Review: Neil Young at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young stopped by Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall Wednesday night to perform a mix of old and new songs for a sold-out audience of 2,180 (the venue's second straight sellout, following Lady Antebellum on Tuesday).
Sean Daly was there, and he described the night as "odd yet strangely beautiful," from the opener, Allen Toussaint, right down to hits like Cinnamon Girl and Old Man:
The solo Young was intense and brooding, but also crowd-pleasing and playful, mixing in sing-along hits with buzzy political cuts from new album Le Noise. It was a 90-minute who's-who of Young personae. ... The show's eerie highlight was After the Gold Rush, as perfect a song as there is, delivered via a pump organ that hummed like a haunted calliope and sounded straight from some underwater realm, albeit one where people still feel "like getting high" (cue thunderous hippie-crowd approval).
Photo: Jim Damaske, tbt*