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Neil Young @ Nokia Theater - 10/30/07 and 11/2/07

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The day after Neil Young’s first show at the Nokia Theater, I was having trouble believing I hadn’t dreamed the whole thing.

I got pictures, but they’re kind of blurry. My friends seem to remember the same things happening, but I could have dreamed them up too. It just seemed like too much.

As you may have guessed if you read my earlier review of Chrome Dreams 2, I’m a big fan. Long time collector, seen him sixteen times, sometimes play his songs with my own bands etc. I’m not sure what the casual fan thought after hearing only a handful of familiar tunes at a big expensive concert like this. I didn’t see a lot of grumpy faces on the way out so I assume they were OK. But for a dude like me, the experience of watching him unearth three completely unreleased songs from the shelved 1975 album Homegrown – heard only on distant audience recordings from 1974-76 – was a jaw-dropper, a fantastic gift.

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These were dropped in the midst of a solo acoustic set where the familiar material was made up of rarely-performed deep album cuts, and only two of his greatest hits. There are probably statistics on Hyperrust.org as to the last time the world has ever heard Campaigner, A Man Needs A Maid, Harvest or Love Is A Rose on stage, but I was sure never there when that happened. And even the hits – After The Gold Rush and Old Man – were welcome ones, and given full-blooded performances.

(More photos and streaming audio from October 30 after the jump.)