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Monday, September 18, 2023

THIS WEEK: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse - 50th Anniversary Concerts @ Roxy Night Club, Los Angeles, CA

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse 
50th Anniversary Concerts @ Roxy Night Club, Los Angeles, CA


Later this week, Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse will perform as a quintet at the ~500 seat Roxy Theater in Los Angeles on September 20th and 21st. The gigs are benefit concerts for The Bridge School and The Painted Turtle.



In addition to Billy Talbot on bass and drummer Ralph Molina, the two guitarists Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson will also support Neil Young at his benefit concert for the 50th anniversary of the legendary music club. Originally, Willie Nelson's son Micah was supposed to fill in for Nils Lofgren as he was on a world tour with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. However, Springsteen had to cancel all concert dates in September due to health concerns.

Roxy Night Club, Los Angeles, CA
"About 5,000 people gathered along the Sunset Strip to get hold of tickets for the six shows of Neil Young at the opening of the new Roxy club with 500 seats." 
Photo by "Billboard" Magazine - Issue #22, September 1973
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The 2023 band closely approximates the line up known  as the “Santa Monica Flyers” at the Roxy in 1973. Only the late Ben Keith is missing.

Neil Young + The Santa Monica Flyers

Presumably, the Roxy concerts will be the warm up for Farm Aid 23.

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More on track list for Neil Young's "ROXY TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT LIVE".

Image from Booklet on Neil Young Archives Timeline
Neil Young + The Santa Monica Flyers

The Roxy Theater concert was recorded during a run from September 20 to 22, 1973.

Young explains how Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live came to be:
"In 1973, I drove my 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Black Queen, to LA from the North, accompanied by Ben Keith. Once we made it to Hollywood, we met up with Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. Nils Lofgren joined us and we drove to Studio Instrument Rentals on Santa Monica Blvd. David Briggs, producer, and Johnny Talbot, equipment manager, met us there. They had blasted a hole in the wall to connect the green board which we had set up (an old tube board I had purchased that had been used recording many historic sessions from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds to Monterey Pop Festival, among many others) next to the rehearsal hall. Our 16-track analog tape machine was set up next to the board. We had finished recording TTN and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, the ROXY. We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening the ROXY. We really knew the Tonight's the Night songs so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time. ROXY -Tonight's the Night Live is the live recording we made. There is a little Super 8 footage of us driving to the gig in the Black Queen one of those nights."

The Tonight's the Night tour concerts from 1973 are quite legendary amongst most long-time Neil Young fans. Many fans attending the tour concerts were bewildered by the experience expecting hippie acoustic sets in the post Harvest era, yet received loud, harsh, edgy electric sets. But time has since revealed the true masterpiece that the album Tonight's the Night captured. We have explored this topic in depth over the decades. (For more, see Thrasher's Wheat Comment of the Moment.)

For us, the raw Tonight's the Night recordings hold much value in peeking in on that critical timeframe: The Season of The Ditch. Producer David Briggs allegedly had a Tonight's the Night "raw version" which included all of the tape roll pre- and post-song recording. All of the studio, drunken, stoned chatter between the band, The Producer and The Artist. But the tape seems to have been lost to the ages...

Open the tired eyes.

4 Disc Vinyl Record Store Day Limited Edition Pressing

More on Tonight's the Night and the The Ditch Trilogy. 

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At 9/18/2023 03:18:00 PM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

NYA new post says "playing two albums live, all songs predate the original Roxy opening" and "be prepared for Covid tests" yeah & ugh!

At 9/18/2023 03:22:00 PM, Blogger Major Tom said...

Do you think we will also get a "50th Anniversary Edition" of Tonight's The Night, since it was recorded in 1973 as well? I am getting kind of disappointed at the lack of bonus materials for these "50th Anniversary" editions... is this just a label cash grab or does Neil have some autonomy as to what does or does not appear on these releases? I mean, I can only buy the same set of songs so many times - things ain't gettin' cheaper.

At 9/19/2023 12:12:00 AM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

Looks like AXS sent out some invites for a second chance at tickets

At 9/19/2023 11:18:00 AM, Blogger ViP said...

"This will be the experience of a lifetime - be prepared for full cavity search"

At 9/19/2023 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Before I saw Neil's post on NYA about playing two albums live and all songs predating the Roxy opening I was thinking the appropriate tribute to the 73 shows would be for Neil to turn up and play a whole album of songs no one had heard before!

I guess his comments rule that out though.

Perhaps it will be Tonight's the Night and Time Fades Away?

At 9/19/2023 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Frankly, with all the somersaulting backwards this year, I am really getting curious about the new album coming up. So Ron's comment hits a nerve with me. A Santa Monica Flyers Line Up #2 performing an unheard of set of all new songs bookended with a generous single encore of a shambolic TTN to placate the embarrassed audience would be something. But these are benefit shows with audiences who paid for extra expensive tickets, so nobody expects any surprises. And also Neil Young audiences have been there before more than once.

At 9/20/2023 03:29:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Hi thrasher, just seeing if I can post in this thread, as I tried to post a reply on the last Odeon-Budokan thread but it disappeared... twice. Not sure if this is a glitch or moderation is on for some reason?

I have the comment itself saved. Happy to resubmit if necessary.

At 9/20/2023 05:10:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

DUME vinyl edition is coming:

At 9/21/2023 03:43:00 AM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

Tonight's the Night (off & on stage)Everybody knows This is No Where ( no encore)

At 9/21/2023 08:37:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Fun sets. Just too far away logistically. Always willing to support Bridge School. Miss it terribly. It's almost that Fall Classic time o year. Sigh.

At 9/21/2023 09:28:00 AM, Blogger Keith E. said...

First review? Complete TTN and EKTIN:

At 9/21/2023 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

More just a compilation of known facts rather than a review. The author was clearly not at the show. But it does collect the four YT vids that are currently out there.

At 9/21/2023 03:15:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Videos are very poor quality so far. The one guy does not look like Billy tho. Gray head and beard. Shot from back of the crowd. Hoping for a complete pro shot or close to that come along like we sometimes get on YT.

At 9/25/2023 10:55:00 PM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

Hey @Thrasher, I'm just wondering about this photo you have labeled "4 Disc Vinyl Record Store Day Limited Edition Pressing Neil Young's "ROXY TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT LIVE"". I'm not aware of any such 4 disc version. Do you have further info about this? Thanks!

At 9/26/2023 10:05:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Hey @ Knowledge Nomad!

Back on 4/21/18, there was a Record Store Day Limited Edition Pressing Neil Young's "ROXY TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT LIVE"".

More from TW archives @

At 9/26/2023 10:42:00 AM, Blogger Knowledge Nomad said...

Thanks, @Thrasher. Just a point of clarification: I don't believe that release was 4 discs. If you look at your original post, it indicates 4 sides, i.e. 2 discs. That jibes with everything else I've seen about this release.

At 9/26/2023 02:56:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

ahhh, got it, KN. thanks for clarification


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