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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 9, 2016

Epic night in Amsterdam. 26 songs, three and a half hours, the longest concert of the current tour and the longest Neil Young concert in 42 year career. "Don't Be Denied" and "Change Your Mind" first time on the European Tour. The total number of different songs of the Tour now up to 57 per Sugar Mountain's Chronological Grid. Also, two song encore: "Like An Inca" & "Here We Are In The Years".

I normally don't do this but Neil Young is playing his balls off here. Wowzers times 10!!!

A photo posted by JB Meijers (@jbmeijers) on

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, July 9 at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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 7/09/2016 04:01:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Change Your Mind (first since 2009)

At 7/09/2016 05:44:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Change Your Mind?! Nice one. Wonder what this will clock in at? 20 min +???

We're on the lookout for any YTs.

In the meantime... from the TW archives....

Complex Sessions: Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Change Your Mind", Director Jonathan Demme

At 7/09/2016 05:50:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Also Razor Love, Don't Be Denied, Like a Hurricane, Like an Inca, HWAITY ...

At 7/09/2016 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Three and a half hours

At 7/09/2016 06:36:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...


After the Gold Rush
Heart of Gold
The Needle and the Damage Done
Razor Love
Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
Out on the Weekend
Hold Back the Tears
Human Highway
Words (Between the Lines of Age)
Love to Burn
Mansion on the Hill
Change Your Mind
Don't Be Denied
Western Hero
Seed Justice (I Won't Quit)
Revolution Blues
Monsanto Years
Rockin' in the Free World
Love and Only Love

Like an Inca
Here We Are in the Years

At 7/09/2016 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Longest Neil show ever (non-CSNY), apparently

At 7/09/2016 06:53:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Wow.....what a setlist. Change Your Mind, followed by Don't Be Denied, two very heavy songs in a row. And that double encore is one for the ages! 15 different Neil albums represented tonight.

I sit with fingers crossed for more shows in October/November........

At 7/09/2016 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

I may have tweeted at Lukas Nelson offering to trade Texas BBQ for Change Your Mind in Rome a few days ago.

Does this mean I now have to lug pounds of BBQ to Rome next week? I've done stupider things.

At 7/09/2016 07:54:00 PM, Blogger weld1976 said...

the setlist is not complete, I am sure I heard Unknown Legend today as well

At 7/09/2016 07:58:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Yup, that was between Human Highway and Someday - complete/correct list is up now on Sugar Mountain (26 songs)

At 7/09/2016 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

Babbo-- so no Like A Hurricane per Sugar Mountain?

At 7/09/2016 08:11:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Yes it totally does

At 7/09/2016 08:21:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

Well, I guess it is now time to research the legality of smuggling brisket into Italy and then figure out how to catapult it onto stage.

At 7/09/2016 08:51:00 PM, Blogger ORL-Fixation said...

Legendary show! Pics and vids (Don't Be Denied) to come soon :-)

Thank you to Neil + Promise of the Real for an unforgettable evening.

At 7/09/2016 09:33:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Sorry for the false alarm on Hurricane - saw a video snippet of the Stringman coming down from the rafters, turns out it was for LAOL because Micah was having guitar issues.

At 7/09/2016 10:42:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Wow, POTR have busted things wide open ... this is a total dream!

At 7/10/2016 01:37:00 AM, Blogger Harm said...

It was awesome! As a heads up, during here we are in the Years he teased Pushed it Over the End. Best Neil Young conncert for me with all those deep cuts and fan favourites. And the build up from solo acoustic to full electric... wow!

At 7/10/2016 01:49:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

That's how he's doing HWAITY these days, a throwback to their mutual origin:

At 7/10/2016 02:58:00 AM, Blogger Eevee said...

Wow! what a gig. There will be posted 10 clips on YT asap, here's one already: UNKNOWN LEGEND

At 7/10/2016 03:00:00 AM, Blogger Eevee said...

Neil acoustic on RAZOR LOVE and THE NEEDLE....

At 7/10/2016 03:46:00 AM, Blogger ORL-Fixation said...

Should bring a smile to everyone's faces: Neil + PoTR saying goodbye before their first encore:

(My other videos are shot with a real cam. Stay tuned ;) )

At 7/10/2016 03:50:00 AM, Blogger wiebow said...

Amazing show, you can see they are having a lot of fun on stage. Don't Be Denied was a great surprise, but the whole show was super and the build up from acoustic to full electric very well done. Great band, great atmosphere, brilliant music. One of the best Neil shows I've seen, and I've been visiting him since the 80's.

At 7/10/2016 03:50:00 AM, Blogger wiebow said...

Amazing show, you can see they are having a lot of fun on stage. Don't Be Denied was a great surprise, but the whole show was super and the build up from acoustic to full electric very well done. Great band, great atmosphere, brilliant music. One of the best Neil shows I've seen, and I've been visiting him since the 80's.

At 7/10/2016 05:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Here We Are In The Years, and it will suit Promise Of The Real perfectly. Thematically it fits the setlist, too: it would have been a good one for Earth. Maybe the 2016 directors cut? Or the slightly cheaper and low-budget "Scotsman's cut", at least.

This setlist really shows off what POTR are capable of, playing to their strengths and pushing the boundaries.

Dan Swan, if you are reading: did you get your copy of Earth eventually?


At 7/10/2016 06:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Sort of off-topic).

If you need any reminder as to why Neil Young and Crazy Horse were the best rock band on this planet, then go out RIGHT NOW and buy Rust Never Sleeps on blu-ray. And ideally, play it through a good set of speakers with decent bass extension. Billy Talbot is awesome on this concert, and you need to be able to properly hear him.

If you disliked Earth, you will love this blu-ray. If you liked Earth, you will love this blu-ray. If you thought Earth sounded "lifeless" (and like I said before, it doesn't; but I understand the misunderstanding) then this blu-ray will be the perfect antidote. The sound here is the opposite of flat. The original David Briggs stereo mix is punchy, bassy, warm, compressed, loud, shockingly realistic, and completely thrilling. It sounds amazing.

David Briggs. Neil doesn't rave about the guy for no reason.

So you can't go wrong with this blu-ray; a no-brainer, as they say. The performances of Like A Hurricane, Powderfinger and Into The Black (in particular) are just incredibly good.

The problem is, people have been listening to the new album (Earth) expecting to hear a full-on Crazy Horse-style live show like Rust: with pounding bass, punchy and violent rhythm guitar, soaring guitar solos. And then they are naturally disappointed, despite Earth being a perfectly good album on its own terms. People have for some reason jumped to the conclusion that Promise Of The Real is "Crazy Horse Version 2", a replacement. I've been loudly disputing this assertion for nearly a year now, and gradually, they are realising I was correct all along.

POTR aren't Crazy Horse. They have their own unique sound, and are much more comparable to the Stray Gators or 'Friends & Relatives 2000' than Crazy Horse. They are also more laid back, younger, much more technically-adept and more innocent than Poncho or Billy. They remind me of (and particularly excel at) the folk-rock sound of the seventies, whilst introducing some atmospheric, psychedelic touches of their own design (courtesy of Micah). And as last night's setlist demonstrates, they can play anything; much like the 2008-2009 Electric Band.

So it's a different thing. If you want to hear those crunchy "punch a hole in a brick wall" guitars, that chest-pounding bass, those ethereal guitar solos. That perfect chemistry. That feeling of being taken on an epic guitar journey to the stars and back....

...Then you need to go back to the source of it all. Neil Young & Crazy Horse. It's no coincidence they have remained Neil's most popular band for nearly 50 years. Natural selection has kept them around.

And this blu-ray of Rust Never Sleeps really is something special, a great way to witness this band somewhere near the height of their powers. Pure, undiluted magic from start to finish.

...And incidentally, there's also a very moving version of Thrasher: which I imagine will particularly appeal to a certain someone on this blog. I can't quite remember what name he goes by.


At 7/10/2016 08:17:00 AM, Blogger aussierust said...

Is Australia going to miss out on all of this? We need Neil and the Real down here.

At 7/10/2016 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Eevee said...

LOVE TO BURN was superb:
Unfortuantely the battery ran out before the climax

At 7/10/2016 09:33:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Babbo B. - The longest Neil show ever (non-CSNY), really?! Now how about that. The Philly show last year was a little more than 3hr 20 mins. amazing

@RichieC - wow, 15 different Neil albums represented in one tonight. Another all time record???

@ Pabst - looks like a deal with Lukas N on the Texas BBQ for Rome! A worthy investment if we say so.

@ Lukas - thanks for dropping by. And for all the beautiful music The REAl is bringing to Neil fans.

@ ORL-Fixation - standing by.

@ Harm - maybe call it the deep cuts tour?!

@ E. Farsail - thanks for the YTs!

@Wiebo - always good to have the historical perspective for newer fans that they're experiencing an artist today showing very little rust for his 70+ years ... Here We Are in the Years, indeed.

@flyingscotzman - hmmm, a Earth directors cut?

Thanks for update on RNS on blu-ray. Need to check that out.

@ aussierust - hope Australia doesn't miss out, as well. But maybe POTR is the band for Neil for the foreseeable future with many, many years ahead? Leet us hope.

At 7/10/2016 11:19:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Hey Lukas, Best Neil show I have enjoyed. I have loved your playing. I was on your side on the rail. Dancing, smiling and singing for all the show. Thanks to you and the boys. See you in Italy.
So Tired.

At 7/10/2016 12:43:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

These are incredible shows our friends in Europe are witnessing, maybe even slightly better than we saw in the States, but no quibbling here. Neil & the POTR are giving everything out there on the stage and the set-list deep cuts are truly gems to be savored.

Scots: Once again, good thoughts re: CH, etc.
I don't think anyone was expecting Earth to be comparable to RNS/Live Rust in any way. Sadly, virtually no one has listened to or seems to care about the new album, as evidenced by the lack of chatter here and its terrible chart performance.

That being said, to me Earth is a solid disc and a unique "live" statement. The performances and edits are interesting, though the song selections could have been more inspired. There are too many Monsanto songs which to me are the least socially and ecologically aware songs Neil has ever created. I understand they are his current works and he feels strongly about them, but they're poor songs based on some disputable facts. Bless him for speaking out, but he said it so much better years ago without "trying" so hard, and it would have been nice to hear more of those earlier great songs revisited in today's times. As you said, "Here We Are In the Years" would have fit in perfectly, and it was a song I "predicted" would be on the album...

Now, regarding POTR vs. Crazy Horse, I agree that POTR isn't CH v2, and they're not meant to be. In my opinion, they are eager and inspired musicians who get better show after show. Crazy Horse was on the opposite side of that important equation.

So, given a choice today between current POTR and current CH, I'll take the POTR every time. 70s era CH is an entirely different animal, and your favorite 90s era is a toss up to me. It had many magical moments, but it also introduced us to the droning, non-melodic self indulgence that grew into the shambolic and tedious mess witnessed on the 2012 tour.

As I write this, I'm realizing it's really more about Neil. His backing bands obviously have followed his lead, and I feel he's been leading CH down the wrong path for many years now. The NY/CH dynamic is "now" radically different than it was, barely recognizable as the same band/style. Vintage CH was high intensity groove-rock and expressive; "current" CH is noise-rock flaunting an intentional lack of musicality.

Conversely, with POTR it's starting to become clear to me that perhaps for the first time, Neil may be learning from, and in some significant ways yielding to his band in creative ways. It's a joyous and refreshing melding of different generations rediscovering the optimism of youth with the wisdom of age. Limitations don't necessarily have to limit us...

Take my advice
don't listen to me

At 7/10/2016 01:21:00 PM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Wow, just got home. Totally blown away with last nights EPIC gig. I'll try and capture my thoughts properly and post something tomorrow. Best gig ever.

At 7/10/2016 02:08:00 PM, Blogger YB said...

I watched a good portion of the soundcheck, which was awesome! The band rehearsed Change Your Mind for a long while and a traditional Italian song with the piano player singing for an even longer while, which they will add to the set in Italy.

At 7/10/2016 03:53:00 PM, Blogger stresswitch said...

"At 7/10/2016 12:43:00 PM, TopangaDaze said..."

"...Sadly, virtually no one has listened to or seems to care about the new album, as evidenced by the lack of chatter here..."

Hey, no fair! I reviewed it for Folk Radio UK blog and have tried posting the link here a couple of times without success, so maybe this will be third time lucky :)

I'm getting more into it with repeated listens, but still think the overdubbed backing vocals don't really fit? But mostly I really like it, a lot, and I hope Neil + PotR will do some more studio recordings when the tour's over...


At 7/10/2016 04:09:00 PM, Blogger ORL-Fixation said...

Here goes fellow Wheaties, the videos I shot from this legendary show. I tried to enjoy myself as much as possible, thus the lack of footage of the epic guitar workouts. Also please pardon some of the shakeyness (people doing beer/bathroom runs), and the moments of shoddy zooming and focus from my rusting old man of digital camera. I filmed Don't Be Denied for my father who I owe my Neil love to. Won't forget getting stoned and listening to Time Fades Away with him for the first time; wish he coulda been there for this show.

YouTube Playlist:

1 - Snippets from ATGR, Needle, Hold Back the Tears, Alabama, Inca, & HWAITY
2 - Razor Love (also check out @E. Farsail's version – he has lots of vids up on YT as Rialto1961)
3 - Don't Be Denied
4 - Revolution Blues (missing a bit of intro and the solo in the middle)
5 - Goofy goodbye (also featured above - thanks Wheatmasters!)

P.s. I'm loving the discussion on this thread (as on every thread here). Some things I'd like to add:

Neil is a goddamn force of nature. I really left inspired. I took my roommate to the show; she was only slightly familiar with Neil / his catalog, and Mother Earth brought her to tears (which had been welling up from the beginning of the acoustic set). About the rest of the show, her words: "I was mesmerized" "I could not stop looking at his eyes. So intense."

For me, hearing Words, Hold Back the Tears, and Don't Be Denied were all dreams come true. Change Your Mind was delicious icing as was the extra love given to Ragged Glory with both Love To Burn and Love & Only Love being played.

Regarding PotR, it's obvious they've breathed new life into Neil's performances. THANK YOU. The boys are so joyful, humble, and clearly appreciative of the crowd, they play together really beautifully and with such comfort, they nailed all the harmonies and backing vocals (that Powderfinger everyone - come on!) and I'm all about their bassist Corey. To be nit picky, though, when they tread the footsteps of some of the giants before them, I couldn't help but feel a tad underwhelmed: On Out On The Weekend I sorely missed Ben Keith's pedal steel despite Lukas/Micah's best efforts to add in his Ben's pastoral texture, and on Revolution Blues, Anthony's drumming just didn't pack the punch that Levon delivered. (Corey was dank as Danko though.)

That said, nothing is nicer than seeing Neil smiling so genuinely at the conclusion of song after song. You can see he is reaping great pleasure from bringing the boys under his wing. I also think they were phenomenal when Neil would take took off sonic-ly, wailing on Old Black; the Real were not by any means left in the dust, and they not only kept in step, but even added new dimensions to the jams. My sense is that they will all just keep getting better and better as a group.

Final thoughts: I haven't heard Monsanto Years, but I've read up on the different ways fans have received it. The lyricism may not be Neil-level poetry, but it's clear that the album's topic/themes has reignited a fire in Neil. When he proclaimed "I Won't Quit!" during Seeds I was genuinely jolted. He was a man possessed, frightening and with bloodlust in his eyes. That was my take home feeling. No matter his age: He. Will. Not. Quit. No matter the adversity. It doesn't get more inspiring to me, folks.

Keep on rockin FOR the free world...

At 7/10/2016 04:23:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

I have seen Glasgow and this one. Vocally, Neil was in better form in Glasgow. As a whole, the magic was in Amsterdam for the spirit. Neil , the band, the entire audience seemed to be in synthony for all the show. Singularly, maybe the performances can be improved, expecially the rare songs. I have seen better performances of LAOL.
I'm pretty sure that I'll keep in my heart and my memory this magic night. Thanks to the people that I have met for the first time: Nino, Isabella, Konrad,Irene and the Holland people for the this special weekend.
So Tired.

At 7/10/2016 07:59:00 PM, Blogger Minke said...

Privileged. That’s how it felt to be at the Amsterdam show of Neil Young and POTR. It was a phenomenal performance, with many surprises, a tremendous atmosphere, fabulous bandwork, and an amazing setlist. Three and a half hours of craftmanship, powerhouse rock and marvelous ventures into the deep catalogue left the audience in awe, exhausted, and immensely thankful.

The venue, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, was about sold-out; there was a brisk trade in left-over tickets on the internet. The pitch was full, and almost all seats in the theatre were filled. The crowd was a fairly mixed lot – I’ve seen tweets mentioning a deluge of 60-olds, but the people in my range of observation were mostly mid or late 40-ish, not just wheelchair hippies or the curious youngsters coming to have a dinosaur experience, but knowledgeable fans. The dress code was as you would expect: extremely unfashionable. Few lumberjack shirt though. The sound in the venue was amazingly good, very clear and warm.

After the silly farce of the sowing girls, Neil started with his standard set of acoustic biggies. The first notes of After the Gold Rush were electric. It surprised me how much feeling NY still can put into these songs, which he has played hundreds of times. I never understood NY’s urge to repeat these worn-out songs. But they were not stale: they rang soulful and true. Proof of the vibe NY succeeds in putting into his old songs. Even Heart of Gold, never a favourite, sounded great. The first surprise came early: #4 in his setlist was Razor Love, a vulnerable song of great beauty (only played once before in the Netherlands).

Compared to some other tours in the past, NY kept his solo acoustic set short. A pity, maybe, but it shows how eager he is to bring out his band, to show its versatility, and delve into the extensive song catalogue. Indeed, Promise of the Real can almost do anything; they’re like wax in the master’s hands. He trained them, trimmed them, and let them shine.

The country-rock songs of the second part of the set fit POTR as a glove. A great surprise was Hold Back the Tears, which I never heard before live, and indeed has been seldom played. It’s pure country music, and the Promise did it well (but oh, how much Ben Keith’s pedal steel is missed here; Lukas Nelson’s attempt to imitate its sound was extremely well done, but remained an imitation). Following that were some of the standards of this tour, Human Highway, Someday (!), a memorable Words, and great renderings of Winterlong and Alabama. POTR is giving those songs a bit of a jumpy bite. By the way, it seems to me that Micah Nelson is closest to this kind of repertoire. I had the feeling – for what it’s worth – that the other members were looking forward to get to rockier shores.

Love to Burn opened the Old Black set and was one of the highlights of the evening. I was never extremely fond of the song, like many songs of Ragged Glory that tend to sluggishness, but this version came with a vengeance. POTR gave it much more swing. Lukas Nelson’s part was remarkable: with his quasi-soloing, partly in Q&A with NY, he gave the song a funky syncopation that turned this guitar sludge into a dance party. Unfortunately this did not happen with other Ragged Glory classics – Mansion on the Hill and Love and Only Love, which sounded slightly uninspired and may better be left to Crazy Horse. POTR demonstrated that they can do straight stadium rock too, with great versions of the Crazy Horse evergreens Rockin’ in the Free World and Powderfinger.

Fascinating were rarities from Sleeps with Angels: Change your Mind and a beautiful Western Hero. Out of darker days came Don’t be Denied and Revolution Blues. What to say. It was a privilege to hear them both in this concert. Don’t be Denied was soaring, as it should. Revolution Blues was an absolute pinnacle. What a prodigious interpretation of one of NY’s greatest songs.

At 7/10/2016 07:59:00 PM, Blogger Minke said...

The encores were not entirely successful to my taste, perhaps because of their adventurousness (what a silly criticism, but maybe you get the meaning). Like an Inca was another great find from the deep catalogue but had too little variation and pungency as a closer, and NY tried to sound angry, but his voice was strained and shrill. Here We Are in the Years came as an immense surprise, and it is courageous to have it at the end of the show, but its subtlety makes the song fit better in the early part of the show.

Let’s not nitpick. This was a great great concert, adventurous, masterly and rewarding. As has been remarked before: Neil Young’s voice shows only little wear from age. His many mistakes are forgiven; they are part of his attitude. He is not a crowd pleaser. He does not reach out to you but draws you into his amazing musical world.

Neil Young in 2016 is about Promise of the Real: they are his backbone, his two feet, his home, as much as Crazy Horse was, but differently: while Crazy Horse offered a basis of concrete, hard-boiled rock, the Promise is a rubber base, moveable and spongy but offering better stability during earthquakes. POTR are a supple team that is able to follow most of NY’s many stylistic turns in his oeuvre. Hagiographic or star-centred rock journalism always suggests that Neil Young makes his bands, that he is the domineering figure. That is only partly true: he is heavily influenced by his musicians, and listens carefully to them. Although the Nelson brothers are in the limelight of press attention, the band actually centres around the rhythm section, Anthony LoGerfo on drums and Corey McCormick on bass. Together they can produce a steamroller cadence, a bouncy-ball pulse that gives NY’s music a new twist, very masculine too but funky and agile. This was in evidence in great renderings of Alabama, Seed Justice, Love to Burn and Revolution Blues, and many others. LoGerfo has a nice roll that brings swing to NY’s sound, much more than the chopping style of Ralph Molina. Corey McCormick remains for me the pumping heart of this band (no wonder NY keeps him close during the concert; they seem to have the most rapport), and the essential figure that brings the necessary funkiness to NY’s rock, which over the last 25 years tended to bog down a bit. Add to this the conga’s of Tato Melgar: they bring some smoothness and support the bounciness of the LoGerfo and McCormick.

The evolution of Lukas Nelson over the last year has been the most remarkable. A great artist in his own right, his role is the most difficult: his talent, and his ambition, who knows, had to be domesticated. As others have remarked here: the less notes he plays, the better he fits the music. Sometimes he did not play at all, at times he just added some sparse notes. Interestingly NY gave him much room, and did not indulge in endless soloing of his own. I must confess that at times I missed Frank Sampedro’s guitar groundwork. Besides, I do not like Lukas Nelson’s guitar sound, and his blues style does not fit all songs, to my taste. Micah Nelson brings a bit of irony and madness, which always has been part of NY, but was a bit neglected or heavy-set in the CH ambiance. It crucially adds a new dimension.

It is easy to understand Neil Young’s love for this band. They rejuvenate him and urge him to revisit and explore the wide expansion of his own music. A courageous thing to do at 70. This demonstration of musical mastery left the audience completely knocked out. What a great performance, one of the best I’ve heard and witnessed.

At 7/10/2016 08:30:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Thanks for the summary - did you happen to notice that Daryl was part of the silly farce this time?

At 7/10/2016 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

I've been enjoying the new album, after only 2 listens I think it may include my favourite versions Country Home, Hippie Dream and Seed Justice. Favourite animal is definitely The Raven.
And always anxious to see the latest setlist, many personal favourites being played, obviously I'm a huge fan of Like an Inca. This last concert looks just amazing, going to check out your guys videos right after this. I only wish is that he could improve things by mixing up the acoustic set a bit...a lot.
But I really think now he needs to make Earth II. I think it could go something like this:

Here We Are In The Years
Deep Forbidden Lake
Like An Inca
After The Garden
War Of Man
Change Your Mind
A New Day For Love

Ok, so maybe he has yet to play of few of these songs...

At 7/11/2016 02:42:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Thanks for your wonderful reviews. I agree with you on everything. As interpretations, highlights were Razor Love, Words,Out On The Weekend, Winter long, Alabama,Love To Burn and Revolution Blues. Great surprises Don't Be Denied, Change Your Mind and Like A Inca. Change You Mind 1993 and Like A Inca 1982 are hard to repeat.
Potr are great in the country arrangements, but enough versatile to play the rock numbers with that funky bass. Neil never consented to the great Tim Drummond to overplay the bass notes.
So Tired.

At 7/11/2016 02:53:00 AM, Blogger ORL-Fixation said...

Aaaah, thanks for this review. Sums up so much of what I thought too.

At 7/11/2016 07:49:00 AM, Blogger Eevee said...

Well nothing much to add, other than it really was magic. Also the fun they are having really comes across to the crowd. I didn't shoot all songs obviously (batteries wouldn't have lasted 3 1/2 hours!) and sometimes I got lost too much in the groove :-)
Anyway, posted 10 B&W video clips on YT for you to enjoy and share: THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE, RAZOR LOVE (!!), HUMAN HIGHWAY, UNKNOWN LEGEND, WORDS, LOVE TO BURN (really epic version, got cut short near at the end unfortunately), DON'T BE DENIED, ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD, LOVE AND ONLY LOVE OUTRO, HERE WE ARE IN THE YEARS, including group hug and bouncing :-)

At 7/11/2016 08:44:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

This was an epic show and it might be the ultimate Neil show. So, considering that it was professionally recorded and filmed,it should be released officially. Just hoping...
So Tired.

At 7/11/2016 09:58:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

At 7/11/2016 12:59:00 PM, Blogger Rob Hogendoorn said...

Thanks, Andrew! I was there, probably my best Neil Young experience since the early nineties.

At 7/11/2016 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

@Andrew B-- Thanks for posting this! Jeez, this is awesome. The quality is really damn great and the performances... oh man.

At 7/12/2016 03:56:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Ha! That's brilliant! Have to be careful now about what sort of promises we offer artists for song requests.

"I will trade my first born for Freebird!"

At 7/12/2016 04:05:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Personally I think "Hippie Dream" was waiting for this album. It's a great song but the original version is almost unlistenable thanks to the awful 80s production. It soars on Earth.

At 7/12/2016 04:20:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Thanks everyone for the reviews! Really happy for those who were lucky enough to be at this epic show and living vicariously through you! Quick question, does anyone know what time you need to get in the line to get a place on the rail?
Seriously this is one of those drop everything and go moments, and starting to think about whether a trip to Europe is a necessity, hard to know with no US dates in the books … Here's hoping they come back to the US and keep the positivity flown' … it now seems anything in Neil's cannon is fair game on any night … this was sort of the case with the Electric Band in '07/'08 but this time its different by an order of magnitude … the vibe of Neil and POTR is something we've not seen before or least not for the past 30 years …

At 7/12/2016 04:24:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

to clarify about my comment above regarding not seeing this vibe in 30 years, I mean haven't seen Neil this jovial in a long time if ever … thats not meant to compare this arrangement with any of neil's previous ones, I've loved each one for its unique vibe and each has its own charms … meaning to say this arrangement sure has some great charms and celebrating that!!

At 7/12/2016 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Just a quick note here....

TopangaDaze said "Sadly, virtually no one has listened to or seems to care about the new album, as evidenced by the lack of chatter here and its terrible chart performance".

I for one have been doing virtually nothing but listening to Earth over the past week, and I've been completely blown away by it. I can't wait to hear it on vinyl next month. What a masterpiece. It has a real connection to Greendale in it's storytelling, and I feel it stands as one of Neil's greatest achievements. A true original work. The sequencing and performances are spot on, and the message is impossible to miss.

also.... I received my Blu Ray of Rust Never Sleeps last week, and I have watched it once so far, and agree with Scottsman that it stands as a testament to the legendary status of Neil Young with Crazy Horse. It should be played loud to be truly appreciated. It has aged well, and is a great addition to Neil's growing Blu Ray releases.

As for a three and a half hour concert from Neil and the Real..... I'm speechless...

At 7/12/2016 07:01:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

@ Dan Swan, I'm glad you're enjoying Earth. As I said, I feel it's too heavy with the Monsanto stuff, but I applaud Neil for speaking out in his authentic way, and still I really like the album. Among the new stuff, "Seed Justice" is really catchy..

FYI, I've officially added you to the list of those who purchased it. It now includes you, Scots, Thrash (I believe) and two friends of mine. I think I'm missing an additional few who commented here, but I was too lazy to go back and check! If you know of others who purchased it, please let me know. I'm thinking of giving honorifics to the elite few...

Take my advice
don't listen to me

At 7/12/2016 07:10:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Dan Swan, my thought was folks here aren't chattering about a brush fire because a volcano just erupted … But I think once the volcano is addressed folks will come back and think about the brush fire …

At 7/12/2016 07:17:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Thanks TopangaDaze, if memory serves I believe Pocahontas also mentioned hearing Earth as well Ol' Neg I think.

As well as 26 Amazon reviews.

5 star 35%
4 star 23%
3 star 15%
2 star 12%
1 star 15%

Typical for a Neil Young release, the reviews are all over the map. He always seems to elicit strong reactions from his fan base.
A mark of a great artist I think.

At 7/12/2016 07:20:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Dan1... Good point...

At 7/13/2016 09:18:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Topanga and Dan,
Also Neil as only Neil can do basically made his new record obsolete if not irrelevant with his current tour … true the animal overdubs are unique and perhaps give the record some kind of enduring quality (full disclosure I have not heard it yet) but many insightful comments from Topanga, Scots, ect … have articulately pointed out how much POTR has evolved in the past year … now we're dealing w truly epic shows on almost every dimension (quality, length, deep cuts, ect…) and its happening in real time … Neil as a true artist has single handily made this new release almost obsolete the day it came out … bad business decision (more evidence that Neil's decisions are artistically driven and NOT economically driven, save the Indio shows which I'd think of as subsidizing all of his many creative efforts) … bad business decision but he's focused on creating art and these shows are creative destruction … if I was going to listen to something live w POTR I'd be hard pressed not to listen to the recent shows … thats not to negate the new album in fact I'm sure its a world onto itself and I'm sure like almost anything Neil puts out at some point it will grab me and in fact it will seem authentic and relevant even if this year's vintage of POTR is so much better and more evolved as highlighted by the insightful comments here to that effect … said another way, Neil is again forcing us to drink from a firehose … at 70+ when people his age don't do the things he does he's pushing to new heights, and kudos to POTR they are for sure a key catalyst for this new peak we're witnessing.

At 7/13/2016 07:17:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Scotsman I Agree Everything You Said about RNS Blue Ray. I Watched It Last Night.The Sound,The Picture.Neil Was 32 Years Young When This Show Was Filmed. I Was 4 Yrs Old When This Was Taking Place. The Horse Look So Young Too. It's So Good Im Gonna Play It Again Tonight.Every Neil Fan Needs This In Their Collection, Even If You Own The VHS,Dvd. Like I Do. What Jersey Is Poncho Wearing, I Know It's Montreal Canadiens, What Player Was It? RNS Is Something Special. Even More Special To Me All These Yrs Because It Was Filmed On My Birthday, 10/22/78. Thank You Neil & The Horse & Thank You Thrasher For This Great Site.

At 7/14/2016 09:30:00 AM, Blogger teeb1986 said...

Thank you so much Andrew!! Great recording. Reliving it now and I'm getting goosebumps. So glad that we made the trip over to see it. What a show. Still on such a big high from it. Truly incredible :)


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