ACL Live Shot: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Zilker Park, Oct. 13

ACL Live Shot: Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Photo by Gary Miller

When ol' Neil gets together with Crazy Horse, the results are fairly predictable. There will be lots of crunchy guitar, several jams of indeterminate length, a couple of new songs, and feedback galore. This nearly two-hour set didn't disappoint. Although only the most jaded would complain about Young skipping "Like a Hurricane," things kicked off with a 16-minute rendition of "Love and Only Love," the quartet seemingly circling each other, feeling each other out, before meeting toe-to-toe and setting the dial to "rage." And rage they did, except for a two-song solo acoustic break comprised of the neverending tribute to deceased Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten ("The Needle and the Damage Done"), and a new song, "Twisted Road." There were several previously unheard tunes from the upcoming Psychedelic Pill, in fact. Most notable was the stomping "Walk Like a Giant," which ended with nearly five minutes of loud stop-and-start, mimicking, perhaps, that walking giant. They also reached back for oldies "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down by the River," each still strong and representative of the two sides of Crazy Horse, with unforgettable riffs and psychedelic undercurrents. Fittingly, "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" ended the night. Young and his Horse look a little haggard, paunchy, and more than a little gray, but together they ensure "rock & roll will never die."

READ MORE
More Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Playback: ACL Mania
Playback: ACL Mania
The ACL zeitgeist in review

Kevin Curtin, Oct. 19, 2012

More Music Reviews
Rock & Roll Books
Seduced By Sound: Austin
Seduced By Sound: Austin – 100 Musicians on Why They Make Music

Kevin Curtin, Dec. 9, 2016

Gift Guide: Rock & Roll Books
Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale
Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale

Tim Stegall, Dec. 9, 2016

More by Jim Caligiuri
Gift Guide: Rock & Roll Books
Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams
Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams

Dec. 9, 2016

Texas Platters
David Halley
A Month of Somedays (Record Review)

Dec. 2, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)