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Thursday, January 26, 2023

THE VIBE: New Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Concert Film Discovery - Germany 2001

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse - Germany 2001 
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From Times-Contrarian | Neil Young Archives comes word that a new Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse concert film has been discovered and prepared for release.
THE VIBE: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
Times-Contrarian | Neil Young Archives 


As the one who has supposedly seen every Crazy Horse filmed performance so far, I was stunned to find another that i had not fully seen. 

Previously I had only seen a single camera lock off of a few songs. When I visited Shakey Pictures World Headquarters the other day, I saw what maybe could be the best Crazy Horse film ever made. It was edited by Rachel Simmer with Tim Mulligan’s sound mix mastered by the Volume Dealers’ Niko Bolas.

What struck me was the pace the horse was holding. There was no rush. Unbelievably in a such great pocket I recognized, but had never yet seen on film. The cameras stunning. Great angles. Great moves. Amazing set and and lighting by Keith Wismar. Wonderous editing.

Now that’s just my opinion, but I have seen them all and this one blew me away. Germany 2001.

Premiere coming to our own Hearse Theater exclusively for our members, who deserve to see this first. Thanks for being there.

Rustie grains have sourced the concert to Erfurt Messerhalle, Germany on July 7, 2001. 

From Rusted Moon, the film discovery began over two years ago, when Neil Young was asked in a letter to the editor about the concert being filmed with several cameras. Neil than replied that he would look for it in his archive.


Per Sugar Mountain, the concert in the Erfurt exhibition hall was one of a total of seven shows that Neil Young & Crazy Horse played during the Eurotour 2001 in Germany. It was also the last tour stop where the band was not expanded to include Pegi and Astrid Young as background singers - in other words, only pure "Crazy Horse".

Ticket - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Exhibition Hall Erfurt, July 7th, 2001

Setlist Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Exhibition Hall Erfurt, July 7th, 2001 via Sugar Mountain

Don't Cry No Tears
 I've Been Waiting For You
Love And Only Love
Piece Of Crap
goin home
When I Hold You In My Arms
From Hank To Hendrix
Don't Let It Bring You Down
After The Gold Rush
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Standing In The Light Of Love
Gateway Of Love
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
powder fingers
Like A Hurricane
Rockin' In The Free World
Tonight's The Night 


Concert reviews from Europe 2001 tour of Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse in Broken Arrow #083, August, 2001.

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At 1/26/2023 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Fantastic news!! Another live show we can enjoy, over and over again!

Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 1/26/2023 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Eurotour ´01 was a very memorable tour, after a NYCH hiatus of about five years and before those 12 years afterwards (until European Alchemy 2013). The Eurotour '01 presented the audience with five new and then unreleased songs, among them the arguably better version of "Goin' Home". Neil Young with his straw hat, the guitar dangling from his back sitting down and playing the piano - that was a cool sight. Not to speak of the surprise encore, when the band played "Goin' Home" a second time to the great pleasure of the audience, which happened at the Munich show and later also in Oslo.

At 1/26/2023 05:12:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Blogger Alan said...

Fantastic news!! Another live show we can enjoy, over and over again!

@ Our Brother Alan in Seattle - yes, deja vu again & again!

@ Dionys - thanks for those Eurotour 2001 memories.

so you were at the Munich? cool on double "Goin' Home". any idea why played twice? messed up 1st time?

catch any other cities?

At 1/26/2023 09:31:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

This post prompted me to go back to Sugar Mountain to see
the shows and tours that Neil has done since I started to attend
concerts as a kid starting with Rust Never Sleeps tour. Been to
11 shows and discovered that there were only 3 tours I missed that
were in range for me. A couple were festivals that I passed on and
a couple where I was out of state when he was around. The big one
I missed was the International Harvester tour in 84, and for the life
of me I don't know what the hell I was thinking or doing as I know
some of my true Neilhead friends went to it here in town. Musta been
the old hag keeping me in chains before breaking free.

Let's just hope he Neil gets back to the road of plenty before too long!
Thanks Neil. Keep on Rocking!


At 1/27/2023 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

With the exception of over-estimated Berlin (as always) I do not think that German venues and audiences hold/held a special position with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, as opposed to Dutch audiences for instance. I think, German dates were part of the everyday routine during extended European tours. Although Neil Young in 2001 said something about Munich during the show that might indicate otherwise: “I could tell you stories, but I won’t”. I took this to be a hint at the not so successful 1987 tour, when the show had to be re-scheduled to a much smaller venue due to poor ticket sales (not the Olympic Hall with its capacity of up to 12 000 or more, but the Deutsches Museum concert hall, capacity 3000). Impressions regarding this one you can see as a part of “Muddy Track”, still I think I would have been a better local guide who would not have steered the band to the Hofbräuhaus.

Munich audiences are not to be impressed easily. The general attitude is, if an European tour did not stop by here, it didn’t happen. That’s because almost all major acts stop by in our little town and Munich rock fans rarely travel to other cities for concerts. The local selection is just too broad and diverse. Bavarian mentality forbids to immediately switch into ecstasy mode, the rule at the beginning of a concert is a rather lukewarm reception, the tenor being “Let’s see what they have to offer.”

By the fifth song of the concert in 2001, “Goin Home”, however, this audience was taken, and when the catchy refrain came around the third time, the front of stage audience was singing along already.
I don’t know the scope of perception a band has during a concert with regards to the audience’s reaction, but I am pretty sure that Neil Young sensed that with this sing-a-long-hymn the crowd was taken in a very early phase of the show. With the second serving of “Goin’ Home” maybe the idea was to record a raucous live version that could be used for official release.

More than two decades later and having learnt of the supposedly underlying personal message of this song I came to wonder how, - professionalism aside -, this very personal or cathartic song could be performed with Pegi Young as a background singer.

At 1/27/2023 03:15:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ SONY - thanks for checking in here. belated HNY for 23!

@ Dionys - appreciate the background.

interesting about Dutch & German audiences. who knew?

We've heard before folks comment about the difference between a New York audience and a Los Angeles audience. mainly along the classic east coast vs west coast stereotypes.

we've only been to Berlin & Hamburg. Is Munich really that different?

also, now that you mention it, “Goin Home” w/ Pegi on vocals?! hmm, puts song in new perspective.

At 1/27/2023 07:32:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

At least the mentality of true Bavarians is as different from the people in Hamburg and Berlin as it can get within the borders of Germany... and that's no stereotype. When at home we don't even speak the same language in a way... Maybe comparable to the difference between Yanks and Southerners? In many respects Austrians, German-speaking Swiss and Southern Tyrolians (Italian citizens, speaking German as their first language) are a lot closer to us, in language, mentality and history than these other Germans. This might not be recognizable for foreigners because at first glance you always will see a German and not his or her regional identity.

At 1/29/2023 06:41:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

"maybe could be the best Crazy Horse film ever made" - NY

Wow! If it is even half as good as Rust Bucket it will be great!

Can't wait to see and hear it.

At 1/29/2023 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Saw Neil Young & Crazy Horse for the very first time really live in Ahoy Rotterdam,the Netherlands in 2001 with my older brother Piet.He never heard Neil and the Horse playing even on tape or film.He was flabbergasted by the energy and the sound.That year I saw Neil twice,same venue in June and July,lucky me.After that I saw him several times on different locations in the Netherlands,solo and with band.He keeps on rocking,unbelievable.Go on like this Neil in good health and spirit.Houdoe,Cees Mostert,the Netherlands.

At 1/29/2023 12:21:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Dionys - we'd have to say really the most stark difference is between city and country folks.

The more rural tend to be real opposites of the urbanites. probably similar to elsewhere in europe?

@ Ron - even half as good as Buffalo Weld (which is half as good Rust Bucket) it will be fantastic!

Can't wait to see and hear it,e ither.

@ Cees - even more reason to look fwd to 2001 Germany video.

say, did you catch recent comments here on "The Dutch Masters"?

if not,we'll dig up links and send.

also, thanks for your continued support of TW and what we do.


At 1/30/2023 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

The difference between a city person who grew up in Munich and a Bavarian rural person is smaller than cultural gap between native born Hamburgers and the Bavarian city person. The reason for that is that the mobility of Germans (and many other Europeans) in general is lower than that of the ever-moving Americans. A Bavarian might move to Hamburg for a couple of years, but ultimately people born in this part of the country tend to go back "home" later in life. So the simple opposition of "somewheres" and "anywheres" does not work to describe the German population mosaic.
Disney World's portrayal of Germans caricatures somewhat our Bavarian culture, in no way it is representative for the rest of Germany, nor is Prussian B-town as a city for other German cities.

At 1/30/2023 01:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

OK, good to know, Dionys. Regardless, we'll soon see and feel "THE VIBE' via Deustchland style.


At 2/02/2023 02:44:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

the last of the great period of CH. The Warfiled shows were great. He played in a robe. may have been sick. warm up to Rock n Rio. We didnt care day of show type thing. He later played Ahoy Rotterdam I Hilversum friends went . But he hit that spot often, Better than PP era. Psychedelic Pill. Good live but I dunno I never liked that record.


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