VIDEOS: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 9, 2016
Here is a series of video clips from the recent epic Neil Young + Promise of the Real concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 9, 2016.
The videos are courtesy of HungUpOnHolland (ORL-Fixation):
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!)
From Amsterdam, Netherlands comments by ORL-Fixation:
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.Thanks HungUpOnHolland/ORL-Fixation for the videos. No apologies needed. (And we prefer the HungUpOnHolland handle).
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...
P.s. I'm loving the discussion on this thread (as on every thread here).
It's all about enjoying the moment as much as we appreciate your sharing.
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