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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Neil Young Says "Alchemy: Probably The Last Crazy Horse Live Album"

According to the latest edition of the NYA Times-Contrarian, Neil Young writes that "Alchemy is probably the last Crazy Horse live album."

Having had a ride on the rails across the continents from 2012 to 2014, we can definitely say that the Neil Young & Crazy Horse Alchemy Concert Tours will make for a compelling live album.

Thrasher Wheat covered the Fall 2012 N. America Tour, Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour, Summer 2013 Europe Tour and Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour.

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The third episode of A Rust Trilogy, which began with Rust Never Sleeps in 1978, and continued with Weld in 1990, now concludes with Alchemy in 2012. Things have changed, yet they stay the same. The Alchemy Tour of Neil Young & Crazy Horse -- like Rust and Weld -- brought back those old stage props like big roadcases, giant monitors and towering mic stands.

Alchemy was deja vu all over again.

Alchemy Tour Stage Setup
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Windsor, Ontario, Oct. 3

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Cleveland, Ohio - Oct. 8
Alchemy Tour 2012
Photos by TW
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We are very fortunate to have just returned from attending both the Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Neil Young & Crazy Horse Alchemy 2012 Tour shows.

And, boy, what thoughts and memories we have of Neil and The Horse in all of their splendid ragged glory.

From our vantage point of just off the rail, what we witnessed was nothing less than two nearly perfect nights of rock and roll power delivered with raw abandon yet punctuated with all the fun and delight one could ever want. And more.

To say that we've been lucky is a vast understatement. This was our third lifetime installment of "The Rust Trilogy". We saw the Rust Never Sleeps in 1978, the Weld tour in 1991, and now the Alchemy tour in 2012. While the boys in the band and some of the songs are still the same, life's journey has continued. As they say, "their spirit seems unstoppable." Just ask anyone who has seen the chemistry of the Alchemy tour.

Highlights? Too many.

The Crazy Horse huddle.

The dinosaur stomp of "Walk Like A Giant".

Flipping off Poncho during "Fuckin' Up".

The Psychedelic Mic

The flying keyboard descending for "Like A Hurricane". (Note new tye-die draping for the crying dove)

And good news! Concerts being filmed by Shakey Pictures.

What else?

And of course our fellow rusty Neil fans who get it and know The Way. We're honored to be part of the tribe. See you next time at the campfire.

Love and Only Love will endure.


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At 10/14/2018 06:18:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

East coast NYCH TOUR!!!!!!!! Couldn’t make it to Cali in May One can dream

At 10/15/2018 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Lloyd Walton said...

I have my VISA card out. Details please.

At 10/15/2018 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

"could come out in 2019"
like Toast...and Trunk Show...and ________

At 10/15/2018 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Can't wait!!!

At 10/15/2018 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Hey Thrasher,this is excellent news.I attended the Cleveland & Kitchener shows in October & December in the fall of '12. Great shows.Los Lobos joined the Horse on Farmer John in Kitchener.Here is a setlist Neil's team has to pick from.Im not sure if we will get anything from the '14 Europe tour with Rick Rosa's on bass.The LAH video that was posted on the archives was incredible,if that's just the tease then us crazy horse fans are in for a special treat.I hope it's a blue ray video and a double album.

2012-2013 Alchemy Tour
39 different songs
Songs Played.

Love And Only Love
Born In Ontario
Walk Like A Giant
The Needle And The Damage Done
Twisted Road
For The Love Of Man
Ramada Inn
Cinnamon Girl
F*!#in' Up
Psychedelic Pill
Mr. Soul
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Jesus' Chariot
Roll Another Number
Over And Over 
Rockin' In The Free World     
Cortez The Killer      
Tonight's The Night      
Like A Hurricane
Down By The River
Singer Without A Song
Helpless ~ electric with band                 
Farmer John
Hole In The Sky
Heart Of Gold
Opera Star
Prisoners Of Rock & Roll
Barstool Blues
Sedan Delivery
Love To Burn
Welfare Mothers
Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze
Blowin' In The Wind
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Comes A Time
Red Sun
Human Highway

2014 Europe tour with Rick Rosa's on bass guitar.

Goin' Home
Days That Used To Be
Don't Cry No Tears
Separate Ways
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Barstool Blues
Who's Gonna Stand Up?
After The Goldrush ~ electric with band
Living With War
Name Of Love ~ electric with band
Standing In the Light Of Love
Be The Rain

Why a final live album? Lots to pick from the '01 Europe tour.'03-'04 greendale tour.This years Fresno,Bakersfield horse shows with Nils Lofgren.Great performances!

Any news on Frank (Poncho) Sampedro guitarist who wasn't available for the may '18 shows.Still in Hawaii?

Keep on rockin!

At 10/15/2018 04:12:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

I interpret this to mean, not really the last Crazy Horse Live album, as the archives still have so much to offer in terms of live releases, but rather no more Crazy Horse shows and thus, no more live albums recorded after this... :(
Hopefully I’m wrong.

At 10/15/2018 04:21:00 PM, Blogger joe lookout said...

@ShittyHorse: got the same feeling: no more live shows with CH.....too sad....

At 10/15/2018 05:21:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Soldier Steve- Quite a song listing there. Lots to choose from.

Right, presumably this would be the 2012 - 2014 era of full Horse (Ralph, Poncho & Billy).

And the video will be compelling as the LAH video indicates the force of nature that is The Horse.

@ ShittyHorse - right, our interpretation as well. There may be a live album of CH from 2018 w/ Nils, someday. But alas, no more True Horse.

Of course we have been arguing about True Horse since Danny left the building. But another argument for another day.

we are the lucky ones.

At 10/15/2018 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Josh W. said...

In terms of Crazy Horse live albums, it seems Year of the Horse is being overlooked (or maybe there's some special criteria I'm overlooking). It's not Live Rust, but I always liked it well enough, especially the acoustic version of "Mr. Soul."

At 10/15/2018 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Steve Rust Downunder said...

I saw a few shows down under. Below link review really nail what the Wellington show was like ...."The Horse is a spiritual grounding for Neil Young...the band stands on stage, with the roadies. And the NZ anthem plays out. I like this because Neil and crew are showing that they’re here to serve us; soldiers ready for battle. They’re an army and they’re in it together and they’ll protect and serve the songs."

The last show I saw was Auckland and end with Opera Star... All I could think of was wouldn't be a amazing if Neil did a all in show a Sydney Opera house end with this song...hmm maybe dreams can come true?

At 10/16/2018 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Hansolo74 said...

I was at Light Up The Blues in April and couldn’t make it back to CA so soon for those CH shows- even though one was on my 24th Birthday.

I made up for it by catching 2 solo tour dates and outlaw fest, too.. but man no more CH? That’s tragic.

At 10/16/2018 12:58:00 AM, Blogger Hansolo74 said...

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At 10/16/2018 12:58:00 AM, Blogger Hansolo74 said...

One of my favorite human highways

At 10/16/2018 12:21:00 PM, Blogger Julia said...

It could mean 'No more live CH albums' but not ' No more CH tours' they just won't be recorded for release. It does not mean ' No more CH albums'

There must be one more album in the NY and CH tank please.

At 10/16/2018 01:09:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

We were at the first show at Red Rocks 2012 and it was stellar. We have both audio and video from that night and it was my wife’s first time seeing Crazy Horse. She was blown away. Looking forward to hearing what gets released officially.

At 10/16/2018 02:48:00 PM, Blogger Shakey said...

I wonder the same. Have never heard an explanation as to why he wasn't included in the shows. Nils was amazing but I want to see Poncho's mischievous grin live one more time. Hopefully we get more Crazy Horse shows/tours

At 10/18/2018 08:04:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

CH w/ Nils would be great. No more CH even w Nils would be upsetting ... the recent CYCH shows were epic I really hope he does some more soon.


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