Posted in music | pictures on September 30, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Dave Grohl, Neil Young & Dan Auerbach  / Olivia Wilde / Band of Horses, Global Festival, 9/29/2012
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A crowd of 60,000 strong showed up at the Great Lawn in Central Park yesterday (9/29) for Global Festival, a concert to raise awareness about (and funds to help) global hunger, featuring names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan:

The acts seemed especially stunned by the size of the Central Park crowd. "This event is so great, I can't get over it," marveled Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell. Auerbach was similarly moved: "What an amazing thing, it feels great up here," he said. The Keys proceded to fill the giant space with their fast, fuzzed-out riffs, Auerbach buzzing across the stage during cuts like "Howlin for You" and "Money Maker," backed by Patrick Carney's tight grooves. The highlight? When 60,000 fans clapped during the furious breakdown of "I Got Mine," and Auerbach lost himself in the monster riff.

Dave Grohl launched the Foo Fighters' set with a mellow solo version of "Times Like These," before the band kicked in raucously and Grohl bounced across each end of the stage headbanging. Grohl seemed most psyched to be there out of anyone, letting out several throaty howls and leading huge sing-alongs on "My Hero" to "All My Life."...Grohl seemed determined to savor every moment; at one point, he made it clear that this would be the band's last show for a while. "I wish we could play all night - but I'd rather see Neil Young," he said. "We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." -[Rolling Stone]

The evening ended with an incendiary set from the great Neil Young, who closed the festivities with a 10-minute version of "Rockin' In The Free World" featuring Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach. If you missed it, although Foo Fighters probably won't be around the block any time soon, you can catch Neil Young on his upcoming tour that hits both MSG and Barclays Center before the end of 2012.

Pictures of that collaboration as well as all bands and cameos from Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, John Legend and more, are below.

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K'NAAN SETLIST
In The Beginning
The Seed
Wavin' Flag

BAND OF HORSES SETLIST
Knock Knock
The Great Salt Lake
No One's Gonna Love You
The Funeral

FOO FIGHTERS SETLIST
Times Like These
All My Life
My Hero
Learn to Fly
Arlandria
These Days
Walk
Best of You
Everlong

NEIL YOUNG SETLIST
Love and Only Love
Powderfinger
Born In Ontario
Walk Like a Giant
The Needle and the Damage Done
Twisted Road
Fuckin' Up
Rockin' in the Free World
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Comments (52)

lol black keys setlist omitted?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:17 PM

Jack White was suppose to play with Neil Young

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:19 PM

can't believe i witnessed that awesome finale, neil young with dave grohl, dan auerbach at center stage, melting that entire park's face off with a killer rendition of rockin' in the free world, one to go down in the books!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:22 PM

poo fighters

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:23 PM

Great show except for the Black Keys. The 13 year olds near me were really stoked on their performance, though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:32 PM

i cant believe they solved world hunger last night...just with that beer commercial rock n roll!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 7:59 PM

Maybe the Black Keys could donate even a small portion of their $ from the countless ads they whore themselves out to? That might be a good start at "fighting hunger".

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:08 PM

foo fighters were so fucking boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:17 PM

Walk Like A Giant was fucking great, cleared out plenty of assholes and gave me a nice view of the stage

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:22 PM

Foos usually kill it live, but I was pretty disappointed they went with the generic greatest hits setlist, check out their recent Reading Festival show, thats what big rock concerts are all about

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:23 PM

Take a moment and check out a new band from Philadelphia, Modern Colour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isZhY7QCjSQ

Posted by thomas weir | September 30, 2012 8:29 PM

Look Nirvana's drummer sporting the goatee and flannel, having the guitar-as-cock-size contest with grampa Young.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:46 PM

Neil was great but a bit sick of Rockin in the Free World after the 1 millionth time hearing it.

Sonic Youth could learn something from Crazy Horse.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 8:51 PM

Even if the foo fighters were to break up,18 years wasnt enough?I am sure Grohl wants to do some solo albums before 50.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 9:21 PM

What a shit show that was. What was the pens situation about?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 9:27 PM

Yeah, the pen situation was retarded. People camped out overnight for good spots and they were met with a barricade halfway across the field

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 9:44 PM

I'm not sure. Something about needing a pen but not having one, so he had to send himself backstage to get one. Total horseshit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 9:48 PM

No way that was 60,000 attendence. Absurd figure direct from the pr firm.

More accurate: 25,000 max . Lots of barricades and spread out crowd control a la Times Square New Years Eve.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:05 PM

I'm really hungry right now. Rock star poseur fail.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:12 PM

You got to see Neil Young for free! For fuck's sake, please stop acting like such whiny little bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:13 PM

10:05...that was definitely around the 60k ballpark.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:23 PM

i didn't know doomriders played this show! amirite??

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 11:07 PM

This show was awesome! I'm glad to see everyone else seemed to had a good time too. I'm glad Band of Horses is doing their thing for such a cause, . Been streaming their album from their website since :) www.bandofhorses.com

Posted by Mike | September 30, 2012 11:24 PM

Ending hunger is such an impossible goal...can't we start with something more reasonable, like throwing the Black Keys into a volcano?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 11:54 PM

"...backed by Patrick Carney's tight grooves." lester bangs is rolling over in his grave

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 12:12 AM

Lots of knob gobblers at this show but Crazy Horse were on fire. How are we going to solve poverty without beer! So fucockta.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 12:16 AM

BoH sounded good as I was walking in, I enjoyed the Black Keys more than I expected, and glad to finally get my face rock by Neil.

The Foo Fighters, however, are terrible in a way I never expected. Generic lyrics, dumb rock posturing--"c'mon New York! Sing!"--and bloatedly big noises signifying nothing. That guy was in Nirvana? Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 12:17 AM

Neil Young is the fucking man...nobody plays guitar as good as that. And those Crazy Horse harmonies. So fucking good. Very lucky to have seen this, even from 1000 miles away. The sound was very good. Surprisingly loud.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 7:40 AM

^ "Neil Young ... nobody plays guitar as good as that"

Oh you are so adorable. Neil is a legend, but for fuck's sake he's not a master of the guitar on any level. He's a great songwriter, and he delivers his music with authenticity and passion, but don't be an idiot and ascribe to him superhero status just becasue you were impressed with a show. That's how we got into this whole Obama bullshit mess to begin with.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 8:07 AM

8:07 - Liking Neil Young's guitar playing and show is "how we got into this whole Obama Bullshit mess..."

You are a capital idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 8:57 AM

I think I might be a better guitar player than Neil Young, and I barely play, lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 8:59 AM

Joe Satriani/Yngwie Malmsteen fans showin up in here. No one cares about that noodling bullshit. You mistake technical mucking around for good guitar playing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 9:26 AM

8:57 failed reading comprehension in Junior High. He now works at a Starbucks, cleaning the bathrooms, when not gracing BV with nuggets of ignorance.

Post again 8:57, you just made my morning a little bit brighter.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 9:41 AM

I like this guy 9:26. He thinks that everyone that doesn't agree with him is a Joe Satriani/Yngwie Malmsteen fan. I love all or nothing thinking; it's the easiest cognitive distortion to exploit for fun or profit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 9:43 AM

Neil Young is a fantastic guitar player You don't think he could play clean arpeggios and simple melodic lead if he chose to?

Instead he makes that shit sound like a car crash. It's called style.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 10:00 AM

The entire show was good, including the booing to Selena Gomez : )
For those discussing whether Neil Young is a good guitar player or not, it's just a meaningless discussion. Good music is not about technical skills, I'd rather listen a dirty loose but very emotional song over a technical perfect but insipid one. And on that respect, Neil Young trumps Satriani any time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 10:53 AM

10:00 you are adorable. You are dumb as a fucking rock, and so adorable. So, there's that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:13 AM

Did people really not like The Black Keys? I thought they had the best set of the night, I was really impressed. Love that dirty guitar sound they do.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:16 AM

Neil Young vs. Satriani is a straw man argument. No one here but Neil Young groupies have expressed any admiration for or even reference to Satriani. You fan boys (or actually one sole football-helmet-clad-in-underoos-eating-graham-crackers-on-the-porch mothafucka) are going to need to learn how to have an actual adult conversation at some point.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:16 AM

Satriani puts me to sleep. But even at that, Neil Young is not a good guitar player. Anyone who actually plays guitar knows this fact.

Posted by So Says I | October 1, 2012 11:36 AM

Was slowly drillin' my girl during foo's set, just like in HS, people around us none the wiser, my cream is bubblin just thinkin about it

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:54 AM

Neil Young's style has trumped his abilities. Most people would agree with that.

Also, the point of the show was not to end hunger, but rather have enough people sign petitions to be delivered to the UN this week. All in all, there were solid organizations behind this event including Rotary, etc. So, not sure why anyone would complain and it is not like Neil backing a hopeless cause is somehow "news."

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 2:43 PM

Corporate Bro Rock!

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 3:47 PM

Neil Young is the best guitar player. Go listen to John Mayer and Al DiMeola.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:23 PM

^ this guy is not just dumb as fuck, but OLD as fuck too! Al DiMeola? Surprised you didn't mention Al Caiola as well, or George Van Eps.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:38 PM

satriani and dimeola are the same age

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 10:30 PM

central park great lawn concerts used to be incredible, like mini-NYC woodstock where you'd have several hundred thousand people crammed in to the whole field.
Elton John in 1980 was a great example (his albums were already sucking by then, but he was still a great live performer with his original band and his stage show, and it was free and all of New York showed up.
And there used to be Wollman Rink shows with the likes of the Talking Heads and other punk/new wave acts.
Great to see Neil Young for free and to see him at all these days is nice. But that was not much of an "event." Too orderly and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:39 PM

Diana Ross in a windy thunderstorm in the early 80s, now that was a great lawn event! (canceled a third in, with half a million people sent out with near hurricane wind, lightning and torrential downpour, and Ross almost falling off stage. )
She came back the next day for the full set and a lot still came, but that first night was a classic NYC moment. Only in NY. (not today's NY though.)
The Clash in Times Square, another one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 1:21 PM

I'm laughing at the frowny baby in the picture and all of the people who take him and his band seriously.

Posted by Yahoo Registration | November 25, 2012 4:16 AM

black keys rule.

Posted by mike | July 15, 2013 12:47 PM

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