The HorsePatriot Center, Fairfax Va, November 30, 2012.
Neil and Crazy Horse. Enough said, but I'll continue. Neil (like I really know him) has said and written many times that he never feels as complete as when he's with the Horse. As a fan who over the years has seen him in most all his incarnations, I agree that no Neil experience is quite like when he and the Horse are on stage.
It's pure. It's raw. It's Neil. And likewise this show didn't disappoint. It was billed as past, present, and future and there was a good mix, but it really didn't matter what time period any song was from, the elemental Neil was there.
This concert was a fitting bookend for me personally. I saw my first live Neil show in the summer of 1983. The same summer I turned 21. The same summer I followed Neil and caught him 3 times that one drunken summer before college graduation. I still have the ticket from the JMU show on September 30, 1983. $13.00 for general admission. Now I'm 50 years old and Neil is 67 and Horse is still rockin and I'm still on the floor yelling for him to turn old black up even louder. He played Powderfinger. He played Cortez. The world stopped, just for a moment.