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Tim Motion Pictures Dap's early report
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A Lancaster New Era review.
A USA Today review.
Just got back from Hershey. That's 110 miles back to my little country home in Maryland. I'll throw some thoughts out on my newest Neil experience.
First off, they really packed them in at the stadium. Quite a bit of the field wasn't used, if it had, it could have saved a little congestion. And to make matters worse, to my left sat John Popper's big brother; he made Popper look like the size of a Coyote Ugly bartender. Talk about girth, now I know what a sardine feels like in the can.
Anyway, the setlist was the same except for From Hank to Hendrix, which replaced Lotta Love. Folks, variety from night to night just won't matter. I knew what was played Tuesday and Wednesday and it did not matter. The show is incredible, regardless. Neil is at the top of his game right now; the voice is excellent, the guitar playing unimaginably excellent.
Electric versions of I Believe In You, Unknown Legend, and Dance, Dance, Dance add life to the songs.
It started to pour during Buffalo Springfield Again... I didn't come prepared but it didn't matter because everyone hopped out of their seats and most didn't sit back down because they wanted dry heinies. The rain only lasted about 10 minutes.
Neil mentioned that he'd been to Hershey before and had played the arena, which resembled (I'm paraphrasing) "a giant lozenge from outer space". The arena had a lot of echo and Neil said he thought he could still hear the echo of Crazy Horse from the last time they played there (which I think would be 1991). Nice acoustics in there (sarcasm). The stadium seemed fine to these ears.
<blatent lie mode on> Neil then thanked a superfan named Keith Hang The DJ for inspiring his trio of songs Walk On, Bad Fog, and Winterlong. <blatent lie mode off> In truth the songs were great to hear for us Rusties. Neil extended Bad Fog an extra minute, which was heavenly.
Tonight's version of Words makes the Big Island Transmission (on NeilYoung.com) version sound like chopped liver. It was blistering! Neil formed his usual Crazy Horse circle using Duck and Ben, and blasted away. Ben Keith is so good, you can't play Words live without him. So I guess the only other opportunity Neil would have had to play Words would have been the Santa Monica Flyers days, but Neil was a little shaky back then.
Popper's big brother was nearly in tears during Words, making for a beautiful combo of rain, sweat and tears. Hey, at least he loves Neil...
Like A Hurricane: WOW! I know it's been played often, but never like that. 12 minutes of pure unadulturated electric bliss. An encore to end all encores.
Other quick notes:
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)