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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

"Force of Nature": 34+ minute version of "Like A Hurricane" + RITFW on Hearse Theater | Neil Young Archives

"Like A Hurricane"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

NYA Movie Night @ Hearse Theater

"I came. I saw. And I Smelled the HORSE!"
is how one Crazy Horse fan described the experience.

"Force of Nature" is a new video of an epic 2013 "Like A Hurricane" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse playing now on NYA Movie Night @ Hearse Theater (or see Page 4 of the Times Contrarian). Also, included is the final encore song "Rockin' in the Free World".

The 34+ minute version of "Like A Hurricane" at the Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland on July 23, 2013 takes places during a torrential thunderstorm... and the band plays on. And on. And on.

"Like A Hurricane"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland on July 23, 2013
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There are quite a few epic songs in Neil Young's vast catalog, as we noted previously in 2018 when the performance first debuted in Hearse Theater.

via Neil Young Archives

But what makes "Like A Hurricane" often especially spectacular when played is not what happens just on stage but all around it simultaneously. As we have seen over the years, the song's performance sometimes seems to literally alter the weather to create the ultimate alternate state of reality transporting the audience to far away dimensions.

Neil Young writes on NYA Movie Night @ Hearse Theater:
Playing with Crazy Horse on the Alchemy tour in 2013, we were at a racetrack or soccer field in Nyon Switzerland. Part way through the show, Steve Drymalski, my tour manager, came out on stage and whispered “There is a hellacious storm coming here in a few minutes! We might have to pull the plug.” We decided to play ‘Like a Hurricane’ and see what happened. It lasted 33 minutes I think. Enjoy this one of a kind performance, ‘A Force of Nature’ from ‘Alchemy.’ At the end we started right into Rockin’ in the Free World!

The complete ‘ALCHEMY’ film will be coming to the Hearse Theater in 2021.

Such is the case at the Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland on July 23, 2013. The Concert Review of the Moment is from the Neil Young & Crazy Horse concert by wolle:
July 24th nearly 6 o clock in the morning..comin back home by car after a long ride 430km from western switzerland, all clothes , all is wet, wet as can be after all that....

First all of it started in a very good mood, nice weather and a beautiful organized paleo festival , it was my first time there and i was overwhelmed by the people there, all continents were there , african musicians, asian people, food and art and music from all over the world.

The concert of neil young and the horse began at night at 23.00 pm and it started with an epic long version of love and only love, got over to powderfinger with 3 solo parts after another, moved over to the psychedelic pill and a tremendous burning thundering walk like a giant over to hole in the sky and then the acoustic part began with heart of gold. After that song, neil was not comfortable with the hank williams D28 , was not in tune ...the new larry who looks like andy warhol had to come out and tune hanks guitar on stage while neil was standing there grinning.

At blowin in the wind it happened a lyrics mistake and at comes a time he had a wrong chord but didn't matter^^ then he started with singer without a song and no woman with a guitar bag was seen on stage the first time he played that xD but as he started playin that a cold wind came around the scene and thunderbolts and then it began slightly to rain...neil saw that and played it til the end , stood up from the piano and then the wind came mighty and blew his black hat from his head away! Neil was surprised , saw that rain also from the roof comin down on stage and the flashings at heaven . He ordered the organ to get it down on stage and they began like a hurricane to play!

The thunderstorm now was more and more heavy and like the monsoon at australia the storm blew us nearly away we got wet all around and neil and the horse played the strongest, most brutal but also melodic and most emotional hurricane ever heard at concert!!! he sang nearly 6 verses of hurricane he played solo 100 times over hurricane, at the end of the song he started again from the beginning and all culminates into an extended excessive sound and thunder , that was so incredible to the whole scene all around !

The audience was so great and cheered to the boys on stage tremendously so they played on and on. Neil saw the wet audience gave hurricane a thunder ending and moved immediately over to rockin in the free world and the water of the monsoon came rollin down from the hill behind me and right beside me so i stood in a lake!

We cheered the horse and held the line like soldiers at a kamikaze mission and neil and the horse appreciated that much that they came at the end of rockin to the front of the stage and bowed to us neil prayed to us, after they decided to break down the concert because of the incredible storm and too much rain . I thought while he played hurricane, now it is the right moment to die , have no fear, neil and the horse are staying with you, leading you the way to the nirvana, while the stage bursts and break down on me.

i couldn't imagine such a concert in my hardest dreams and it took place reality! It was a spiritual moment feeling the power of nature the storm and the energy the horse played and filled the earth altogether with that enormous power and thunder . That was really magic! After the concert broke down i try to get to my car walking through rivers that the rain caused and found my car and could get out of that mud , drove many hundred kilometres through thunderstorm through switzerland to germany back in the prairies where all was dry but all things i had were almost wet and i was still alive-
Very, very cool wolle! We've had the privledge of some epic LAH ourselves, but never the total 3D experience. Maybe someday...

"Like A Hurricane"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Concert Reviews and more on Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Reviews - July 23, 2013 .

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At 5/12/2020 04:47:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

bumped comment from
That extraordinary video of Like A Hurricane from Switzerland 2013 is now showing again over at NYA, this time with Rockin' In The Free World included as well. Rarely has a concert film made me feel like I am soaking wet in a perfectly dry room, but this one managed it.

As I've said before, guitarists are prone to coming out of retirement with the same frequency as mafia Dons. If Poncho were to make an occasional return to the studio or live stage when the current crisis is over, I think a lot of fans would be very happy. In the meantime, though, I hope he is doing well and knows he is missed.

Best wishes everyone: I hope you are all doing well, too. Plenty of treats to enjoy on NYA recently at least! And Dylan's new album is on the horizon as well.


At 5/12/2020 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

I couldn’t agree more with Scotzman. This performance is why I love Crazy Horse. Poncho brings such joy and integrity to the whole experience. He is truly missed, but he has a life to live outside of the world of music, and I admire his tenacity to pursue it on his own terms.

I really look forward to seeing the Alchemy film that Neil mentions in the description of this unparalleled performance. A very fortunate and absolutely drenched audience completely committed to the shear joy of live Crazy Horse. As remarkable as the music is, I’m so grateful that this was captured on film, as it truly is a visual experience.

Everyone please be safe and listen to the science first, and then proceed with caution. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one during this pandemic, and for those who have been spared, please send some love to those who haven’t been as fortunate. There are a lot of very sick people around the world right now. Be well.

We are stronger together.

Peace 🙏

At 5/13/2020 08:01:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

First song from Homegrown is the song of the day at Neil's site. Take Care Everyone

At 5/13/2020 09:50:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

bumped comment from by Kundalini:

I too have just wallowed in the rain along with Billy, Frank and Ralph along with Neil watching and rewatching and then once again to end with Rockin’ in the Free World. We are so lucky to have access to witness the creative work en vivo. Hope you all got a chance to watch or need to wait till the full concert is released. I, for one, find my social isolation less so each day I get to absorb a Neil memory.

At 5/13/2020 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Art Carey said...

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