Neil Young’s Carnegie Hall Sets


Neil Young completed a four-night residency at New York’s Carnegie Hall last Friday (January 10) and delved back into his musical history for the sets, which were heavy on ’60s and ’70s songs. Young’s previous tour, prior to the release of Le Noize, had been a mix of solo acoustic and electric songs.

Forty-three years after his first Carnegie Hall shows, Young returned for acoustic solo shows concentrating on the 1966-1978 era, with excursions to 1992 (‘Harvest Moon’) and 1989 (“Someday’), along with Bert Jansch and Phils Ochs covers. The set lists for the shows was similar on each night with the final night adding Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Out Of My Mind.’

Young reportedly chastised the audience on several occasions for clapping along or talking during the shows.  “Wrong!” Young is reported to have said as the audience started clapping to ‘Ohio.’ “It’s something that you probably don’t know,” he continued, “but there’s a hell of a distance between you and me.” Later, Young told audience members talking in the balcony who were talking, ‘No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other.’

Young is also performing four nights at Massey Hall, Toronto – the first of four shows in Canada with Diana Krall as support – starting last night (January 12) under the Honour The Treaties banner.

Young and Crazy Horse will play London’s Hyde Park on July 12.


Set 1:

From Hank To Hendrix
On The Way Home (Buffalo Springfield)

+ Helpless (CSN&Y – January 9)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Love In Mind
+ Birds (January 9)
Mellow My Mind
Are You Ready For The Country?


Changes (Phil Ochs)

Old Man
Set 2:

Goin’ Back
A Man Needs A Maid
Southern Man
Mr. Soul
 (Buffalo Springfield)
+ Out Of My Mind (Buffalo Springfield – January 10)

Needle Of Death (Bert Jansch)

The Needle And The Damage Done
Harvest Moon
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Buffalo Springfield)
After The Goldrush
Journey Through The Past

Heart Of Gold

Comes A Time
Long May You Run (Stills -Young Band) (January 6,7,9)
Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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