live music: NEIL YOUNG x MADISON SQUARE GARDEN x 11.27.12

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Madison Square Garden, NYC 11.27.12 – Last night, Neil Young and Crazy Horse galloped into the world’s most famous arena with guitars blazing. The “Alchemy” tour is currently in support of their latest album together entitled “Psychedelic Pill”…their first assemblage of new music together in 10 years.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Joe Russo.

I can’t remember the last time I saw Neil Young…maybe the early 90’s. He’s always been one of my favorite artists. With that being said, I was stoked at the opportunity to shoot him last night. I knew it was gonna be a soundboard shoot. My last 2 at the Garden came out really nice. To say I was utterly disappointed with last night’s shoot would be an understatement. We were told we can only shoot the first 10 mins…so basically his first song and maybe a smidge of the second and then escorted out. For the first 3+ mins or so of “Love and Only Love”, Neil and 2 other musicians were huddled together in front of this huge inflatable microphone that was center stage and had long flowing ribbons blowing around them. They essentially hid behind it until Neil began to sing…at which point he was gyrating around in front of his mic that was stage left…then back to hiding behind the huge mic…and the lighting sucked too.

Setlist:
Love and Only Love
Powderfinger
Born in Ontario
Walk Like a Giant
The Needle and the Damage Done
Twisted Road
Singer Without a Song
Ramada Inn
Cinnamon Girl
Fuckin’ Up
Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield song)
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)

Encore:
Roll Another Number

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