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Friday, April 18, 2014

CONCERT REVIEWS: Neil Young, Dallas, TX - Friday, April 18, 2014 - Show #2

Dallas Rustfest - Friday at 4:00pm

Neil Young performs solo concert at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, Thursday, April 17 & Friday, 18, 2014.

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At 4/19/2014 12:09:00 AM, Anonymous Alfonz said...

Just got back to my hotel, fantastic show. Had seats in the 2nd row, could hear his seat on the left piano creaking when he moved around!

Avoided reading up about LA and Dallas 1, and heard some songs I'd never think I would.

Someone else can write up the set list properly, but it did have Goin Back to start the second set, which Neil replaced with Cortez (!) and Pocahontas. Both 12 string + harp.

Encore on the set list was Comes a Time and Long May You Run, but he played Thrasher instead. Like I said, I avoided set llists beforehand, and was in complete shock! Amazing.

At 4/19/2014 02:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the night wasn't perfect enough already and then bam - CORTEZ!!!

At 4/19/2014 03:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posted the tracklist of new album on previous thread. Available on third man records website. What do you think of tracklist?

At 4/19/2014 03:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Special Deluxe Tracklist for A Letter Home!
Can't wait to hear this new album. Reproduced by Jack White and Neil Young. Will it be available at my local record store today at Record Store Day? Great that he included two Willie Nelson songs. And Girl From The North Country. Fantastic.

At 4/19/2014 08:02:00 AM, Blogger Anonymous said...

It was an absolutely amazing show. I was in awe.

At 4/19/2014 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Jim Wexell said...

Great, great show. Told a story about begging a guitar from Stills because someone shot a bullet through it in a coffee shop ("probably singing one of my songs") and then he ripped into a passionate Southern Man. I guess that's a redundancy but I thought it ironic he told that story before singing that song in Dallas.
Anyway, why do older and allegedly mature fans feel the need to shout out like little attention whores? Some dick actually had the temerity to think we were interested in his own personal conversation with Neil. If the previous night's shout hadn't been ripped to shreds that morning by the Dallas Morning News, Neil probably wouldn't have been so kind to this old tool asking him about what he's written since he's "gotten clean."
Had to vent that somewhere. These old farts need to shut the hell up. No one cares about your knowledge of Neil's obscure songs.

At 4/19/2014 10:49:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks everyone for all of the reports.

We'll have more on Letter Home soon!

But 1st, Happy Record Store Day!

At 4/19/2014 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and then the old fool having a conversation with himself said "I read your book" and was shushed into silence by the crowd. Weird. But NOTHING could spoil this evening.

At 4/19/2014 01:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a fool in every crowd, or in the case of Neil Young Solo shows, usually several.

- vertigone

At 4/19/2014 01:19:00 PM, Blogger setlistthief said...

A crowd should follow the fools and shout at them while they work.

At 4/19/2014 03:36:00 PM, Anonymous dave said...

why not just enjoy what Neil decides to sing for us it is a rare pleasure to be in attendance witnessing a legend doing what he does just sing along instead of shout out enjoy the moment

At 4/19/2014 04:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO NOT sing along - people paid to hear Neil, not you.

At 4/20/2014 12:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First to the comments above, I actually thought the crowd for the most part was pretty respectful. Other than the goofball who wanted to interview Neil and several "We love you Neils", I only heard one song called out, "Philadelphia", which he actually played. My own home crowd in Austin Texas, at the Bass Concert Hall in 2010 was, embarrassingly, much more obnoxious than this one. I did like how after the crowd shushed the guy down, Neil said "It's alright, he just forgot".
As to the show, wow, incredible. I loved seeing Neil so chatty. The only time I've seen him close to this chatty was the first Opera House show in Austin in 1984. I really enjoyed the stories about the guitars. I kind of thought the show meandered a little early, but around "Philadelphia" he really locked in and charged forward. The covers were simply dynamic and I've never seen him do "Old Man" with such force, almost venomously.
I have been following the set lists and when he pulled out "Cortez" to start the second set I was almost giggling like a child, and then "Pocohantas" blew me away. He crushed it on the next few songs especially the pump organ "Mr Soul". But the one that has stayed with me all through today is "If You Could Read My Mind" where he basically whispered some of the lyrics and sang with every ounce of pain that this very sad song could deliver. I was hoping and praying that he would continue with the last few shows and play "Thrasher" as an encore and he did not disappoint. A beautiful, soaring version of a song I thought I would never get to see him play.
All in all, a great Neil Young show. I would put it in my top four or five Neil shows, although I have only seen him 14 times, much less, I know, than many of you. To those who don't like the covers, too bad. In my opinion, they were very strong parts of the show, and for myself I enjoyed them greatly.
Rob W.

At 4/20/2014 10:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent review, rob. spot on, thanks. would've REALLY enjoyed Pocahontas, Cortez, Thrasher or If you could read my mind @ Carnegie, but just grateful & thankful for ANY Neil songs & interpretations.
These shows have all really been Treasures loaded with nuggets of gold.
Ignorance aside,(or even alongside), bliss.

At 4/20/2014 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would I trade Carnegie for Pocahontas?... I might rabbit, I might.


ps ... could proving I am not a robot become any more difficult?


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