Neil Young Concert Reviews - Wallingford, CT, May 23, 2010
From Neil Young at Oakdale - Courant.com By ERIC R. DANTON:
Rock 'n' roll is neither cathedral nor crypt, but there are moments that call for respectful, if not awestruck, silence.
Neil Young singing "Helpless" should have been one of them, but raucous bellows all too frequently accompanied Young in what was billed as a solo performance Sunday night at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.
Solo, maybe, but certainly not acoustic. Although the veteran singer and songwriter made no mention of the cloddish behavior of a few, he did spend a fair bit of his 90 minutes on stage drowning out the catcalls and boozy expressions of esteem by playing an electric guitar that resembled, in tone and volume, several dozen klaxons.
Young devoted a chunk of his set to newer songs, delivering a murder-ballad narrative on "Peaceful Valley" and a meditation on opposites with "Love and War," playing dark, reverberating guitar lines on a charmingly cluttered American Gothic-style stage with guitars and amplifiers in the middle, flanked on three sides by pianos and an organ, with a red-and-white striped banner like bars from the American flag hanging at the back of the stage.
Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.
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