It's never a good sign when you show up to a concert after showtime only to find fire trucks out front of the venue and 3000 people standing on the outside but that's what happened when I got off the subway at 175th street and walked over to The United Palace Theatre to catch Neil's first of the six shows he'll play in New York City.
I never got a full explanation about why the fire department wouldn't let people in to the theater but eventually they did (at around 9pm) too late for the opening act to go on as scheduled so Pegi Young did not perform (was planning to miss her set anyway).
Several of the shows have been reviewed here and I imagine that last night's show was much like the others....fantastic. It was a wonderfully paced show, performed beautifully. Every word crystal clear, every song meaningful. A real treat if you are a big Neil young fan. Highlights for me were Ambulence Blues (from my favorite Neil album, last night's version sounded fresh like it could have come off a demo reel in 1974), Harvest (just so cool that he's playing this one), From Hank To Hendrix, Mellow My Mind, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Winterlong, and Oh, Lonesome Me.
My only complaint was that I would have prefered Cowgirl In The Sand over either Old Man or Heart of Gold.
The electric portion wasn't as balls out rocking as a Crazy Horse show but it still rocked pretty hard.
We got three encore songs which was nice. Don't Cry No Tears sandwiched between Cinnamon Girl and Like A Hurricane.
The crowd was 90% respectful of Neil's request that people remain quiet so he can concentrate. Still there were a few people screaming so at one point Neil kind of said, "okay whatever, just glad to be alive" which opened the floodgates a little for more screamers. I never understood the need for people to yell out loudly in a quiet theater and I understand less so as I get older.
The Believer was dedicated to The Reverend Ike and his congregation.
Setlist (no bust-outs or big surprises, you've all seen this before...)
1. (solo acoustic)
From Hank To Hendrix
A Man Needs A Maid
No One Seems To Know
Journey Through The Past
Mellow My Mind
Love Art Blues
Heart Of Gold
Set II (Electric 4 piece)
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Dirty Old Man
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Oh, Lonesome Me
No Hidden Path
Don't Cry No Tears
Like A Hurricane
thanks...what are the standing room only tix all about?
From what I could tell, there was standing room at the back of the orchestra.
I also snagged a great spot lower lowge off to the side by the pillar. I stood there for about 25 minutes (until people started leaving in the lower loge and I grabbed a seat) nobody bothered me while I was standing but not sure if that was official standing room.
My seat was in the back of the orchestra center which wasn't bad too bad just wanted to check out another vantage point.
standing room for acoustic set is in the balcony as per neils request
Any chance this show (or other nights) was taped? I know not likely, but if it's available I'd love to know where.
definitely taped by neil...and demme filmed the two tower shows in philly
This show has two sources available over at dimeadozen.org