Neil Young

The last time Neil Young blew through the area, his show was built out of his vintage two-set approach: one intimate solo acoustic set, intermission, and a fiery electric set. He's constructed his shows this way since the early '70s, and it really is the best way to experience all that is great about the man. For this outing, his backing band is the same as last year's, suggesting the show will probably be similar. Ralph Molina of Crazy Horse will be on drums, Rick Rosas (from the Freedom band) on bass, and the legendary Ben Keith on pedal steel. So what can you expect? Probably some rustic acoustic rarities ("Sad Movies," "Mellow My Mind") and a handful of time-tested classics ("Powderfinger," "Heart of Gold"), as well as explosive new live favorites ("Dirty Old Man," "Spirit Road"). And while a lot of the set may be familiar to diehard fans, it's still Neil Young, and almost every note he plays is worth hearing live whenever possible. Joining him will be the surely-about-to-shit-their-pants Death Cab for Cutie. They've played with Young previously at a Bridge School Benefit concert, and have even been to his remote California ranch for a barbecue. But, nice boys that they are, they'll probably still be starstruck and experience a we';re-not-worthy moment a la Wayne's World. Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, 866-332-8499, www.comcastarena.com. $52-$177. 7 p.m. BRIAN J. BARR

Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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