The Impound was a bit apprehensive about seeing Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Outside Lands music festival this coming Friday given that the last time we’d seen Neil ride with the Horse was the Greendale tour and, well, that was what it was. However, some of the best (and loudest) rock shows DI has ever witnessed were delivered by Mr. Young, Billy Talbot (bass, vocals), Ralph Molina (drums, vocals), and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro (guitar, organ, vocals) – truly rock ‘n’ roll’s answer to 60s modal jazz warriors. However, any worries were swept away by this clip from Red Rocks this past Monday night, which showcases all but the extended outro for a new tune that’s right up there with Young’s best work. There is something pained and poetic about this performance that makes me think Crazy Horse and their beautifully possessed, pissed off leader are gonna make Golden Gate Park ache in a few days.
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