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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Cortez the Killer": Neil Young @ Boston, Apr 20th 2011 on YouTube

Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" in Boston Apr 20th 2011 on YouTube.

Also, see Concert Reviews and Photos of Neil Young - Boston, MA, April 19 & 20, 2011.

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At 4/27/2011 09:07:00 AM, Blogger peter said...


At 4/27/2011 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Laurie said... Neil dipped his hands in wet paint and soul dripped to the floor.

At 4/27/2011 10:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Peter- Word.

At 4/27/2011 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Not God, but I think Laurie got it right girlfriend!

I'm surprised no one is posting the "You Never Call" which is about as soulful as Mr. Soul can be for being human.

At 4/27/2011 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Lord have mercy, who was yelping and cawing during "Helpless?" I nearly jumped out of my seat!

Talk about fucking up a decent recording.

At 4/27/2011 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 4/27/2011 11:25:00 AM, Anonymous Bogie said...

Seriously, why do people feel the need to fill every pause or silence with a "wooooh" or a "yeaaaahhh"? Are people incapable of shutting the fuck up for even five minutes?

At 4/27/2011 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I don't think it's because we're old fogies, Bogie.

"Helpless" is like a prayer going out to all the restless souls wandering and then the yelpers come along and splash cold water in your face. Cortez is a soulful prayer of redemption. Every sound made on that guitar is part of the the deliverance.

If you're not listening, then you don't fucking get Neil's music. You will never know Neil in this life or in the next life.

At 4/27/2011 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Laurie got it right. He's all over the place on that song and only an old soul like Laurie would know that.

At 4/27/2011 02:50:00 PM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...

The only "shout out" I appreciated Monday night was when someone yelled "THIS IS GREAT," which got a good response of agreement. You could tell that it just came from the heart!

However, I was disappointed that so many people started applauding before the songs were even finished, especially with "I Believe In You." That was the most tender version of the song I had ever heard, and the first time I ever got to hear it sung live (after waiting 40 years)! I could hardly hear the ending because of the volume of applause.

Please think about others in the audience before you speak or cheer!


Marian M.

At 4/27/2011 03:41:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

40 years is a long time waiting, Marian. I'm glad you finally got to hear that song. It is special.

Everybody gets rowdy with TTN & CG and I guess I expect that, but nothing more irritating than a shout out in the quiet part of song or anytime he mentions the word "high" or "beer" or "numchucks."

At 4/27/2011 03:55:00 PM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...

Mother Nature on the Run:


Marian M.

At 4/27/2011 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

It's a song that I know is up there in his head called the "DumbF^cks."

And yes, one of the words he uses in the chorus is "numchucks."

Hey, it's his head, not mine.

At 4/27/2011 04:34:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

or numbn*ts

At 4/27/2011 05:43:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

How can those Goofballs possibly be listening to The music as it should be if their waiting for the next opening where they can interject the stupid noises that they rehearsed in their minds, oblivious to the splendid nuances of Neil's performance. Ya think their hoping that they can hear themselves on the live recording?

At 4/27/2011 09:38:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

I agree with everything you guys said- I HATE HATE HATE the cheering at "and I felt like getting high" and (and this makes ZERO sense) "we've got mother nature on the run in the 21st century"- now is that a reason to applause? I was also annoyed at the applause before the end of the song- like come on!
Another HUGE annoyance to me (sorry for the bitch session here) is during the show when please say "just play Heart of Gold" or yell "Heart of Gold", and walking out after the show is over- "so much for Heart of Gold!" or "he coulda played Heart of Gold. I feel ripped off!" ARRGGGH! Listen, Heart of Gold is a great song, I love it, but Neil has SOOOO many other and better songs than that! Neil could NEVER-EVER play that song live again, and I'd be just dandy. This is what I mean by the "greatest hits" crowd. Fine, I'm a Neil fanatic and I don't think I have to justify that statement, but please people, get over "Heart of Gold" or "Southern Man"- I love those songs but stop yelling them out and don't go to a Neil show thinking the setlist is going to be:
1. Heart of Gold
2. Southern Man
3. Cinnamon Girl
4. Down By the River
5. Old Man
6. Rockn' in the Freeworld
7. Something by Pearl Jam (I've heard that yelled out before "play some Pearl Jam!")
8. Ohio
9. Heart of Gold
10. Heart of Gold

I hate to sound like I don't like these songs or anything- I do, love them. But come on!
Okay, (deep breath) thanks. Bitching over

At 4/28/2011 09:02:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Not over!

"Hey Neil, Do "Werewolf In London?"

Has anyone hear him do "Lady Wingshot?"

At 4/28/2011 09:19:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

`Play some Pearl Jam`???! What, are some people nuts? Neil is producing some of his most experimental and creative work here and it`s just so sad (and annoying) that there are people out there who don`t understand or appreciate it enough to just shut up and listen. Neil is just wasted on them.
Mother Nature - I`m sure you`ve got it right about that song in his head!

At 4/28/2011 09:30:00 AM, Blogger 3Ds Ranch said...

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At 4/28/2011 09:39:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

or woodchucks

At 4/28/2011 10:06:00 AM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

What a fantastic super cool video of Cortez The Killer!
Great song! He should play this with a band. Did he ever play Cortez The Killer with a band?

At 4/28/2011 03:00:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

The dump ain't open
Cuz the woodchucks
Took the Numchucks

Bob Dylan said that...or something like that. Thanks for a good laugh! And I agree that Neil should consider doing Cortez with a band. But enough of that Crazy talk; I would NOT want to spook the Horse.

Great video...thanks! You can be in my dreams if I can be in your's....

At 4/28/2011 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I'd like to hear "Lady Wingshot" instead of "Like a Hurricane."

At 4/28/2011 04:26:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

so many of y'all have expressed an idea that I keep in Mind whenever I think of maybe possibly perhaps getting tickets to see Neil (financial considerations aside)The audience is full of a**holes...

At 4/28/2011 08:31:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Not full. ASG. Just a few. That's all you need. Just one or two.

At 4/28/2011 11:39:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

yer right, on both counts...

At 4/29/2011 07:38:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Mr. H - our band does a song called the Woodchuck Lounge. All are welcome.

At 4/29/2011 08:20:00 AM, Anonymous thezumaband said...

Ah, the WoooBirds, and the HOGgers, and the WooBird guy sitting next to me who had to sing, WAY OFF KEY, EVERY F#$KIN' SONG, and the other gut who decided to raise his cell phone way over his head to record Cinnamon Girl, only to piss off the person in back of him whose view he was blocking, AND THEN the usherette with her spotlight starts yelling at the both of them, further obscuring the view, then the guy down the row in front of me suddenly realizes that he's about to throw up, or is having a seizure caused by the bowel rattling bass and stumbles /crawls/lurches down the row trying to get to the aisle, landing on the lap of a very sweet looking preppie mom who at this point in the concert was thoroughly dismayed, as it had stared out SO promising with Helpless, etc, and now WTF are these rumblin' hitchhiker blowing cocaine songs and EEEEK! this slurring slob IS IN MY LAP!!??

He was able to make it to the aisle and stumbled for the exit. Can't party like he used to- or perhaps that is how he always parties. WOOOOOOO!

At 4/29/2011 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Greg Newman said...

I'm from Durham, NC and was lucky enough to see him at the DPAC to open his tour. It was incredible.

Anyway, I'm not sure if anyone's posted this video before, but there's nothing about it that isn't amazing.

I can't seem to get it to embed in the post but ya'll should click the link - trust me, it'll be worth it.

At 4/29/2011 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Awesome work there, Greg. You know those guys? Wow! There's more talent to fill the oceans than any of us ever imagined.

At 4/29/2011 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Thanks for the heads up SONY; I'll definitely check out your band's song. And good rant from thezumaband! At least you can laugh about it, even if I'm sure you'd prefer not to. Thankfully the three shows I've seen have all had very respectful audiences. Sure there was talking and the callouts here and there for someone's favorite song, but for the most part the Worcester and Boston shows were free of that. Sorry for those folks who had to endure less than ideal don't get many chances and you surely don't want to waste them.

A number of years ago, I was at a local spot to hear the late, great Dave McKenna play. If you're not familiar with Dave, he was one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever tickle the ivories. I was so fortunate to see him many times over the years; as it turned out, this was the last time. There were a couple guys sitting nearby at the bar, and they would not stop talking. Blah, blah, blah with stories about work etc. Finally I asked them to stop talking...actually I said "SHUT UP". The bartender came over, and I thought he was going to second my motion. But instead he said to me in a very stern voice "You can't talk to customers like that". Kind of like a first grade teacher giving me my due.

I was speechless...and that doesn't happen too often. So I got up and made my way out, giving Dave a helpless look as if to say "sorry but what can I do". He gave me a slight nod and just kept playing, which of course is exactly the right thing to do in this type of situation. So I guess my only point with this story is to say that's just what Neil does in these same situations, so we just need to enjoy the moments and hope that the folks will run out of words at some point. In spite of the jerks who kept talking, Dave was playing a wonderful set (as he always, always would) and I missed the rest of it and never heard him playing live again. My loss, and the guys probably did tone it down after my outburst.

The other extreme is one that I've told before here. Seeing Joni Mitchell at an outdoor show many years ago, she left the stage five times because of audience members who kept milling around and would not take their seats. It became a real standoff and there were some people who seemed to keep it up just to push her buttons. She played a great show, but the thing that I most remember is all the times that she left and came back on. So each performer has their own way of dealing with this; no one way is the "correct" method and it must be very frustrating to have these types of distractions...for them and for us.

On a different note, did anyone else see Elton earlier this a.m. at the wedding of William and Catherine? That was the highlight for me, seeing him and David walk in and also when they showed him during the ceremony. Looked so happy to be there and I'm sure his emotions were ramped to the max.

My other main thought watching was once again "they grow up so fast" (sorry to use that one again!). I actually met Prince Charles back during the summer of 1983 when William was just a newborn. I was in Charlottetown PEI for a week, and happened to be there when Charles and Diana were doing their first Royal Tour, going through the Canadian provinces and starting with the Maritimes. He stopped to speak with a group of us and I got to shake his hand and speak with him for 30 seconds or so. Very nice and friendly, and he was wearing the nicest suit that I have ever seen in my life.

So anyway, had a nice trip back to the memory hotel and congratulations to the newlyweds!

At 4/29/2011 01:36:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks Mr H. Always love your posts.

Need to do a refresher on Dave McKenna.

Thanks for sharing.

At 4/29/2011 04:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year in Wallingford, a comment was made from the stage, from Himself about all that yelling for songs and stuff . . . something about 'just sounds like seagulls' . . . especially silly since the songs are so obviously selected and sequenced with care, pretty much confirmed by the Archive Guy last year and rather nicely described by Mr Henry last week after the show

an old sound man

At 4/29/2011 05:42:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

You're very welcome T...hope that you're both having a great time out on the human highway! Very nice photo from the Baltimore show; thanks Thrashette!

Prayers and thoughts are with everyone who's been affected by the storms down South...especially all of my cousins and relatives who live in Alabama. That's where my mom was from and she first met my dad in Tuscaloosa. Seems like the South is taking some real beatings over the past few years...stay strong everyone!

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