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Espárrago Festival
Cádiz, Spain
July 15, 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]
  7. Don't Say You Love Me *   [new this tour]
    Solo/Acoustic set:
  8. Heart Of Gold
  9. After The Goldrush   [on pump organ]
    With Crazy Horse again:
  10. Standing In The Light Of Love   [new this tour]
  11. Gateway Of Love   [new this tour]
  12. Hey Hey My My
  13. Sedan Delivery
  14. Like A Hurricane
    Encore 1
  15. Rockin' In The Free World   *
  16. Powderfinger   *
    Encore 2
  17. Tonight's The Night   *
  18. Roll Another Number (For The Road)   *
* Pegi and Astrid backup vocals on these songs

Espárrago Festival
Cádiz, Spain, July 15, 2001

review by Sandman David

Hey, I attended the Neil Young & Crazy Horse gig at the Espárrago Rock Festival on Sunday. It was the first time I have ever see them live, and I wasn't disappointed: it was just amazing!!!

The weather was pretty chilly at night, and the the show started at 1:20 am and went on until well past 3:30 am! Regardless, they rocked hard and nobody left the main stage until the final note was played. There were lots of Rusties in the crowd but you could also see that most people were being exposed to the band's music live for the first time. Nevertheless they stood there mesmerized by the man and his band for the whole 2+ hour set...

I reckon people who either claim to listen to music or actually MAKE music should see these guys playing with that much intensity and passion after more than 30 years of doing it. Eveything simply falls into place, and you quickly realize two things:

  1. how influential they've been over the years,
  2. and the incredible amount of crap that's out there...
The guys were in fine form and seemed to be enjoying themselves big time, throughout the whole gig. Neil didn't say much, though he comes across as shy and polite more than distant or anything. He only played a coupla songs during the solo set and said "I usually play a lot more acoustic, but tonight I'm gonna play a little bit more electric just for you." Maybe the fact that it was around 2:30 am had something to do with that. : )

After both encores, the whole band (plus Pegi & Astrid) stood in the middle of the stage, took a bow and waved goodbye to everyone, with a huge smile on their faces. I don't think I've ever seen a musician (or a person for that matter) who seemed so happy and content after a gig. I'm gonna remember that moment for the rest of my life...