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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 02:48 PM
Saw old Shakey in Edinburgh last night and he was absolutely incredible. Anyone here who' s seen Neil on this tour would have been blown away. Only problem was he played for so long ( 2 3/4 Hours ) I missed the last train and had to get a taxi home.

Acoustic Set
1- From Hank To Hendrix
2- Ambulance Blues
3- Sad Movies
4- A Man Needs A Maid
5- Try
6- Harvest
7- After The Goldrush
8- Mellow My Mind
9- Love Art Blues
10- Don't Let It Bring You Down
11- Heart of Gold
12- Old Man
Electric Set
13- Mr Soul
14- Dirty Old Man
15- Spirit Road


1- Down By The River
2- Hey Hey, My My
3- Too Far Gone
4- Oh Lonesome Me
5- Band Intros
6- The Believer
7- Powderfinger
8- No Hidden Path
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9- **** in' Up
10- Cinnamon Girl


 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 02:55 PM
The recordings that have come out of the tour have been great and show Neil in fine form.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 03:44 PM
Wow what a fantastic set! I bet it was worth the gigantic taxi fare! Sometimes he just plays mostly the new songs so you got a treat indeed (even though the new ones are awesome). I saw him only once on Greendale tour and was a little disappointed since it isn't my fav. album.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 07:56 PM
Glad you had a great time Alan ... Jan and I are going to see him in London on Thursday night ... really looking forward to it

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 10:05 AM
Glad you enjoyed, Alan.

The Tiimes gives it a rare ***** review (I would have posted a link but the website seems to be down).

Enjoy the show, Colin!


 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 11:21 AM
Cheers Guys
Your in for a rare treat Colin!!!! If either of you want a copy of the Edinburgh show. It's on my hard drive right now

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 12:22 PM
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Your in for a rare treat Colin!!!! If either of you want a copy of the Edinburgh show. It's on my hard drive right now


That would be nice Alan ... thanks very much

By the way ... was there an opening act? ... I know his wife Peggy opened for some of the gigs in the US, but with a 2¾ hour set I would imagine not

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 12:35 PM
It's on it's way Colin

Peggi came on at 1940 and did a 50min set
Then a 20 minute break before Neil did an acoustic set of approximately 1 hour. They broke again to rearrange the stage and finished just before midnight. Peggi was OK but don't let her keep you out the pub though

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 12:48 PM
In addition to his current European tour there are new Neil Young tourdates for various
European summer festivals announced. Among them: Rock Werchter (Belgium), Roskilde (Denmark) and Bospop (Netherlands).

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 01:25 PM
I saw Neil for the first time in Philly this past December 9. It was the best show I have ever been to, period. That man just blew me away. I still get the chills just thinking about how incredible that night was.

Can't wait to see him again.

Thanks Alan!

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 03:43 PM
Here's The Times review:
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Neil Young at Edinburgh Playhouse

Pete Paphides


How do you best acknowledge a standing ovation before you have even played a note? That's a conundrum that Neil Young, now 62, has yet to figure out to his own satisfaction. For the meantime, it seems enough to avoid eye contact with the source of the noise. And when the fan love gets too blinding, you can always drily pretend to shield yourself from its glare.

They called out requests from the off, but it didn't occur to anybody that he might pick up one of the eight or so guitars that encircled him and dust down Ambulance Blues from On The Beach (1974). “Waitresses are crying in the rain,” he sang. “Will their boyfriends pass this way again?” - one of the saddest lines in one of his saddest songs. An entire performance in itself, and yet something in the focused grimace of Young's delivery led you to suspect that he was only just warming up.

A dozen or so other acoustic songs - mostly culled from Young's early albums - could almost have been taken as an apology for the singer's most recent British shows, during which he performed his 2003 concept album Greendale in its entirety.

If Young once sounded like an old soul imprisoned in a young man's body, versions of Harvest and Old Man resounded from a more appropriate vessel. A small child started crying during After the Goldrush, which somehow seemed to fit the modified refrain, “Look at mother nature on the run in the 21st century.”

For the final hour Young mixed safe bets with the occasional left-field surprise. Back in 1979, Hey Hey My My was Young's riposte to punk. But what he has is far more thrillingly primitive than rock'n'roll itself. On a churning Mr Soul he deployed his guitar much like an old farmer might crank up a piece of ancient machinery. With two solos that might just as well have come with Post-it Notes saying, “Back in five minutes” - and that major-chord sunburst on the line “Yeah, she could drag me over the rainbow” - Down by the River was even better. Then he played Powderfinger the way it's meant to be played - on equipment that sounded as if it could barely contain its magnitude.

If his fans had been moved to stand up at the beginning, they were all but levitating now. “Just think of me as the one you never figured,” goes the song, but really, there was little to figure.

“It's a good thing I got going on and I'm thankful for it,” he said. At that moment he seemed as much a spectator as the rest of us, mildly uncomprehending of what had been achieved in his name. Who, on this form, could blame him?





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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 04:12 PM
Agree with those last 2 posts. Saw Neil at the United Palace Theater in NYC. Definitely one of the top 5 shows I've ever been to. Greendale a few years ago may have been the worst. Glad I decised to give Neil another shot.

I think Neil was editing the Massey Hall CD last year and got nostalgic; hence the small theater tour. Don't think we'll see him do this again - he's mentioned how financially this is much more difficult than big venues. I even offered to take my wife to Paris on Valentines day to see him again; despite her pleas that I'm never romantic she turned me down. I guess she knew my real motivation.

If you listen to the you=tube clips Neil's acoustic set is staying strong, but I think his voice is having a hard time keeping up with the electric set (though his guitar playing is staying strong/) Again, anyone luck enough to catch the final leg of the tour enjoy it. Don't think Neil (in this format) will be coming down the pike again.

 

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  posted on 3/6/2008 at 03:06 AM
Did anyone go to the show last night at the Hammersmith Apollo in London?

I will be going tonight and would appreciate some idea of the show timings ... start / finish of each set etc.

 

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  posted on 3/6/2008 at 04:40 AM
Hi Colin

Great show last night at Hammy. No Hidden Path was the pick for me...

As far as timings go it was approx: Acoustic 8:30-9:30, Electric 10:05-11:35 (including encores).

I stayed in the pub while Peggy was on...

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  posted on 3/6/2008 at 06:19 AM
Thanks for the info Ian ... timing is tight for me as it will be 6-30 by the time I get to Hammersmith and I will need to get dinner before going into the show. I will try to catch some of Pegi's set, but at least I know to aim for 8-15 as a deadline so I don't miss any of Neil.

Did Mr B and his stealth equipment go with you last night???

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  posted on 3/6/2008 at 08:23 AM
Hi Colin

Mr B made it but his gear did not...

Cheers

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 06:38 AM
Neil Young @ the Hammersmith Apollo, London, Thursday 6th March, 2008.

Wow!!! . . . What a show!!! . . . that’s it if you want the short version, if you want the longer version, read on . . .

I managed to get out of work slightly early so that Janet and I were able to get to London with time to spare for a quick “pie and pint” at a local hostelry before making our way over to the Apollo, arriving shortly after the doors had opened at around 6.45. There was a plethora of scalpers outside, stopping everyone to ask if they had spares to sell; I can only image that as they weren’t offering to sell that what few tickets they had got their grubby little hands on were quickly snapped up, such is the growing popularity of this tour.

There was a mad scramble around the merchandise stand just inside the main doors, we decided that neither of us needed another “T” shirt that badly to join in the scrum and so we made our way upstairs to the bar and grabbed another quick beer before heading in to catch Pegi Young's opening set.

For those of you that are not familiar with the Hammersmith Apollo (which used to be called the Hammersmith Odeon), it is probably the London venue that is most similar in size and nature (art deco period) to the Beacon Theater in NYC. The only major difference is that there is just a single balcony at the Apollo, although it is large and has a capacity equivalent to the combined capacities of the loge and the balcony at the Beacon. Our seats were on that balcony, second row, just left of centre, pretty much being the equal of sitting second row in the Loge at the Beacon; excellent position, especially as the two people that sat in front of us were about 5 feet tall on tip toes and so we could easily see over them.

The stage set resembled a theatrical storage room. It was strewn with all manner of old equipment, amps, lights, stage props, even Neil's vintage pump organ seemed to be for decoration purposes only. Neil's main amp was mounted on a skateboard that was operated from offstage by a wire, moving the amp left and right too allow the guitar technician to get onstage with Neil's guitars for changes between songs.

The most avant-garde part of Neil’s entourage, however, was an artist who was painting large canvases at the back of the stage throughout the acoustic set. Then, during the electric set, he would come to the front right of the stage before each song and place a canvas on an easel, with the painting depicting and naming which song was about to be played.

Anyway, back to Pegi’s opening set . . . She came on with her band (Ben Keith, Rick Rosas and Anthony Crawford) at about 7.30pm and played a 40 minute set of country acoustic numbers. I have to say that country music does not particularly appeal to me, but Pegi’s voice is sweet and not too “country”, so I found the set quite pleasant. I’m sorry, but I cannot give you a set list of what she played, but she did keep alluding to a new album so I guess most were from that.

Then, after a short interval during which a small army of roadies re-arranged the stage and set up Neil’s equipment, Neil came on to a rapturous applause at 8.30pm. He was dressed in a white suit that looked well worn, like a colonial emissary in a tropical appointment, but more importantly he looked fit and well. He sat centre stage, surrounded by a circle of eight guitars, with a grand piano to the right and a bar room piano to the left. In front of his seat was a stand with a selection of harmonicas and a bottle of beer, from which he wet his whistle from time to time during the acoustic set, which comprised the following songs:

From Hank To Hendrix
Ambulance Blues
Kansas
A Man Needs A Maid
Try
Harvest
After The Gold Rush
Old King
Love Art Blues
Heart Of Gold
Out On The Weekend
Old Man

During the acoustic set, in between songs, Neil wandered around the stage seemingly confused, scratching his head and appearing not to know what to do next or what guitar to play, strumming a few of them whilst on their stands. It is clearly all an act, however, because despite the odd shout from members of the audience calling for favourites, Neil remained very focussed and knew exactly what he was going to play next. His playing was superb, and despite a few changes in pitch to avoid straining, Neil's singing was practically unchanged from the original versions of the songs, which was quite a pleasant surprise.

After the hour long acoustic set, the highlights for me being the nostalgic “Heart Of Gold” and “Old Man”, on which Neil hit the high notes perfectly, Neil left the stage to a standing ovation. As he left the stage, he wandered around his strange set looking at various items en-route, before finally going to chat to the artist at the rear of the stage and look at his work.

Then at 10pm, the lights went down and Neil returned, this time wearing a black, paint-splattered suit. Neil was now joined by his band, Ben Keith (pedal steel / dobro / guitar / organ), Rick Rosas (bass) and Crazy Horse's Ralph Molina (drums). Neil's wife Pegi and Anthony Crawford also joined them on stage occasionally to provide background vocals. What followed was a classic Neil electric set comprising the following:

The Loner
Dirty Old Man
Spirit Road
Down By The River
Hey Hey, My My
Roll Another Number
Oh, Lonesome Me
The Believer
Powderfinger
No Hidden Path
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Encore: F***in' Up

What a set! Wow! From the beginning to the end I could not keep a wide grin from my face. It was loud, but not too loud, and Neil's guitar tone was as uniquely appealing as ever. The band played very tightly behind him and some of the classic tunes actually sounded better than ever. It is difficult to pick favourites from this set, but the crescendo leading to “Powderfinger” and the extended jamming in “No Hidden Path” certainly provided the perfect climax.

And so, at 11-25pm, it was all over and Neil was waving goodbye. As always, there were a couple of personal favourite tracks missing from his sets that I wish he had included, but I must admit that it would be hard for me to oust any of those he actually played in order to accommodate them. Janet and I left the Apollo very contented. I don’t know if Neil will come by our way again, but if this does turn out to be the last show by him that we see, it will be remembered very fondly and as a fitting tribute to one of the great artists of our lifetime.

Thank you Neil . . .





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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 07:43 AM
Thanks for the great review, Colin. I wish I'd been able to snap up a ticket in time.

I'm puzzled that you refer to the HA balcony as being like the Beacon Loge. The HA balcony is vast, while the loge at the Beacon is compact.

I'm sure there is a good explanation!


 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 08:12 AM
Yes, you are quite right Gordon, as far as capacity is concerned the Apollo Balcony holds as many people as the Beacon Balcony and Loge put together. However, my analogy in this case was that if (as we were) you are sitting at the front of the Apollo Balcony it is the equivalent of being at the front of the Beacon Loge, with regards to viewing position and quality of sound.

Shame you can't find a ticket to one of these shows ... it is well worth the price

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 08:28 AM
great review,Colin...as good as I've ever read ! Glad Y'all had a great time !!! Thanks for this excellent rwview...

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 06:01 PM
awesome review! Man both of the shows that are discussed in this thread look amazing! I have seen Neil Young 4 times and all of them were spectacular.

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 09:07 PM
I would so love to see him, I just hate Hammersmith

He hasn't ever burnt out or faded away.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2008 at 06:19 AM
Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Going tonight and last train's 11.35, which means leaving at 11.10 latest. 100 mile taxi isn't an option!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2008 at 06:52 AM
you can listen to current shows from Neil Young tour on rust radio . Its only on during the weekends. Right now 6:50am est they are playing>
Upper Darby, PA. 2007-12-09

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  posted on 3/8/2008 at 08:14 AM
Great review Colin. I missed out on tickets for this but I was thinking of trying to pick one up outside tonight. Like Dave I'm not a fan of the "Hammy O" but since they relaxed the rules on taking beers to your seat the place has seemed a bit more amenable. Just read on another site that no drinks allowed in the auditorium tonight!!
C.S.N. had the same rule a couple of years ago so be warned Jim. Me? I'm going to save myself 70-80 quid, spend the night in the pub and hang on for a festival show in the summer. Finsbury Park would be nice or Milton Keynes maybe.

 

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