Saturday, July 05, 2008

Neil Young's Living With War Movie

Mrs PND and I saw Neil Young when he was in NYC for a four night stop at the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights. Of the four or five times I have seen him, this was the best show which saw him play a varied set covering much of his 40 year career. He did not play cuts from the Living With War album which he released in 2006, but those songs formed the backbone of CSNY's 2006 tour which is now the subject of a tour documentary. The movie is scheduled to be released later this summer and in advance TimesOnline caught up with Young at his local diner (really).

The film is a documentary about Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s Freedom of Speech tour, staged during the US midterm elections in 2006. But it is a far cry from Michael Moore-style agitprop. Young/Shakey has gone out of his way to present an impeccably balanced picture of America’s reaction to a tour whose repertoire consisted entirely of antiwar songs, from Buffalo Springfield oldies such as For What It’s Worth and CSNY’s era-defining Ohio to selections from Young’s 2006 album, Living with War. To this effect, their trip is narrated by an award-winning television journalist, Mike Cerre, who has covered both Vietnam and Iraq, where he was an “embedded” reporter.

Set List from the December show:

From Hank to Hendrix
Ambulence Blues
Sad Movies
A Man Needs a Maid
Journey Through the Past
Mellow My Mind
Love Art Blues
Cowgirl in the Sand
After the Gold Rush

Mr Soul
Everyone Knows this is Nowhere
Dirty Old Man
Spirit Road
Bad Fog of Loneliness
Oh Lonesome Me
The Believer
No Hidden Path

Cinnamon Girl
Cortz the Killer

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow... that's some kind of set list!