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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Those Pesky Cell Phone Cameras at Concerts

Ohio (Live) Neil Young at UC Davis 7/16/10 - YouTube

Ah, yes.

Those pesky cell phone cameras at concerts.

Now here's a topic. Say what you will about the above video, a lot of folks get totally stoked on something like this smokin' version of "Ohio" by Neil Young at UC Davis on 7/16/10 .

But is there a downside to this instant gratification? The viral voyeur video?

From a comment on videos of the encore of Neil Young in Reno, Nevada, July 17, 2010 by Anonymous:
I really do not know why peopple bother to video and take photos with those crappy phones. The quality is pathetic. I agree with the comment above it must really p1ss off the performer as it p1sses me off in the audience to have all those phones in the air blocking your view.

I think personally people need to start to show a bit of sense.

Turn off the phone, stop getting preoccupied with filming on them. You are not Jonathan Demme or Martin Scorsese. Concentrate on consuming the experience without having a crappy pixalated video that distorts your recollection of pure perfection.

Seriously you will enjoy the gig more! The human ear is the greatest translator of high fidelity audio available. The greatest feeling on earth is tuning in and giving the music and nothing else your full attention. These mobile phones can not do the audio or visual experience justice therefore I encourage Rusties to set an example. Sit back and let your ears translate the audio waves for you, turn the mobile off or or put it on silent.

I personally think if Neil wrote 'Piece of Crap' now it would have a verse in about filming a gig on a phone and getting home and realising it was a piece of crap.

But you have to admit, this video of "Ohio" on other worldy ghost White Falcon guitar is... well... pretty cool.


At 7/22/2010 01:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did it ever occur to you that this comment sounds like the kind of thing Neil would say?

Just saying.

The Loner

At 7/22/2010 03:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could watch this over and over! Since I wasn't able to be there I appreciate the videos from the shows. It's not like everyone has their cameras out.

Cin Girl

At 7/22/2010 03:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF I could afford a NIKON D50 (or better) I'd get one...but at least in the "olden days" cameras were not allowed at the shows I went to--the Artists' decision I think, and that's OK...SOME cell phones are halfway decent cameras, and "halfway decent" is sometimes good enuff, just sayin'...


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

What amps is he playing the bass and treble strings in on the 6137 during this tour?

Old Black

At 7/22/2010 04:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never get sick of this riff ...always one of my all time faves of Neil's (beside Cinnamon girl.)
It is just as poignant today as was back in 71-72 and Neil has not lost any emotion playing it. I just can't get over how it sounds like his still got a 4 piece backing band.

As regard cell phone coverage?..I can see both sides of the argument.

If you can go to the gig live..saviour the moment!..unimpeded by holding your hand up above the crowd looking like ya wanna ask Neil a question from the back of the classroom.

But, on the other hand ,being on the other side of the globe, the internet,bootleg video or cell phone gives us the chance to experience these little Neil gems virtually as they of the few upsides of modern technology!

Just my opinion

At 7/22/2010 04:41:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Personally, I have a tough time watching the obvious cell-phone vids... but I would have no problem with people shooting them.

When it comes down to it, it's a document of something cool and special, so I say shoot away.

I'm sure Neil would differ though... heh heh

At 7/22/2010 04:59:00 PM, Anonymous walkindadog said...

Neil releases movies shot in super 8. That's grainy low quality. So this is an extension of the feel that Neil himself has tried to capture, no?

At 7/22/2010 06:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long Live Neil! What a genius! Name another musician who bats close to 1.000, call me a fanatic or whatever but his talent surpasses any expectation. Every year, every tour he cooks up something amazing, OK, some new songs are great some aren't but the sum product is profound. This solo electric thing he's created just amazes ... this version of Ohio is just sublime. Yes I'm living off these vids b/c haven't been able to attend a show but its pretty good even just with the vids (Thanks Thrasher for your making all great things Neil, including, quality dialoging, so accessible). Hope to find a way to travel down this twisted road.

At 7/22/2010 09:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. I just gotta scream it here...


At 7/22/2010 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the gulf shows end up being the last movie in the trilogy. I wish Trunk Show was out already. It seems like it should come out soon or Neil won't want to release it at the same time as his new stuff in the fall. What I really wish is someone would record the whole damn show in at least as good quality as this video. I went to the show and I couldn't see Neil up close like on this vid. It adds to my experience. We are witnessing something extraodinary here. I would re-live that 90 minutes off and on for the rest of my life if I could. Often. It seems to me this would be the perfect capper to the trilogy, unless he wants it with the Horse. Not like I'd have a problem with that.

At 7/23/2010 10:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Demme would consider coming on each annual tour and documenting each one ... why stop at three? Neil's on fire, epic tours, tour after tour...

At 7/23/2010 03:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wicked - particularly well played in this clip -

nice to hear the white falcon shine so nicely in the solo setting - the differences in old black's voices and the falcon's are fun to hear in each song

old sound man


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