The Epicness of Promise of the REAL
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Santa Barbara Bowl" (Oct. 9, 2015).
So do you doubt the epicness of Promise of the REAL?
A note from a long time buddy Mark (Spook The Horse) regarding the recent Neil Young + Promise of the Real Rebel Content Tour:
Hey T,Thanks Mark, Spook The Horse ! Clearly -- sooner or later -- it all gets REAL... and it always has ... and always will...
Oh my word.
I'm still recovering from the finest Neil shows I've ever seen. Truly. Hand on heart, they are astonishing.
I could go on and on about the onstage chemistry, the stunning playing, the songs and setlists. But you've seen it too!
Managed to pack in five shows in all...
Vancouver (nice but at the bottom of the pile)
Eugene (with added Airforce 1 and Obama as I flew south)
So many highlights, those deep cuts (I mean Vampire Blues...and HWAITY...and TFA!!!!) but that incredible F'in Up in SB...lord above. Astounding.
I don't buy the Crazy Horse Jr. This is the Promise of the Real.
No wonder Neil looks so happy. In his fading years he's found a band who can genuinely follow his muse, inspire his muse and take him to places we never ever expected him to go again. He messes up from time to time. They (rarely) do to. No glares and glowers. Smiles and (dare I say it) love pours across the stage. Look at how he keeps a watchful eye on Micah, giving him confidence on stage, giving him occasional lead breaks with Lukas looking on proudly at his younger brother...
...and look at the awe and wonder in Lukas' eyes as Neil shreds Old Black...he keeps up and then gives up as Neil rages on. And smiles a broad Texan smile at the sight that unfolds in front of him two feet away...
...and look at Neil's generosity of spirit in giving Lukas the stage (September Song getting rapturous ovations every single time, rightly so) and also handing lead breaks to him time after time.
It's a wonder of music. And a wonderful moment in Neil's live career.
It's genuinely beautiful and moving and inspiring to see, watch and be part of.
L.A. in L.A. was a nice touch too...and Mansion on the Hill!
Wonder what's left before this section ends? Maybe Like An Inca will trot out?
...save pennies for the southern US leg!!!!
Enjoy Bridge. Skies the limit!
Spook The Horse
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