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The horse was smoking tonight! Not to brag, but I was so lucky tonight to be 2 people back from the rail, directly in front of Neil.
No new songs but absolutely superlative versions of everything. Opened with Sedan Delivery. Fantastic version of Love And Only Love. Big Time, Down By the River, Fucking Up, Welfare Mothers,...
So many rusties at the show and so many in the first few rows of the floor! Also a ton of folks I know from Dead shows. This show was such a treat and relatively easy to get in.
Have to get some sleep, but I'm plenty wired for the drive home from work (I car pooled to the show from here)...
The Horse is out and running wild!! South America will not be the same following the upcoming dates.
This was the closest I have ever been to the man, about 15 feet for the night. An amazing venue, very small with the balcony extremely close. Great sound, and yes, pretty damn loud, but very clear. Hopefully great for any tapers...
As an overview, performance-wise it was kind of middle ground between the feedback laden 90 tour and the groove of the 96 tour, which brought the Year Of The Horse material. Long extended jams in virtually all songs -- although Cinnamon Girl was a bit shorter than expected compared to the previous songs.
A couple side notes that I found interesting...
Great show, definitely jumps into the top two or three of my 20-some Neil experiences. Under the circumstances, it may become #1.
What a show! It was like the Barn door was opened and we were all let in and allowed to watch them jam!!!!!
There wasn't a curtain behind Neil and the Horse, just the black painted back wall (a few stacked risers, pipes, etc). There was some simple subtle lighting (predominantly red) exposing the textures on the wall. The final effect for me made it resemble the simple backdrop of maybe a barn wall or something.
There was the upright piano, which wasn't used, and no sign of the pump organ. A couple of candles lit and an indian figure.
They played so well together, very tight, and the jams went way out there at times. I noticed while jamming extensively, it only took a very slight nod, glance, arm movement to signal the horse - no reins needed.
Every song was fantastic and played to the hilt. Highlights:
Fashion report: Neil wore a light straw hat, Don't Spook The Horse t-shirt, simple southwest-like overshirt that was on/off throughout the night. No dangling belt. Pegi wore a dark skirt with small peace signs tie dyed on it, simple black sweater. Astrid wore tight black leather pants, black shirt with a sewn/embroidered daisy, light black sweater, blue tinted sunglasses, scarf in hair - little or no makeup. Poncho wore sunglasses all night.
It was probably the closest to Neil I've ever been, (down front and center, about 6 'bodyrows' back, and surrounded by Rusties). We had a bonified Rustrow down there! What a wonderful experience, and sharing it with the likes of Ciaran, Richie, Jim and Els Beller, Bob Garriott, Kurt and Lisa Schubert, David and Julie Hobbs, Stuart Sands, Steve Portigal, Paul Stevens, Linda Nadolski and her sister, and probably many others.
Once outside on the sidewalk taking in some fresh air and basking in the experience, it was pretty funny to look up and see "Neil Young and Crazy Horse" in large letters on the Warfield marquee, and right next to it, the Crazy Horse Gentlemen's Club all lit up in neon.
Let the tours begin!!!! I hope they gallop to a venue near you this year!
Some random Warfield musings, from a tired & dazed cerebrum... WOW! I think it is fair to say that Neil is feeling better! Had no idea when I woke up yesterday I would see Neil later that night, that is too cool. I must be blessed, got a stealth show & my beloved Heels won! I won't repeat the set-list since it has already been posted. The Horse looked lean & loose, certainly showing no signs of being stabled for nearly 4 years. The ticket intrigue was shitty--by the time they went on sale at 4 we barely had time to make the 3-hour drive from Chico. Left town at 5 & were parked behind the Warfield & inside by a little past 8. Unusually rare smooth sailing into the city. Neil is really 8 feet tall! He is obviously the only person with the ability to ride the Horse. At the Warfield last night I saw 4 wild animals stalk & methodically kill their prey. It was an awesome sight. It's hard to find a job, indeed! No set-list surprises but everything was extremely well-played. The only song I thought that didn't "happen" was Bite the Bullet. Astrid & Pegi sounded horrible on that one. It was easily the shortest song, by far, & it looked like to me they cut it off when they realized it blew. Everything else was grade-A, quintessential Horse!!! The first set was one massive body blow, especially with the triumvirate of Fuckin' Up>Cortez>Hurricane to end it. After that I had no idea what they would do. I was really looking for Prisoners of R&R, but alas. Ran into the omnipresent Rustie Jim Beller, who now holds the title for being the Rustie I have seen the most (other than local Butte County Rusties, who are few & far between), and David & Julie Hobbs. Don't Cry No Tears had a slightly slower-than-usual arrangement, with amazingly angelic backing vocals from Billy and Ralph. It was truly an epic night & I felt honored to be there. Neil looked as if his body was made of rubber, his "dance" was even greater than usual. I hope I represented all of you who couldn't be there with honor & integrity, I did my best. I know that I went places last night that I haven't been to in ages. They sounded like plate tectonics at work, I know they rattled a few plates in the Earth's crust for sure. Tsunamis in the Pacific followed. He looked so cool chewing gum while singing HHMM, but he looked even cooler when he spit it out. Did I mention that Neil is really 8 feet tall? Billy Talbot was the night's co-MVP, what a little gremlin that guy is. Well, I better wrap this up. I have forgotten so much that I wanted to tell y'all, but when it comes back to me I will post. There were no t-shirts or gear of any kind. Saw them bring Ben in to the Warfield. Bought tickets at 4 PM & was back home & got in bed right at 4 AM, not a bad 12 hours. It was a cannonball for us but worth every moment. Enough of my ramblings... If someone sees my brain please return it. I am nothing without it. Some might say I am nothing with it.PIECE OF CRAP