Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - A Weekend on The Rocks
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It would seem by all accounts that the 2 concerts by Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Red Rocks, CO this week were quite epic.
Universally, the concerts were hailed as return to form by Crazy Horse who showed little if any rust.
Which brings us to our Concert Review of the Moment, "A Weekend on The Rocks" from I Listen So You Don't Have To. Our favorite types of reviews fall into two categories: 1) from those intimately familiar with the artist and can express all the nuances of the concert and 2) those who have no clue about the artist and who come away from the experience as believers.
This review falls into Category #2...
Walking into Neil Young last night, we were just hoping for some songs we recognized. We were hoping for a ‘greatest hits’ show. Without a background on Neil Young or Crazy Horse, it was the most we could hope for.
What we got was 2+ hours of music we’d never heard before. What we got was the experience of a lifetime.
Coming from someone who doesn’t care for jambands, I could have listened to these survivors from another generation jam for hours! I didn’t realize what an incredible electric guitar player Neil Young is. And watching him onstage with Crazy Horse, all in white shirts and blues jeans, back-to-back jamming like they were put on this planet to do just that, told me all I needed to know to justify a crowd that shows up 3 hours early. Young might always have a nasty look on this face, but there was no doubt that those men on that stage were having just as much fun as the fans overflowing from the rows between the monoliths.
But to sit here and give you a rundown of songs and humorous quips (“here’s one I wrote this morning…called Cinnamon Girl”) would act as a pale shadow of what I can honestly say was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. (all factors considered)
Literally more metal than jamband, last night’s performance made me lose respect for myself. How I can be so into music and so blind to the songwriting and performing genius that is Neil Young? The fact that I’m going to work on answering that question is what made this show a life changing experience. Singing along with the set closer, “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”, there was no doubt that while so many have died, Neil Young & Crazy Horse are here to make sure rock and roll never will.
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