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Monday, November 12, 2012

Photo, Video & Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Alchemy 2012 Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
11/10 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Photo Gallery by Jay Blakesberg
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The Photo of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Seattle, WA by Jay Blakesberg with an awesome photo gallery.

The Concert Review of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse demonstrate restorative power of music at Vancouver concert | Vancouver, Canada | by Alexander Varty:
It was a good night for community singing. “O Canada” opened, “Happy Birthday” closed, and in the middle everyone got to yell along with the chorus to “F*!#in’ Up”.

That’s “Why do I keep fuckin’ up?” in case you didn’t know. And it’s a fun thing to shout.

It’s fun to sing “O Canada” too, especially on Remembrance Day and in the company of Neil Young, who really does epitomize the true north strong and free. It was also rather sweet to croon “Happy Birthday” to everyone’s favourite Ontario boy, even if Young’s show with long-time compadres Crazy Horse ended a bit shy of his actual 67th. And it was definitely a treat to see the stooped, jowly rock star who stepped on stage at 9 p.m. turn into the beaming, youthful figure who reluctantly departed two hours later.

You want proof of music’s restorative power? Check out a Neil Young concert. By the time Young launched into a blistering rendition of Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 hit “Mr. Soul”, every greybeard in the crowd was an adolescent all over again.

As for proof of his personal agelessness, the 183-minute version of “Walk Like a Giant”—from Young’s just released 35th studio album, Psychedelic Pill—brought the noise with the fury of a hormonally crazed teenager who’s just discovered the electric guitar. The hour-long coda alone — a scorched-earth foray into hammer-of-the-gods howitzer blasts and six-string banshee wailing—could easily have given Godspeed You! Black Emperor a lesson in end-of-the-world soundtracking.
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Ramada Inn by Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Key Arena, Seattle WA, 11/10/2012

Also, see Neil Young & Crazy Horse 2012 Concert Tour Reviews.


At 11/13/2012 12:31:00 AM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Thank-you Jay
That picture is incredible ,
the best I've seen yet
Your pictures and descriptions
Paint an image of being there
Merci- Bien

At 11/13/2012 07:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one of the best pictures I've ever seen. Shame Ralph didn't make it in, even slightly, otherwise I think this would be *the* definitive NY & CH picture for me!



Davie from Scotland

At 11/13/2012 07:31:00 AM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...


Thank you SO much for posting "Ramada Inn"!

It is one of my most favorite songs already. Once again, Neil has given us a song that I can relate to on a personal it was written just for me! Makes me remember my time at the Ramada Inn in Texas 38 years ago. I am very grateful to him!!!

Hoping to see them in New York,

Marian M.

PS. Believing that Neil had the most wonderful birthday ever! He sure deserves it!

At 11/14/2012 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd bet more than a few bucks that 'Ramada Inn' is a semi autobiographical account of Neil's decision to sober up...reading WHP & listening to this song...seems obvious to me but I guess it could be a stretch...


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