Neil Young, Chicago, IL - Monday, April 21, 2014 - Show #1
Chicago Rustfest - Mon. & Tues. at 4:00pm - Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N Wabash Ave)
Photo by E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune
From Neil Young concert review; Young at Chicago Theatre reviewed - chicagotribune.com by Greg Kot:
His eyes shaded by a black fedora, Neil Young strapped on a guitar that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr. and leaned in, as if ready to whisper in someone’s ear.
“Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say,” he sang near the end of his sold-out concert Monday at the Chicago Theatre.
But even in relatively mellow acoustic mode, the singer conveyed a restless energy. He strolled the stage adorned with two pianos, a pump organ and a half-dozen acoustic guitars as if he were an avuncular landowner surveying his property. He was comfortable in this space, talking easily with the audience between songs, and at one point humorously thanking his “sponsors”: “Water,” he said, “and glass -- brought to you by sand and fire, two other great products.”
It was all in service of an evening that might have been described as casual. But beneath the rumpled outfit and graying sideburns, Young still harbors an intensity that surfaced at key points in the two-hour (plus intermission) concert. These moments were all the more striking because of the dynamics in Young’s still-pliable voice, his ability to play with tone and phrasing, and to create atmosphere with the barest essentials.
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Neil Young performs solo concert at Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL, Monday, April 21 & Tuesday, 22, 2014.
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