Published on 04-02-2014 10:42 AM
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I left the studio early yesterday, went home and took a two hour nap to make sure that I was at full power for the solo concert Neil Young put on at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. He'll finish a 4-day run this evening. I'm a fan and the description that my niece wrote for the Hollywood Reporter made this show a must see. Imagine being able to experience some of Neil's greatest tunes in an intimate setting without the structure imposed by a strict set list and other musicians. This was Neil at his best. I've seen him perform with Crazy Horse in the past and know he can jam and rock with the best of them but last night it was just Neil and his collection of guitars, two pianos and an organ situated on top of a riser in the middle of the arrangement.
At 8:10 Neil walked out from the darkness on the left side of the stage and sat down in a simple, straight back, black chair surrounded by at least 7 guitars and a "bantar" (a Gibson instrument that has the neck of a guitar and the body of a banjo). He said nothing through the first 4 or 5 tunes...he launched first into "From Hank to Hendrix" and didn't come up until he finished "Only Love Can Break Your Heart".