July 17, 2015

Neil Young Concert Review, Camden, NJ, July 16, 2015

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Neil Young on stage, Susquehanna Bank Center, 7/16/15 Neil Young on stage, Susquehanna Bank Center, 7/16/15

On July 16, 2015 the night was perfect for being at a semi-outdoor concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center.  With Low humidity and a cool summer breeze blowing, it was ideal weather for a concert.  Neil Young did not change the delightful atmosphere.

The concert started with Neil, wearing his now signature hat, walking out on stage and sitting down at the piano. “After the Gold Rush” started a splendid acoustic set that included “Heart of Gold” , “Long May You Run”  (a Stills-Young Band song) , “Old Man” and it concluded with Neil on the pump organ doing “Mother Earth”.

At that point Neil’s backup band called Promise of the Real came out to join him.  You might have anticipated that mellow portion of the concert was done.  Not so, Neil kept playing his acoustic guitar and the evening continued on a slow build.  The highlights were “Hold Back the Tears”, Harvest Moon”, “Words” and he even dipped back to the Buffalo Springfield song “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”.

Once Neil reached for his black beauty guitar, the audience was keenly aware the electric was being turned up.  The crowd responded with loud roar of approval. The highlight was long “Down by the River” with all guitars dueling away to the delight of the cheering audience. Some of the younger members of the sold out crowd got up and joyfully danced through the entire lively set. Older members tapped their toes and bobbed their heads in the seats and wished they had the energy to join the younger ones in the aisles.

The evening was filled with a wide range of music from the outstanding musical career of one of rock’s most legendary performers.  Neil did mix in some of his more recent songs where he stressed his objection to GMO’s, etc ., but for the most part he thankfully didn’t dwell on his most recent less than stellar albums. 

As one person put it that was sitting near me, is there anyone out there that is the new Neil Young or Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney when they are gone?  Sadly, the answer is no.  Let’s enjoy them while we can.


 

 

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