I wanted to write a detailed review myself about the awesome experience of seeing Neil Young and Crazy Horse live but I'm afraid I won't do it justice so instead have posted a media review below plus one vid that I took on the night. However I want to say, if you ever saw the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts and remember the scene where Hercules & Hylas is confronted by the giant bronze staue of the titan Talos awaking
and coming down from his platform, is what I mean by awesome experience, but Neil has a gentle side as well and no way is he ready to crumble like Talos in the end, even if he did he would laugh it off as "a fuck up" and play on. 67 years old and Neil Young is fuck'nA brilliant.
I started to cry during his guitar solo on Ramada Inn, it was so beautiful. The latest record Physchedelic Pill has a few long marathons and some of the guitar work is really beautiful.I went along with my husband who barely knows Neil Young music beside one or two popular songs and he loved it too. The music world is truly blessed. We love you Neil!
THE world is awash with rock acts cashing in on the nostalgia dollar, touring the world on the back of hit albums made 40 or more years ago.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse are not one of these bands.
Last night a two-thirds full (it's March after all) Entertainment Centre witnessed an act of sonic wizardry that left heads spinning and eardrums bleeding, and full-bodied rock and roll assault on the senses.
Any old hippies hoping to get a buzz on in the car park before chilling to the best of Harvest might have left a little disappointed. Those who truly love the Horse and all that they stand for left with a grin from ear to ear.
The night kicked off in a slightly bizarre fashion, with roadies dressed as mad scientists setting up a stage adorned with giant Fender speaker props, before everyone stood to attention for the Australian national anthem.
That was about the extent of the theatrics though, and it wasn't long before the opening track of Love and Only Love from 1990's Ragged Glory set the stage for what was to come.
Another feedback-drenched favourite – Powderfinger , from Rust Never Sleeps – followed, before the band eased off the throttle a little for Born In Ontario, the first of a number of tracks from new album Psychedelic Pill.
The epic Walk Like a Giant, complete with its whistling refrain, filled at least the next quarter of an hour, ending with the sound of a booming giant footsteps echoing around the stadium courtesy of a truly awesome display of feedback from guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro and bassist Billy Talbot.
Everyone needed a little rest after that, and Young delivered with brand new track Hole in the Sky, followed by classic Heart of Gold from Harvest and Twisted Road, a tribute to his musical heroes Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and Roy Orbison (First time I heard Like A Rolling Stone, I felt that magic and took it home, Gave it a twist and made it mine, But nothing was as good as the very first time).
Unreleased track Singer Without a Song completed this brief interlude of relative quiet before the boys took things back up again with Ramada Inn from Psychedelic Pill, an ode to staying married through the good times and bad ("this one's for your mum and dad", Young quipped), followed by rocking classics Cinnamon Girl, F ... ing Up and a beefed up version of Mr Soul.
Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) ensured the set ended with bang it deserved, before the inevitable encore of Like a Hurricane, which finished with Old Black's strings broken and the audience's hearts soaring.
This was rock and roll in its rawest form, loud and uncompromising. Let's just say Old Shakey and the boys probably won't be playing any post-Clipsal concerts in the near future, and that's no bad thing. It truly was a night to remember.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse live in Australia
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