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Camden, NJ, August 16, 1996
The Powderfinger/Thrasher Review
Steve Freedom Kirsch's Review
Mike Rust Ryko Campion's Review
Pete Culliney's Review
The Set List
Rockin' In Camden (August 16, 1996)review by Powderfinger & Thrasher
Rusted out units,
Neil & The Horse played yet another great show, tonight in Camden, across the river from Philly. And there was a Ton o' Rusties there. :) Here's the set-list... (See above.)
Another good night for Neil & the Horse. We had a major Rusty tailgate affair pre-show and post-show We had Cherry, Wesman, Shakey, Youngster, Powderfinger, bh, Ram Rod, The Ocean, MoMo (from France!) and numerous others.
Only one new song added to the setlist tonight - RitFW. After seeing the first six shows, all I can say at this point is that I'm totally whipped. It's interesting to see the tour develop. Much will be written about the lack of variation in sets. Nevertheless, the intensity of the standards is still there.
I've got 2 more shows - Hershey & Toronto. It's been great meeting so many terrific Rusties. I'll miss my road trip buddies Shakey & Youngster who are off to see another 7 shows.
Neil wore an OPL Echos t-shirt. No MORE BARN yet. A few more Barns were spotted at the show.
Camden, August 16, 1996review by Steve Freedom Kirsch
Other highlights for me were....well...**everything**. I haven't been so totally transfixed at a show in a long time. I suppose the second row seats had a lot to do with it....seeing every expression of joy, intensity or both on the faces of Neil and the Horse was unbelievable. These guys love playing together and somehow, night after night, transmit that joy and intensity to the crowd...especially on the extended jams. What a band.
It was also nice finally putting faces on some of the names on the list. I first ran into Dangerbird before the show, and then heard a "Hey, More Barn!" behind me out by the concessions after the Gin Blossoms' set, and there was Shakey introducing himself and directing me to the crowd of Rusties outside... whereupon i met like 12 of you in what seemed like the next 25 seconds. :) (Heard a passerby say, "Why do all of their shirts say More Barn?") After too short of a time it was time to head back to the seats... Hope there's a Rustie gathering in the future where I have a little more time to hang out. What a nice bunch of people (but we all knew that, I guess :) )
Oh one last thing.... on the opening bands. Don't know how good the Ben Folds Five sounded back further, but down in front they were fun. I think they were probably a poor choice for a shed tour, 'cause they really seem more geared to small club shows, but i liked 'em nonetheless. The real surprise for me was the Gin Blossoms' set. I like a few of their songs on disc, but frankly I expected a bunch of pretty-boy faux superstars who would annoy the hell out of me. Instead (again down in front, anyway) they rocked hard with no BS. The first words out of the singer's mouth were "Hey, we're the Gin Blossoms and we'll be out of your way really soon," whereupon they stepped on the gas and took off...no posing, no crap, just a real tight, band out to prove themselves worthy of being on a bill with Neil. I was impressed.
Anyway, that's all from me for now. I wish I was seeing more shows on the tour, but those $40 tix are a little steep...I'll have to be satisfied with the near-perfection I witnessed last night. :)
Camden, August 16, 1996review by Mike Rustie Ryko Campion
Hello All, just a few quick lines about the Camden show.
The first Rustie (MORE BARN!) I ran into was Lookout Joe. When I introduced myself the first thing he said is, "So you're Rustie Ryko, I wanna buy you a beer!". With all the trading I do I didn't remember, but a couple months ago when he was new to Rust he posted a grovel for the OPL tapes. He said I was the first of many Rusties to get back to him offering to copy the tapes for blanks. I think he was just as surprised as I was, when I was new here, what a GREAT bunch of people Rusties are!
We talked for a while and then ran into a large group of No Barners! Many quick introductions were made, the intros were too many and too quick to remember. I really wish we would have had time to all sit around and chat/PARTY for a while.
On our way back to our seats for Neil, my wife & I ran into Lauren ~~The Ocean~~ and her fiancee. More nice people! (I really wish I could have DJed for your wedding Lauren, would have been fun!)
This was my wife Anne's first Neil concert (we've only been married 2 years). We are expecting our first child in January, so that makes her 18 weeks. She hasn't felt any movement up to this point, but guess what? Yup, NEIL GOT OUR BABY MOVING!!!!! On the drive back to Lancaster after the show my wife felt some mild movement!! I think the baby was kicking for one more tune!!
The concert was a BLAST! Words cannot describe the HIGH it put me on! Neil Young & Crazy Horse, you guys are the GREATEST!
CAN'T WAIT TILL HERSHEY NEXT FRIDAY!
Mike Campion, aka: Rustie Ryko
"I read the movie and I saw the book..."
review by Pete Culliney