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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Neil Young Concert Reviews: Calgary - January 19, 2014

Neil Young's four city concert run to benefit "Honor The Treaties" continues tonight, Sunday, Jan 19 at Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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At 1/20/2014 03:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

REVIEW: Young mesmerizes with once-in-a lifetime show

Performed Sunday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall

"For proof, all you had to hear were the opening words of Helpless or the dreamy chorus of Only Love Can Break Your Heart — both sending shivers, walking the line between beaten and beatific, haunted and heavenly, sad and sanguine."

"And when all was said and done, it was one of the best shows this city has been blessed with in recent memory."

At 1/20/2014 03:18:00 AM, Blogger Derek said...

I saw Neil Young in Calgary tonight and it was as good as I expected. This is about the eighth or ninth time I have seen him over the last 23 years and the first time solo acoustic. (I’ve been a big NY fan for about 25 years.)

I had followed the reviews from the recent shows back to Carnegie Hall and knew what to expect. The notable set list surprises (to me) were Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson is from Alberta, so there is that connection), Blowin’ in the Wind, and Mother Earth. I had thought Mother Earth was a natural for the Treaties tour and was surprised that he had not been playing it. It’s one of the few pipe organ songs I really like, so it was a very pleasant surprise for me. I did not record an exact set list, but the one on Sugar Mountain looks right to me.

I’ve never heard Neil talk so much before. He probably spoke for ten times longer tonight than in all the previous shows I’ve seen combined. He seemed to be enjoying himself.

The venue was where the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs, so the sound quality was excellent. Unfortunately the great acoustics seemed to encourage certain people in the audience to shout their special messages and words of encouragement to Neil in-between songs. Thankfully they mostly kept quiet during his songs. I expect this must have been annoying to Neil, but he didn’t say so. In fact he did respond to a couple of the comments, which probably encouraged some of the shouters a little.

There was no film about the oilsands or even any discussion about it (from the stage at least), which surprised me a little. I thought there might be someone giving a small speech at the beginning, and I thought I had read that there would be a short film but there wasn’t. Near the end of the show, Neil thanked people for their support and noted that they had raised about $500,000. He also said, "Even if you don’t agree with me, we can still be friends" (I think I got that right), which I thought were wise words given some of the nasty comments that people have made towards him recently (in the mainstream media).

Neil seemed very strong vocally, to my untrained ear. While he presumably does not have the same vocal range that he had when he was younger, he still sounded great to me. In some cases changed the tone of his singing somewhat, becoming more expressive in some ways than the original recording. It’s hard for me to describe in words, but I was liked it. An example of this was his version of Mr. Soul, which was unlike any of the versions I had heard before (original, Unplugged, with Crazy Horse, etc). He did Mr. Soul on the pipe organ and it was really interesting vocally (his expressiveness). Unfortunately, I was not that keen on the pipe organ. Had he done it at the piano or on guitar, it would have been the highlight of the night for me.

Anyway, the show was great. I never really expected to have a chance to seen Neil solo acoustic in a great venue, so I’m really glad he jumped on this cause and came to Calgary. Despite being a fairly large city (1,000,000+), he has bypassed us on several tours. And thanks to Thrasher for this great blog – I’ve been reading it (intermittently) for years, but don’t think I’ve commented before.

At 1/20/2014 03:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Mother Nature is nothing to screw around with.”

At 1/20/2014 03:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review Derek!

1. From Hank To Hendrix
2. Helpless
3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
4. Love In Mind
5. Mellow My Mind
6. Are You Ready For The Country?
7. Someday
8. Changes
9. Harvest
10. Old Man
11. A Man Needs A Maid
12. Ohio
13. Southern Man
14. Mr. Soul
15. Pocahontas
16. Four Strong Winds
17. Harvest Moon
18. Heart Of Gold
19. Blowin' In The Wind
20. Mother Earth

At 1/20/2014 05:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young - God's Prophet? - John Van Sloten


Young uses hyperbole (exaggeration) in describing the oil sands, but hyperbole was even used by Jesus:


Hyperbole is also a way of grabbing a reader’s or listener’s attention. Whenever a truth is in danger of becoming a cliché, the use of hyperbole can rescue it from indifference (or what J. R. R. Tolkien called “the drab blur of triteness or familiarity”8). It often does so by producing a shock effect. This seems to be the purpose for many of Jesus’ hyperboles: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away” (Matt. 5:29); “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead” (Matt. 8:22).

U of A prof responds to Neil Young's oilsands critique

Neil Young, the oil sands and the damage done
by Andrew Leach on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:40am

CTV QP: Joe Oliver slams Neil Young over oilsands

CTV QP: May grateful for Neil Young's efforts


Neil Young and the Message That Must Be Heard

At 1/20/2014 05:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 1/20/2014 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

I wouldn't say that Joe Oliver slams Neil Young in the article at all. I read it as a typical "David vs. Goliath" story line.

Goliath has not shared anything with Canadians about environmental safeguards and protections. Where are the gov. links to the findings? Short and long-term impact studies for water, air, and soil quality, when done correctly, are very time consuming and costly. Why not share this information?

Thank you Derek for sending us some love this morning! I have only been to Alberta as early as March, summer-time, and as late as October, and always look forward to coming back!

At 1/20/2014 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Jason Smith said...

All I can say is Wow!!

No Oil Sands film at the concert??
No natives (professional protesters) tromped across the stage at the concert??
Does not accept invitation to speak with Oil Industry??
The one concert stop it should matter the most????????

Speaks Volumes.

... and Oh, this old world keeps spinning around.

Jason Smith

At 1/20/2014 07:34:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

Makes complete sense , he was called on his staged event , and backed down like all other false prophets .
The common folk may sometimes be lured , but historically we have the freedom that they right songs of , that no amount of money can buy , our freedom that is not for sale , is the intangible to see through the wind that bends the boughs on the lofty pines of the True ... North .... Strong ... and Free
Oh Canada Eh !

At 1/20/2014 11:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil has always done the unexpected. May peace be with you.

At 1/21/2014 01:15:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature said...

Your freedom went out the window when you voted in cowards that sold your future to the highest bidder. There is no prophet that can save you from your own ignorance.

At 1/21/2014 09:09:00 AM, Anonymous SD said...

Hahaha, is that John Connelly guy for real? Good lord, hahaha.

It's like a parody of the worst, most ridiculous sounding "patriots."

At 1/21/2014 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Jason Smith said...


You nailed it when you talk about "Freedom". We don't need the Neil Young telling Canadians what to do, Neil is about as Canadian as Apple Pie.

Neil pulled down his pants on stage for the three other shows but did not have the guts to do in in Calgary. In these parts we call that kind of person a "Coward".

Coward and Canadian do not belong in the same sentence, back to his ranch in California to hide and work on the album.

Eat a Peach

Jason Smith


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