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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Concert Review and Video of the Moment: Bridgeport, CT: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - 12/4/12

"Fuckin' Up"
Bridgeport, CT: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - 12/4/12

The Video of the Moment is a rather remarkable version of "Fuckin' Up". In particular, note in the first 30 seconds or so that Neil goes down on his knees than back while playing. What a fuck up?!

Concert Review of the Moment is from Bridgeport, CT: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - 12/4/12 by The Zuma Band:
We were on the floor this time after sitting in Boston last week. GA is the place. If anything, the overall audience was an even greater age mix. Seemed to be a full range from 20s to 30s to 40s to 50s and over on the floor. I was dead center, perhaps 30 feet back. Toward the end there was a lot of pogo-ing, from what were clearly much younger people, and I think that's something the boys on stage were clearly aware of and getting off on it. No gentle toe tapping, for sure. Their mood, if anything was possibly even a bit more buoyant than Boston. Lots of smiles, lots of mugging and gesturing. During the wild extended "F@#kin' UP" NY pointed to someone, said "You're a f@$k up!" and mocked and pantomimed their smartphone use. His getting on his knees and then prone on the floor was even more pronounced and theatrical.

Something the band did (at the end of "Hey Hey"?) that I didn't notice at Boston was a chest thumping monkey/ape "ooga ooga" thing that the crowd picked up and repeated back. Pretty funny...did they do this anywhere else? Should become a tradition...

Lots of rhythmic audience clapping during "Ramada Inn." I detected a slight shift in Ralph's beat- almost a subtle bosa nova thing, which I think is what really gets the clapping going. The audience knows this song now- I hope it enters the canon, as it has such a great and deep groove. The other thing is, it is perfectly timed. It is neither too long nor too short. It has a distinct arc of lyrical segments set between the melodic guitar work. This isn't jamming; it is a deliberate, distinct structure with room for improvisation, but contained within its boundaries.

All thoughout the performance I scanned the crowd in the entire arena. I did not see any unusual exodus after the new and longer songs or at any other time; just the usual movement in and out of a venue that size. The place was certainly packed all over, and there was a lot of dancing up in the stands as well as on the floor. Total arena standing ovation at the end, and even greater noise for an encore than in Boston.

BTW, getting to parking at Webster arena is f#@ked up. We arrived with plenty of time, but had to crawl the last few blocks. The cop said that it was a chronic problem. They f@$ked up the planning.

ps ,
I beg to differ with jocar. As a guitarist I pay close attention to NY's playing. He will use riffs to anchor a song, along with the chord structure, but all the other melodic passages are unique within each song, as well as from song to song. He will do similar things, but not the same thing. "Ramada Inn" is a perfect example of this. I think it is a textbook example of how he spins complexity out of simplicity as he will builds the song at different places on the fretboard and through his varied strummming and picking techniques. At the sonic complexities of the different effects combinations he hits and you get a very rich mixture.

I'd agree that I've heard better acoustics, but I blame that on the arena. For instance, Patti Smith's vocals were set too low in the mix. OTOH I thought Neil's vocals were OK, but his guitar was mixed a bit too low. I think in barns like that place the best sound would be back near the soundboard and the worst is probably in the seats along the sides- too much bounced sound and not enough balance.
Thanks The Zuma Band! Great review. Glad you guys got a good show. That version of "F@#kin' Up" is pretty f@#k' up, if we do say so ourselves. But it feels so good!

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Photo by Kelly Jensen Photography
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At 12/05/2012 09:00:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

wow! fkd upas that? lol

At 12/06/2012 12:20:00 AM, Blogger Keith said...

This tour was/is truly one for the ages. I only saw one show (Brooklyn) but right now I'm feeling like it was the high point in my now 39 Neil shows, let alone everyone else I've seen in concert. Fuckin Up is just INSANITY (I was lucky to get the finger from both Billy and Poncho the other night) and Ramada Inn live took me to a brand new place in the spectrum of Neil's lyrical guitar playing, something I didn't expect at this stage in his career (yes, even for him). I'm stoked for the Aussies who get to see this soon and hope the Euro Rusties get a taste as well.

At 12/06/2012 12:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful show. Patti Smith started things out STRONG! Neil and Crazy Horse were full steam al night. Crowd was limp. Someone stole my jacket. I do hope they enjoyed the fattie in my pocket. Can't wait until next time! Peace.

At 12/06/2012 07:49:00 AM, Anonymous nebbie said...

I loved the show, traveled 5 1/2 hours to see the man, my musical idol. I agree with anonymous the crowd was a bit limp- not sure what they expected. The nerdy couple in front of me was fidgeting and using there iPhone for whatever purpose, checking email fb ect.

I love the fact that Neil and Poncho mocked the cell phone use up front and pointed someone out about it.

One of the ladies that went with me to the concert (I don't know well) was waiting for Heart of Gold and felt that the Fu@*!in Up song was "too violent" HaHa!! I just ignored her and gobbled it all up!

Loved the part with the feedback at the end of Walking Like A Giant with the camera in the big Fender Amp and seeing him playing with the knobs, the fact that he can get down and dirty on the floor with his guitar and back up again to rock the house!

Was a great show and I am so happy I got to share space with him for one night on a personal level and truly FEEL his music.

Also got to "meet" Ben Young and his Bridge School caregivers. I wanted to ask if they were one of the ones mentioned in Neil's book? The younger gentleman was so kind, I could feel it in his aura.

Thank you Neil Young and Crazy Horse for rocking the house and giving me a great memory!

At 12/06/2012 08:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting my video on the front page !

At 12/06/2012 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Neil many many times through the years with different bands including Crazy Horse,( GA of course!)...these shows look fabulous! hope these guys will be F@*!in Up in Europe soon....euro girl

At 12/06/2012 01:45:00 PM, Blogger jrc said...

Loved that version of F#*%kin' up,
It felt soooooo goood.
thanks for lettin us know you felt
it too, Neil & Crazy Horse.

At 12/06/2012 09:14:00 PM, Anonymous The Zuma Band said...

Thanks, Thrasher. Pardon my typos. I f@#ked up....I know it's wrong....but it feels so good...

At 12/07/2012 10:06:00 AM, Blogger jrc said...

This morning I locked myself out of the house while I was putting a flower pot on the septic tank for the truck who's coming later. Standin outside in the 24 degree weather and no coat.
I'm such a f#*k up!!!!!!!
Then i remembered that before I left for one of my 3 day concert benders I hid a key in case someone needed to rescue my cats.
But I'm still i f#@k up!!!!!!!

At 12/07/2012 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous SandCowgirl said...

I wasn't there, but I have to admit I was happy that Neil addressed the rude cell phone users. The whole point of going to a show is to watch and interact with the escape from the "day to day running around" and have a good time. The guys put their all into a show and deserve respect from the audience. Crazy Horse and the venue operators left alot of money on the table in order for true fans to be able to be down front and enjoy the show. It's too bad those cell phone users took up some of that great space. Kudos to Neil for making it part of the show!

SandCowgirl (Tami C.)
Arkansas Girl


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