NEIL YOUNG and PROMISE OF THE REAL – ” Arroyo Seco Festival “

Posted: July 1, 2018 in MUSIC
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The weekend of June 23rd Neil Young headlined Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Festival with his regular backing band, Promise Of The Real. “Back on stage with Promise of the Real! We will begin playing again starting at this great California festival in June and it will be a blast. We plan on doing something to get up and running and we will share that with you when we are ready. We may even live stream it on Movie Night if our buses work. I really look forward to playing my songs again with Promise of the Real.

Be ready for some jams! Like an Inca. They don’t take any practicing and when the vibe is right, we all fly! .
That’s what life is all about!”

Kicking off with a 20-minute version of “Like An Inca” from the album “Trans”Young and his band appeared to be assembling their set-list on the fly. At one point they started playing “Lotta Love” only to abandon it after a few seconds in favour of Buffalo Springfield’s “I Am A Child”, returning to “Lotta Love” afterwards.

The encore comprised CSNY’s “Ohio”, with a 15-minute version of “Down By The River” and “Roll Another Number”.

“Funny how an unplanned set breathes like real rock and roll,” wrote Young later on Neil Young Archives. “We just play what we feel like playing, for as long as we feel like playing it, and it works for us.”

Famed rocker Neil Young headlined Saturday’s action at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival in Pasadena, California with Promise Of The Real. Neil & POTR’s set came after three warmup shows earlier in the week at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara and once again Young continues to perform without a pre-determined setlist with impressive results. Young had high praise for his Arroyo Seco set with guitarists Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, bassist Corey McCormick, drummer Anthony Logerfo and percussionist Tato Melgar.

The legendary musician was effusive in his praise of the band. “Promise Of The Real had my back all night. What an unbelievable energy comes out of the Real! I love playing with Promise Of The Real. They know all my songs,”

Watch some fan-filmed footage of the performance.

Young led his group through a total of 14 songs over the course of their two-hour festival set this past Saturday night. A huge songlist was hung behind Neil that he would pick from based on how the show was going. “You made my day! What a great crowd. Funny how an unplanned set breathes like real rock and roll,” Young wrote on his website. “WE just play what we feel like playing, for as long as we feel like playing it, and it works for us!” The guitarist and POTR extended many of the tunes they performed at the festival with lengthy jams including a 20-minute “Like An Inca” and adventurous takes on “Down By The River” and “Cortez The Killer.”

Neil also discussed the inclusion of “Ohio” from his CSNY days and “Angry World” off Le Noise, which was debuted live for the first time during the rehearsal shows. “[On Saturday night] OHIO took on a new life near the end of the set. For some reason it felt good to mention a president’s name in a song without it being the current occupant of the WH,” Young explained in his note. “How about ANGRY WORLD, I can’t believe I have never played that song before this week. People really want to hear about real life, especially young people like the one’s we met at Arroyo Seco.”
Band: Promise Of The Real:
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica
Lukas Nelson – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Micah Nelson – electric guitar, vocals
Corey McCormick – bass, vocals
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion

01. Lika An Inca
02. F*!#in’ Up
03. Cortez The Killer
04. Forget About Georgia (Lukas Nelson)
05. Everything Is Bullshit (Micah Nelson)
06. I Am A Child
07. Lotta Love
08. Rockin’ In The Free World
09. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
10. Angry World
11. Powderfinger

12. Ohio
13. Down By The River
14. Roll Another Number


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