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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
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The Review of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert: Dresden, Germany - July 25, 2014 by Ruby Inthedust:
Down By The River

Art approaches our soul predominantly through the gate of our unconscious mind and therefore, when I'm asked, why Neil is my favorite artist, you will find me trying to explain a thing, that in fact is one of the hardest things to tell. But last night, I was given the explanation, why Neil is the musical love of my life... by the man himself!

Expectations were high before the show. The venue is one of the most beautiful I've seen. Down by the river Elbe, with a view to the old, historic city of Dresden. And in the queue there was talking about "will he surprise us again?", "will there be a different setlist?", "will it be special, because of the cancelled show last year?"... oh yes.. all of that should happen.

After queuing for hours and waiting for the support act (again great! The Magic Numbers) you could feel the tension rising)... the crowd clapping and shouting... wooo hooo!

And then they came, Neil waving to the crowd, getting his guitar.. Old Black... one chord... what?!?... The next chord.. WHAT?!?
25 minutes! I never saw it performed that way! Torn apart, cut into pieces and rebuilt again! Show me one artist, who will play one of his top songs, that other's would play as the last encore, as opener, in an incredible, epic, 25 minutes version, without being afraid, that he won't be able to keep the tension or even top that during the rest of the show!!

Powderfinger to follow, with a change of guitars from Old Black to Gold Copa 5... during the song...

Standing In The Light Of Love!! What a song that is! And what a crowd it was! After the song stopped... oho ohohoo.. Standing In The Light of Love... for minutes! .. the band smiling, happy, Poncho pure emotion! Love ya Poncho!!

Days That Used To Be... again so moving.. These lyrics so true!! Neil so nice, waving to the nearby Carola Bridge, that was packed with people.. watching and listening for free, who cares? Enjoy!

Living With War, the song, we all don't wanna hear anymore and Neil doesn't wanna play... a beautiful, beautiful version with harp and organ ( surprise, when it came down before the song started..).. and again my friend Tomer from Tel Aviv with me at the show... chivers down my spine... the saddest song of the night, yet so beautifully performed!

Love To Burn again... these awesome lyrics blow my mind.. everytime I listen to that song, it's like watching a phantasy movie, like watching a buildung of Gaudi, the genius architect, who has designed buildings like turning a dream into reality... "In the valley of hearts, there's a house full of broken windows...." The way it is performed on this tour, to me, can only be explained as Ultimate! Perfect!

Name Of Love... oh yes! The best advice ever! Do it in the name of love! And the acoustic set to follow with Blowing in the Wind again and Heart of Gold.

Barstool Blues... well.... that song also blew my mind, in all of the three shows.... the performance so pure, so intense! ... and Neil, Poncho, all of them, smiling being one with us... waving to the bridge again "how you're doing, there on the bridge?" so sweet!

And Psychedelic Pill!!! This song has undergone a kind of an evolution on that tour... such a powerful performance! And Neil telling us about "the song without meaning... "it's for Poncho, it's about women".. showing the shape of a beautiful woman with his hands, which he did several times throughout the performance of that song... looking at Poncho "women, women, women"... so funny!

Rockin'In The Free World! Yes! So fitting! ... always! But especially in the former eastern part of our nowadays reunited Homeland!

Neil was given a rose, that was thrown on stage.. he kept it, smelling the fragrance... "Thank you for giving me this, beautiful! Sniff! There should be a few sniffs left...." so sweet! AND telling us "you were given free t-shirts, reminding you of our EARTH... is there a hitch... yes! you have to do your part!" We will try Neil, at least we will try!

Who's Gonna Stand Up.... again the last song! Reply by Poncho: "You have to!" YES SIR!!

Whoa! What a night down by the river! I have seen Neil and Neil with Crazy Horse MANY times! I cannot point out the best show I have attended, but Dresden 2014 is definitely on the Top 5 list! Thank you so much to Neil and Poncho and Rick and Ralph and YaDonna and Dorene and to the whole stuff!

Sorry folks, all of you, who have missed that show, you missed Neil Young and Crazy Horse AT THEIR VERY BEST!!! If I have ever prayed for a good recording or even a video to show up, it would be for this show...
Thanks Ruby Inthedust! An excellent review and we're feeling like we're almost there in Europe with you and all of the rusties.

Incredible "Love to Burn" @ Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert:, Mönchengladbac... (Thanks Robin!)

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At 7/27/2014 04:43:00 PM, Blogger Ruby Inthedust said...

Thank you Thrasher, thank you so much... ((blushing))

At 7/28/2014 09:38:00 PM, Blogger bill big said...

its no wonder there are so few posts its simply too much of a pain in the ass to do it..its really a shame this site used to be really fun!

At 7/28/2014 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Ruby - you're quite welcome. The privilege is ours. :)

@ bill big - "pain in the ass" ?

We'd attribute low comment volume to the tour in Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey, etc. i.e., more of a language issue.

Afterall, you seemed to have figured out how to comment. It's not hard really, is it?

At 7/29/2014 01:20:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Plenty of folks have been commenting about the current tour on Facebook, in English no less. That's where the real action is these days, for better or worse.

At 7/29/2014 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Babbo B.: For those of us not on Facebook, is it still possible for us to read the posts? Are they all in one place or are they sent privately?



At 7/29/2014 08:43:00 PM, Blogger bill big said...

OK I'll give you that but on other blogs i don't have to "figure out" how to post a comment..that being said i have to admit that Neil is sadly on the decline due only to old age..he will not get better at playing or writing,watching some of the tubes from this tour made me sad but also realize that there is so much awesome stuff to be released for 20 years after his death and that is the genius and greatness of Neil Young

At 7/30/2014 08:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ruby Inthedust,

just look at forum for the show in dresden. The post from locoporweb offers a really great recording of the show from taper Tom Moore.

At 7/31/2014 08:57:00 AM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

All Of The Europe '14 Shows Are Available At. Many Thanks To The Tapers. We Get To Listen Over & Over. By The Sounds Of Each Show They Are Hitting On All Cylinders. Keep On Rockin'

At 7/31/2014 09:02:00 AM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said... Not.Com. NYCH Shows Are The Most Downloaded.

At 7/31/2014 09:06:00 AM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

Wow,Did I Ever Screw This Up. The Address Is Tela.Sugarmegs.Org Great Site With All Kinds Of Good Music.


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