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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert:, Mönchengladbach, Germany - July 25, 2014

2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
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The Concert Review of the Moment is Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert:, Mönchengladbach, Germany - July 25, 2014 by our friend Ruby Inthedust:
Neil Young, Crazy Horse & Rick The Bassplayer Hockey Park Mönchengladbach, 25.07.2014

Woody... do you know?....

I'm afraid, this is gonna be a very emotional concert-review. When it comes to music, especially to Neil, I do not think, I feel!

The show last night was only a ten minutes drive from where I live. The closest to my home, Neil will ever perform. I have been talking to a friend, who's also a huge Neil-fan, about that show for hours and days, weeks ahead of this day, we wanted to enjoy that show together and we would have talked about it for hours and days after the show. I somehow managed to fuck up that friendship for a stupid reason and so it turned out, that the Mönchengladbach show should be the saddest show of the tour for me.

But Neil always gets me. He intensifies my joy, when I'm happy and he eases my pain, when I'm sad... and so it was yesterday!

The fabulous support act, The Magic Numbers, did a great act again. Please check them out, they are so great! Elliot Roberts was enjoying them at the side of the stage, looking very happy and very relaxed. When they dedicated a song to him, he was like "nah... not to me.." After a brief break to rearrange the stage, I could feel my heartbeat increasing... woo hoo! Live music is better!

When Neil and Crazy Horse came on stage, it was like bang! and my sadness turned into excitement. I was surrounded by my old and new Rustie friends... so happy to have met Roel there and Tomer my wonderful friend from Israel, who wanted to see Neil in Tel Aviv and as that show was canceled for the saddest reason of all, he decided to come to Mönchengladbach, Dresden and Mainz to see Neil here!

Love And Only Love! As if it was written for the world, we're living in today! Love and only love will break the hate down! Hopefully it finally will!

The setlist was pretty much the same as the ones from the shows before with a surprise for second song... first chord.. Roel and me, like one voice: "Powderfinger!!?!!". Great to hear one of my favorite Neil songs again.

Standing In The Light Of Love! Yes!! It was played in the sound check... I wanted to hear that song, the new lyrics, sung by that Young Neil who keeps fighting.. "Protect Earth"!

Neil was smiling, happy! Rick in such a good mood.. smiling all the way! All of them very much showing us, we're happy to be here with you! Neil was walking over to Woody several times, talking to him, listening, touching him... it was like "Woody, can you tell me, what happens to the world we're living in?"

Living With War was even more moving this time... with my friend Tomer from Israel so close to me and my dutch friend Roel, who's Facebook-photo has turned into the black (... out of the blue)...

Days that used to be... well I opened this review, telling why it was a sad show for me, so the song came crawling deep into my soul..."talk to me my long lost friend and tell me how you are... "

Love To Burn again was like deconstructed, torn down and built up again in 15 minutes... so intense! I felt like walking through a dreamland... in the valley of hearts!

And again it was Cortez! The song of the night!! I thought it myself and I heard it very often after the show : best Cortez ever!". So intense, so smooth, soft, powerful, all at the same time. You could almost feel being on one of the huge sailing vessels..." dancing across the water", way back in time in the 16th century!

And Rockin' In The Free World again! Also with new lyrics from Neil the warrior... two times the song ended... and two times it started over again.. Yes Neil we are with you: We will keep on rockin'in the free world as long as you will keep on fighting and playing for us.

Encore again: Who's gonna Stand Up And Save The Earth... The conclusion of a night full of anger and love, war and hoping for peace, of concern about our mother planet, the home for our children, full of joy and happiness, beautiful music and wonderful people!

"Who's gonna stand up! Who's gonna stand up! Who's gonna stand up!"

Neil was a wonderful medicine to ease my sadness, well, he is not Jesus, he cannot bring back my friend. But he can bring joy to us all in giving us his incredibly wonderful music.

Music Is Love!
Thanks again Ruby Inthedust! Music Is Love. Neil = Music. Good times will return. And we're so glad you're there with so many other rusties bringing it all back home for those who couldn't be there. May The Horse be with you. p&l

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At 7/30/2014 03:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I share the feeling for Neil's music with you! Since 1971 when I came upon his After the Goldrush!


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