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Neil Young & The Chrome Dreams Band (DSBD) NYA December 16, 2007 (2021) [16-44]

Neil Young has fought for years to keep everyone guessing. Throwing caution to the wind early and often throughout his career, he never let anyone keep him down, and works best in the extremes. The fragile warble and questioning spirit of life and love in his acoustic old-folky phase, and his eye-of-the-maelstrom-guitar-screech turned up to 11 pounding down the highway on top of Crazy Horse electric thunder– extremes that are neighbors on Neil’s block, and both were in attendance tonight.

In a gray suit with matching hair sticking out from under his hat, Neil started the show with a 12-song acoustic set, opening with “From Hank to Hendrix” and closing with a crowd pleasing “Heart of Gold.” In-between he mined his career, spending the most time in the seventies while playing some lesser known gems on piano – “No One Seems to Know” and “Journey Through the Past.” Neil wasn’t “pissing in the wind” on this night though, as he sang the fantastically-scattered “Ambulance Blues” in an intentionally-weary voice, adding dimension to an already-thickly layered tune. This was a real highlight of the evening. Wandering the stage trying to find his muse he would touch pianos or banjos lovingly before deciding on which to use for the next number, like an actor searching for his inspiration. During “Don’t Let it Bring You Down” Neil’s left leg shook against the strumming, but the guitar heroics were just warming up.

Neil Young Archives

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Track Listing:
Set 1

  1. From Hank to Hendrix
  2. Ambulance Blues
  3. Sad Movies
  4. A Man Needs a Maid
  5. No One Seems to Know
  6. Try
  7. Harvest
  8. Journey Through the Past
  9. Don’t Let it Bring You Down
  10. Love Art Blues
  11. Old King
  12. Heart of Gold
    Set 2
  13. Mr. Soul
  14. Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
  15. Dirty Old Man
  16. Spirit Road
  17. Bad Fog of Loneliness
  18. Winterlong
  19. Oh, Lonesome Me
  20. The Believer
  21. No Hidden Path
  22. Cinnamon Girl
  23. Like a Hurricane
  24. The Sultan

DANCING ON THE LIGHT FROM STAR TO STAR

The Chrome Deams Band:
Neil Young – guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, vocals
Ben Keith – pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals
Rick Rosas – bass, background vocals
Ralph Molina – drums, background vocals
Pegi Young – background vocals, vibraphone
Anthony Crawford – background vocals, piano, bells
Cary Kemp – gong

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