Concert Reviews of Neil Young: Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD, April 27 & 28, 2011
Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD, April 27, 2011
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From Midnight Sun: Take Two: Neil Young at the Hippodrome Theater April 27 - Nightlife: Baltimore’s music, bars, clubs, events and night scene from Erik Maza - baltimoresun.com by Nick Madigan:
Neil Young is determined to prove he can do it alone.
Calmly strolling the stage of Baltimore's Hippodrome as though it were his living room, taking his time to decide what to play next from his vast repertoire and an array of guitars and pianos -- even a pump organ -- Young seemed on Wednesday night to be living his performer's ideal, a musician unencumbered by other musicians, true only to his muse and the vagaries of spontaneous choice.
At 65 years old, and with a five-decade career still going strong, Young long ago earned the right to do whatever he likes. Sometimes, the results are uneven, even startlingly so.
For all his renown as a composer of gentle sensibilities, Young's rock-and-roll has the force of a Sherman tank, all guns firing.
But Young, always self-effacing and painstakingly honest, has never pandered to the desires of anyone, whether acolytes or recording executives, and retains a bemused tolerance for the excesses of the entertainment world and the pressures it brings to others.
From Midnight Sun: Neil Young at the Hippodrome Theater April 27 - baltimoresun.com by Sam Sessa:
Few musicians have stayed as relevant as long as Young.
Even now, when many of his peers have settled into their umpteenth Greatest Hits tour, Young refuses to give people exactly what they want to hear. He'd rather give them what he wants them to hear. That was the case at the Hippodrome Wednesday night, where Young performed solo on acoustic and electric guitar.
Many audience members were expecting a hit parade or an all-request hour, shouting suggestions at Young, who brushed them off. While he did play a handful of his signature pieces, such as 'Ohio,' 'Helpless' and an excellent 'Cortez the Killer,' much of Young's set was music from his latest album, 'Le Noise' and other newer songs.
Young's dimly lit set, with its wooden Indian and hodgepodge of instruments, recalled a rustic saloon. Spotlights cast four rectangular panels on the dark curtain behind him, giving the impression of a church's stained glass windows at twilight.
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