August 16, 2008 4 Comments
Yesterday I saw Neil Young playing in Colmar, France. That was an absolutely awesome concert. He started the set rocking with ‘Love and only Love’ and ‘Hey Hey My My’. It seemed like he had some technical trouble and the sound was a little crappy, at least from my place. But it was loud and rocking anyway. It was probably a little too much for the poor video screen system, which gave up during ‘Hey Hey My My’ :-). At some point he talked to the drummer and was pointing at some unknown thing in the sky. Something seemed to make him happy there. From this point everything was more relaxed, the sound was great and he played a killer version of ‘Cortez’. Then it became clear what he was pointing to: the full moon was rising behind the audience. That was great. He seemed to love that. At some point he started an acoustiv set, which was really good and featured some surprises (‘Wrecking Ball’). He finished the long (2 1/2 hours) concert with another exstatic electric set, starting with two new songs. One of them ‘Sea Change’ he even played twice, just because he and the band liked it so much. Then followed the final showdown with an awesome version of ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ and a punkrocking ‘Rocking in the Free World’, where they pointed all the spotlights to the 10000 people audience, which went crazy, jumping around and screaming along. During this song I was really worried that this old man could just fall over and die ;-). The encore was a great cover version of ‘A Day In The Life’, where he almost killed his guitar. Poor Old Black…
Before and after the concert I have been chatting to a nice couple, Roman (or Romain) and Lucy (maybe Lucie). I’m a little sad now that I forgot to ask them for address or phone number, they’ve been so nice. It’s probably very unlikely, but in the case that you two read this, please contact me in the comments or by email, it would be so nice to meet you again.
Anonther nice feature of the concert was that they were showing paintings for almost every song. At some point I realized that there was actually a painter behind the drummer, who really created paintings during the concert! Very nice idea.
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