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Sam Jarvis' early review.
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
Just got back from the Birmingham NEC gig with Crazy Horse. Yet another stunner of a show...
They played for about 2 hours and everyone looked as though they enjoyed themselves. Neil actually started talking to us for a very long time about his past experiences in England, adding that he really liked us guys. : ) How priviliged do we feel now??? lol
The set they played was everything but imaginative -- exactly the same as the Dublin Gig, but without Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and the encore replaced Cinnamon Girl with Sedan Delivery. Every song was played brilliantly, and I have to say that I thought this gig was better than what they recorded for Weld. (But of course I would say that!!).
The first two of the New Songs were very cool, both taking the route that Interstate took, on the Broken Arrow LP. Both had lovely bits of piano, where Neil sat at the piano and then turned round to solo on the guitar. The pump organ version of After The Goldrush was stunning -- it was a lovely sight.
The stage was very basic with quite a few American Indian props. It harked back to the cover of Broken Arrow.
There were incredible solos throughout the show -- and immense feedback at the end of songs like Hurricane, Hey Hey My My, Sedan Delivery and Fuckin Up. But every song seemed special.
Poncho seemed to be having a great time, and was giving out the one fingered salute a lot!! Billy was amazing as ever and Ralph was solid. Neil started shouting Hello to Ralph halfway thru and then started using his guitar as an microphone. Very strange, but quite cool I guess.
Heck of a lot of cussing during Fuckin' Up, but they looked to be having such a great time so that may explain it. : ) During the song Poncho and Billy started having a play fight, with Poncho coming off better (for some reason) -- it was all in a good nature.
Neil really looked like he was having the time of his life, although during the fantastic solo stretch, the only light on his face was the reflection from his harp!
All in all, this was probably the best gig I've ever been to. I have never smiled so much in my entire life!! I don't have anything to really compare it to, seeing how this was my first Neil gig. But it was miles better than the Red Rocks DVD I have. So I was really impressed. If they are this strong on their 4th gig, I'd love to see them when they wind up the tour!!
I oughta go to bed, 'caus it's far too late...