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June 27, 2001
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Last night Neil put on a nice show. The first fourteen songs remained consistent with his latest concert dates. Then everything changed. Neil treated Munich by changing his final songs significantly.
First, the Black Crowes put on a fine rock show, though there were problems with the lighting. Chris Robinson kept saying, "Did you try some sausages? They're great sausages!" What a great band to open for Neil.
Though the venue was not sold out for the show, the audience exploded when Neil came out on stage. The band took us through the excellent opener and dazzled through a thick version of I've Been Waiting For You (although Billy had trouble with his amplifier). Then they launched into a ten minute, solo-filled rocking version of Love And Only Love.
Neil played a nice harmonica ending to his soft Don't Let It Bring You Down, before heading to the organ for After The Goldrush. A very nice version of that song. After his solo set, he addressed the audience: "How y'all doin' out there? It's nice to be back. Lots of friends in Germany. I could tell you stories, but I won't." Then he hit the next song with Crazy Horse in tow again.
Next Neil played his other two new songs, neither of which especially engaged the audience. But that came full circle when he lit into Hey Hey My My. That shook up the crowd more than any other song during the show. This is what Crazy Horse does best, and I think much of the audience came to see this type of material. Thus the audience was thoroughly psyched.
After HHMM, the bird (Hurricane) keyboard was lowered but Neil lit into Rockin' In the Free World instead. Of course the audience went wild, singing the first verse with him and screaming the chorus. This finished the main set.
The crowd stood clapping, stomping and cheering until Neil came back on stage, talked to Crazy Horse a moment, and then struck up Roll Another Number. This was a change of pace for the audience, especially after the two previous numbers. But they got into -- and it was a nice kick back to the Weld tour.
Then came audience participation night, during Tonight's The Night. Neil let the audience sing that line endlessly. Billy's voice was breaking at this point, but he still pulled up to the mic and sang his part with beautiful endurance.
Neil left the stage with a wave of his hand, but the audience, undaunted, remained loud and wanting more. So Neil came back. After talking again with Crazy Horse, and bringing Larry Cragg back out to the piano, they played of the best new songs again: Going Home. The audience was taken aback for a second, then sang along on the chorus as best they knew.
Thus ended one fine night at the Olympiahalle.