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Saturday, September 17, 2011

"No Hidden Path": Rock in Rio, Madrid, 2008 on YouTube

For all of those who are beseeching the release of Trunk Show, here's a taste in the meantime.

Neil Young's "No Hidden Path" at Rock in Rio, Madrid in 2008.

This performance is *only* 28 minutes...

Totally pro-shot video. Excellent audio & angles.

More on Rock In Rio Madrid, Spain Concert Reviews: 6/27/08.

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At 9/18/2011 08:42:00 AM, Blogger tuned4life said...

Wow, What a treat! Can anyone deny that live music is better-and that no one is better at it than Neil. I am so grateful I got to attend 4 of these shows. Doug S. Warsaw N.Y.

At 9/18/2011 08:45:00 AM, Blogger tuned4life said...

I really enjoyed this one. Thanks Thrasher! Doug S.

At 9/18/2011 09:31:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

We must've got the 'radio friendly' version in Buffalo, only 19 minutes! There are albums shorter than this one.

one thing's for sure while Neil is around...rock and roll will never die.

At 9/18/2011 09:59:00 AM, Blogger viper said...

My God what a awesome performance! I wish a CD would be issued with this exact version along with afew other gems. Right now the only way to hear this is on Thrasher's site. This one deserves to be put on CD because you are never going to be able to get enough of this rendition of No Hidden Path. Please somebody do something about this!!!!

At 9/18/2011 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Luc said...

Awesome version of an epic Neil Young Classic. Just sends shivers down my spine.
This is what Neil meant when saying "Fuck the audience". It was not meant to be taken litterally. Once he's out there, and "in the zone", he completely forgets that there is an audience. He sees his friends around him, and feels he's at his ranch, in the barn, jamming around, forgetting about time and place. He does noet want to mess with the muse !
At the end I tought the next images were going to be Neil, lying in the grass on the hill behind the barn, listening to his creation and how the wind takes it around on the hills. Unfortenately, along came a Spanish commentator, waking us, out of the dream.
No hidden Path is one of his greatest songs, along with Cowgirl, Cortez, Words, Flying on the ground, Tonight's the night, etc, etc, etc...Too many to sum them up.
Thanks Thrasher for posting this gem.

At 9/18/2011 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of my favorite performances! i've had this dvd for a few years and have given it to many of my friends. it's like a movie. so many twists and turns. i love it when neil puts a piece of chad's drumstick in his mouth and then freaks out for a little bit.

At 9/18/2011 12:57:00 PM, Anonymous Alex said...

No Hidden Path has a really particular meaning for me. Like most Neil Young fanatics, I probably listen to Young's records more than the average population. After all, I basically have all of his records/archives... Anyways, I was driving from Montreal to Guelph, Ontario (6 hours drive), trying to get to the Guelph Jazz Festival, to see many great musicians play (Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, R. Muhal Abrams, Marc Ribot, etc...). As some of you know, a 6 hours drive done solo can be long and tedious. Since I hadn't slept for very long, my eyelids were pretty heavy (Tired Eyes?) and I was fighting sleep. And No Hidden Path was on. It's by no mean a boring song (Amazing is the correct definition) but I was just so tired... I ended up falling asleep while going at 120 km/h (75mph) on cruise control. I don't know how long I was asleep but I hit the gravel and immediately woke up with No Hidden Path playing, about to hit the steel rail at 120km/h. I steered the wheel as far as I could to the left. The car did a 180 degree and I was back on the road, facing traffic, the car going forward at around 90km/h. I saw cars coming 500 meters away... I thought I was facing death. I pushed the pedal all the way down, did a sharp 180 and drove away, shaking...

Show me the way
No more darkness. No more wasted time
Show me the way
Let me stay here with this heart of mine
And with you I feel no hidden path

At 9/18/2011 06:26:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Easily one of the greatest performances Neil has ever done!!!

It still blows me away!!!!!!!!!!

At 9/18/2011 08:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really want the ultimate - definitive - performance of NHP - and possibly seven of the most amazing footage and audio from that tour or any tour - then go to the last half of the october 23, 2007 version available on you tube (part 2). Much much more emotional and on an even higher level of sonic bliss IMHO. If I could add only one item to a future NYA release, it would be this video in high def audio.

At 9/18/2011 11:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible stuff. I disagree about the camera angles though. The constant movement is balls. It's just total bullshit to present a concert in way. The concert is so good, I got resigned to the camera work, but no, no, no, this is NOT the way to do it. That's for people with 2-second attention spans. You're stealing from the people on the stage. It doesn't add anything, it doesn't make it look more immediate, or "happening". It's just shit, Mr Producer.

But more importantly, this is a great performance. From a guy the wrong side of 60 for Christ's sake. In fact, the DVD of the whole concert is well worth having, I think it's on Traders Den. Wherever, it should be easy to track down if you want it. But this song, oh man. He just knocks it out of the park.

Another performance I found really interesting, for different reasons, was Glastonbury, from I think 2009. Young only allowed a few (five?) songs to be televised, the awkward bugger, but Rockin' in the Free World shows how he threw in a bit of humour and simultaneously got the crowd (who hadn't all turned up specifically to see him, remember) eating out of his hand. The grin on his face towards the end says it all.

At 9/19/2011 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Wow, thanks for this Thrasher, you know how us obsessives like to get our regular `fix` of Neil!

This must be one of his best ever epic songs, and all the more meaningful since we know he will never play it again. It`s just amazing to see him totally at one with the music, playing in the moment, free from the confines of genre or catogory, just going with the feel.

I like this video too, love the different shots and angles. All in all - fantastic!

At 9/19/2011 11:14:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

What is the "wrong side of 60"?

Is there a "right side"?

Neil was 62 when this took place...

At 9/21/2011 09:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What is the wrong side of 60?" you ask.

Sorry, it was not intended to be obscure. For many musicians, anything _over_ 60 would be the wrong side. The evidence is everywhere. Reaming off some names without too much thought: Bowie, Jagger, Townshend, Santana, McCartney, Page, Osterberg, and dare I say it (hell yes, I do), Stills, Nash and Crosby.

Less unkindly, most of these people probably still do a good concert, and I don't doubt that most of them put some fucking hard work into it. The thing is, they're not going to provide too many surprises. And that's what sets Young apart from them and so many others. He still takes big risks, and he does what he's always done as a stage musician, which is to get something different out of the song every time he plays it - as someone put it, possibly one of the musicians I just maligned above (approximate quote): "Neil doesn't play a song the same way twice. Hell, he doesn't even play it the same way once."

The performance of No Hidden Path sums that attitude up, and apart from anything, he rocks fucking hard, not just in that song, but throughout a 2 hour plus concert.

He's by no means unique in being a good, old, musician. Remember the blues guys, quite a lot of them seemed to just get _better_ as they got older. But in the rock idiom? I really can't think of anyone else of Young's age pulling off the kind of concerts that he does. The man's a phenomenon.

And, to throw in an (unrelated to your comment) aside, I refuse to complain about his ticket prices, his side projects, his cussedness, his Archive delays, and everything else that seems to piss people off. For two reasons: one, that from what I can work out, he's a flawed but extremely decent human being who managed to become hugely successful and wealthy yet avoided becoming an arseholish egotist (I am looking in particular at Mr Sumner and Mr Hewson). And more importantly, because when he's gone, he's gone. There'll be no replacement, and a $200 ticket will start to look like it was a damned good deal after all.

By the way, I'm in Asia, and the last time he played Japan was 2003. I've seen him once live, and that's it. Out here, we don't get to bicker over the cost of tickets. We watch the cat on DVD, not in some nice theatre.

At 9/23/2011 10:03:00 AM, Anonymous crazyhorse said...

Saw uncle neil do this in europe a
couple of years back and loved it,my fave neil guitar song ever,i knew it was a classic when crome dreams 2 came out,iam from liverpool england and growing up loved lennon but was to young to have seen him,and since we lost the great man to the cia neil has well and truely took the captains
hat and led us to rock n roll heaven!Long may you run neil young.


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