Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young - Reno, Nevada, July 17, 2010
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The Neil Young Concert Review of the Moment is from Reno, Nevada, July 17, 2010 by Tamara in Montana:
I gladly bought tickets on the resale market to see him in such an intimate theatre, and flew from Montana to Reno just to see Neil, and it was worth every penny and more.
Front row, center, pit seats. The most intimate and amazing NY concert of my life. At the risk of repeating some of the highlights already written about already, here goes: Neil walked on stage with a wave to the audience and then sat down to play an acoustic 'Hey Hey My My' - I literally cried - then he followed by the rare live gem, 'Tell Me Why.'
I think 7 news songs played overall; and they are all amazing and instant classics. How does this guy keep doing it? Magical! And a common theme through them all, along with the tone of the set list: love and war, planet wars, mortality. Only Neil could write about loss ('You Never Call') that has you laughing out loud (also - when Neil sings of Ben in the song, he is singing of LA Johnson's son - not his own.)
'Peaceful Valley' blew my mind. BTW - anyone know who Leia is, the child he sings of in the uncharacteristically sweet piano ditty? And yes, it was amazing that Neil started a clap along to Cinnamon Girl. I was also thrilled to hear Ohio and 'After the Gold Rush' on organ and harmonica rather than piano. He moved between 3 acoustic guitars, at least two electric guitars, the organ, upright and grand pianos. He didn't speak much to the audience but he didn't need to.
I did want to punch in the face the idiotic woman behind me who blathered on the whole show, giving a running commentary on her life with each song and loudly and incessantly complaining about how bored she was through the opening act (who was tremendous by the way!) The woman next to me said 'she's about to give me a nervous breakdown.' My husband kept turning around and shushing her to no avail. I can't believe the people next to her didn't just strangle her. Seriously - there are too many people in the world.
But I digress...I wondered what to expect for an encore based on the complaints posted on this site on previous nights. But Neil came back out and sang three songs - as mentioned, two classics - 'Old Man,' 'HOG' and then the emotionally charged 'Walk with Me.' In fact, I'd say Neil was emotionally charged every song. He seemed to hit every syllable in every lyric deliberately. You can see on his face how deeply he FEELS about the things he sings about. Sometimes it's like pure pain. I love that passion.
From our front row seats, there were times when i could have reached out and touched him - he would move forward playing Old Black within feet of the audience. My husband and I both commented that we made eye contact with him on numerous occasions, which was fun of course! Aside from the rude dimwit behind us chatting away mindlessly all concert long, the audience around us was reverential - NOT yelling anything out, but enthusiastically clapping and seeming to understand collectively as NY fans we were witnessing something truly special. (And i thought nothing could top the first Greendale concert i saw, before the LP was out and not knowing much in advance of the music - that blew my mind.)
But this night, the songs chosen, the conscienceless way in which they were sung, was an amazing moment in life. Since Neil Young's music is about as close as i get to organized religion, i guess I'd say this was a near religious experience for me :) To top it off, we nabbed one of Neil's guitar picks from a roadie on the way out. THANK YOU NEIL, for an amazing night of passionate and heart felt music!
-Tamara in Montana
Thank you Tamara! Great review.
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