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Fleadh Festival
London, England
June 16, 2001

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The Confirmed Set List
  1. Don't Cry No Tears
  2. I've Been Waiting For You
  3. Love And Only Love
  4. Piece Of Crap
  5. Going Home   [new this tour]
  6. Hold You In My Arms   [new this tour]
    Solo/Acoustic set:
  7. From Hank To Hendrix
  8. Don't Let It Bring You Down
  9. Pocahontas
  10. After The Goldrush   [on pump organ]
    With Crazy Horse again:
  11. Hey Hey My My
  12. Cortez The Killer
  13. Cinnamon Girl
  14. Fuckin' Up
    Encore 1
  15. Gateway Of Love   [new this tour]
  16. Powderfinger
  17. Sedan Delivery
    Encore 2
  18. Like A Hurricane

Fleadh Festival
London, England, June 16, 2001

early review by Colin IV

Do you know that feeling when you come away from a show thinking "f*** me, that was the best f****** gig I've ever been to in my whole C****** life?"

Just happened.

I've never been to a gig where so many people were just beaming from ear to ear. Even people there who didn't know the guy at all, weren't fans, just heard of Neil for the first time -- they were just absolutely bawling out their approval.

I myself shed a real tear or two tonight.

Neil and the Horse were absolutely f#cking AWESOME!!!!!

That set list -- WHAT A KILLER!!! Oops sorry for yelling.... But it's safe to say it was good. Neil even said before the encores, "We're playing the songs you wanna hear tonight."

There was also an amusing "out-of-tune stop-the-song" moment. And a bit of banter during a break, and although you Republicans out there won't like to hear this: He dedicated Piece of Crap to Dubyah. (Nice one Neil.)

So what was the show like?

I was standing next to two guys from Perth in Scotland who'd journeyed down for the weekend and they too were in tears at times. We weren't the only ones. It was that good.

On my other side an old couple from Galway in Ireland whose son had played a smaller stage earlier in the day, and he'd dragged them reluctantly through the mud to see Neil, were absolutely amazed. They thought rock music was all noise until today. It was that good.

People you might guess would be real uptight assholes during the day were just melting away, smiling like their faces were cracking. It was THAT good.

Right in front of me an irritating young dance-music casualty started off slating the "Old Codger on stage", but half an hour later she was mesmerised and screaming her approval. It was that good!

I've never seen Neil live before tonight. Though I am a bit biased towards him already, I think I can safely say:

That was the best gig I've ever been to in my whole f*cking life.