Neil Young Concert Reviews - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 23, 2010
"Walk with Me" - Neil Young - Edmonton AB, Canada July 2010
From Edmonton Journal: Neil Young brings mix of new and classic to Edmonton By Tom Murray:
"Some artists are just so impossibly weighted down with reverence that you hardly know where to begin as a music writer.
Not that someone like Neil Young would care for the idea of being revered; he’s ignored just about every rule of the careerist rocker, disdaining a commercial path while happily testing his fans with any number of strange musical detours.
He invariably returns to what his core audience likes best, though; his first offerings at the Jube weren’t in any way a test for the 2,500 in attendance. They were three of most beloved acoustic song, My My, Hey Hey, Tell Me Why, and Helpless, played close to the recorded versions. This was classic rock Neil Young, still possessing that unearthly voice, though down an octave or so on certain numbers.
A high point for many at his electric concert last year was a grinding, loud, near hallucinatory Cortez the Killer; some might debate it, but Cortez stood as a memorable highlight Friday night as well. By and large ignoring rhythm, he let the song float on whammy bar sustain, banging the body of his guitar, falling into near silence between verses. At moments he sounded not unlike Rowland S. Howard, guitarist for The Birthday Party, twisting short, barbed wire leads through gently played, distorted chords.
This is why he’s revered by so many, the stamp of weirdness that keeps Young from being just elevator muzak for baby boomers. Just when you think he’s going to stroll down memory lane, he sits you with something strange, forcing you to reconsider a song you’ve heard a thousand times.
Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.
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