Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 26, 2000
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Bill Farah's Review
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The show details.
A Minneapolis Tribune review.
- Carry On
- Southern Man
- Stand And Be Counted
- Pre-Road Downs
- 49 Bye-Byes
- Marrakesh Express
- Faith In Me
- Almost Cut My Hair
- Cinnamon Girl
- Helplessly Hoping
- Our House
- Old Man
- Dream For Him
- Someday Soon
- Looking Forward
- After The Goldrush
- Out Of Control
- Seen Enough
- Teach Your Children
[7th Inning Stretch]
- Long Time Gone
- For What It's Worth
- Down By The River
- Love The One You're With
- Rockin' In The Free World
- Long May You Run
review by Bill Farah
Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 26, 2000
Went with my friend Tapper, who said it was his first real concert -- QUITE
the first concert! And it's gonna be tough to top it...
Set list has been stagnant, but that's not a great surprise, considering some
comments from Neil's management last fall. If anything, changes should come
after the 8 day break they have before the second leg. My song hopes:
Johnny's Garden, Change Your Mind, Music is Love, Queen of the Mall, Turn
Back the Pages, It's All Coming Back, Good to See You, and Wild Tales.
(I know they're longshots, but I can dream, can't I?) The upside to the set was
they were real familiar with the material -- new songs fit in perfectly with the
classics (despite what the Star Trib said). Everyone seemed very loose
and comfortable. That's about all I can say about the downsides to the
concert. Telling, isn't it?
Upsides? Too many to count, but I'll try to do some justice...
Second set: the only downside for me was the crowd. Don't get me wrong,
they were quiet for the set, but it seemed to me this is really all they
came for. Could be just me, but it seemed like most of the younger people
were much more into the groove of the harder stuff. The baby boomers
certainly didn't expect the fireworks they got. That said, the wooden
music was great -- seemed each song got better than the last. Particular
faves: Someday Soon, Looking Forward, Guinevere, Seen Enough.
Out of Control was also nice, topping the album version, as it did
on the solo tour.
- Carry On -- After the first line (I think), Stills motioned off-stage
that he couldn't hear. I don't know if the problem was fixed, but he seemed to
just say f**k it, and played harder. The effect was a much more confident
version than the Detroit telecast.
- 49 Reasons (That's the name Croz introduced it with) -- They
false-started this one. Never seemed to get the groove, and Stephen seemed
lost, but he wasn't the only one off, as drummer Jim Keltner raised his hand,
accepting blame. So you're asking, "why is this a highlight?" Because on the
second run through, Stephen, Neil, and Keltner played with FORCE -- really
came off well. It's already a difficult song to play, and the new arrangement
doesn't make things easier, but I'm glad they gave it a second go.
- Almost Cut My Hair -- Highlight of the first set. Croz sang his ass
off, and the guitar duel was magnificent.
Highlights after the 7th Inning Stretch...
On the way home, my friend and I heard Freebird on the radio. I commented
that it just paled in comparison to the Stills/Young duel extravaganza we
just witnessed. Just sounded soft and empty by comparison.
- Ohio -- Keltner's snare, Stills' lead, Neil's chant, and Crosby,
pleading over and over, "Somebody tell me how many more?" Made me want to cry.
- For What It's Worth -- Great jazzed up version, went over really well.
- Down By the River -- Best version these ears have heard. Better than
the Harvesters, better than the Horse, better than Pearl
Jam. Neil was so ON for this it was scary. Eyes shut, just in a
daze -- didn't seem to know where he was, or what was going on -- in the zone.
I was a little apprehensive during the first solo -- he was kind of meandering,
still looking for the groove. But on the second solo -- just INSANE.
My friend and I kept looking at each other wondering if it could really be
Neil just hammered on Ol' Black, initially drowning out Stills. They faced each
other center stage, with Croz in between by the drums, and you could see they
were pushing each other. After a sonic burst from Neil, Stills started soloing
over it, playing these short quick notes, running, no racing up and down the
neck. That single moment underlined why they work so well together -- Neil's
raw, loud passion, and the smoother, quicker Stills hovering over, trying to
At one point, Crosby quit playing rythym altogether -- just threw up his hands
in surrendered wonder. Then they traded licks for a while, till they both got
on the same note. It was a sight: Neil bouncing all over the stage on this note,
and Stills hopping up and down. Neil finally made it over to the mic to sing a
chant of "Be on my side," before launching into another solo, but not before
shouting out, "SHOT HER DEAD!" This song is
the sole reason I'm getting a boot of this.
- Love the One You're With -- Nash really made this song with his
harmony. Of the four, his voice seems the most intact (though I disagree with
the Star Trib's cut on Stills' voice -- they ALL sounded good, but Nash
in particular. And especially on this cut -- kind of like he sounded on
- Rockin' in the Free World -- Always thought this would be a good
CSNY tune. I know people have said it belongs to the Restless,
or the Horse, but really, it just belongs to Neil -- I don't care who
backs him. But I thought the harmonies would sound good. And they did, but
it was Ol' Black that stole the show. There was no attempt at guitar dueling
here, Neil just took it. The most aggressive solo I've ever heard -- he just
attacked the guitar. By the end of the song, all the strings were torn to
shreds -- just brutalized. So cool.
I don't know about all the talk about whether it is CSNY or CSN &
Neil. It's definitely a full band effort -- they each really bring something
distinctive to the table. But, yes, Neil does "make it" -- especially by
including songs like DBTR and RITFW. Kind of turns a good show
into an unforgettable show. Right now, though, I'm just glad they're playing
together, getting along so well, and sounding so damn good.
That's about all -- can't wait for Milwaukee.
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)