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Munich RustFest (July 12, 1996)
Your Host - Armin Big Bird Gienger
The Fest Call was put out by Armin Big Bird Gienger....
The participants were:
It was a little bit chaotic since we didn't meet some of the guys. I came there with Martin and met Hans-Helmut and Pete Culliney at about 4:30 pm. After waiting some time we went to a beergarden and had some drinks in the afternoon sun. We talked about, of course, Neil and Music and life in general. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
At six we went back to the meeting point still no other Rustie in sight, so we headed down to the Olympiahalle to meet Francesco and his Italian friends. Francesco was very busy in organizing things so we couldn't stay together during the concert. Maybe next time in Italy.
I'm very sorry we didn't meet up with Rainer and Stephan, but anyway they must have enjoyed the concert as much as we did.
We went inside the hall at 7 pm very hungry and thirsty, so we had some sandwiches and some more beers. This got us into the right mood for the show. Hans-Helmut had "seat" tickets, so Peter, Martin and I left him and entered the "Arena" floor, getting us a nice place left of the stage maybe 8 meters in front of it.
At 20:45 Dave matthews started on time. I don't care too much for support bands in Neil concerts and I found their music quite boring. At least they did a great job in increasing the tension before Neil. As we all had seen Neil at leat one time on this tour, we knew that after Larry put on his white coat and opened the beer bottle (did anyone see what kind it was?) and placed it for Neil, the show would start immediately.
As for the concert, all songs were standards, but many of them I hadn't heard in my previous two Neil concerts. I think there's just one word to describe this show: P E R F E C T. Neil and the band were really into it in every single song. It was several degrees better than the show I saw in Konstanz (even though in Konstanz there was Dangerbird, Stupid Girld and Barstool Blues -- but you can't always get what you want). It's just amazing with how much energy and harmony these old guys are still able to produce.
From a really terrific show I want to point out three parts:
That was it, my second and last NY concert for this tour. I can't imagine how Neil could do any better! If he keeps it up at this level, I'm sure you all will see one of the best Neil Young concerts in your life.
. . . . . Armin
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