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HORDE at Alpine Valley
Troy, Wisconsin, August 2, 1997

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The set list

    Early Solo Accoustic Set
    (no set)

    Late Crazy Horse Set

  1. Hey Hey My My
  2. Crime in the City
  3. Hippie Dream
  4. Big Time
  5. Frm Hank to Hendrix
  6. The Needle and the Damage Done
  7. Ohio
  8. Rockin in the Free World
  9. (another song here?)
  10. Tonight's the Night
  11. Sedan Delivery
  12. Cortez the Killer     [Encore]


HORDE at Alpine Valley
Troy, Wisconsin, August 2, 1997

review by Bob Warth

Hello folks. I guess I'll post some info about Saturday's festival, since I must be the only one who didn't follow it up by going to Tinley Park. I hope it didn't rain on you guys there. This is my first post after six months on Rust.

My sis and I showed up early in hopes of catching an acoustic set, and were front and center of the HORDE O'Culture. Alas, NY didn't play -- but Billy played his own songs on acoustic six-string guitar for maybe 25 minutes. Ben appeared backstage toward the end, left, and then came back again, giving us hope. Plus Neil's harmonicas were still on-stage. But it wasn't to be. Toward the end of the next performance on the stage, Ben left for good, and Larry Cragg retrieved Neil's instruments.

A little disappointing. And after Cake Like and Toad the Wet Sprocket played, we weren't feeling too great. Fortunately Leftover Salmon turned things around. We skipped Primus to eat, and to check out the train tent. The rest of the lineup was great. Morphine kinda dragged, though, since we knew who was playing in 30 minutes.

Finally it was time. We had lawn tickets, but the adrenaline surge of the opening number sent us over the fence and into the seats. I'll try to get the set list correct. I usually remember moments distinctly and forget items like setlists, but the guys played just a few long songs. (See setlist above.) A few comments:

The guys didn't seem to want to end CTK (who did?). They played five minutes past the allotted time. The final few minutes was just unbelievable. After a fake climax, Neil and Frank faced each other and jammed -- Neil hopping back and forth on each foot, Billy fooling around with an amp and Ralph banging away. I had a big smile on my face the whole time. I seem to recall Neil wandering to the side of stage during the ending. Then the lights went down and the show was over.

I don't think I've ever heard a better song from NY & CH than this one. Is this the appropriate place for a tape grovel? Someone please help me be able to relive this moment anytime I'd like. Fellow attendees, I'd like to know: Have you heard anything better from these guys?

The crowd really seemed into the show. They sang along with Neil and roared when he went crazy during his solos.

A great day and I don't even care that Neil didn't play an early set. I can't wait to hear other stories and hope my digest-reading ass hasn't posted the tenth diary of the show rather than the first.

Bob Warth


(more to be added when I can... --RE*AC*TOR)