Thursday, October 9, 2014

Neil Young And Crazy Horse Live At The Marquee Cork 10/07/2014.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse


It has been a very busy few months indeed on the concert scene, so much so I have attended more shows than I have had time to blog about. One of the stand out gigs of the summer was seeing Neil Young and Crazy Horse last July, this time at the Marquee in Cork. Bass player Billy Talbot and founding member of Crazy Horse unfortunately could not attend this current European tour due to health issues. Rick Rosas however, who many times toured with Neil Young on previous outings  was a well chosen replacement and Dorene Carter and YaDonna Wes were another addition on backing vocals. Ralph Molina  (drums) and Frank "Poncho" Sampredo (lead guitar) completed tonight's line up.



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.....


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