Neil Young Concert Reviews - Spartanburg, SC, May 30, 2010
Photo by Ken Toney Photography
From BlogAsheville: Neil Young solo in Spartanburg May 30:
My impression is that most there are on board with me that Young's facemelting, emotional version of "Cortez the Killer" was a highlight of an unforgettable show. Young moved effortlessly from VH1 singer-songwriter mode with acoustic guitar to hard, feedback-heavy rock and roll in full-on Crazy Horse mode.
He played the hits and wasn't going through the motions.
From Review: Neil Young rocks Spartanburg Sunday night - Legendary singer performs new, classic songs in two-hour show | GoUpstate.com by Tim Kimzey
As shouts of “We love you, Neil” and “Freebird!” filled the break, Young played another new song “Sign of Love.” Seeming to realize that the southern men and women in the audience did want him around, he was welcomed by a roar of applause as the first notes of “Ohio” rung from his guitar. Young played the song with heartfelt passion and intensity, as if the 40 years since the anniversary of the tragedy at Kent State University were only yesterday, and Nixon could still hear his message.
Young then lumbered about the expansive stage, as if in his own living room, trying to decide which instrument he wanted to try out next. He settled down to an old upright piano and sang a whimsical-sounding new tune called “Leia,” then meandering to the other side of the stage to sit under a chandelier-covered grand piano. While seated, he paused and said, “I've got so many songs I'm just trying to remember what I'm doing.”
Moving around again, this time to a pump organ raised in the back of the stage, he quietly stated “this is for Dennis right now,” as the church-like chords filled the air with “After the Gold Rush.” Young had worked with Dennis Hopper in the late ‘70s on his film “Human Highway,” and honored his friend who had just passed away Saturday.
Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg, SC. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.
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