Neil Young enchants sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall

neil young
It was deja vu for Neil Young at Carnegie Hall on Monday when he played a third of the same songs from his 1970 concert there.
Credit: Live Nation

In one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the New Year, Neil Young took the stage Monday night in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to deliver the first of four sold-out solo performances slated for this week.

Circled on the stage by no fewer than eight guitars, two pianos, and his infamous pump organ, Young played more than 20 songs, which spanned over four decades of his career. From the first chords of ’90s-era “From Hank to Hendrix” to the last ringing note of encore closer “Long May You Run,” which Young co-wrote with Steven Stills in the 1970s, Young delivered what might be his most powerful performance in years.

Although more than a few songs suffered from missed chord changes and, in one instance – which Young laughed off mid-song – a harmonica in the wrong key, minor mistakes did not seem to derail Young’s determined playing.

Individual song arrangements ranged from rollicking piano accompanied by blues harmonica, to orchestral 12-string acoustic guitar, to a combination of synthesizer and grand piano. However, the simple marriage of spare acoustic guitar with Young’s haunting, high-pitched vocals might have contributed to most memorable moments of the evening. Shortly after intermission, as the bass notes of his six-string rattled with every downbeat, Young launched into a rumbling rendition of his 1970 protest song “Ohio,” followed up by a rare acoustic performance of “Southern Man” that silenced the audience in Stern Auditorium.

In the past, Young has stated that his solo acoustic performances at Carnegie Hall in December 1970 were among the most important of his career. Perhaps it is no mistake, then, that nearly a third of the songs from opening night were also on the set list 44 years ago.

Neil Young is not one to parade out his greatest hits often, making it all the more remarkable when he does. If opening night is any indication, his remaining three concerts at Carnegie Hall are sure to be compelling. He performs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Follow Aaron Flack on Twitter: @_aaronflack



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.