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Monday, April 01, 2013

SNEAK PREVIEW: Possible Europe Setlist for Neil Young and Crazy Horse?

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Setlist
Aborted Version for 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
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As you may recall, after the Australia/New Zealand Tour tour opener in Perth, many, many concert goers reacted in bewilderment to the setlist of Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

"A self indulgent racket of loud grungy guitar instead of playing the true classics I came to hear" was -- sadly -- an all too typical comment.

Poncho Confronting Upset Fans
A Day On The Green, March 9th 2013
Photo by Gary "Old Man Emu"
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This led to the notorious "White Zinfandel Riot" when wine infused fans nearly stormed the stage demanding familiar songs. The whole scene at "A Day On The Green" Festival in Hunter Valley, Geelong, AUS was vividly captured and will go down as an almost Tonight's The Night/"Judas" type of Neil Young concert experience with an audience in near revolt.

Exhilarating stuff of the highest magnitude.

In an exclusive Thrashers Wheat investigation, we have learned that in reaction to the early Australia concerts, that Neil seriously considered dumping the standard Alchemy tour setlist and substituting a setlist of all classic songs, in an effort to appease "middle-of-the-road" type fans. The setlist pictured above is one of several versions which were contemplated but ultimately abandoned. Thank god.

As we know, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Australia/New Zealand Tour eventually continued on with nearly universal enthusiastic, positive reviews.

So what can we expect of the upcoming summer tour of Europe?

As always, only time will tell, but we've learned that based upon the reaction of some of the more "fair weather fans", that Neil is considering a radical setlist for Europe. In typical willfully perverse fashion, Neil is considering doing the opposite of giving audiences the classics. Instead, setlists are being rumored to contain nothing but total, complete obscurities.

How obscure you ask? Basically, as rare and unperformed as possible based on one of the Europe rehearsal setlists that we here at TW have seen.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Setlist
Rehearsal Version for 2013 Summer Tour of Europe
(Click photo to enlarge)

Now how obscure is that? Based on quick analysis of setlist statistics from Sugar Mountain, it would seem that Neil is considering playing songs which have only been performed once or twice live?!

Now if that doesn't get you booking plans for a summer in Europe, we don't know what possibly could?

p.s. - Happy ARC Day!


At 4/01/2013 04:25:00 AM, Blogger winterlong said...

I'm in!!
Sea of Madness, The Bridge, and Ride My Llama.

Bring it on~ :-D

At 4/01/2013 06:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

huh?? Vampire blues in Cm??? that will be a kind of a melancholic version. Nice one thrasherwheat!

At 4/01/2013 06:51:00 AM, Anonymous growl said...

Some of my biggest favourites in this setlist. Bring it on!

At 4/01/2013 07:46:00 AM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

April Fools, You Almost Got Me Thrasher. Good Thing I Had My MoRning Coffee Or I Would Of Fell For It. Lmfao!

At 4/01/2013 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

If they do Driveby and Prime of Life, I'm going to scream. And then I'm going to demand, DEMAND a home video release.

At 4/01/2013 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Tweck9 said...


At 4/01/2013 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Keith said...

That'll make a great playlist for the ipod no doubt.

At 4/01/2013 09:45:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Happy ARC Day!

Open the windows & Crank it up!

At 4/01/2013 10:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify... Hunter Valley is in NSW and is not Geelong. A Day on the Green was also in the state of Victoria, at the Hill Winery. :)

At 4/01/2013 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice april fools joke but unfortuanately these setlists can become reality pretty soon. Just heard the news that PONCHO has been FIRED from CRAZY HORSE by Neil himself. Officially because of "he was kickin' ass too much...".

At 4/01/2013 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Andre said...


At 4/01/2013 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Proud Doubter said...

Got Mashed Potatoes ?

At 4/01/2013 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Great set lists, Thrasher! I especially enjoy the 2nd one; it runs the gamut from A Minor to Z Sharp 7th Heaven. By my count, includes songs from the following albums:

After The Cold Slush 2
Anybody's Nose Can Be Somewhere 3
Cold Wheys 2
Hard Vest 2
Leaning On Walter 4
Raghead Laurie 1
Rastas Never Slip 2
Re * ac * tor 1
Schleps With Angles 3
This Node's Far Ewe 1

Or I may be mistaken on some (most) of these...Ah well, at least I know where Rib Eye comes from :)

At 4/01/2013 01:10:00 PM, Blogger mark said...

........ i didn't stop to read the comments before calling my travel agent & booking a pair of tickets to the continent in June.
.......... i came to COMMENTS to relay that i was ALL ready for the Euro tour, when i was reminded that it was 4/1
............... you got me Thrasher
..... anyone want a couple cheap seats to Budapest International on 6/7/13 ?
...... aprl fuulz

At 4/01/2013 02:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, o man, I want to hear that second set list live! T-bone! Vampire Blues! Ride My Llama! I WOULD book tickets to Europe for that joke.


At 4/01/2013 03:01:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 4/01/2013 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

it's april fools day!!!ha'ah'ah...Monda.

At 4/01/2013 03:12:00 PM, Blogger David said...

In the long run, who cares what he plays--- just so he plays-- And I get to be there at least one more time before one of us is gone-- It's all Neilgood to me.

At 4/01/2013 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

How about one half of unreleased songs and the other half entirely from lucky thirteen/everybody's rocking?!
Or is that just taking things too far?!!
Frankly here's just hoping the European shows are as good as the others have sounded- you play what you want Neil!

At 4/01/2013 05:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man did I fall for this...

Well-played, Thrasher. Well-played.

I should have paid more attention to the "aborted AUS setlist" and noticed "Ohio" in the key of E...

-- Eric in ashamed FLA

At 4/01/2013 06:25:00 PM, Blogger winterlong said...

April fools article yes, but some of those songs are no joke. ;-)

Would love to hear most of them.

At 4/01/2013 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous Chris in Springfield said...

Hey, nice try and great setlist, but I heard he may use those tunes in his next acoustic tour! Anyway, I always thought Crazy Horse would do a great job with Peace and Love. I know they would hammer that song dead on the nail...wishful thinking though...

At 4/01/2013 09:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's two years in a row I've fallen for this Thrasher. Damn.

At 4/01/2013 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

"Fair weather fan " .... Hmmm ?
"Middle of the road type "
Hmmm ?
I suppose words in the name of peace directed @ the " non-believers ..... the doubters , the trolls as ya call them .... Hmmm ?
Interestin that ya still make reference to God Save the Queen ?
Wouldn't be any Royal envy at all Eh ?
Interestin how you folks still bow down to our Royality when they step foot on your shores ... Hmmm ?
So much fer your revolution .
The only thing I troll for is speckle trout in spring ...
In the land of clear waters , where cults are allowed and openly questioned ....... EH !

At 4/01/2013 11:51:00 PM, Anonymous Sandy Horne said...

It's fun to see what you come up with for April Fools!! You got me good the first time!! But I'm catching on!


At 4/02/2013 06:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of those keys are way off..

At 4/02/2013 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Proud Doubter said...

Wouldn't be any Royal envy at all Eh ?
Interestin how you folks still bow down to our Royality when they step foot on your shores ... Hmmm ?

Only a nerd would ever care about British Royalty. Go see a dentist once in a while, your teeth look like hell. If it werent for bands like Beatles, Stones, Cream, The Who, Led Zepp your little island would be completely irrevelant.

At 4/02/2013 01:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time I saw Neil he did play this list.
Was that a greatest hits show? Almost looks like it and I never realized.

1. Love And Only Love
2. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
3. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
4. Pocahontas
5. Spirit Road
6. Cortez The Killer
7. Cinnamon Girl
8. Mother Earth
9. Don't Let It Bring You Down
10. Lost In Space
11. Heart Of Gold
12. Comes A Time
13. Old Man
14. Mansion On The Hill
15. Get Behind The Wheel
16. Rockin' In The Free World
17. Like A Hurricane

At 4/03/2013 08:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic but you may find some interest here. 2 references to NY, shows the gate you gotta get thru down to BA ranch and the famous artichoke soup is from Duartes, pronounced "Du-Arts" from Pescadero,CA. He flashes on this old restaurant/bar in film Greendale, Double-E is the song at lines: "Meanwhile granny
Has got her bright colors on
The sunshine in her eyes
Cruisin' by the bars and honky tonks where she met grandpa"

At 4/04/2013 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

@ Proud Doubter
Canada aint no island Lad !
Not surprised by such a comment from an Americana bubble that continues to shrink and show it's
deflated sense of self importance .
Cocaine Eyes !
Eldorado ..... now that's a gem EH !

At 4/09/2013 08:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to 5 of the Australian shows. All were awesome and Neil was love by the audience.


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