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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young in Cincinnati, OH, May 3, 2011

Quite a bit of reader pushback on a rather weird review from | Neil Young: Rockin' in a weird world by Chris Varias. It appears that critic Varias was caught off guard by Young's off beat setlist. Offbeat? Imagine that?

Apparently just another lazy music critic that didn't do his homework.

A rebuttal from ElisabethssMom:
I think a more appropriate heading for this "article" would be "Neil Young: Rockin'in a Real World of Love and War." A better lead into the review would be "The stage setup gave an indication of the musical genius of Neil Young that would soon fill the concert hall at Tuesday night's concert at the Aronoff Center’s Procter and Gamble Hall."

Neil was in perfect form re-creating his beautiful musical journey of loss, redemption, and deliverance. What's weird is that many of the people in Cincinnati including Chris Varias are only hearing about Neil Young "Le Noise" as a "new" release when it's been out for some time. One of the songs won a Grammy award. "LeNoise" has been written up in major newspapers in major cities, it's all over the internet, and the show's set list hasn't changed in almost a year.

What's weird is that neither Chris nor many of the audience members had no idea who Bert Jansch was or his significance as one of the greatest acoustic guitarist of all time -- the guy who Jimmy Page found as an inspiration.

And from our dear Mother Nature on the Run:
Extra-Terrestrial Lands at the Aronoff Bringing Message of Love

Did you see him?

I was there, I saw the whole thing. A silver space ship landed on the side of the Aronoff Theater in Cincinnati on May 3rd and left a trail of sunshine behind. We've had blue skies now for 2 days!

There was some aggression directed toward the message the alien was bringing but the louder the waves of the inebriation crashed onto the stage, the stronger the alien became. In fact, his message ricocheted around the concert peeling off colors from light spectrum so fluidly that it entered into the bloodstream of every human there making hearts pound harder and harder. We felt the building shake, too. It knocked my camera right off the ledge shattering on a spotlight and evaporating into thin air!

We felt pain, heartbreak, and hardship. We felt death, loss, and sorrow. We experienced forgiveness. We found love and war. Then we heard a "Rumblin'" in the theater so loud it knocked my glasses clear off my face!

Not everyone understood the message the alien was bringing to the young, the old, and the restless that night but there were at least a thousand who walked away feeling a connection to each other once again. A connect to life and a connection to our personal responsibility to embrace each day with love and respect for each other -- for the planet.

The message from the alien was, "Walk With Me. Walk with my this journey of empathy, love, compassion, kindness, and hope.

"Walk with me."

So I am.

Thanks Mother Nature on the Run!

And Happy Mother's Day MNOTR!

More Concert Reviews of Neil Young: Cincinnati, OH, May 3, 2011.


At 5/08/2011 09:34:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

...your mother should know.

Like a gentle kiss and a stroke thru my hair, the tenderness of touch and the kindness of a loving glance.

Happy Mothers Day.

At 5/11/2011 06:04:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Ha ha, I love it! Great review from MNOTR. That is a beautiful description of a Neil Young concert. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the filming of these shows, particularly now that he's had so much time to hone the material and the use of sonics. From the reviews, particularly those featuring psychedelic aliens, it sounds like it's evolved more sonically on this leg.

However, I thought Varias' article was kind of complimentary. While he did seem to think Neil is odd, he also came off as impressed, and was careful not to put down Neil's musicianship or songwriting, which have been somewhat common sore points (and blatant indications of totally astounding ignorance) for those who don't get it over the years.

I find it interesting that Le Noise is getting such a higher percentage of good reviews than FITR - it's practically night and day.

At 5/11/2011 06:26:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Good to see you Matt!

Yeah, maybe a little hard on critic Varias.

See ya down the road...

At 5/11/2011 10:43:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Good point, Matt; but I don't think you can ever be too "hard" on a critic, either, Thrasher.

Both men are professionals in their respective fields. I expected more. Not fawning or idol worship but maybe a little acknowledgement about Neil's longevity and credentials as an artist.

Holyhellhole -- it's 85 degrees. My carrots and lettuce are gonna taste bitter!

At 5/12/2011 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Howdy Thrash! I dunno, maybe I'm being a little easy on him. The genius certainly went over his head. MNOTR, good point too. We gotta keep these guys on their toes, otherwise you end up getting total idiocy like that spew of unhinged hate from Rob Harvilla at the Village Voice (who I still hold in utter contempt and harbor an undying grudge against) when Neil was touring the FITR material. Compared to that, this guy is as nice as they come. But I much prefer your review, MNOTR. Spoken like someone who really gets it. Lol

At 5/12/2011 03:09:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Matt - and speaking of reviews, did you make a show this leg?!


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