Photo of the Moment: Neil Young - Paris, 1982
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The Photo of the Moment is of Neil Young in Paris, 1982.
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Neil Young - Thursday 16 September 1982 - Ile St Germain, Paris
(Translation from French.)
"Let me be clear: this evening, this is not anyone that we will see, it is Neil Young! A giant, and one of the only survivors still credible 1970s and of the hippie dream… The problem of Neil Young in 1982, is that his eternal public seems never to have listened to that "Harvest" or "already seen" (two albums magnificent, but that is not the question!!!), and do not know nor "Rust Never Sleeps," nor the blazingly "TRANS", his last album, hyper-electric power (…but without doubt when not even very inspired, c is true…). Where the misunderstanding frightening tonight between "Tiger" and its public. But let us go back a little back…
Strange place to a concert that this Ile St Germain, located in front of Issy les Moulineaux on the Seine! Access is not obvious, and - will be seen at the end - to make out several thousands of people at the end of the concert will be the challenge... It is quickly obvious to me, listening in on conversations around me that Neil drew this evening a public by too traditional, who has more desire to listen to the acoustic songs Extracts from "Harvest" or "comes a time" (cruel contraflow on the ticket, elsewhere) that… that Neil will serve him… because it is - fortunately for me - the electrical Neil and flustered which we have right: short hair, held minimum white, it is far from the Hippie imaging-folk. And as, divine surprise, the second guitar is ensured this evening by Nils Lofgren, the ex-small prodigy of the 6 strings, we are going to have the right to a beautiful deluge of electricity... The concert begins very, very strong with the sequence of Don't Cry No Tears / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Cortez the killer! I am the Angels… but this deluge of electricity is obviously not to the taste of the Babas around me... I laughs to myself: Nothing like a little controversy to spice in a concert! Just the pause solo / acoustics - superb, it is a fact (Old Man, the needle and the damage done, comes a time, a Birds upsetting the piano,…) - and smiles back on the faces of my neighbors. Not for long, however, because while the group returns on stage, Neil we fate a funny contraption with a pipe in which he sings, distorting his voice beyond 1982_09_Neil_Young_Ile_St_Germain_02Any possible recognition. It begins as well the second part of the set, incredible, composed of new songs heavy metal or discoid of occasions of songs known sung at the Vocoder, and may be harbingers of a new style for this artist always in search of new ideas… and which deserves decidedly better that this public of the Ile St Germain, which will even up to boo his idol… new songs, I shall particularly a long and flamboyant come epic Neil has always been able to compose, which is called a priori like an Inca and who will be for me a moment of pure happiness… Note also that the loner will not have played a single note of his last album to date, "Reactor", and that it therefore has visibly Already the spirit turned toward the future and his experiments…
In spite (a little because also…) of my altercations with my neighbors who did not share my enthusiasm, I come away from this evening with the feeling of having lived a great concert, almost an exceptional concert. And to have renewed my covenant of fidelity with this musician outside standards that is Neil Young! " Photos: Jean-Pierre v.