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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Concert Review of the Moment: Winnipeg Concerts of Neil Young & Crazy Horse - February 2019

The Concert Review of the Moment is from the recent Winnipeg concerts of Neil Young & Crazy Horse on 2019-02-03 (Night #1) and 2019-02-04 (Night #2).

The Concert Review of the Moment comes after the following message was posted here on Thrasherr's Wheat: "Was ANYONE at either show who can give us a thoughtful review????!!!!"

To which Jeff posted the following comments...
These comments aren't thoughtful but came from my Facebook page.

My wife and I had tickets for Monday night's show and were going to drive from Bismarck. I only got tickets for one show because we had been on the road for over a month and were in Pensacola on Wednesday Jan. 30 and wanted to allow at least three days to get back and allow a cushion. An approaching storm got us on the road to Winnipeg a day early, and I snagged tickets online for the Sunday night show immediately.

Here is my first post: "I’m pretty sure this world would be a better place with more Neil Young fans in it. The young couple from Edmonton with whom we shared our table at dinner last night were a perfect start. He was a rabid Neil fan who had met Neil twice—the last being just that afternoon when he staked out the concert hall to get an autograph on his 'On the Beach' vinyl album cover. To make a good day better, yesterday also happened to be his 40th birthday. As we walked to the show, he tried to convince us that we needed to reconvene in the same bar after the show. I said, 'We’re really old. We’ll have to head for bed then.' They will be back on the floor tonight so I’ll try for a photo of us together.

The Burton Cummings Theater is a grand old venue with a main floor and two balconies with a capacity of just over 1,600. This was the coziest place I’ve seen Neil at ever. The merch line was long and slow so I missed the opening acoustic number 'Thrasher', but I did score another T-shirt for my collection. A woman from Minneapolis and a young man from Winnipeg chatted with me like we were old friends the entire 45 minutes we were waiting.The woman sitting behind us congratulated me as I grabbed my seat because she had given up on getting a shirt earlier due to the long line.

I won’t bore you with the details but the format was a short acoustic set and then Crazy Horse joined Neil on stage. They jammed and soared as only the self-described “third best garage band in the world “ could on a frigid winter night that needed some warming up. And they most certainly did heat up the hall.

I had one wish for the set list and that was 'Don’t Be Denied', Young’s song about growing up in Winnipeg. As you can read in the attached story, Young and the Horse played it last night for the first time since 1997. The show ended much too soon after almost two hours. We floated through the snow back to our campsite.

Waiting for the elevator we talked to a silver ponytail who had attended three of the four shows in Minneapolis last week. He said he had seen Neil about 20 times, and this was the second best show of all he had seen. We’re excited for tonight’s show and really happy that the weather got us up here a day early.

I’m hoping for an even better show tonight as Young has really been mixing up the set lists on this little winter tour.

Here’s the second post:

"We're home safe again after the last leg of this long winter road trip.

In my view, last night's show certainly had the stronger of the two setlists. The acoustic half hour was very similar with the exception of the opener 'Out on the Weekend' replacing 'Thrasher' and 'War of Man' and 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' taking the place of 'Heart of Gold'. The electric Crazy Horse set was mostly revamped retaining only 'Winterlong, 'Cortez the Killer' and 'My My, Hey Hey Hey (Into the Black)'.

I'm with Pancho, Crazy Horse's guitar player who is replaced by Nils Lofgren on this tour, in that I don't need to hear 'Cinnamon Girl' every time I see Neil live. (I remarked to Linda that this has to be the first show we've ever seen without 'Heart of Gold' and 'Cinnamon Girl'. I checked my list and these were our sixth shows to see Crazy Horse, and the thirteenth total Neil shows not counting the two times we've seen CSNY.)

The Centennial Concert Hall was a larger venue than the previous night--2,600 vs. 1,600 and some of the intimacy of the first night wasn't there. I had to nitpick to find a problem with Neil's singing on the electric opener 'Rockin' In The Free World', and I thought that his electric guitar Old Black was lost in the mix in a couple of places in the show.

But, damn! That was a fun two nights of music. (The attached link provides more details about the show if you care.)

PS The three photos are a tour of the stage before a Neil show. [ See jeff.weispfenning | FB]

The set at the start is a mix of an acoustic show and an electric show. In the first photo you can see the tie-dyed grand piano, the huge Crazy Horse banner and the circle of acoustic guitars and one banjo that disappear after the acoustic set. In the second photo, you can see (left to right) the old pump organ (that wasn't used either night), the ring of acoustic guitars, the Love light, the White Falcon Gretch guitar and the wooden Indian. The final photo shows the Danger Bird organ suspended high above the stage. It's up there every time Neil and the Horse play, but I've only seen it come down for 'Like a Hurricane'. It came down last night for the encore. And, maybe my personal highlight, they played 'Danger Bird'."
Thanks for the reviews Jeff! Very thoughtful indeed and much appreciated details and commentary.

Now, please let us know your FB page where the photos are posted and we'll update here.

Also, see:

See you down the road!
ps - Keep it wild

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At 2/07/2019 07:35:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

I'm with Pancho, Crazy Horse's guitar player who is replaced by Nils Lofgren on this tour - just for the records Nils Lofgren was in the original Crazy Horse line up and on the first album 1970.

At 2/07/2019 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Hi Thrashewr,

Completely off topic but when I tried to log into NYA today ( I am in the UK)

I received the following message

Welcome to nginx!
If you see this page, the nginx web server is successfully installed and working. Further configuration is required.

For online documentation and support please refer to

Please use the reportbug tool to report bugs in the nginx package with Debian. However, check existing bug reports before reporting a new bug.

Thank you for using nginx.

Is this a virus or is it genuinely connected with NYA.

At 2/07/2019 01:37:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Julia: I got the same thing a few times - not a virus, did a thorough scan and I'm clean, plus it's the only site where it's happening. Finally figured out you get that if you end up at the non-secure, not the secure Not sure why that happens sometimes, could be a bug on the NYA end?

At 2/07/2019 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@Andy: Original Crazy Horse lineup was Neil/Danny/Billy/Ralph. Nils joined for the first (non-Neil) Horse album, along with Jack Nitzsche, after working with Neil on ATGR. But he left after that to focus on his own band, Grin, though he did participate in the TTN sessions.

Anyway, like Ralph said on Facebook after the second Winnipeg show: "Poncho did NOT replace Danny....Nils is NOT replacing Poncho...they all are diff(erent), in the touch...tonight Nils became the new era...Crazy Horse always moves long as the big guy, Billy and Ralph are here."

At 2/07/2019 02:15:00 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Babbo B

Thank you very much

At 2/07/2019 02:50:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Thanks for the reviews. On another note I just noticed I received a response from a query Id made to NYA. In my GMAIL account it was under the Promotions tab. Normally this folder is akin to spam and I only check it to delete all. Just a heads up.

At 2/08/2019 02:24:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Not wishing to be petty but |I didn't say Nils replaced anybody just that he was on the original Crazy Horse album with Danny Whitten. Nils was unable to be photographed as he was signed to CBS with GRIN - just a piece if trivia. Whitten was the main man in the Horse writing, playing and singing.

At 2/08/2019 11:01:00 AM, Blogger JeffH said...

Merch line was nuts at the Burt but way better at the CH - bigger lobby, bigger setup and multiple lines. Moved much faster than the Burt one did.

Too many yellers and song requesters at both shows, but not as bad as some solo shows over the past couple years. Neil remained jovial. I still can't believe they opened the CH portion on Monday with RITFW.

William Prince opened and was incredible as always!

At 2/08/2019 11:16:00 AM, Blogger DREman said...

Andy is correct. Nils is in the band and on the first Crazy Horse solo album in 1971. See credits here:

At 2/08/2019 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I’m in a hospital room with my mom using a portable device so was unable to copy and post each of these. I did, however, make the posts public on my page.

At 2/08/2019 03:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Babbo - thanks for the support and for being here, as always.

@ wsanjose01 - thanks for heads up.

@ Andy - no worries. everryone wants to be as correct ass possible.

@ JeffH - so what merch did you score?!

@ DREman - thanks on confirmation!

ps - Induct Crazy Horse into Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

@ Jeff - thanks for link. Updated post above.

Best of luck w/ Mom!!! take care

At 2/08/2019 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm home and on my desktop. Here are the links to the concert posts:

At 2/08/2019 05:09:00 PM, Blogger JeffH said...

Grabbed a black event tee, NYCH plus dates on the black, small horse logo on the chest. Another black tee, ole lady loved that, haha...

At 2/09/2019 01:25:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

oh I believe it. I even called it, RITFW open of CH set. After the infrequency of NYCH shows and the build up of anticipation for them it made sense to me. KORITFW indeed.


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