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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Linz, Austria Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 23, 2016

Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing tonight, July 23 - Austria, Linz, Castle Clam.

This is the final concert of Europe 2016 tour.

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 7/23/2016 03:46:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Tumbleweed (Neil on uke)

At 7/23/2016 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

No encore (thunderstorm approaching):

01. After The Gold Rush
02. Heart of Gold
03. The Needle And The Damage Done
04. Mother Earth
05. Out On The Weekend
06. Human Highway
07. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
08. Hold Back The Tears
09. Tumbleweed
10. Someday
11. Harvest Moon
12. Alabama
13. Words
14. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
15. Winterlong
16. Love To Burn
17. Revolution Blues
18. Mansion On The Hill
19. Powderfinger
20. Down By The River
21. Western Hero
22. Vampire Blues
23. Rockin' In The Free World

At 7/24/2016 12:31:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Wow, not one Monsanto song!

Take my advice
don't listen to me

At 7/24/2016 01:18:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Same in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, plus only "Seed Justice" in Roskilde, Milan and Leipzig.

At 7/24/2016 10:52:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Thanks for pointing that out Babbo.
I'm surprised I failed to notice that from those other shows--I need to start paying closer attention!

Take my advice
don't listen to me

At 7/24/2016 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 7/24/2016 02:11:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I was there, and it wasn't only the encore that was dropped because of the approaching thunderstorm. After Down By The River the tour manager came on stage and told Neil about the weather circumstances. It was already lightning by then, but there was no thunder or rain. After the talk he switched Old Black for an acoustic guitar and he played Western Hero. After that song the tour manager came on stage again to say something to Neil. They played Vampire Blues; after that the tour manager came on stage again to give NY a weather update. They played Rockin' in the Free World after that, to leave the stage, followed by a guy of Clam Live who told the audience to leave the pitch and go to their cars.

This show was absolutely outstanding and it was such a pity that they had to cut it off. I saw NY+POTR in New Braunfels and Amsterdam this year, but last Saturday was the best show. It felt like they were building up to something extraordinary, better and longer than in Amsterdam. That feeling that was gone after Down by the River. It turned into a rush. They just had to jump to an end to finish the show before the storm would start.

Which turned out to be the right call after all. After we got back to our car and we drove back to Linz, where we had a hotel, there was some severe rain like I have never seen before in my life. At some parts of the road between Clam and Linz, next to the Donau river, you could almost sail a boat. It would have been a disaster if that storm had hit the field near Burg Clam with thousands of people.

At 7/24/2016 04:33:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

Definitely better to be safe than to get a fee extra songs.

I'm still shocked we got the full 2 hours at NOLA JazzFest given the torrential rain! I fully expected the plug to be pulled at any moment given the cancellations the day before.

At 7/24/2016 04:34:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

Few, not fee, extra songs. Oops.

At 7/25/2016 07:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morher Earth clearly decided 23 songs was enough. I tend to agree with Her.

Being serious now, that's not to say long setlists can't be good. Not at all. And of course it's always a little disappointing when a show is cut off prematurely. But "longer" and "better" (to quote Frank above) don't have much of a correlation.

A 25-minute Like A Hurricane will be less intense than a 10-minute version (compare Bonnaroo 2003 with Troy 1991 and see what I mean). A 10-minute Cinnamon Girl has no more impact than a 4-minute version.

And a 30-song setlist clearly isn't twice as enjoyable as a 15-song one; unless you are the train-spotting type of concert-goer (nothing wrong with that) who enjoys ticking boxes.

A good show is all about being emotionally-moved over a period of time. If that happens, then the number of songs is completely irrelevant. You (and the artist) have succeeded.

And when artists start cutting stuff out, trimming things down, the natural inclination is for them to make more of an effort with what is left. They compensate. This explains why the relatively-short 1991 shows are so incredibly energetic and intense. And how in December 1989 Neil sustained a thrillingly-dark and edgy atmosphere over an entire 80-minute show, without ever once breaking the spell. Masterful. Greatness is so often more about subtraction than addition.


At 7/25/2016 07:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite fitting that a tour accompanying the album Earth ends with approaching thunder and the sound of falling rain.


At 7/25/2016 05:55:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

New show announced - Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA, Sept. 18 (day after Farm Aid):

Presale here tomorrow:


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