- 04 Jul 08
Near-religious experience in Cork as Shakey performs at his best
Having had the privilege of seeing Neil Young rock Malahide Castle the previous night in Dublin (pictured), I can vouch that the change of location made for a very different gig. The Cork venue gave a perplexing sense of intimacy, (or as much intimacy as you can possibly experience in tent with another 7000 fans) without compromising the power of Young’s musicianship.
The 62-year-old performed a comprehensive set spanning his 40-year career, pleasing even the most devout fan with songs from the early days of Harvest and Live Rust.
Moving in steady progression from electric to acoustic to back again, it was the unplugged portion of the set, when it’s just Young and his guitar or the piano or even the Hammond organ, that it started to feel like a near-religious experience. And if the audience was the congregation, the simply beautiful ‘Needle And The Damage Done’ was our hymn. Another crowd-pleaser - the moving ‘Heart Of Gold’ was something very special indeed.