NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
2013 Alchemy tour of Australia & New Zealand
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
7 March 2013
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- A Day in the Life (The Beatles) with amps being unveiled
- Advance Australia Fair (Australia’s national anthem)
- Love and Only Love
- Born in Ontario
- Walk Like a Giant
- (Woodstock ‘no rain’ chant)
- Hole in the Sky
- Heart of Gold
- Twisted Road
- Singer Without A Song
- Ramada Inn
- (Neil’s time machine)
- Cinnamon Girl
- Fuckin’ Up
- Mr. Soul
- Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
- Opera Star
- Roll Another Number (For The Road)
total time = 2hours 25mins 10 secs
“audiowhore recording” = SP-CMC-8 mics > Samson PM-4 > Sony MZ-NH1 Hi-MD
transfer = Sony MDS-JE780 > Soundblaster Premium HD > Adobe Audition > TLH (FLAC8) > Dime
taper location was in the seats close to Poncho’s side of the stage.
Great show, very nice recording.
Standard set list for this leg of the tour apart from the surprise encore of Opera Star.
(First performance since Rotterdam 21 June 2001 and only the second time played since Costa Mesa, CA 13 Aug 1987.)
Third performance of the great new song Hole in the Sky.
Neil closed each show of his 2009 Australian tour by playing ‘A Day in the Life’. This time around each show was opened with that same song played over the PA while the road cases on the giant amps were lifted off and the lab-coated scientists checked all the equipment.
I had doubted that Neil would bother to return here after that previous tour. While he was warmly received by the kids at the Big Day Out festival shows on that leg, the 3 arena shows in between saw Neil bemused and upset by the luke-warm response of those ‘fans’ seated up the front with their arms folded throughout the show.
In Brisbane he made fun of these people by mimicking them and in Sydney he cut the show short and left.
In Waging Heavy Peace, Neil talks about devising his ‘festival seating’ plan for future shows whereby the floor in front of the stage is general admission standing with seating behind and around this.
Neil explains his frustration at having the people who can afford the most expensive seats down the front not enjoying the show and not giving any energy back while the real fans behind them are enjoying the show.
Well I would bet that Neil came up with his ‘festival seating’ idea soon after or during his 2009 Australian tour.
It’s use in Brisbane had the desired effect with those who actually wanted to enjoy the show down the front giving plenty back to the Horse and those who just wanted to hear Heart of Gold sitting frustrated out of Neil’s sight with their fingers in their ears.
Neil really seemed to enjoy this show. Obviously he loves playing with the Horse but the enthusiastic crowd response no doubt played its part too.
Great to see Neil wearing his Aboriginal flag t-shirt which he has also sported on recent TV appearances such as Letterman and The Daily Show.