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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert: Stockholm, Sweden - August 3, 2014


Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be performing tonight at 2014-08-03, Stockholm Music & Arts, Stockholm, Sweden.

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At 8/03/2014 06:47:00 PM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

1. Love And Only Love
2. Powderfinger
3. Standing In The Light Of Love
4. Days That Used To Be
5. Living With War
6. Love To Burn
7. Name Of Love
8. Blowin' In The Wind
9. Heart Of Gold
10. Barstool Blues
11. Psychedelic Pill
12. Cortez The Killer
13. Rockin' In The Free World
14. Who's Gonna Stand Up & Save The Earth?

At 8/04/2014 08:00:00 AM, Blogger Danny Chapman said...

Was at the gig in Stockholm last night. Thrilling and bewildering! Read my review here

At 8/04/2014 11:13:00 AM, Blogger The Loner said...

These concerts are about Love and War and Climate. The concert in Stockholm opened with the best Love and Only Love I've heard. Rick Rosas gave depth to the sound. Poncho and Neil worked intensively to tear down hate with their guitars. This was followed by fine versions of Powderfinger, Standin 'In The Light of Love and Days That Used To Be. In Living with War Neil commented that it was a song he hoped would be unnecessary to play, and said they would now play a song about fighting within the home. Love To Burn where amazing –the best of the evening - Neil and Poncho arguing with guitars. Delicious! Then it became somewhat looser. The arrangement of the Name of Love was far from perfect and Blowin' In The Wind and the Heart of Gold did little for me. It took up with Barstool Blues, where Neil and Poncho really were having a good time. Neil dedicated ‘Pill’ to all the beautiful women, and the song has become a small concert favorite with me. Cortez came! Periods gorgeous, but also periods with little progress. Neil had a discussion and voting among the public about Down By River or Rockin' in the Free World. Neil also consulted the wooden indian, Woody, who responded that the songs were the same and that he did not care. Neil had probably decided in advance that they would play Rockin' In The Free World. Long intense but dwindled with the focus on new lines of text, and not entirely successful conclusion. Additional number Who's Gonna Stand up and save the Earth again underlined the evening's main message and the audience sang along. All in all a great concert with NYCH, but not among their absolutely best. Fun with all his talk, but did it harm the intensity?

At 8/06/2014 08:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opinions are personal.

One Swedish journalist described the Stockholm show with words as boring and abominable and compared Neil's voice to a pig screaming in a room full of pillows.

Another journalist stated that he wanted to live inside the sound and feedback from Old Black.

From comments here and in other blogs it is possible to believe that it was an average performance.

I've only been to four Neil Young shows and I have a hard time to classify them as good, bad or average. For me it's more about experiencing the moment and bring memories with me through life. A couple of examples:
Gothenburg 1982 - the rawness of the vocoder when used live.
Copenhagen 2008 - the intro with From Hank To Hendrix and Ambulance Blues, which for me might have been one of the strongest statements about musical identity I've ever heard (and yes, I know it was too far time that elapsed between these two shows, but that is how life take its turns).
Gothenburg 2008 - Sea Change played live for the first, and it really doesn't matter if the song turned out good or bad - it was a good moment in life!
Gothenburg 2013 - this one is a strange one... the emptiness after missing out Ramada Inn and Walk Like A Giant as the show was cancelled with really short notice (but as a Swedish artist once said - a cancelled show is also a show).

So knowing that most things might be rehearsed and that things might have been better at other shows, here are some examples on what I will bring with me into the future from the Stockholm show:
The intensity and energy of Love And Only Love and Love To Burn.
The touch of soul in Standing In The Light Of Love, and the positive response from the audience.
The audience singing in Blowin In The Wind and Heart Of Gold. Not very loud, but in some way powerful and moving.
A wonderful version of Cortez The Killer! I appreciated the parts with no progress. They gave me the opportunity to stay a little longer in the moment and just be immersed in life as it was right then.

As always I feel a little empty inside the first week after a Neil Young show, struggling to find my way back to ordinary life, but there is always a future, and in the future I hope that I will be able to see him solo and to see the more drone-ish version of Crazy Horse!

Thank you Thrasher for everything you do here!

One Of The Lurkers

At 8/07/2014 01:36:00 PM, Blogger powderfinger said...

Trashers Wheat, thanks for a good job running this site!

I´ve seen Neil Young 13 times over the years (seven of them with CH). First one in 1982 (Trans tour).

Last year I bought tickets to see NYCH in four different locations in Scandinavia. Turned out to be only one concert in Oslo, Norway. The rest of the shows were cancelled as you already know. The show in Spectrum, Oslo was fantastic. NYCH were in the "Zone" the last 45-50 minutes. Extended 10 minutes version or Mr Soul with a very heavy groove (sounded like a Black Sabbath-riff, but heavier). I also saw them in the O2 Arena in London same summer. The loudest volyme I ever heard! The whole arena was shaking at the end of the concert (me too!). I really loved both shows, very powerful and hardcore. Ramada Inn and Walk Like A Giant!

Well, this summer I decided to give it another try. To go and see the NYCH in Copenhagen, Bergen and Stockholm (my hometown).

Great shows. They sounded a little bit different with another bassplayer and the two backgroundsingers compared to last year. Also different setlists.

Here´s some of the top highlights from the concerts, from my point of view.

Copenhagen, Danmark:
Cortez! Very sensitive and beautiful version. Pure magic! The acoustic versions of BITW and HOG were also powerful.

Bergen, Norway:
Be The Rain! Very good! It has a theme that fits with Neils message of Love, War and to save Mother Earth. It must have been a last minute decision from Neil to put BTR in the set (brilliant move!). The weather was actually fine but when the opening act (Waterboys!) started to play, suddenly there was a very heavy raining and it continued. I was totally wet in 2-3 minutes.

Stockholm, Sweden:
Love And Only Love in a 17-18 minutes version. Best one I ever heard! They just came up one stage and went into the classic NYCH-formation and started playing and playing....
Lots of talking and joking from Neil in this show. Sorry we didn´t got Down By The River.

Love To Burn has been amazing to hear in 20-minutes versions. Powderfinger as always good. Barstool Blues has also been a personal favorite for me this time.

Yes, opinions are personal. The reviews in Scandinavian newspapers has been good. Mostly ratings; 4 of 5 stars or 4-5 of 6 stars. They are impressed by Neils guitarplaying, energy and that his voice still is so strong. One Swedish newspaper wrote " Nobody plays guitar like NY". Except one Swedish journalist who didn´t like it (as noted by anonymous).

Someone had said something like this. "A NY concert is not like other concerts, there will be no greatest hits. First you have to invest in yourself. If you do so and then go to the concert with an open mind, you might be very well rewarded.

For me it´s just to be in the moment, relax and listen....

PS! By the way. At both flights (from Copenhagen to Bergen and Bergen to Stockholm) Neils staff were on board. Something like 12-15 guys. Recognized the guitar- and soundcheckguys. I arrived early to Bergen Airport for the flight back home to Stockholm. In a empty gate sat Poncho, Ralph, Rick and another guy. They seemed to be in a good mood. Lots of talking and joking. Well, I didn´t want to interrupt or disturb them. So I didn´t.


At 8/08/2014 12:08:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@The Loner - You nailed it with tour being about t Love and War and Climate. Thanks for comment.

@One Of The Lurkers - Looks like you've caught some great shows.

Don't we all want to live inside the sound and feedback from Old Black? :)

ps - Now that you've delurked, come back again sometime. That was great.

@ powderfinger - Also, looks like you've caught a good run. It does seem that Norway show is a good one to listen to if you only get to pick one.


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