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World Stage
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Jan. 20, 2001

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The Confirmed Set List
    First Set
  1. Sedan Delivey
  2. Hey, Hey, My My (Into the Black)
  3. Love And Only Love
  4. Cinnamon Girl
  5. Fuckin' Up
  6. Cortez The Killer
  7. Like a Hurricane
  8. Rockin' In The Free World
    Encore 1
  9. Powderfinger
  10. Down by the River
    Encore 2 [didn't leave stage after bows]
  11. Welfare Mothers

Rock In Rio
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Jan. 20, 2001

quick post-show comments by Mauro Stein

Just got home from THE SHOW. AMAZING. No words... and dead tired... It's five am.

RITFW reeeeallly rocked... After Down By The River, when we thought he was gonna leave he said was gonna play one more -- the audience went crazy.

I'm sure he loved to play for us. The atmosphere was magic. They were smiling all the time. Everybody dancing...

Very tired. Bye from Rio, mauro

Rock In Rio
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Jan. 20, 2001

review by Fabio Augusto

I'm back from Rio, exhausted, with sunburn and sore feet. All worth it.

It was my first Neil concert, and you can imagine that my opinion will be highly favorable, because... well, I was seeing Neil & The Horse live for the first time, man! Try to remember how you felt when you first saw him live, and you'll have an idea of how I felt.

Before I get to Neil, two quick paragraphs to describe the two shows that preceded Neil. I had never heard much of the Dave Matthews Band before, and I was pleasantly surprised by their show. Quite lively, and it got the crowd into a good vibe. All Along The Watchtower was the highlight and the crowd loved it. Dave Matthews said he felt great since it was the biggest crowd he had played for, and the band was enjoying themselves.

As for Sheryl Crow, well it was nice, but nothing beyond that. It's not the kind of music to play for over 150 thousand people. She only got the crowd going with All I Wanna Do, and especially with Sweet Child O'Mine. She was quite nice on stage, saying how much she was enjoying Brazil and everything. She looked pretty good, too... ; )

On to Neil...

I must first say that Neil is not well known in Brazil, very few of his albums were released here (none of the classics). I thought a lot of people would leave after Dave Matthews or Sheryl Crow, but people remained in the festival, waiting for Neil. Quite a few left during the show, but most remained, and it was nice to see people dancing around and trying to sing songs from a guy they knew almost nothing about.

There were about 150 thousand people last night at the festival, and it was the least attended night of Rock in Rio. There were over 200 thousand people there on Guns 'N Roses night. Also on the Iron Maiden night, and on the Britney Spears night. By the way, she was booed during her show -- apparently it wasn't a very lively show and it was clear she wasn't singing the song live (it was playback). Also she displayed a huge American flag during one of the songs, which drews boos from the Brazilian crowd.

I don't know if this was the biggest crowd Neil ever played for, but he said during the press conference he was a bit nervous to play for such a huge crowd.

He took the stage around 1:20 am to great applause, and went right into...

They left the stage, but soon come back for... Neil, The Horse and the girls bowed to the audience. I was about to leave, but then he grabbed his guitar and played the last one... Well, my criticisms: The setlist had very few surprises -- he played the hits, which was understandable, since he never played in Brazil before. I only wish he had played Tonight's The Night, and maybe one or two acoustic ones. He extended the end of all the songs, which was great and the crowd loved it, but I myself was growing tired of it towards the end of the show. Maybe I was just too tired, since I had been over 12 hours at the festival and I could hardly walk or stand up anymore, but when he started playing Down By The River, I felt simultaneously happy (I wanted to hear it) and nervous (it was gonna be long).

Fellow Rusties, it was worth the wait and all the sun on my head during my trip to Rio.


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