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A San Diego Union Tribune review.
I've heard 10 shows on CDR, but nothing... NOTHING prepared me for how amazing this show was. I'm glad it worked out this way. We got a 10 1/2 minute TTN, and an 18 1/2 minute Cowgirl. Neil was in good humor, the crowd was great.
I had my hands on the setlist from Neil's mic, but I let the other person have it (it might have ripped!). I saw that Dance Dance Dance was on it instead of Fool. There were also a few other things that might've happened, but.... As the show was still 2:08 long, I guess he decided no MMM. However, after the CITS we got there really wasn't anything else needed to be said!
As for Beck... Man, I had an open mind. I don't listen to the radio, and can honestly say I may have heard him once or twice. But I was really looking forward to checking him out, because a lot of people I respect think highly of him. For whatever reason, tonight I thought he was really boring. In fact for me it was a real energy draining set. He mainly played dirge-type stuff, even commenting on that himself. The crowd was luke warm to him, with no hint of asking for an encore. I would still check him out on CD (or at a smaller setting) again to give him another chance, but I didn't get him at all tonight...
Well, its late, gotta go.
Last night's show was outstanding. The venue is located just north of the US/Mexico border, in the middle of nowhere. I guess that's why Neil turned it up to the proverbial Spinal Tap eleven for the encore -- one song, an 18-plus minute rippin' Cowgirl In The Sand. I was at both LA shows with CITS in the setlist and this one by far kicked more ass. I was hoping to get a dose of Hurricane, but based on the setlist rotation I expected and got CITS.
No setlist variation, and no Mellow My Mind second encore. It sounded like the Horse was with him for the encore. If you compare it to the CITS in LA, you'd have to believe that Neil had his equipment turned down a notch in LA. Probably because the Greek Theatre is nested in a wealthy Hollywood hills residential area. But at this show it was a true, pure, unadulterated Neil jam. There's no doubt that Neil gets more into the jam when it cranked like that. Even Duck was groovin'!
As far as the crowd is concerned, I have to say that the San Diego crowd was really good. I was in the center section of the orchestra and we were standing for all of the rockin' tunes and quiet for the slower. Of course, there were a few talkers and woo-whooers but nothing inappropriate. What's with the obligatory gal who has to stand up solo during Harvest Moon tunes doing that dance where she moves her hands upward like a hula girl with the twisting wrists? Anybody know what I'm referring to? I've seen it at every show.
For those of you going to Santa Barabara, you can expect Hurricane for the first show. Maybe I'll make that trek. What do you say Rick and Arnold? Finally!
One last thing. About Beck acoustic: he's definitely unique like Neil. In fact, it almost seemed to me that he wanted to open for Neil because he wanted to reach out to a slightly different audience, and his music (especially his harmonica) at times had a Neil feeling. With the exception of his final song, Jackass, I didn't know anything he played. He kept saying these were old and dusty slow songs. He's a great writer. Expect a different show.
Got to meet one rustie who made the trek. Nice meeting you Katherine! There was no RustFesting that I could see. Til next time...
This show was awesome. We had left orchestra seats, and we could see Neil give Pegi a kiss as they walked on stage. Their kiss and her presence really underscored the themes in the heart of the show - relationships and mature love, the kind of love that lasts through ups and downs.
The intensity of the performance in the jammin' songs was amazing. I have to echo what Dave and Jeff wrote about CITS, but I think Words was also amazing. Watching the way Neil rocks (literally) when he's one with his guitar is so joyful.
I really appreciated his generosity with the crowd - one "How ya doin'?", one "How y'all doin'?", one "How y'all doin' out there?" and one "How y'all doin' back there?" (referring to the rear seats). He also said he was glad to be back down here in San Diego, which I hope means more gigs down here. I really hate having to drive up to L.A. to see him. (Nothing against L.A., I just hate the drive.)
Beck was something of a disappointment. I know his stuff, and he played some of my favorites. His voice and harmonica playing were in good form, but the pace of the individual songs was sluggish and the band seemed under-rehearsed - like they weren't in synch. I hope they get it together for future shows, because he really is a good talent.
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)