Neil Young rocks London; Bodes well for Dublin

Not having announced an Irish date 3 months ago when he originally announced his UK tour I found myself over in London for the weekend to see the second of four Sold-out shows in the Hammersmith Apollo.

Nobody's ever said that Neil Young doesn't rock hard (and if they have...well...fuck 'em, they're wrong) so their was little fear that this gig wouldn't be great

Click below for setlist and more Neil lovin'.

I don't know whether this was typical of a Neil Young audience or whether every grumpy fucker in London was present that night but the audience treated with such awe and reverence that they seemed to forget that they were at a Rock N'Roll concert. For the first half of the concert Young, dressed in a white suit, played a solo acoustic set of new and classic (a lot from Harvest) numbers during which you could hear a pin drop and not a sing-along to be heard. God love you if you tried to get up and go to the toilet as well. He moved between piano, organ and a whole array of acoustic guitars as he rollicked through From Hank To Hendrix / Ambulance Blues / Kansas / A Man Needs A Maid / Try / Harvest / After The Gold Rush / Old King / Love Art Blues / Heart Of Gold / Out On The Weekend / Old Man.

Then a half hour break and out he came again dressed in black to grunge it up with The Loner / Dirty Old Man / Spirit Road / Down By The River / Hey Hey, My My / Roll Another Number / Oh, Lonesome Me / The Believer / Powderfinger / No Hidden Path before coming back to encore with Fuckin' Up.

To tell you the truth I could have done with seeing something like Rockin' in the Free World instead of the 15 minute long No Hidden path but rumour has it he's playing a certain Malahide Castle in June and one can only hope he'll crack it out then. In the meantime check out him doing Free World on what I believe is Saturday Night Live

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