TO the average punter, Neil Young stands for Heart of Gold and Old Man and the folkie movement of the 1970s.
But there’s another side to Young – the feedback-drenched hard rock he belts out with Crazy Horse – and it was this side of his personality that was on stage last night at A Day on the Green at Bimbadgen.
Much of the show was given over to songs from Crazy Horse’s new double-CD, Psychedelic Pill, and the two slower interludes – a few songs with an acoustic guitar and one on piano – were again mostly unfamiliar material.
Down in the mosh-pit, the new numbers were going down well, but the transcendent lift that came with the classics – Powderfinger, Hey Hey My My – was only there in dribs and drabs.
Online this morning, the reviews have been mixed.
But this on the Day on the Green facebook site probably sums up the reaction:
‘‘. . . if the booing wasnt enough as a guide that the crowd wasnt enjoying the concert. Singing "you’re a f..k up" over and over again for half an hour. We left prematurely. Was NOT worth the price we paid.’’
The support acts were Melbourne band Husky and inner-city darlings the Drones.