This was my first time seeing Neil Young, and I was really psyched. Neil was such a huge influence on me as a young guitarist (pun intended). He was performing two shows at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, and I don’t recall why, but I only got a ticket to see him on the second night.
The Knight Center was a great venue in downtown Miami, relatively small and with great acoustics. There was not a bad seat anywhere in the house.
This was a solo tour in support of the Trans album, which had come out the previous year. It was just Neil by himself with various guitars, harmonicas, keyboards, and a banjo. He took his time, selecting what instrument to play, and seemed 100% comfortable on stage. And he played for a long time, not shying away from songs that usually have a full band (“Powderfinger” and “Down by the River” come to mind).
I would go on to see Neil multiple times in the future, including four times with Crazy Horse, but this first time seeing him holds a magical place in my heart.
Here’s the setlist, and may Neil keep on rockin’ for many more years.
- Comes a Time
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
- Down by the River
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Soul of a Woman
- Are There Any More Real Cowboys?
- Cowgirl in the Sand
- My Boy
- Dance, Dance, Dance
- Southern Man
- Don’t Be Denied
- The Losing End
- Cortez the Killer
- Sail Away
- After the Gold Rush
- Transformer Man
- My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
- Mr. Soul
- Sugar Mountain
- I Am a Child
- Computer Age