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David Warwick says: Fantastic show! I want more!
Sandynjoel@aol.com says: The Neil Young Solo Concert was awesome! We could have stayed and listen to Neil all night! WONDERFUL ! No disappointments whatsoever.
zbar says: It was a great show, crowd was excellent. More tomorrow, when I'm not so tired. --Chris
Randy Gish says: Can anyone give me some advice as to how to "come down"? I am so high right now from the show tonight. Neil was spectacular, the crowd for the most part was excellent. Extra-special in my mind were Cortez, Ambulance Blues and Pocahontas. One of the very best shows of anyone I have ever seen. Neil was totally relaxed, to the point that he almost seemed to float on stage. He seemed in a very good mood both during the show and afterwards. He signed my original Comes A Time poster from the first pressing of the LP. Everyone from the Rust list, very nice to meet you. Had a great time.
I had a wonderful 3rd row gold circle seat to the show last night. I was right on the aisle, directly in front of Neil. He couldn't have been more than 10M away. This was my first show and I can't imagine that it could have had a better seat.
My best friend had flown out from Oregon and we were next to a whole bunch of other Rusties. It was a fun crowd. Prior to the show, announcements were made asking the audience not to request songs, bring food or beverages into the auditorium or move around during songs.
Neil walked on stage with a big grin at about 8:10 pm... The opening chords and words of Tell Me Why gave me goosebumps. I was really listening to Neil Young!! He really was just a few feet away. I could see all the facial expressions, watch his fingering, etc... He kind of swayed back and forth as he would go through the songs.
Describing specific moments is difficult. The whole concert has kind of melded into one blur. It was all so great. One of the highlights was a great version of Old King. He'd sing a verse, tell the story, sniff into the microphone, sing another verse, tell more of the story, sing some more etc... It must have gone on for ten minutes. It was hilarious - both he and the audience were really into it.
I also enjoyed Ambulance Blues. He introduced the song by saying that it was from an album he'd released long ago and that, yeah, he knew that it wasn't on CD, but that someday it would be. It seemed (at least I thought) a little tounge in cheek. The wit behind the singing, especially during the lyrics "There ain't nothin like a friend who can tell you you're just pissin' in the wind," was impressive.
Acoustic Cortez the Killer is also tough to describe -- very powerful.
The second encore was Pocahontas. I unfortunately was a little disturbed by the security guards dragging (literally!) some guy out of the orchestra pit. He'd been pretty rowdy during the first half of the show, but had quieted down for a while. During the encores he was singing through some of the songs and apparently that was enough to get him booted. I just wish they'd done it earlier. He made it a lot worse for himself by being beligerent to the security guards (he was obviously drunk.) I was across the aisle from him and he didn't bother me too much. The people who were right next to him said that he'd been pretty annoying.
Besides ruining the 2nd verse of Pocahontas, the security guards had also earlier crouched in the aisle (right next to me) through about 4 songs of the 2nd set. Their presence had kept the guy quiet, but it was kind of buggin'.
The Meet and Greet was about what I expected it to be. I felt like I should have been honing my shmoozing skills. We watched the video, Elliot said a few words and then Neil came out. The room was crowded to begin with. I'd brought my camera to take a picture, but Eliot asked that no flash pictures be taken. Dang!!
Most of the people were pretty polite about letting Neil get around. I tried to have him sign my Live Music is Better bumper sticker. He looked at it funny, kind of scowled and asked "have you got your picture?" So I took the picture out of the folder and had that signed. It kind of threw me for a loop, and I didn't think to say anything else to him.
All the same, I was pretty pleased with the whole Meet and Greet thing. It was done professionaly. I hope that all the people who paid for it had a chance to at least get an autograph.
The entire evening's experience was totally rewarding. I feel that I got my money's worth. My next mission is to find a copy of the show!! If you can help me with this, please let me know.
(more reviews to be added soon... --RE*AC*TOR)