VIDEO: "Down By The River" - Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Glasgow, Scotland, June 5, 2016
An extraordinary video of Down By The River by Neil Young + Promise of the Real from last night in Glasgow, Scotland, June 5, 2016 . 19:00+ minutes of Old Black shredding does not get much better.
Scotsman comments on "Down By The River" video:
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.Thanks Scotsman! Than it's official -- it all gets REAL -- sooner or later. Glad we have that cleared up now.
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.