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Comment of the Moment: Neil Young Solo @ White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA - Thursday July 20

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@ White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA - July 20, 2023 
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The Comment of the Moment is from posting Neil Young Solo @ White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA - Thursday July 20 by Devan:

My first trip down to the USA for a show since COVID, and it was quite a surreal night.

This tour is such a strange fit for the venues he's been choosing. This is an almost elegiac show - Neil's was preoccupied with reminiscing about lost friends and thanking the crowd throughout, and yet the crowd itself was, as others have noted, very rowdy. Lots of folks shouting requests, talking during the obscure tracks... and yet, it almost became a part of the experience. It took me back to the Tonight's The Night bootlegs: an artist challenging their audience to have 'fun', if they dare. The specific performance of Mr. Soul, which he introduced as "We're going to do a hootenanny!" (Crowd cheers) "... but not yet", and proceeded to play a dark dirge-like version on the pump organ, was particularly indicative of his general tack for the night.

The show is fastidiously-staged, but so many of Neil's decisions seem calibrated not to cover over his frailty as he ages but to highlight it. He could very easily pick a series of fairly simple lay-ups, sit down, and perform them pretty darn solidly, but he doesn't: A Dream That Can Last was a bit of a mess, and he stalked around the stage while playing his usual harmonica-guitar setup and switched instruments mid-song at one point. And then he'd pull out 'Birds' (my favourite performance of the night) execute it flawlessly.

Between his usual trollish (a word I use lovingly) audience-challenging and the way that his advancing age was so apparent in his performance (it really feels like ten years have passed since the 2019 show I saw, not five), it was a hugely emotional night for me and one of the more unique performances I've ever seen any artist give. I'm glad I saw it.

(I should also add - Burned was definitely performed. One flub, but a good rendition on the whole. I'm The Ocean, which I was looking forward to, really suffered from the audience being terribly unsettled and a bit obnoxious, at least around me. Homegrown was what appeared to be a true encore - the house lights actually came on at the end of Four Strong winds, and then quickly came down. Huge audience rush back to the venue. Very special moment.)

Thanks for the report here Devan. Interesting observations, especially how it  felt like more ten years have passed rather than only five.  We wonder if we'll feel the same if we ever get to catch the tour if it makes it to East Coast?

 Neil Young  
@ White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA - July 20, 2023 
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At 7/22/2023 05:39:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Man am I glad I saw Bend and not this show. Those friggin idiots would have seen confrontation from me guaranteed. Bend was so respectful. Here's a quote from a Bend review "Several times he stopped to thank the audience for it's attention and it responded with as much rapt silence as I've heard at the amphitheater ".

At 7/22/2023 09:03:00 PM, Blogger Jesse said...

I had a great time in Auburn. No drunk fools around us. It's just the luck of the draw as to who's sitting next to you and could happen at any show.

At 7/23/2023 12:11:00 AM, Blogger hippiedream said...

Attended both Bend and Auburn as my 17th and 18th shows since Smell the Horse in ‘91. Both Costal tour shows had the most mellow crowds around me even for solo shows that I have attended. It is really dumb luck who is near you. BTW, 1992 solo in Detroit was the by far worst for idiots in the crowd for solo show due to all the unreleased material

At 7/23/2023 01:19:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

We had some issues with rude behavior at Auburn but mostly the crowd was good and respectful.

It’s the luck of the draw who you sit next to, but me w/o my wife -solo- at Auburn meant that I could simply change my seat and have some new neighbors. And I did, many times, to get a bit closer. I didn’t step on any toes with my shenanigans & everyone I sat next to was very nice.

Neil’s set drew me in like a Moth to a lamp. I did some jockeying for position.

Neil was apparently not outraged at the Auburn crowd. He played a double encore and added songs. If he was pissed, he would have ended it earlier and admonished the crowd perhaps.

We had a killer show in Auburn. Crowd behavior seems hit and miss. The Pandemic and modern divisions seem to be causing more rude behavior just about everywhere else. Concertgoers are throwing things at singers onstage.

Life goes on. I got my concert battery charged up to the max. I am still walking in air after that great show.

Your brother Alan in Seattle


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