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A KnoxNews festival diary.
A USA Today review (no Neil content).
Very glad to have driven about 400 miles round trip to catch The Horse in Manchester, Tennessee. I rolled up at about 3:30am on Friday morning, and it took another 5 hours to reach my camp site. After I parked, I crashed for about 5 hours, then woke up and went looking for the RustFest that had started at 11:00am. I did not find either of the general stores until the next day.
When Ben Harper finished his set (just before Neil), I was standing on the left side of the stage, right up front. Ben's fans backed out of there and I was able to roll right up to about the third row in the center of the left side of the stage. I was wearing my Greendale T Shirt and told a few people about the show I had seen a couple of nights earlier.
About an hour later, when Neil walked out and picked up Old Black, I knew that this show would be different from what I had seen Wednesday. Love To Burn Love ran somewhere between 15-20 minutes, as did Cortez, Down By The River, FU and LAH. All the other songs seemed to run about 10-15 minutes, except for Cinnamon Girl and Roll Another Number.
The Horse was strong and powerful out in this field in Tennessee, and they got up to a full gallop early on. Neil looked to be enjoying the jam, and not just going through the motions. He was wearing a white "Don't Spook The Horse" T-Shirt. Everyone looked fit and strong until Neil's hat fell off during DBTR, and then the bald spot and thinning sandy hair gave the truth away: he's fucking old. :-) &nbps; But he fucking rocks...
The concert was "air guitar city" from start to finish, and from where I was the crowd was very pleased all the way. This group of red necks and hippies and school kids got exactly what they wanted, and I think they all really appreciated it. There was a very favorable buzz all over the farm after the show and the next morning -- a great day for both the fanatics and the casual fans. Neil had won over a lot of people who were there for other reasons (like The Dead and Widespread Panic).
I was definitely disappointed about not being able to see the Greendale show again.
This morning I woke up at 8:00am and drove right out of there. The place was very sleepy at that hour. I had some reservations about missing The Dead's show, but no regrets about not having to smell all those stinking hippies for another day...
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