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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Virtual World" - Stephen Stills and Neil Young - LIVE 2015 Pantages, Hollywood



Here's a new Stephen Stills song "Virtual World" with Neil Young from the Light Up The Blues Benefit at
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California on 2015-04-25.

This is quite awesome as Stephen and Neil jam as brothers in arms.

From Rollingstone.com by Steve Appleford:
After an intermission, Black conducted a frenzied auction for a Fender electric guitar signed by all the performers. One of the first bidders was Brad Pitt, an unannounced guest who immediately got into a bidding war with Black and others before winning at a cost of $23,000.

Soon, Pitt was onstage to introduce headliners Stills and Young. "Without those guys, a lot of us would've had better grades in high school," he said to laughs.

Stills and Young began with "Long May You Run," the title song to their 1976 collaborative album, with Young on searing harmonica. It was a soothing, brotherly beginning, Young moving restlessly around the stage, but always drawn back toward Stills. They followed with the gentle folk rock of "Human Highway," both strumming and plucking acoustic guitars, and harmonizing the words: "How could people get so unkind?"

Stills led on "Virtual World," a dreamy rock ballad with ragged bursts of electric guitar from Young as Stills sang: "Just by looking back, I can tell you life ain't so scary."

Their set also included Stills' "Bluebird," which he described as a song "from a faraway galaxy, long, long ago." The stage shook with psychedelic passages as Stills and Young's guitars weaved in and out. Then came Young's "Mr. Soul," the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song that first fully revealed the snarling, idiosyncratic rock force Young was destined to become.

A telling moment came as Stills introduced "For What It's Worth," the generational anthem of discontent that he wrote as a member of Buffalo Springfield. "Is this song 50 years old?" wondered Stills.

"Maybe," Young replied.

"It doesn't seem to matter, which is kind of sad," Stills said, suggesting ongoing relevance in light of recent conflicts across the U.S.

"Fifty is the new 20," Young joked.

Stills and Young then tore into the song, two electric guitars of fury and finesse. At the end, both had big smiles and excitedly patted each other's shoulders, marking a moment of euphoria and accomplishment. A half-century later, as equal partners on the Pantages stage, their shared mission continued.
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4 Comments:

At 4/28/2015 09:53:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Stills Young Band Again. YES!

 
At 4/29/2015 06:54:00 AM, Blogger Seamus Mc Donnell said...

Nah,probably a song from upcoming The Rides album?

 
At 4/29/2015 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Eric Higgins said...

This is pure greatness! What an amazing song. Stills-Young Band MK II tour please and NO PEACHES SHALL BE EATEN!

 
At 4/29/2015 09:21:00 PM, Blogger setlistthief said...

The FWIW from that concert is the highlight of the show. Two old masters making an old song sound as fresh, vital and relevant as the first time they played it. Simply astounding. The show is up on DIME and TTD and is a great recording. Kudos to the taper!

 

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