Newcastle: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - June 10, 2013
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From Neil Young and Crazy Horse – review | Music | The Guardian by Dave Simpson:
This baffling, bonkers, brilliant gig finds Young at his most mercurial, playing roles from electric stormbringer (Powderfinger, an unusually heavy Cinnamon Girl) to acoustic balladeer (sublime newies Hole in the Sky and piano-played Singer Without a Song). If there are themes they're environmentalism and the threats to idealism. Walk Like a Giant – illustrated with litter blowing across stage – is genuinely eerie.
Few other performers can summon Young's venom.
At times, he seems to be playing into his own personal prevailing wind as he lashes out guitar solos that are almost dreamlike. "Sing like you mean it?" he rounds on a heckler. "What the fuck would you sing for if you don't mean it?"
#GdnGig Neil Young last night was amazing. Diverse set played with intensity and passion. Certainly not a conventional set-list but wow!— Greg Dimond (@GreekGinster) June 11, 2013
From Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Metro Arena, Newcastle, review - Telegraph By Neil McCormick:
Fans of the acoustic troubadour side of Young’s eclectic career had to make do with a short, sweet Comes A Time, in which he potently demonstrated how much music can be summoned up from an acoustic guitar and reverb-drenched harmonica. He strummed Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind with complete conviction, evoking the hippie ideals at the heart of his ethos, and played a beaten up old piano for lovely new track, Singer Without A Song.
But for the rest of a two and a half hour set, what you got was four old men huddled together, grimacing, gurning and laughing as they pushed and pulled each other through an electric storm of groovy, epic, hypnotic rock.
The sheer howling pleasure of it was utterly infectious.
The quartet like to get onto a chord sequence and ride it out to the limit, with Billy Talbot’s bass snaking through the bottom, Ralph Molina’s drums swinging and thumping with a masterful blend of rock minimalism and jazzy expression and Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro attacking the centre with fuzzed up rhythm guitar, leaving their leader free to blow the cobwebs out with his extraordinarily expressive playing.
The tone of Young’s lead guitar was a wonder in itself, constantly shifting as he stomps pedals, going from high and wild to low and threatening, from leftfield atonal art attack to melodious shimmer.
Neil Young- 'Comes A Time' (Live At Newcastle Arena, UK, 10th June 2013
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