Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Neil Young on SNL 20 Years Later

I posted about this last year while reading the Neil Young biography Shakey. I have no idea how long this video will be posted so feast your eyes on it while you can. The one I posted last year has been long gone.

About this performance, Neil said:

I don't like TV. Never have. It always sucks and there's nothing you can do about it. You can't just walk on and do 'Rockin' in the Free World,' or you'll look like a fuckin' idiot. To perform that song the way it's supposed to be performed you have to be at peak blood level, everything has to be up, the machine has to be stoked. To do that I had to ignore Saturday Night Live completely. I had to pretend I wasn't there.'

In my original post, I wrote:

A couple of factoids from the book about this clip. Neil worked out with a trainer for an hour and a half right before getting onstage, so he could be in a physical and mental state similar to being at the tail end of a live show.

The drummer, Steve Jordan, had done so much televised work before that he knew he needed to bring the largest cymbals possible if he wanted to be heard. The author of the book says that the band look like 'a bunch of car thieves.'

I find this video so inspiring, I want to go out and form a band to just slaughter songs like this. And Neil was 44 at the time.

This embodies everything I love about Neil Young and for any of my friends who have never understood, just watch the video


Adam Cox said...

Love it. Saw NY and Pearl Jam @ the Horse Track in PDX together. SO FREAKING ROCKED. Would love to learn the rythmn part and jam....

Dan said...

He is an awesome entertainer and musician. No one rocks any harder than Neil.