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(updated Friday, 19-Jun-2009 07:19:38 EDT)
Late Crazy Horse Set
Mary here at VD...Doesn't look like Neil will show for this one. It poured rain a little earlier, and the train equipment has just arrived. No sign of Larry & crew.
This is a truly cool venue ... nice grass ... no lineups for beer (although they wanted ID, and Powderfinger had to sweettalk them into letting me in without, 'cause I left mine in the car). Unlike some of the other sites, you can actually hear the music from every stage no matter where you are (i.e., you can hang out at the HORDE O' CULTURE stage all day and not really miss anything. :)
I left Toronto at 7:30 this morning, pulled into the RustFest at 12:30 and found Powderfinger, Paul, Tony, Hippy Girl & Steve. Had a couple of cold ones before heading out to the show. Got caught in a rainstorm on the way here, took a long detour around hell's half acre, and arrived at the racetrack to find Leo, Frank & Marilyn waiting patiently for Neil ... sure hope he finds a window of opportunity this afternoon.
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Neesah & Powderfinger here to say that Neil hasn't played any acoustic set, so far anyway. Nice open-air, rural market atmopshere here. Maybe the odd rain shower has has somethin' to do with Neil's no-show. On the other hand, maybe Neil & The Natural Powers That Be will have another "dialogue" tonight. :)
Other Rusties in attendance: Hippie Girl's Smile, Lonesome Whistle, Leo E., Frankie Z., Tony (Country Home), (Soldier) Steve Sw., and newbie Rustie Eric (welcome aboard!), Paul from North Providence.
Neesah & Powderfinger
"Oh to live on Sugar Mountain with the barkers and coloured balloons... It's so noisy at the fair and all your friends are there."
(Kinda hard to type this with Leftover Salmon making racket right behind us. :)
Those of you waiting with bated breath for last night's Vernon Downs setlist, save your breath. Neil & The Horse played a short, solid, standard setlist of only 10 songs, and that includes the encore.
Leo E. showed me a copy of the setlist, which had another space for an unnamed acoustic tune, and Mansion On The Hill for a second encore, neither of which materialized.
And no, there was no separate acoustic set. And no new tunes either.
We (Hippie Girl's Smile, Neesah, Leo E. and Deb, who works for Toad The Wet) were rocking away as best we could close to the front. Paul was nearby and the other Rusties were scattered elsewhere.
Neil seemed to be enjoying the crowd, even raising his arm in response to our signals during RITFW, but at the same time he seemed ticked off with the sound system, yanking the cord to his acoustic over to himself just before From Hank To Hendrix, for instance. It was a fine show, what there was of it.... I'd better stop here. :)
It was great hanging out with old and new rusted-out pals during the course of the afternoon which culminated in a beautiful sunset, but with the oh-so-clever, city-slicker Beck playing during that time slot, making the scene sound rather incongruous to my ears. In fact, I think his set was longer than Neil's. But, as I said, I'd better stop... :)
Peace & Rust,
(more to be added when I can... --RE*AC*TOR)