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On this day – 10 years ago… November 29th, 2012, the godfather of grunge Neil Young along with his rocking (and rolling) band Crazy Horse tore the roof off the Big Joint (Wells Fargo Center) in South Philadelphia.

In 2012 Neil Young & Crazy Horse released two new albums. The first being ‘Americana’, Neil’s 31st studio album release, which came out in June of that year. Featuring classic covers of traditional arrangements from decades past – like, “Oh, Susannah”, “Clementine”, “This Land is Your Land”, “God Save the Queen” and many others. The album was Young’s first collaboration with his backing band Crazy Horse since their 2003 album ‘Greendale’.

Four months later Neil Young, along with Crazy Horse, released album number thirty-two, ‘Psychedelic Pill’ – also marking their first original work together since the ‘Greendale’ album and tour in 2003/04. The album clocks in at over 87 minutes in length, making ‘Psychedelic Pill’ Young’s longest album and his only studio album to extend over two discs. Three of the songs on the album are over 15 minutes in length, including the close-to 28-minute-long opening track, “Driftin’ Back”.

Young dubbed this 2012 jaunt the “Alchemy tour”. The great, Patti Smith opened the show along with the band Everest. And even though Neil & Crazy Horse had 2 new albums out that year, they only really touched on a few of the songs from their most recent release. Otherwise, it was a mostly-hits-set, featuring crowd favorites like “The Needle and the Damage Done”, “Cinnamon Girl” & “Like a Hurricane”.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Wells Fargo Center 11/29/2012

  1. Love and Only Love
  2. Powderfinger
  3. Born in Ontario
  4. Walk Like a Giant
  5. The Needle and the Damage Done
  6. Twisted Road
  7. Singer Without a Song
  8. Ramada Inn
  9. Cinnamon Girl
  10. F*ckin’ Up
  11. Soul (Buffalo Springfield cover)
  12. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
  13. Encore: Like a Hurricane

I have seen Neil Young live several times over the years, and in my honest opinion, Young along with Crazy Horse is the best variation to see him/them.

Bridge School Benefit 2016

BONUS: Here’s a poster from the 30th, and as of now, final Bridge School Benefit charity concert that Neil & Pegi Young put on annually in Mountain View, California at the Shoreline Amphitheater.  Partial proceeds benefited the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. That year’s (October 22 & October 23, 2016) lineup included: Neil Young, Metallica, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson, Nora Jones, Cage the Elephant, Nils Lofgren and others!  -bp

Neil Young: His 79 Best Songs Ranked - Buffalo Springfield, CSNY + Solo