Neil Young & Crazy Horse saddle up for Vancouver this fall

Live Nation announced today that Neil Young & Crazy Horse would be bringing its glorious guitar-rock noise to Rogers Arena on November 11. That's the best news to hit these ears since, well, last week, when Alice Cooper's upcoming gig was announced.

Here's what one well-informed critic had to say about Neil Young & Crazy Horse:

"When Young hooks up with guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, bassist Billy Talbot, and drummer Ralph Molina, serious sparks fly. Off and on, since 1969's stunning Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, the no-frills quartet has made some of the finest guitar-rock albums ever, including 1975's Zuma and 1990's Ragged Glory. The live discs Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust, and Weld aren't too shabby either."

Okay, so maybe that wasn't a well-informed critic. Maybe that was me a few months back. But I stand by it. Just listen to "Cortez the Killer" and tell me I'm wrong. Hopefully that tune'll make the setlist when Neil hits Van, along with tracks from his brand new album, Americana.

Tickets for Neil Young & Crazy Horse go on sale soon, and you'll be able to find them here.

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susan
You just made my week by tweeting this!! Can't wait...
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Pat Crowe
Van Halen fans take note.
This is real music.
But, save your money for the V.H. 2012 tour DVD, R.2.
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Steve Newton
Jeesh, give it a rest Crowedaddy!
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R2
As Ralph would say to Norton in the Honeymooners....'You Pat Crowe are a Mental Case'
By the way did you get your VIP ticket to Bieber yet?
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Steve Newton
You too, R2. Why don't you and Crowedaddy take it outside. This space is for fans of Neil Young & Crazy Horse to comment on how great Neil Young & Crazy Horse are.
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R2
Sounds good settle it outside, how about Pistols at 10 Paces?
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Pat Crowe
Aww, alright, Steve.
It's just...his chirpy little robot voice irritates me to no end.
I hope a Nerfherder on Death Sticks eats his face off.
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A. MacInnis
I've seen Neil Young and Crazy Horse exactly once, at the Fuji Rock Festival, and so much of the event was spent reality-checking myself that it was barely like it was happening. Best songs that night were a thrashing "Piece of Crap" and an epic, show-closing, 10-minute "Like a Hurricane," with enormous candles lit around the stage, blowing in the evening wind. (Clip of it online here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x357bf_neil-young-live-like-a-hurricane...)

Most unnecessary stuff: Neil did a little acoustic mini-set (I think including "The Needle and the Damage Done") without Crazy Horse, sat down at the piano for a bit, and did a couple of songs off Are You Passionate (not a Crazy Horse album). Didn't need that at all, I was hoping just for Crazy Horse stuff, which I revere beyond measure. Song I missed the most was "Cortez the Killer," because unlike "Comfortably Numb," say, "Cortez the Killer" is fresh and powerful no matter HOW many times it gets played. Maybe that's because you never hear it on the radio, though?
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A. MacInnis
Hey, the "Piece of Crap" I saw is on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMVkCmSZDQY

This was early-ish in the show and REALLY got the energy up, I tellya.
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A. MacInnis
Inspired me to write about the night here - a setlist of the songs is visible as the back of the pirate DVD pictured:

http://alienatedinvancouver.blogspot.ca/2012/06/neil-young-and-crazy-hor...
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Greg Robinson
Can we start a mini-movement to get Neil and the Horse to play a song specially for Remembrance Day?

My suggestions:

"Shots" from the Reactor album; or, if you want to see me swoon, fall over and levitate, a cover of The Clash's "Guns On The Roof"
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