Neil Young & The Bottom Line Club, New York City
The Bottom Line Club, New York City
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The thirty-ninth anniversary of Neil Young’s legendary 1974 appearance at New York’s Bottom Line club falls today – May 16.
This fabled show – an unannounced acoustic set of eleven mostly new songs performed in just over an hour – was captured for posterity by an anonymous, prescient taper; something all Neil Young fans should remain eternally grateful for. At the height of his song-writing and performing powers and in the middle of a sustained burst of creativity, Neil Young – almost certainly aided by illegal substances – delivered an unforgettably powerful acoustic performance that has stood the test of time. An astonishing five of the eleven songs played that night were début performances and even more astonishingly 10 out of the 11 were unreleased at the time. Yes, you read that correctly, it’s not a typo. Of the eleven songs performed only “Helpless” had been officially released. The show itself had a wonderfully feel-good, happy vibe. Both Neil and the audience were very loose and Neil was in a humorous, storytelling mood. If you’ve never heard the Bottom Line tape you need to go listen right now!
To commemorate this anniversary all round Neil Young fanatic Bernie B. Shakey has re-visited the Bottom Line performance and, over 16 fascinating pages, takes us back to those long ago days of 1974. Full of press clippings, rare photos, historical facts, anecdotes, transcripts, commentary, and contemporaneous news items it makes for a wonderful read. I am pleased to say that this article will be published exclusively in the June issue of Broken Arrow, published by the Neil Young Appreciation Society. (Although fingers crossed Bernie will choose to subsequently put it up online to make it available for everyone to read! Always a good home for archiving here @ TW.).
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