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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Neil Young Concert Reviews - Seattle, Washington, July 20, 2010

Neil Young is in Town
Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington

Photo by Renee McMahon

From Neil Young Stares Old Age In the Face, Last Night at The Paramount - Seattle Music - Reverb by Brian J Barr:
​But for me, 'Hitchhiker' was the moment I kept returning to. There is a bone-chilling element in that song that I can't quite put my finger on, one that was ever-present throughout his entire performance. The song burned with that raging defiance present in all of his best work. But since the song (on its surface) is little more than a look back on his life, well, why all the rage? 'Hitchhiker', like the rest of the show seemed to be about staring old age in the face. Gone is the comfortable middle-aged nostalgia of Harvest Moon and Silver & Gold. Fuck that. These days, friends and relatives are dead or dying off, grandchildren are being born, Neil will be 65 this November. And after all these years, humans are still capable of such waste and beauty. Life is weird, even weirder with age, and Neil--thank God--is still here to sing about it.

Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.

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At 7/21/2010 03:40:00 AM, Blogger the hat man said...

Neil Young's voice in the fifth decade of his remarkable career is better than ever. His singing on "Tell Me Why" the second song of his Seattle concert was as affecting as anything he has ever done. The virtuosity of his voice was equalled by the stunning sonic power of his electric treatments of "Down By The River" and "Cortez the Killer." It was a special night by one of rock music's greatest artists.

At 7/21/2010 09:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an exceptional concert. What an extraordinary man. Thank you, Neil. Please be well.

At 7/21/2010 10:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great concert but the crowd was pretty lame. lots of shouting in the middle of songs, seemed to throw neil off a couple of times. he almost stopped "you never call" after all the people laughed at his lyrics. i'm surprised that we got an extra encore song.

saw eddie vedder eating at the dragonfish cafe before the show, then spotted him in the second row of the pit, way off to the left. he gave neil a standing o for "rumblin'".

At 7/21/2010 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathon Demme was also in attendence.Yes, Eddie Vedder dancing to Cinnamon Girl was worth admission.Fleet Foxes in attendance.Crowd was rude but eventually settled down a bit.Neil of course sets a new standard each night he plays.

At 7/21/2010 11:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome Awesome show!! I don't believe the "crowd" was very lame, but there were a few that were obnoxious and some were escorted out. However, it is hard to sit and not want to scream your head off at the legend who can play like no other!! Ohio gave me chills, the new songs were awesome .... I could go on and on. Please come back soon, Neil!

At 7/21/2010 11:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous poster. As soon as I saw Eddie Vedder stand up to Cinnamon Girl ... that was my cue that it was finally okay to get up and rock out!!

At 7/21/2010 12:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curious, is Neil using a backing track on some of the songs? Reason I ask is there's a whole lotta sound coming out of those amps...

At 7/21/2010 12:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

great concert but the crowd was pretty lame. lots of shouting in the middle of songs, seemed to throw neil off a couple of times. he almost stopped "you never call" after all the people laughed at his lyrics. i'm surprised that we got an extra encore song.

I have a few recordings of NY gigs in Seattle, the crowd is always like this it seems, not good during acoustic songs, it's disrespectful of both artist and other attendees.


At 7/21/2010 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i was commenting to my wife on the way out about how seattle folks think they're so goddamn cool, but portland crowds are SO much better. a lot of seattle folks are just so fucking full of themselves.

at least i was in the second row so most of the noise was behind me. still sucked though.

At 7/21/2010 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

went to the concert in Seattle last night.. sorry but it was a snoozer...his songs were short and he did not play the more famous songs, (might not have the rights) very slow concert.. had a hard time staying awake.. and his opening act all the songs sounded the same. Where as he plays a mean guitar, it was stil boring.... we walked out disapointed. He still has the voice, but as he waled.. the concert was just as slow.. not worth the 86.00.. where can I get a refund???

At 7/21/2010 01:18:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

There is so much ignorance with the Anonymous posting at 1:15 that I'll just move on here. "Might not have the rights"? I'll send you the $86 to never go see Neil again and to never visit this website again.

At 7/21/2010 01:37:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Jonathan, I'll see your bid and raise it another $14. That makes it an even $100.... In fact, I think we could get a great fundraiser going here, with all monies going to The Bridge School.

At 7/21/2010 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Great idea Mr. Henry!! Now how would we verify that the conditions of his refund are being met?? :)

At 7/21/2010 02:30:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Sorry, meant to add that all monies after the ticket price refund and associated costs would then be donated. Kind of like Mark Twain's story about the bag of flour that keeps getting repurchased at ever higher auction prices, with all $$ going to Civil War veterans.

All kidding aside, the poster does have the right to not enjoy the show...but I'm sure there are a lot of us out there who would have been thrilled to trade places! And everyone should donate to The Bridge School if they can do so and are so inclined.

At 7/21/2010 02:40:00 PM, Anonymous eric said...

Hey anon 1:15, You can come to my place for the 86.00. It will also come with 86 kicks in the ass.

At 7/21/2010 02:56:00 PM, Anonymous zuma said...

mr. henry'jonathan you guys rock`````g

At 7/21/2010 03:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portland was raw physical, but Seattle was sublime sound. Neil seemed to be fighting a cold both nights. It affected his voice for the first few songs last night and he had a couple of bobs where he stifled a cough or something. I don't know how he made it through, actually. But by the end of Helpless, he was cruising. Sweet, sweet sound throughout after that, both from his instruments and his voice.
I was at a different concert from several of the other posters. Jansch was most, most excellent. I guess his songs might sound the same the way people from a given ethnic group can all look the same to someone undiscerning. I actually thought the Portland people were more full of themselves. Seattle got the better show. It was more controlled. Helpless was sublime. Peaceful Valley was transportive. Love and War was great.
Cortez was nearly unrecognizable but for the words. He was creating onstage and it was very cool to hear. Came up with a very cool new rhythm by the end of the song.
He was encouraging people to laugh in You Never Call. He just seemed to have a senior moment, but recovered nicely. From where I was in the center hall, the crowd was fine. A couple drunken outbursts, but no big deal.
Neil's voice warmed up was sweet as honey. I Believe in You was exquisite. Sign of Love was just fantastic. Heck he even persuaded me to like Leia.
Most, most excellent concert. Seattle got lucky. I'll have to think about whether it surpassed the 99 Seattle solo show. Distant Camera, Slowpoke, Looking Forward, Without Rings, Red Sun, Out of Control, Good to See You were all so superb to hear new. He's earlier in the process on this album, so not so many new ones yet. But judging from last night I think he's coming to a rolling boil. You could feel creation emanating from him, like you do in the forest.

At 7/21/2010 03:22:00 PM, Blogger liverust said...

Sure hope 1:15 didn't get the Tickets I finally had to give up due to the Pre-Sale Debacle. Having to get things done before I could finally get Tickets, I lost out on the Show...sadly!! Here's to that Twisted Road taking a twist my way before years end as I've heard from a "very" reliable source. LIVE RUST

At 7/21/2010 03:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that johnathan is doc in disguise?

At 7/21/2010 03:54:00 PM, Anonymous dave said...

Great great show,neils performance and voice was amazing.I actually thoght the crowd was good and into it respectful with very few song requests.I like how he took us on a twisted road of life weaving from slow soft n thoughtful to fast and ragged intermixing the songs perfectly such an emotional ride that only Neil can take us on.I never want it to end.Thank you Neil for the ride troughout my life long may you run!!

At 7/21/2010 05:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what am *I* missing that people are chuckling thru YOU NEVER CALL? But IMHO the line "he brain to brained me" is hard to listen to...emotionally as real as it gets, poetically clumsy...what's this talk about "backing tracks" ?


At 7/21/2010 05:09:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said... I'm not doc Toolbag. I actually try to comment with a purposeful thought behind my words.

At 7/21/2010 05:10:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Thanks, Zuma!!

At 7/21/2010 05:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Never Call isn't that hard to understand. It simply contains more than one emotion, as does Neil, as do we all. He wants us to chuckle at the Red Wings, In and Out Burgers and back pain lines, but by the end of the song, he's very poignant. It's okay to laugh and be very sad in the same song, like a good Irish wake.

At 7/21/2010 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

"You like to party with the lights on,
Come on, I like the dark.
You always want to hear the same old songs,
Come on, play the new song!"
--Sleater Kinney
You're No Rock and Roll Fun

Muchos Gracias, Senor Zuma!!

At 7/21/2010 05:59:00 PM, Anonymous zuma said...

thank jon'henry cool neil fans

At 7/21/2010 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

backing tracks . . . hyeah as if . . . no offense . . . ain't all that sound just grand . . . sound does matter

old sound man

At 7/21/2010 06:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ anon 5:29 excellent analogy of the irish wake to that song ..something sad in our lives happen but yet the best thing to do is laugh..all the things L.A loved in and out fries,sharks hockey,his children and ben young..great seeing eddie vedder dancing to cinnamon girl

At 7/21/2010 07:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pardon the off topic note.... just thought this was cool.... Neil and Bob.

At 7/21/2010 08:13:00 PM, Anonymous Mitchell said...

Hey just a question for all those that went to the show: what time did Neil hit the stage? I will be late for the show in Calgary and I need to know when I MUST be there. Thanks!

At 7/21/2010 08:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd want to be in my seat by 9pm absolute latest for an 8pm start time

At 7/21/2010 09:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bert came on exactly at 8 pm not sure what time neil hit the stage

At 7/21/2010 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

neil hit the stage around 9:15 and played until 11:00. i'd definitely be in my seat at 9 just to be sure...

yeah i guess maybe i'm too harsh on the crowd but i expect a lot from people. i expect them to let neil sing the damn song and stfu already! but last night was sublime and something i'll never forget. cortez was just weird and so good.

At 7/21/2010 11:51:00 PM, Anonymous Mitchell said...

Sounds good. Thanks again

At 7/22/2010 01:50:00 AM, Blogger Eric said...

I hope he plays Old Man in Milwaukee too. Dad is taking me to my first Neil Young concert. I wish Mom could go to but shes been sick since I was two. I start fourth grade in August. I can't wait for next Friday. Zach

At 7/22/2010 03:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Seattle concert was wonderful. We sat close to the stage and loved watching Neil move from instrument to instrument. I like watching him just silently walk about, almost as much as watching him rip on the guitar!
You Never Call almost had me in tears, thinking of LA Johnson of course. The bottom line on Neil Young is he's brilliant, feels deeply, lives deeply. He is his own man, and what a privilege to see such a free soul on stage.
Thank you, Neil. Please come back through Seattle again. God Bless.

At 7/22/2010 05:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read so many comments about what a particular song, or verse, is about. It is supposed to be sad, it is supposed to be funny, it's about this Ben, it's about that Ben, etc.

Why the need to label or put in a category and make it completely understandable? That makes it so one dimensional, so decided. Besides, how do any of us KNOW what he meant??

I really don't think any one person is right or that any one person is wrong. It's just not a winable argument.

It is the complexity that keeps us interested. it is his music that challenges us to feel and open our minds.

I love this site and I love Neil!

Sandy Horne

At 7/22/2010 06:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Mr. Young, Tuesday in Seattle makes it three trips now of my coming down from Alaska to see you. That's killing my fun budget. It's your turn to come north for a change.
G Tirebiter


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