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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Glasgow: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - June 13, 2013


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The queue at Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Glasgow, UK.
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be performing tonight at SECC, Glasgow, Scotland.

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At 6/13/2013 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...

This tour is bubbling up towards being another classic isn't it? Anyone read the Newcastle review over at They gave it 5 stars.

I have a standing ticket for Liverpool in August, and seeing the photo of the line, was wondering what time I need to get in line to have the pick of where I stand. Obviously it will vary from venue to venue, but has anyone got any idea?

At 6/13/2013 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I am just back to my hotel after this, my first Neil Young gig. I'm only 28, but I feel like I'd been waiting every one of those years for this. Neil and the Horse surpassed all expectations: loud and beautiful and warm. Hey Hey My My was particularly epic.

And Atom - I arrived at 2pm and was 13th in the queue and got a great spot on the rail right in front of Poncho. I also met some lovely Rusties who gave me chocolate and a badge. I'll be there for Liverpool in August too (and London) - see you in the line!

At 6/13/2013 08:44:00 PM, Blogger halfbottle said...

At 6/14/2013 02:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Utterly magnificent. Standard setlist but incredible versions.

Although very similar, I preferred the setlist in Newcastle but the intensity in Glasgow was up a notch. The band seemed to be more into it and more on their game. They got a lot more back from the audience last night and seemed to feed off that.

The 2 friends I was with are part-time fans who were attending their first Crazy Horse gig. They were blown away, especially by Walk Like A Giant which they both picked as the highlight.

Terrific set again by Los Lobos also.

The SECC isn't renowned for good sound but from where I was standing it was excellent. No complaints at all.

As close to perfect as an evening can get.

That's the end of my Crazy Horse week. I really wish I was heading over to Dublin but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

At 6/14/2013 03:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4th time seeing god, fanfuckintastic, highlights a fierce hey hey, everybody knows and ramada Inn-much stronger live than on record,walk like a giant-beer run during feedback-perfect timing! one clown next to me shouting play songs we know....... Told him to Google set list And then take time to listen to songs, educate himself and shut the fuck up. God bless neil young

At 6/14/2013 04:15:00 AM, Blogger halfbottle said...

4 star review in The Herald

It is, indeed, better to burn out than to fade away. Neil Young's first show in Glasgow with Crazy Horse since 2001 was an exhilarating event, old and much-loved songs from his formidable back catalogue being thrown into the mix alongside newer songs. Predictable it wasn't.

The fourth song in, Walk Like A Giant, from his latest album, Psychedelic Pill, was a pulverising, 20-minute long affair. The last 10 minutes were a sheer cacophony of noise, Young fluttering his fingers against the strings of his Gibson guitar; it sounded like a submarine coming apart at the seams under the waves. It was a trifle self-indulgent, but a gripping sight, nonetheless.

The contrast with the songs that followed could not have been greater - a gentle, mid-tempo new offering, Hole in the Sky (the Woodstock festival logo on the screen behind the band); then Young's solo acoustic-guitar-and-harmonica of Heart of Gold, the audience singing along, their camera phones like fireflies in the darkness.

Young then did an expressive reading of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, which in turn was followed by another poignant new song, Singer Without A Song (to underline the point, a lone woman clutching a guitar case wandered distractedly around the stage).

Young, more often than not clustered in front of Ralph Molina's drum kit with guitarist Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro and bassist Billy Talbot - four defiantly against the world - also delivered barnstorming versions of Powderfinger, Ramada Inn, Cinnamon Girl, Mr Soul and a particularly thunderous Hey, Hey, My, My.

Young is 67 but shows little inclination to age gracefully.

At 6/14/2013 07:11:00 AM, Anonymous Andy and Lorna said...

Great concert, amazing how he keeps going.
A pity about the self indulgent noise he produced at the end of some tracks. Used up valuable time and energy. Wish he could have given us some more great tracks instead.
The end was a bit disappointing. We could have hasd a couple of great tracks from the catalogue, such as Rockin in the Free world. It was a limp ending.

At 6/14/2013 09:11:00 AM, Anonymous Chrisso said...

I've seen NY several times across the years! This time v disappointed, a 'piece of crap' to use a phrase. Self-indulgent stuff, missed out loads of stuff, too many extended feedback endings. I am a huge fan BTW so don't get me wrong. I also have tickets for London Monday, hope things improve. Remember 'this note's for you'? Why oh why is NY advertising Fender. And lyrics to Hole in the Sky are well below his standard.

At 6/14/2013 09:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Chrisso

"Why oh why is NY advertising Fender."

So, you're a huge fan and are complaining that NY is advertising Fender?

I would hope that you are well aware that he has been using these stage props on and off for more than 30 years and hasn't suddenly signed a sponsorship deal with Fender. Have you seen Rust Never Sleeps and Weld??

Again, if you're a "huge fan" are you not familiar with what a Crazy Horse show is like and specifically what this tour, which started in August last year, is like?

Or are you not actually that huge a fan really?

At 6/14/2013 09:53:00 AM, Blogger Stewart Smith said...

'Could have used a couple of great tracks from the catalogue'? Er, Roll Another Number and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere aren't great tracks from the catalogue? Roll... is a encore favourite and it was a real surprise and delight to hear Everybody. While it would have been great to hear Cortez or Hurricane, I was more than satisfied with the powerful and emotional songs and extended jams of the main set. I thought these two brought things to a lovely conclusion.
As for people complaining about the 'self-indulgent' noise and feedback bits...each to their own, but has it occurred to you that some folk might really enjoy these bits? As a fan of noise, drone, free jazz and what not, I loved these bits - took me to another place. You just have to open your mind and go with the flow, to be really cheesy about it. Really powerful, brilliantly layered and sculptured feedback and skronk. I hate to think what people complaining about this would make of a Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine gig...

At 6/14/2013 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

@ Al

I could not agree with you any more!!

I grew up in Canada so Neil is more of a institution to me than a great musician. Been in the UK for 18 years and Neil is not understood by most music fans as he should be or at least the way I do. I feel that since his performance with Paul McCartney A Day In The Life a few years ago most music fans know of Neil but with regret have not put in the time to somewhat understand the man.

You clearly have!

I remember countless times seeing Neil in many different band set ups. Some I prefer better than others. Had a chance to enjoy a wee special cig with him back stage in Toronto, I think 1987 or so.

We just need to accept that it takes time to become a proper Neil Fan so some of these comments will just need to be ignored.

I was at the show in Newcastle and Neil and the Horse were outstanding, the crowd was crap! So not the best Neil gig I have been to but my 12 year old boy had the chance to see him which made up for the lack of effort from the crowd.

Oh, years ago in Glasgow I was having a pint in Ashton Lane in the West End and this busker was singing Last trip to Tulsa! I almost shat myself! I sat with him for the full 10 minutes singing it with him!

At 6/14/2013 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous The Zuma Band said...

@ Chrisso, "I have tickets for Monday so I hope things will improve"

Well, you might as well unload those tickets now, because, if you have any idea of what has been going on throughout the whole year this tour has been going on you'll see that the set lists are broadly similar. Refer to the chronological set lists at sugar mountian, linked above. You are certain to be even more upset. "Fool me once..."etc.

There seems to be a predictable fractional minority of people who are going to have a problem at these shows- "Too loud " "Too indulgent" "Didn't play what I wanted to hear" "Played X when he should have played Z" "WLAG was 3 minutes too long" (actual quote) "Too much feedback" etc etc ad nauseum. I've read more than one complaint here about "F#$kin Up", that it was taken as some sort of insult to the audience. Notice that no one ever complains about his voice, his guitar playing (except for the feedback), or the dynamics of the bad.

"You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time"

-Abraham Lincoln

At 6/14/2013 03:03:00 PM, Blogger The Loner said...

The concert was amazing. Astounding. Spectacular. Yes the set list was very similar to what has come before but Neil Young has always done that. I feel that particular set list, with occasional changes from night to night, was carefully considered and crafted in much the same way as in the le noise tour a few years ago.

Last nights versions in Glasgow were top notch. Neil and the Horse were on their game and enjoying themselves.

Particular highlights for me were Ramada Inn (amazing guitar last night) and Hole in the Sky (surprising for me because I didn't think too much of it before, but his voice was sublime).

I struggle to understand those who feel they are somehow missing out on something because the songs are long / have long endings. What makes them think more songs would be played? The concert would probably just be shorter. I personally find all the feedback and noise beautiful. It's a joy to listen to and experience (much more so when you're there in person as opposed to on YouTube). In the particular case of Walk Like a Giant, surely the long ending should be viewed as part of the song, rather than Neil and the Horse stringing out the ending (it is like that on the album after all).

In the words of my brother, who had not heard any of the new material, 'These new songs really stand up there with the classics. I'm glad he played them for so long because by the time they'd finished I knew them as well as the old ones'.

I just wish there were tickets left for the Liverpool gig in August. I see on the ticket master website that the current dates are advertised as 'Alchemy Tour', whereas the August dates are not... Maybe there's a change in the air.

Hope neil can find it in his heart to add a Scottish date in August.

At 6/14/2013 04:25:00 PM, Blogger Mike Ritchie said...

Brilliant and blistering show in Glasgow. Full-blown or gentle, Neil Young and Crazy Horse proved they are in a class of their own.

Sixth time I've been in Neil"s company, third time with him and the Horse and no evening has been less than memorable.

Keep in rockin' in the free world, Neil. On this evidence, there's no need not to. Gig masterclass.

At 6/14/2013 05:18:00 PM, Anonymous d mcwhinney glasgow said...

this was the worst concert ever people walking out all around me he played his poor new stuff and all that feed back bull

At 6/14/2013 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard someone behind me saying that he didn't understand why Neil Young played in places like Aberdeen and Nottingham in his last tour.
I can tell him why -Aberdeen audiences are much better. Last night people walked out, there was no real enthusiasm at end of each song, except for the well known ones, and a feeble encore.
This was a poor response from a Scottish audience to a brilliant show from Neil. Ok occasionally he was over indulgent but folks this is Neil Young
In his Aberdeen show he had several encores and the audience was buzzing throughout.
Will he come back to Glasgow? I doubt it!

At 6/14/2013 06:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6/14/2013 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

soI was at the concert in Glasgow and saw Neil and Crazy Horse for the first and probable the only time in my life . I knew what to expect and was very happy with the program .He like all of us is getting older , distortion , feedback , etc . its all railing against old age . Stay young as possible people . By the way ,just before the gig I was out walking in Perthshire and came across an old steamroller in a farmyard , motif on steamroller , Buffalo Springfield .

At 6/14/2013 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing night in Glasgow!They Started with" Love and only love" and the mighty "Powderfinger" "Walk like a giant" and "Ramada Inn"were sprawling and brilliant"Neil's acoustic set was short and sweet and "Hole in the sky" was great."Singer without a song ,I thought was surreal and it was nice to hear "Mr Soul" again!
It was a very emotional night!Thank you Neil and Crazy Horse!
Only one complaint,the rain chant didn't work,it was pishing it down on the way home!
Fuck the moaners and the clowns who walked out!
Jim fae the Vale

At 6/15/2013 04:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been buying all of Neil's music since 1976 and I'm very aware of the many forks in the road and the importance of going along with what he is doing at any particular time.

But, this concert was ultimately ruined by the endings to the songs, especially Giant. Not because of the feedback, it being too loud or too self-indulgent but because they were boring and I can't accept die hard fans endorsing boredom. The more NY is assured that these methods are wonderful then the more they will endure and that is a pity for those paying substantial amounts to watch his shows.

At 6/15/2013 06:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing night, worth the 6hrs travel time to stand in awe of a giant. We've saw NY a few times but never with Crazy Horse. My wife & daughter was there with me & they too were blown away. Walk Like A Giant was immense, I loved it, my wife stood in awe, my daughter had tears in her eyes she loved every minute, it was our highlight of the night - all 20 minutes of it! To see the joy in the bands faces, they looked as happy to be there on stage as we were to stand watching. The set list was good, Mr Soul & Cinnamon Girl were great, I loved Neil's Blowing In The Wind also. It angered me to hear a few voices of dissent, so we moved position, jeez if you're a fan then you should know what to expect, otherwise leave the tickets to those that truly want to be there! Amazing night, the memories will stay with me a long, long time.

At 6/15/2013 07:08:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

Anon 4:52 and other Whiners

It's all over NY Internet sites, this what he is doing on this tour, it's Neil and Crazy Horse ie., long extended transcendental guitar solos that build to a crescendo and crash!

I'm going to re-iterate what others have stated,
People just show up here just to whine!
There's more to NY than Heart of Gold!
Get a Life!
Let someone buy a ticket who appreciates it, STAY HOME!

Thrasher isn't it about time we register in some form here ie., a log-in membership, annual fee and so we can share what's great about this Iconic Musical Journey???
Whiners are less likely to pay a membership fee.
This site would be much better for it.

At 6/15/2013 07:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said - I was at Glasgow. The set was awesome ... with WLAG and F*!#in Up real highlights - No one plays as well as Neil Young & Crazy Horse. If you want a safe 2 hours go to see an X-Factor spin off ... but for 2 hours of emotion, humour & raw power then Neil & co can't be beaten. As Neil said at the end chances are they won't be back but I for one am glad to have seen them at their best.

At 6/15/2013 08:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

''You pay for this, but they give you that. and once you're gone you can't come back'. Sorry you didn't like it, but as the great man say's it is better to burn out cause rust never sleeps .... rust in peace!

At 6/15/2013 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Neil Young three times now, in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and now Glasgow. All three concerts have been absolutely brilliant. First time seeing Crazy Horse - man they were great and looked like they really enjoyed it. Probably the best ever version of F*ckin Up! Yes the setlist could have been more 'casual fan friendly', but nothing to get upset about. Los Lobos were great too. Come back to Scotland soon Neil!

At 6/15/2013 02:01:00 PM, Blogger La Johnson said...

Someone has mentioned Los Lobos at last - they should be more than just a support act! As to the whiners well this site is mainly for fans so the comments are mostly going to be pro Neil (he can't do anything wrong you know!). Well I also found the work outs to be too similar and boring. Yes Yes I know this is Neil it's just like the Weld record which I have Arc Weld which was just feedback - we have all been here before. It's probably the last NYCH concerts in the UK.

At 6/15/2013 04:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or is it ????????????????

At 6/15/2013 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be great to read other peoples minds like 'Grungy'.
What's he got against Heart of Gold? I thought much of Thursday nights show is amazing it is just not satisfying to listen to long passages of feedback whether its NY or Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music. And for the record, I'm not hiding behind anonymity - my name is Stephen does that enlighten you more? I just don't want to have to sign up to Google to pass comment, or sorry, whine.

At 6/16/2013 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous Chrisso said...

Haha, Abraham Lincoln indeed, never heard that one before;) Listen up, I'm almost as old as Neil and following since the start, so maybe not as much NY is God as you all seem to be but still a fan. Clearly only comments saying it was 'best ever' are acceptable so will sign off till Monday's London concert with other fans I am attending with. Peace & love etc ...


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