Over four decades ago, warble-throated folkie Neil Young played a couple of nights at Carnegie Hall in support of his classic record, After the Gold Rush. Both nights sold out. Now he’s playing four nights at the same New York institution and at press time demand looked equally high. Although he’s not coming back specifically to celebrate his original 1970 stint, he did recently put out a live recording from that same year that contains performances from a residency at San Francisco’s the Cellar Door. It finds Young in rare form, joking about smoking weed and singing songs that have become canon: “Old Man,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Cinnamon Girl.” Young has always been the type to keep moving forward, playing his latest oeuvre at concerts, but he has never totally abandoned those songs. Maybe tonight, and over the next three evenings, he’ll revisit the spirit of ’70.
Mon., Jan. 6, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 1, 2014