Zurich 1996 - First Show of 1996 Tourby Reto Wieduwilt a.k.a.widu
posted to Rust at 8:33:48pm EDT, Thursday, June 20, 1996
transcribed to HyperRust at 10:31pm, same night
Also see follow-up review by Mr. Grumpy, at bottom.
It's 1.30 am in the morning and I have just returned from the first concert of Neil Young and Crazy Horse in Europe in 1996.
The Feedback is back!!!!
Here's the setlist:
The show started at 9.55 pm after two opening acts (a swiss 'folk- rock' band who's name I don't care about and The Levellers, that will play at the Open Air in Konstanz in 2 days too).
There had been a 1 hour break between the Levellers and Neil Young's concert, so the audience started to get impatient. But shortly before 10 pm the lights went out the Neil & the Horse came on stage. The show started with Country Home, which was no surprise after the OPL series. Then a nice Roll Another Number, followed by the first 'new' track Big Time. I haven't listened much to my Broken Arrow copy lately, but I really liked the long intro to Big Time. After Drive Back (very good too) the two weakest numbers of the evening followed. Loose Change and Slip Away. I don't think that these are good songs and also don't like them much in the BA version. To me it seemed much like they just didn't know how to bring Loose Change to an end and even Slip Away, a song with a good start, got boring after some time (sorry!).
Then TNATDD in the well known accoustic version. The clapping got louder again after the two new and unknown songs. After that a 'safe' trio followed: Cinnamon Girl, Fuckin' Up, and Cortez The Killer. Neil can't do anything wrong with this three songs, but Cortez was played in a 'short' version of only about 8 minutes. Then the accoustic Music Arcade. A very nice song and although most of the audience didn't know it, it got some loud applause.
After that quiet moment the concert went on stronger and stronger, although it sometimes looked like a 'Weld II'. Flashing lights openend Like A Hurricane. And afterward, Neil Young and The Horse really started to rock!! For me, Prisoners of Rock'n'Roll was the higlight so far. Regular show ended with a rocking Hey Hey My My.
Barstool Blues was the first encore followed by a beautiful Dangerbird and a 'good-as-always' Rockin In The Free World. Then the lights in the Hallenstadion went on and people started moving out. Ohhhh! it was already 00.15 am! What a show! time had gone quickly. Roadies came on stage and everybody thought that it was over.
Everybody was surprised when NY&CH came back on stage and played Powderfinger to a much smaller audience and with the lights on in the Hallenstadion. Neil Young introduced it with 'You were such a good audience ....'. What do we want more.
At the end, the Horse has rocked for 2 hours and 25 minutes and after a difficult start, the 2nd half of the concert was really great. I will be looking forward to the following concerts because they can do better. The show had it's very good moments (like Drive Back, Cinnamon Girl, Fuckin' Up, Prisoners, Dangerbird, and Powderfinger) but especially the first half wasn't always very good.
The Hallenstadion wasn't sold out at all, maybe 6-7000 of 11000 tickets were sold. The rust-row was kind of small. I met Martin Donelly and Chuck Elliott before the concert and the three of us used the time of the opening acts to discuss tape trees, BA, first live show of Neil (they: 70s, me: 93!) and so on). Unfortunately I missed Olaf (I am very sorry about that!).
Maybe I'll write more tomorrow, but it's 2.30 am now and I really have to get a 'Power-nap' now.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse:
by Mr.Grumpy (firstname.lastname@example.org)