With doors opening at 6:30pm, and a scheduled 7:30pm show time, it was a nice surprise to see musicians take the stage early – at about 7:20pm – at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Neil Young had added a third (previously unannounced) act – or an act to open for Patti Smith. And Toronto’s the Sadies were fine in their role, but everybody was really there anticipating Patti and Neil.
Patti Smith was at a definite disadvantage for her set. Neil had four huge – and I mean really huge – faux shipping cases positioned across the stage. The Patti Smith Group had to set up and perform in front of those, so their space on stage was limited. Two retro-looking large screen TV monitors were hung up high on each side of the stage, but they were dark for Patti’s set. Patti played much from her great new album Banga, with other nuggets mixed in. Unfortunately, she did not command the large room like Neil & Crazy Horse eventually would.
Let’s make this clear right up front – No, we couldn’t make it to the Neil Young concert at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday. Too many expensive things were going wrong here in Nippertown to justify dropping $100 – even for Neil.
NEIL YOUNG SET LIST
Palace Theatre, Albany, 5/18/10
My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (acoustic guitar)
Tell Me Why (acoustic guitar)
Helpless (acoustic guitar)
You Never Call (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
Peaceful Valley (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
Love And War (acoustic guitar w/ pickup)
Down By The River (electric guitar – Old Black)
Hitchhiker (electric guitar – Old Black)
Ohio (electric guitar – white falcon)
Sign Of Love (electric guitar – white falcon)
Leia (upright piano)
After The Gold Rush (pump organ)
I Believe In You (grand piano)
Rumblin’ (electric guitar – Old Black)
Cortez The Killer (electric guitar – Old Black)
Cinnamon Girl (electric guitar – Old Black) ENCORES
Walk With Me (electric guitar – white falcon)
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (electric guitar – Old Black)
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