Neil Young Concert Reviews - Nashville, TN, June 1 & 2, 2010
From American Songwriter | Neil Young @ The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 6/2/10 By Evan Schlansky:
While it was a treat to hear a relaxed Young play his signature licks on his vintage acoustics, the best moments came when he plugged in his electric guitars, creating true “power chords” which vibrated the very floors and walls of the fabled auditorium. “I’ve seen a thousand shows at the Ryman,” remarked one nearby concert-goer, “and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
From Rolling Stone by Andy Greene:
Six songs into Neil Young's seemingly sedate solo set at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium last night, the 64-year-old rocker stunned fans who weren't expecting to leave with ringing ears. Putting down his acoustic guitar, he strapped on his signature electric Les Paul Old Black and began thrashing away on "Down by the River" like a one-man Crazy Horse. Over the last four decades, Young's solo theater shows have been decidedly unplugged affairs — but this time around, he clearly felt like once again defying expectations.
From Speakers in Code: Concert Review: Neil Young at The Ryman in Nashville by Jason Gonulsen:
It seems something special has hit Young. Even the older songs he chose to perform, like "Cortez the Killer," "Ohio," and "Cinnamon Girl," seemed new and fresh. Young gave every song, old or new, an eerie sense of space, a new sense of freedom that didn't once belong. A new twisted road.
If you do get to see Young on this tour, go in with a clear mind. Go in with a sense that you're going to hear your favorite songs performed for you for the first time. Go in wanting to hang or every word, every note.
Go in realizing that we're lucky Neil Young is still alive, still creating, and not resting on his laurels.
From The Novel Girls: The Ryman, Neil Young, Will and Me
The concert was, well there isn't really a good enough word that hasn't already been used to describe Neil's shows. But for clarification sake I'll just say the concert was everything we hoped it would be.
Neil carried the show solo but had all of his different instruments set around the stage. Both his acoustic and electric guitars were in the middle, his grand piano on stage right. His pump organ was in the rear of the stage and his upright piano was off to stage left. And of course, his harmonica was usually in the holder around his neck. He spent the evening rotating around each instrument sharing the depth of his talent with the audience.
Mr. Young didn't say much, but if you've been following his career at all you know that's his way - quintessentially Neil. Each time he sang an old song my son jabbed me in the arm and I got to watch a huge smile spread across his face.
That was heaven for me.
Photo by thesiglibrary
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