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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Comment of the Moment: Birmingham - Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - June 11, 2013

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The Comment of the Moment is from Birmingham: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - June 11, 2013 by Jevon who said...
Absolutely astounding!

If you're lucky enough to see work by Hockney or Tarantino, you wouldn't tell them how to paint or shoot movies, would you? Sometimes you just have to roll up, watch a master at work and thank your lucky stars you've been invited.

The gig was Neil in all his Ragged Glory. Grunge? Check. Rock n Roll? Check. Feedback? Check. Wilful determination to test his audience? Check. One of the greatest of modern day musicians on top form? Check, check and double check... with an egg on top.

Fuckin Up, Love to Burn, Cortez, Cinnamon Girl, Powderfinger, Heart of Gold, My My Hey Hey, Walk Like a Giant... and so much more.

Simply awesome. Late sixties and still so much to give, so much brio, so much spirit.

The fire was in his eyes at the end. You could tell it had been a great gig.

One word of warning - if you have only 'Harvest' in your cd collection and want to tick off a Neil Young gig then you may be in for an ear-bleeding surprise.
But just go... go and wonder at the genius.

Enjoy Glasgow. I'm envious.
Thanks Jevon ! Good to hear you enjoyed the concert. Thanks for sharing.

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At 6/12/2013 07:27:00 PM, Blogger Phill said...

Great review. There seems to be less and less doubters as the tour progresses. Perhaps the word is out.

At 6/12/2013 09:03:00 PM, Blogger umbudamidlun said...

Many people on other sites moaning that he didn't play more "classics". Seems to me that these were the people leaving early, as the last four songs - Cortez, Mr Soul, Hey Hey My My and Powderfinger seem pretty classic to me. However, I've only been listenong to the guy for thirty years so what do I know?

At 6/12/2013 10:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent the same comment to my son earlier today. Great comment!! Fuck the doubters! Neil's on fire!!

At 6/12/2013 10:49:00 PM, Anonymous cosplusisin said...

Neil's t-shirt:

At 6/13/2013 01:05:00 AM, Blogger Gavin king said...

Blind loyalty just doesn't do it. Mr Young wouldn't like it and I would humbly suggest neither should those people who appear to fall back on 'he's a genius, if you don't like it sod off, you are just 'harvest' loving bores. Personally, I think if you asked the band they would've said that at Birmingham they struggled. It happens. Struck me there were fold back problems, especially for the drummer. Neil tried his best to drive the band on, at one stage almost pleading with the drummer to get going. But it was one of those nights and we do the band a disservice if we don't recognise it. They all seemed just a bit, understandably, shagged. The set list was virtually turned on its head. Why? I would suggest they felt it needed freshening up. I'll be interested to see the Glasgow list. Overall I think the evenings version of fuckin' up crystallized the evening. The band tried really hard and Neil was determined to give something to the audience. I bet on some nights this has worked a dream and they have come off stage flying. Trust me, last night was fekkin' hard work for them. There's no doubt it was hard work for a lot of the audience. And that's not because they are 'harvest' fans. Bollox. I was made up that cortex made an appearance but even this struggled. Let's not get into slinging matches over this. Just cos I was disappointed does not make any less of a fan than blind faith makes you more of one. All o,m saying is that some nights you fly. That's why we do it. Some nights, for whatever reason, just don't off no matter how hard you try. Sometimes just for that very reason. There's no rhyme or reason. It happens. Birmingham was one of those nights. Would I have missed it? No. Would I have preferred the soaring performance on Weld. Sure. But you can't always get what you want. So. Shrug of shoulder. One of those things. Move on.

At 6/13/2013 01:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Gavin King. You must not have gotten the memo to stay away from the brown acid.

At 6/13/2013 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a list/photo of what's being sold at the merch stands this time around? And if possible, a price list? Thanks in advance!

At 6/14/2013 01:40:00 AM, Blogger La Johnson said...

GK is on the money, we need a balance Neil looks tired, tired eyes. Playing some of these solos must be exhausting. Some of the solos sound the same....apart when the vocals kick in..there I've said it, it would have been better to have an hour with The Horse and start with a solo set just a view. In London the great Los Lobos are on first- 3 great guitarists.

At 6/18/2013 03:01:00 PM, Blogger Alf Tupper said...

This was my third Neil Young gig but the first with Crazy Horse, having seen the Trans tour at Wembley Arena and with Booker T at Brixton Academy. I went with a mate who had never seen him perform. Interesting to read the varied comments about the band's performance. For the two of us,the gig was tremendous and for me personally it was the best of the three I have seen, despite being only yards away from the stage at Brixton. For me, Walk Like A Giant was the highlight, including the ten minutes of feedback at the end. The low point was the rapping session in the middle of Fuckin' Up. The acoustic songs were sublime and I had a smile on my face throughout the two and a half hour performance. I thought the band looked like they'd enjoyed themselves and played well when taking their deserved accolades from the audience at the end. To sum up, it must have been a great gig because I'm currently on my eighth consecutive day of playing nothing but Neil Young songs and even at work they are going around in my head. True legends - long may they run!


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