy to hear new songs--but there were probably too many. I love this artist's entire library--but much of his material doesn't hit me until I've given them several listens--which is what I expect will happen to me with most of the newer songs I heard last night. Here's the problem that NY faces when perfoming--everyone comes wanting to hear what means the most to them personally--for example, I left wishing he'd played about fifty other songs (from GREENDALE and LIVING WITH WAR to TONIGHTS THE NIGHT and ON THE BEACH)--and I guess this is my matter what he played, and unless he played for about 48 hours, there is more that I wanted. That is my problem--not his.

This sounds too negative--it was a thrilling show. I made a point of going in with no expectations, in hopes of not being disappointed. However, there was nothing to be disappointed about. NY did what he's always done--played incredibly, surprised me, elated and disappointed me at the same time, and made me glad I was listening and paying attention for all these years.

I vaguely remember a Rolling Stone magazine review from the late 70's where the reviewer indicated that they'd buy anything NY released--including a paperbag full of shi#--I feel the same way. I'm clearly biased, but I'm glad I was there last night. His music has reached me in a million different ways--and it's my good fortune.

NY has always traveled his own path--and that is part of what makes him meaningful. If his music has been a part of your journey--go--but go on his terms.

At 5/30/2010 08:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the song Leia is about Neil's grandaughter (as posted by someone earlier...I thought it was about the daughter of a fallen soldier. Does Neil even have a grandaughter?

At 5/30/2010 09:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to which I replied, "Southern Man is off Harvest and that is just Neil" "he is not doing that tonight"

Good on you Lee, that's tellin' 'em! You'd think people at a Neil show would know which songs were off which albums wouldn't you?

Btw, anyone here know what a copy of Harvest that's missing Southern Man would be worth to a collector? I can get my hands on a couple I think...

Lee here, I meant to say Old Man was on harvest, not Southern Man. I wrote my review before my coffee and I am just an old woman.....thanks for pointing that out you kind soul.


At 5/30/2010 09:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the misquote, I actually said Old Man is on Harvest, not Southern Man as I said in my earlier post.(too early after the show and no coffee, just excited to see the reviews and add my two cents!
Forgive me I am just a laughing old woman......


At 5/31/2010 02:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point was Lee, you were bagging others for not knowing as much about Neil as you, so you were fair game for a smartass comment when you stuffed your own facts up. Just having a bit of fun, nothing malicious. Glad you enjoyed the show!

At 5/31/2010 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest show
2010-05-30, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
1. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)
2. Tell Me Why
3. Helpless
4. You Never Call
5. Peaceful Valley
6. Love And War
7. Down By The River
8. Hitchhiker
9. Ohio
10. Sign Of Love
11. Leia
12. After The Gold Rush
13. I Believe In You
14. Rumblin'
15. Cortez The Killer
16. Cinnamon Girl
17. Heart Of Gold
18. Old Man
19. Walk With Me

Now I am pissed, what did we do here in Atlanta Neil?

At 5/31/2010 08:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, the Atlanta performance was a very intense and personal moment, unlike the numerous times that I have seen him perform with various groups.I much prefer the "solo" act.Now,with that said,,some people need to STFU while the artist is performing,the man is trying to impart something very personal(as Neil often does),unlike some other groups/artists.I do not feel that I/we were robbed of anything,I'm sure that the following show/setlist had something to do with the death of Dennis Hopper.The juice freaks need to learn to show some Respect though,if Neil shows up to perform in a rational state,the crowd should do the same.I don't know about ya'll,, but I got what I came for--good on you Neil.

At 5/31/2010 09:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An important correction to my post from last night--NY played Ohio (not Woodstock)at the Fox in Atlanta. Sometimes the stupidity of my mistakes astounds me...sorry. GRB

At 5/31/2010 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Well, to everyone who complained about the show and about people who need to STFU...

As one of the cheering, woo-ing, clapping, song-requesting people...Neil not only played my request, but said "someone over there really wants to hear this song" ...totally amazing...Neil dedicated Heart of Gold to me...I can die happy now.

I do know Neil can be a bit...well...Neil. And my enthusiasm could have back fired, but the involved, singing, cheering, song-requesting crowd in S'burg got two amazing songs added to our encore :-)

At 5/31/2010 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw the atlanta show from the second row. was worth every penny.... my only gripe is the fox's beer line set up. they need to just sell beer at certain stations, because they take forever with the mix drinks and measuring it out like poindexters, with the jiggers. they should hire me for zoning and planning, sheesh. and it was hot as a sauna in some parts of the building. keep the AC running baby! go neil!

At 6/01/2010 12:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Charlie from Athens GA:

Next time leave your wife at home.

At 6/01/2010 03:50:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Charles from Athens (whoa, big effort to come over fom Greece).....

Just a point on disappointment... ya know, I look back at Neil's vast library of "greatest hits" and "obscure songs" as you put it, and his setlist selection from these concerts...

With such a vast repertoire to choose from, it must be awfully hard to pick a set list that would appease everybody's likes and dislikes...

like, when you think just how many great songs that could of fitted into Neil's "theme" for this does one please everybody?

Somehow I don't think Neil would be sittin' back stage thinkin'.. hmmm "I wonder if Charlie from Athens is in the audience tonight?".."I better play "mid east vacation"...wait a minute, "what about Joe blog from Kansas, he loves "mellow my mind"

You see what I'm gettin at..we've all got a "favourite"and each to his own... but gee, his only got 90 mins and 19 songs max and the tickets were very cheap..give the guy a break!!

(this last paragraph was obviously "tongue in cheek" for all those that take everything that's written here literally! lol


p.s. Enjoy "live" Neil you lucky wheaties!!

At 6/04/2010 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil young is a great artist. I went to to the ryman to watch him. He aint about sellin t-shirts. He is all about showing his music and tryin to make people understand it more. I served in the military for 23 yrs and am proud of it, he needs to understand the service men an wemon are not to blame. They our only doing theyre jobs. They dont make decisions there leaders do. People at the concert were confused by his new music maybe even felt cheated by the prices. I felt in all that i got to see him I do truly respect his own opinions and love his music. It was priceless and i thank Neil for taking the time to play it for us. I was always out doing my job (military) when he came around. I saved money just to watch him . He is the only concert i ever did it for 9saving money) and i will always remember that night in the Ryman. Yes he thanked us in his own way. Thanks Again Neil

At 6/05/2010 12:30:00 AM, Anonymous dgNYC said...

Leia is NOT about Neil's grandaughter--he doesn't have one that I know of. I was at the Oakdale, CT show and he explained how the song is about a friend's kid who was visiting. The kid displayed musical talent.

I must add, people in Oakdale were super rude. They wouldn't shut up when he was telling this story. Sounds like you people in Atlanta had a better time of it.

And we only got one encore, too-so it's not a southern thing or anything. I saw him in Spain last summer and it was all energy. There were just too many stupid people at this show.

At 6/19/2011 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous Concert Girl said...

His voice was pristine. He was enthralled and his energy was extraordinarily beautiful. This concert was one which I will remember for the rest of my life.



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