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Neil Young’s name may have been on this years line up for this year’s Farm Aid, but until he walked onstage at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania it was impossible to know for sure if he’d even make it. Neil Young hasn’t missed a single Farm Aid since the original event back in 1985 and he sits on the board, but this is also the same year he cancelled a festival appearance in Australia, Cancelled a tour of South America and Japan. He also put the Bridge School Benefit on hold, he hadn’t stepped foot on a stage the entire year.

But for Farm Aid 2017 he came roaring onto the stage like a feral beast finally let out of his cage and delivered a 45-minute set of unbelievable passion and energy. Backed by Promise of the Real (who he first met at Farm Aid in 2014 and has used as his primary backing band ever since), “Thanks for coming to Farm Aid,” he said in the only moment of the set where he paused long enough to speak.

He opened up with a blistering “Fuckin’ Up” that lead right into a hypnotic “Cortez The Killer” that stretched out to nearly eleven minutes. He didn’t even sing a note of it until four and a half minutes in as he built up a haunting intro on his battered guitar Old Black, grinned from ear to ear and reveled in the effortless interplay he’s developed with guitarists Lukas and Micah Nelson. Near the end, he seemed to remember he had a ticking clock and he quickly wrapped it up and called out for “Cinnamon Girl,” forcing the band to scramble for the right instruments as he pounded out the opening chords.

Young then strapped on a harmonica and acoustic guitar for singalong renditions of “Human Highway,” “Heart of Gold” and “Comes a Time,” before seeming to again call an audible, this time for “Like a Hurricane.”

It didn’t give Micah enough time to get behind the keyboard for the intro, but once the band locked in it almost felt like Crazy Horse was on the stage too. By this point, the crowd was in a state of complete hysteria, which only got crazier when Young mouthed the words “Rockin’ In The Free World” to the band and they kicked into it Ramones-style, not pausing for even a split second after the abbreviated end to “Like a Hurricane.” They had a bit over four minutes on the clock, not giving them enough time to even get to the third verse, but Young milked what time he had for everything it was worth. Somehow or another, he managed to cram a three-hour Neil Young concert into 45 minutes that will surely go down as one of the greatest sets in Farm Aid history.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: https://farmaid.org Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

the setlist  Fuckin’ Up , Cortez the Killer,  Cinnamon Girl,  Human Highway, Heart of Gold, Comes a Time , Like a Hurricane, Rockin’ in the Free World.

The annual Farm Aid took place yesterday at KeyBank Pavilion just outside of Pittsburgh as the organization’s board members—Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp all performed and welcomed a lineup that also included Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers and more. There were a number of the highlights on the night.

Johnson embodied the collaborative spirit of the event with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” with Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff and Jamey Johnson sitting in. Lukas Nelson later emerged for “Breakdown” and The Avett Brothers helped Johnson close his set with “Mudfootball” and “Better Together.”

Elsewhere on the day, Nelson welcomed Margo Price with his band Promise of the Real for “Find Yourself.” Price later duetted with Sheryl Crow on “Strong Enough,” who also paid tribute to Gregg Allman with a cover of “Midnight Rider” featuring Lukas and Willie Nelson as well as Jack Johnson.

Jamey Johnson made waves with the country artist delivering covers of “Up on Cripple Creek” as well as Little Feat’s “Willin’” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” before The Avett Brothers came out for their classic brand of folk rock after a few collaborations earlier in the day.

Dave Matthews, along with acoustic partner Tim Reynolds, was the first of the four board members to play, rolling through a brief set highlighted by a new song “The Odds are Against Us.” Mellencamp then rolled through his hits before Young roared with Promise of the Real, playing hits like “Fuckin’ Up,” “Cortez the Killer,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Heart of Gold,” among others.

As he always does, Willie Nelson closed down the evening, welcoming Jamey Johnson for the Merle Haggard collaboration “It’s All Going to Pot” before Sheryl Crow, Valerie June, Seth and Scott Avett emerged for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Nelson then brought out son Lukas for one of the last songs of the night, an appropriate tribute to Texas with “Texas Flood.” The singalong “I Saw the Light” brought the evening to a close.

Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform “Fuckin’ Up” at Farm Aid 2017 at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, on September 16.

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Taste were formed in the city of Cork. Ireland, by 18-year old Rory Gallagher in 1966. By then Gallagher was a veteran of the Irish show band circuit, He had toured much of Europe and played a residency in Hamburg. With Taste he mixed original material with blues covers, the band’s raw, dynamic sound quickly establishing them In Belfast then London. Just before Taste signed with Polydor Records the band’s management insisted on replacing the Cork rhythm section with drummer John Wilson and bassist Richard McCracken, both veteran Belfast musicians (Wilson had played in Them).

Taste’s exciting live performances set attendance records at London’s Marquee Club and they gained wide European popularity with their eponymous 1969 debut album. 1970 should have been Taste’s year. they released their sophomore album ‘On The Boards’ on January 1st. 1970, to rave reviews across Europe and the US. The band’s work effort and inspired live performances had established Taste truly as a “people’s” band.

Praise for the band – and, especially, Rory Gallagher – came from many noted musicians. John Lennon championed Taste while Jimi Hendrix, when asked how it felt to be the world’s greatest guitarist, replied that he had no idea and the question should be redirected to Rory Gallagher. Yet, internally. Taste were bitterly divided due to differences between Gallagher and the rhythm section over management, money and status. A break-in to the band’s van (only drum pedals were stolen) the night before they headed to IOW brought tensions to a head with Rory emphasising that if management had provided Taste with a superior vehicle (as long requested) the theft wouldn’t have occurred. If tensions were simmering in the van the Southampton ferry crossing on Friday morning provided a sense of exhilaration – they could feel the excitement building as thousands of rock fans gathered for the festival.

Unfortunately, the huge numbers of people arriving on the IOW (population 100,000) meant Taste struggled to get on site in time for their late afternoon set. Things only got worse once there as they became aware the festival was being filmed. their manager threatened to cancel Taste’s performance. But perform they did. taking the stage in perfect conditions. Taste tore into ‘What’s Going On’. The huge audience, until then somewhat subdued in response to the afternoon’s bands, rose to their feet. The ten thousand hours Rory had put in playing live over the past six years ignited a truly explosive performance. Perhaps the inter-band tension also fuelled Taste as the trio played superbly, giving their absolute all. each member listening and responding so creating music alive with excitement and possibility. Electricity was in the air and the audience screamed for an encore. Taste obliged but the audience refused to let them go. One – two – three – encores! Right then everyone bearing witness agreed. Taste were the most exciting live band in the world. Backstage Taste were charged with adrenalin and aware they had achieved something special.

 

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This is what it’s all about – playing rock and roll like your very life depended on it! But the ill feeling remained and. when photographer John Minihan requested that Taste gather for a portrait, the trio were reluctant. Finally, bassist McCracken said, “come on guys, even if it is the last one” and grabbed Gallagher and Wilson for the photo. Photo taken, Rory and his brother Donal then went off to watch Tony Joe White play. Rory was so impressed he would later include White’s ‘As The Crow Flies’ into his live set. Taste might have had the adulation of an adoring public ringing in their ears but their IOW performance did not heal the band’s divisions and they would confirm that they were to split a few days later.

As Taste were contractually committed to a European tour they continued until a final Belfast concert on New Year’s Eve, 1970. In that tumultuous year their Isle Of Wight performance sealed Taste as more a legend than a band.

words by Garth Cartwright

Taste – August 28th, 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival

00:00 What’s Going On – 5.31 05:31 Sugar Mama (Traditional) – 10.46 16:17 Morning Sun – 4.38 20:55 Gambling Blues (Traditional) – 4.52 25:47 Sinner Boy – 5.41 31:28 I’ll Remember – 8.29 39:57 I Feel So Good (Big Bill Broonzy) – 10.26 50:23 Catfish Blues (Traditional) – 14.14 1:04:37 Same Old Story – 6.54 1:11:31 Blister On The Moon – 7.46 All songs by Rory Gallagher except where stated

Taste Rory Gallagher – Guitars, vocals Richard McCracken – Bass John Wilson – Drums

Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images

The National performed an intimate set at Centquatre in Paris, which was live streamed as part of our new concert series Pitchfork Live. During the show, the band ran through several songs from their upcoming album, Sleep Well Beast. watch the live debuts of “Nobody Else Will Be There” (at the 4:50 mark), “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” (20:50), “Guilty Party” (25:22), “Carin at the Liquor Store” (37:22), and “Sleep Well Beast” (50:06).

Elsewhere during set, they performed the new tracks “Day I Die,“ “Walk It Back,” and “Turtleneck.” They also played album cuts like “Fake Empire,” “Daughters of the Soho Riots,” and “Terrible Love.” Their new album Sleep Well Beast was released September 8th via 4AD Records. The band will embark on a tour behind the album later this year, including a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.

The National perform an intimate set at Centquatre in Paris for Pitchfork Live, filmed by La Blogothèque

Setlist 

0:32 – Nobody Else Will Be There 4:53 – Day I Die 9:35 – Matt discusses his coffeepot of wine 10:02 – Walk It Back 16:25 – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 20:48 – Guilty Party 26:48 – Carin At the Liquor Store 30:36 – Apartment Story 34:29 – Daughters of the Soho Riots 39:20 – Sleep Well Beast 46:48 – Fake Empire 51:35 – Terrible Love 56:21 – Turtleneck

Not the full show – they cut “Empire Line” in this version.

Ty Segall has a mountain of song at his disposal and he’s capable of wielding boulders from it at any given moment in any situation, be it live or on record! His “Fried Shallots” EP came out a month ago to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, but Ty Segall is liberally still touring off the back of January’s Self-Titled release, a masterpiece of his ever evolving catalog! Accompanied by the ever flowing Freedom Band, Ty is set to tackle the Southwest portion of our sketchily divided yet still damn fine country later this month (after a quick Canadian stop-over for two solo shows!)! One thing that unites us all is the power of rock n’ roll, goddammit, which is exactly what’s gonna be served up on a platter each and every night at the shows below, if you want to feel it, live and loud!

Setlist,

Break A Guitar 05:38 – Freedom 08:02 – “Alta” 13:18 – “Fanny” 16:40 – Finger 21:06 – Warm Hands (Freedom Returned) 34:38 – The Only One 38:53 – Caesar 42:09 – Girlfriend 44:50 – Love Fuzz

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Following the inspiration Abbe Pierre has injected into the Mossley community, we will pursue this grand celebration and put forth our souls and services in support of Emmaus Mossley Indefinitely!

Join us and our fine friends The Piccadilly Rats and Afghan Sand Gang. 16th September at 2pm.

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Peter Gabriel has long been a favorite artist of mine.  Peter Gabriel and his band performed for a live appearance at the third Rockpalast-Festival in the Grugahalle in Essen. Gabriel a well-known name in rock music; as co-founder, he was a singer with Genesis until 1975. Then in the three years since his separation from this band, he had received good reviews on two LPs of his own, had some hits and made a successful tour through Europe and the USA. that year,

Reflecting construction worker vests, builder’s gloves and shaven heads count among some of the outer appearances of Peter Gabriel’s band. With ladders as decoration and an appearance from the middle of the audience, he is trying to make his work as a rock musician transparent. After being with the mega undertaking Genesis, Gabriel for the first time questioned everything and did some thinking for himself.

Peter Gabriel was born on February 13th, 1950, in Cobham. In 1965, he played with his friend Tony Banks in the band ‘The Garden Wall’; In order to follow his solo experiments, Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975, at the end of their ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ tour. In 1976, his first solo LP ‘Peter Gabriel’ was finished.

His music videos helped inspire many to get into stop motion and his live music has always reminded me how emotional a performance can get. Here is an early performance from the german “Rockpalast” series.

Peter Gabriel – voc/piano Tony Levin – voc/bass Jerry Marotta – drums/voc Sid McGuiness – guit/voc Larry Fast – keyb Timmy Capello – keyb/sax

Setlist

2:44 On The Air 7:05 Moribund the Burgermeister 12:29 Perspective 16:39 Here Comes the Flood 20:30 White Shadow 25:23 Waiting for the Big One 33:10 Humdrum 37:10 I Don’t Remember 42:35 Solsbury Hill 47:46 Modern Love 53:30 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

The driving force behind revered alt. rockers Howling Bells, Juanita Stein is touring in support of her forthcoming debut album “America” .
Set for release on 28th July and produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams), America draws inspiration from tours across the USA with Stein’s former band supporting The Killers and Coldplay.  Influenced variously by Nashville, Twin Peaks, Badlands and Paris, Texas, musically the album takes its cues from Roy Orbison, Nancy Sinatra Dusty Springfield, and Patsy Cline.

Stein formed Howling Bells with her brother, Joel, and friends when they moved to London together in 2004. Four acclaimed albums followed, along with headline tours and festival shows around the world, and huge support dates including several US tours with Coldplay and The Killers. A break from Howling Bells around the arrival of her first child saw the first shoots of her solo work start to emerge, and now we find ourselves here. America, an unpredictable place, forever bound up in a uniquely widescreen hope and romance. An evocative and beautiful record (produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in L.A.), Stein’s honeyed voice weaves stories of heartbreak and optimism, from the unmistakably Western-influenced Dark Horse, to the moody love song, Cry. Florence is inspired by a real-life photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous Florence Owens Thompson, a tale of a struggle for themselves and their children that’s as relevant to women of the world today as it ever was. The songs on the LP tell tales of characters real and imagined, Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.

Says Stein of the album: “This record is an ode to the dark heart of America. Of times gone and times to come. Dusty trails, a whimsical 50s suburbia and the haze of the 1960s. I’ve forever idealised American life – growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me.”

Following recent support slots with Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Hawley, Stein is set to appear at Tom Petty’s colossal Hyde Park show over the summer.  In addition to Howling Bells fans, Stein’s new material will find favour with Americana and alt. country aficionados, calling to mind the likes of Mazzy Star, Margo Price and Lindi Ortega.