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Scott LaBenne's early report
Deb Rewriting The Rules's short review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A great Phugit review.
A Post-Gazette review.
This show absolutely rocked!!! Greendale's songs are amazing, and Neil held everyone's hearts hostage for the gorgeous song Bandit. The set list was the same as previous shows, with three encore songs: Hey Hey, My My, Sedan Delivery, and Powderfinger. The story that goes on during the show is awesome, and it is so wonderfully narrated by Neil between songs.
I heard some young folks complaining about the show -- that it wasn't what they wanted. Too bad. What they got was a top-notch show.... Great songs, a great theme... They got exactly what Neil Young was supposed to give them: Neil Young.
I give this performance a rating of A+!
I haven't completely avoided hearing details about Greendale, but I only listened to a small part of one of the Euro shows. I went on my trip to Greendale tonight with no expectations of any kind. I'm still stunned.
The production of this show is amazing. And the music is nothing short of a masterpiece. I was swept so far into the story that there were moments when I forgot I was seeing Neil from a seat 6 rows back from the stage... It simply overwhelmed me, carried me off someplace.
Bandit... My gawd, that one's a stunner. I was in tears, and I just couldn't stop them. I've personally been through one helluva year, and that song made me realize that now, just as I thought the pieces of my life were coming together, I've got a very, VERY long road ahead of me to get to where I want to be. It turned me to mush. Then it struck me that for over 30 years, this man's music has been taking me by the shoulders and turning me to face myself in the mirror -- whether I like what I see or not. There is no other artist who comes close to what I get from Neil.
The crowd was very receptive, very few (if any) people left mid-show. I heard no negative comments from anyone around me.
I've got to go to Scranton, or someplace, to see this again.
(more reviews coming...)