Boston, Massachusetts, March 27, 2000
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Daniel Downtown Lee's Review
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The show details.
A Boston Herald pre-show story.
- Carry On
- Southern Man
- Stand And Be Counted
- Pre-Road Downs
- 49 Bye-Byes
- Marrakesh Express
- Faith In Me
- Almost Cut My Hair
- Cinnamon Girl
- Helplessly Hoping
- Our House
- Old Man
- Dream For Him
- Looking Forward
- Someday Soon
- After The Goldrush
- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
- Out Of Control
- Seen Enough
- Teach Your Children
[7th Inning Stretch]
- Eight Miles High
- Love The One You're With
- Rockin' In The Free World
- Long May You Run
review by Daniel Downtown Lee
Boston, Massachusetts, March 27, 2000
As most of you know, the Sunday night Boston gig (which I
missed) had some pleasant surprises: the debuts of Helpless and
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and the return of the now sometimes sporadic
Down By The River. After reading the reviews, I couldn't help but have
high expectations for this show. Sadly (for me), the set list was cut by one
song (bringing it down to about 3 hours and 5 or 10 minutes). And the absence
of both Helpless and DBTR were particularly tough for me to
swallow. Despite these disapointments, I can't go so far as to say that I was
DISAPOINTED by the show: I still walked out of the Fleet Center
with a huge smile on my face. I guess that says a lot about the quality of
This was one of those nights during which the concert was less of a Neil
show and more of a CSNY effort. Not that Neil was particularly down --
it's more that the other three seemed particularly UP. The most
heartwarming, reoccuring theme of the night for me: every time one of the
four played one of their songs that went over particularly well with the
crowd, the others seemed genuinely happy and proud for the songwriter. It
was particularly evident for Crosby with Almost Cut My Hair,
for Stills with Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and for Nash with Our
House and Teach Your Children. As for Neil, pretty much
everything he played sparked the audience. 'Nuff said.
Some particular highlights from the first set:
Highlights of the second Set:
- Heartland sounded great.
- When Neil started in on Slowpoke, the crowd was absolutely SILENT
for the first time as he went into the opening lines. Truly magical.
- Almost Cut My Hair was definitely the highpoint of this
set: Croz looked so well and alive, and the audience really responded.
- Neil and Stephen really did an awesome job playing back and forth during
- Cinamon Girl was the perfect set closer.
Highlights beyond the 7th Inning Stretch:
- Perenial favorites Our House and Teach Your Children got a
lot of people singing and clapping, even way up in the nosebleeds were I was
- Old Man and After the Goldrush sounded particularly sweet and
- I was never a huge fan of Dream for Him and Seen Enough, but
both songs sounded a lot better live. Both songs included improved guitar
licks that should have been included in the recorded versions.
And a few random thoughts and observations:
- A real powerhouse: Neil played each song with the kind of intensity that
other bands/musicians would usually reserve for the final number.
- Love the One You're With sounded great as a more bluesy, stripped-down
- Eight Miles High was really charged up.
- So was Ohio.
- And what really needs to be said about Rockin' in the Free World ?
Granted, it wasn't Crazy Horse playing with Neil, but it's still
Dan "Downtown" Lee
- As usual, the merchandise was grossly over-priced. It seems to me like
it's cheaper to get it online, even with the shipping charges. Go to the
show to take a close-up look at what you want, and then get it online.
- I had no idea how long the intermission was going to be -- it was about 20
- 25 minutes in case you're not sure if you can get back to your seat in time.
- While I was in the bathroom during the intermission, some guy at the
urinals turned around when he was done and said to everyone else, "How
'bout that Neil?". The whole bathroom erupted. It was great.
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)