The list of people I am willing to go and see at the Arena in Liverpool is a short one. It’s one of my least favourite venues ever. However when Neil Young comes to town and brings Crazy Horse with him you just have to go along.
As you can see from the set list there was a good range of stuff. I was particularly pleased that I got to hear Psychedelic Pill live as I love that track. The cacophonous
sounds through the electric bits were something to behold. They vibrated throughout your entire body as guitar licks were traded.
The acoustic bit included a Dylan cover, as featured on the latest album from Neil, as well as Heart Of Gold which was obviously a crowd pleaser. (Well at least everyone seemed to know that one)
Actually there was certainly more back catalogue stuff in the set than I was expecting, though apparently not enough hits to appease some critics.
The finale of an amazing, way out there jam of Like A Hurricane was marred slightly from my point of view by the bloke in front of me lighting up a cigarette (could have even been a joint) and when security arrived trying to fight them off before being escorted off the premises. Anyway, once him and equally drunk/high girlfriend were gone there was a chance to properly enjoy the creative, buzzing mess of a ending. Strings were snapped and minds were blown. I loved it! I was particular amused when I was leaving and over heard a local fan declare “he was alright till he started f***ing about at the end” – but that was the best bit!
Neil sounded great, and looked like he was having a great time on stage, and it was awesome to finally see him with Crazy Horse.
(Screen grabs courtesy of whichway)