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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Marseille, France Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - June 16, 2016

Photo by Roger K.

"La vie en rose" (by Edith Piaf) in French by Lukas! VERY COOL
(Thanks Babbo B.!)

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, June 16 at Le Dome in Marseille, France.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras.

Also, see Neil Young + Promise of the Real 2016 Concert Tour Dates for reviews, photos, videos and more.

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At 6/16/2016 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

From Under the Rusted Moon (most songs since Camden last July):

1. After the Gold Rush
2. Heart Of Gold
3. Comes a Time
4. The Needle and the Damage Done
5. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
6. Out On the Weekend
7. From Hank To Hendrix
8. Someday
9. La Vie En Rose (Lukas vocal)
10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
11. Words
12. Winterlong
13. Walk On
14. Love To Burn
16. Mansion On the Hill
17. Revolution Blues
18. I've Been Waiting For You
19. Country Home
20. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
21. Powderfinger
22. Monsanto Years
23. Seed Justice
24. Wolf Moon
25. Love And Only Love
26. The Loner
27. F****n' Up

At 6/16/2016 06:50:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Oops, "only" 26 songs - numbering error after 14

At 6/16/2016 07:01:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Set-lists continue to amaze, and I won't read too much into "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" unless it appears a few more times.

"Everybody Knows" and "The Loner" fit perfectly with this band--two concise tight tracks. I also like that "Powderfinger" found its way back into the set...

Europe is certainly being treated to some special shows.

I'm not sure I want to ask this question, but I will. How have the attendance figures been at the shows? I sense they've varied somewhat, from so-so to very good.

Take my advice
don't listen to me

At 6/16/2016 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Joel Grant said...

I would love to see a video of 'La Vie en Rose'.

At 6/16/2016 07:23:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

I can't wait until Rome.

These setlists are absolutely absurd and amazing.

We're all living in some lucky times, to be alive when Neil is still doing this with so much energy.

At 6/16/2016 07:43:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Off topic, but here's a fairly positive review of "Earth" by David Fricke in Rolling Stone:
(Scots, the review mentions some echoes of Live Weld material..)

Neil Young big-ups Mother Nature on an urgent, career-spanning live album.

Mother Earth is more than Neil Young's title heroine here; she is an instrument too. Recorded live last year with his current, youngblood combo, the 13 songs – all pulled from the ecology section of Young's library – are overdubbed with choral gleam, extra guitar drama and noisy approval by a peanut gallery of livestock, turkeys, insects and crows. There is also rolling thunder and hard rain, hinting at the payback to come. As Young sings in "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" from 1990's Ragged Glory, "How long can you give and not receive?"

Earth stops at songs as far back as 1970's "After the Gold Rush" and "Vampire Blues" from 1974's On the Beach. But these performances are more urgent, in point and force, than Young's 2015 studio manifesto, The Monsanto Years. In the jubilantly rough, electric stretches of "Hippie Dream" and "Big Box," it's like you're getting 1991's live Weld cut at Farm Aid with the last-stand fervor of Freedom. The applauding ducks and geese after the half-hour freakout "Love and Only Love" are Young's reminder that nature itself is music – and silence is not an option.

At 6/16/2016 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

From email by Roger K (along w/ photo posted above):

Just back Thrasher, awesome show. These guys just get better every time I see them. Loner was a nice treat as the first of a two song encore with F'n Up. I got as close as maybe 5 heads back, but saw some folks on the rail that were obviously more like me than the tame, albeit enthusiastic French crowd. Indeed they were enthusiasts, Thrashers Wheat t-shirt and all.
Thanks Roger for photo & report. Another amazing show it sounds like. Always glad to hear those TW flags are flyin across Euro. :)

At 6/16/2016 09:09:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Joel Grant - here you go:

At 6/16/2016 09:30:00 PM, Blogger John EH Connelly said...

No GMO's eh !
Hey Neil , how bout getting relevant to the times of your beloved Americana , how bout no more guns MR Earth !
Peace and Love Eh ! ...... Ha !
You sing songs of the past , which are great relics to their time .
What is happening to Americana ? ....... the land of guns and the free ...... No GMO's eh ... how relevant to the times ?

At 6/16/2016 09:57:00 PM, Blogger Joel Grant said...

re: Babbo B: Voila - thanks!

At 6/17/2016 03:07:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Re: Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Neil told an interviewer during the 2007 tour rehearsals that the song "had no life left"...."When I listen to myself, I go, ’O.K., but I can’t do that now.’“

“I want every song to be coming from me, not coming from who I was or who I’m trying to be or who people think I am or who they want me to be,” he said. “All those things are out. It’s just got to be: ‘Is this going to flow like water through me?".

The song finally re-emerged during 2014 ("Year Of The Divorce"), along with From Hank To Hendrix. The last time "Only Love" had been played was nearly eight years previous...


At 6/17/2016 10:55:00 AM, Blogger joseph werfelman said...

These set lists are something I'd thought
We'd never see. If I could have her tonite,
Here we are in the years,revolution blues
Like an Inca wow
Neil recently said POTR know over 100
songs. What's next! how about Misfits,War
of Man,Broken Arrow,The Losing End,Homegrown

At 6/17/2016 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Scotz, thanks thats a great quote and have never seen it before.

At 6/17/2016 12:51:00 PM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Misfits - that is a great call.

At 6/17/2016 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

John EH Connelly, I doubt if Neil sees any of the comments posted here but he almost surely has someone taking care of his social media so maybe you should post on his facebook page & leave us to our arguments about Jesus being God's second favorite kid. Bet you can't guess who's first?

At 6/17/2016 03:26:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

And still off topic, but here's another positive review of "Earth" from Elmore Magazine:

Neil Young has done his share of proselytizing over the course of his career, but never more so then he has recently. Last year’s Monsanto Years found him railing against corporate concerns and their poisoning of the year’s natural resources. Prior to that, his major concerns were focused on the nation’s political quagmire, a topic brought front and center on Living With War and, earlier, his signature song “Ohio” recorded with CSNY. The ravages of drug abuse became the subject of “The Needle and the Damage Done” and other tracks from that darker period in Young’s musical trajectory. Once both a wistful folkie and committed rocker, he’s now a prime example of an artist turned musical chameleon, one who inspires baited anticipation from fans with each new release.

In the case of Earth, Young’s actually on a rare continuum, taking the ecological strains of The Monsanto Years and expanding the theme through live performances of older songs that fit that topic well. Consequently, several signature classic reappear here — a lovely “After the Goldrush” with added ethereal harmonies from Lukas and Micha Nelson, the CSNY outtake “Human Highway,” and “Vampire Blues,” given a particularly scalding treatment that adds context as well as content. Recorded live with his latest backing band of choice, Promise of the Real (who must make Crazy Horse feel as if they’ve been forcibly retired from their former day job), Earth has that ragged, raging feel that marked Time Fades Away, easily the bleakest entry in Young’s extended solo canon.

There is a difference here, however. Despite the live settings, nature sounds — the sound of rain, cows, wind, insects, squawking birds — have been inserted between songs as if to emphasize that need to protect and respect our planet. Yet, even while Young’s rants against the unfair advantages of big business on songs such as “Big Box,” or laments public indifference for these concerns via “People Want to Hear About Love,” the songs are so compelling they actually work as entertainment as well. Indeed, both “Wolf Moon” and “Love and Only Love” are classic examples of essential Young, the former a typically melancholy ballad, the latter, an extended guitar drenched workout similar in scope to “Cowgirl in the Sand” or “Down by the River.”

Young might not appreciate the irony in that last comment. Clearly, he’s at least as concerned with message as much or more so than mere melody. Yet, these songs are striking in a musical sense. Young, never the most dynamic vocalist, is remarkably expressive here, particularly on the latter song which finds him wailing with a harsh intensity he’s rarely exhibited before. Earth may be grounded in anguish, but it’s still an expressive effort indeed

At 6/18/2016 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Pocahontas said...

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At 6/18/2016 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Pocahontas said...

Love that he is playing so many songs from his first and vastly underrated solo album on this tour. Old Laughing Lady is a masterpiece. Many of the major themes start here and continue to this day: dreams and love, loneliness and addiction, the city and the country, the moon and the stars. "It's all one song."


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