Monday, June 17, 2013

Cut The Guy Some Slack! Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the RDS - Saturday 15 June 2013

I have to start this review with a comment about the number of negative comments and reviews about this gig at the RDS. Reading tweets on the train on the way home we couldn't believe the comments- had these people been to the same concert as us?



Starting the afternoon in Madigan Square Garden, the new beer garden in Horseshow House opposite the RDS, was a great start. The beer was flowing freely (not free!) and the hotplate bbq was dishing out  €5 burgers, sausages and chicken fillet burgers at a fair rate. The atmosphere was good as we all anticipated the great show ahead, buying Neil Young-style hats and crashing the men's loos when the queue for the ladies was too long ("good on ya!", "and why shouldn't ya?!" were among the comments).

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The atmosphere in the RDS was also great as everyone mingled around buying chips and beers as the support bands warmed up the crowd. Now, before we go any further, this was a Neil Young and Crazy Horse concert, NOT Neil Young. Crazy Horse is Neil Young with Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina.

Crazy Horse is (albums) After the Goldrush, Tonight's the Night, Rust Never Sleeps, Americana and the new Psychedelic Pill among others. From those albums we got;

1. Love and Only Love (from Ragged Glory 1990)
2. Powderfinger (Rust Never Sleeps 1979)
3. Psychedelic Pill (2012)
4. Walk Like a Giant (Psychedelic Pill 2012)
5. Hole in the Sky (new and unreleased)
6. Comes a Time (Comes a Time 1978)
7. Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan cover)
8. Ramada Inn (Psychedelic Pill 2012)
9. Cinnamon Girl (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere 1969)
10. Fuckin' Up ( Ragged Glory 1990)
11. Mr. Soul (Written by Young, recorded by Buffalo Springfield)
12. Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black) (Rust Never Sleeps 1979)
13. Cortez the Killer (Zuma 1975)



Now this great guy is sixty-seven years old and rocking with the best of them out there. He is still writing majorly good music and lyrics as seen by the most recent release of Psychedelic Pill. His set list covered Crazy Horse tracks from 1969 right up to the new material. But what got people rankled was the extended jams between Young and his band (which he loved and the smile on his face was a sight to behold) and also the feedback session. But objectors need only look at the Crazy Horse discography to see 1991 Arc which was "a 35-minute composite of feedback, guitar noise, and vocal fragments". This is Young with Crazy Horse. Get over it. If you wanted Harvest then you came to the wrong show.

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