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Old 12-07-2012, 01:48 PM
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Neil Young Sandy Benefit Concert

At the last minute we decided to see Neil Young in Atlantic City last night. I have several of his albums/CDs but had never seen him live before. He was playing with Crazy Horse and I don't know how many more of those tours are going to happen so I figured this was as good a time as any. The show was in a room that normally seats about 3000 but there were no chairs. The sound was very good. Loud but not deafening and very clean. Anyway, with a few exceptions, it was a great show. Neil sure can rip for a 67 year old. Some new songs and some classics and a couple of acoustic numbers for good measure. One odd moment (or moments to be more precise) was what had to be a ten plus minute feedback session that was, I gather, a reproduction of what the storm sounded like. It went on waaaay too long. Everyone around us had that "WTF?" look on their faces after about a minute. He seemed to have a problem ending some of his other tunes, too. Not as in "Faked you out, here's another long jam". More of "Faked you out. Here's a lot of sustain and feedback for about two or three or more minutes". The encore was, fittingly, Like a Hurricane. Probably one of my favorite Neil Young songs. He played an awesome rendition but fell into the same trap at the end. We started heading for the doors about two minutes into the "ending" and didn't miss a thing by the time we were in the lobby.

Rant 1 - What is it with people and their damn phones? The guy in front of us spent a good part of the show taking video of one of large screens on either side of the stage. A video of a video when the real thing is right in front of you? I'm sure the sound on your recording will be awesome. How about looking at the act with your own eyes? Isn't that why you came here? Buy the DVD, for god's sake and stop blocking my view with your annoying I phone.

Rant 2 - If you're ever at a concert and want to find me, just locate the rudest, most inconsiderate a-hole in the place. I will be standing or sitting within three feet of him. And this one didn't even have a phone. I know, we could have just moved but there were four of us and we had a good view where we were.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:11 PM
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I love Neil. He played here in Ottawa a few weeks back, I didn't go but the review I read mentioned the same rambling endings and the like.

I've seen him twice already, and prefer to have my memories of him from 25 years ago and 10 years ago intact.

The phone thing: preach it. The last concert I went to people did the same thing; they stared into a four inch screen for the entire concert instead of actually watching the damned show. I didn't understand it. Almost everyone was doing this (it was a Black Eyed Peas concert I took my son to).
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:23 PM
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Neil is one of my absolute favorite artists, the reason I ever learned to play, but he does get a little weird on stage sometimes. Ironically, it was a phone that made the last concert I saw of him strange, but that was 25 years ago and it was him answering an old rotary as part of the act on stage. It'd ring, he'd quit the song to answer it, no one would be there and so he'd start playing again. Wtf?

Glad you saw it anyway. I darn sure would have gone too.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:39 PM
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I don't need him around, anyhow.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:39 PM
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I saw Neil at the Garden a couple weeks ago. He did the same weird feedback thing then too. But at least this time out he played a bunch of songs the audience would actually know. He doesn't always.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:13 PM
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I flew out to Denver in August for Neil & Crazy Horse's two nights at the magnificent Red Rocks Amphitheater, and was so blown away with the passion & intensity of the music that I then flew down to New Orleans to catch them again last month.

I understand that the (at times abrasive, even brutal) sonic assault that Neil is currently throwing down is not to everyone's tastes, but to me it's as sublime and majestic as a well executed Mozart concerto performed by a world-class orchestra....
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:09 PM
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.... We started heading for the doors about two minutes into the "ending" and didn't miss a thing by the time we were in the lobby. ..
You wanted to see Neil while he was still kickin, but had more important crap to do than watch Neil finish the show? Ha ha. You know the guy on his phone is bitching about you on some other web forum. "Those fuckers who leave before the show is over.." Ha ha.
Hope you were able to get out of the parking lot 20 min. before those who stuck around.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:15 PM
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You wanted to see Neil while he was still kickin, but had more important crap to do than watch Neil finish the show? Ha ha. You know the guy on his phone is bitching about you on some other web forum. "Those fuckers who leave before the show is over.." Ha ha.
Hope you were able to get out of the parking lot 20 min. before those who stuck around.
Well bless your heart. . .

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:47 AM
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I was at the Neil Young show at Red Rocks as well, the prolonged dinosaur distortion stomping parts were my favorite, and the audience was into it, kind of lurching along with him. What did you think of Trey Anastasio? I would have loved to be at that show last night.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:11 AM
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But at least this time out he played a bunch of songs the audience would actually know. He doesn't always.
A reference to the Greendale tour, perhaps? If you want to hear only songs you know, just stay home and listen to your old records and CDs.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:21 PM
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A reference to the Greendale tour, perhaps? If you want to hear only songs you know, just stay home and listen to your old records and CDs.
Or he could go to the concert that he just did. You know, the one where he said he played songs that he knew?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:59 AM
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Neil don't care, he does what he wants when and how he wants. I think that's great.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:06 AM
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I've seen Neil a couple of times over the years. He always puts on a great show, but you never know just what that show is going to be.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:37 AM
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Well, the guy on the phone wouldn't even have noticed that we left - too busy looking at it and he was in front of me. And yes, we left before the guy we came to see was done. Having heard a few of his prior endings, I had no reason to think the last one would be any different and I was right. To each his own. I guess I just don't get it but I don't think I was alone. As Neil would get to the (first) end of a song the crowd would be in a near-frenzy with applause and yelling. By the time it was really over the response was clearly muted. I'm just sayin'.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:40 AM
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Bingo!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:50 AM
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Neil don't care, he does what he wants when and how he wants. I think that's great.
Unfortunately, Neil plays basically the same set every night, and only mixes in a different encore from night to night (ref: sugarmtn.org/. I know there is a "rebellious" nature to the guy, but it is hard to believe that playing the same set every night is akin to the "do what we want" spontaneity of Pearl Jam, The Dead, Phish, etc.

I was at his show this tour in Philly (having seen him solo last year and with his band in 2009) and found myself bored to death at times... he took "Fuckin Up" and beat it to death over and over, and then revived it to beat it some more...
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:06 PM
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A reference to the Greendale tour, perhaps? If you want to hear only songs you know, just stay home and listen to your old records and CDs.
Or he could put on a good show with a decent mix of old and new. Like he did. But doesn't always. Thank god there was no Shocking Pinks crap.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:46 AM
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I saw him perform at Barclay's center in Brooklyn, same tour. Never heard him live before, and it was one hell of a good concert.

Regarding the feedback / extended jam, it's a Neil Young thing, apparently; he really likes to screech it.

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:27 PM
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Neil don't care, he does what he wants when and how he wants. I think that's great.
Neil's pretty bad ass. Neil's just crazy! He's the most fearless musician in all the musician kingdom. Look at that, he's eating a cobra! Ew, he's eating larva! That's disgusting! Nothing can stop him when he's hungry! Neil don't give a shit!
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:32 PM
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Neil's pretty bad ass. Neil's just crazy! He's the most fearless musician in all the musician kingdom. Look at that, he's eating a cobra! Ew, he's eating larva! That's disgusting! Nothing can stop him when he's hungry! Neil don't give a shit!
You're drunk, aren't you?
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:45 PM
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For any fans of vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse circa 1978, the concert film Rust Never Sleeps is truly amazing, and stands right up there with the very best concert films of all time, on par with legendary classics like The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense and The Grateful Dead Movie.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:45 PM
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You're drunk, aren't you?
You're not getting the reference, are you?
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:52 PM
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For any fans of vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse circa 1978, the concert film Rust Never Sleeps is truly amazing, and stands right up there with the very best concert films of all time, on par with legendary classics like The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense and The Grateful Dead Movie.
Live Rust was the first cassette I owned after getting my first Walkman. I wore it out listening in the dark.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:34 PM
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You're not getting the reference, are you?
Apparently not.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:35 PM
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Apparently not.
The post I quoted reminded me of this video. A little gruesome, but very funny and well worth your time.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:54 PM
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The post I quoted reminded me of this video. A little gruesome, but very funny and well worth your time.
I apologize for not yet having memorized the entire contents of Youtube.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:19 AM
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I apologize for not yet having memorized the entire contents of Youtube.
The Honey Badger is a pretty well known SDMB meme:
Cage match - Honey Badger vs Wolverine - Who wins?
Chuck Norris vs. Honey Badger?
Badger vs. Gorilla: Who Wins?
badger5149, please leave, you add nothing
Commercials you (inexplicably) don't hate. See post #3, which shows this video is so well known that they're making commercials based on it.
Mellivora capensis in Iraq Rampage
What is the smallest land animal that a human could not defeat in hand to claw combat


That's only some links of the first couple of pages of Google search results. There are a lot more pages.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:55 AM
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Funny, I've just learned that Neil and Crazy Horse are playing in Cologne in July a few hours ago and instantly ordered a ticket. Was thinking about starting a thread to ask for opinions about the recent shows before I saw this one.

I'm a long time fan of Neil, but only saw him once in 1994 with Booker T & The MGs. Though that was great and very special because he didn't play many shows with that wonderful band (one of the greatest ever IMHO), I always wanted to see him play with Crazy Horse, because of all the things he's done and all the bands he played with, I still like this combination best.

And I'm specially looking forward to endless feedback orgies! That's what I expect Neil Young and Crazy Horse to do (I even own the Arc album mentioned by AHunter3).

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Old 12-14-2012, 05:14 PM
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Just found this by accident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJSV7Ft9xII

My new Neil Young favorite.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:21 PM
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Just found this by accident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJSV7Ft9xII

My new Neil Young favorite.
That's from Jonathan Demme's "Heart Of Gold" movie/DVD.
I haven't seen that in a while..but on a side note, might I add, I find the brown haired woman singing backup with Neil's wife to be quite a thing of beauty.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:25 PM
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That's from Jonathan Demme's "Heart Of Gold" movie/DVD.
I haven't seen that in a while..but on a side note, might I add, I find the brown haired woman singing backup with Neil's wife to be quite a thing of beauty.
Yes! I fell in love with her every time she looked to her left.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:18 PM
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Ahhh, Harvey, just between you and me, her name is Diana DeWitt...shhhhh...
http://www.emmylou.net/bgals.jpg
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