Neil Young & Crazy Horse Open Bakersfield Run
Neil Young & Crazy Horse brought their unexpected California pop-up tour to Bakersfield on Saturday night. The iconic rock act traveled about 110 miles on CA-99 South for a two-night stand at the historic 1500-capacity Fox Theater, which opened on Christmas Day, 1930.
Neil Young, multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina have been sticking to a core set of songs for their first shows together since a 2014 European Tour, while also mixing in a handful of new ones each night. “Big Time” was tapped to open the night, with the recently revived Broken Arrow gem played occupying the leadoff spot for the third time in four shows.
The band then looked to “Country Home,” which was a live staple for the band during their mid-1970s tour, but a tune that Young didn’t get around to properly releasing until 1990’s Ragged Glory. From there Young & Co. followed a very similar script to their previous shows as they mixed deeper cuts like “Scattered (Let’s Think About Livin’),” and “To Far Gone” from 1989’s Freedom and their takes on their beloved classic material with “Don’t Cry No Tears,” “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Cortez The Killer.”
Young saved the tour debuts for the backend of the night going back-to-back with “When Dance I Can Really Love You” from After The Gold and “The Loner” from singer-songwriter’s self-titled debut. Minus a one-off performance in 2003, “When Dance I Can Really Love You” hadn’t seen regular action with NY&CH since their 1996 tour. “The Loner” had only been played five times prior during early part of the 2000s by the band prior to last night’s take. “Walk On” that only featured one completed verse according to setlist site Sugar Mountain, and “Like A Hurricane” closed out the band’s main set.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse final 2018 debut of the night came during their encore as they delivered their first version of “Love To Burn” since their 2014 tour together. The night was brought to a close with “Roll Another Number” for the third time on this run.
Watch fan-shot video captured by Munveer Bhangoo and check out the full setlist below:
Setlist (via Sugar Mountain)
Big Time, Country Home, Don’t Cry No Tears, Winterlong, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, World On A String, Scattered (Let’s Think About Livin’), F*!#in’ Up, Too Far Gone, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Cinnamon Girl, Cortez The Killer, When You Dance I Can Really Love, The Loner, Walk On, Like A Hurricane
Encore: Love To Burn, Roll Another Number
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