Australian pub rock icon Nick Barker and his bespoke band The Studio Instrument Rentals will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the classic Neil Young album Tonight’s The Night with a one-off performance at The Yarraville Club on Saturday July 11, re-creating the record track-for-track together with an extended encore of other Neil Young gems.
Tonight’s The Night was the Canadian artist’s sixth studio album and was actually recorded some two years before its release, for the most part in one day on 26 August 1973 at Hollywood’s Studio Instrument Rentals. The album was inspired by the drug overdoses of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. It peaked at #25 on the US Billboard charts in 1975 and is widely regarded as “the Neil Young fans’ Neil Young album” featuring The Santa Monica Flyers on such magic moments as “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown”, “Roll Another Number”, “Alburquerque” and the title track “Tonight’s The Night”.
Nick Barker’s one-off band, The Studio Instrument Rentals named after the famed recording studio, features Michael Barclay (Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls) on drums, Michael Hubbard (Spencer P Jones & The Escape Committee) on guitar, Grant Cummerford (Matt Walker and Jeff Lang) on bass, Shane Reilly (Tex Perkins) on pedal steel guitar and Bruce Haymes (Renee Geyer) on keyboards. A veritable who’s who of the credible Melbourne music scene.
As Dave Marsh poignantly wrote in Rolling Stone magazine of Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’, “The record chronicles the post-hippie, post-Vietnam demise of counterculture idealism, and a generation’s long, slow trickle down the drain through drugs, violence, and twisted sexuality. This is Young’s only conceptually cohesive record, and it’s a great one.”
Cherry Bar owner and Yarraville Live Booker James Young adds, “For any Neil Young fan, this is a night not to be missed. One night only at The Yarraville Club, Saturday 11 July, tonight’s the night!”
Neil Young ‘Tonight’s The Night’ 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday 11 July, 7.30pm
The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville
Nick Barker and The Studio Instrument Rentals: Nick Barker, Michael Barclay, Michael Hubbard, Grant Cummerford, Shane Reilly and Bruce Haymes
Support act: Raised By Eagles (acoustic duo)
MC James ‘The Hound Dog’ Young
Tix from $25 from www.yarravillelive.com or on the door if available. Dinner & Show and reserved seating options provided.
Show finishes at 11.15pm. Note, 5-minute walk to Yarraville station. Last train for city leaves at 11.55pm. Just 16-minute ride from Yarraville to Flinders Street station.