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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert: Ulm, Germany - July 20, 2014


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2014-07-10, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
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The Review of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert: Ulm, Germany - July 20, 2014 by our friend Ruby Inthedust:
PROTECT... EARTH!

This show would require 10 headlines... but I chose this one! As the show hadn't sold as well as the city of Ulm had expected (unbelievable), Neil and his management decided to promote the show and gave a special gift to all those, who went to see him.. a t-shirt. The men's style is the one Neil's wearing, saying EARTH and the girlie's style (yes! a special girlie-fit :-) ) says PROTECT! So a couple says PROTECT EARTH when both are wearing the tees... what a simple but fabulous idea!

It was a very special show. It was Neil the warrior, raising his voice against war, encouraging us all to "love and only love" and worrying about the future of our planet as our gift to the future generations. He was powerful, intense, nice, smiling, enjoying himself, like I never saw him before!

Love And Only Love... will endure... the message of the night, the first song, intense as always. Goin' Home, I love that song since they played it twice in one show in Rotterdam 2001... After that "Days That Used To Be"... oh .. hard song for me in these days. .tears!
" I wish I could talk to you,
And you could talk to me
'Cause there's very few of us left
my friend
From the days that used to be."
"People say "Don't rock the boat".... yes very true Neil!

And then ... the first chord and I said "That's Living With War!"...it was!! Neil announced it as "a song we never did before" (with CH) and then something I don't recall exactly, like "sadly we could play it every day..."... so fitting in these days of war and deaths of innocent people, chills!

Love To Burn! A very special song to me..."Late one night I was walking in the valley of hearts"... what a wonderful metaphor! Love To Burn was absolutely stunning... He nailed that song to the floor of the stage.. it seemed to be going on forever... intense and raw! Wooo hooo!

Do It In The Name Of Love was the biggest surprise to me... rarely played live... if ever before?? Ralf Böllhoff said it in his review on Rusted Moon, it was played before in the 80s, right? What a song and what a message to all of us!

The entire show seemed to have a strong message with Neil looking up to the cathedral's high tower several times during Love And Only Love and In The Name Of Love, as if he wanted to say "You there, living in this church, give us your spirit, help us to live in peace and with love".

The acoustic set to follow... Blowin'In The Wind...no one ever sings it as intense as Neil... with the entire crowd singing along... chills again! And Heart Of Gold... mmmhhh.

Psychedelic Pill is not my favorite song of the last album... but it rocks live!... but then.... but then.... one chord and I thought "wake me up, I must be dreaming"... I was yearning for that song since 2012, when I saw Neil with the Horse first in the US... I saw 10 shows in total... but not one with my favorite Neil song! And here it was, in all his entire epic beauty... Cortez! I was screaming and hugging all my Rustie-friends surrounding me... I was in heaven! YES!!!

RITFW... part of the night's message... Love, Peace, Freedom, Saving Mother Nature! That song always gets the audience... always!

Who's gonna stand up and save the earth... The last song of the night.. like Neil giving his legacy to us... but wait! No legacy yet... Neil is so vital, so powerful, there's a lot more to come!!!

They all were in a very good mood. Poncho in his "zone", eyes closed, grooving, smiling! Rick expressive, as I never saw him before, coming to the front twice, smiling, happy! Well and Ralph, like always... the back-bone of the awesome Crazy Horse sound! The ladies added a wonderful touch of lightness, especially adding a wonderful "dancing across the water" with Cortez!

Neil seemed to like the place. His body language and his smiles showed, he was enjoying himself. And so were we! Neil, you still have to say SOMETHING, please don't stop! We love you! ... and we attended a special night!

Thank you so much!

p.s. - Some additional thoughts on Cortez performed in Ulm..

This morning in my car I was listening to a great recording of the Ulm-Show. And I realized, that Cortez was the smoothest version of that song I've listened to so far. It was intense, but so soft, almost tenderly performed! I think it is Rick, who gives it a soft touch, with him playing his bassline less powerful than Billy, but so beautiful! My heart is still full and I will never forget that magical night in Ulm!... I can't wait for Mönchengladbach and two more shows to come!!!

Thanks to Thrasher for posting my comment on his internet-page! As it was my first and favorite Neil-source on the internet, I'm feeling honored!
Thanks Ruby Inthedust! Excellent and so glad you enjoyed and shared. Love and only love.


"Who's Gonna Stand Up And Save The Earth?"
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2 Comments:

At 7/24/2014 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Old Neg said...

Wow no comments on such a great review? Thank you Ruby! I could almost imagine being there reading your heartfelt review! And that's always a good thing when it comes to Neil! Wow Europe you're getting some unique shows. Hope this outfit makes it back to the States. The acoustic Neil solo shows are wonderful but don't provide the same bang for your buck as a Crazy Horse show. I wonder how Billy's doing?!

Thanks again Ruby!! Awesome review!!

 
At 7/25/2014 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Old Neg said...

Why is no one talking about these shows? There's a very good quality bootleg of this show on dime and it's extraordinary! The set list, Rick and the backup singers, Neil's voice, Neil's whole vibe. Poncho's hair! Wow, what an amazing show!!

It sounds like attendance is low and no one's talking much about this tour but this show blows away what Crazy Horse was doing in 2012-2013. Great playing. A soulful ebb and flow. No drawn out feedback endings. Just pure awesomeness! If this comes near you and you pass on it, you're missing something special.

Would love to see this show back in the States. Everyone should seek out this bootleg and give it a listen. It's the one with the most hits on dime. Thanks to the taper!! The quality of the recording is excellent! Thanks again Ruby! I might have missed this one if not for you.

 

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