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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany - July 3, 2019

"Danger Bird" - Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany - July 3, 2019

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Neil Young + Promise of The Real continue their Europe concert tour at Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany tonight, Wednesday, July 3.

The summer concert tour of Europe with Neil Young + Promise of The Real leads up to the great co-headlining event of Bob Dylan & Neil Young Concert: Hyde Park, London on 12 July 2019.

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At 7/03/2019 04:53:00 PM, Blogger Pabst said...

Holy crap, what a fucking show!

Opening with Country Home, closing with Piece of Crap.

16th time I've seen Neil since 1996 and it was so great.


At 7/03/2019 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Vili said...

I thought that tonight's version of Rockin' in the Free World would never end, that we had fallen into some sort of a time loop where just as you thought the song was over, it started all over again.

Alas, this was not true and the song did ultimately come to a conclusion. With a handful of Neil's strings snapped loose.

A great gig. A pretty great audience too, at least from where I was standing (well, more like bouncing, to be honest). I saw only one fight break out around me, ironically during Love and Only Love. Which was probably my personal highlight of the evening. The song, I mean, not the heated confrontation over personal space.

And, yeah: Dangerbird!

At 7/03/2019 06:04:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...


Neil Young
Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany
w/ Promise Of The Real

01. Country Home
02. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
03. Over And Over
04. Mr. Soul
05. Helpless
06. Old Man
07. Field Of Opportunity
08. Heart Of Gold
09. Words
10. Lotta Love (electric guitar - White Falcon)
11. Walk On
12. Winterlong
13. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
14. Danger Bird
15. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
16. Love And Only Love
17. Rockin' In The Free World
18. Roll Another Number
19. Piece Of Crap

Length: 124 minutes

Tour: 2019 Promise Of The Real Shows
Band: Promise Of The Real

Neil Young - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica
Lukas Nelson - electric guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson - electric guitar, electric charango, piano, vocals
Corey McCormick - bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo - drums
Tato Melgar - percussion

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At 7/03/2019 06:30:00 PM, Blogger NY 1970 said...

Two amazing set lists. Enjoy every moment all you lucky people.

At 7/03/2019 06:31:00 PM, Blogger rolandthompsongunner said...

Over and Over!?!?!?

Holy cow. These setlists have been amazing.

At 7/03/2019 09:42:00 PM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

At 7/03/2019 10:33:00 PM, Blogger herbsworld said...

If not mistook’n, when Neil rounded the horse back up in red rocks they rolled out “Over and Over”. But the song wasn’t repeated again. You guys are really lucky. Great sets, indeed.

At 7/03/2019 11:10:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

they encored w Over and Over in Lake Tahoe. I was there. But I do believe that was the last one. The Red Rocks version is available here:

At 7/04/2019 02:13:00 AM, Blogger Pabst said...

According to Sugar Mountain, this was the 5th time ever that Over & Over was played live?

How is that even possible?

How does Neil have so many amazing deep cuts like this that he can basically never play a song live?

My mind is still blown from last night.

At 7/04/2019 02:57:00 AM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Over and Over and Dangerbird in the same set?!? Lucky Germans.....

Dylan is gonna have to bring his A game at Hyde Park to keep up with Neil and the Boys....

At 7/04/2019 03:12:00 AM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Btw, who is the guitar player on Lukas's t-shirt? It looks like Bob Weir, but I'm not sure. At first I thought it was Jerry.

If Lukas is rockin Jerry or Bob on his t-shirt, well, that's beyond cool.

At 7/04/2019 05:26:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

A lot of this show has been nicely filmed and uploaded to YouTube, for example:

Now, I know it's YouTube: the sound isn't professional and all that, but it gives you a great idea. Bob Dylan fans are always saying "you have to be there", and maybe there's a grain of truth to that. But a good recording will still point you in the right direction. That's why those barely-listenable tapes from Bob's 1966 tour do little to obstruct the impression of a genius at work.

And, of course, go to the show and the sound may still be subpar. There's also a 37% chance (up to 80% at Hyde Park) you will get trapped between 2 drunks wearing too much aftershave, an increasingly common occurrence at gigs in recent years (overpriced alcohol and bad aftershave apparently sell better than good music).

Everything in life involves some sort of compromise, no matter how hard you try, and up to a point I think it pays to embrace that. So ENJOY the imperfect audience recordings, tolerate the distractions at gigs, settle for "good enough"; and you may find your enjoyment actually increases. This can be the wise approach, but it can also become a trap. Keep on compromising and it's a slippery slope: pretty soon you've got nothing left.

So! Onto the show. Neil's doing a very Crazy Horse-inspired set, and he's doing the songs in essentially their original arrangements. Unlike Bob, Neil plays his songs and you don't have to guess what you are hearing.

Now, I know the big appeal of POTR is that they can play anything. But to my ears, POTR do specialise in the more countrified material: they lack that raw horsepower to propel songs like Over And Over and Into The Black fully into the stratosphere. Lukas's sprightly stratocaster playing and Micah's stoner telecaster are fine instruments in their own right, but what's missing is Poncho's gutsy bedrock of molten guitar, Billy's insistent bass, Ralphie's trapeze-catching drums, the explosive chemistry of all four instruments locking together in unison.

And on the electric tracks, I feel POTR are at their best when one of the guitarists moves over to the keys. On songs like When You Dance and Hurricane, with 2 guitars and keyboards, the soundstage just opens up (and the rest of the musical universe with it).

Listen to that! It sounds a thousand times better.

Overall, I'm liking a lot of what POTR are doing with Neil this year, just as I did on their last tour of Europe in 2016. And you can hear how much these songs mean to Neil, how much passion he has and how he revels in unbottling it for us on stage. That's the thrill of it. Of rolling back the years and just letting that flame keep on burning, without burning out.

How's Dylan going to cope following Neil in Hyde Park? Bob does his own thing, and he does it very well. Lately he's been experimenting with stripping his songs back to skeletal musical forms (listen to recent barebones peformances of Girl From The North Country, for instance). And when you are the "best songwriter in the world (trademark)", that's a very powerful approach to take indeed. I wouldn't underestimate him.

And I wouldn't underestimate Neil Young either. I hope all of you attending these shows have a great time.


At 7/04/2019 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Sugars Chauffeur said...

This really really was a GREAT show. While comparisons only serve a certain purpose, Dresden was a bit Dull and Berlin was Buzzing

why ?

Neil was focused

The singing and playing miles away from Dresden and very very good

The song selection - what can i say that you cant already see

One song had barely finished and Neil is nodding to get the drum sticks clicking and they are off again , barely a pause at times. Full on Ramones-styleee

I always correlate Neil's on stage movements to his enjoyment and commitment and thus our benefit - he had full workout on stage

String popping is highly related to his top groove in the show

A good amount of Neil "conducting" the boys via head nodding. Fun to watch and i assume they love that gentle goading.

Good risk great even greater rewards. Lotta Love on Falcon was sublime - what a choice and delivered perfectly like they had rehearsed it loads
ditto Field of Opportunity. These 2 songs in particularly highlight POTR to me

Some really good Ol Black workouts especially on Dangerbird I mean, where did that come from ?

A CH busting Hey Hey, very powerful. Did i hear and read too much into a particularly pointed delivery of the "the King is gone but is not forgotten " line?

Having fun on stage - post popping the strings he playfully hobbles across the stage using Ol Black as a faux walking stick while Lukas does dodgy back flip and lands on his ass.

Some really great focused and committed playing from Neil with ageless perfect vocals.

And when Neil finishes the show, is really beaming and from front of stage says something about the night being "spiritual" , you know it was... and it was.

One to search out ;-)

At 7/04/2019 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

This is odd...

At 7/04/2019 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

With thanks to CrazyHorse151 on YouTube, here is a video of Dangerbird, featuring some awesome guitar playing/demolition work and very solid backing from POTR. Some of Neil's guitar playing this year has just been extraordinarily good.


At 7/04/2019 11:00:00 AM, Blogger Vili said...

@SugarsChauffeur: While I can't remember the exact quote, I think the show ending "spiritual" remark was something along the lines of "I thought I'd leave you on that spiritual note", in a joking reference to the last song, Piece of Crap. :)

At 7/04/2019 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

Here's Piece Of Crap, courtesy of MrDrohnex:

At 7/05/2019 10:41:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks to all on comments on Berlin.

@ Scotsman - Thanks so much Scotsman. Good points on POTR bringing out the Neil passion. And, yes, when aving one of the Nelson boys on keys, the soundstage can really open up and allow for locking into the groove, CH style.

Checking out Dangerbird now now.

The Nelson Boys chorus response on DB lyrics work perfectly.

The jailbird takes the rap
And he finds himself spread-eagled on the tracks
But the training that he learned would get him nowhere fast

(And I know we should be free)

With the rain pounding on his back he recalls the moment that he cracked

(But freedom's just a prison to me)

Long ago in the museum with his friends

('Cause I lied to keep it kind)

And like those memories the rain keeps pounding down, down, down

(When I left you far behind).


bumped your comment here with YT vid @

@ Sugars Chauffeur - so, Dresden was a bit Dull and Berlin was Buzzing?!

yep, can hear that POTR as being like you say full on Ramones-style.

@ Jim - yes, seems odd... but appropriate.

wooden ships, man


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