Neil Young Films Documentary Concert Movie In Melbourne, Australia - Noise11.com
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Plenary, Melbourne, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Plenary, Melbourne, 2013, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Neil Young Films Documentary Concert Movie In Melbourne, Australia

by Paul Cashmere on March 14, 2013

in Live,News

With a capacity of 5000, tonight’s Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Melbourne’s Plenary Hall was the smallest room Young has ever played in Australia. Every other show to date has been arenas. The Plenary show was billed as a special show and indeed it was because Neil was making a movie.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Plenary, Melbourne, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Plenary, Melbourne, 2013, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Neil Young’s Shakey Pictures filmed this Melbourne ‘Alchemy Tour ’ show for their next concert documentary and by the set and the setlist you can expect ‘Alchemy’ the concert movie to be ‘Rust Never Sleeps II’.

Tonight, Neil Young fans got to see him up close and personal for one of his most ferocious shows ever, with thanks to his band of pitbulls, Crazy Horse. I challenge any musician even two thirds younger than 67-year old Neil Young to go a few rounds with him on stage. He would destroy you musically.

I’ve seen Neil Young on every one of his Australian tours and by far this was his most powerful. In total, three hours from head to toe. Neil Young & Crazy Horse were like a hurricane this evening. Tonight he was totally switched to 11.

Let me start at the end. After ‘Cinnamon Girl’, Young threw away the standard setlist played in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney and played a completely unique set with a few rarities over the extended hour. All of the other shows ran for two hours and 20 minutes. This one was exactly three hours.

‘Fucking Up’ and ‘Mr Soul’ from the previous shows were dropped. Instead we were served the extremely rare ‘Zuma’ tracks ‘Barstool Blues’, only played three times live since 1996, and ‘Danger Bird’, played just 40 times ever and prior to tonight last in 2004.

The show opened with The Beatles’ version of ‘A Day In The Life’ to visuals of Einstein type characters in lab-coats arranging the set. (Think the template of Rust Never Sleeps movie). Then the Australian National Anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’ was played to a backdrop of the Australian flag.

Then Neil Young, Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina came on stage. Crazy Horse last toured Australia for Young’s ‘Greendale’ tour in 2004 but Poncho wasn’t on that album or tour, so this line-up of Crazy Horse has not toured Australia since 1985. Frank did tour Australia with Neil as a member of The Lost Dogs in 1989, but Billy and Ralph with missing in action for that tour.

“Thanks for coming down here. The fact you found the place is unbelievable,” Neil said at the start alluding to the “off the beaten track” location the recently constructed The Plenary was built in. (NB: His comment was very funny to the people of Melbourne).

The setlist for March 13, The Plenary, Melbourne was:

Love and Only Love (from Ragged Glory, 1990)
Powderfinger (from Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
Born In Ontario (from Psychedelic Pill, 2012)
Walk Like A Giant (from Psychedelic Pill, 2012)
Hole In The Sky (new, unreleased)
Heart of Gold (from Harvest, 1972)
Twisted Road (from Psychedelic Pill, 2012)
Singer Without A Song (new, unreleased)
Ramada Inn (from Psychedelic Pill, 2012)
Cinnamon Girl (from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1970)
Cortez The Killer (from Zuma, 1975)
Danger Bird (from Zuma, 1975)
Barstool Blues (from Zuma, 1975)
Prisoners of Rock and Roll (from Life, 1987)
Opera Star (from Re-ac-tor, 1981)
My My Hey Hey (from Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
Sedan Delivery (from Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)

Like A Hurricane (from American Stars N’ Bars, 1977)

Remaining Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour dates are:

March 15, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
March 16, Geelong, The Hill Winery, A Day On The Green
New Zealand
March 19, Wellington, TSB Arena
March 21, Auckland, Vector Arena

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Rose Tattoo Angry Anderson and Mark Evans. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Rose Tattoo Reveal Australian Tour Guests and Euro Dates

Dallas Crane, The Hitman and Palace of the King are a few of the bands that will open for Rose Tattoo’s 2018 Blood Brothers tour across Australia.

8 hours ago
Edwin Hawkins
R.I.P. Edwin Hawkins 1943-2018

Edwin Hawkins, the gospel great who brought the genre to the masses with the 1969 hit "Oh Happy Day", has died at the age of 74. According to reports, he had been ill for some time.

21 hours ago
Danny Woods
R.I.P. Danny Woods of Chairman of the Board 1944-2018

Danny Woods, one of the co-founders of the group Chairmen of the Board, has died at the age of 73.

24 hours ago
Glass Candy
US Electronica Duo Sued Over Vanda and Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’

The publisher behind ‘Love Is In The Air’ is suing US songwriters John Padgett and Lori Monahan over the alleged use of the song in an Air France television commercial.

1 day ago
Grace Jones photo by Damien Loverso, music news, noise11.com
Grace Jones Talks About Sexual Abuse On Her First Film

Singer and actor Grace Jones says that the producer of her first movie attempted to sexually abuse her.

1 day ago
Billy Gibbons - Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Billy Gibbons Australian Tour Was Falsely Promoted

ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons may be the victim of false marketing following a serious of disastrous appearances in Australia.

5 days ago
Motorhead singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Surviving Motorhead Members Are Planning A Tribute

The surviving members of Motorhead are regrouping for an upcoming tribute to late band leader Lemmy.

5 days ago