Too old to rock ‘n roll? Never!

OK, so I told my wife last year after the November 8th 2007 Neil Young concert I attended at Northrop Auditorium that it would probably be my last big rock show. I had a fabulous time, sneaking on-stage before the show and having a roadie take my picture with one of the stage props (the politically incorrect fellow I’m posing with at right), and reveling in the mix of brand new music from his album Chrome Dreams II (highlighted by the roughly 20-minute, jam-filled No Hidden Path), a few Golden Oldies (e.g. Heart of Gold), a number of obscure back-catalog acoustic gems such as Ambulance Blues and Bad Fog of Loneliness), all capped off by two encores: ferocious distortion-drenched versions of Cinnamon Girl and Like a Hurricane.

However, Old Neil has been at the top of my rock ‘n roll pantheon for lo these many years, and he’s been in peak musical/artistic form recently, so when I heard a few months ago that he was kicking off his North American tour this October 14th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, I couldn’t resist snapping up tickets so my 16-year-old son Jakob and I could take it all in again.

Neil has always been a very political beast (as witness the songs “Ohio” and “Southern Man,” for example), but he’s been if anything even more political than usual in recent years. His 2006 anti-war album Living with War spun off a related website and a film he directed, CSNY/Deja Vu, documents his Living with War tour with old pals Crosby, Stills and Nash. I’m hoping we’ll be getting a dose of political art tonight. I’m off!

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  1. By Sustainable Community Solutions » Sea Change on May 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    [...] I took my 16-year-old son Jakob to see one of my musical heroes, Neil Young, play at the Xcel in St….. Neil’s performance, less than one month shy of his 63rd birthday, was as passionate as any I’ve ever seen. Though the show featured a surprising number of hits (given his predilection to confound fans and critics by following the muse rather than giving them what they want to hear), one of the evening’s highlights for me was a great new, unreleased song, Sea Change, with a powerful groove and timely lyrics (click on the photo above to see and hear an early performance of this song in Coburg, Germany this August). I think we’re ready now. [...]

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