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Ed Mosser's review
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My first concert was Neil and Crazy Horse at Chicago Stadium way back in 1978. Neil showed effective use of theatrics back then and hooked a young man. During that show Neil asked "has your band begun to rust?" It wasn't rusting then, and I am very happy to report 25 years later there is still no rust on Neil or Crazy Horse.
Last night's performance was stunning. At times, the Greendale production was brilliant, other times it was a little forced, however, the music was always fresh and emotional. Neil's guitar playing was at an all-time high. Crazy Horse did their job during Greendale, content to sit in the shadows, knowing their time to take center stage would come.
And come, it did. Neil awarded the crowd with a blistering four song set of Powderfinger, Down by the River, Rockin' in the Free World and Roll Another Number. The actors left the stage and all that was left was Neil and the boys. When he strapped on Old Black, you knew it was plowin' time. With the first G chord to Powderfinger, the crowd went nuts, and stayed in a fevered pitch for the next 40 minutes or so.
My only complaint was that Down By The River went on just a little too long. He took the crowd down and back a couple of times too many. He could have shortened the song and added another cruncher and... Oh, who am I crappin??? It was a wonderful night and an incredible show.
As Neil and the boys huddled around the drum kit it was very obvious that despite all the bands Neil has played with, all the solo performances, all the theatrics thru the years, all the times we rolled our eyes (Shocking Pinks), we were being rewarded and thanked for the support.
In the year 2003, I can report that Neil and his band has not begun to rust. Perhaps a little, but it sure didn't take much to get the rust off of the guitar strings last night. It simply gets better with age.
This morning I return to reality, but there is a memory in my mind that makes me smile, and an echo of an awesome show in my ears.
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