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Friday, November 23, 2012

Review of the Moment: Neil Young’s transcendent blast of blasphemous glory | therecord

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The Concert Review of the Moment is from Neil Young’s transcendent blast of blasphemous glory | therecord by Joel Rubinoff:
Like some prehistoric beast rising from the primordial sludge, Crazy Horse — Neil Young’s distortion-drenched back-up band — didn’t so much overpower the Kitchener Auditorium Tuesday night, they oozed over it: slowly, deliberately, until every nook and cranny of the cavernous concert hall shook with their hamfisted fury.

At the helm, of course, was their flannel-shirted leader, a renegade ‘60s folk rocker turned punk prototype turned Godfather of Grunge turned, at 67, into the Glowering Grandpa of Garage Rock.

But why are they here? I wondered, gazing at the raft of 20 and thirty-something faces huddled on the floor, peering expectantly at the stage.

What could these indie-minded granola kids and post-hippie grunge rebels possibly see in this scowling geezer, whose biggest hit, Heart of Gold, was four decades ago?

And then the great lumbering beast opened fire with its first feedback-packed salvo — Ragged Glory’s Love and Only Love — and it suddenly made sense: Neil Young, a Woodstock veteran who never gave up the promise of his youth, has somehow defied the aging process.

Not physically, with his double chin, baggy eyelids and balding pate. But deep inside, where it counts. In his soul.
More on Neil Young’s transcendent blast of blasphemous glory | therecord by Joel Rubinoff.

Also, see more reviews of Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Kitchener, ONT - Memorial Auditorium.

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At 11/23/2012 08:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good review, primordial ooze ! let my creature liiiiivvvve ! and walk like giant over land. fighting a saber toothed tiger with 1 foot in La Brea's tar pit

At 11/24/2012 06:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review. Neil is eternally cool and I know the kids think alot of him as one of the last true living legends but look what he can still do on stage? that is magical. I am one of these kids, we look to Neil and the Horse, they have the stuff cant say exactly what but they have it


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