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Sunday, June 05, 2016

TOUR OPENS TONIGHT: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Glasgow, Scotland, June 5, 2016

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Photo via Rusted Moon

SETLIST: 05.06.2016, Glasgow

1. After The Gold Rush 2. Heart Of Gold 3. The Needle And The Damage Done 4. Comes A Time 5. Mother Earth 6. Out On The Weekend 7. Unknown Legend 8. Someday 9. Peace Of Mind 10. Words 11. Winterlong 12. Alabama 13. Down By The River 14. I've Been Witing For You 15. Mansion On The Hill 16. Western Hero 17. After The Garden 18. Monsanto Years 19. Wolf Moon 20. Love And Only Love --- 21. Fuckin' Up

More on: Sugarmtn.org

Via Rusted Moon:
Neil Young + Promise of the Real have completed the first concert of the European branch of the Rebel Content tour in Glasgow on Sunday evening.Venue of the tour starts was the futuristic 13,000-seat SSE Hydro arena down by the River Clyde.



As with the previous Rebel content shows in North America, there was again the familiar mix of acoustic songs, folk rock and electric classics from Neil Young enormous repertoire.
The setlist was only varied slightly for the European tour. New in the program was merely 
"After The Garden"  from the album "Living With War". The anti-government antiwar song was played 10 years ago in the "Freedom Of Speech" tour with CSN & Y in the setlist. The in Glasgow with "Promise of the Real" first played rarities counted in Glasgow also  "I've Been Waiting For You"  by Neil Young's debut album, which was last played live in 2009 (full setlist right on the radar). A rarity gave it also fashionable: While Neil Young again all in black with hat and presented with EARTH-shirt, Lukas Nelson wore matching the venue a plaid kilt. In pre-program the British folk singer Laura Marling occurred, which will open the remaining shows on the britschen island and in Ireland.



Neil Young in The SSE Hydro in Glasgow


The next stop of the tour is on Tuesday Belfast.
There Neil Young enters for the first time ever in Northern Ireland. All tour dates in the overview
here in Rusted Moon Tour calendar . All venues of the tour, arrival instructions, Rust-resistant and tips for sightseeing here on the big tour Map .


Lukas in a kilt?!

Also, 1st performance of "Alabama' outside of N. America!








Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, June 5 at SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.

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 6/05/2016 07:58:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

May 1. ? Have a great evening in Glasgow, you scots. Welcome to Europe, Neil.

 
At 6/05/2016 08:07:00 AM, Blogger stresswitch said...

Excited (and more than a little envious!) for those attending any of the UK gigs (I'm unemployed, living in London and the O2 Enormo-Dome prices were waaaay out of reach!)

Have a great time, you lucky people - and seconding Thrasher's request to report back!

Helen

 
At 6/05/2016 08:29:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

02 half sold I hear they'll be selling reduced seats on the night

 
At 6/05/2016 08:53:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Be interested to see what the set list is like on this leg. The US legs of the tour have looked great, hope we're treated to some choice cuts now.

 
At 6/05/2016 10:22:00 AM, Blogger David Lowe said...

On my way to Glasgow to catch the show; let's hope for another good one!��

 
At 6/05/2016 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Unknown - Thanks. Corrected. why do i .... ?

@ stresswitch & @ David L. - yes, report back, please. enjoy!

@ Andy - thanks, let's see. sounds like a REAL deal.

@John - yeah, here's to hoping for some of the deep, choice cuts.


 
At 6/05/2016 11:07:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Where did you hear that, Andy?

 
At 6/05/2016 11:07:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Where did you hear that, Andy?

 
At 6/05/2016 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

I know someone who works there not sure which seats or availability

 
At 6/05/2016 01:18:00 PM, Blogger growl said...

That's not reflected by the ticket website which shows every half decent seat sold. And virtually every bad seat! You sure your guy knows what he's talking about?

 
At 6/05/2016 02:02:00 PM, Blogger stresswitch said...

Interesting to see the talk about tickets - I seem to remember someone else here (sorry, can't remember which comment thread) saying that Neil (like, I guess many bands/artists in these difficult economic times) was suffering from less-than-sellout shows ... Then I just came across this article in The Guardian online newspaper from a couple of weeks ago, talking about how ticket touts have some really powerful software, which enables them to "scoop up tickets at the expense of fans"

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/may/21/ticket-touts-powerful-software-assist-widely-available

Maybe the touts were too keen and are now stuck with tickets they haven't sold?

I dunno, it's such a complex subject, it's hard to know what to believe. All I know is, £67 incl. booking fees etc ($97 U.S.) is a *lot* of money, even from the legit ticket reseller...

Anyway - as before, hope everyone who does get to see Neil on this leg of the tour, has a really great time!

Helen

 
At 6/05/2016 02:16:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

excited for you EU. have a great time. also looking forward to any setlist surprises. wrong thread I know, pls forgive me. but Dom Holden. you sparked my interest suggesting it wasnt really a cut finger. must be my naivete ? it never occurred to me that it could be a lie. pls expand if you can and pls cite any credible rumors. thanks. Tim

 
At 6/05/2016 06:43:00 PM, Blogger growl said...

Alabama? What other surprises are in store for us, I wonder?

 
At 6/05/2016 07:01:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

From sugarmtn.org:

Latest show

2016-06-05, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
w/ Promise Of The Real

1. After The Gold Rush
2. Heart Of Gold
3. The Needle And The Damage Done
4. Comes A Time
5. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
6. Out On The Weekend
7. Unknown Legend
8. Someday
9. Peace Of Mind
10. Words
11. Winterlong
12. Alabama
13. Down By The River
14. I've Been Waiting For You
15. Mansion On The Hill
16. Western Hero
17. After The Garden
18. Monsanto Years
19. Wolf Moon
20. Love And Only Love
---
21. F*!#in' Up

 
At 6/05/2016 07:17:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Early twitter feedback seems to be very positive:

70-year olds are different in the 21st century. Neil Young was terrific tonight. He's in great voice and he gave us 2 hours 40 minutes.

Sheena Macdonald ‏@macsheena · 57s57 seconds ago

@rabnoakes wasn't it brilliant, what an opening.

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To me, it looks like a very intriguing set-list. I love that he pulled out "After the Garden" from LWW, and like that "Peace of Mind" "Mansion On the Hill" "I've Been Waiting For You" "Winterlong" and "Western Hero" were included. Great stuff...

Personally I've never loved "Words" or "Alabama" but they are from his most popular album and I prefer the concert versions to the fairly flat recorded versions.

Also, I hope he keeps the Monsanto stuff to a minimum like he did tonight. Two songs are enough to convey his message without going too overboard!

Well, overall it seems like Neil gave the fans their money's worth and then some.

Take my advice
don't listen to me

 
At 6/05/2016 07:36:00 PM, Blogger Majestichart said...

Hi,

Just back from the gig. It was only my second time seeing him but again he was amazing.

The set list was great - a good mix of classics and new/not so well known. Of course I'd prefer to have all my favourites played but was delighted with what wad given.

Agree with with Topanga that Words and Alabama are bot big favourites of mine but to hear them live was very, very special.

Hopefully I get to see him at least 3 times.

 
At 6/05/2016 07:36:00 PM, Blogger The Loner said...

After the garden an excellent surprise. Neil in fine voice. All on good form and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Excellent show all round.

 
At 6/05/2016 07:40:00 PM, Blogger Majestichart said...

Helen,

I was surprised how many fans were selling tickets online for a discounted rate. However from my view (and I moved around), it may not have been sold out but it was very busy, certainly not half sold out - in my opinion.

 
At 6/06/2016 03:26:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Superb gig, Down By The River was epic and loved Mansion On The Hill. Very impressed with POTR cracking band. After The Garden was a nice surprise. Well worth the trip up for the gig.

Looked to me that the venue was approx 70% full.

 
At 6/06/2016 03:29:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Some videos now on youtube - sounds very good. I've said for a long time that 2015-era POTR sounded better on the acoustic songs and laid back folk-rock type songs, so this setlist really plays to their strengths.

Having said that, the April 2016 shows demonstrated that the heavier Old Black songs could sound just as good when Lukas left lead guitar duties to Neil, giving him enough space to solo. There were some fantastic performances in April. So the electric songs are a much more exciting prospect this year, assuming Lukas continues not to over-play.

It will be interesting to see how much the setlist varies over the coming shows, whether they lock into one format or shake it up a bit. Both methods have their merits.

...Here's to a great tour. Have a good time everyone.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 03:29:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Love & Only Love was 28 mins long and though I enjoyed it I would have preferred a reduced length and a couple of extra tracks. A very minor gripe.

 
At 6/06/2016 03:43:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Re: Love And Only Love. It's one of Neil's very best epic electric songs, but there would be no harm in giving it a rest for a while.

It's been a setlist staple since 2008. Most recent versions haven't been particularly exciting, and the three-guitar arrangement tends to really bog it down.

It's one of those songs that only really works with Poncho Sampedro and Billy Talbot, to tell the truth. Also the very best versions rarely tend to exceed 8-10 minutes. Sometimes shorter is more powerful.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 03:55:00 AM, Blogger Davie said...

NY was amazing last night, so were POTR.

Venue was fairly full (I'd say about 90%).

Sound was excellent. Opening with After the Goldrush was a real buzz. A great selection of tracks and Neil just doesn't age (or at least over the last 8 years I feel he hasn't changed much).

Jealous of those who still have shows to come & depressed my show is over. Everyone who is going is in for a real treat.

(1 query though - the setlist posted here says that Needle was played before Comes a Time... I was sure it was the other way around?)

:-)

Davie from Scotland

 
At 6/06/2016 04:23:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Wish he would give Love To Burn or Over & Over a spin. Have a feeling that Campaigner will pop up on the tour.

One thing I forgot to mention, NY kept picking up a huge A0 setlist with at least 100 songs on it. A prop for sure but hints at the rare cuts that might get a play.

 
At 6/06/2016 04:25:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Needle was after Comes A Time.

 
At 6/06/2016 04:26:00 AM, Blogger stresswitch said...

Wow, that's quite a setlist! And, I know I'm in a minority here, but I really like the Monsanto Years material (and am very much looking forward to EARTH) so would have liked to see a few more of the tunes from it included. But it's still a strong setlist and from the YouTube snippets I've seen, looks like it was a really good gig!

@Majestichart - Thanks for the heads-up about tickets, btw, much appreciated!
*scurries off to check out how strong her google-fu skills are* :)

Helen

 
At 6/06/2016 04:26:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

f............p always useful if you want to leave early

 
At 6/06/2016 05:59:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Be my guest!

 
At 6/06/2016 06:06:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Extraordinary video of Down By The River from last night:

http://youtu.be/7nRFrVcvorg

I almost cried with joy watching this video. Everything that was 'wrong' with the electric songs last year has finally been put right. POTR, who (electrically) sounded like a mediocre pub band doing Neil Young covers for much of last year, has matured into a backing band worthy of a musical king.

Neil is back fully in control, completely confident, alone in the spotlight, dashing off eloquent guitar solos and singing like a man decades younger. He's awake, he's alive, he means business. He dominates. It's like a different person to the old guy we saw on Colbert the other evening.

And he's playing lead guitar again! PROPERLY playing lead guitar, I mean, not just noodling around in the background whilst Lukas plays guitar hero. Neil's guitar instrumentals are given the space and time to develop, and the results speak for themselves.

Lukas, by the way, sounds great on this performance. He does one concise but powerful guitar solo, and then provides a sparse, tasteful rhythm part that allows Neil to really solo, unobstructed. The rest of the band sound great too. If anything, Micah could vary his rhythm just a little more, play a bit more sparsely, to give the song some more 'air'. Electric Neil Young needs plenty of air, the more the better.

The arena sound helps out, with a lovely echo spacing out the sound. Like Bob Dylan, Neil Young really does sound much better indoors. He's better in arenas and halls than at festivals.

Those of you in the audience last night were treated to a astonishing performance by a 70-year-old man, if this video is anything to go by. Neil Young could have died years ago, like Danny Whitten or David Briggs. And yet he's still here, playing at a standard comparable to his best. I hope more of us get to witness similar magic in the coming weeks.

I am offically excited about LIVE Neil Young again. Thank you Neil. And, finally, well done to POTR.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 07:18:00 AM, Blogger John Nadin said...

thought it was a wonderful show with very good sound & i was up in the gods. Laura Marling played a great opening set. NY on great form and POTR a really great band getting the best out of the songs.

 
At 6/06/2016 07:26:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Can anyone confirm what time Neil came on stage, please? Looking forward to Leeds and London.

 
At 6/06/2016 08:10:00 AM, Blogger Davie said...

Laura Marling was on stage from 19:30 to about 20:10. Went by quickly.

Neil was advertised on stage 20:30, but was about 20:35 when he came on.

He finished the main set at 22:56, and then played until about 23:10 (after 23:00 curfew!) I think he would have played longer had there not been as strict a curfew, so bear that in mind for trains etc...

:-)

Davie

 
At 6/06/2016 08:33:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Thanks, Davie!

 
At 6/06/2016 08:37:00 AM, Blogger adrianfish said...

a few left field observations from last night

they were all really into it...after the end of main set Bow came a big group hug followed by all combinations of them as pairs having big man hugs.....this bon homie surely bodes well for them all and thus for us

and the confidence was more so in the amount and strength of backing vocals by POTR....well balanced

exemplary sound save a small buzz on Someday...which was delight to hear with the band accompanying with great OOHHH / AAHHHS on backing vocals...not the buzz...the song im mean

the look on Micahs face when post DBTR Neil mentioned to him what was next, whereby Micah flicked his head and hair back and you could see the eyes roll with excitement before Neil called it to the rest of the band, not that we could hear, and they launched into a fabulous Ive been waiting
....hard not to see it as it being "one of the many songs we have rehearsed but sadly probably wont play "

Mid DBTR Neil took turns in looking at each of POTR with a fatherly surveying the scenery "so how are you doing" few seconds glance, one by one

one intriguing highlight was a 3 -4 minute moment mid LAOL when Lukas had lead and on his Fender Strat moved wonderfully into a Nile Rogers Chic choppy choppy funky guitar riffing that worked so well and he was so fast that Neil was left a little wondering what to do in response...it was funky fun and good....my description might send a few folks running to the hills.....dont....maybe ignore my description and find a vid clip to see it...it was good fun

a solid 2.30 hours, good audience, Neil asked later on "Not much audience Patter tonight?"
He was right. Good crowd. No talkers ..no shouters......but a wise yell back at Neil.... "We're Mesmerised"

many highlights....mine was Western Hero ......despite Neils new guitar tech trying to put the acoustic on Neil upside down that Neil amusing corrected...
really lovely with band supporting Neil on acoustic, possibly with some different words that sounded more 2016

even taking out some first show euphoria, this is a great band, fired up and really really worth seeing , offering Neil as much variety as 2008 Summer tour did

 
At 6/06/2016 08:51:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Good spot on the choppy guitar from Lucas on LAOL I loved that section.

Agree with Scotsman on DBTR it was a superb version.

 
At 6/06/2016 08:51:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

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At 6/06/2016 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Al said...

As scotzman pointed out earlier, Lukas' guitar playing meshed perfectly with Neil's.

I went with friend who is a very talented guitarist. He is only really a casual Neil fan and wasn't familiar with POTR at all. He commented on the way out that 'the guitarist in the kilt' was clearly talented and could have played much more technical solos than he did but he was very obviously fitting in with Neil's style and the vibe of the songs.

Definitely a strong opening show which bodes well for the rest of the tour. Hopefully I'll be lucky with equally good shows in Ireland & England later in the week.

 
At 6/06/2016 09:26:00 AM, Blogger stresswitch said...

Review of the gig in The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/06/neil-young-and-promise-of-the-real-sse-hydro-glasgow-review-

Seems generally approving, if a bit begrudging (but what else do you expect from journos on a national newspaper?!) - although this line made me smile:

"whether you’re a fan of long-form cosmic gnarl or not, you’ve got to agree that nobody does it quite like Young"

'Cosmic gnarl' - I've heard Neil's music called some things over the years, but that's a new one even to me :)

Helen

 
At 6/06/2016 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Old Neg said...

Thanks to everyone for posting on YouTube! Gotta love it. I know I'll be watching all summer even though I can't be there. Bring Willie's boys BACK to Texas Neil!

As far as Earth goes, I was listening to Courtney Barnett in my backyard yesterday and birds were chirping and cooing and it fit the music perfectly. The key, pitch, tone, all of it just fit right in. Neil may be on to something here. Looking forward to hearing Earth. Have fun Europe and keep posting those videos!

 
At 6/06/2016 10:40:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

I've Been Waiting For You here on youtube:

http://youtu.be/MHYI4_1v498

Just listen to Neil's lead guitar tone on this! 100% Neil Young. Beautiful.

Thanks to the taper as always.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 10:54:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Watching these fantastic clips raises the question as to why they ever thought it was a good idea to add a second lead guitar to the mix.

Save all that stuff for when Neil is 82 and too old to play lead guitar himself! My point of view for the last year has been: right now he still can play great, so crank him up and let us hear him, unadorned with superfluous extra parts muddying the sound. That's what we are there to hear.

And that's exactly what happened for the majority of last night's concert, according to these youtube videos. They sound glorious.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 11:15:00 AM, Blogger Davie said...

The "choppy" Chic-style guitar in LAOL was funny... Neil definitely tried to emulate that soon after hearing it.

I hadn't been looking at setlists/reviews of POTR shows until now, in case of "spoilers", so I didn't know of the concerns regarding multiple lead guitarists.

However, anyone concerned can definitely be at ease - Neil was in the driver's seat last night. I think this may be the most energetic/crazy/LOUD I've seen Neil & Old Black since the days of No Hidden Path (or maybe I need to revisit the '13/'14 CH shows...)

The buzz at the start of Someday was indeed noticeable but soon passed, thankfully. Other than that, the sound was spot on.

Alabama was a real highlight for me.

One thing that sticks out... Sometimes the "early" shows of NY's EU tours have been a bit "tame"... specifically setlist-wise... however, last night was epic in every sense, and although I'll be following the setlists online from here on, I won't be feeling too jealous. Last night was a real privilege to witness.

:-)

Davie

 
At 6/06/2016 11:21:00 AM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

PS

On the downside, F*!#in' Up sounds awful. A sluggish, mediocre imitation of the Crazy Horse versions. It just doesn't work without Poncho. Too slick and jazzed up, not nearly enough punchiness and aggression and bite and intensity. They are all trying too hard to make it work, but the foundations simply aren't there. Look closely and you can see the ghost of David Briggs yawning at the side of the stage.

But of course, it was the last song of the night (of an apparently otherwise-excellent show) and Neil was no doubt getting tired, so I will let them off this once. But choose a better song to finish with next time. The final song is the most important song of night, so make it a good one.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Paul Stewart said...

Evening all!

5th time seeing God,Sound,energy and setlist as already stated excellent. Loved the potr s faces looking at Neil with almost reverence midsong. Very impressed with them. Best dbtr I've seen live also ,the pin drop goldrush opening was phenomenonal. I wonder the last time he played 6 out of 10 harvest songs in the same set???? Anyway really really looking forward to Berlin now��

Everyone enjoy their next shows as well!

 
At 6/06/2016 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

It was obvious from the start that POTR was going to be a game changer for Neil going forward … the give away was the 3 hour shows and the 20-30 something song set lists … the joy, mutual respect, and chemistry was palpable … Its not an accident that Neil's around, vibrant, and relevant 50 years later … there is a method to his madness … some of his recent comments about playing with these guys was "effortless" and "they have no fear" and 'they have a wider repertoire of Neil's songs than any band he's ever played with' … this chapter w POTR has been a totally unexpected gift and it has revitalized Neil at a critical time in his life … who knows what would have been w the demise of many of his former bandmates and the demise of his marriage to Pegi. Instead he's blazing full steam ahead … to think the guys in this band are in their mid 20s!?! and they've been playing with Neil for just a year … not so surprising to see them fine tuning their act and seeing the doubters and naysayers starting to jump on the bandwagon and maybe leading the procession … the mutual affection of the band members is really moving, happy for you folks in Europe and more than a little jealous!!

 
At 6/06/2016 12:11:00 PM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Ah, Dan1, I was hoping you were still around. Thought I might have had an apology by now. "Let's let the board decide" and all of that.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 12:31:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

By most direct and indirect accounts, Neil & POTR were in fine form and delivered something for everyone (acoustic/electric/classics/deep cuts/current Monsanto) and was strong throughout vocally and musically.

Sure, there's always something we can nitpick, but as I've tried to convey in some recent posts, we are truly fortunate that Neil is still searching and defying expectations, both good and bad.

His voice and guitar continue to speak to us in obvious and subtle ways. We all have our ideal set-lists, formations and playing styles we prefer, but I think I'm finally coming around to this simple conclusion:

Every day and new performance is special. Thankfully, Neil is still healthy and vibrant and is sharing his passion with us.
_____________________________________________________________
There's an old prayer that loosely translated says:

Thank you for giving us life, sustaining us, and allowing us to reach this day...
_____________________________________________________________

And let us say, Amen!

 
At 6/06/2016 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Scots, hey there. I posted a friendly response way back there and I think put out an olive branch … it might have been a few days after the height of the commotion as sometimes I'm away from the board for a few days, but its there, perhaps you didn't see it, not sure how to find it now, its in the TW 'archives … I accepted the responses of the members of the board which were thoughtful and appreciated a comment you had made which was pretty conciliatory especially in light of the heated debates … I'll be the first to admit, much of your commentary is insightful and thought provoking in a good way (like highlighting Neil's vulnerability, ext…) on things like PONO happy to agree to disagree … mainly glad to see you excited about the current sound, after all thats what its really all about. Peace, Dan

 
At 6/06/2016 03:45:00 PM, Blogger William McNicol said...

When I first heard that Neil had hooked up with Willie Nelson's boys, I was a bit sceptical about what we'd get on tour. Totally blown away last night. If I had to choose right now between the current Neil and POTR or Neil and CH, I'd be going for Neil + POTR which is good because I've got tickets for London on Saturday.

The Telegraph reviewer wasn't impressed: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/neil-young-sse-hydro-glasgow-review-noisy-self-indulgence/ but it was a great setlist and everybody was on sparkling form.


 
At 6/06/2016 04:11:00 PM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Okay Dan1, that's fine. Thank you. Obviously neither of us know each other away from here, so I do realise it's very easy to misjudge someone's tone or whatever, based on the written word. I promise I'm a nice guy in "real life", despite my outspoken opinions here. All the best to you.

Topanga, attendees of yesterday's gig: Just been listening to some more of last night's show. To be honest even F*!#in' Up sounds okay, a little bit laboured and underwhelming (in my opinion) compared to the other songs I've heard, but then again, I have to keep reminding myself these performances are being done by a 70-year-old.

Overall Neil's best electric concerts tend to end with an epic: stick Cortez or Hurricane in at the very end and send everyone home on a real high! F*!#in' Up is good, but a more dramatic closer would be most welcome, I feel.

Overall, great to hear Neil in good voice and playing some great lead guitar. The band are playing enthusiastically and sympathetically. The setlist is powerful overall. I think it's very fair to say that the people in the audience yesterday got their money's worth!

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 04:56:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

I think I've said it before, but one of the few songs I really don't like is F**g Up. Maybe I'm a bit prudish, but really, couldn't it just be called Screwing Up or something like that? An occasional expletive is ok, but when it's the title and recurring theme of a song, it's a bit much and a little below the "stature" of Neil Young.

To me, the perfect encore/show closer is "Like a Hurricane" but I don't think he's played it yet with POTR. Do you think Neil considers it as "THE" Crazy Horse song so he won't play it with the POTR?

Take my advice
don't listen to me

 
At 6/06/2016 05:15:00 PM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

Topanga: Hurricane is one of those songs that really only needs the one guitar. We've read how when they recorded it in 1975, they started out early takes with two guitars, but there wasn't enough room in the mix for Neil to solo. So they swapped one of the guitars for a spacey-sounding synthesiser, and BINGO!

It's one of my absolute favourite songs, and definitely a great final encore. but in reality I don't think it would suit this band, unless one of the guitarists sat the song out. That's what I would prefer. Alternatively, I suppose they could do a radically rearranged version of it with 2 guitars and keyboards, but that would sort of defeat the point.

Incidentally, the Like A Hurricane from that Bronco Bowl 1989 show is a great version. That song really suited the Lost Dogs, as well as Crazy Horse. Today the song often tends to get engulfed in overly-extended noise endings, at the expense of the guitar solos. Neil has really struggled to perform it well in recent years.

Speaking for myself, I don't really mind the swearing in F'in Up, but recent versions have been a bit tedious. The versions in 1991 were great, Neil going berserk, but again they were quite concise. It tends to fall a bit flat nowadays and often outstays it's welcome. At heart it's a Crazy Horse song; it just sounds 'wrong' with other bands.

Scotsman.

 
At 6/06/2016 05:36:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Good points about "Hurricane" Scots.

Personally, I feel Neil and the POTR could faithfully nail it or expand on it, but as you said, it may start to defeat the point. I just always think of Neil's songs as being incredibly flexible, so in my mind they can work with any band combination, and/or as solo send-offs.

Looking forward to hearing about and seeing highlights from tomorrow's show. What are the odds Neil drops "After the Garden" and replaces it with another song from Living With War? I'd love to hear "Families" as a slightly extended live version with the POTR..

Take my advice
don't listen to me

 
At 6/06/2016 05:40:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

F...........up is no show closer or stopper..all the great songs he's given us and finishes with that stinker..

 
At 6/06/2016 06:21:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Andy, on that I can confidently say I agree 100% with you, but still sounds like a great show overall..

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At 6/06/2016 10:53:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

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At 6/06/2016 11:28:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Re: F*!#in' Up -- my sense is for some reason that how he's feeling, and thus thats the feeling he wants the audience to go home with ... yea its not 'A day in the Life' or whatever but he's expressing something deep ... total speculation but I see the set list and wonder if he's still ambivalent about the demise of his marriage to Pegi ... maybe he's moved on a long time ago but especially when he sings 'Unknown Legend' and some of the songs from Comes a Time there's like a wisper or shadow of doubt and regret ...

My guess is he will vary the closing number during this tour

 
At 6/07/2016 01:17:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Just FWIW, F'n Up has been the most common closing number for the 31 full-length POTR shows starting last year, being played six times, followed by Love and Only Love (5), Roll Another Number (4) and Cinnamon Girl (4).

 
At 6/07/2016 02:36:00 AM, Blogger Davie said...

I'm fine with "F____n' Up" closing the set. I think on Sunday night there wasn't really time (curfew) for anything else. It was loud & can be kept reasonably short.

I think he has played it almost every time I have seen him...

:-)

Davie

 
At 6/07/2016 05:05:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Neil in fine voice and excellent form. POTR give a new edge to the old concert staples. The rhythm section is very good. I love the new versions of DBTR and LAOL. The only dull moment was The Monsanto Years. Very boring.
Personally I have very enjoyed the show. The Gretsch part was particularly fantastic.
So Tired

 
At 6/07/2016 06:06:00 AM, Blogger John said...

I thought the version of "Fuckin'* Up" that he did with CH on the Psychedelic Pill tour was great. It's a song I like a lot to begin with but the way it was delivered (at least on the Dublin date that year) with Poncho doing this laid back vocal thing that I hadn't heard before was great. Especially given that the show I saw was beset by technical problems, everything seemed to be fucking up.

*People are offended by this word in 2016?

 
At 6/07/2016 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Not offended just not a great song - how about 'Tonights The Night'?

 
At 6/07/2016 10:58:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

John, it's all just opinion.

For me, the PP tour was a complete and total fiasco. Terribly predictable set-lists with brutally tedious, boring, bloated and self indulgent noise. I love(d) Crazy Horse, but Neil took them down the wrong path throughout that tour. His extended false song endings of "sonic noise soundscapes" could be played by virtually anyone whether they ever picked up a guitar or not. Turning an 8 minute song into an 18 or 28 minute song of sonic distortion doesn't make it better. Each additional minute detracts from rather than enhancing the magic. Some will argue it's like an expressionist painting, and to that I'll just say we all like different things...

Regarding the "F" word, I'm not offended by it, but I feel it's only "powerful" when used quite sparingly. I just think the song goes overboard with its use.

Neil has so many great songs to choose from, and F**# Up just doesn't compare favorably to his best work. That being said, it clearly has some special meaning to him and if that's what he wants to play and wants us to hear, more power to him.

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At 6/07/2016 04:52:00 PM, Blogger Golly said...

I loved the Glasgow show - Neil seems to have found a new lease of life with these guys. The giant set list they kept looking at is interesting - obviously a bit of a prop, but you can read some of it from some of the closer You Tube videos. This is what I could read off it:

Left Hand Side:
Don't Be Denied
Hippie Dream
Fuckin' Up
Rockin' in the Free World
Mr Soul
Revolution Blues
Vampire Blues
I Won't Quit
Time Fades Away
Don't Cry
Don't Cry No Tears
The Loner
Love and Only Love
Country Home
Mansion on the Hill
Tonight's the Night
Cortez the Killer
Cowgirl in the Sand
Down By the River
Like a Hurricane
Let it Shine
Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
Southern Man
Going Back
Ride My Llama
When You Dance
LA
White Line
Homegrown
If I Don't Know
A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop
Rules of Change
Monsanto Years

Right Hand Side (can't see as much):
Long May You Run
Out on the Weekend
Hold Back the Tears
From Hank to Hendrix
Peace of Mind
Wolf Moon
Harvest Moon
Field of Opportunity
The Way
Unknown Legend
Western Hero
Human Highway
Comes a Time
One of These Days
Old Country Waltz
Days That Used to Be
Bad Fog of Loneliness

Could be some nice variety if they try to go through the full 100 songs over the tour.

 
At 6/07/2016 06:21:00 PM, Blogger Marshall said...

Any scoop on posters? Wondering if I want to pack my poster tube for Europe.

 
At 6/07/2016 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Alan Smith said...

Neil was simply fantastic in Glasgow. Great support and great set list. I hope nobody has me sobbing my eyes out on After the Goldrush:)

ps Neil busking the Old Laughing Lady
in Glasgow circa 1976 is back up on You Tube...enjoy..

 
At 6/07/2016 09:51:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

From

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From HumanHighway@yahoogroups.com

Neil & POTR at SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Mon Jun 6, 2016 2:29 am (PDT) . Posted by: Peter H.

Oh boy, what a night. :)

Hadn't looked at previous set lists with POTR so lots of surprises there
(http://www.sugarmtn.org/show.php?show=201606050). In fact, based on what I
had seen of POTR footage I didn't really get the point of touring with them.
Now I do. I don't think Neil has done a tour with any band that allowed him
to do tracks from Harvest, Harvest Moon, Freedom, Comes a Time, Everybody
Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young, Ragged Glory, Sleeps With Angels, Living
With War and Monsanto Years in one show. And it works, man, does it work.
Highlights for me. After The Gold Rush (on piano), Someday, Words
(definitively), Winterlong, Alabama, Mansion on the Hill, I've Been Waiting
For You. Low point for me, The Monsanto Years (I just can't stand that song,
by all means, feel free to rant against Monsanto and other multinationals, I
can think of many reasons, BUT DON'T USE CRAP SCIENCE TO DO IT. Also I think
it's simply a boring song musically, on par with Let's Roll.). Neil's voice
was very good for the biggest part, bit Shakey (pun intended) on Western
Hero. Guitar playing might have been the best I've seen live myself. Always
thought that he plays best with another brilliant guitar player on stage
with him. Normally that would be Stephen Stills, but Lucas Nelson certainly
fits the bill there too.

Am I a POTR convert? Definitively. I don't think they are the best band for
all the different Neil styles, but they're there at 90% for me with all of
them.

Realized one thing when I was comparing to Bruce Springsteen last week in
Hampden Park. Both shows that spanned songs spanning 40+ years. I'm not
saying there aren't any great bands these days, but how many are there out
there that are making things that will still stand like a rock in 40 years'
time?

It was my first concert in the new SSE Hydro and it's a great venue. The
SECC where I had seen Neil and others before is in the end a big barn with
crappy sound. This is surprisingly intimate for its size and I thought the
sound was fantastic.

And one final grovel. Since moving to rural(-ish) Scotland my download
speeds at home are pathetic and can't access etree from work. If anybody has
or can get hold of recordings from yesterday for me please drop me a line.

Burned out basement

 

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