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Rob it's a cold bowl of chili Bromley's Review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A pretty dumb News-Observer review.
This tour and band is what I've been waiting to see for over 20 years. I got my tickets the day and time they went on sale. My wife (she was my girlfriend at the time) and I first saw Neil in '83. I last saw him in 1989, and since then I have not had the opportunity to see him the way I'd like (e.g., when he's been nearby, he has been playing all electric with the Horse). Mirror Ball and Year Of The Horse are my least favorites, and I was not pleased with his 1986 gig in Rochester, New York. It was too loud and the sound quality was poor. Enough said on that -- suffice it to say that I've been waiting a long time for a show like this one.
Got to the venue at 6:30 and went to will call to pick up another set of FREE TICKETS, which I won from the Tegan & Sara web site. I immediately gave those tickets (which were about halfway back inside) to a few unknown Rusties who were very grateful to have a free show. THANKS T&S. But sorry that I missed your set.
Got inside in time to hear the Pretenders start The Loner. Chrissy was into it even though the crowd was sparse. Looked and played real good for a woman turning 50 next week!!
On to the Neil Highlights. I won't waste time with a song by song but I knew and loved each and every song played...
I Believe In You... Razor Love... Harvest Moon... Peace Of Mind. Those stood out for me among the mellow stuff. Neil's vocals were right on. Great to hear these with a full band.
Unknown Legend was ok. This number was not as tight as it could have been -- seemed they just weren't together. That's my only complaint about the show. I did like the electric sound though.
Walk On... Winterlong... Bad Fog Of Loneliness... Words... -- My vocabulary cannot come up with the proper description of how awesome this part of the show was for me. Neil thought of me when he placed these songs in the lineup.
After Words Neil could have walked off and I would have felt like I got my $65+ worth. But we got more...
Tonight's The Night. Neil really liked this song because he was bopping and swaying. More like a band director working with the drummer. Did not tear up the piano on this number. Great version!!!
The first encore Neil beat the snot out of Old Black with a Carolina Hurricane. A very clean raunchy version, much like AS'n'B album.
Neil finished the night with Mellow My Mind and forgot to play me Cowgirl afterward. Oh well.
What a night!!!!!!!!!! 7th row left center with perfect vision of all guitar work. Neil seemed happy. He even noted that he wanted to wear his Ray Price Harley shirt he received the last time he was here but couldn't find it.
To any of you who haven't committed to this tour DON'T MISS IT. This band is tight. The songs are great and everyone is having fun. I haven't danced that much since the last Dead shows.
I'm now ready for Neil to move on to another musical forum (Rap? Hip Hop?) whatever he feels like in the next decade. If that's what it takes to have him play ten years from now like he did last night. I'm making my reservations for 2010.
I am in awe..............
Rob (it's a cold bowl of chili) Bromley
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)