Neil Young's new release ""World Record" w/ Crazy Horse is now available for pre-order. Order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link or YOUR COUNTRY's FLAG. Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Considering Neil Young Through the Eyes of His Fans | No Depression

Here's a small sampling of a survey of Rusties — "Neil Young’s most devoted fans who converse and post in an online community called RUST" — and their thoughts on his best concert performances.

From Considering Neil Young Through the Eyes of His Fans | No Depression by Gary Stoller:
Ian Rosen, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a fan since 1978, says the best show he attended was at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 27, 1991. The 1991 tour followed Young’s late 1990 album, Ragged Glory, an album filled with blistering guitar solos and strong melodies.

“After years of Neil trying different styles, it was a re-affirmation of why I loved his music so much in the first place,” Rosen says. “It was a tour behind one of his greatest albums — 25 years after his first album with Buffalo Springfield.”

The Sports Arena show was the best Young show Rosen has attended “because I didn't think he had it in him to still be so energizing and powerful.”

Rosen says Young is has favorite artist because his music rocks, is “soulful and beautiful” and “has continued to be so excellent and relevant for so many years.”

The Canadian-born rocker who has lived in California since the 1960s has been a major influence in Rosen’s life.

“He’s made me unashamed to embrace my own uniqueness and individuality and unafraid to try new things,” Rosen says. “He's also been inspirational in following my own muse over the years and not compromising.”

Leo Echavarria of Keene, New Hampshire, says Young keeps him “sane” and is his favorite artist because of his “versatility.”

Young’s best tour, he says, was 1987’s Life tour because of the set lists and the performance of Crazy Horse. The best Young show Echavarria attended was on Aug. 8, 1997, at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts. It was part of H.O.R.D.E., a summer music festival featuring many acts that was originated by Blues Traveler in 1992.

Young started the Mansfield show with “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” and followed with “Crime in the City” and “Hippie Dream.” He played more well-known songs such as “The Needle and the Damage Done,” “Ohio,” “Powderfinger," and a title cut treasured by Young fans, “Tonight’s the Night.”

Echavarria cannot forget the final number. “The venue put on the houselights at 11 p.m., and Neil played a 15-minute version of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World'.”
Full article Considering Neil Young Through the Eyes of His Fans | No Depression by Gary Stoller.

So how about you folks out there? Consider Neil Young through your eyes below and share.

Labels: ,


At 9/28/2016 09:36:00 AM, Blogger Tom said...

I went to a show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON on October 31, 1996 (Halloween night). A friend and I drove up from London, ON and I lost my starting spot on the high school football team for missing practice to be there. It was worth it 1000x over. This was a Crazy Horse show that ran pretty much 3hrs straight with only a small break for Neil to come out and play a few acoustic numbers. For me the highlight was a full band electric version of Pocahontas which really changed the way I thought about music and what a good song is. I had Rust Never Sleeps and Freedom at the time so I knew that Neil did both acoustic and electric versions of his songs but I was never expecting to hear Pocahontas sound like that: Full on slow grunge - it was great and it took me totally by surprise. NY and CH showed me their versatility and the versatility of a great song. The concert also featured a heavy dose of Zuma which I was familiar with before the show, but since that show has probably been my number 1 rotated NY disc.

At 9/28/2016 11:30:00 AM, Blogger Lloyd Walton said...

Neil was playing in Sault Ste Marie Ontario on his 2012 Canadian Tour. Just before the show my wife and I went to visit my elderly mother.

My mother looked at her in shock and said, " You are not wearing jeans to a concert are you ? " We couldn't stop laughing.

A spell was cast during that show from the opening notes of, Love and Only Love, right through to Pocahontas pulling away into the night.

Great band, great music, great showman and a most memorable night.

And as Leonard Cohen once said, "Memorability is a verdict, not an intention."

At 9/28/2016 01:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HORDE Festival, Tinley Park, August 3rd 1997.

At 9/28/2016 04:09:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Catalyst 5/19/97 … surprise show announced that morning, dumb luck or a gift from G-d but I happened to be walking in front of the venue that day JUST as tickets went on sale (only day I've ever been in santa cruz in my life before or since!) show played in front of about 500 people, Neil and CH on fire! Did not recognize a bunch of songs, turned out they were 1st time breakouts and some remain unreleased and unplayed … still one of my favorite bootlegs of all time! I was already a Neil lifer then but that show took me to a whole different level of fandom. That said, almost every Neil show I've ever seen going back over 30 years has been pretty epic … Close runner ups: Chrome Dreams tour in '07, Carnegie Hall solo acoustic in '14, and Blue Notes in '88 or '89

At 9/28/2016 06:17:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Tom, Lloyd, Joe & Dan!

All great concert memories.

We have many too, which we have tried to share in real time over the years.

We probably did a Rust post (20 years after the fact) on our 1st CSNY concert in 74. Same with RNS tour, which for us is still an all time Neil favorite.

It's great that these concerts have footage from the era.

All that said, we just are floored by how POTR just brings it all together and takes Neil to even higher highs. Where do we go from here? Don't say it's over....

At 9/29/2016 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

The Sandy benefit in Atlantic City brought my daughter to her first Neil show small room crazy horse what more could you want!

At 9/29/2016 09:01:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

The Sandy benefit in Atlantic City brought my daughter to her first Neil show small room crazy horse what more could you want!


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

Silverline Communications

(Home of the FarmAidians)
Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
(519) 737-7979

This blog supports free speech!

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising
This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat