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Monday, July 26, 2010

Neil Young Concert Reviews - Winnipeg, Canada, July 26 & 27, 2010

Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.

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At 7/27/2010 12:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Setlist the same as Edmonton. More about the concert tomorrow.


At 7/27/2010 09:47:00 AM, Blogger Grant said...

Neil was unbelievable last night in Winnipeg.

The solo version of Cortez was the highlight of the night for me.

He dedicated Old Man to Ben Keith and it took a second to grasp. Ben is gone but his body of work lives in us all.

Ken in Winnipeg

At 7/27/2010 11:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just attended the show in Winnipeg, and it was great.
More to the point, all of you complaining need to grow up.

It's called supply and demand. If Neil didn't charge these, the scalpers would, and then you would complain more about a corrupt system. With a small supply and large demand, prices will be high.

It's not like this is artificially inflated like one poster said, it is simple economics. Whatever the market will bear, so cough up or go home.

At 7/27/2010 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

The "sound" of the show was something to behold.

I want to hear more of that "Guild" guitar!!

At 7/27/2010 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attended the show last night and it was awesome! All my worries over whether the cochlear implant would distort the sound for me were needless. Unfortunately, I couldn't make out any of Neil's few words of chit chat, but watching him live for the first time was just so amazing. So, I say thank you Mr. Young for making my first concert post-implant an wonderful success! Long may you run!
Bionic Jo

At 7/27/2010 04:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His new and old songs now, will even hold more conviction and meaning....more than ever!

Rip LA & Ben

just my opinion

At 7/28/2010 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Well, although it pains me to use the expression, I feel blessed to have been at two of the best NY concerts in my life. Set list in Winnipeg identical both nights, and between-song patter virtually nil, but wow, what songs! Mark my words rusties, especially those who have lamented Neil's addition of the new material, some of these songs will be classics, once they achieve broader "airplay." "Love and War," a beautiful ballad, at once personal and global, will appeal to a broad audience. Similarly, and you heard it hear first, "Sign of Love" will rival many tunes we now think of as instant hits, but which actually took some getting used to. "Walk with Me," the electric show-ender, likely has staying power as well. The plaintive "You Never Call," although lovely, I expect to not endure, but I may be wrong. "Hitchhiker" is a powerful tour-de-force.

All these new tunes suggest a mature artist, reflecting on survival, loves maintained and lost, and the fragile nature of the relationships that define us. With the recent loss of Ben Keith, and of course LA, Neil is going above and beyond the call by allowing us to watch him grieve and heal, and for god's sake, it's embarrassing to hear the few for whom the show is more about the beer than the music shouting and actually applauding IN THE MIDDLE of quiet heart-felt expressions of real emotion. Try as I might, I couldn't brain-to-brain any of the louts, so tried to send good vibes to the stage, psychic apologies for those who can't distinguish between an intimate concert hall and an arena. At any rate, long may we all run, and especially good old Shakey, who was far from it tonight. Ted in Winnipeg

At 7/28/2010 02:11:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Ted

well spoken

At 7/28/2010 07:42:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

btw folks, in case any of you've been wondering about the fairly new coffee table book on Neil, check this out:


At 7/28/2010 09:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prediction is that the new album will be a commercial and critical flop, along the lines of Fork in the Road and Living With War, because the music will not be very enjoyable to listen to. Just like most people don't want to listen to songs about cars or cliche-laden and uninteresting songs about war, most people don't want to listen to songs played on the electric guitar with no backing band. I love Neil more than any other artist, but I could barely get through the first 90 seconds of Down By the River solo-electric. Boring and harsh. I know, I know, Neil "does his own thing" and "follows his own muse" and "doesn't want to repeat himself", etc. However, nearly all of his memorable, great songs follow a certain basic acoustic or guitar-band orthodox. Go listen to Decade and try to deny this. If Neil wants to make great music again, he should return to the format that allows him to make great music. Otherwise, he's just screwing around. Which is fine, but I have no interest in participating. Nor do many people outside the Rust/Thrasher's Wheat community.

-Big Old Rig

At 7/28/2010 09:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Rig, my prediction is that you're wrong. Just saying.

At 7/28/2010 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended both of the Winnipeg shows: row 7 on the first night, row 25 on the second night. I can only report my feelings because there is no way I would ever say I am objective on the subject of Neil's music. It has been with me for 30 + years of my life- through good times and sad times. Seeing him solo for the first time was so great. I felt overwhelmed, joyful, tearful at points, and very grateful to have the opportunity to see him again. Two magical evenings.

Highlights for me were Helpless, Love and War, Hitchhiker, Cortez, Ohio, Leia, Cinnamon Girl and Old Man. I liked all of the new songs and had purposely avoided checking them out on youtube so I could hear them live for the first time.

It bugs me when it is reported that he does not interact with the audience. The music is the only interaction that matters. It is enough. Nothing more is necessary.

Also- I think Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo was sitting one row behind me on the first night. If it was not him, it was his identical twin. LOL.

At 7/28/2010 11:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah big old rig, i suggest you take your own advice and go listen to decade. neil doesn't give a fuck about commercial success, never has and never will. maybe you didn't get the memo.

At 7/29/2010 08:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big rig, Have you ever heard the expression "Cant see the forest for the trees?" hmm, didnt think so. Im going to the Minneapolis show tonight and sharing it with my sons. Should be monumental. I guess the old analogy comes into play here...Opinions are like a**holes, everybodys got one. Peace

At 7/29/2010 11:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am going to the MPLs show tonight (and looking forward to it). But I think Big Rig isn't totally off the wall.

There is always the potential that the new album will flop. The music consumer is typically a lot younger than his main audience. I liked Fork in the Road and still listen to it. I also liked Living with War and still listen to it (though some songs get a bit dated). Roger and Out, Restless Consumer, Families - they are really fine songs.

Not sure that the upcoming album will be solo. Don't think I read that anywhere.

I do think Neil cares about some commercial success but that is not what drives him to release songs or albums. I don't have to recite the litany of 80's albums that demonstrated that. Or the ditch trilogy, for that matter.

Decade? Man, that was a long long time ago.

My suspicion is we will never see the Horse again.

Old Black

At 7/29/2010 11:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Ben is gone, I bet we DO see the Horse again....with a vengance. The new album might not be a commercial success but I predict it will be the most critically acclaimed Neil record in a long, long time.

At 7/29/2010 11:53:00 AM, Anonymous zuma said...

big;old;rig you just don't get it.

At 7/29/2010 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Dmitri Karamazov said...

Let’s remember that Neil is a freakin’ ARTIST. I "got" the Trans album right away – I played that one so much my wife thought I was nuts – no joke! It took me a little longer to appreciate Landing on Water and Life, but I now do. The point: though it may take you years to appreciate a given Neil album or track, when you finally catch up to Neil’s vision, it will be worth it. Guaranteed!

-- David

P.S. I put "The Painter" on the player this morning – and burst into tears. I can’t believe Ben’s gone ...

At 7/29/2010 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Big Rig's got his opinion, which is cool... regardless of how narrow-minded, lacking in inspiration, boring and insipid it is.

It's a shame not everyone is into cool, interesting, creative, different stuff and only want to hear things is a certain "format" over and over again.

Luckily for the rest of us, Neil isn't a broken record, even if it is all the same song.

At 7/29/2010 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Also BOR, has it ever been necessary that Neil pander to mindless throngs in search of "commercial" success, or acclaim by (ahem) "critics" who are also generally narrow-minded and lacking in creative inspiration or the ability to see outside the "formats" they need everything to be in in order to satisfy their dullard personalities and attachments to the disposable, commercial inner deadness of popular society?


Also, Neil has another great solo electric record that nobody seems to mention... The DEAD MAN Soundtrack, which is INCREDIBLE! His guitar sounds like a huge ghost of a train chugging through the cosmic void!

So, if Neil's solo acoustic/electric record contains entire songs of that huge, magnificent electric guitar careening alone through the ether accompanied his magical voice... then, whether it's a "success" by some crass, narrow-minded standard or not, I'll be elated to hear it.

At 7/29/2010 02:02:00 PM, Anonymous zuma said...

right on, matt

At 7/29/2010 02:09:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Matt - good point on the Dead Man soundtrack. Definitely great solo electric.
Again, another uncategorizable release in Neil's catalog

At 7/29/2010 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...


The opening scene in Dead Man blows my mind. As the train approaches down that winding track with Neil's guitar providing the soundtrack...

It occurs to me that Neil is imitatingrecreating the sound of the train on the guitar... absolutely phenomenal.

You can't tell where the train ends and the guitar begins.

At 7/29/2010 06:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Catch up cats and kittens!

....Don't get left behind!"


At 7/30/2010 12:46:00 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

show Monday night was amazing.

At 8/07/2010 07:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know, healthy debate and difference of opinion are fine by me and BOR has his slant on predictions and criticisms of Neil's direction and current relevance, but I don't think that Neil would be too concerned if he doesn't pick up any new generation fans..the ones that he has picked up already obviously appreciate where he is at and will have great joy in discovering through his catalog of some 50 yrs of songs, of where he has been.
I just couldn't imagine the joys of a new found fan, finding this treasure trove of music from every aspect of Neil's past. Like an archeologist discovering fossils of great significance,to dig through the historical 'remains' of this amazing 'Dinosaur' (and I say this with the deepest affection)would be a dream to any musical fossicker
excavating these golden reefs of NEil Young... the artist.

just my opinion

At 8/10/2010 11:16:00 PM, Blogger July Archives said...

your lucky over there to see Young do these shows.Enjoy his sounds which seem to have taken another direction .But Neils Neil you can,t catorgorise him ,Rock,Country,Jazz,Soul ,Rap,Funk,Metal,Punk add infinitum .In my mind Young has traveled through all those sounds and has seldom disapointed me even after 39 years of seeing him live with the various bands muscians etc and listening to his albums he is a treasure to be savoured and enjoyed


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