Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gig Review; Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gig Review; Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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FROM the LA singer-songwriter scene of the 60s and across the following decades, Neil Young has carved out a niche as one of rock and roll''s most uncompromising survivors.

Reunited onceS more with backing band Crazy Horse and on the European leg of their Alchemy world tour, it''s a two-and-a-half hour sonic assault that sidesteps the Canadian''s quieter acoustic moments in favour of raw power and extended garage-rock riffing.

Opener Love and Only Love sets the tone for what''s to come, summed up perfectly by the name of the 1990 album it''s taken from - Ragged Glory.

Live staple and fan-favourite Powderfinger follows, before we''re on to Walk Like a Giant, a 15-minute epic lamenting the failure of the 60s hippie dream: I used to walk like a giant on the land, now I feel like a leaf floating in the stream.

Me and some friends were gonna save the world, we were trying to make it better. But then the weather changed and the white got stained and it fell apart and it breaks my heart about how close we came. …

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