The Seeds Of Music And Life – Neil Young Storms And Thunders The Forum On 10/14/15

Strange… this did not post a few weeks ago. My apologies… But enjoy it… Just a bit more after the fact!!!

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
Rebel Content Tour
The Forum

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Forum

“Hey, hey, my, my
Rock and Roll will never die.”

Have I had my doubts about the state of Rock n’ Roll Music? Hell yes, I have.

Were they erased last Wednesday night? Almost.

Watching a 69-year old legend rock like a 20-year old kid is enough to renew the faith. Neil was on fire… in voice and guitar. People who have seen him far more than I, have said repeatedly that they have not seen him rock that hard in years…

It was truly something to behold.

He was happy… the crowd loved him… and luckily there were no fights or reasons for Neil to yell at the crowd. And he WILL yell at the crowd.

Social Distortion opened up and rocked us pretty hard, too. I just like those guys… A fun, high energy band!

Neil came out after 9 pm… and I was told specifically that this would be a long show… but NOT a greatest hits tour… And also that there would be a lot of the Monsanto stuff…

Look, I hate Monsanto as much as the next guy… Maybe not as much as Neil, but they are a disgusting, greedy and truly evil corporation. I appreciate his stance and what he has done in terms of a whole album… The Monsanto Years… but yes, I could have used less of that.

Though… the lessons are clear and important… We must stand up for injustice… and Neil flaunted this and the new, utterly absurd “Seed Law” by willingly breaking that law and handing out seeds to the crowd.  It was a classic Neil moment… a rebel moment… and a social justice moment. It frustrates me, in terms of the politics, back-door deals and money pandering… but it gives me hope that  Grass Roots movements can grow and bloom and thrive!

I went in with no expectations… and that is the best way to go into most things! And three hours later, filled with the second-hand smoke of probably three joints in my lungs, I was spent, exhausted, elevated and blown away.

Thanks to Chris and 100.3 The Sound for the amazing hookup. And floor seats no less!

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With the first four songs I thought everyone was wrong… all classics… and while that run would not be the way the evening would finish… He did play a lot of cool songs… and a lot of Crazy Horse tunes.

The highlight on almost every song was the jamming he did with the kids… and they were kids, literally two of Willie Nelson’s kidsLukas and Micah Nelson… and also the rest of the twenty-somethings… Anthony LoGerfo on drums, Corey McCormick on bass and Tato Melgar on percussion.

“The whole show was this big eruption, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any heavier, we just kept pushing each other,” said Micah Nelson in Rolling Stone.

They would form a circle and riff off each other… They would jump and stomp and run across the stage. It was magical… pure musical magic. This is what a band does… especially a band so in synch and in joy!

Here is a little taste from their show at Red Rocks.

And another…

25 songs… almost three hours… THIS was a show!

SETLIST:

  1. After the Gold Rush
     (Neil solo on piano)
  2. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
     (Neil solo on acoustic guitar)
  3. Helpless
    (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover) (Neil solo on acoustic guitar)
  4. Old Man
    (Neil solo on acoustic guitar)
  5. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
    (Neil solo on pump organ)
  6. Hold Back the Tears
  7. Out on the Weekend
  8. From Hank to Hendrix
  9. Human Highway
  10. Wolf Moon
  11. Words (Between the Lines of Age)
  12. L.A.
    (First since 01 Apr. 1973)
  13. Burned
    (Buffalo Springfield cover)
  14. September Song
    (Kurt Weill cover) (Lukas Nelson on lead vocals)
  15. A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop
  16. People Want to Hear About Love
  17. Big Box
  18. Monsanto Years
  19. Cowgirl in the Sand
  20. Workin’ Man
  21. I Won’t Quit
  22. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  23. Mansion on the Hill
  24. Love and Only Love
    Encore:
  25. Vampire Blues

You can actually stream the Forum show HERE! Yes, they have more than just Widespread Panic shows!

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