#1 Fan The Blacklight Kid at Neil Young
posted by October 23 at 10:36 AMon
Charlie the 9th grade Blacklight Kid saw Neil Young the other night. He checked in:
It was Death Cab For Cutie and Neil Young and it was at the Comcast Arena in Everett. I was there for Neil Young. Death Cab played a mixed set of new and old songs and I was getting more and more excited as the night wore on. I was waiting for Neil. His set started out with a feedback frenzy of wide-stanced solos and fist-pumping power-chords.
He played old favorites like “Hey Hey My My”, “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”, and “Cinnamon Girl”. He paused one time and said, “This is a new song…it sounds a lot like the other ones” And tore into “Spirit Road” off of his most recent album Chrome Dreams II.
He went acoustic for classics like “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man.” He stepped up to the organ to play “Mother Earth”. He ended the night with “Rockin’ in the Free World” which built up to a free for all with Neil dueling it out with Ben Keith. It was a never-ending ending of fuzz and cymbals. He finally stopped by tearing the strings from his guitar and using them like mallets on the pick-ups. He was whipping his guitar. He walked off with the amp still emitting echoes of feedback.
Was it good?
Charlie: It was Neil Young.
Are you a big Neil Young fan?
Yes. I’m a very big Neil Young fan.
How did you get into Neil Young?
Were there a lot of old people there?
It was a pretty even mix.
How was Death Cab?
They weren’t bad. I was there for Neil.
Did you have a lot of homework?
Yeah. Algebra and Spanish. I got it finished before the concert.
How would Neil Young do in Algebra?
I think he would do well. He seems like he knows math and has a good memory.