Monday, May 31, 2010

Neil Young solo in Spartanburg May 30: Pics and setlist

Asheville represented at Sunday night's mindblowing Neil Young solo show in Spartanburg. I saw Missy from Luella's, Rebecca from Mountain Xpress, Mary Ellen from Menage...

About 3000 of us experienced rock and roll communion with Neil Young. Unforgettable.

Pics from Ken Toney Photography:

(Young playing "After the Gold Rush" on the organ. It was AMAZING, a real highlight.)


Setlist here from sugarmtn.org:

"My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)" / "Tell Me Why" / "Helpless" / "You Never Call" / "Peaceful Valley" / "Love And War" / "Down By The River" / "Hitchhiker" / "Ohio" / "Sign Of Love" / "Leia" / "After The Gold Rush" / "I Believe In You" / "Rumblin'" / "Cortez The Killer" / "Cinnamon Girl"

(Encore)// "Heart Of Gold" / "Old Man" / "Walk With Me"

My impression is that most there are on board with me that Young's facemelting, emotional version of "Cortez the Killer" was a highlight of an unforgettable show. Young moved effortlessly from VH1 singer-songwriter mode with acoustic guitar to hard, feedback-heavy rock and roll in full-on Crazy Horse mode.

He played the hits and wasn't going through the motions.

***

WNCW favorite Bert Jansch, an amazing acoustic guitarist stuck with the thankless job of opening for a towering rock and roll talent, was also great.

Thanks Bert and Neil for an unforgettable night.

4 comments:

Jennifer Saylor said...

Word from the internets is this whos was the longest encore and best show of the tour so far.

Nicole said...

I was the crazy person down front screaming for "Heart of Gold" every chance I had...got him to play it too :-)

Show was AMAZING...encore was killer...loved hearing "Old Man" and so happy I got my song. Apologies to the people around me, but in my opinion, showing Neil some appreciation got us the great show.

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SCTunes said...

I feel extremely lucky to have been at this show. I haven't seen Neil since I lived in St. Louis in the eighties. Plus he was in the town I currently live in and playing at a place where I saw Dylan several years ago. My highlight was "After the Goldrush" on organ and "I Believe in You" on the grand. "Cortez" was awesome and "Ohio" was very moving considering the date and history.