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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Neil Young Timeline Concert of the Week: Los Angeles, 1999 Solo Tour | NYA

1999 An Evening with Neil Young Solo Tour
(image via Sugar Mountain + Setlist)

We interrupt  our  "unplanned/forced sabbatical" here at Thrasher's Wheat, with  an update on a new full concert stream of Neil Young solo. It's a really good one, too.

Another full concert has been uploaded to the Concert Performance Timeline on Neil Young Archives @ An Evening with Neil Young Solo Tour - Wiltern Theater - Los Angeles, California, Mar 23, 1999.

"Timeline Concert of the Week" | NYA


From T-C | NYA post:

It's a rainy afternoon in Los Angeles——we're wearing sweaters over our mu'umu'us here at NYA, or at least I am——and the vibe has been just right for doing one last QC of our next Concert Of The Moment: March 23, 1999 at The Wiltern.

Closing my eyes and listening to this recording is the first time I've been back at The Wiltern since Kurt Vile burned it to the ground in 2018, and it's a real treat——as Patron Chris writes, an "absolutely amazing show."

Dig it.

—john o


The following request for concert by Chris:

I attended both L.A. shows on this tour. These shows were special to me as they were my first solo acoustic shows. The atmosphere of solo Neil was way different from seeing him with the Horse. The setlists were amazing. Cortez on this night was excellent and actually quite a surprise to me. Absolutely amazing show.
Here is a concert review from Broken Arrow #75: 

Broken Arrow #75:  


Also, see more concert review clippings on  Sugar Mountain + Setlist.

BTW, here is episode #7 of Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast, hosted by our good friends  in Burlington, Vermont. This episode features our very first special guest Rustie extraordinaire Lone Red Rider who discusses the new Concert Performance of the Week series.


Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Vodcast/Podcast - Episode #7 | Hosted by

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Also, see Neil Young Archives: Complete Listing of "Timeline Concerts of the Week" + UPDATE: NYA Subscriber News

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At 10/29/2021 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

There is a new Barn track on NYA "Heading West", but y'all knew that already.

At 10/29/2021 12:59:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Does anyone know which show from '99 the acoustic Cortez was played that was used in Almost Famous?

I know that was a thread on here a while back

At 10/29/2021 01:00:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

some interesting chord progressions on 'Heading West'...I am digging it!

At 10/29/2021 04:08:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

My fav show. Wish id seen more than 1

At 10/30/2021 02:23:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi to you all, here you can see Neil singing Heart of Gold to his son Ben in a recent live stream starting at 1 hrs 4 minutes

At 10/30/2021 01:01:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

After catching 6Neil Young Old Princeton Landing shows in 1996, and seeing him play 8 times that year, I was officially spoiled rotten. The warm up shows in the OPL eclipsed the Concord Ampitheater show. Nothing could compare to being 6’ away from Neil on a 6” stage, live with Crazy Horse, with 150 other very Lucky fans.

So in ‘99 when I saw the high ticket price (hearing only later that it was some kind of benefit) I dismissed the idea of attending the solo show. I wasn’t rich either, which figured into my decision.

A few weeks later on the day tickets were to go on sale, I was doing CT scans on a Saturday morning and this Radiologist asked me, “Are you buying tickets to go see Neil Young? I said “No, the tickets are too expensive.” He said “You’ve GOTTA go.” And he pulled out a $50 bill and handed it to me. It was 9:56AM and ticket sales were ti begin in 4 minutes. I asked my assistant to take the patient back to the ER (we had just finished the exam) and I ran out the front door and hopped into my car. 2 minutes later I was in lines to buy tickets.

I got a fairly good seat in this awesome venue and thanked to rock and roll Gods for once again favoring me. I had previously given this MD some live unreleased Neil Young CDs for his brother, who was a big fan. He returned the favor and then some!

And so, I was at the Seattle March 6th ‘99 show at the Paramount, and it was glorious! No Cortez, but just a fantastic show. I love it when he plays the Banjo so Old King was one of many highlights. There was an overzealous motorcycle enthusiast who bellowed very loudly “Yeeeaaaaaaaah!!!!!!! “ each time Neil sang “Harley Davidson” in Unknown Legend. All the Silver and Gold stuff was strong, which reminds me how I was disappointed when CSN poured syrupy backing vocals onto the3 tracks he let them pick for the album. Neil was having trouble deciding which songs to include and how to sequence the album, I read. But this night, it was all Neil. It was thoroughly satisfying, perhaps better than when I saw him on Harvest Moon solo in San Diego. No low flying helicopters anyway.

There was a high pitched feedback sound which kind of ruined the first set. Neil could not hear it. The crowd was shouting at him and he mused “Something just kicked in. They solved the issue for the 2nd set. I got my hands on a high quality CD set of the show and the high pitched sound is not present. So all in all, it was a fantastic night, and the memories grow fonder as we enjoy the new LA show added on the timeline. Neil Young puts on a very powerful solo show! Here we are, 22 years later. I thought Neil would always be Young. I turned 53 today, and tonight I get to see the Aurora Borealis just north of Seattle. God’s Acid Trip! This has been on my bucket list forever. Best wishes to you all. Alan in Seattle

At 10/31/2021 05:09:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

A belated happy birthday to you Alan, I too have been blessed to see Neil acoustic a few times over the years. The first was an impromptu acoustic set of a few songs on a small stage at the Horde Festival. The second was at the Civic Auditorium in Portland for the Harvest Moon tour, and the third was at Bass Hall in Austin Texas for the Le Noise tour.

Each of these were memorable moments in my life and you’re correct about Neil solo; remarkable.

Peace 🙏

At 10/31/2021 08:02:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Thanks Dan! We were not able to see the Nothern Lights last night but we did our best, drove out to the sticks. No such luck. But we did listen to Hendrix and some NY: Pocahontas I will carry on until the next opportunity. Le Noise was incredible live. I love the album although many don’t, for whatever reason. Alan in Seattle

At 11/01/2021 01:07:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I really envy all of you who have been able to attend so many Neil concerts. I had a traumatic injury when I was 12 that permanently damaged my hearing. Loud noise, including music, can be incredibly painful. So when I was in college, and generally not so prudent, I went to several concerts (and did some more damage). The last Neil show I went to was Greendale and I wore ear plugs, which was not very much fun (but the beer was cold).

I was thinking about the two new songs from Barn. I have read a few things online, one from Rolling Stone, which called the westward song "nostalgic." This is usually the kiss of death in aesthetics, nostalgia is not a good quality. I would like to add something that seems to be relentlessly forgotten. How many rock and roll artists have made it to this point? I ask this question because what seems nostalgic can be reinterpreted as something much more interesting within the context of age and time of life. Memory is our last stand against oblivion, we all should know this and try to understand. As we comprehend our mortality directly, there should be a movement from nostalgia to the complex question of how we came to be (a nest of questions with no answers, a great territory for Neil Young). The albums from the young man, the classic Neil albums, were brushes with mortality, when art can still keep some distance from the real thing. I hear On the Beach as a recognition of mortality from a young person with exceptional insight. But now the distance has closed and we should all pay attention because, as Socrates said, it is the road we will very probably travel ourselves. Neil might help us see what it looks like, he has always helped along the road, he is the guy you pick up hitchhiking who knows something quite shocking and asks a lot of strange questions that end of revealing ourselves to ourselves.

At 11/01/2021 01:30:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Thanks Abner. I am glad you are here. I benefit from your insight. Some of us have been very Lucky, or “blessed” to see Neil Young (and other Artists) play a whole bunch of concerts. Your level of fandom is no less. I appreciate what you have to say on the blog. I hope we are still able to fish out of the streams despite the best efforts of Big Oil to destroy it all. We fight on. We have no choice but to fight on. Have a great day. Alan in Seattle

At 11/02/2021 08:42:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

Nostalgia I too understand to be a pejorative word: longing for a time that never was. That implies that nostalgia is a rather very present day sentiment as opposed to a true emotion based on selective memories. But I agree with the idea that looking back at a life's journey and heading west is a healthy confrontation with one's own mortality.
Crying out for "More Barn" points in the other direction. It asks for the celebration of the moment, trying to make time stand still. His Bobness had it right when he wished (for his fans) to stay Forever Young, he already knew better.
A couple of years ago I was witnessing Dylan fans of the retirement age singing their heart out on I Shall Be Released in that Big Pink basement near Woodstock. It was as if these people were singing at their youth's funeral. But when we left the building they were already joking again and went back to their guitar workshops and seminars (That's from where they came).
There was a time long ago when my friends and I asked the question whether it's possible for a rock star to age gracefully. Very few rock'n'roll heroes have found an answer to that I think, Michael Jagger sending in his own body as a Glimmer Twin avatar onto the stage didn't convince me though. November thoughts.

At 11/02/2021 06:27:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Abner & Dionys - thank you for some very thought-provoking comments...nostalgia...mortality...

to live in the moment is Divine

perhaps there is no future...only 'now'

when we recall the past, we are recalling what was 'now'

when the future arrives, it will be 'now'

...paraphrasing Eckhart Tolle

At 11/03/2021 06:40:00 AM, Blogger Thos said...

I’ll leave the philosophising to you lot!

Just wanted to say I think Heading West is the best, and most honest, thing Neil has recorded in ages, probably since Le Noise.

Whilst issues such as genetically modified wheat and protecting the environment are absolutely crucial, I’m not always convinced they make great songwriting material.

Inspired to get a great guitarist like Nils in and put him to work on piano and accordion! Can’t wait to hear the full album.


At 11/03/2021 11:07:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

I really like ‘Heading West’ a lot, and I can hear the Horse taking this song to the stratosphere when they play it live. This has the potential to be a long jam in concert, and I hope I get the chance to get that experience. The short running time leaves me wishing it was longer which is a very good sign.

Peace 🙏


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