At 66 years of age Neil Young hasn’t lost his step. The legendary Canadian rocker has regrouped with his longtime backing band, Crazy Horse, this year to record two studio albums and embark on a multi-leg tour of the United States and Canada. After eight years apart, Young and the Horse have picked up where they left off with their feedback jam-heavy performances winning raves from both casual and fervent Neil fans. Dubbed “Alchemy” in a recent NeilYoung.com news item which hints that a documentary about the tour is in the works (as do these signs posted at Neil’s shows), Neil Young and Crazy Horse descended upon Zilker Park in Austin, Texas last night for a headlining set at Day Two of the ACL Fest.
Despite their propensity to extend songs for 20 minutes or longer, Neil Young and Crazy Horse haven’t experimented much with setlists on the tour. For instance, all 13 Alchemy Tour shows have started with the six-song segment. The major exception takes place in the encore slot, where the group varies which “hit” or “hits” they’ll play. Young has filled that slot with fan-favorites such as Mr. Soul, Tonight’s The Night, Roll Another Number, Like A Hurricane and Cortez The Killer, leading up to last night’s festival set. Though there wasn’t an encore per se, Crazy Horse finished off their headlining set with the first Down By The River since March 9th, 2004 and Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black).
For those looking for audio of a full Neil Young and Crazy Horse set, you can download Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Global Citizen Festival performance straight from the TV feed in all its high-quality glory. As for Down By The River, it was over 15 minutes and potent as fuck. Take a listen.
[Hat Tip – Andrew Bruss]