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Neil was awesome. Great setlist. I have a huge headache today... no, it's not from the loud music -- it's from the incense. :-) I don't know how Neil was able to perform in that cloud of smoke that was over him. I did think that it smelled great, but as the smoke just kept coming, I think it was a little too much. Eventually I think it got too much for Neil because they shut it off.
At the beginning of the show they requested that you don't yell out requests because the setlist was predetermined. I don't believe the setlist was predetermined. Maybe the first 6 or 7 songs. When I noticed this I yelled out a request every now and then, but never while he was playing. I don't see anything the matter with yelling a request.
At the end of Last Trip To Tulsa, Neil looked confused as to what to play next. He put his guitar down and went for another guitar then decided on a different guitar. He picked this one up and plugged it in. You could tell he wasn't sure what he was going to play. At this point in the show he had only used the baby grand piano once, and I was hoping for more piano songs. I yelled out "Expecting To Fly" a couple of times. Neil then put down the 3rd guitar he had just picked up and was walked toward the grand piano and I was saying "yaaaaaay" to myself. But then he walked right by it, and went to the organ and played Long May You Run. I would like to think that my request triggered Neil to go and play some organ songs. :-) It would have been awesome if he had played Expecting To Fly.
I think that the crowd was pretty good. I heard a lot of shhhhhhhhhh from the crowd in back, which helped keep the noise level down. When Neil played unreleased material, I couldn't believe how silent the place got. The whole place wanted to hear every word Neil sang. But, naturally there are always one in a crowd. One girl in the crowd kept yelling "I love you Neil", all night long. Then she kept telling Neil it was her birthday. She had a very grating voice that went right through you. Sort of like fingernails on the chalkboard.
The show was awesome so I don't want to take anything away from the show. But the meet and greet was nothing like I had expected. I have read where people stayed back and waited patiently for their turn. This is what I did. When Neil came into the room I was talking to Elliot. I even got my picture taken with Elliot. I really thought I would have a picture of Neil and me to put on my homepage. Neil was signing autographs and making his way towards the middle of the room.
Like I said, I was talking to Elliot. I asked him which would be coming out first, Neil's new album or the CSNY album. He told me that there isn't a Neil album but the unreleased songs he played last night are going to be on the CSNY album. Then I asked him about the Missing 6 and the box set. He told me the box set will be out in October. :-) I didn't mean to laugh, but I did -- and he said, "No, really, they will be out in time for the Christmas season."
Now I noticed Neil half way through the room and heading for the door. I asked Elliot if I stay over here patiently will I get my moment with Neil? He said not necessarily. He told me to do what I gotta do to get an autograph. I did catch him right before he went through the curtains. I gave him the picture that they gave us and a postcard of Neil wearing a blue flannel shirt. It is a picture from Neil playing Like a Hurricane in the film Year of the Horse when he was younger. I sort of begged for him to sign it since this postcard I keep framed and on my stereo rack. He didn't sign it but he did sign the picture. I feel very fortunate that I did get that.
A lot of people that I spent time with during the night, didn't get anything. My wife tried and she was unsuccessful. As Neil was leaving the room I did put my hand out and he did reach out and shake my hand. My wife did take some pictures in this room. But trying to find Neil in the picture my wife took is like trying to find Waldo. In my opinion, I think they should have had Neil sitting at a table and everyone lined up for their 15 seconds with Neil and an autograph.
Ok, so the meet and greet wasn't what I expected but the show was unbelievable. When he started to play Last Trip to Tulsa that just blew my mind. I thought Southern Pacific was done perfectly. Ok... I've said enough.
Bound For Glory
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