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Friday, December 14, 2007

neil young at the palace nyc

neil played to a packed house at the palace at 175th and bway in nyc dec 13, 2007.

the place is gorgeous and intimate. neil spoke about how he liked being in a place like this, he said, " i can actually hear what i'm playing."

pegi opened with some great folk music and got the place rocking with her girls.

neil was introduced by the "devil" from greendale. he wore a red jacket and white hat and painted in the back of the stage. he carried a large canvas with an "N" on it and as he carried it out to place on an easel stage right, neil walked from behind and took a seat stage center amongst a half dozen acoustic guitars and a banjo and lots of harmonicas. flanking him were an upright piano, stage left and an organ stage right. he moved about as if thinking about which instrument to chose and getting harps ready. at one point he said, "im working real hard up here." on another occasion, he commented on how in a place like this, he could hear the titles of his songs yelled out. he was patient with the crowd. the songs he played by himself on acoustic and assorted keyboards were from best i can recall :

playlist from neil's blog:

acoustic:
1. From Hank To Hendrix
2. Ambulance Blues
3. Sad Movies
4. A Man Needs A Maid
5. Harvest
6. Try
7. Journey Through The Past
8. Mellow My Mind
9. Love Art Blues
10. Cowgirl In The Sand (awesome)
11. After The Gold Rush

after 15 minutes he returned with:
w/ rick rosas, ben keith, ralph molina, anthony crawford & pegi young

between sets, neil and the band gathered at the back of the stage with the "painter" and seemed to select paintings for the playlist coming up. before each song the "devil" painter, put a new canvas on the easel with the song title.

and they played: from best i recall :
12. Mr. Soul
13. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
14. Dirty Old Man
15. Spirit Road
16. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
17. Winterlong
18. Oh, Lonesome Me
19. The Believer
20. No Hidden Path

encore:
21. Cinnamon Girl
22. Cortez The Killer

as he was closing out cortez, he was talking with ralph about something that seemed amiss and all of a sudden weird sounds came from his guitar. all the strings broke and the feedback was awesome.

the concert was fabulous. neil was superb! the weather stopped its ugliness in time to get to the show and home. only his performance at radio city when he did greendale and a great oldies set was comparable to this. so much better than MSG or nassau coliseum. it was classic neil, playing like a wildman, messing with the audience, and so classic neil.

added jan 3, 2008: from the newyorker.

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