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Benny In The Wrong Lane Eklöv's Review
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The show details.
Just got back from New York after having seen last night's show, the first Neil show ever for me. Needless to say, it was an amazing show.
First of all, I had no problems at the will call window. Got there about 40 minutes before the show and stood in line 2 minutes. My worries about that were totally in vain.
The first set was not too hot, in my opinion, even though Almost Cut My Hair was more powerful than words can describe. Carry On had sounded surprisingly good. I think it was 49 Bye-Byes that included a false start. Southern Man and Cinnamon Girl were, well, typical Neil -- which is meant as a compliment. So on second thought, I guess the first set was pretty great.
The acoustic set was much better, though. Helplessly Hoping was one of the highlights of this set for me. Stills did some incredible guitar work on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes with a long break after the main solo, and got a loud round of applause. Neil's organ was a bit quiet through the verses of After The Gold Rush. I prefer it the way he played it at the '98 Bridge School benefit, but Nash's and Crosby's harmonies made up for it. Through-out the show, the harmonies were always right on. Especially on Old Man and Guinnevere.
The third set was the best one. Neil had up until this point not really been in the limelight, but from this point on he stole the show. Down By The River was definitely the best song of the night. It was about 15 minutes long, intertwining the laid-back verses, the not-so-laid-back choruses and the lengthy solos.
Neil again tore the strings off of the guitar at the end of Rockin' In The Free World.
Neil made a few comments between the songs but most of the time I couldn't hear what he was mumbling.
The guy sitting next to me said the crowd was much better than at the previous night's MSG show.
This show was as great as everyone said it would be...
in the wrong lane
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)