My West Seattle neighbor, Barin Skyes, loves rock n' roll, marijuana, and the thousands of LPs he has in his basement. He went to the>"/>
My West Seattle neighbor, Barin Skyes, loves rock n' roll, marijuana, and the thousands of LPs he has in his basement. He went to the Neil Young show in Everett on Tuesday. Here is his review.
Comcast Arena Everett, Washington
I sing the song because I love the man. This was the second Seattle-area stop on this current year-plus tour. Neil played the Wamu theater one year ago and as far as I can reckon only repeated four songs ("Cinnamon Girl", "Spirit Road", "Oh, Lonesome Me" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere") from the 20 plus tunes from each set. The band featured Neil’s long time cohort Ben Keith on Pedal steel, Fender Telecaster and Hammond B3, the ever steady Rick Rosas on Bass, Chad Cromwell on drums, Anthony Crawford on backup vocals, guitar and piano and Neil’s wife Pegi on backup vocals, vibes ("Just Singing A Song") and cowbell (More Cowbell!) on a couple of tunes ("Sea Change" and "Rocking In The Free World").
The stage featured at least 15 small Fender Tweed tube amps, upright piano, Hammond B3, vibraphone, pump organ, drum kit, cigar-store wooden indian and Neil’s 8 foot by 4 foot “Magnatone” cabinet. WIth six 12 inch woofers, four 8 inch midranges and two large horns this cabinet was reminiscent of Neil and Crazy Horse’s behemoth Live Rust stage set.
Mr. Young, in a very Neil-like getup of a paint splattered sport coat, t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes, shined in all his spastic glory for the 3/4 full Everett hockey arena. Shifting between between his legendary Les Paul “Old Black” (with it’s Woodstock era peace signs and doves guitar strap) to a battered old Martin acoustic he rocked, rolled and cajoled with copious amount of favorites including "Powderfinger", "Needle and the Damage Done", "Hey Hey, My My" and "Old Man". For the somber "Mother Earth" he fondled his trusty pump organ on which sat a very Elton John-like muliti-colored sequin boot.
During a the climax of the outstanding Cowgirl In The Sand a red “Batphone” was spotted on the drum riser. Shining bright for Batman, Robin, or Commissioner Gordon it was left unanswered.
The Beatles’ "A Day In The Life" was a suprise encore and the ending had Neil yanking all six of the strings from Old Black and beating the bridge pickup with their frayed ends.
Openers Everest and Death Cab For Cutie failed to grab the attention of the majority of the over 50 crowd. From my vantage point in the MILF infested “Ice Lounge” they sounded boring and uninspired. But maybe I am just old and boring.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed, rolling home to West Seattle.
Set List: Love And Only Love / Hey Hey, My My / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / Powderfinger / Spirit Road / Cinnamon Girl / Oh, Lonesome Me / Mother Earth / The Needle And The Damage Done / Unknown Legend / Heart Of Gold / Old Man / Get Back To The Country / Just Singing A Song / Sea Change / When Worlds Collide / Cowgirl In The Sand / Rockin' In The Free World // A Day In The Life ///The Sultan (Instrumental)