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Laurie The DJ's Daughter's review
(more reviews coming)
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I didn't know that I was buying a ticket in the ASSHOLE section. It must've been a special place just for them. Actually, after talking to a few Rusties after the show, I would have to say that Neil must have added this 3rd night especially for all his asshole fans...
Powderfinger was definately turned up a notch tonight, which made me very happy. I have to admit being a little disappointed in it the other two nights. It just seemed too mellow for Old Black.
Everyone I spoke with said they thought the CITS was more like a Crazy Horse version. Neil was kinda off doing his own thing during a lot of it, and the band was having trouble following. The second solo was an especially tinkering one. And during the last solo he actually turned to face the audience for a lot of it. Dave Asker says he thinks Neil just kinda thought, "Well, if you guys aren't gonna do it with me, I'll do it alone."
He played Fool For Your Love again, but this time left in Dance Dance Dance. The gals sounded especially good on that tonight. He also played FHTH again as he did Monday, but Monday's was better.
Harvest Moon was incredible because of the just-had-been harvest moon rising above us. And I remember Neil really getting into EKTIN. He did the false start again during BFOL which is always cool to me.
There were no new songs, but it seemed to me that the set list was changed somehow. I need to research that.
Rick had brought a copy of his setlist like before, and while we sat at the picnic area waiting for Neil, I asked him to try to name all 27 songs done this tour. He named all but ONE! He should be the Rustie of the Month.
Neil Fashion Report:
Brown tennies, old blue jeans (God he's got a nice butt!) and black Route 66 t-shirt. The belt was dangling right where it always does, out from under the shirt. Straw hat only during some mellow songs. It's kinda cool to see neil's bald spot bobbing around in front of the drum set while he's dancing.
Roadeyes, Pegi from about 50 feet, Astrid from about 20 feet (I told her that she and Pegi sound great, and they're great for the band; she smiled and waved.) Neil, in his hat (and clothes) getting into a black van with dark tinted windows, just like the last two nights. But tonight we actually knew EXACTLY which van he was in, so we were able to say stuff to him as he drove by us (only about three feet away through the van windows.) Dave begged him to come to the Land Down Under. I just waved and said thank you (I think. I don't remember.)
Neil may not have really wanted to do this show...not like the other two. He was the least talkative, as well as embarking on strange, solo extensions on his songs that seemed to baffle his bandmates. But all-in-all the show was a great performance.
One more thing:
Rusties are the coolest. I had a blast every day at our fests, and especially want to acknowledge Keith for his blistering guitar on Revolution Blues today (which we sang together.) It was great meeting Bobzilla, the two Ricks, Arnold, Phil, Dave and Stee, Dave and Lori from Hawaii (who are now off to Humboldt -- oooo, I'm jealous!) and Jeff Ruben, and Ellen (who I've met and partied with before.) Oh! Can't forget Jim, the fellow from the East Coast who got a great deal on a sect.A, row K seat about a half hour before the show -- $50! (oooo, jealous agian!) Even "Don't Be Denied" Jenna came by right when the Pretenders started. I assumed she wanted to see them and urged her to go in. But it was good seein ya, Jenna! I know I'm forgetting people, but everyone was really nice, so I'm sure they'll forgive me.
Anyway, I've totally written enough. Stay tuned for reviews of Santa Barbara, which I might as well go to since Rick's got such good seats. (6th and 9th row.) Take care all.
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)