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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Neil Young @ UCSF Benefit, 12/8/10 Report

Neil Young
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
San Francisco, CA - 12/8/10
Photo by SF Weekly Blog

Neil Young performed last week at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA (12/8/10).

Neil introduces "Long May You Run" and discusses the recent fire at his warehouse (via Bad News Beat):
At the UCSF benefit the stage looked just like the normal Twisted Road show. The pump organ was on the stage too. Neil went up there to play what I thought would be ATGR and then proceeded to tell this story about the pump organ, (paraphrasing slightly)

“... bought this for $1200 from a junk shop in Redwood City about 20 years ago and I’ve been playing it ever since. But now it is broken. It seems it was in a fire. It still looks real good. But it doesn't sound very good anymore, but it’s *going* to sound good again. This will take a little while to fix. It was made of water soluble glue. When the firemen came they got it a little bit wet and all of the glue came undone inside. So everything inside came all undone”

Then he proceeded to play LMYR on guitar while sitting on the pump organ stool.

Thanks bh & Bad News Beat!

From DreamForce Kinect by Steve Gillmor:
That night we sat in awe as Neil Young sang to the ages, every strum having a reason to be there. The message of serendipity, hope, living a life of service mixed with compassion, all those things we yearn for privately but laugh off in the public moment, on display and alive 30 years to the day John Lennon was killed.

Setlist (via Sugar Mountain, Thanks Tom!)

01. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (acoustic guitar)
02. Tell Me Why (acoustic guitar)
03. Helpless (acoustic guitar)
04. You Never Call (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
05. Peaceful Valley Boulevard (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
06. Love And War (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
07. Down By The River (electric guitar - Old Black)
08. Hitchhiker (electric guitar - Old Black)
09. Ohio (electric guitar - White Falcon)
10. Sign Of Love (electric guitar - White Falcon)
11. Leia (upright piano)
12. Long May You Run (acoustic guitar)
13. I Believe In You (grand piano)
14. Rumblin' (electric guitar - White Falcon)
15. Walk With Me (electric guitar - White Falcon)

Note that the guitars Old Black and Gretsch White Falcon both were played and appeared undamaged by fire at Neil Young's warehouse last month. :)

Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center: “UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world, largely due to the ongoing support of our community.”

Funds raised through ticket sales will go toward building a new home for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s best children’s medical facilities. Located at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus near downtown San Francisco, the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay will be part of a 289-bed integrated hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients. Upon completion in 2014, the 183-bed children’s hospital will set a new world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.

“The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is a vital resource for the entire Bay Area community,” said Suzanne DiBianca, executive director, Foundation. “We are honored to have Neil Young inspire us and others to join in the effort to advance health care for the youngest patients in our community and throughout the world.”


At 12/12/2010 03:34:00 PM, Blogger Net Daddy said...

Some additional show notes:

- Neil Mentioned the organ was built in 1850
- Joanna Newsom opened. She opened for Neil 6 years ago at the Berkeley Community Theater at the Destiny Arts Center benefit.
-General Colin Powell, Stevie Wonder,, Joe Montana, MC Hammer and Beyonce were either at the show or after party
- DJed the after party 2 blocks down the street and Neil made a very brief appearance
- There were plenty of empty balcony seats

At 12/12/2010 04:14:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Neil Young News: Neil Young to Headline The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital: "Dan1 said...

Neil is an icon and an activist and people are both jealous of his success and his longevity and sometimes disagree with his politics. Lots of people believe in Free Speech until the speaker says something they disagree with.

Neil is a national treasure if not international treasure. He's lived the rock star persona for five decades now and he's managed to remain a real person and live a real, productive life. He's a huge humanitarian both in terms of his many causes that he dedicates time and money for and in utilizing his fame and his music to advocate for many decent causes. He's shown that his 60s activism wasn't a fad but an enduring aspect of his persona and his conscience. He's shown us all how to bounce back from illness, personal hardship, and difficult circumstances. He's the ultimate winner because he's shown his dedication to his family and to those less fortunate trump the superficialities of fame.

He's trusted his muse and had the courage to always be real in an industry that celebrate that which is unreal or better, fake. And he's shown vibrance and persistence and longevity well into his 60s ... I unflinchingly believe he's better now than ever ... both live, and in the recording studio -- Le Noise holds cup to anything before it ...

Unfortunetly I think with such true success comes lots of envy and that's just a cost of being great, particularly in the internet age where any troll or loose canon has a venue to anonymously write vitrol and a vast distribution system to sent it out there. The only counteracting force against all that negativity is positivity and that's what Neil and TW, IMHO, are all about.

At 12/13/2010 03:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Almost the same setlist as the Twisted Road shows. So it hasn't wore down yet. Maybe next spring he'll bring it across the ocean…

At 12/13/2010 08:55:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

The pump organ. Too bad it got damaged. I remember the first I saw that baby was in Saratoga, NY during the solo Harvest Moon tour. We had expected a Ragged Glory show with Crazy Horse as Harvest Moon was not out yet, and who knew there were 'Neil" sites with set lists, etc. to give you some fair warning. Anyhow, when Neil hit the organ and played Like a Hurricane, chills ran up my spine and goose bumps down my skin. I remember a guy sitting behing me saying "I didn't know he had that much talent"!!! The organ works for some of the songs. Though I have not heard it played in unison with a backing band, only solo. Maybe after the new glue dries.

At 12/13/2010 11:50:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Somehow I missed the UCSF show....never saw it publicized anywhere. Was it advertised and other than large venues, where can Neil show notices best be found? TW?

Thanks....and happy holidays!

At 12/13/2010 05:18:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Dave - Sorry you missed show. We blogged on it here. It wasn't widely publicized as it was essentially an invitational benefit for a $5K donation.

At 12/14/2010 09:22:00 AM, Blogger Sunny82 said...

This is off topic, but a question to you all - does anyone know what the hell happened to Neil Young: Trunk Show? That thing hasn't even had a cinema release in the UK and the last I heard about it was some whispers of a blu-ray/DVD release this fall (which obviously never happened). Does anyone know anything about why this is being delayed? Cheers much!

At 12/29/2010 03:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The research that comes out of UCSF on behalf of children is just incredible ... thank you, Neil!!

At 12/29/2010 03:09:00 PM, Blogger Elisabeth's Mom said...

Thank you, Neil. UCSF is a great research hospital for children. We appreciate your help there!


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