Yes – Neil Young IS upstaging Dylan

Thanks to Dave Dingle: 

“Neil Young upstaging Bob?  You better believe it! 

“Having seen Bob over 100 times (an amateur compared to some, I know), I was struck last week by Neil doing a full one hour acoustic set, the like of which we haven’t seen from Bob since the 1960s, and a storming electric set … active, prowling the stage, playing his own lead …   

“I was left with the feeling that going to see Neil was an altogether more satisfying experience than Bob in recent years, stuck behind the piano, or even doing his few guitar songs.  

“Sad to say, my conclusion is that Bob will never undergo the kind of renaissance that Neil obviously has!”  



 Neil Young upstaging Dylan? Neil Young’s current London shows, with long setlists drawn from across his catalogue, have been getting rave reviews.   

According to Martin Cowan: “Interesting to compare Neil Young’s 23/24 song sets from his current tour with the 17 that Dylan serves up these days.  

“I have been pondering lately on Dylan set lists (further to my last email) and concluded that if he cut short some of the instrumental “noodling”, he could play a few more songs and perhaps be a little more generous with that superlative song book.  Just a thought.”  

Here’s a sample of Young’s ever-changing setlist, from 8 March at  Hammersmith Apollo, courtesy of Bad News Beat:  01. From Hank To Hendrix02. Ambulance Blues03. Sad Movies04. A Man Needs A Maid05. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong  (grand piano)06. On The Way Home  (grand piano)07. Harvest08. Journey Through The Past  (upright piano)09. Love In Mind  (upright piano)10. Mellow My Mind11. Love Art Blues12. Love Is A Rose13. Heart Of Gold14. Old Man15. Mr. Soul16. Dirty Old Man17. Spirit Road18. Down By The River19. Hey Hey, My My20. Too Far Gone21. Oh, Lonesome Me22. Winterlong23. Powderfinger24. No Hidden Path25. Roll Another Number   

Gerry Smith


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