Neil Young at the Boston Garden
posted at 11/27/2012 2:47 PM EST
Did anybody go to the show? I went and am still trying to figure out what I saw.
A bit of a brain dump.....
I was prepared for long jams and lots of feedback, and there was certainly plenty of that.
Neil Young likes to rock out, he obviously likes the sound that Crazy Horse produces, it's probably his last tour with Crazy Horse, and his voice is still great. He looks like hell, but the his voice is great.
They were more than a little self indulgent in what they were doing, which isn't necessarily bad, but some of the endings to some of the songs were a bit much.
I didn't quite get the theatrics. I didn't get the recording of the Beatles I didn't get the roadies in Lab Coats and the facades for the huge amps and the fake oversized microphone. I didn't get the girl with the guitar case wandering around the stage during "Singer without a song" (I got it but I didn't see the point).
At one point, the roadies brought out an elaborate pump organ onto the stage. A light was shone on the organ during (I think), "The Needle and the Damage Done", and after the song the roadies removed it. I'd seen him play it in concert before so I'm not sure if he changed his mind about playing it or if it was just a prop, and if it was just a prop, what was the point.
The show was dark and a little disturning.
Oh, and I thought the encore with "Farmer John" was a little creepy. Great song, but not when it's sung by guys in their mid 60s.
For some reason, I thought the show and style of play would have worked better at an outdoor venue on a warm summers night.
Patti Smith was a nice surprise. Her band was very, very good. I was never a big fan of hers, but I definitely developed an appreciation for her.