Although (sadly) we aren’t actually there, we have been closely (if somewhat vicariously) following Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s current European tour, mostly through the reports on Thrasher’s Wheat and the setlist recaps over on Sugar Mountain, and have found things starting to become really interesting.
As most who follow such things already know, Neil tends to stick to a very basic setlist from night to night, (unlike some of his contemporaries – most notably Bruce Springsteen).
But on recent stops, this tour has found Neil starting to subtly mix things up just a bit – at least by the usual Neil Young standards. Most interesting, has been the recent inclusion of “Living With War” into what looks to be shaping up as a regular nightly spot. In light of Neil’s recent decision to cancel a planned show in Isreal – given the currently volatile situation there – the introduction of this song is more timely than ever.
“Living With War”; Mönchengladbach, GER
“Living With War” also plays nicely with the political theme of the sole new song premiered for European audiences this summer, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth?.”
At this point, no one is really sure what Neil Young’s next record is going to sound like (although our best guess is probably something acoustic, given the shows already being lined up in America, once the Crazy Horse overseas juggernaut is over).
But if this song (even in a quieter format) is any indication, count us as being onboard.
“Who’s Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth?”; Marquee Cork, Ireland
Also, nice to see this semi-rarity from the Toast sessions (that ended up on Are You Passionate?) dusted off for the European run. Rumor has it that the entire unreleased Toast sessions may end up on either the second or third Archives boxed set.
“Goin’ Home”; Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
And then, there is this.
When we were first looking at some of the setlists for Europe, and saw “Don’t Cry” listed, what we were hoping for was the feedback frenzy of “Don’t Cry” from 1989′s Eldorado/Freedom sessions.
But we’ll definitely settle for this underplayed gem from Zuma.
“Don’t Cry No Tears”; Marquee Cork, Ireland
Obviously, we wish we were out there on the rail with the rest of the diehard Rusties in Europe. But in the meantime, these videos shot by fans make for a very nice snapshot of all the Ragged Glory currently raging across Europe.
See you this fall, Neil.