Drawing from an incredibly long career, the set kicked off with a rousing version of 'Love And Only Love' from the album 'Ragged Glory' released back in 1990. I often consider that album as one of their greatest moments for it's rawness and originality and one that has certainly stood the test of time. 'Days That Used To Be' another stand out song from 'Ragged Glory' was also on the set list tonight, I had not checked up previous set lists from this tour because I wanted it all to be a surprise.
Despite some negative reviews of last year's performance at the RDS in Dublin, due to sound difficulties and set list choices, Neil Young and Crazy Horse could not have disappointed even the harshest of critics this night in Cork. A pin could be heard drop during Young's solo rendition of 'Heart Of Gold' or 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart', the sound quality impeccable.
Also a new song called 'Who's Gonna Stand Up And Save The Earth' was debuted on this tour hinting at yet more new recorded material on it's way very soon,
During a killer version of 'Rockin' In The Free World', many people in the crowd showing solidarity for Palestine held up banners with 'Please Don't Play Apartheid Israel' written clearly for the band to see. Neil Young and Crazy Horse were due to play Tel Aviv on July 17th ( just a week after this Irish date) however it was thankfully cancelled very shortly beforehand. One would like to think that Neil Young spotted these banners in Cork that night and rightfully changed his mind.
That beautiful balmy summers night last July will stay in my mind forever, Neil Young, long may you run.....