Bridgeport—Wesbster Bank Arena—Tuesday evening…..
The stage was set. Neil Young, vocalist, song writer and musician, appeared on stage with the latest incarnation of his band Crazy Horse at about quarter to nine. Wow they were good, better than good, better than better than good. Loud and hard rockin. His voice was perfectly sweat in that Neil Young way that he has of vocal delivery. His lead guitar chops were as amazing as ever, he has his own style of play that is fun and powerful at the same time.
This was the final show of his “Alchemy” “never works” tour. One of his first bands was The Mynah Birds fronted by Ric James in 1966. That band didn’t work out because James was arrested for going AWOL. That same year he formed The Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills. In 1969 he joined Crosby Stills & Nash to form Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He went on to form his own band, Crazy Horse, as well as putting out records and touring as a solo artist.
He is known to be heavily influenced by early Bob Dylan music. He plays piano harmonica and guitar. His voice is a distinctive high tenor. His songwriting is prolific—Sugar Mountain, Cinnamon Girl, Keep on Rockin In The Free World, Tonight’s The Night, Castles Burning and many many other hits.
He has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Twice. He is a founding member of Farm Aid. Some consider him the Godfather of Grunge citing his influence on bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
His son Ben has Cerebral Palsy and was at the show, I consider it an honor to have met Ben last night.
Neil Young is truly a living legend.