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TOUR OPENS: Berlin - Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - June 2, 2013


"Like A Hurricane"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2013

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20,000 folks outdoors on a damp, cool evening.

Would we get a "Hurricane"?

Similar setlists as earlier legs, except "Blowin' In The Wind" added to setlist and "Psychedelic Pill" back in and "Born in Ontario" & "Twisted Road" dropped.

01. Love And Only Love
02. Powderfinger
03. Psychedelic Pill
04. Walk Like A Giant
05. Hole In The Sky
06. Heart Of Gold (solo – acoustic guitar)
07. Blowin' In The Wind (solo – acoustic guitar)
08. Singer Without A Song
09. Ramada Inn
10. Cinnamon Girl
11. F*!#in' Up
12. Mr. Soul
13. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
14. Like A Hurricane

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The last time Neil played Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" was on the Weld tour in 1991 on 4-27, in Los Angeles. Neil also covered "Blowin' In The Wind" at the Bridge School Benefit concerts in 2001.

No big amp set because outdoor venue.


Just up a set of stairs that would make an aerobics instructor on any stair master real proud……. Stairs that took us deep into the heart of our 2nd day in Berlin and first evening with Neil Young and Crazy Horse in Europe. We charged into this rather overcast day as if we ourselves had been plugged into the 220 grid - without the converter!

Talking with fans about seeing Neil and Crazy Horse

Talking with fans about seeing Neil and Crazy Horse #2

Los Lobos

Los Lobos opened…..and answered. Rather bizarre space to hear a band from East Los Angeles ripping Mexican based classics here in Germany. Refreshing as this is the Alchemy tour….the coming together….the glue……so we’re real glad to report – as David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) sang so beautifully, that yes indeed the wolf has survived! Absolutely jubilant!

Talking with fans about seeing Neil and Crazy Horse #3

Rustie Fans on the Rail

Talking with fans about seeing Neil and Crazy Horse #4

In fact the day stayed with a haze of gray so deep into the evening that Neil himself commented during the show: “Does it ever get dark here…” It mirrored the feeling that we couldn’t turn off - that glow we felt on the inside….in our very soul…. The hope and joy of hearing those first notes of “Love and Only Love” from “Ragged Glory” so grounding and affirming….3500 miles from home but the message consistent….the spirit among the people - identical. Here, just next to the Olympic stadium track where Jesse Owens so proudly ran his best past the Reich, the message of East and West, from Berlin to Istanbul and beyond was clear: ROCK AND ROLL EQUALS FREEDOM!

"Walk Like A Giant"


"Heart Of Gold"

Well we’re off…..blown away……and this is what I’ve gleaned….. that it’s our daily job at WBKM…..our job being the entrusted as hosts of the Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour is to create that somewhere….that special someplace safer that Neil sings about in his beautiful encore on this very night in Berlin – where the feeling stays! This is family…..In RUST we TRUST!

"Singer Without A Song"

""F*!#in' Up"

"Like A Hurricane"

A happy mom and daughter after the show

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Thanks Eric & Tony @ Wbkm Dot Org!

Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be performing tonight at Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany.

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At 6/02/2013 02:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6/02/2013 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blowin' in the wind. Acoustic & solo. Pure magic. For the rest: same awesome artist as earlier in the your, hurricane with ultra-feedback for encore. A perfect night in Berlin!!!

At 6/02/2013 05:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention: psychedelic pill back in, born in Ontario out.

At 6/02/2013 07:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twisted Road gone, too

At 6/02/2013 07:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traveled from the UK to see this opening night. Blew us away. Shame about the odd prick who does not understand you should not scream comments to friends during the acoustic set but hey Neil rules. Great venue.

At 6/02/2013 08:52:00 PM, Anonymous SandCowgirl said...

What a great start to the European tour! Thanks, guys, for representing Sandy and me (The Arkansas Girls)!

Tami C. (SandCowgirl)

At 6/02/2013 11:00:00 PM, Anonymous Harold Lepidus, said...

Thanks, Thrasher!

Here a little article on the show
(Neil Young covers Bob Dylan song at tour opener in Germany)

and RIP Frazier Mohawk, who played a small part in the formation of Buffalo Springfield

At 6/03/2013 01:15:00 AM, Blogger Gurt said...

Within 2 days will see the old man in Amsterdam, can't wait.....

At 6/03/2013 01:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report! Did Neil forget his gigantic amps or do they only use those props indoors? In Europe we never had the chance to see those things... Anyway wednesday Amsterdam and Saturday Brussels.... Love and only love!

At 6/03/2013 02:04:00 AM, Blogger astrololee said...

A big thank you to TW....wonderful good is it to see our RUSTIE brothers and sisters in the photos, wooohoooo!

At 6/03/2013 03:00:00 AM, Anonymous Denis RW said...

Lukas Nelson : "Me and Neil at Farm aid! We co wrote a song together calls "Song She's Living", that he plays live sometimes! Go see him live to ear it!!" [ - May 31]

So, shouldn't we change
"Singer Without A Song"
"Song She's Living" ?

At 6/03/2013 05:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil's setlists say "Singer Without a Song." When Lukas plays it, he can call it what he wants.

At 6/03/2013 07:30:00 AM, Anonymous Harold Lepidus, said...

Updated with new information,
video of "Heart Of Gold" AND "Blowin' In The Wind,"
both with harmonica and acoustic guitar:

At 6/03/2013 08:21:00 AM, Anonymous cathy said...

fantastic ...!..really looking forward to see them again... once or twice is never enough...!.... it looks like Neil has a painful wrist......Carpal tunnel syndrome? ....

At 6/03/2013 11:07:00 AM, Anonymous Paolo Brillo said...

Neil Young & the Horse - Berlin 2.6.2013

At 6/03/2013 03:58:00 PM, Anonymous Luc said...

What a magnificent version of LAH :soulfull, heartfelt rendition. Once again re-inventing his own song.

At 6/03/2013 09:19:00 PM, Anonymous Sandy Horne said...

Thrasher! Eric! Tony! Howell! Thanks for bringing it home!!

Sandy Horne

At 6/05/2013 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Erik Toresson said...

Great show! The setlist was varied and the band was in a good mood. So glad that I finally got to see the horse live!
Two questions that arised:
1. What the hell was the deal with the woman who walked around on the stage? Just another of Neil's little ideas?
2. Where was Larry Craig? Does Neil have a new Guitar Technician?

The guy with the rust tattoo above

At 6/12/2013 09:49:00 AM, Blogger Ron Southward Jr said...

Thanks TW, it was good to see you on the *other side* of the pond... hangin' and jammin'... peace and love and only love from Berlin through Paris!

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

What a night! I was stunned and thrilled by Neil's and Crazy Horse's power that blew away the audience on a rather cold evening. Nevertheless we loved that show - can't we be sure that Neil will come back after that summer?
Looking forward to the Dresden concert in August and I hope the weather will be better and the venue won't be flooded like last week!!!!

Keep on rockin' in a fee world


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